Dalvin Cook ran wild, Deshaun Watson got the job done, and Clemson recruiting targets Montravius Adams and Mackensie Alexander helped their teams to victories Friday night in high school state semifinal games in Florida and Georgia.
Just one future Tiger came up short, as Jordan Leggett's Navarre High team lost to unbeaten, top-ranked Gainesville in the Florida Class 6A semifinal, which was played at Navarre. Gainesville jumped ahead 27-0 at halftime and cruised to a 62-26 victory.
The win earned Gainesville a spot in the state championship game next weekend at the Citrus Bowl against Cook-led Miami-Central.
Cook touched the ball just 10 times in Miami-Central's 48-33 victory over Naples, but accounted for 233 yards and four touchdowns.
On the opening drive of the game, he caught a short screen pass and turned it into a 78-yard touchdown play.
Then in the second half, after Naples had help Miami-Central to -6 yards rushing in the first two quarters, Cook ran wild. His first three touches of the second half went for 134 yards, including touchdown runs of 48 and 80 yards. Later he scored on a 15-yard run.
Cook and Florida State-bound Joseph Yearby combined for 239 yards rushing and five touchdowns in the second half.
Cook, a junior who has split backfield touches with his senior teammate all season, is closing in on the 1,500-yard mark for the season.
"Me and Joey got to split carries," Cook told the Naples News after the game. "My time is going to come. I have to be patient."
Also in south Florida, Alexander helped Immokalee defeat Jackson 29-21 in the Class 5A semifinals. Alexander's team will go against Tallahassee-Godby in the state title game next weekend at the Citrus Bowl.
In the Georgia state 5A playoffs, Deshaun Watson led Gainesville High to a 28-14 victory over Whitewater to earn a trip to the Georgia Dome next weekend. Gainesville will play Ware County, which upset top-ranked Northside of Warner-Robins 24-17 on Friday.
Watson completed 13 of 25 passes for 227 yards and one touchdown, and also rushed for 94 yards on 23 carries. Watson, a junior, went over the 9,000-yard mark in career passing yardage mark in the game and wound up just 16 yards short of the Georgia state record of 9,052 yards.
In the Red Elephants' win on Friday, Watson also caught a 14-yard pass on a receiver reverse.
Gainesville will play Ware County on Friday at 8:30 p.m. at the Georgia Dome.
Also advancing to the state finals was Adams' Dooly County team, which edged Lincoln County 10-7 in the Georgia Class 1A semifinal game.