Will Colerain win another nail-biter? The No. 15 Cardinals are 3-0, but they are winning games by slightly less than a touchdown per game. If not for Ryan Murray’s two field goals last week, they might still be playing rival La Salle (Cincinnati). On Friday, Colerain faces Princeton (Cincinnati), which is also 3-0. The Vikings have been led by quarterback Solomon Reed, who has completed 27 of 40 passes for 490 yards and seven touchdowns and has run for two touchdowns.
Just how good is Kahuku? It’s always difficult to compare Hawaiian teams to those on the Mainland because teams from the two play so seldom and when they do, whatever team is doing the traveling is at a huge disadvantage. Last season, Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) lost 43-16 at St. Louis (Honolulu), only to turn around the next week and playing at home, defeat Mililani, the 2014 Hawaiian state champions, 76-53. This week, Kahuku, the No. 17 team in the Super 25, makes the 2,748-mile trip to play at No. 1 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas). The Kahuku Red Raiders, the 2015 Hawaiian state champions, are 5-0 and have not allowed a point in their past 14 quarters. They’ll need all of that defense against the Gaels (3-0), who have averaged 42 points a game against good competition.
Who’s the best team in Maryland? While DeMatha (Hyattsville) is 3-0 and ranked No. 4 in the Super 25 football rankings, the Stags’ opponent this Friday, McDonogh (Owings Mills) is out to prove it is the No. 1 team in the State. The Eagles are 3-0 and have plenty of size on both lines. The defense is led by junior tackle P.J. Mustipher, a 6-5, 295-pound player. The offensive line is anchored by offensive tackle Jordan McNair, who is 6-6 and 305. They’ve already beaten one Washington Catholic Athletic Conference team this season in Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) and they’re lead by a former WCAC quarterback in Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.) transfer DeJuan Ellis, who has committed to Virginia Tech. DeMatha looked unsteady two weeks ago at Avalon (Gaithersburg) and early against Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.) last week, but settled down for a 35-7 win behind the strong running of Myles Miree, who had two touchdowns.
“They are as good as we’ve seen this year,” DeMatha coach Elijah Brooks said. “They have an explosive quarterback, where everything revolves around him, in DeJuan Ellis, and if he gets out of the pocket, he can take it the distance. They also have an outstanding offensive line with Mustipher and Jordan McNair. Those guys are solid. They’re sound defensively and they are sound offensively and they’re well coached and we play them up there, so we have our work cut out for us.”
Is Mater Dei’s JT Daniels eligible for the Heisman? The short answer, of course, is no. However, Daniels has been putting up kray kray numbers for Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), which is 3-0 and No. 3 in the Super 25. The sophomore has completed 61 of 76 passes for (80.3 completion percentage) for 17 touchdowns and 1,113 yards. That’s a pretty good season for some high school quarterbacks. Mater Dei plays 2-1 Upland on Friday. The Monarchs have had some great quarterbacks (including Matt Barkley and Heisman winners Matt Leinart and John Huarte) and Daniels appears to be next up.
Norland may be the trap opponent of the week: No. 23 Miami Central (Miami) destroyed First Coast (Jacksonville) 62-0 last week, but the Rockets can’t afford to look ahead to their big rival, Booker T. Washington (Miami) in two weeks. Miami Central first has to handle Norland (Miami), which has begun to find its stride after starting the season slowly. The Vikings (3-0) have a solid defense that has given up only 12 points in three games.