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Friday Night Highlights: Utu Off to Hot Start in Senior Season

Jelani McDonald and Zane Flores also had standout performances.

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It was a tough weekend on the gridiron for many of Oklahoma State’s 2023 class, with Cowboy commits going 4-6.

But there were still some standout performances from the week that was. Here is a look at how the Pokes’ pledges played with stats provided by MaxPreps.

Jelani McDonald / ATH (DB) / Waco Connally (3-0) / Texas

Do-everything athlete Jelani McDonald was at it again this weekend in Waco Connally’s 45-40 victory over C.H. Yoe (Cameron, Texas).

McDonald, who is recruited as a defensive back for the Cowboys, was 1-for-4 as the Cadets’ quarterback, throwing for 15 yards. On only eight rushing attempts, McDonald ran for 157 yards and a touchdown — that’s 19.6 yards per carry.

He also made a tackle, had 67 punting yards and 36 kickoff return yards.


Zane Flores / QB / Gretna (3-0) / Nebraska

Zane Flores was in Stillwater for Oklahoma State’s game against Arizona State on Saturday just hours after Gretna’s closest game of the season, a 16-13 victory against Creighton Prep.

Flores was 30-for-38 through the air with 206 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for 40 yards on 4.4 yards a carry.


Jaedon Foreman / DL / Del City (3-0) / Oklahoma

Jaedon Foreman and Del City thumped Midwest City, Mike Gundy’s alma mater, 41-0 on Friday.

Foreman had six tackles, including a tackle for loss, and a pass breakup. As a tight end, Foreman also caught a pass for 13 yards. He caught a would-be 30-yard touchdown that got called back after a penalty.


Camron Heard / ATH (WR) / Furr (2-1) / Texas

After Camron Heard’s Furr High School suffered its first loss of the season last weekend, the Brahmans responded dominantly against Pro-Vision Academy (Houston), winning 68-0.

Heard, who plays QB for Furr but is recruited as a receiver, was 5-for-6 passing with 50 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 16 yards and another score.


Kam Franklin / DB / Oak Grove (1-1) / Louisiana

Kam Franklin’s Oak Grove Tigers fell to Ouachita Christian 48-20 on Friday. MaxPreps didn’t have any stats for the game.


Dylan Smith / DB / Braswell (2-1) / Texas

Dylan Smith’s Braswell Bengals ran into the buzz saw that is Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas) on Friday, falling 79-26.

Smith had a tackle and a 10-yard reception.


Poasa Utu / LB / Kennedale (1-2) / Texas

Kennedale went into overtime with Denison on Friday, but Poasa Utu’s squad fell 35-28.

Utu had 11 tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack, a QB hurry and he blocked a punt. He also had a 33-yard reception and a 12-yard kick return.

Three games into the season, Utu already has 35 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and three sacks.


Jack Endean / OL / Tanque Verde (1-2) / Arizona

The Tanque Verde Hawks fell to Pima 43-0 on Friday night.

Jack Endean had six tackles on defense and a handful of solid blocks as the Hawks’ left tackle.


Ricky Lolohea / DL / Trinity (0-3) / Texas

Trinity fell to Flower Mound Marcus (shoutout Marcus Smart) 30-20. There were no stats submitted to MaxPreps for the game, but Lolohea’s highlights reveal him making at least four tackles, including a sack.


JaKobe Sanders / OL / Stillwater (2-0) / Oklahoma

JaKobe Sanders’ Stillwater Pioneers advanced to 2-0 on the season after thumping Yukon 55-9, but Sanders left the game in the second quarter with an injury to his left leg.

Sanders was taken off on a cart, according to Stillwater News Press reporter Ben Hutchens.

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