Who’s the real No. 1 in Ohio?: The top matchup in the state comes Friday between No. 10 Colerain (Cincinnati), the No. 1-ranked team in the state in Division I and La Salle (Cincinnati), the top-ranked Division II team in Ohio. Last season, La Salle won this game 39-36 on a late 41-yard field goal, on the way to its second consecutive Div. II state title. The Lancers have a strong run game, led by Jarell White, who is averaging 113 yards a game. The Cardinals (2-0) have played two really good teams and escaped both times with narrow wins, defeating Warren Central (Indianapolis) 31-28 in their opener and then toppling St. Xavier (Cincinnati) 21-14 in overtime last week. The Cardinals run first to set up the pass. Gunnar Leyendecker has completed only 10 passes, but two of them have been for touchdowns.
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Can Coppell surprise No. 12 Allen?: Nobody in state has beaten the Eagles in a regular-season meeting since Coppell won 27-24 in 2012. Both teams are 2-0, but Allen doesn’t give up much on defense, particularly on the ground, where it didn’t allow a rushing touchdown against Hoover, Ala., and it allowed only 25 yards against Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.) last week. The Cowboys have shown the ability to come from behind in both of their wins, but that will be more difficult against the Eagles on Friday.
Was last season a fluke or a trend in Kentucky? It used to be it was Trinity or St. Xavier, two Louisville private schools, every season for the Kentucky state championship. Male (Louisville) broke into the club last season, knocking off Trinity 20-19 in the state semifinals en route to a state title. Though Male had to replace a lot of players, the Bulldogs are 3-0 when they travel Friday to No. 19 Trinity, which is 3-0 with close wins over Nashville powers Ensworth and Brentwood Academy and a 45-7 defeat of Lafayette (Lexington) last week. It appears the Rocks are getting better every week. Male has been dominant, outscoring opponents 142-31, but this is the Bulldogs’ first real test this season.
Will St. Joseph Regional uphold N.J. pride?: Last week, Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) was the No. 21 team in the Super 25 and the top-ranked team in the Garden State. Then the Ironmen lost 21-0 to unranked but really good American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.). Now, St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) is the top-ranked New Jersey team but it gets a test right away in No. 20 St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.), which is 2-0. Both teams already have a solid win. St. John’s made it to the Super 25 by knocking off Pennsylvania champion Pittsburgh Central Catholic in its opener. The Green Knights (1-0) defeated Serra (Gardena, Calif.) 17-7 last week in Mission Viejo, Calif.
How much did John Curtis Christian learn from scare with Landry-Walker? The No. 16 Patriots from River Ridge, La., played just well enough to win last week, but they face another traditional state powerhouse Friday in West Monroe in the Battle on the Border in Shreveport. John Curtis has won 26 state titles while the Rebels have won eight. The teams’ only other meeting was in 2000, when West Monroe won 25-7. Both teams are 1-0. The Rebels are coming off a 34-6 defeat of Wossman (Monroe) as running back Trey Coleman ran for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns. John Curtis defeated Landry-Walker (New Orleans) 35-22 as running back Darryan Washington ran for 118 yards and a touchdown.