We’re at Week 12 of the season, with the only surprise being that there’s no surprise. Here are five things that we learned from Friday’s full slate of Super 25 action:
1) The oddest forfeit of the season didn’t even last a half — It may be awhile before we fully learn what inspired Champagnat Catholic, of Hilaeah, Fla., to forfeit against IMG Academy while still in the second quarter. Yes, IMG had already built up a virtually insurmountable 48-8 lead. But did Champagnat throw the white flag because it didn’t want to play the role of whipping boy, or was it because of concern about injury or numbers? One report claimed that Champagnat walked off the field to protest a second quarter call that the coaching staff disagreed with, but that is from one account. Only time will tell if that tells the full story.
2) Another perfect Friday for the Super 25 — Yes, there are still two Saturday games to go, but it sure looks like we’re going to get back-to-back weeks without an upset in the Super 25. There were a couple of scares from the deep South in Georgia (No. 4 Colquitt County) and Mississippi (No. 15 Starkville), but in the end everyone survived and advanced. That is as unusual as it sounds, even for this stretch of the season.
3) Drama is the new norm for No. 15 Starkville and No. 10 St. John Bosco — Is it something about schools that start with the letter “S”? For whatever reason, No. 10 St. John Bosco and No. 15 Starkville continue to put themselves in very difficult positions early in games. This week Starkville required another huge second half and Bosco struggled to pull away from Santa Margarita before finally pulling away in the fourth quarter. Both squads are supremely talented, so they can get away with not putting teams away … for now. As each foe gets harder, that buffer zone will evaporate, and that process starts right now.
4) This sign = perfect high school smack talk — Ladies and gentlemen, may we present to you perfect high school smack talk, from the Alabama playoff game between Auburn and Foley, in enormous paper poster form.
Where to even begin with this sign. It’s understated (you have to know that this is a playoff game to get the message), it includes school colors, it’s above the belt but still has some witty sting to it. Bravo.
Unfortunately for the great auteurs of this game (who appeared to represent Auburn, both for the other tigers > lions sign and the side of the field it was on) went home disappointed as Foley eked out a 35-31 win in the Class 7A first round faceoff (sidenote: 4th-and-goal from the Foley 46? How did that possibly happen, Auburn?) They may have lost the battle on the field, but at least the Tigers can rest assured knowing that they won the smack talk war.
5) A humble new king of Arizona receivers — On Friday, Saguaro superstar wide receiver Christian Kirk became the all-time receiving yards leader in the state of Arizona during a five touchdown performance in Saguaro’s 55-14 rout of Sabino. He entered the game just 22 yards from the record, so it was almost a foregone conclusion that he would get there … and he did. There were plenty of reasons for Kirk to gloat after the game, but instead he went right to the source, spreading the credit and glory to his teammates as much as he could.
Kirk’s goal now? Keep firing up his teammates for the stretch run. Saguaro remains undefeated, so even though they haven’t had a long run in the Super 25 or anything of the like, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs.
As for Kirk’s future and a strong look at what he does best, the clip below has you covered.