High School Football

Top-10 performances from the weekend by local college football players

Former Fort Mill Yellow Jacket Rylan Wells threw four touchdown passes Saturday during Jacksonville University’s win over Davidson.
Former Fort Mill Yellow Jacket Rylan Wells threw four touchdown passes Saturday during Jacksonville University’s win over Davidson.

Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State- Rudolph was named the Walter Camp Foundation National player of the week and Big 12 Conference offensive player of the week for his efforts during the Cowboys’ 49-29 win over No. 5 Texas Christian, the Horned Frogs’ first last this season.

Rudolph completed 16-of-24 passes for 352 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. Four of the TD passes came in the first half as the Cowboys built a commanding 28-9 lead.

TCU safety Derrick Kindred told reporters afterward, “[Rudolph] is a good quarterback – he didn't surprise me at all. They came in and played great. It was what we should expect from an 8-0 team.”

With the win, Oklahoma State remained unbeaten at 9-0 and moved into both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls’ top-five.

Anthony Johnson, Iowa Western- Iowa Western beat Iowa Central 31-3 thanks in part to a huge game from former South Pointe standout, Johnson. He caught four passes for 160 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Highlights from Johnson’s big outing:

Rylan Wells, Jacksonville- Wells, the former Fort Mill Yellow Jacket, again made the most of extensive playing time during the Dolphins’ 42-12 win over Davidson. Wells replaced injured starter Kade Bell in the second quarter and completed 18-of-24 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns, while also gaining 68 yards rushing on five carries.

“I got a lot of reps in practice,” Wells told the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville’s daily newspaper. “When I got in, coach (Kerwin) Bell called the right plays, and we were moving.”

Xavier McFadden, Carson-Newman- Rock Hill High’s McFadden had a big game as Carson-Newman held off North Greenville 48-45. McFadden, a junior cornerback, made eight tackles, intercepted a pass - one of five by the Eagles - and broke up two more.

Alstevis Squirewell, Newberry- Squirewell, from Great Falls, made nine tackles, with 2.5 for a loss and 1.5 sacks during Newberry’s 47-7 blowout of Limestone. Squirewell is second in the South Atlantic Conference with 13 tackles-for-loss.

Worth Gregory, East Carolina- The Pirates’ offense struggled in a 22-17 loss to South Florida, which meant plenty of punting for Gregory, the Fort Mill product. Gregory thumped nine kicks for an average of 44.6 yards, with six downed inside the 20-yard line. South Florida only returned one punt, for a two-yard loss.

Abri Tate, Bryant- Nation Ford grad made five tackles, with two for a loss and a half-sack during Bryant’s 40-10 win over Wagner. Tate has 10.5 tackles-for-loss in nine games this season.

Lee Wright, Youngstown State- York Cougar made a team-high nine tackles, forced a fumble and broke up a pass during the Penguins’ 47-7 demolition of Missouri State. Wright spoke to reporters after the game:

Tony Godbolt, North Greenville- Fort Mill grad made 11 tackles with a half tackle-for-loss during North Greenville’s 48-45 loss to Carson-Newman.

Ervin Moore, Concord (W.Va.)- Lancaster’s Moore finished his college career with a bang, notching a career-high 13 tackles, 1.5 tackles-for-loss and a pass break-up during Concord’s 52-7 win over West Virginia State. Moore finishes in Concord’s all-time top-10 in tackles.

Other notable performances

Markell Castle, Newberry- York grad caught his first touchdown pass in college football during the Wolves’ 47-7 win over Limestone. Castle’s 10-yard grab late in the game completed the scoring.

Jatavius Stewart, William Penn (Iowa)- William Penn beat Graceland 31-17 and Stewart, the former Rock Hill Bearcat, scored a 21-yard rushing touchdown. He also returned a kickoff 24 yards.

Jaleel Scott, Ellsworth Community College (Iowa)- Scott caught three passes for 27 yards as the Panthers took down No. 5 junior college team, Butler, 36-28.

Gerald Dixon, South Carolina- South Pointe’s Dixon made five tackles during South Carolina’s 27-24 loss to Tennessee.

Corey Dover, Newberry- York’s Dover made four stops during the Wolves’ blowout of Limestone.

Nick Raszeja, LaGrange (Ga.)- Fort Mill product made two tackles during LaGrange’s loss to N.C. Wesleyan.

Akiven Williams, Apprentice School (Va.)- Lewisvill’s William made a pair of tackles, including one for a loss, during the Apprentice School’s loss to Webber International.

Devin Pearson, Charlotte- South Pointe’s Pearson made two tackles as Charlotte fell to Florida International 48-31.

Corey Seargent, East Carolina- Northwestern Shrine Bowler made a tackle during the Pirates’ loss to South Florida.

Chris Bouyer, East Tennessee State- another Northwestern Shrine Bowler, Bouyer made three tackles during ETSU’s 21-9 loss to Robert Morris.

Ty Currence, Limestone- York prouct had a tackle-for-loss during the Saints’ 47-7 loss to Newberry.

Quan Caldwell, South Carolina State- Chester Cyclone caught three passes for 40 yards during the Bulldogs’ 9-6 loss to N.C. A&T.

Gerald Dixon, Jr., South Carolina- Northwestern product made three tackles during the Gamecocks’ loss to Tennessee.

Neil Williams, N.C. Central- Chester’s Williams made two tackles and a half-tackle-for-loss during Central’s blowout win over Delaware State.

Mitchell Jeter, The Citadel- Rock Hill High product made three tackles and a sack as The Citadel blew out VMI 35-14 to move 6-0 in Southern Conference play.

Nate Casey, Davidson- Westminster Catawba grad made five tackles in Davidson’ 42-12 loss to Jacksonville.

Quadarius Fair, Grossmont College (Calif.)- Former Northwestern Trojan out in California playing junior college football caught five passes for 24 yards during his team’s 33-31 win over Santa Ana.

Jeremy Massey, North Greenville- South Pointe product made a pair of tackles and broke up a pass during NGU’s loss to Carson-Newman.