Nobody knows yet where a college would play Kent Gainous (ranked No. 45 on Sentinel Central Florida 100), but the Edgewater junior QB continues to prove he is a good enough athlete to find a spot on the field for somebody.
Gainous (6-1, 192) was virtually all of Edgewater's offense in its 15-6 loss to Apopka (3-0). Playing against one of the area's toughest defenses Gainous ripped off runs of 13, 19, 25, and 18 yards.
At times, Edgewater's best play was having Gainous get flushed out of the pocket by rushers. He is elusive and runs about as hard as any running back in the area. He also looks much-improved as a passer. Gainous was only 7-of-20 for 115 yards against Apopka's pressure. But a 56-yard pass he lofted to Tyler Williams in the second quarter was a thing of beauty perfectly placed to hit Williams in stride.
Gainous said last week he had no firm major college offers but was hopeful and has gotten interest from Florida Atlantic and Toledo. He loves playing QB, but said he will shift to whatever position buys him a ticket to the next level.
Apopka receivers Donald Scott and Henley Griffon will catch it if it gets thrown to them
Apopka WR Donald Scott and TE Henley Griffon (No. 5 and 62 on the Sentinel CF Top 100) are not going to catch many balls in an offense that is very much run-oriented.
But both showed Friday against Edgewater that they are capable of getting downfield to make plays. Apopka went no-huddle to start the game for the first time this season and surprised the Eagles with a 46-yard play-action pass from QB Keon Brooks to Scott, who has proven athleticism as one of the state's top triple jumpers.
Brooks' only other completion of the night was another big play a 40-yard pass to Griffon, who got wide open on a first-and-20 play following a penalty. Griffon won't have major league stats, but he is a big target and he can run.
Kenny Shaw hurt, but Nick Patti, Dee Hart shine in Dr. Phillips win
Dr. Phillips' talented wide receiver prospect Kenny Shaw (No. 2 on Sentinel CF 100) may sit out next week's game against Cypress Creek after pulling his groin Friday night in the Panthers 27-20 win over Olympia.
Though Shaw was certainly the focus after the game, it didn't overshadow strong games from DP sophomore QB Nick Patti and junior RB Dee Hart (No. 15 on Sentinel Florida 2011 Top 100).
Patti was 12-of-23 for 154 yards and a touchdown and helped steady a Panthers' offense against an active Olympia defense. Hart was the closer on long drives, with a 1-yard rushing TD and catching a 26-yard score in the first half
It will be awhile before Patti really gets into the recruiting mix, but he's definitely going to be one of the young signal callers in the area to watch.
East Ridge RB Jarius Pace makes team debut and runs ofr 120 yards and 2 TDs
On the other side of the field in the DP-Olympia matchup, another underclassman also turned some heads for Titans.
Junior RB Jarius Pace (6-1/190) played in his first game for Olympia Friday. Pace missed their first two games of the season as he awaited final athletic approval of his transfer from East Ridge.
Pace started in the backfield, returned kicks and played defensive back in his debut Friday and showed why Coach Bob Head has been eagerly awaiting his addition. He had touchdown runs of five and 14 yards as a part of his 13 rush, 120-yard night.
He is swift on his feet and moves well no matter where he's playing. That versatility should get him a lot of attention as a part of the class of 2011.
Pace's teammate, QB Trevor Siemian (a Northwestern commitment and No. 9 on Sentinel CF 100), came into Friday averaging 260 passing yards through his first two games.
He avoided the turnovers of his first two outings (had two in both games) against the Panthers, but was just 19-of-40 for 178 yards in the loss. He had one rushing touchdown -- on the opening series -- but none through the air.
Winter Park RB Patrick Mputu helps Wildcats rout Boone
Winter Park had an easy time in its 59-14 romp over rival Boone and two of the Wildcats' top players had big nights.
Senior RB Patrick Mputu (No. 26 on Sentinel CF 100), who has emerged as the primary ball carrier this season, had 16 rushes for 101 yards and two scores.
Also another player to watch for 2011, junior QB Sam Richardson, had a well-rounded night. He was 7-of-12 for 127 yards and a touchdown passing and also rushed for two more scores.
Compiled by Kyle Hightower, Buddy Collings and Chris Hays