September 18, 2011

Saturday roundup: Stepping up, falling down

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Injuries: Every team gets them. It's what you do next that counts.

Katy (Texas) High was able to plug in a backup running back and not miss a step, possibly rolling into the Top 25.

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant wasn't as lucky. Of course, it lost two stars - but it didn't have enough against a rising power in the area to possibly fall out of the rankings.

Their games are just part of our Saturday roundup:

No. 28 Katy 42, Westbrook 7

Cody Gomez turned the opportunity of a starting role into a starring one.

Replacing injured running back Adam Taylor, Gomez rushed for 133 yards and three TDs to help Katy (Texas) High overpower Westbrook, 42-7.

Gomez had a 21-yard run on his first carry; a 19-yard run on his second. He already had 101 yards and three TDs at half.

"Tonight was a statement to the district that I can do it," he told the Houston Chronicle. "We wanted to show our community that our run game is still there. Just because Adam is out doesn't mean we're done."

Taylor is lost for the season with a knee injury.

  • RivalsHigh take: As well as Gomez performed, it is still a concern that Adam Taylor isn't playing. It is essentially a moot point as the Katy schedule does not have a challenge remaining on it until the playoffs - and if the team goes Division II, it is nearly a lock for a state title.

    For more, check out this report in the Houston Chronicle.

    No. 34 St. Edward 30, Elder 10

    Defense and special teams have been the story for Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward this year. Saturday was no exception.

    Trailing, 10-7, in the second quarter, St. Edward used an interception and a blocked punt to set up two scores and grab the lead.

    RB Dwayne Aaron (207 yards, TD) led the St. Edward offense, which had over 400 yards of total offense.

    St. Edward improves to 4-0 with the victory.

  • RivalsHigh take: The offense for St. Ed needs to get in gear before too long. The game with Don Bosco is on the horizon and while the Iron Men have struggled on offense as well, it would be better to score the upset if the offense was clicking.

    For more, check out this report in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

    Stockton Lincoln 56, No. 78 Grant 20

    Sacramento (Calif.) Grant didn't have starting quarterback Terry Shine or star running back Shaq Thompson. Which means it really didn't have a chance.

    Grant held tough for a half, taking a 20-14 lead, but Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln took control in the third quarter, scoring 28 straight points.

    Lincoln, behind 269 yards and four TDs from running back Justin Davis, is proving to be a top team and is making a case for a national ranking.

    Grant is the second ranked team it has defeated this season, following an earlier victory over Pleasant Grove.

  • RivalsHigh take: This all but locks up Lincoln for its rankings debut this week. It dominated the second half of play and proved it belonged in the national rankings. Grant, without its quarterback, struggled in a big way and could slide out.

    For more, check out this report in the Sacramento Bee.

    No. 95 Glenbard West 45, Hinsdale Central 14

    How's this for jumping out quickly? Avery Balogh took a screen pass on the first offensive play and raced 75 yards for a touchdown.

    It was really all Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Glenbard West needed as it jumped to a 31-0 halftime lead and rolled from there.

    Balogh also had 57 yards and a score on the ground.

    Quarterback Justin Odom went 8-for-12 for 189 yards and two scores.

  • RivalsHigh take: Glenbard West is looking like a team that could really challenge Maine South for the top team in the state. The offense is looking good and the defense has been on point all season.

    For more, check out this report in the Chicago Tribune.

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