Friday Night Live: Week 12 is for late season and playoff heroics

Friday Night Live: Week 12 is for late season and playoff heroics


Friday Night Live: Week 12 is for late season and playoff heroics


Welcome to Friday Night Live, where we’ll be capturing all the biggest stories from the 12th Friday 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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1:50 a.m. — Another Friday night without a single upset in the Super 25 ranks. We must have a decent handle on some of these squads, huh? Of course, that’s not to say there wasn’t drama, both in nail-biter and blowout form.

Thanks for riding with us as always, and check out the Five Things We Learned from tonight’s action and more coverage throughout the weekend.

1:45 a.m. — The final score from Folsom is in, and as this attests to it reads a bit more like a score from a different sport.

1:30 a.m. — Here’s your deflected interception of the night. Not sure what we like better here, the pick itself or the end zone design that it takes place in front of.

1:20 a.m. — After leading 64-0 at halftime, No. 16 Folsom is also playing out the string against Woodcreek, which finally got on the board early in the fourth.

1:10 a.m. — No. 10 St. John Bosco survives again behind another strong night from quarterback Josh Rosen.

12:53 a.m. — From earlier tonight, this doesn’t quite rise to the level of kicking off from an opponent’s 15 yard line, but it’s not far off …

12:45 a.m. — This sign from an Alabama playoff game is absolutely, positively fantastic. Well done, sirs (or mademoiselles). Well done.

12:35 a.m. — No. 10 St. John Bosco finally beginning to pull away …

12:25 a.m. — Here’s a single play that adequately demonstrates why De La Salle is so good: The Spartans are stronger, quicker at the point of contact and definitely faster than anyone they’ve faced. By a mile.

12:20 a.m. — Classy note from Saguaro five-star wide receiver Christian Kirk, who became the all-time Arizona career receiving leader tonight.

12:10 a.m. — Some very, very scary stats from No. 3 De La Salle’s rout of Cal Hi tonight.

12:05 a.m. — Wondering about resident Washington powerhouse No. 7 Bellevue? There’s a reason we haven’t been following their game against Bishop Blanchet play-by-play:

12:00 a.m. — St. John Bosco and Santa Margarita: The intrigue continues …

11:52 p.m. — Crazy. Champagnat Catholic forfeitted tonight against IMG Academy … in the second quarter. Still no word on whether there was a health risk or other legitimate reason for the forfeit.

11:40 p.m. — Folsom is out to a commanding early lead. No. 16 not wasting any time this week.

Looks like the fans are having a good time, too.

11:28 p.m. — Top-ranked Bishop Gorman is in the Nevada playoffs. No way they’re overlooking anyone from here out. Certainly aren’t looking past Desert Oasis. Up 35-0 in second quarter.

11:20 p.m. — No. 15 Starkville survives, 56-46, and our good friend from the Clarion Ledger Courtney Cronin is exhausted in StarkVegas …

11:10 p.m. — Esteemed colleague Jason Jordan had the right idea in North Carolina tonight. #jealous …

11:05 p.m. — Want to check out this De La Salle squad in all its Spartan glory? You can live stream its game against Cal Hi right here or directly below.

11:00 p.m. — Watch out now! No. 10 St. John Bosco in a SoCal shootout!

No. 3 De La Salle, not so much …

10:55 p.m. — Big touchdown for No. 2 Allen to create some separation as third quarter draws to a close.

10:50 p.m. — Plano East is still hanging tough with No. 2 Allen. East has been the first time this season to truly get to top QB Kyler Murray and the Allen offense.

10:45 p.m. — Check out the game-winning run for No. 4 Colquitt County in the Packers’ toughest game of the season thus far against Camden County (and ignore the scoreboard time, which was way off here).

10:40 p.m. — After devastating and disturbing school shooting, Washington school Marysville Pilchuck is back in action tonight. Up in the first quarter.

10:35 p.m. — Bomb away, Danbury Hatters!

10:30 p.m. — Lots of football players in this audience. Inspiring.

10:25 p.m. — We could be wrong here, but something tells us you shouldn’t be tracking these Twitter feeds, either. Go coach your team!

10:17 p.m. — After a heck of a first half, Starkville starting to pull away.

10:15 p.m. — Mason over DeWitt a legendary upset in Lansing? You tell us.

10:10 p.m. — Settle down here, Cornwall. It’s still football season. Hockey gets the full spotlight soon …

10:05 p.m. — Meanwhile, after a nearly game-long scare, No. 17 Eden Prairie is pulling way in Minnesota.

