AVON, Ind. – It was the sectional championship round of the state tournament last Friday and 247Sports was on hand for Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike’s 55-24 victory over Avon.
Indiana DE commit David Kenney was dominant in Pike's sectional championship victory over host Avon.
Avon had previously ended Pike’s season the past three years.
Pike Stars Shine
-Indiana defensive end commit David Kenney played like a young man possessed in the first half, registering three sacks and just posting up shop in the Avon backfield. The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Kenney does a fantastic job of anticipating snap counts and is very quick off the snap. He’s just as strong in run support as he is in rushing the passer. Just a dominant first-half performance by Kenney in setting the tone for the rest of the game. The Red Devils were up 34-10 at intermission.
-Top247 junior receiver Dominique Booth only caught two passes, but he made the most of his opportunities. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Booth caught a 12-yard touchdown on a fade route in the first quarter and added another 13-yard scoring reception in the second half. Ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 24 receiver, and by the 247Composite as the country’s 177 prospect overall, Booth already holds 13 BCS scholarship offers. We’ve seen Booth multiple times and he’s a physical receiver that’s tough to bring to the carpet. A strong runner with a little wiggle that can take a short pass and turn it into a long gain.
News and Notes
-Junior quarterback Brent Lyles was fantastic, completing 11-of-19 passes for 171 yards and five touchdowns to zero interceptions. He’s on several coaching staffs radars at this point in the recruiting process.
-Avon has a big defensive front led by Top100 senior defensive end prospect and Clemson commit Elijah Daniel, junior defensive end Mack Duffin and sophomore defensive lineman Joey Belden. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Daniel lined up all over the field, mainly at linebacker, and came downhill rushing the passer on nearly every snap. Pike was ready for this and Lyles did a nice job of getting rid of the football with Daniel bearing down on him. No question Daniel is as athletic as they come for a player of his size, but it was a tough night for the defense in general. Both Duffin and Belden have the look of future Division-I players with Belden possibly having a chance to develop into a national recruit like Daniel.
-Say hello to Pike junior running back Taylor Sanders, who carried 19 times for 165 yards including a 25-yard touchdown run. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Sanders was able to get loose on a couple carries and had the speed to outrun the Avon defense.
Indiana DE commit David Kenney played like the state's top defensive lineman on Friday night, registering three first half sacks in the win over Avon.
-Western Kentucky receiver commit Jalen Edwards had just one catch for 11 yards for Avon. Edwards also saw work as a kick returner.
-Another Pike running back that came into the season receiving several Division-I looks was Derrick Wilkerson. Hobbled by injury much of the season, Wilkerson is back in the rotation. He carried three times for 20 yards including an eight-yard touchdown run.
-Avon got 102 yards rushing on 19 carries from sophomore Derrick Tennant, who scored on a four-yard run in the second quarter to make it 14-7 at the time.
-No question Pike junior cornerback Tyler Sanders has some speed and he was a factor in the punt return game for the Red Devils.
-Pike senior receiver Tyrez Boyd had a big night as the Avon defense zeroed in on Booth. He caught five passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
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