September 23, 2011

If you had to give this week a name, "Rivalry Week" might be a good start.

The biggest may be an Ohio showdown that Rivals.com Midwest analyst Josh Helmholdt will take in Friday night between two nationally-ranked opponents that just don't like each other very much. In fact, the game between No. 13 Cincinnati Moeller and No. 29 Cincinnati St. Xavier has enough stature that it's being played at the University of Cincinnati.

But that's not the only big rivalry this weekend in Ohio.

BuckeyeGrove.com analyst Marc Givler will be on the sidelines Friday for Pickerington (Ohio) Central and Pickerington (Ohio) North, which he called one of the "most heated rivalries in Central Ohio."

There are rivalries out West too, as NMPreps.com publisher Kyle Henderson will be joined by an expected crowd of more than 15,000 fans as Carlsbad (N.M.) High hosts Artesia (N.M.) High.

So let the rivalries begin.

Here's a look at all the games "Where We'll Be" this weekend:

Find your region: Atlantic East | Heartland | Lakes | South | West (based on where game is played)

Rankings as of 9/19
No. 5 Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep vs. Ridgewood (N.J.) High
NJVarsity.com: Pat Rice
Friday: After two nationally-ranked opponents to start the season, the Iron Men of Don Bosco will face their first New Jersey challenger.
No. 13 Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller vs. No. 29 Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier
Rivals.com: Josh Helmholdt, Midwest Analyst (@JoshHelmholdt)
Friday: This is one of the fiercest rivalries in the city of Cincinnati and both teams bring a lot of talent to the field. Headlining the roster for Moeller is three-star wide receiver Monty Madaris, while St. Xavier features Pittsburgh commit Brandyn Cook on the offensive line.
No. 19 Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek vs. McDonough (Ga.) Henry County
Rivals.com: Keith Niebuhr, Southeast Analyst (@KeithRIVALS)
Friday: This game will feature an incredible amount of talent, including two Rivals250 prospects. One of them is explosive receiver JaQuay Williams of Sandy Creek, an Auburn commit. The other is Henry County's Dalvin Tomlinson, a sometimes dominant defensive tackle who has yet to pick a school. Ole Miss running back commit Mike Hilton is another top player to watch in this one. He's little, but has game-breaking ability.
No. 32 Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain at No. 90 Middletown (Ohio) High
Rivals.com: Josh Helmholdt, Midwest Analyst (@JoshHelmholdt)
BuckeyeGrove.com: Marc Givler (@MarcGivlerBG)
Thursday: Middletown's Jalin Marshall is one of the most exciting players in the Midwest for the 2013 class, but he has a tough test going against the nation's No. 32 ranked team, Colerain, led by Rivals250 linebacker Joe Bolden, three-star defensive tackle Trae Clark and Cincinnati safety commit Andre Jones. The game has major league title and playoff implications.
No. 58 Oxford (Miss.) Lafayette vs. Pontotoc (Miss.) High
RebelGrove.com: Chase Parham
Friday: Three-star dual-threat QB Jeremy Liggins and Lafayette look to extend the state's longest winning streak of 21 games.

