Welcome to Weekend Rewind, where we take a look back at all the biggest action from teams in the USA Today Super 25. Here’s how the teams ranked in the national standings fared in Week 8, with highlights wherever possible. And make sure to check out the big stories behind this week’s rankings:
1) Bishop Gorman (Nev.) 77, Durango (Nev.) 0 — Letdown? What letdown. This was a rout from the beginning, with the Gaels rolling to another win against overmatched in-state opposition. The only thing that will stop Bishop Gorman now is, well, Bishop Gorman. Right?
2) Allen (Texas) 44, Hebron (Texas) 10 — There wasn’t much drama here, although there was an awfully pretty onside kick by Hebron, which also briefly (very briefly) held a 7-0 lead. In the end the Eagles roll along on a very long, tough road toward a UIL repeat.
4) Booker T. Washington (Fla.) 27, Northwestern (Fla.) 12 — Another win in another somewhat underwhelming performance from the Bulls. Yes, Northwestern remains both undefeated and the defending national champ, but they haven’t felt as dominant as the 2013 edition. No matter. If the Tornadoes keep winning, they’ll be right in the conversation. In fact, they may be just a couple upsets away from back-to-back titles right now.
6) Colquitt County (Ga.) 58, Lee County (Ga.) 14 — Ladies and gentlemen, the Packers are very, very much for real. Rush Propst’s team completely steamrolled a fellow undefeated squad that some had picked to give them potential trouble. No trouble here. No trouble at all. There were plenty of one-off highlights to choose from to depict this game, but we picked the one below for a pretty terrific name: Check out the nickname of the running back who scored the 29-yard TD.
8) St. John Bosco (Calif.) 28, 12) Mater Dei (Calif.) 25 — The Game of the Week lived up to the hype, with John Bosco and superstar QB recruit Josh Rosen holding off a number of fierce rallies from fellow California power Mater Dei. Rosen was forced to limp through most of the second half with an apparent minor knee injury, but still passed for 212 yards against one of the state’s best defenses. That’s not too shabby.
9) Bellevue (Wash.) 38, Juanita (Wash.) 6 — The Wolverines are the class of Washington state again, and they proved it in a dominant performance against Juanita. The most telling part about Bellevue’s dominance? This was on off-game.
10) Bingham (Utah) 58, Jordan (Utah) 41 — This game wasn’t as close as the final score indicates, but the Miners did allow Jordan to get back into the game. No, Jordan didn’t have Bingham’s talent, but for the first time this year a team not named Bishop Gorman was able to stay at least respectably close to a loaded Bingham squad. That’s saying something for Jordan, if not for Bingham as it heads down the stretch toward the state playoffs.
11) St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) 63, Northeast (Fla.) 0 — Statement win? Can it be a statement win if the opposing team never truly has a chance of victory itself? Possibly in the case of Aquinas, with the Raiders seemingly firing on all cylinders again just in time for a brief warm up and then the state playoffs. The shutout was the third straight for Aquinas, which has only used its starters for approximately a half in each of its most recent victories.
14) Buford (Ga.) 56, North Hall (Ga.) 0 — One Georgia newspaper has called Buford’s football program a “juggernaut”. That might not be far from the mark. The Wolves cracked 50 points for the fourth time in the 2014 campaign, all with a view toward even more impressive performances when they hit win or go home time.
16) Eden Prairie (Minn.) 27, Wayzata (Minn.) 14 — This was a tight matchup in the first half, with Eden Prairie finally pulling ahead late in the second. From there it got a bit easier, but the emphasis should be on a bit. Unlike some previous matchups, the Eagles appear to be running into a lineup of tough foes, with Wayzata more than enough to serve as a painful thorn in their side, albeit one that was eventually overwhelmed in the second half.
17) DeSoto (Texas) 49, Mansfield (Texas) 21 — Isn’t it starting to feel like DeSoto belongs higher up this list? The Eagles soared past another traditionally tough district foe, with surging quarterback Jaylin Nelson passing for two touchdowns and running for two more. Mansfield entered the game allowing a stingy 273 total yards per game, so how many did the Eagles put up? 570. That’s something.
