There isn't much left for senior South Bend (Ind.) Washington receiver Gehrig Dieter to do.
Three weekends ago, he set the Indiana state record with 373 receiving yards. On Aug. 26, he had another 300-yard receiving game. And this past weekend, Dieter hauled in 12 receptions for 437 yards, a new national high school record, breaking the previous mark of 421 yards J.D. Felice of Rose Bud, Ark., set in 2008.
Washington coach Antwon Jones was about to call off the dogs in the opening moments of the fourth quarter after Dieter's 90-yard touchdown, but Dieter wanted to go for the record.
"He came up to me and I promised him that if he came close I'd let him go for it," Jones said.
Washington's final 10 plays all went in Dieter's direction and it was the last offensive play of the game that Dieter broke the record, catching a 39-yard touchdown over a pair of Elkhart Central defenders.
In the fourth quarter, once it became clear Dieter was going for the record, Central put three defenders on Dieter.
"The entire game they had one guy pressing me and one guy over the top," Dieter said. "At the end of the fourth quarter, they had two guys pressing me and one over the top."
The decision to go for the record has drawn some criticism as Washington led 56-10 before Dieter's final touchdown. Benches cleared in the fourth quarter after Notre Dame commitment David Perkins of Washington was pushed down after taking a knee on a punt return as Central's players were clearly frustrated and did not approve of Dieter's pursuit of the record. Referees claimed Perkins retaliated with a punch and was ejected.
Unless Washington's appeal is won, Perkins will miss the team's next game.
The referees called Jones and Central coach Levon Johnson to midfield to calm their players down.
Johnson told the South Bend Tribune he did not approve of Jones' decision to allow Dieter to go for the record but "I understand what he was doing."
Jones said his intention wasn't to embarrass Central, but he felt Dieter deserved the opportunity to break the record.
"You don't get that opportunity on your team that often," Jones said. "To go for a national record, you gotta go for it."
Pittsburgh and Purdue have successful weekends
It's been a slow week out in the Midwest for commitments recently, but Pittsburgh and Purdue both grabbed a few commitments over the weekend.
On Friday, three-star Pittsburgh Allderdice defensive tackle Tyrique Jarrett committed to the Panthers. Following the Panthers' season-opening win against Buffalo on Saturday, three-star Pittsburgh Penn Hills receiver Corey Jones committed to the hometown Panthers.
The 5-foot-9, 155-pound Jones also had offers from Miami (Fla.), West Virginia, Maryland, Cincinnati, Kansas, Toledo and Kent State.
Jones cited the same reason as Jarrett's for his commitment to Pitt: the constant attention new coach Todd Graham showered upon him.
"He showed me a lot of love," Jones told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "None of those other schools showed me that kind of love."
Purdue picked up its third commitment of the week Sunday when JUCO offensive lineman Devin Smith (6-5, 290 pounds) committed. Smith is playing at Arizona Western Community College after graduating from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Two-star athlete Aloyis Gray from Indianapolis Pike committed Saturday. The 6-3, 175-pound Gray had offers from three other BCS schools, including Big Ten schools Indiana and Illinois.
On Aug. 31, tight end Carlos Carvajal from Hialeah, Fla., committed to Purdue. Carvajal committed to Purdue last recruiting season, too, but failed to qualify and is spending this season at Milford Academy (New Berlin, N.Y.).
Fab 50 school could lose top junior
Colerain, ranked No. 44 in the Fab 50, earned a big win Friday against Ryle (Ky.) but might have suffered a devastating blow to its state title chances.
Running back Chris Davis, one of the top juniors in Ohio, suffered a right knee injury. Doctors are waiting for the swelling to go down before they perform an MRI, which will likely take place on Wednesday.
Davis had a 24-yard touchdown run against Ryle.
Fullback Jackson Sorn, who played quarterback on the JV team last year, will handle an even bigger load while Davis is out. Through two games, Sorn has 298 yards and four touchdowns through two games and is coming off a 226-yard performance against Ryle.
Madaris makes an immediate impact in return
After missing the season opener with a sore hamstring, Cincinnati Moeller four-star receiver Monty Madaris returned to the lineup Friday and showed there are no lingering effects from the injury.
Madaris caught three passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns, one of which came on a 3rd-and-31 play from Moeller's own 10-yard line.
Durden in top form for running back battle
McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour three-star running back Julian Durden rushed for 231 yards and scored four total touchdowns to lead Montour to victory. Two of those touchdowns went for 50 and 80 yards.
Montour will need more of the same from Durden on Friday when it travels to Aliquippa (Pa.) Hopewell and ESPNU 150 running back Rushel Shell, who is likely to become Pennsylvania's all-time leading rusher.
If Durden outshines Shell, he could earn a few more BCS offers.
Jared Shanker covers Midwest recruiting for ESPN Recruiting. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.