September 2, 2007

Glenville-Poly features ton of talent

CANTON, Ohio - In the second game of the 2007 Herbstreit Classic in Canton, Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville took on Long Beach (Calif.) Poly in a matchup that featured plenty of D-I talent. Led by defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, Poly prevailed 21-13.

Casey is a load to handle for any offensive line. The 6-foot-2, 290-pounder doesn't dominate in the offensive backfield but he holds the line of scrimmage, keeps his feet and works his way down the line well when the play is run away from him. He's athletic enough to work as a fullback on offense for Poly, even scoring the opening touchdown of the game.

Safety Vaughn Telemaque looked solid in coverage and used his size in run support. He proved to be an excellent open field tackler, making quite a few plays in space. However, fellow defensive back Herman Davidson, also a senior, had a bigger day. Davidson had at least three huge open-field hits, including a bone-crusher on Glenville wideout Shelton Lundy in the end zone. At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, Davidson is a nice-looking strong safety at the next level.

Offensive center Douglas Spacht had a very nice game for Poly, dominating the line of scrimmage against a big Glenville defense. He's huge for his position at 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, but moves very well and gets to the second level often. And fellow senior Kevin Norell, a wide receiver/defensive back, showed nice speed and made a few big plays for Poly.

2009 Poly quarterback Morgan Fennell has a lot of upside although he struggles quite a bit with his accuracy. He has a cannon of an arm, has very quick feet and is elusive, but he's not a natural passer yet.

For Glenville, it was nice to see the passing game include wideout Cordale Scott who has been underutilized in the past. Scott didn't make any huge plays but he made some nice catches, used his big frame to fend off defenders and moved the chains. However, Scott dropped a huge pass in the end zone on a sure touchdown with under three minutes left and his team trailing 21-13.

Glenville defensive back Donnie Fletcher wasn't too busy during the game as Ploy wasn't very effective in the passing game and didn't throw his way often. However, he did make a few nice open-field tackles in run support and there was a reason he wasn't thrown at as his coverage was excellent. Fellow defensive back William Lowe had a great day on offense and defense. He picked off a pass for a touchdown for Glenville and had the highlight of the day, turning what looked like a 10-yard loss into a three yard gain by breaking numerous tackles.

2009 offensive tackle Marcus Hall flashed his limitless potential. Hall plays right tackle which protects the quarterback's blind side in the Glenville offense and he graded out well. He kept his quarterback clean for the most part and opened holes in the running game. Hall is around 6-foot-5 and 350 pounds but doesn't look sloppy or out of shape and has long arms and quick feet.


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