Friday Night Live: America kicks off

Friday Night Live: America kicks off


Friday Night Live: America kicks off


Welcome to Friday Night Live, where we’ll be capturing all the biggest stories from the first weekend of high school football. Follow along (or catch up) with all of the biggest news from tonight’s high school football action with regular updates from Cam Smith and the USA TODAY High School Sports staff. Believe it or not, we can’t possibly be aware of all of the awesome things that happen across the country. Did we miss something? Let us know! @USATODAYhss

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1:30 a.m.: As St. John Bosco kicks off in Honolulu, we’ll be checking out (hey, we’re happy to do Pacific Time, but not Hawaiian time). That doesn’t mean the fun is over. You can livestream video of the St. John Bosco-St. Louis game or listen to it right here. Enjoy! It’s been a heck of a ride, and now St. John Bosco has something to shoot for after they get wind of Gorman’s opening night dominance. And remember, come right back here next week — same bat time, same bat channel to follow all the breaking news and stories from Week 2 of the high school football season.

1:25 a.m.: You know it’s the start of football season when everyone has a swaggy new uniform. Check out Flanagan High from Pembroke Pines, Fla. and California powerhouse Anaheim Servite. Fresh.

1:17 a.m.: In case you missed it earlier, Auburn commit Kerryon Johnson drinks mustard after big plays. Now Deadspin has captured photographic proof. Oh, and about mustard diverting cramps? He got a cramp.

1:10 a.m.: More proof that a new season heals all ills: 2013: Seven games to score a TD. 2014: Three plays, one TD.

1:00 a.m.: While we’re waiting for Super 25 No. 2 St. John Bosco to kick off in Hawaii, here’s a comforting story from a devoted high school football community in Florida.

12:55 a.m.: It wasn’t long ago that Dorial Green-Beckham was the toast of the All USA team. Now he’ll spend the entire 2014 season on the sideline after his request for immediate eligibility at Oklahoma has been rejected. Read more here.

12:45 a.m.: We have a final score in Las Vegas: 44-0, Bishop Gorman. It was as impressive as it sounded.

12:40 a.m.: We’ll probably have more related to this in the coming week, but there was a touching tribute to fallen Ferguson victim Michael Brown at nearby Normandy High School, where he was a football star.

12:30 a.m.: Bishop Gorman is out to a 44-0 (44-0!!!) lead against Brophy. Ugly? Yes. Very ugly indeed.

12:20 a.m.: We’re following Week One football far and wide tonight, but Week Two football in Alaska is off and running, too.

12:15 a.m.: From our friends at The Tennessean on a big game in Nashville:

12:00 a.m.: It may be Saturday, August 23 on the East Coast, but in Utah Super25 No. 23 Bingham is celebrating a season-opening 33-14 victory against Davis. And Davis’ touchdowns only came in the fourth, when the game was over. Dominance personified.

11:55 p.m.: No hurdle here, but another slick touchdown run for Kerryon Johnson.

Oh, and Johnson can elevate downfield, too. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s …

11:50 p.m.: Here’s video of Kerryon Johnson’s hurdle, for which he received a personal foul penalty (as opposed to the six points he would have earned without the flag).

11:45 p.m.: Here’s another big score from Missouri. The 48-31 mark in this tweet held up, as did the stats for @ElzaEvans23

11:35 p.m.: Bishop Gorman is blowing out Brophy 30-0 at halftime. Meanwhile as the Gorman band takes the field, one user on social media has a terrific suggestion …

11:30 p.m.: He’s out on the field making noise right now, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to read the full backstory on Cordell Broadus, aka Snoop Dogg Jr.

11:25 p.m.: It appears super recruit Kerryon Johnson, of Madison Academy in Alabama, is the first teen to get hit with a hurdling penalty on a touchdown run in 2014. We’ll bring you video as soon as it hits the web …

11:17 p.m.: A Super 25 contender (currently ranked No. 33) found itself in serious trouble tonight, but Indianapolis power Warren Central eventually pulled out a 12-9 win late.

