We’re at Week 6 of the season, and the surprises keep coming. Here are five things that we learned from Friday’s full slate of Super 25 action, minus everything that evolved out in the Nevada desert between St. John Bosco and Bishop Gorman.
1) So much for St. Peter’s Prep — Another week, another trio of highly ranked teams on the skids. This time the top-ranked squad to fall foul of expectations was No. 6 St. Peter’s Prep of New Jersey, which somehow found itself on the wrong side of a 36-20 thumping by IMG Academy of Florida. Yes, this is the same IMG squad that was blown out by unranked St. John’s of Washington D.C. … by 33 points! Brandon Wimbush may still have a bright future at Penn State, but he won’t be winning a prep national championship, something he might have had an outside shot at before Friday. He was outdone by Florida State quarterback commit Deondre Francois.
2) It’s hard to get back up for an unranked foe the week after the spotlight — Mountain Pointe was in the spotlight in Week 5, competing in the game of the week against fellow Arizona power Chandler. On Friday they landed a game against another top Arizona squad, and this outcome wasn’t nearly as productive. Hamilton dominated the No. 12 ranked Pride throughout in a 30-10 victory, leaving Mountain Pointe to lick its wounds … and reminisce about the days when its spot in the Super 25 seemed so secure.
3) Louisiana is very competitive — Forget about the in-state rankings, it’s just dangerous to ever pick a winner in the bayou. After both Warren Easton and Archbishop Rummel fought through tight games in the past three weeks, one finally fell short of an opponent. It was Woodlawn, a team that never jumped off the page when looking at Warren Easton’s schedule, that did the deed, essentially ensuring that there will be just two Louisiana squads in the Super 24 next week. Those teams, Rummel and John Curtis, should forget about the rankings and just focus on what’s in front of them. Otherwise they’ll probably follow Easton’s unfortunately lead, and sooner rather than later.
4) Could Bingham and Thomas Aquinas both end up near the top-5, even with a loss? — As with college football, if you have to lose, it’s always better to lose early when it comes to high school football rankings. Based on very early setbacks against Bishop Gorman and Don Bosco Prep, respectively, both Bingham (Utah) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) could have a legitimate shot at making a run all the way back up the rankings, provided that Gorman and Don Bosco keep winning, of course. The way both those squads have played since their singular setbacks, there’s no reason to doubt their credibility that high up the rankings; maybe they really did just run into squads that were even a tough better than themselves.
5) Tim Tebow’s legacy isn’t even safe at the prep level anymore — Ok, this is an exaggeration, no one is taking Tebow’s prodigious Florida prep performances down a peg. But at least one player has moved in front of Tebow’s most pertinent quarterback record. On Friday, Jacksonville First Coast quarterback De’Andre Johnson threw the 94th, 95th, 96th, 97th, 98th, 99th and 100th touchdown of his career in First Coast’s 54-17 rout of Atlantic Coast. He had three touchdowns in the first quarter, with the third passing Tebow’s career mark of 95 total touchdowns. If you think Johnson is going to stop passing people at Tebow, well, think again. With 100 touchdowns to his name, the Florida State commitment is just 26 touchdowns behind the all-time Florida state record. Given that he passed for seven touchdowns on Friday, 26 TDs down the stretch feels positively reachable.