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Commits In Action: Keaton Ellis Scores Six Touchdowns, Michael Johnson Jr. Makes His Season Debut, & More

It’s time for our weekly look at how future Nittany Lions performed on the high school, and JUCO, gridiron this past weekend.

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Death, taxes, and Keaton Ellis dominating for State High.

The future Nittany Lion defensive back scored six touchdowns in the Little Lions’ 56-17 victory over Carlisle on Friday night. Ellis had over 200 yards of total offense, he caught five touchdowns, and he returned a blocked field goal 73 yards for a score. He also recorded an interception for good measure. This may be hard to believe, but Ellis is really, really good at football.

After missing his team’s first two games of the season with a shoulder issue, quarterback commit Michael Johnson Jr. made his 2018 debut on Friday night. MJJ ran for 163 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries. Meanwhile, through the air, Johnson Jr. was 10-for-13 for 175 yards and another score.

The Nittany Lions’ other quarterback commit - Taquan Roberson - had a meh night at the office for the DePaul Catholic Spartans. Roberson was 8-for-24 for 190 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in DePaul’s loss to St. Joe’s. He also rushed for 50 yards on 12 carries.

Friday night was Joey Porter Jr.’s first game as a Penn State commit. The North Allegheny star had three receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown, while defensively he recorded five tackles and forced a fumble.

On the JUCO circuit, offensive lineman Anthony Whigan and safety Jaquan Brisker helped lead the Lackawanna Falcons to a 55-0 victory. Whigan’s blocking helped the Falcons pick up 28 first downs and 608 yards of total offense to go with their 55 points. Meanwhile, Brisker helped the Falcon defense pitch a shutout.

Defensive back Tyler Rudolph and St. Thomas More (CT) played their second game of the season. Rudolph had three pass break ups in their 31-6 loss. You can checkout his highlights from Friday’s game below.

Running back Devyn Ford and wide receiver Emery Simmons both had their games cancelled due to bad weather as a result of Hurricane Florence.