11:15 p.m.: Another Super 25 final score: No. 20 Apopka 43, Lyman 7. Dominant start to the season for the Blue Darters.

11:10 p.m.: Bingham is rolling past Davis, 24-0, but the story isn’t all about what’s happening on the field. Just check out these photos.

11:05 p.m.: Gorman has wasted no time showing it’s stuff. Already up 27-0. Scary folks, scary.

11:00 p.m.: Whoa! Sounds like the game of the night may have been in Spartanburg.

10:50 p.m.: Here’s your required David Sills update (now for West Virginia fans, as opposed to USC fans) from Eastern Christian Academy.

10:45 p.m.: Another big final result, from Indiana: Super 25 No. 22 Ben Davis 44, Cathedral 19

10:35 p.m.: And Gorman is already up 7-0. Biaggio Walsh (that’s Muhammad Ali’s grandson!) with the opening touchdown of the season (for your future prep Trivial Pursuit interests).

10:25 p.m.: Snoop Dog in the hizzy at the Gorman game, cheering on his son, Cordell Broadus.

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And here’s more from Snoop:

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Game time. 🏈🏈

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10:10 p.m.: The top team in the Super 25’s season is officially underway. Bishop Gorman hosting tough foe Brophy College Prep at Gorman’s prep football palace in Nevada:

10:05 p.m.: It’s raining in Utah, but Super 25 No. 23 Bingham and Davis are underway …

And Bingham is out to an early lead:

9:50 p.m.: In case you missed this bulletin earlier, the grand design of a massive four-game high school football opener for the 49ers Levi Stadium has been undone by the facility’s ongoing turf problems. Here’s more

9:40 p.m.: It’s not just Byrnes and Northwestern … keep track of all the results from the members of the USA Today Super 25 right here.

9:25 p.m.: And here’s our first big-time final of the season: Byrnes holds off a major Northwestern surge to stake claim to South Carolina supremacy. Final score, 30-22. As the Byrnes program tweets, drive home safely everybody …

9:05 p.m.: Not looking good for Cathedral …

8:30 p.m.: And the scene there in Apopka. Looks pretty, pretty good, doesn’t it?

8:25 p.m.: Big time Apopka offensive line recruit Martez Ivey is off to a quick start to the season, per Tyler Donohue:

Here it is in video form:

8:05 p.m.: Ben Davis dominating the Indiana face off early, but maybe a sign of life from Cathedral. 23-7 in the second …

7:35 p.m.: The biggest game of the weekend isn’t until tomorrow, but there’s already major controversy swirling around Miami Central vs. Hoover: As reported by and other sources, Central head coach Roland Smith received an obscene, racist hate letter from somewhere in Alabama, complete with the message “Hoover Bucs #1” in the return address spot. Troubling …

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7:30 p.m.: First surprising blowout of the year may be in the works. Heading to halftime, it’s already looking like Byrnes is letting out aggression on fellow S.C. state power Northwestern. 30-6? Ouch.

7:15 p.m.: Didn’t take long to learn that Long Bech Poly’s offense is for real again. Here’s the LA Times’ Eric Sondheimer:

7:00 p.m.: The season kicks off! Unless you’re in Kentucky. It’s so hot in the Bluegrass state that games are already having opening kickoffs delayed. Read more from Lexington’s WKYT right here.

5:30 p.m.: What’s the best nickname you’ve seen for a student section? The Black Sea at Santiago High in Calif. is pretty solid. Send us your best @usatodayhss

5:00 p.m.: Check out these sweet new all-black unis for California power San Pedro. Nice work by Under Armour. Added bonus: The all black will help ward off bugs (it really does)!

4:45: Care for a view of the Ripley High prep rally? Of course you do:

4:30 p.m.: We’re still a few hours from kickoff, but we’re close enough to get excited. Can you feel it? The IHSA can feel it …


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