The successful seasons of Penn State’s class of 2019 commits continued this past weekend. This week’s top performers were led by a player that has become a weekly to performer this fall.
Emery Simmons has done nothing but score touchdowns this season, and that continued on Friday night. Simmons had four receptions for 103 yards and three touchdowns in a 54-10 victory for the now 6-0 South View (NC) Tigers. For the season Simmons is averaging 19.1 yards per reception and he has scored 12 total touchdowns.
Five-star linebacker Brandon Smith has looked like just that this season. You can check out the latest highlights of Smith inflicting pain upon people below.
Smith owns eight tackles for a loss and five sacks this season, and is a big reason why the Louisa County Lions are 6-0. As an early enrollee, Smith should have plenty of opportunity to make an impact as a true freshman next fall.
Quarterback commit Michael Johnson Jr. continued to torture opposing defenses with both his right arm and his legs on Friday night. In a 36-32 loss for the Sheldon (OR) Irish, Johnson was 7/13 for 233 yards and two scores through the air while he also rushing for 111 yards and a touchdown. He did, however, throw an interception as well.
Johnson Jr.’s fellow quarterback commit, Taquan Roberson, also had a big performance on Friday night. Roberson went 21/29 for 337 yards and five touchdowns in a 52-6 victory for the DePaul Catholic (NJ) Spartans. Roberson and the Spartans are now 5-1 this season in their quest to repeat as state champs.
In the state of West Virginia, tight end commit Brenton Strange helped lead the Parkersburg Big Red to a win. In their 32-7 victory, Strange had five receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown. He racked up six tackles, two tackles for a loss, and an interception on defense.
While the State College Little Lions fell against Harrisburg for their first loss of the season, it did not stop Keaton Ellis from having another big game. Ellis had 12 receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns for the Little Lions. Ellis also had an interception and, as you can see below, one of his touchdowns was rather impressive.
. @scasdathletics is mounting a comeback in the final stanza.. @Tfriberg8 hits @_keatonellis... he’s ruled in bounds (questionable call) on a sensational leaping grab. 24-17 with 6:22 left. pic.twitter.com/g6R4XTWbZP— 4th Down Magazine (@4thDownMag) October 6, 2018
In North Allegheny’s 55-3 blowout over Butler, Joey Porter Jr. had one reception for 22 yards for the now 7-0 Tigers. He also had a pick six and a punter return touchdown called back due to penalties.
On the JUCO circuit, safety Jaquan Brisker had nine tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, and a pair of pass breakups in a victory for the Lackawanna Falcons.