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 11:

Two weeks after breaking Deshaun Watson’s Georgia high school record for career passing yards, five-star Clemson commit Trevor Lawrence broke another record that was held by the former Clemson quarterback.

On Friday night, Lawrence eclipsed Watson’s record for career passing touchdowns, throwing for two touchdowns in Cartersville (Ga.)’s 52-13 win at Troup County (LaGrange, Ga.). The pair of touchdown passes gives Lawrence 156 for his career, one more than Watson totaled at Gainesville from 2010-13. Lawrence’s record-setting touchdown came on a 20-yard pass in the third quarter.

On Oct. 20, Lawrence passed for 283 yards in the first half of a 62-0 win against Chapel Hill (Douglasville, Ga.), giving him 13,260 passing yards for his career and moving him past Watson (13,077 yards) on the all-time Georgia high school passing yards list. Coming into Friday, Lawrence had completed 804 of his 1,263 career passing attempts (63.7 percent) for 13,260 yards and 154 touchdowns against just 21 interceptions.

Cartersville improved to 10-0 on Friday with the win, which marked the Hurricanes’ 40th consecutive victory.

Clemson commit Kyler McMichael concluded his regular season in style with a couple of long touchdown runs on senior night. McMichael will be a defensive back for the Tigers but plays a lot of running back for Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross, Ga.) and helped lead his team to a 49-10 win over Dawson County (Dawsonville, Ga.).

McMichael ran for a 52-yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage before scoring on a 70-yard run with 11 seconds left in the second quarter to give his team a 49-7 lead at halftime. He finished the game with 139 yards on five carries and wrapped up the regular season with 985 rushing yards.

Clemson commits Derion Kendrick, B.T. Potter and South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.) routed Midland Valley (Graniteville, S.C.) to advance to the second round of the 4A state playoffs.

Kendrick didn’t play in the second half, as his team led 47-0 at the break. He went 5-of-7 passing for 106 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown. He also ran for a 44-yard score. Potter, meanwhile, booted six extra-points in the win.

On the defensive side of the ball, Clemson defensive tackle commit Darnell Jefferies recorded eight tackles, including three for loss, for Newton (Covington, Ga.) in its 49-21 win against Rockdale County (Conyers, Ga.).

Clemson linebacker commit Jake Venables played defensive end for Daniel (Central, S.C.) during its 42-7 loss at Greer in the first round of the 4A state playoffs. Venables posted four tackles, including two for loss, and a pass breakup.

Other scores of note: Clemson defensive tackle commit Josh Belk and Lewisville (Richburg, S.C.) beat Wagener-Salley (Wagener, S.C.) 31-2 in the first round of the 1A state playoffs, while Clemson defensive end commit Justin Mascoll and South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.) fell to Grayson (Ga.) 44-6.

Clemson commits Xavier Thomas, Mike Jones and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) earned a 32-21 victory at Hoover (Ala.) with five-star Clemson receiver target Justyn Ross in attendance.



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