A Look at Penn State Football Commits Performances in Week 2

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions congratulates Mike Gesicki
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions congratulates Mike Gesicki /

Week two of high school football season is in the books. So, here is VBR’s weekly look at how Penn State football commits performed over the weekend.

Throughout the 2017 football season I will take a look at how Penn State football commits perform in their high school football games each week. With high school football now in full swing across the country, there is plenty to talk about after this past weekend.

This week, we will start right here in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Tight end commit Zack Kuntz and Camp Hill were looking to bounce back after a loss in their season opener last Friday. The Lions did just that by picking up a 21-14 victory over Lancaster Catholic, and that victory included this fantastic 80-yard touchdown catch and run by Kuntz.

This catch was one of two touchdown catches on the night for Kuntz.

Safety Isheem Young and Imhotep Charter also got a bounce back victory after an opening weekend loss. The Panthers picked up a 55-12 victory over Benjamin Franklin. Young and the starting Panther defense pitched a shutout before the reserves allowed a pair of late touchdowns.

In the northeastern corner of Pennsylvania, offensive line commit Juice Scruggs and Erie Cathedral Prep picked up a 38-0 victory over Erie High School. Meanwhile, in the Mid-Penn League, Charlie Katshir and Cumberland Valley started their 2017 season with a 21-14 victory over Coatesville. Katshir finished the game with one reception for 7 yards, on top of having a big game defensively.

Pennridge and Nick Tarburton were defeated by Neshaminy by a score of 23-14. Tarburton ran the ball twice for 10 yards and caught a pair of passes for 16 yards. Despite the loss, Pennridge held Neshaminy to just 41 yards rushing and Tarburton’s play was a big reason why. You can read more about that here.

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Linebacker commit Jesse Luketa and Mercyhurst Prep improved to 2-0 with a 56-7 victory over Corry. Luketa is the anchor of a Lancer defense that has allowed just seven points in two games this season.

The Harrisburg Cougars improved to 2-0 on the season with a 35-0 victory over Bishop McDevitt. In the Cougar victory, Shaquon Anderson-Butts caught his third touchdown of the season.

Speaking of Pennsylvania High School Football, in-state perennial winner La Salle College High School traveled south to Owings Mills, Maryland, to battle McDonogh High School and PJ Mustipher on Friday night.

The Eagles started their season 1-0 by defeating La Salle College 21-9 on Friday night. Mustipher was a disruptive force for the Eagle defense, as he finished the game with a sack and three tackles for a loss. You can watch highlights of Mustipher from Friday night here.

Another in-state powerhouse that challenged themselves with an out-of-state opponent was Archbishop Wood. They did battle with Dorian Hardy and the Paramus Catholic Paladins. Paramus Catholic earned a 34-14 victory and they held Archbishop Wood to just 168 yards of total offense. The play of the Paladins defensive line, led by Hardy, was a big reason for this success on defense.

After missing the season opener for North Stafford (VA) High School, offensive tackle commit Nana Asiedu returned to action on Friday night. Asiedu helped

North Stafford pick up a 45-6 victory over Virginia powerhouse Briar Woods, the alma mater of Trace McSorley and Brandon Polk, as the Wolverines improved to 2-0 on the season.

Kicker commit Jake Pinegar and Ankeny Centennial High School (Ankeny, Iowa) bounced back from last week’s tough defeat with a 21-0 victory on Friday night. Pinegar was 3/3 on extra point attempts, while a 58-yard field goal attempt clung off the upright.

Down in the state of Texas Sachse High School and defensive back Isaiah Humphries defeated Byron Nelson 48-6 in their season opener. Humphries finished the game with 4 tackles and a pass breakup.

In the Sunshine State, defensive tackle Judge Culpepper and Plant High School defeated the Robinson Knights 41-16. Culpepper had a huge game racking up eight tackles, including three for a loss. Defensive back Jordan Miner helped lead Wiregrass Ranch to a 14-7 victory Wesley Chapel and a 2-0 record. Miner finished the game with 4 tackles and an interception.

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That closes up shop for this past weekend. Throughout football season continue to check back here at Victory Bell Rings for a look at how Penn State football commits performed in high school action the previous weekend.