October 29, 2011

Ranked defeats: Upsets in Top 100

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Oh, to be the hunted.

Three RivalsHigh Top 100 teams lost Thursday (No. 42 McGill-Toolen, No. 62 Bob Jones, No. 97 Eastlake.)

Six more lost Friday.

Three couldn't be avoided as they were part of Top-100 matchup games, but three others fell.

A look at some.

No. 94 Broken Arrow 31, No. 93 Jenks 21

Just Jenks and Union? Not anymore.

Broken Arrow won its first district championship since 2003 and improved to 8-1 behind the play of Levi Copelin.

Copelin, had two interceptions on defense, returned a punt for a score on special teams and had a 42-yard reception to help set up another score.

Both of Copelin's interceptions came in the fourth quarter to stop Jenks' drives. They also help put a stop to the two-team dominance in Oklahoma.

  • RivalsHigh take: This was a game that was predicted to go the way of Broken Arrow in the Weekend Watch. The two teams were not separated by much in our analysis and either team winning would not have been a shock. For Broken Arrow it was a step in the right direction as many in the state thought that the team was just from the largest school but not the biggest threat.

    For more, check out this report in Tulsa World .

    Twinsburg 38, No. 25 Mentor 35

    The too difficult to judge state of Ohio added another wrinkle when Twinsburg stunned Mentor on a late field goal.

    Mentor, trailing 35-14 entering the fourth quarter, rallied behind quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who threw for 271 yards and three TDs and ran for 120 yards and a score.

    In the end, however, it wasn't enough as Twinsburg improved to 7-3.

  • RivalsHigh take: Was this Mentor not caring about the game and losing or was this more proof that a five-wide set will not work as the weather gets cold in Ohio? It is a question that will likely be more definitely answered in the next few weeks as the playoffs begin. Mentor has been riding high but this game it fell asleep on.

    Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier 7, No. 44 Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier 3

    It was an offensive struggle all night for the cross-river rivals.

    Cincy St. X took a 3-0 lead on a 30-yard field goal from Tom Fogarty in the first quarter, but gave the lead a way in the second half when Dakota Jones returned an interception 65 yards for a score.

    And that was it.

  • RivalsHigh take: Cincy St. X is never going to be mistaken for an offensive juggernaut and taking away Conor Hundley, its best player and lone offensive threat, makes it even tougher sledding. The playoff seeding was set for the Ohio team and so this game meant nothing in terms of its ultimate goal. The win for Louisville St. X is a confidence boost, no doubt.

    Westfield 13, No. 55 Centreville 10 (overtime)

    How do you win a game when you produce only five first downs?

    You grind it out, force overtime, kick a field goal and force a fumble.

    That was the secret of success to help Westfield improve to 9-0 before a standing-room only crowd of 9,000.

    Clifton (Va.) Centreville was up 10-0 at halftime, but let Westfield back in the game with miscues.

    A fumble on the kickoff was returned 4 yards for a score. And later, a bad snap on a punt led to a short game-tying field goal.

  • RivalsHigh take: This was another upset picked in the Weekend Watch and so the result is no surprise. This is a rivalry that may be clearly in the head of Centreville which has now lost 10-staright against Westfield. Virginia has been the land of parity this year and this game pushes that further into focus. The playoffs will be the only thing that separates the teams as the evaluations have been so close all year.

    For more, check out this report in Washington Post .




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