18) Webb City (Mo.) 38, Ozark (Mo.) 7 — The Cardinals rushed out to a 24-0 lead at halftime and never looked back on Senior Night, with … you guessed it … 24 seniors celebrating their final home game. Sometimes symmetry just emerges in the most happenstance of ways.
19) Starkville (Miss.) 38, Greenville (Miss.) 0 r — Think the Bulldogs are the only talented show on Starkville turf? Think again. The Yellow Jackets ran roughshod over Greenville, scoring on three straight first quarter possessions and adding both a defensive touchdown and another on a return before the first quarter was even over. Naturally, from there it was cruise control, as it had to be. This would have been some sort of a rout if Starkville had kept its foot on the gas.
20) Carmel (Ind.) 17, 23) Warren Central (Ind.) 10 — Isaac James isn’t the traditional starting quarterback for Carmel, but he filled the role just fine in the Greyhounds’ biggest test yet, passing for a huge first quarter touchdown and steering Carmel past fellow Hoosier state contender Warren Central. There’s still plenty of time and scope for a playoff rematch (again), but for now James and his teammates hold the upper hand, both in the rankings and their prospects.
21) Ocean Lakes (Va.) 55, Cox (Va.) 21 — Ocean Lakes’ rise up the rankings continues apace thanks to a strong second half performance that put distance between the Dolphins and a Cox team that could prove to be one of the better teams Ocean Lakes faces the rest of the way. If so, the Dolphins may be on the cusp of a special season for the school, and in the rankings.
22) Folsom (Calif.) 63, Nevada Union (Calif.) 6 — Yes, the entire Folsom Bulldogs squad was impressive against Nevada Union, but let’s be serious: This was all about Jake Browning. The Washington commit passed for a whopping eight touchdowns, seven of them in the first half, to build an insurmountable lead against an overmatched Union. Suddenly you can understand why no one would feel that a lead would be safe against a squad with Browning’s arm.
Spartanburg (S.C.) 35, 25) Dorman (S.C.) 28 — Here’s your Super 25 Friday night upset (there’s just about always one). No sooner than Dorman broke into the national rankings that it was bounced out, and in rather unceremonious fashion. Yes, the final score was close, but Spartanburg raced out to a decisive first half lead in taking control of a big regional face off.
Paramus Catholic (N.J.) 21, 3) Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) 14 — They say to throw out the rankings when it comes to rivalry games, and this is proof of that. With a feud between head coaches threatening to boil over, Paramus jumped out to a 13-0 lead, then had to rally in the fourth after Don Bosco’s defense got its bearings and took control, with Bosco briefly taking a 14-13 lead. That was all that Don Bosco could manage, with a touchdown and two point conversion from Paramus yielding the final score.
5) De La Salle (Calif.) 51, James Logan (Calif.) 0 — This wasn’t a fair fight. You know it wasn’t a fair fight. Playing at Levi’s Stadium, home of the nearby San Francisco 49ers, the Spartans cruised to another shutout victory. No drama, another week with a W on the board.
7) Miami Central 35, Norland (Fla.) 0 — Sometimes two powerful backs are better than one. Miami Central was a case in point, with Anthony Jones carrying the ball for 131 yards and teammate Cedric Miller gaining 71 in a one-sided rout.
13) Archbishop Rummel (La.) 56, Archbishop Shaw 14 — Not all archbishops are created equally. No. 13 Rummel took its homecoming duties on the field seriously, scoring on each of the team’s first half possessions to build an insurmountable lead before Shaw knew what hit it.
Langham Creek (Texas) 31, 15) Cy-Fair (Texas) 21 – Another week, another shock in Texas. Cy-Fair appeared to have established itself as the class of the Houston area, but it slipped against Langham Creek on Saturday night, with the Lobos scoring a go-ahead touchdown in the final minute, then adding an interception return for a touchdown to provide the final margin.