Each week during the season, Husker Extra takes a look at performances by athletes who have committed to or are being recruited by Nebraska.
Prospect Terrell Newby (5-10, 180, RB) scored on a 31-yard run to spark a late rally and tallied two other touchdowns as Chaminade Prep (Calif.) defeated Pulaski Academy (Ark.) 49-39.
"It was a crazy game, but we knew it was going to be a tough matchup coming in," Newby told the Los Angeles Daily News. "We worked all week on staying focused and we did that tonight. We made big plays when we needed them the most."
Nebraska recruit Johnny Stanton (6-2, 205, QB) rushed for two touchdowns and added another pair of scores through the air as Santa Margarita (Calif.) blew past Long Beach Jordan 35-6. The highlight of his performance was a 75-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Husker recruit Marcus Newby (6-1, 210, LB) helped forced three turnovers and hold Sandy Springs Sherwood to just one scoring drive and 78 rushing yards as Quince Orchard (Md.) won 28-12. It was Quince Orchard’s first win against Sherwood on the road in nine years. From The Washington Post: “It was a grinding win for the Cougars, but linebacker Marcus Newby — who was a menace in the Sherwood backfield all evening — doesn’t want the victory to become a signature way to win for his club. There’s more work to do, back in the weight room and on the practice field come Monday.
"We lined up well. We made adjustments when we needed to,” Newby said in a matter-of-fact tone. “I’m happy, but I’m not satisfied."
Prospect David Williams (6-1, 185, RB) rushed for 133 yards on just 13 carries and scored two first-quarter touchdowns as Philadelphia Imhotep blasted Wallingford Strath Haven 68-13. He had a 47-yard touchdown run on the first play of the third quarter.
"Strath Haven is a good program; to say I expected this I'd have to say no," Imhotep coach Albie Crosby told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "But I was looking forward to David coming out here and having an impressive game."
NU recruit Josh Banderas (6-2, 215, LB) rushed for 192 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown run, as Lincoln Southwest topped Grand Island 34-17 to improve to 2-0.
“The good thing was we did play some good football in between and saw Josh Banderas suck it up and help us put the game away,” LSW coach Mark King told the Journal Star. “He’s going to have to get used to that kind of work, and our offense is going to have to play with some more concentration, too.”
Nebraska recruit Marcus McWilson (6-1, 195, S) broke loose on a 53-yard touchdown run in a 23-point first quarter as Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney blanked Youngstown Boardman 37-0.
Husker recruit Nathan Gerry (6-2, 205, S) sparked his team with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half as top-ranked Sioux Falls (S.D.) Washington beat No. 4 Sioux Falls Lincoln 32-7.
"We had to do something to get off that groove. We were kind of going downhill at the end of that first half," Gerry told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. "As a captain I just want to step up and help my team and that was the first opportunity that I got."
An 11-yard reception by prospect Dashon Hunt (5-9, 175, CB) set up the game-winning field goal in overtime as Westlake (Calif.) edged Loomis Del Oro 16-13.
A story in the Merced Sun Star sung the praises of prospect Aaron Cochran (6-8, 350, OT) as Buhach Colony (Calif.) outscored Modesto Enochs 59-36.
“Cochran flips from one side of the line to the other and caves in everything around him. It was too much for Enochs. ‘He (Cochran) is proving he's a Division I recruit,’ BC coach Kevin Swartwood said. ‘He moves like a dancer.’”
The bad weather in Florida forced Loxahatchee (Fla.) Seminole Ridge to close its doors for the weekend, which led to the postponement of the Seminole Ridge-Wellington Palm Beach Central game. Prospect Kyle Shortridge (6-3, 275, DT) of Seminole Ridge attended the Nebraska-Southern Miss game, as did Corey Clement (5-11, 205, RB) of Glassboro, N.J. Clement has committed to Pitt.