Something has to give.
The spotlight will be on several of Clemson's local-area recruits tonight when Class 3-A unbeatens Daniel and Belton-Honea Path meet.
The battle between the top-ranked Lions and sixth-ranked Bears will feature 2014 Clemson running back commitment Jae'lon Oglesby and 2015 prospects Judah and J.D. Davis for Daniel, going against 2014 linebacker Kendall Joseph, who also plays running back for Belton-Honea Path.
Oglesby is coming off a 296-yard, five-touchdown performance in a 66-28 win over Wren last week. The reigning Independent Mail Player of the Year needs just 17 yards to hit the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
“He’s a special player, he’s unbelievable,” BHP coach Russell Blackston said of Oglesby. “The things he’s able to do on film, he changes direction so fast, he takes one cut and he’s back full speed automatically. He’s very fast. We’re a gap-controlled defense and everybody’s got to be in the gap. All we have to do is tackle him. Nobody’s stopped him. We want to attempt to slow him down.”
Joseph, meanwhile, anchors a BHP defense that has recorded three straight shutouts and for the season is allowing fewer than six points per game. The Bears are coming off a 49-0 victory over West Oak.
Both Joseph and Oglesby were named to the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team on Thursday.
C.J. Fuller, a 2014 running back commitment from Easley, S.C., rushed for 122 yards, including 98 in the second half, while leading the Green Wave to a 28-14 win over T.L. Hanna last week. A week earlier, Fuller rushed for 75 yards on 11 carries in Easley's 34-16 loss to Laurens.
The third future member of Clemson's backfield, Adam Choice, had 22 carries for 172 yards and three touchdowns in Thomas County Central, Ga.'s 50-23 victory over Bainbridge last week.
Wide receiver commitment Demarre Kitt caught a touchdown pass in Sandy Creek (Ga.) High's 54-19 win over Fayette County.
Justin Falcinelli played on both the offensive and defensive line in Middletown (Md.) High's shutout victories over Walkersville and Tuscaroa.
Milan Richard had two receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown in Calvary Day's (Savannah, Ga.) 57-13 victory over Savannah Country Day.
Artavis Scott had a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown in East Lake (Fla.) High's 51-13 victory over Seminole. A week earlier, he caught two touchdown passes and rushed for 64 yards and a score in his team's 49-6 win over Tarpon Springs.
Alex Spence kicked a 44-yard field goal and made six of seven PATs in West Florence's 44-20 win over Wilson.
Deshaun Watson, who went over the 10,000-yard mark in career passing three weeks ago, has since passed for another 600 yards. He was 27-of-31 for 314 yards and six touchdowns in Gainesville (Ga.) High's 48-7 victory over Heritage, and then completed 23-of-28 for 289 yards and four scores in the Red Elephants' 51-6 win over Cedar Shoals. He also had a 63-yard touchdown run.
This Week's Games
Daniel (Jae'lon Oglesby, Judah Davis, J.D. Davis) at Belton-Honea Path (Kendall Joseph)
Thomas County Central, Ga. (Adam Choice) at Columbus-Northside
Middletown, Md. (Justin Falcinelli) vs. Frederick
Easley (C.J. Fuller) vs. Westside
Williston-Elko (Taylor Hearn) at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler
Sandy Creek, Ga. (Demarre Kitt) vs. Shaw
North Brunswick, N.C. (Jabril Robinson) vs. SW Onslow
Buford, Ga. (Korie Rogers) vs. White County
Dudley, N.C. (Chris Register) vs. Ben L. Smith
Calvary Day, Ga. (Milan Richard) vs. Savannah Christian
Gainesville, Ga. (Deshaun Watson) vs. Salem
Hammon Academy (Cannon Smith) vs. Ben Lippen
West Florence (Alex Spence) vs. Conway
West Mecklenburg, N.C. (Van Smith) vs. South Mecklenburg
Blythewood (Jalen Williams) vs. Spring Valley
Boiling Springs (Noah Green) at Wade Hampton