Weekend Wrap — Jackson hits paydirt for Crusaders

Weekend Wrap — Jackson hits paydirt for Crusaders

Every week during the prep football season, IlliniHQ will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous weekend's games. Here are a few notes from week 12 for the few who are still playing.

JESSE CHADWELL, a senior offensive lineman out of Clarkston High School in Clarkston, Mich., who committed to Illinois in mid-March, saw his season end on Friday night. Clarkston lost 25-14 at home on Saturday afternoon against Rockford High School in a Division I regional final game. Chadwell only played on two snaps because of ankle and knee injuries. Clarkston ended its season at 11-1.

JARROD CLEMENTS and REON DAWSON of Trotwood-Madison High School (Ohio) rallied to beat Cincinnati's Winton Woods High School 27-20 in overtime on Friday night during a Division II Region 8 semifinal game. The Rams, now 10-2, trailed 20-7 at the start of the fourth quarter before tying the game at 20 to force overtime. Clements, a senior defensive end who committed to Illinois in early May, made eight tackles and recovered a fumble. Dawson, a senior defensive back/wide receiver who committed to Illinois in late May, made two tackles. Trotwood-Madison will try to keep its chances of winning a second straight Division II state title alive when it plays unbeaten Turpin High School out of Cincinnati in a regional final game this weekend.

CALEB DAY, a senior athlete from Hilliard, Ohio and his Darby High School squad lost 24-14 to Pickerington North High School in a Division I Region 3 semifinal playoff game on Saturday night. Day, who committed to Illinois in June, had five receptions for 66 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown catch that helped put the Panthers up 14-3 going into halftime. Day added 12 rushing yards on five carries and five tackles. Darby ended its season at 11-1.

MICHAEL HERMOSILLO, a senior running back at Ottawa (Ill.) High School, and the Pirates lost 42-6 on Saturday afternoon in a Class 6A quarterfinal playoff game to end their season at 11-1. Hermosillo, who committed to Illinois in mid-August, finished with 30 rushing yards on eight carries and sat out the second half with an injury.

MERRICK JACKSON and Belleville Althoff Catholic (Ill.) High School have advanced to the Class 2A semifinals after a 19-17 home win on Saturday night against Casey-Westfield High School. The senior defensive tackle, who committed to Illinois in late April, scored on a 1-yard touchdown run out of a special goal-line package the Crusaders have for him that tied the game at 7 in the first quarter. Althoff, now 9-3, will play Camp Point Central/Southeastern in a 2A semifinal game this weekend.

JOSHUA JONES, a senior defensive back from Walled Lake, Mich., and his Western High School squad closed its season with a 42-12 loss to Birmingham High School in a Division 2 regional final game on Friday night. Jones, who committed to Illinois in late June, finished with 30 rushing yards on 10 carries and caught two passes for 15 yards while making a tackle for a safety. He ended up with three tackles. Western closed its year at 9-3.       

AUSTIN SCHMIDT, a senior offensive lineman from Galena, Ohio, who plays at Olentangy High School in Lewis Center, Ohio, and the Braves lost 29-14 against Hilliard Davidson High School in a Division I Region 3 semifinal game on Saturday night in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Schmidt committed to Illinois in early May. The Braves closed the season at 10-2.


Olympia (Fla.) High School out of Orlando, which features JOHN ARMSTRONG, a senior running back and senior linebacker RAMAR DENNIS, lost 25-14 at Mainland (Fla.) High School on Friday night to end the regular season. Armstrong — who is considering Illinois along with Duke and Wake Forest — rushed for both of the Titans' touchdowns and finished with 81 rushing yards on 13 carries. Dennis — who has Illinois, Northern Illinois, Florida Atlantic, Cincinnati, South Alabama and Syracuse among his suitors — compiled 12 tackles. Olympia, now 5-5, will meet Timber Creek High School in a Class 8A regional quarterfinal playoff game this weekend.  


The senior running back from Trinity (Ky.) High School helped the Shamrocks steamroll Madison Central High School 62-8 in a Class 6A second-round playoff win on Friday night. Dawkins — who has offers from Illinois, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Purdue and Western Kentucky — rushed for 147 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns. Trinity, now 10-1, will meet St. Xavier High School in a 6A quarterfinal game this weekend.


The senior wide receiver from Stafford, Va., and his Mountain View High School teammates opened the state playoffs with a 45-21 win on Friday night against Massaponax High School in a Northwest Region Division 5 first-round game. Hamilton — who has offers from Illinois and Penn State, with Duke, Miami (Fla.), Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest — caught five passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a 27-yard touchdown and had an interception. Mountain View improved to 7-4 on the season, and will Freedom High School this weekend in a second-round playoff game.


The junior linebacker from Crete-Monee (Ill.) High School and the Warriors stuffed Ottawa High School in a 42-6 Class 6A quarterfinal playoff win on Saturday at home. Morgan, who has offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Purdue, among others, and a 12-0 Crete-Monee squad will square off this weekend at Lemont High School in a 6A semifinal game.

The senior wide receiver/running back from Franklin County (Ky.) High School helped the Flyers outlast Conner High School 62-59 in a Class 5A second-round playoff game on Friday night to keep their record perfect at 12-0. Timmons — who has offers from Illinois, Arkansas, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Purdue, Toledo and Western Kentucky — had 15 carries for 184 yards and four touchdowns in the win. Franklin County will play Cooper High School in a 5A quarterfinal game this weekend.


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