There will be several future college football players on display Friday night at Central where Brophy Prep takes on Centennial at Central High Stadium.
Here is an overview of the key players from both teams:
BROPHY PREP BRONCOS (5-2)
Benjamin Morrison, BC, 6-1, 180, Sr.
He is hoping to come out of concussion protocol after missing the last two games. If he picks up where he left off, Notre Dame fans will be thrilled because Morrison, who signed up with the Fighting Irish, has all the tools to become one of the best cornerbacks in the country. He has length, athleticism, great instincts and he will go into the backfield.
Zac Swanson, DL, 6-4, 255, Sr.
Inside or out, it doesn’t matter, he’s been a destructive force on the front line for the Broncos, a frequent visitor to the backfield. No wonder the Texas Longhorns are eager to bring him to Austin. He has elite-level athleticism and a bad streak on the court that you can’t train.
Mardale Rowe, DL, 6-2, 220, So.
They used him on the edge and he walked away with a team-leading six sacks. Rowe’s athleticism is off the charts. He is still growing. And he’s only going to get better with a combination of strength and speed that will lead to plenty of Power 5 football deals in his future.
Elijah Warner, QB, 5-11, 185, Sr.
The son of former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, he has a great role model in his own home. The lost junior season has turned into a very good senior season, as he handles a complex offense with great skill and composure. He doesn’t have a Power 5 offer yet. Neither does his father, who was out of high school in Iowa. And now a movie is coming out about his dad’s journey to NFL stardom.
Taj Hughes, athlete, 5-8 years old, 195 years old, Sr.
Versatile athlete who has the chance to stand out on Saturday as a receiver or defensive back. He’s a big part of the offense with 45 catches, including six touchdowns.
Tyler Powell, TE, 6-7, 240, Sr.
Huge target who committed to the University of Arizona for football. He could also play baseball. A talented right-handed pitcher. He has 17 catches for 134 yards this season.
CENTURY COYOTES (3-4)
Kavaughn Clark, RB, 5-8, 180, Jr.
It’s been a difficult season after losing his mother to COVID-19. He played in every game, but he was sometimes limited due to injuries. He rushed for 419 yards and seven touchdowns on 80 carries.
James Scott, RB, 5-9, 205, Sr.
His numbers are similar to Clark’s. He rushed 84 times for 460 yards and three touchdowns. Centennial is starting a young offensive line with just one senior, but coach Richard Taylor says they’re making progress under highly respected line coach Joe McDonald.
Dylan Roberts, TD, 6-3, 275, Jr.
He has 29 tackles, 20 solo, leading the defensive front. It’s a tank that can move fast and fill the racing game. Has Power 5 offers from Arizona and California.
Demari Washington, DB, 6-0, 175, Jr.
He’ll have a pretty active night with Brophy who loves throwing. Security has an offer from Colorado. He leads the team with three interceptions.
Ricky Munoz, WR, 6-0, 160, So.
They have to give the ball to this kid, who has a bright future in the game ahead of him with his big-play abilities and reliable hands. Averaged 22 yards on seven catches in four games.
Javari Hester, OLB, 5-11, 195, Sr.
His speed and power led to 22 tackles and two sacks and six QB rushes.
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