It was a very busy Thursday night in the Super 25, with four of the top 5 ranked teams in the USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 in action, including the top 3. No. 5, 9, and 12 were also in action, though one of those squads will certainly be on the move after a surprising final score. Here’s what you missed if you went to bed early (or at a reasonable/normal hour on the east coast):
No. 1 Bishop Gorman 70, Palo Verde 3: Nothing to see here. The Gaels rolled in a penultimate tune-up for the Nevada state playoffs.
No. 2 St. John Bosco 31, Orange Lutheran 12: Don’t trust the final score: this was a dogfight from the beginning. Eventually, Bosco and running back Sean McGrew in particular took control when it counted, a lesson that could prove critical for the Braves as they head into the CIF playoffs in the weeks ahead.
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No. 3 Allen 69, Plano West 10: They trailed! The Eagles actually trailed. Well, don’t get too worked up about it. The three-time defending state champions quickly took control of a district face off against Plano West to pull away with a 69-10 victory, keeping them on pace for another undefeated season and yet another claim at a potential Super 25 national title.
No. 5 Corona Centennial 69, Corona 7: The Huskies didn’t mess around here, building a 55-0 lead before taking the foot firmly off the gas and comfort cruising to another blowout.
No. 9 Katy 84, Tompkins 0: It might be high time for us to talk seriously about whether Katy is one of the most dominant teams against its prescribed competition we have ever seen. The Tigers have not given up a point in two weeks, and have allowed just 11 points in six games. That’s 11 points in six games!! No one will want any part of Katy in the forthcoming playoffs.
Mansfield 46, No. 12 Cedar Hill 43: Here’s your upset, not to mention a major thriller. The Tigers got the last laugh, and points, in a back-and-forth see-saw contest that was sealed when Cedar Hill threw an interception while driving deep in Mansfield territory in the final 15 seconds.