10:00 p.m. — It was easily the biggest dogfight of the year for Rush Propst battle-tested Colquitt County squad, but the No. 4 Packers ended up on top of Camden County after finally pushing in front for good with 7 minutes remaining.

9:55 p.m. — Georgetown Prep needed a big play against Bullis, and it got it on this elusive run up the middle (counterintuitive though that might seem)

9:50 p.m. — Another inspiring football moment. Get your tissues ready …

9:44 p.m. — Eden Prairie has tied it back up on the back of the son of Vikings GM Rick Spielman, JD Spielman.

9:42 p.m. — This is awesome. More Lee Corse picking HS games!

9:38 p.m. — Super 25 squads are 4-0 in the early kickoffs. No. 9 Bingham, No. 14 Ocean Lakes, No. 18 Maryville, No. 19 Fulton all cruise.

9:33 p.m. — If anyone comes across video of this play, we’d love to see it …

9:30 p.m. — Massilon Tigers trailing, big, in the playoffs on the same day that their live tiger mascot became a major issue again.

9:25 p.m. — Probably not prep football related, but hard to imagine this will end badly, isn’t it?

9:23 p.m. — Not a Super 25 matchup, but both these teams have made rankings cameos this year, and this playoff tussle has been fantastic.

9:20 p.m. — Another entry from the “coaches behaving very badly” file from our partners at the Citizen-Times in North Carolina.

9:15 p.m. — Fair enough, Potomac Falls. Fair enough.

9:10 p.m. — Nearby in Tennessee, Fulton was just as impressive.

9:07 p.m. — Seems safe to say that Maryville will hold on tonight …

9:05 p.m. — What, you thought Missouri power and national No. 13 Webb City would have trouble with Carl Junction? Unlikely.

9:00 p.m. — That Minnesota upset alert is fully blaring now.

8:52 p.m. — It almost feels like No. 12 Buford will never play a tight game again. Wolves straight overpowering.

8:48 p.m. — Camden playing No. 4 Colquitt tough … and leading in the first half.

8:45 p.m. — Even great defensive runs have to come to an end. This from a big game in S.C.

8:42 p.m. — This Clinton-Starkville matchup is an early contender for game of the night, if not the month.

Lots of tension and trash talk, too.

8:40 p.m. — Super 25 upset on the cards? It’s early, but East Ridge might have the firepower to top No. 17 Eden Prairie.

8:35 p.m. — Carmel pulling way in Indianapolis?

8:32 p.m. — Fun times watching the nation’s No. 2 team.

8:30 p.m. — No. 15 Starkville out to a first quarter lead against rival Clinton.

8:20 p.m. — Fabulous action shot of a late game-winning TD. Great work here.

8:15 p.m. — Interesting and tight contests out in Indiana. Carmel leading, but in a dogfight while Ben Davis and Warren are knotted up in the second quarter.

8:10 p.m. — No. 18 Maryville in total control in Tennessee.

8:05 p.m. — So much for that tight scoreline in Utah …

7:55 p.m. — We highlighted the accomplishments of superstar Kansas 8-man running back Cannon Burns earlier this week. He earned a more formal honor earlier today.

7:47 p.m. — Salem was supposed to pose a real test for No. 14 Ocean Lakes in Virginia. So far, that hasn’t been the case. Undefeated Dolphins rolling early …

The Dolphins have a lot to accomplish to catch up with the school’s dominant cross country squads …

7:40 p.m. — No. 19 Fulton looking to put this one away early. Out to a three-possession lead already.

7:30 p.m. — No. 9 Bingham may have finally found a real tough matchup with Herriman in the state playoffs.

7:20 p.m. — It looks like one heck of a scene at No. 4 Colquitt County. Scoreless in the first …

7:02 p.m. — Good on Cleveland-area squad Glenn Oak for pulling out all the stops to promote safe concussion head injury treatment.

6:45 p.m. — In case you missed it earlier, more trouble with potential assault from a pair of HS football players in Virginia.

6:15 p.m. — Everyone buckle up your chinstrap. We’re heading into the drama zone. With seasons coming to an end, both in the regular season and playoffs, some of the most dramatic plays are still to come. By the end of the night we’ll have a better sense of both the Super 25 standings and some of the heated state playoffs still to unfold.

Here are the Super 25 match ups we’ll be keeping a keen eye on. Got another big game we should be tracking? Let us know on Twitter @USATODAYhss.


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