Another football Friday in the books, with terrific contests and some other notable events taking precedence and attention. Here’s what we’re taking stock of now that everything has shaken out:
1) Meadville, DuBois stars go in opposite directions
Perhaps it was always likely to happen this way. There was no way that both Meadville running back Journey Brown and DuBois quarterback Matt Miller could both keep competing at the level they have. Incredibly, it was Brown who kept it up, racking up an astounding six touchdowns a week after he accumulated 422 yards and 10 touchdowns. This time Brown didn’t get to carry the rock as much as he might have liked, but 6 touchdowns on the ground seems pretty good. Or sufficient, at the very least.
2) Taking care of business:
It wasn’t a complete sweep by the Super 25 squads, but it was as close as you can get. Just one ranked team fell, Flanagan High in Florida, and even they were short by just a single point. There were close calls, but only Flanagan’s loss to South Plantation was even notable, with the upset coming at the hands of a missed field goal. That’s good for stability of the Super 25 for a week, but it’s bad for drama. Tune in next week to see if the mix is any better.
3) Clay Chalkville’s offense runs wild
Before we dump all the numbers on you, consider this: Clay Chalkville has a tough defense, too. It’s not just about the points; Clay Chalkville has a great defense, too.
OK, that being the case, just check out these crazy stats:
Chase Parrish threw for six touchdowns in the victory
The 65 points for Clay Chalkville tied a school record and included 235 yards and three touchdown passes by quarterback Ty Pigrome.
The scariest part of it all? Because of the program’s depth, this may all just be the beginning.
4) Webb City tops Nixa again
Once again, Webb City is undefeated. Once again, the Cardinals have snuck past a talented Nixa squad to cement their place as Missouri’s premier high school brand.
Perhaps more importantly, once again the record gets much easier for Webb City. The Cardinals survived the gauntlet — again — and now get to reap the rewards until someone usurps them i am know.
5) Bishop Gorman stakes its claim, and game
Regardless of how anyone feels about Bishop Gorman, you have to give the Gaels this: They’re certainly always tested.
Another test, another straight A for the Gaels on Friday night, with quarterback Tate Martell outdueling top QB recruit Malik Henry. And, more importantly, the support structure around Martell excelled again, with Biaggio Ali-Walsh starring while carrying the ball.
As one Twitter commenter put it, at this point. “Bishop Gorman is basically DE La Salle on steroids.” It’s starting to look that way, for sure.