November 14, 2010

Saturday: Big endings rule day

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A controversial finish ... a game-winning kick ... a comeback that fell just short ... a stunning shutout. There weren't many Top 100 games on the schedule Saturday, but many of the ones that were played were worth watching.

A look at some of the teams in the Top 100 in action:

No. 9 Katy 41, Bellaire 6

Bellaire stayed close for a half, then Katy scored three times in five minutes to put the game away.

Running back Donovonn Young started the effort as his second touchdown of the game gave Katy a 20-6 lead with 7:25 left in the third quarter. Brooks Haack then finished it, throwing TD passes to Jordan Thompson and Chris Bethley to put the game away.

Young finished with 115 yards. Adam Taylor added 111. Haack was just 7-for-13 but finished with 138 yards and no interceptions to go along with his two scoring passes.

Katy coach Gary Joseph was happy with the victory but knows his team will need more moving forward.

"We're going to have to be more physical than what we were," he told the Katy Times. "We're back to playing Saturday so it will give us an opportunity to get a little rest on Monday and hopefully we'll come out with a little more snap than we had today."

  • RivalsHigh take: Katy has a pretty easy path to the state final; these type of scores are to be expected for the next few weeks. The Tigers will continue to pound the ball and beat down opponents.
  • For complete coverage, check out this game story in the Katy Times.

    No. 20 Wheaton Warrenville South 40, No. 73 Glenbard West 20

    Wheaton Warrenville South got a little more of a game - and then got its 12th straight victory.

    Ahead just 27-20 entering the fourth quarter, Wheaton Warrenville South used two TD runs by Matt Rogers to roll in the Class 7A quarterfinal.

    Quarterback Reilly O'Toole did most of the damage - as he usually does. He completed 15-of-20 passes for 239 yards and a TD and ran 10 times for 62 yards and two more scores.

    "Playing in a tight game like this is probably something we needed," O'Toole told the Chicago Tribune. "Having to answer offensively and needing some big stops on defense will really help us down the road."

  • RivalsHigh take: This was the biggest test before the final in the Illinois bracket. Class 7A is far from over as there are a few teams left in the Northern half of the bracket, but this is the best team in the state.
  • For complete coverage, check out this game story in the Chicago Tribune.

    No. 27 Miami Central 17, No. 61 Booker T. Washington 0

    It wasn't a playoff game - but perhaps it was a statement game.

    Central's defense forced a pair of turnovers and shut out Booker T. Washington for the first time in recent memory.

    "What this defense did [Saturday night] was amazing," Central coach Telly Lockette told the Miami Herald. "I tip my hat to our defensive coaches and these kids coming up big like that against a very good team."

  • RivalsHigh take: This was an impressive win for Central. Shutting out a Miami opponent is very impressive. The Rockets were expected to win and took care of business. Playing fundamental football is going to get this team deep into the playoffs.
  • No. 66 East Grand Rapids 17, Zeeland East 13

    East Grand Rapids escaped with a victory in a Michigan Division 3 quarterfinal - but only after a controversial call on the game's final play.

    Zeeland East's Tanner Bryant thought he came down inbounds for a 20-yard, game-winning score but he was rule out of bounds on the play.

    "I felt like I was in," Bryant told the Holland Sentinel. "I thought I was in. All the coaches told me I was in."

    Zeeland East coach Derek Pennington was a little more diplomatic.

    "My kid said he was in. I've got to watch the film, I don't know," he said. "It was a great football game and obviously we are disappointed, but what do you do?

    "We threw it up at the end and didn't get it done."

  • RivalsHigh take: This is a second week in a row East has narrowly escaped with a victory. The team is poised to win a state title, but it is certainly in survive-and-advance mode.
  • For complete coverage, check out this game story in the Holland Sentinel.

    Klein 44, No. 75 Lufkin 38

    Lufkin went down. But not without a fight.

    With star quarterback Bush Smiley out with an injury, the team tried to rally from a 25-point deficit behind backup Nick Cox and running back Jamarcus Walker but came up short.

    "We had two bad halves in 11 weeks this year and they both cost us games," Lufkin head coach John Outlaw told the Lufkin Daily News. "Our kids were out there fighting hard but we just couldn't finish it off."

    Cox, who came in during the third quarter, completed 14-of-24 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Walker ran for 191 yards and three TDs.

    Klein was led by running back Keshawn Hill, who went for 247 yards.

  • RivalsHigh take: Lufkin got dealt a tough hand in this game and showed the heart of a champion. It is unfortunate the final score didn't go its way, but it does give something to grow on next year.
  • For complete coverage, check out this game story in the Lufkin Daily News.

    No. 81 Hazelwood Central 9, Christian Brothers College 7

    There are no chip shots in high school football: You need a snap, a hold, solid blocks and a strong kick to make any field goal.

    Throw in some postseason pressure and a lot of wind and you have what Hazelwood Central junior Jon Harris was facing when he lined up for a 28-yard field goal with 2:45 left in the game.

    He nailed it - and then got nailed by his teammates.

    "It was pretty neat," he told the St. Louis Post Dispatch. "I was very happy I was able to accomplish it for the seniors."

    The win moved Hazelwood Central to 12-0 and into the state semis. The school has won the past two state titles.

  • RivalsHigh take: Hazelwood has some narrow victories under its belt and this is another to take home and be proud of. Missouri and Kansas football are on the rise and there are a lot of solid squads that fly under the radar.
  • For complete coverage, check out this game story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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