Welcome to Weekend Rewind, where we take a look back at all the biggest action from teams in the USA Today Super25.
After one weekend of games we’re already starting to see matchups that shake the foundations of the Super25. We’re also starting to see that teams in Miami haven’t faded a year after Booker T. Washington rolled every squad in front of them en route to an undefeated national title.
Here’s how things shook out on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And remember to check this week’s Super25 scoreboard when the weekend roles around to keep up to date on all the biggest teams in action with live updates.
9) Mallard Creek (N.C.) 28, Charlotte Christian (N.C.) 21: This one was possibly closer than it should have been, but Mallard Creek proved that it has the character and moxie to rally in the second half. Charlotte Christian led the matchup of defending state champs 14-7 at halftime, but Mallard Creek’s depth proved to be too much to handle in the second half. That could be a familiar refrain during Mallard Creek’s season.
1) Bishop Gorman (Nev.) 44, Brophy College Prep (Az.) 0: Where to begin. For starters, Bishop Gorman put a pretty clear claim on the top spot with this performance, thoroughly dominating at the line of scrimmage and bolting out to an insurmountable lead in the annual Sollenberger Classic before Brophy knew what hit it. Biaggio Walsh looks like the real deal at running back and Jonathan Shumaker might be even better. It’s hard to see Gorman being topped on talent this year; this team could be a classic case of “it’s biggest threat is itself.”
2) St. John Bosco (Cal.) 63, St. Louis (Hi.) 14: Another comfort cruise for a top team, this one with an even more tropical setting. Junior running back Sean McGrew and senior, UCLA-bound QB Josh Rosen demolished the St. Louis defense, and they should keep St. John Bosco near the top of the rankings all season long.
20) Apopka (Fla.) 43, Lyman (Fla.) 7: OK, so not all the top Florida teams traveled. Apopka stayed at home but completely manhandled another Florida team, Lyman, by mixing a dominant and versatile ground game with a stout defense. The Blue Darters have speed to burn at every position, so they will present a matchup headache for just about any defensive coordinator from any school on their schedule.
22) Ben Davis (Ind.) 44, Cathedral (Ind.) 19: This was supposed to be one of the closer, more challenging matchups in the Super25. It wasn’t even close, with Ben Davis snatching up opportunistic turnovers and torching Cathedral through the air. If ever there was a statement of intent game in-state, this was it.
23) Bingham (Utah) 33, Davis (Utah) 14: Like a handful of Friday games, this was much less close than even the final score appears. Bingham led 33-0 in the final quarter before two late Davis touchdowns made the scoreline respectable. The faceoff was played on a soggy field in the rain, but while that might have been a damper on opening night spirits, it did provide the backdrop for some amazing photos, as we detailed in Friday Night Live.
8) Miami (Fla.) Central 24, 7) Hoover (Ala.) 21: This game lived up to the billing, with the nationally-televised audience on ESPN getting every bit what it tuned in for. The Rockets blasted past the Bucs with two fourth quarter touchdowns before watching Hoover claw back to tie the game late. That set up a 45-yard field goal from Central kicker Beymar Piraquive to win it, and win it he did. If nothing else, this was about as strong a validation for both teams’ rankings as you’ll see, and it leaves Hoover to start a new winning streak after it’s 30-game stretch was snapped in the loss.
11) Booker T. Washington (Fla.) 57, Oscar Smith (Va.) 21: New coach? No problem for the Miami powerhouse. Oscar Smith entered the game sitting just outside the Super25, in 27th position, hoping a win would vault them into the rankings. Instead, defending national champ Booker T. came to town and put the smack down, thoroughly dominating behind quarterback Maurice Alexander. A season-opener of 287 yards and five touchdowns through the air? We’ll take that. Clearly, Booker T. is not to be written off from the 2014 national title race, either.
North Gwinnett (Ga.) 52, 15) McEachern (Ga.) 49: They say wild things happen in the Corky Kell Classic, and this qualifies. You’ll see the remarkable, psuedo-trick play that won this game in the dying seconds right here shortly soon, but suffice it to say that Dan Marino would be proud. McEachern, meanwhile, is left to riddle out how its explosive offense could end up on the wrong side of a game in which the teams combined for 1,046 yards. Did we mention that all the scoring lasted so long that the game didn’t end until 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning? Talk about a barn burner.
21) Mountain Pointe (Az.) 66, Reed (Nev.) 13: Maybe this was state-pride revenge for Brophy’s one-sided loss to Bishop Gorman? Whatever pushed Mountain Pointe to its rout of Reed, it should strive to channel that going forward. The Pride played with pride, pushing out to a 35-0 halftime lead before turning on the afterburners in the second half. This is certainly not the last we have heard from Mountain Pointe.
24) Buford (Ga.) 17, Trinity Christian (Fla.) 0: This was a blitzkrieg start that gave way to an old fashioned defensive showdown between two quality teams from bordering states. Buford scored on the opening kickoff and its first offensive possession to jump to a 14-0 lead, but then never got much going after that. Unfortunately for Trinity Christian, its offense never got going at all, leaving Buford to hold on to the matchup of 2013 state champs.