Delaware, Maryland, N. Carolina, New England, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, S. Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
Potomac (Md.) Churchill at Germantown (Md.) Seneca Valley
MDHigh.com: Wayne Yarborough
Friday: A big, physical Churchill team with at least four scholarship athletes goes up against a perennial power in Seneca, which boasts a ton of speed.
Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin at Baltimore (Md.) Catonsville
MDHigh.com: Dave Lomonico
Friday: A Franklin team featuring a plethora of athletes, including Division-I receiver Ian Thomas, goes up against a fast, physical Catonsville squad.
Moorestown (N.J.) High vs. Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek
NJVarsity.com: Bobby Deren
Friday: Four-star linebacker Quanzell Lambert, defensive end Dajaun Drennon and defensive tackle Greg Webb are three top prospects for undefeated Timber Creek.
Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield at Raleigh (N.C.) Millbrook
NCPreps.com: Josh Jenkins
Friday: A top match-up in Raleigh featuring four-star running back Keith Marshall of Millbrook and quarterback Connor Mitch, a top 2013 recruit.
Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell at Charlotte (N.C.) Independence
NCPreps.com: Josh McKinnon (@JoshMcKinnon)
Friday: The top match-up in Charlotte this week. Ardrey Kell is led by three-star Notre Dame recruit Romeo Okwara and Independence has talented QB Evan Guest.
Rochester (Pa.) High at McKees Rocks (Pa.) Sto-Rox
PaPreps.com: Andrew Chiappazzi (@achiappazzi)
Friday: Two of the state's best in Class A battle in a section game featuring D-I prospects like Deaysean Rippy, Marzett Geter, Dontez Ford and DeAndre Moon.
Harrisburg (Pa.) Central Dauphin at Mechanicsburg (Pa.) High
PaPreps.com: Luke Campbell
Friday: Central Dauphin features 2013 prospects Zayd Issah and Brandon Lavia going up against 2012 LB Bryton Barr.
Archbald (Pa.) Valley View at Scranton (Pa.) High
PaPreps.com: Mike Iorfino
Friday: Checking in on Valley View and three-star Penn State LB commit Nyeem Wartman.
Lewisburg (Pa.) High at Muncy (Pa.) High
PaPreps.com: Tim Mack
Friday: Lewisburg LB Brandon Smith is one of the top up-and-coming juniors in the state and RB Merle Moscarello is a threat every time he touches the ball.
Pottsgrove (Pa.) High at Boyertown (Pa.) High
PaPreps.com: Rebeka Rice
Friday: Checking in on Boyertown offensive lineman and four-star Rutgers commit Chris Muller, and two teams supposedly rebuilding but still playoff contenders.
Baltimore (Md.) Poly at Baltimore (Md.) Edmondson
MDHigh.com: Darrick Scott
Saturday: A battle in Baltimore City featuring a Poly team loaded with talent - namely Virginia Tech commit Donovan Riley - is seeking revenge against an Edmondson team that's always a tough out.
Oxon Hill (Md.) Potomac at Baltimore (Md.) Douglass
MDHigh.com: Sid Thomas
Saturday: Potomac and four-star RB/CB Ronald Darby go up against a surprising, resilient Douglass team.
Glen Rock (N.J.) High vs. Newark (N.J.) Shabazz
NJVarsity.com: Matt Hladik
Saturday: Interesting matchup of top teams from two different areas with a chance to see linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton from Shabazz.
Rumson (N.J.) Rumson-Fair Haven at Little Silver (N.J.) Red Bank Regional
NJVarsity.com: Shawn Brown
Saturday: 2013 defensive lineman Garrett Sickels leads Red Bank against the No. 16 team in the NJVarsity.com state rankings.
Ellwood City (Pa.) Lincoln at Beaver (Pa.) High
PaPreps.com: Andrew Chiappazzi (@achiappazzi)
Saturday: Ellwood City RB Kyle Crawford has been a major threat, but Beaver has yet to allow a point in three games.

Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas
Springfield (Mo.) Glendale at Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest
PowerMizzou.com: Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury)
Thursday: Another chance to check out the top prospect in the nation, Hillcrest's Dorial Green-Beckham.
McPherson (Kan.) High at Goddard (Kan.) High
HovPenSports.com: Bob Hovey (@hovpen)
Friday: This will be our first look this season at TCU commit Tyler Matthews who for the past three seasons has been one of the most accurate passers in the country. The game should also showcase his main receiver Jordan Hart. Matthews will be returning to his old school where he played as a sophomore.

Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
Akron (Ohio) Buchtel vs. Akron (Ohio) Akron East
Rivals.com: Greg Ladky, AMP Videographer
Thursday: Michigan commit Jarrod Wilson and rising 2013 prospect Elijah Bell lead the way for Buchtel.
Cary (Ill.) Cary-Grove at Algonquin (Ill.) Jacobs
EdgyTim.com: Tim O'Halloran (@EDGYTIM)
Friday: Two undefeated teams in the Fox Valley conference do battle.
Canton (Ohio) Glenoak at Austintown (Ohio) Fitch
IrishIllustrated.com: Pete Sampson (@NDatRivals), Matt Cashore
Friday: Two of the Midwest's best running backs square off as Ohio State commit Bri'onte Dunn visits William Mahone, both Rivals250 prospects. Austintown Fitch also features the Davis twins, Demitrious Davis and Chris Davis, both committed to Pittsburgh.
Pickerington (Ohio) North at Pickerington (Ohio) Central
BuckeyeGrove.com: Marc Givler (@MarcGivlerBG)
Friday: One of the most heated rivalries in Central Ohio will see some big-time talent on display. Pickerington North boasts two-way lineman Pat Elflein, an Ohio State commit, as well as outstanding junior defensive end Jake Butt. For Central, the Tigers have a pair of Ohio State commits in senior receiver Roger Lewis and senior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren as well as super junior defensive end Taco Charlton.
Toledo (Ohio) St. John's Jesuit at Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer
TheRocketNation.com: Ned Wright
Friday: Michigan commit Christopher Wormley and Whitmer look to slow down top 2013 quarterback Brogan Roback in a major northern Ohio showdown.
Dayton (Ohio) Chaminade-Julienne at Cincinnati (Ohio) Archbishop McNicholas
Rivals.com: Josh Helmholdt, Midwest Analyst (@JoshHelmholdt)
Saturday: Chaminade-Julienne is a consistent producer of Division I talent, and it features linebacker Darrien Howard, who already boasts offers, in the Class of 2013.
Cincinnati (Ohio) Aiken at Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft
Rivals.com: Josh Helmholdt, Midwest Analyst (@JoshHelmholdt)
BuckeyeGrove.com: Marc Givler (@MarcGivlerBG)
Saturday: Taft features U.S. Army All-American Bowl selections Dwayne Stanford and Adolphus Washington. Stanford may not play in this game, but Washington is worth the price of admission himself.
LaGrange (Ill.) Lyons at Hinsdale (Ill.) Hinsdale Central
EdgyTim.com: Tim O'Halloran (@EDGYTIM)
Saturday: Checking out Hinsdale Central three-star offensive guard Ryan Callen.

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee
Orlando (Fla.) Lake Highland Prep at Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep
Rivals.com: Chris Nee, Florida Analyst (@RivalsCNee)
Friday: The top prospect in the game is Berkeley Prep five-star athlete Nelson Agholor, but he is far from the only college prospect. Others from Berkeley Prep include defensive end Reggie Barnes and linebacker Schyler Miles, both of whom hold numerous offers, as well as wide receiver Christian Hardegree who is still waiting for his first offer. Lake Highland Prep has three prospects currently committed to schools - offensive tackle Blake Fromang (Vanderbilt), safety Taylor Barton (Illinois), and safety Michael Ellis Marder (Connecticut). They will likely end up with six college signees as wide receiver Hayden Jones, linebacker David Jean, and cornerback Ty Law are all drawing interest. They also have a pair of juniors already on the radar in defensive end Landon Stokes and two-way player Mike Dorcely.
Strong (Ark.) Strong Huttig vs. Bearden (Ark.) High
ArkansasVarsity.com: Luke Matheson (@ArkansasVarsity)
Friday: This game pits two of Arkansas' top players - Strong's three-star running back Kenneth Dixon and Bearden wide receiver and Arkansas commit Defonta Lowe - and top small classifications teams in a game which could decide a conference championship despite only being in the fourth week of the season.
Aliceville (Ala.) High at Reform (Ala.) Pickens County
BulldogBlitz.com: Logan Lowery
Friday: Undefeated Pickens County looks to remain perfect on the season, hosting Aliceville. Pickens County defeated Essex last week, 53-14. Aliceville, meanwhile, enters at 2-2 on the season, coming off a loss last weekend to Tanner, 49-20.
College Park (Ga.) Banneker at Lovejoy (Ga.) High
Rivals.com: Keith Niebuhr, Southeast Analyst (@KeithRIVALS)
Saturday: Two of the state's best defensive backs will take the field - Rico McWilliams of Lovejoy and Chaz Elder of Banneker. McWilliams is a South Carolina commit; Elder currently has the Gamecocks in front. Banneker tight end/defensive end Larry Jefferson is another intriguing prospect. The Louisville commit is a standout on both sides of the ball.

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco vs. Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
Rivals.com: Adam Gorney, West Analyst (@adamgorney)
Friday: St. John Bosco is loaded with talent, including four-star wide receiver and California commit Bryce Treggs, three-star offensive lineman and Arizona commit Beau Boyster, three-star linebacker and Arizona State commit C.J. Dozier, as well as three-star defensive back Dalis Bruce and three-star wide receiver Justin Johnson. Loyola, meanwhile, boasts talent of its own in four-star wide receiver and Stanford commit Kodi Whitfield and three-star defensive back and Boise State commit Chaz Anderson.
Vacaville (Calif.) High at San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian
NorCalPreps.com: Cameron Schott
Friday: Vacaville climbed into the NorCalPreps.com rankings this week after a 38-27 victory over Granite Bay with junior Curtis Goins leading the way by rushing for 147 yards and four touchdowns. On the flip side, Valley Christian is coming off a 35-28 loss to Cardinal Newman; however, the bigger loss might have been to its star running back Byron Marshall, who will be out due to a separated shoulder. The Warriors will heavily rely on Jarrod Lawson to replace the void in the backfield. Lawson finished with 211 yards and two touchdowns last week and will be essential to the Valley offense. Both teams will rely heavily on the run and whichever team can dominate the time of possession and wear down the opposing defense could be walking away with the win.
Santa Rosa (Calif.) Cardinal Newman at Salinas (Calif.) Palma
NorCalPreps.com: Douglas Benton
Friday: While this game used to carry with it major Division III state bowl implications, it is still an intriguing non-league tilt between the North Coast Section and the Central Coast Section. Cardinal Newman, No. 10 this week in the NorCalPreps.com rankings, is the early season favorite to take Northern California's D-III bowl bid behind the play of quarterback Matt Sullivan and running back Steven Tomasin. The Cardinals are coming off a road win against San Jose Valley Christian. For No. 14 Palma, Jack Myers has stepped in at running back this year and the defense has given up just 25 points in two wins thus far. With good young talent being infused into the program, the Chieftains are a dark horse contender as a probable CCS Open Division team later this fall.
Elk Grove (Calif.) High at Grass Valley (Calif.) Nevada Union
NorCalPreps.com: Michael Benton
Friday: Both teams come in with matching 4-0 marks and look to close out the non-league with perfect records heading into the tough league schedule. Elk Grove made its first real statement of the year with a 51-7 win over Sheldon, thanks to the running of Deon Ransom and Robert Frazier, who have combined for more than 1,000 yards this year. Nevada Union has risen to No. 8 in the NorCalPreps.com Top 20 poll as junior quarterback Kyle Cota has played well early and Gabe Humphers has played well on both sides of the ball. Also, junior linebacker Tanner Vallejo continues to show himself as one of the most active tacklers in the area.
Camarillo (Calif.) High at Canyon County (Calif.) Canyon
CaliforniaPreps.com: Dave Rogahn, Dave Keefer (@DaveKeefer)
Friday: Canyon (2-0) is off to a great start and has jumped ahead of Oaks Christian in the CIF Northern Division rankings. Quarterback Jonathan Jerozal and running back Max Archuleta should have no trouble with Camarillo (1-1).
Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley at Fremont (Calif.) Washington
CaliforniaPreps.com: Brandon Tatera
Friday: San Ramon Valley boasts two top flight quarterbacks in four-star Zach Kline and junior backup Cameron Birse. Washington has struggled this year starting off to an 0-3 start but will look to get its first win against the 2-0 Wolves.
Artesia (N.M.) High at Carlsbad (N.M.) High
NMPreps.com: Kyle Henderson (@NMPreps)
Friday: It's rivalry week in New Mexico. Carlsbad is 4-0 and Artesia is 3-1. 15,000 fans are expected in a huge mid-season game.

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