The high school football season came to a close this past weekend, as future OSU commits were big contributors in each game:
QB Mason Rudolph participated in the 2013 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, an all-star game featuring the best players in South Carolina taking on the best from North Carolina. Rudolph stole the show yet again, completing 15 of 22 passes for 182 yards and 3 touchdowns and was named MVP of the game.
Rudolph split QB duties with Jacob Park, who beat out Mason for the "Mr. Football" award given to the top player in the state. However, Rudolph would be the go-to QB in the clutch for South Carolina, as he capped off a game-winning drive with 16 seconds left, hitting Shaquille Davidson on a 20-yard pass for a touchdown.
There is no doubt that Rudolph will have a great chance to compete for the starting QB position for the Cowboys this spring.
Mason Rudolph named MVP of 77th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas http://t.co/7sWsCdVkE6 >>>Get ready OSU fans. He's on his way to Stilly— Jack Lorenz (@osucactus) December 22, 2013
WR James Washington was outstanding for Samford on Saturday. Samford trailed by 7 late in the 4th quarter until QB Bo Wimberley found Washington for a 60-yard pass to tie the game 28-28 with 3:42 seconds left. With the game still in question and Shiner driving late, Washington picked off a pass and ran in back 75 yards for a touchdown putting the game out of reach as Samford defeated Shriner 41-28. Washington accounted for 3 touchdowns in the game (2 receiving and 1 on defense).
LB Justin Phillips and Pearland took on Allen in the Texas Class 5A Division 1 State Championship in front of a crowd of 54,347, setting the attendance record for a Texas high school football game . Phillips made a huge play early in the game, forcing a fumble and returning it 86 yards to set up a Pearland touchdown and an early 14-7 lead. Allen would respond, scoring 4 unanswered touchdowns which proved to be too much for Pearland to overcome.
Undefeated Allen out-gained Pearland 390-164 while scoring 5 times in less than 1 minute in a 63-28 victory. Pearland finished the year 14-2.