September 11, 2010

Friday roundup: Midwest and West

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Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's 32-7 victory over No. 10 Long Beach (Calif.) Poly was so overwhelming, the only difficulty came when determining the best player.

Offense? Well junior quarterback Marc Evans was the man. He went 17-for-25 for 234 yards. In his first start, by the way.

Defense? How about the whole unit, which pressured Poly quarterback Chaiyse Hales all night (Eric Schneider had two sacks) and forced four turnovers.

Then again, how about someone who starred both ways?

Tanner Souza, had an interception, a tackle for a loss and returned a fumble 42 yards for a touchdown as a cornerback. As a wide receiver, he caught passes of 45 and 36 yards. He also took the lead in playing the no-respect card after St. Bonaventure knocked off Poly for the second straight year.

"Everyone said we fell off this year, but we're fully loaded," he told the Los Angeles Times.

Long Beach Poly, which started the season No. 2 in the RivalsHigh Top 100, is now fighting just to remain.

  • RivalsHigh take: We may have talked ourselves into falling for Poly in the preseason. It failed its first test of 2010 miserably, which makes us question if it can pass challenges from better teams than they saw tonight. (Mission Viejo, we're looking at you.)
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in the Los Angeles Times.

    More games involving Top 100 teams in the West and the Heartland Friday night:

    No. 36 Mullen 24, Grandview 0

    There's a reason Mullen is the two-time defending Class 5A state champ and annually one of the top teams in the Rocky Mountain area: It doesn't panic.

    So after a scoreless first quarter against Grandview, Mullen got together and got it done, rattling off 17 points in the second quarter to pull away for good.

    Quarterback Cyler Miles did most of the damage, running and passing for scores in the quarter. He added a second TD pass in the third quarter.

    And then there's the defense, which snuffed out a Grandview drive in the third quarter to keep things under control. Mullen is now 2-0.

    Dave Logan told the Denver Post that Grandview always is a good test.

    "We're playing good teams every week, and every time we play Grandview, it's a knock-down, drag-out fight," he said.

  • RivalsHigh take: Mullen is generally an easy pick for the best in Colorado. The defense this year is flat out nasty and that is good news as it allows the young offense to come together before another playoff run. This team reminds us of Cincinnati St. X, but better.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in The Denver Post.

    No. 66 Jenks 33, No. 44 Union 7

    Apparently you can forget about all this battle-to-the-end talk with Jenks and Union. One of the nation's toughest rivalries is becoming an easy victory.

    Jenks rolled over Union on Friday, 33-7, and avenged a loss in the state 6A final last year, when Union rolled Jenks, 52-19.

    Jenks quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen went 13-for-16 for 201 yards and two touchdowns - both to Brandon Kitchens, who finished with four catches for 100 yards. Receiver Jacob Bertelli had four catches for 46 yards.

    The game, always the biggest regular-season battle in Oklahoma and often a preview of a state final, drew more than 11,000 - many of whom likely saw the blowout in the other direction in the last game.

    "Words can't explain how happy I feel," Kitchens told the Tulsa World.

  • RivalsHigh take: The two teams always are ranked closely, so it is never really an upset when one knocks off the other in this game. Jenks appeared to be dominant, which will allow it to take over the No. 1 spot in Oklahoma. But rest assured, there is very good chance these two teams will see one other again in November or December.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story and analysis from OKVarsity.com publisher Justin Mitchell.

    Aledo 14, No. 72 Lake Travis 10

    Lake Travis' 48-game win streak came to an end Friday night when Aledo rallied for a victory.

    Trailing 10-0, Aledo - the defending Class 4A, Division II champion - showed why it's good enough to have a 16-game streak of its own. It was better on both sides of the ball.

    After cutting the lead to 10-7, Aledo used a 10-play, 60-yard drive to go ahead for good, scoring on a 1-yard run by Johnathan Gray. Then, its defense took over, forcing Lake Travis to punt. It never saw the ball back. Aledo converted on two third-down plays and ran out the clock.

    It was the first loss for Lake Travis in more than three years, since falling to Westlake, 28-21 on Sept. 7, 2007.

    "It's definitely a different feeling," Lake Travis defensive end Shaquille Marable told the Austin American-Statesman.

  • RivalsHigh take: As predicted in this week's Weekend Watch, Aledo ended the Cavaliers' win streak. Lake Travis has looked suspect in its two wins and a rash of injuries certainly did them in. Give credit to Lake Travis though - despite missing its three best offensive players, it held its own. This was a real heart of a champion on display.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in the The Austin American-Statesman.

    Norco 25, No. 91 Crenshaw 21

    Crenshaw was the darling of the high school football world when it rattled off wins in its first 14 games last season en route to the City Section's first spot in a CIF bowl game.

    Hopes for a return trip all but vanished Friday night when Crenshaw lost to Norco, 25-21, and fell to 0-2 on the season.

    Star running back and USC commit De'Anthony Thomas rushed for 93 yards and two scores but his team committed three turnovers. And it had no answers for Norco's Kelsey Young.

    Young, a Stanford commit, easily won the battle of the backs, rushing for 297 yards and three TDs (70, 73 and 37) on just 22 carries.

  • RivalsHigh take: Another game that went as expected. We wrote in August when breaking down the best games in California, that this game had all the makings of a Norco win. It was a little more physical than expected but otherwise to the script. A tough way to open the season for Crenshaw.
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