South Carolina commit Jared Henry was responsible for the play that kept his high school team undefeated Friday night.
The First Coast (Fla.) safety laid a crunching hit on Sandalwood (Fla.) tailback Chris Spencer, forcing a fumble that led to the game’s winning touchdown in a 20-13 win. The Buccaneers improved to 4-0.
First Coast tied the game with a touchdown pass with 6:33 left, and on the second play of the ensuing possession, Henry rocked Sandalwood’s ball carrier. The football shot backwards 15 yards, where one of Henry’s teammates recovered. The winning score followed shortly thereafter.
“He broke outside and I just tried to break down and put a solid hit on him,” Henry told the Florida Times-Union. “Sometimes, I overrun plays trying to kill a guy. I made a good hit and when I looked up, the ball was out.”
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Henry finished with seven tackles, including four solo stops, and one pass breakup.
“That play he made Friday night was a big-time college hit,” First Coast coach Marty Lee said. “He was running downhill when he hit him. That was a big play for us and definitely one of the hits of the week.
“He’s really having a great senior season and has stepped up to become a leader. He’s adjusted to the system we’re running. He’s definitely a big-time ball player for us.”
Here are how USC’s other commitments fared this week:
KJ Brent, WR, Marvin Ridge (N.C.) | Brent had seven catches for 90 yards in a 56-14 win over North Lincoln (N.C.). After a bye week, the 6-0 Mavericks open conference play Oct. 8 against Porter Ridge (N.C.).
Kaleb Broome, OT, Georgia Military | Broome started at right tackle in a 50-6 win over Arkansas Baptist. Georgia Military is 3-1. Thomas Finnie, CB, Miami Central | Finnie’s individual statistics were not available from a 70-0 win over Miami Springs (Fla.). Central is 3-1.
Ronnie Martin, DB, Spartanburg | Martin’s individual statistics were not available from a 14-13 loss to South Pointe. The game was televised on ESPN2. Spartanburg is 2-3.
Martay Mattox, QB, Clarke Central (Ga.) | Mattox passed for 198 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-0 win over Winder Barrow (Ga.). He was 10-for-12 passing and rushed four times for 82 yards and a score. Clarke Central is 4-0.
Mike Matulis, OL, Park Vista (Fla.) | Matulis did not play in a 35-13 win over Palm Beach Central (Fla.). He was held out for a second straight week due to a minor knee injury. He said the plan is for him to return on Oct. 8 after the team’s bye this week. Park Vista is 4-0.
Lorenzo Mauldin, DE, Jackson (Ga.) | Mauldin had eight tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles in a 39-7 loss to Clarkston (Ga.). Jackson is 1-3.
Jordan Montgomery, LB, South Lake (Fla.) | Montgomery had nine tackles, including three for loss, and two sacks in a 50-14 loss to Apopka. The game was televised on ESPN2. South Lake is 2-2.
Edward Muldrow, OLB, South Gwinnett (Ga.) | Muldrow had six tackles, including three for loss, two sacks and a 25-yard touchdown reception in a 37-16 win over Parkview (Ga.). South Gwinnett, the state’s ninth-ranked 5A team, is 4-1.
Angelo Watley, DE, Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) | Angelo Watley, DE, Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) | Watley had two tackles and one sack in a 31-7 win over Mountain View (Ga.). Peachtree Ridge is 5-0.
Brandon Wilds, RB, Blythewood | Wilds rushed 18 times for 62 yards in a 29-7 loss to Rock Hill. He scored Blythewood’s lone touchdown on a four-yard run. The Bengals are 1-4.
Carver (Ga.) offensive lineman Quincy McKinney, Olympia (Fla.) defensive tackle Deon Green and Ridgeland (Ga.) defensive end Mason Harris were off this week.