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Penn State Football Commits in Action: Kaden Saunders Continues to Shine as Playoffs Begin

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High school football playoffs have begun as Penn State commits continue to shine on the high school gridiron

Purdue v Penn State Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Westerville South (OH) and 2022 wide receiver commit Kaden Saunders kept their perfect season going with a 56-28 playoff victory on Firday night. The electric play maker had 109 receiving yards and a touchdown in the victory. He also added 22 rushing yards and an 85-yard kick off return for a touchdown.

The state of Michigan saw Penn State commits battle each other once again. In a rematch of a thrilling 34-26 week 1 victory by Cass Tech, they rolled over Martin Luther King High School 41-19 in their league championship to remain undefeated on the season.

Cornerback commit Kalen King played a big role in the Cass Tech victory by helping to shutdown the King passing attack.

Kalen’s twin brother, and future Penn State linebacker Kobe King, rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown in the victory for Cass Tech. Despite the loss, Jaylen Reed and King still have the postseason ahead of them.

Staying the state of Michigan, Belleville High School remained undefeated with a 56-0 victory. Penn State linebacker commit Jamari Buddin did not play in the game. Belleville and Cass Tech now appear to be on a collision course for the regional final.

In one of Ohio’s biggest rivalry games, Liam Clifford and the St. Xavier Bombers defeated Archbishop Moeller 45-14. In the win, Clifford caught 5 passes for 71 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Clifford now has 788 receiving yards and 9 touchdown receptions on the season.

After a week off, defensive end Rodney McGraw and the Elkhart (IN) Lions returned to the field. In the 28-7 victory that improved the Lions to 7-0 on the season, McGraw racked up 8 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and half a sack. McGraw finished the regular season with 60 tackles, 17 TFLs, 7 sacks, and 6 quarterback hurries.

Back home in Pennsylvania, kicker Sander Sahaydak and the Liberty Hurricanes fell to 0-3 on the season in a 38-10 loss. Sahaydak was successful on his lone extra point attempt, and connected on a 46-yard field goal. He also just missed wide right on a 50-yard attempt.

Offensive lineman Nate Bruce and the Harrisburg Cougars improved to 2-0 on the season with a 49-0 victory over J.P. McCaskey. You can checkout Bruce’s highlights from the game below.

Quarterback Beau Pribula and York Central improved to 5-0 on the season with a 70-0 victory over Northeastern High School. In the win, Pribula was 12-for-12 for 155 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also rushed for 32 yards and a score. On the season he has thrown for 979 yards and 19 touchdowns, he has also rushed for an additional 4 scores.

2022 offensive tackle commit Drew Shelton and the Dowington West Whippets finally kicked off their season. Unfortunately, it came in the form of 20-14 loss. That said, it is great just for Shelton to be able to be back on the field getting reps and working to hone his craft.

Tight end commit Holden Staes has released his HUDL film from his first three games of the season. You can check out the four-star tight end’s early season highlights below.