November 27, 2012
Commit Updates: McCray, Trotwood-Madison survive
Trotwood (Ohio) Madison four-star linebacker Mick McCray has dominated opposing ball carriers all season, and appears to be hitting his peak at just the right time.
A heavy favorite heading into the OHSAA Division 2 semifinal contest against New Albany, the Rams were given all they could handle by upstart New Albany and barely escaped 33-32.
Still, McCray had a monster game notching 11 tackles and recovering a fumble in the slim victory that wasn't sealed until New Albany missed a 27-yard game-winning field goal attempt with only 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Here is a more comprehensive look at how future Wolverines fared last week in prep action.
Jake Butt: Butt caught five passes for 70 yards (14.0 yards per reception) and added seven tackles, including two for loss, but Pickerington North (12-2) was eliminated from the Ohio Division 1 playoffs after falling to Archbishop Moeller 26-21
The four-star tight end concludes his senior campaign with 67 catches for 1,106 yards (15.2 yard per reception) and 11 touchdowns.
Maurice Hurst Jr.: Hurst, Jr. recorded five tackles, including one for loss, in Xaverian Brothers' (4-8) season-ending 9-0 loss to St. John's prep
Hurst, Jr. tallied 60 tackles, including 20 for loss and 10 sacks, and forced three fumbles this season.
Patrick Kugler: Kugler was a massive piece of a North Allegheny squad (13-0) that captured its third-consecutive WPIAL Class AAAA title in a 21-14 win over Woodland Hills, making nine tackles, including three for loss
Kugler has been credited with 36 tackles, including six for loss and a sack, and his toils in the trenches has helped the Tigers rush for 203.3 yards per game this year
North Allegheny encounters McDowell in a Class AAAA quarterfinal matchup Nov. 30.
Jourdan Lewis: Lewis opened the scoring with an 89-yard touchdown grab, and finished with two catches for 101 yards (50.5 yards per reception) to help Cass Tech (12-2) capture a second-consecutive MHSAA Division 1 championship with a 36-21 triumph over Detroit Catholic Central
Lewis piled up seven touchdown receptions, scored three times on special teams, threw a touchdown pass, and intercepted a pass in his senior season.
Mike McCray: McCray stockpiled 11 tackles, including two tackles for loss, and recovered a fumble to fuel the Trotwood-Madison (12-2) defense in a thrilling 33-32 semifinal conquest of New Albany ... The four-star prospect has registered 116 tackles, intercepted two passes, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble this season
The Rams play for the OHSAA Division 2 state championship against Toledo Central Catholic at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium Nov. 30.
Wyatt Shallman: Shallman was stellar, making six tackles, including one for loss, but Detroit Catholic Central (9-5) was downed 36-21 by Cass Tech in the MHSAA Division 1 title game.
Channing Stribling: Stribling snagged three balls for 43 yards (14.3 yards per reception) and intercepted a pass to lead Butler (14-0) to a 27-0 playoff victory over Mallard Creek
The Bulldogs look to cap an undefeated season with a state title against Jack Britt Dec. 1.
Michael Ferns (2014): Ferns stifled eight ball carriers, including one in the backfield, to spearhead St. Clairesville's (14-0) defense in a 40-27 semifinal win over Norwayne
Ferns has amassed 107 tackles, including nine for loss, intercepted a pass and forced a fumble tin 2012 ... The Red Devils for an OHSAA Division 4 state championship against Clinton-Massie Nov. 30 at Canton Fawcett Stadium.
*The 2012 season had previously ended for OT Kyle Bosch, DE Taco Charlton, CB Gareon Conley, CB Ross Douglas, WR Jaron Dukes, OT Chris Fox, LB Ben Gedeon, TE Khalid Hill, WR Da'Mario Jones, QB Shane Morris, DT Henry Poggi, RB Deveon Smith, C Scott Sypniewski, DB Dymonte Thomas, OT Logan Tuley-Tillman, OT Denzel Ward and WR Csont'e York.
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