September 3, 2006

Perkins big in Northglenn's season opener

Each week, BuffStampede.com will keep you up to date with the senior performances of CU's commitments from the Class of 2007. All ten of the Buffs' pledges started their season this weekend.

Anthony Perkins, QB - Northglenn (Colo.) High

BuffStampede.com had a sideline view of Perkins' big season opener at Boulder Fairview on Friday night.

Although he will likely play defensive back when he gets to CU, Perkins is a dangerous dual-threat quarterback at the high school level. Much of Northglenn's offensive attack was predicated on getting the defense to over pursue. Perkins often looked like he was being shot out of a cannon when he would burst out of the pocket. He picked up 187 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He also completed five-of-15 pass attempts for 52 yards and a score. Northglenn won the game by three points, 24-21.

"They held me up in the second quarter, but our coaches did a good job of changing up the blocking schemes to make it easier for me to get through," Perkins said told the Rocky Mountain News. "I just tried to read it and ran hard."

Perkins and his Northglenn teammates will look to improve to 2-0 this Thursday at home against Boulder High.

Blake Behrens, OL - Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep

After winning the 2005 state championship, the Brophy Broncos enter this season ranked on top. A 69-yard scoring drive right before halftime got them on track on Friday night against host Desert Vista. From there, the Broncos cruised to a 34-18 victory.

Behrens helped Brophy dominate the line of scrimmage and the clock. The Broncos had the ball for 31:42 compared to 16:18 for Desert Vista. "Our offensive line did a great job run-blocking and pass-blocking," Brophy coach Scooter Molander told the Arizona Republic.

Lamont Smith, RB - Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic

Central Catholic comes into the 2006 with huge expectations, not only are they the top ranked Class AAAA team in the state but they are also ranked USA Today's No. 9 team in the country. They defeated host Gateway, 42-27, in the season opener, a game which was televised on Fox Sports Pittsburgh. Smith rushed for 128 yards and scored three total touchdowns before an ankle injury knocked him out of the game early in the fourth quarter. The severity of the injury is not known.

Matt Ballenger, QB - Nampa (Idaho) Skyview

Ballenger and his Skyview teammates lost their season opener against Eagle on Friday night, 39-22. The Hawks will look to bounce back next week against Caldweld, a team they beat 43-14 last year.

Ethan Adkins, OL - Castle Rock (Colo.) Douglas County

The defending 5A state champions started out the 2006 season in fine fashion, defeating Gateway, 37-8. Adkins helped open holes for running back Ryan Misare, who rushed for 135 yards on 18 carries. "The thing a lot of people thought last year is we were a one-man team," Huskies coach Jeff Ketron told the Rocky Mountain News. "(Andy Muns) was a product of our offensive line."

Tyler Ahles, LB - San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon

Ahles had a tackle busting 34-yard touchdown reception with 5:45 left in the second quarter but he incurred a thigh contusion on the play and did not return. Cajon lost to Bloomington, 32-28.

Shawn Daniels, OL - Denver (Colo.) J.K. Mullen

The top ranked Mustangs wasted little time to warm up the scoreboard on Friday against Poudre. They scored 27 first quarter points en route to a 57-20 victory. Mullen will face Montbello next.

Robert Hall, LB - Friendswood (Texas) High

Hall and his Friendswood teammates cruised to a big 35-3 season opening win over Jones High.

Garth Gerhart and Adam Tello, OL - Norco (Calif.) High

The talented offensive line duo helped the Cougars trounce Miller (Fontana) on Friday, 42-6.

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