November 13, 2010

Roundup: De La Salle holds on

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Concord (Calif.) De La Salle got the 31-17 win and the East Bay Athletic League title on Friday night.

It also got as much as it could handle from California High.

Ahead 23-3 at halftime and seemingly coasting, California rallied in the second half, closing to 23-17 late in the game.

A failed onside kick attempt - one where California recovered but did not let the ball hit the ground first - may have been the difference.

"The ball has to hit the ground before we touch it," California coach Eric Billeci told the San Jose Mercury News. "If we would've let it bounce, then we could've gotten it. Since it was still in the air, it was the correct call."

Lucas Dunne rushed for 190 yards and three touchdowns to help De La Salle, No. 25 in the RivalsHigh Top 100, improve to 10-0.

De La Salle head coach Bob Ladouceur knows how close that came to being 9-1.

"They're one of the best EBAL teams I've ever seen," he said. "They're just as good as any other team that'll be considered for the playoffs or state."

  • RivalsHigh take: This was a quality win for De La Salle as California High is a team that can compete with most squads. The two could see each other again in the playoffs.
  • For complete coverage, check out this game story in the Mercury News.

    Whitewater 28, No. 35 Northside 21

    Fayetteville (Ga.) Whitewater raced out to a 28-0 first-quarter lead then held on to upset Warner Robins (Ga.) Northside in the first round of the Georgia Class AAAA playoffs.

    Whitewater running back Josh Clemons led the way, rushing for 200 yards and two TDs and catching a third touchdown. But Clemons was quick to say it was a team effort.

    One that didn't surprise him or his teammates.

    "We're coming together as a team," Clemons told The Macon Telegraph. "When we play together, we can beat anyone."

    Whitewater's defense held Northside to just 48 yards on 28 attempts.

  • RivalsHigh take: Northside may have just found its way into the "most disappointing" bin. The Eagles are the largest team in Class AAAA and have the most tradition and highest expectations. Whitewater dominated the game; the 28-21 final score may have been generous.
  • For complete coverage, check out this game story in the Macon Telegraph.

    No. 36 Central Catholic 10, Gateway 0

    Get ahead early, let the defense take over.

    That's winning playoff football, Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic style.

    Damion Jones-Moore ran for 138 yards - including a 15-yard TD run midway through the first quarter. John Murphy added a 33-yard field goal in the second quarter.

    Central Catholic improved to 11-0.

  • RivalsHigh take: This was the expected dog fight between two traditional WPIAL powers. Central Catholic got all it wanted in the rematch of a game it won earlier this year. Gateway's season was derailed early when star player Dondi Kirby went out for year.
  • Klein Oak 31, No. 51 The Woodlands 14

    The Woodlands appeared to be in control, racing out to a 14-3 lead. But then its offense went down - and its mistakes went up.

    Klein Oak took advantage of blocked punt and a fumble recovery - both early in the third quarter and deep in The Woodlands' territory - to take control of the game.

    It used its six sacks - four of which came in the second half - to win it.

    "It feels wonderful," senior linebacker Lemon Ford told the Houston Chronicle. "We've been the underdog for a good amount of games. We're just showing the people that we can do it."

    It was the first loss of the season for The Woodlands.

    "The blocked punt and the turnover down here when we were going to respond to their score, those were two things that were really tough to overcome," The Woodlands coach Mark Schmid said. "It's real tough."

  • RivalsHigh take: The Woodlands is a team that was able to pull off an unusual feat: It got its best player back and got worse. The return of Daniel Lasco was supposed to be a triumph and get the Highlanders over the hump. Instead, it seemed to slow them down as the team got worse as the season went on.
  • For complete coverage, check out this game story in the Houston Chronicle.

    No. 65 Rockhurst 7, Blue Springs 0

    Why should we try to sum this one up when Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst defensive end did it so eloquently?

    "This was one of those epic games that you don't get to play in, really ever, in your career," he told the Kansas City Star.

    Playing in the rain and the cold, Rockhurst won the latest chapter of the area's biggest rivalry to advance to the Class 6 semifinals.

    Noah Pearl was the offensive star, rushing for 139 yards and the game's only score - a 6-yard run in the second quarter.

  • RivalsHigh take: This is another rematch of a close game that was played earlier in the year. Like Central Catholic and Gateway, it was lower scoring and more physical. Rockhurst has played an amazingly tough schedule this year - still being undefeated is a true testament to the team.
  • For complete coverage, check out this game story in the Kansas City Star.

    No. 89 Iowa City 21, Bettendorf 7

    Big plays often decide big games. They just don't normally happen like this. Ahead 14-7, Iowa City used a bizarre fumbled punt return to wrap up a victory in a Class 4-A semifinal.

    Here's how it went down.

    Conner Alberhasky fielded a punt at his 33 but fumbled the ball - forward. It went past everyone but Jasper Washington, who picked it up and found a clear path to the end zone ahead of him.

    "It was just all green. I could see the end zone," he told the Des Moines Register. "I thought, 'Somebody's going to hit me, somebody's going to hit me, somebody's going to hit me, just run. You see it, run.'

    "It was definitely by far the weirdest touchdown I've ever scored."

    Cedric Readus was the other star, rushing for 145 yards and a score.

  • RivalsHigh take: This game went as expected. Iowa City has an explosive offense and a solid defense. Bettendorf has a very good defense and an average offense. The two collided and the better team won. Iowa City is now in the state finals with a chance to repeat. A game with Dowling Catholic should be amazing.
  • For complete coverage, check out this game story in the Des Moines Register.

    No. 92 Fishers 47, Snider 34

    If Fishers is going to be in consideration for top team in Indiana (it's currently No. 2), it only makes sense for it to have someone in consideration to be the state's top player.

    Its star, quarterback Koby Orris, made a case Friday night.

    Orris passed for 140 yards and four TDs, ran for 168 yards and another score - and picked off a pass on defense. Not too shabby.

    "He's a great player, and I think people need to talk about him as a Mr. Football candidate," Rick Wimmer told the Indianapolis Star. "He's not a one-position player in our program. I can't think of a guy who is more deserving of it because of all the things he does on our football team."

  • RivalsHigh take: Fishers has been able to navigate through the playoffs with a very difficult road. For such a young program to make a run to the state semifinal round is impressive. To do it in a season where Indiana football has been clearly on the rise is even more so.
  • For complete coverage, check out this game story in the Indianapolis Star.

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