You have heard about the rocket arm of Jeff Driskel. The cannon that got him all the praise and high rankings during this past year leading up to his senior season. What most don't know about is his speed. The big guy can motor, and he can also shed tackles.
He shocked all in attendance at the beginning of the year when he popped a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at the Army All-American National Combine in San Antonio, Texas. He's also wowed opponents with his running skills on the field.
Driskel, a 6-foot-4, 225-pounder, set two school rushing records in the Huskies' 36-14 win at St. Cloud last week. He gained 256 yards, breaking his own single-game record from earlier this season, and also became Hagerty's single-season record holder with 817 yards and 10 TDs on 75 carries.
And he's still got four games left, so the Huskies (4-2) should have their first 1,000-yard rusher since Hagerty opened in 2005.
Driskel, who has committed to sign with Florida, will also be well over 1,000 yards passing. He is 68-of-119 for 951 yards and 9 TDs going into Friday night's matchup with Oviedo (5-1).
In that same game, St. Cloud quarterback Phillip Steinmetz, a junior, threw for 301 yards but had two interceptions and did not get a ball into the end zone. WR Brett Biller had 11 catches for 140 yards.
Lake Highland Prep 17, Mount Dora 14: Mount Dora (4-2) quarterback Vegas Harley had a Driskel-like rushing performance but the Hurricanes dropped a tough one to Lake Highland (6-1).
Harley, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior with the speed to get to the corner and strength to drag defenders, kept the ball 33 times for 254 yards and both Hurricanes TDs, which gave Mount Dora a 14-0 lead. Harley, however, wasn't so successful through the air. He completed just 5-of-28 passing with three interceptions by Ty Law, Taylor Barton and Hayden Jones. Harley also fumbled, leading to Lake Highland's game-winning drive.
We got to see more of LHP freshman Evan Jager, who made his second start in place of injured quarterback Cody Manzella. Jager threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Barton with three minutes and 45 seconds remaining to complete the Lake Highland rally.
Highlanders punter Michael Rasmussen boomed six punts 44 yards or longer, with three at 50-plus.
Other top prospect performances from Week 7:
Freedom 27, Lake Mary 22: Freedom QB Derik Abbott and Lake Mary's star athlete Taylor Richards kept trading punches, and it was Abbot with the final punch at the bell. Abbott scored from 1-yard out with 8 seconds left to cap an 8-play, 80-yard drive for the game-winning TD.
Abbott, a junior, had three rushing touchdowns and passed for another to keep the Patriots a perfect 7-0 on the season. He accounted for 365 of the Patriots' 397 total offense. All three of Abbott's TD runs were of the 1-yard variety. He racked up 69 yards rushing and also threw for 301 yards and a touchdown on 22-of-36 passing.
Freedom's Asiantii Woulard had 6 catches for 116 yards and a touchdown.
Abbott's efforts overshadowed a three-touchdown performance by Richards, who rushed 16 times for 111 yards. Richards had TD runs of 17, 4 and 9 yards, as well as a rushing conversion.
Bishop Moore 34, Harmony 21: Trevor Alfredson had a 66-yard interception return for a touchdown to clinch the Hornets' victory. QB Michael Calabro was his usual consistent self, completing 14 of 17 passes for 201 yards and two passing touchdowns, and he added two rushing scores for the Hornets (5-2).
The Hornets slowed Harmony RB C.J. Clayton, somewhat. He rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Harmony QB Adam Harvey carried 23 times for 108 yards and one touchdown.
Oviedo 23, Flagler Palm Coast 13: Senior ATH Johnny Boston had three touchdowns, all of a different variety. He threw a touchdown pass to Mac Metcalf, caught a touchdown pass from Sean Long and he returned a fumble he forced for another score.
New Smyrna Beach 28, DeLand 24: Telvin Hooks finally had that breakout game we had been expecting to see way earlier in the season. The transfer from Mainland, where he played for one year after transferring from NSB after his sophomore year, had 132 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Barracudas to the upset. Raheem Mostert scored on a 9-yard TD catch for the game-winner and also had a 50-yard run off a screen pass that set up the game-winning touchdown. Mostert had 6 catches for 130 yards.
Deante Saunders led DeLand with 140 yards rushing and two touchdowns. DeLand threw just one pass in the game.
Other top performersSerge Trezy and Drico Johnson, Agape Christian: RB Trezy had 108 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 17 carries, and WR Johnson had 91 yards and two TDs on six receptions.
Kevin Sousa, QB, Lake Nona: Sousa, the Michigan commit, has put together three straight solid games after struggling a bit early. He completed 14 of 26 passes for 247 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, but the Lions lost again 28-21 to Celebration and are now 0-7. He also ran for 131 yards and had a touchdown on 16 carries. In the past three games he has completed 43 of 69 passing attempts (62 percent), 5 TDs and 2 picks.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun