October 1, 2011

Friday roundup: Rivalry games have expected results

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Blowouts can be terrific. Having to play four quarters can be telling.

There weren't a lot of upsets in the RivalsHigh 100, but there were plenty of challenges as some top teams found themselves needing to rally for victories in big rivalry games.

No. 5 Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco trailed in the final quarter. No. 10 Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central trailed in the final minute. Both pulled out victories.

The same can be said for No. 36 Miami (Fla.) Central, which pulled the slightest of upsets, overcoming rival and No. 20 Miami (Fla.) Columbus.

With that, a look at some top games.

No. 2 Trinity 41, St. Xavier 6

More 30,000 saw a good one in the annual battle of two of Louisville's top teams.

Don't be fooled by the final score - St. Xavier gave Trinity all it could handle.

St. X trailed just 14-6 at the half, despite the fact it fumbled away a chance for a TD at the 1.

Trinity's talent won out in the second half, however, as star receiver James Quick had eight catches for 155 yards and two TDs - and he threw for a TD, too.

It was a stat haul for the Shamrocks' three weapons as QB Travis Wright went 17-for-23 for 252 yards and RB Dalyn Dawkins had 139 yards and two scores.

  • RivalsHigh take: Trinity has one of the best offenses in the country and holding it down for four quarters is very hard to do - as St. Xavier learned Friday night. The Shamrocks should be 20 or more points better than all Kentucky competition. The showdown with Moeller at the end of the regular season could push the team to the top spot nationally.

    For more, check out this report in the Louisville Courier-Journal .

    No. 5 Don Bosco Prep 33, Bergen Catholic 22

    Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco is known for its defense and its rivalry with Bergen Catholic, so it's no surprise the two went together Friday night.

    Trailing 22-21 after three quarters, Don Bosco turned the game around with an interception by Kyle Sakowski early in the fourth. Sakowski returned the ball to the 25.

    Two plays later, Elijah Shumate went over from 1 yard out - the second of his three TDs - to put Don Bosco ahead for good.

    While Shumate got the scores, Jabrill Peppers got the yards, going for 133 on 14 carries.

    The victory was Don Bosco's 49th straight against an in-state opponent and its ninth straight against Bergen Catholic. The games, however, are not getting easier.

    The two likely will meet for a second time in the playoffs.

  • RivalsHigh take: In true rivalry fashion, this game was closer than maybe some would have liked. Bosco did not look stellar but it got the job done again. Its season will be made or broken next week when it faces St. Edward. Bergen is still a few years away from knocking off its rival, but the games are getting increasingly more difficult for the Iron Men to win.

    For more, check out this report in the Star-Ledger.

    No. 6 Armwood 20, Jefferson 0

    No surprise here, as a top battle in the Tampa area produced a top game.

    Seffner (Fla.) Armwood led just 6-0 at half before pulling away behind Alvin Bailey, who had 170 yards of total offense, including a game-clinching 88-yard score.

    Quarterback Darryl Richardson threw for 106 yards and ran for a score as Armwood improved to 5-0.

    Jefferson had its chances, especially in the first half, but it couldn't overcome mistakes and turnovers against Armwood's top defense.

    Armwood has not given up a point in 16 quarters.

  • RivalsHigh take: This game underscores why we love and why we don't trust Armwood. The defense is so good as it always is. The offense is pretty bad as it usually is. And the plays are called to not lose instead of go and win. Armwood's win can be sized up next to St. Edward, which downed Jefferson by nearly 40 points just last week.

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

    No. 10 Warren Central 22, No. 41 Carmel 20

    Max Hernandez saved the game and Warren Central's season by kicking a 38-yard field goal on the final play of the game for the victory.

    Warren Central looked as it would cruise to victory over Carmel after it raced to a 19-0 lead, but the Greyhounds came out strong in the second half behind running back Jalen Duncan.

    Duncan ran 78 yards for a score on the half's first play, then scored again to pull Carmel to 19-14.

    Carmel eventually took a 20-19 lead but it couldn't hang on, failing to convert on one final third-down chance that would have put the game away.

    The teams, both 5A powers, could meet again in the playoffs.

  • RivalsHigh take: This is a story that has been told too many times regarding Warren Central this season. Jump out to a big lead against a quality opponent and then shut down emotionally as if it were not a quality opponent and almost lose. The Warriors have flirted with disaster a few more times than we, and likely coach John Hart, would like to see.

    For more, check out this report in the Indianapolis Star.

    No. 36 Miami Central 37, No. 20 Columbus 34

    Joseph Yearby ran for 292 yards and scored five times - and his Central team needed every bit of the effort to hold off rival Columbus.

    Yearby's 3-yard TD run with 22 seconds left capped a second-half comeback.

    "I just had to come through for my team," Yearby told the Miami Herald. "That's all I was thinking about. I just wanted to make my team happy."

    The teams battled all game with Columbus grabbing a 34-30 lead on a 26-yard run by QB Garrett Fortner with less than four minutes to go.

    Fortner's score, however, only set up Yearby's heroics as Central improved to 4-0 while handing Columbus its first loss of the season.

  • RivalsHigh take: The two teams battled until the end and showed that each was a serious contender for its state title - Columbus in 8A and Central in 6A. The game may have said more about Columbus, in a negative way, than it did for Central as it was thought that this was the best opportunity for Columbus to take a game against one of the more nationally-known Miami teams.

    For more, check out this report in the Miami Herald.


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