Each week during the high school football season, GABA will be bringing you a roundup of South Carolina Gamecocks football commits. Things are now in full swing as all South Carolina and Georgia teams have begun play, while action in Florida started this weekend. A look at the performances from the future Gamecocks:
—Zay Brown and Clarke Central fell to Oconee County 34-10 to drop to 1-1 on the young season. The Gladiators travel to Gainesville next Friday.
—MJ Webb had a terrific start to his season, but Morgan County was clipped by Greene County 13-12. Webb put together a stat line of nine tackles, two TFLs, and a blocked point after.
—Shawn Smith and Brunswick fell to Coffee, 21-20, in their season opener. The Pirates head to Cook High next week.
—In probably one of the biggest games of the year in the Tar Heel State, T.J. Moore and Eric Douglas’s Mallard Creek Mavericks defeated local rival Butler 35-20 to go to 2-0 on the season. They will take on Byrnes, Bobby Bentley’s former employer, at home next week.
—Another big game was happening at Rocky Mount, where Sherrod Greene and his Gryphons couldn’t hold off Middle Creek in a 37-25 loss despite four takeaways. Rocky Mount will look to bounce back against Hertford County next week.
—Hamsah Nasirildeen and Concord had no trouble with Albermarle, winning 56-0. They take on East Rowan next week.
—DB Jaylin Dickerson and Pinecrest remained perfect in their first two games, dropping Riverside 35-0.
—Shi Smith and Union County were annihilated by Gaffney 53-7 to fall to 1-1 in 2016. Another tough one, against York, is coming up next week.
—Tight end Will Register and Chapin pulled off an unbelievable comeback on Friday. Trailing 32-21 with two minutes left, the Eagles scored two late touchdowns - one on a punt return - to stun Mid Carolina 35-32. They will try to carry that momentum into Irmo next week.
—LB Damani Staley and Ridge View clipped Blythewood 23-21 to improve to 2-0. Staley had a nice sack in this one to help the Ridge View effort, one of two on the evening.
Third down sack by #Gamecocks DE/LB commit Damani Staley pic.twitter.com/Ssb1etCAXG— Wes Mitchell (@WesMitchellGC) August 26, 2016
—LB Tyreek Johnson and Lakewood are still looking for their first win after a 45-7 loss to Lake City dropped them to 0-2.
—OL Summie Carlay and Laurens dropped to 1-1 on the young campaign after a 34-29 defeat at the hands of Clinton. Chapman is up next in a home contest.
—Davonne Bowen and Woodmont dropped a 28-21 decision to Piedmont.
—Jay Urich and Wren open against James Island on Saturday afternoon.
—Kyshaun Bryan and St. Thomas Aquinas entered their first game #1 in the country, but they’ll drop after a 27-23 loss to Booker T. Washington. Bryan did find the end zone in the first quarter as part of his stat line in the season opener.
—Tavyn Jackson and Rickards saw their season start with a loss with a 27-18 defeat to Madison County. Jackson had a catch for three yards for Rickards, who will look to bounce back against Leon next week in Tallahassee.
—Damarri Mathis and Lakeland had an easy 49-0 victory over Ed White. Auburndale is next for the Dreadnaughts next week.