Friday Night Lights

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Friday Night Lights

How did Clemson’s commitments perform in their games on Friday night? The Clemson Insider has you covered with the top performances from future Tigers in Week 2:

Clemson commit Derion Kendrick stole the show in South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.)’s 53-0 romp over Nation Ford (Fort Mill, S.C.). Kendrick, who is being recruited by the Tigers as a wide receiver, serves as his team’s quarterback and threw a perfect game.

The four-star standout completed all 18 of his passing attempts for 324 yards and four touchdowns, including scoring strikes of 42 and 62 yards. He also ran for a 5-yard touchdown. Making his performance even more impressive is the fact he did most of his damage in the first half, passing for 295 yards and three of the touchdowns at a 16-of-16 clip. His rushing score also came before halftime.

Kendrick’s teammate at South Pointe and fellow Clemson commit B.T. Potter was highly impressive in his own right. Potter showed off his strong leg as he booted two field goals of 45 yards and added four extra points for 10 total points in the victory.

Clemson defensive back commit Kyler McMichael is utilized as a running back at Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross, Ga.), and he helped pace his team to a 41-7 win over Westminster (Atlanta). McMichael rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries (6.5 yards per attempt). He recorded 38 of those yards on five carries on one drive early in the game, including a 20-yard run to the opponent’s 7-yard line that set up Greater Atlanta Christian’s first score of the game.

Clemson commit Braden Galloway of Seneca (S.C.) provided a glimpse of his playmaking ability before unfortunately being forced to leave the game due to injury. Galloway, who started the game at quarterback, ran for 28 yards and tossed a pretty 40-yard touchdown pass down the sideline on back-to-back plays in the first quarter. He suffered a right foot injury on the long run and tried to play through it, but had to exit early in the second quarter and did not return. He underwent X-rays today, which revealed a Jones Fracture in the foot that will require surgery and cause him to miss the next four to six weeks.

On the defensive side of the ball, defensive tackle commit Darnell Jefferies was dominant in Newton (Covington, Ga.)’s 41-0 rout of Eastside (Covington, Ga.). Jefferies posted nine tackles, including five tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks. He also caught a pass for 15 yards on offense.

Linebacker commit Jake Venables logged seven tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss in Daniel (Central, S.C.)’s 31-12 loss to Easley (S.C.).

Other scores of note: Defensive end commit Justin Mascoll helped South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.) pitch a shutout in their 17-0 win against Lanier (Buford, Ga.), while defensive tackle commit Josh Belk and Lewisville (Richburg, S.C.) edged Blacksburg (S.C.) 18-16.

A trio of Clemson pledges will play on national television Saturday night.

Five-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Cartersville (Ga.) host Bartram Trail (St. Johns, Fla.) at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

Five-star defensive end Xavier Thomas, four-star linebacker Mike Jones and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) square off against Chandler (Ariz.) at 10:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

TCI will be live from Cartersville High as we continue our Tour of Champions coverage with Lawrence, so stayed tuned for updates all night long.

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