Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights


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 5:

Clemson wide receiver commit Derion Kendrick, who plays quarterback for South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.), became the first quarterback since Gainesville’s Deshaun Watson to defeat Buford (Ga.) on its home field. Kendrick starred as he totaled 324 yards of offense and four touchdowns in his team’s 33-27 victory.

Kendrick threw for 133 yards, including touchdown passes of 38 and 36 yards, while rushing for 191 yards and two scores. His 17-yard touchdown run with 5:16 left in the game proved to be the winning score.

Kendrick’s teammate at South Pointe and fellow Clemson commit B.T. Potter booted a 36-yard field goal and converted four extra-point attempts in the win.

Defensive back commit Kyler McMichael serves as his team’s go-to running back and had a big night. McMichael rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns to lead Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross, Ga.) to a 42-14 win at St. Pius X Catholic (Atlanta). McMichael averaged 18.5 yards per carry on eight attempts and scored on runs of 54 and 23 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, Jake Venables put on a strong performance. The Clemson linebacker commit recorded six tackles, two tackles for loss and an 80-yard pick-six in Daniel (Central, S.C.)’s 38-17 loss at Westside (Anderson, S.C.).

Other scores of note: Clemson defensive tackle commit Josh Belk and Lewisville (Richburg, S.C.) had six sacks and held Eau Claire (Columbia, S.C.) to negative-16 yards in the first half in Lewisville’s eventual 40-16 win. Defensive tackle commit Darnell Jefferies and Newton (Covington, Ga.) fell to Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) 57-0.

Clemson quarterback commit Trevor Lawrence of Cartersville (Ga.) and defensive end commit Justin Mascoll of Snellville (Ga.) South Gwinnett had byes this week. Defensive end commit Xavier Thomas, linebacker commit Mike Jones and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) did not play as their game against St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) was cancelled last week due to Hurricane Irma concerns.



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