November 11, 2012

RH100 notes: Coming down the final stretch

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A week after being declared a dark horse for a RivalsHigh 100 National Title, the dream of a championship has been halted for Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County as it fell to Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County this week, 13-12.

Colquitt County had the game-winning score on a short touchdown run by John Boatright with just under a minute to play, which helped propel the Packers to victory. The result will push Colquitt County back into the RivalsHigh 100 for the third time this season.


Colquitt will re-enter at No. 93 nationally, while Camden County will fall from No. 6 to No. 26.


The contest was a defensive battle the entire evening as each team played scoreless football for the first quarter and a half.

Camden County struck first as Georgia-bound quarterback Brice Ramsey connected with Conner Lockhart on a 10-yard touchdown pass with three minutes remaining in the second quarter. Camden County missed the extra point and lead at halftime, 6-0.


 The third quarter was much like the first as neither team was able to put points on the board or sustain any meaningful drives.


 Two-star quarterback Cole Segraves showed his ability to break containment as the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder broke through the defense and scored on a 70-yard touchdown run for Colquitt County, giving the Packers a 7-6 lead.


 Camden would not trail long as Chris Williams scampered 68-yards for a touchdown on the following posession. Camden County elected to try for a two-point conversion, but the pass was incomplete.

Trailing 12-7, Colquitt County engineered its first substantial drive of the game as it marched down the field for the winning score on the Boatright run.


 Camden County had a chance for the victory but missed wide on a 55-yard field goal.


Camden County will enter the playoffs as the top seed in Region 1-AAAAAA and the No. 3 overall team in Georgia.


Colquitt County will enter the playoffs as the No. 3 seed out of Region 1-AAAAAA and the No. 8 overall team in Georgia.

PLAYING WITH FIRE: The flirtation with the flame has finally burned Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward this week as the team fell 63-56 in the second round of the Ohio playoffs against Mentor (Ohio) High.


St. Edward had climbed into the national title discussion after posting comeback victories over Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller and then Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius, but the team was on the wrong side of a letdown in the Division I battle.


 The two teams combined for 1,266 yards of offense, but it was the Mentor defense that stepped up by shutting down St. Edward for the last quarter and a half, not allowing a single point after the 5:44 mark of the third quarter, while the offense scored the final four touchdowns of the game.

Three-star quarterback and North Carolina commit Mitch Trubisky led the comeback effort for Mentor, rushing for two touchdowns and throwing for two more of the final four scores.

Trubisky completed 36-of-28 passes for 478 yards and four touchdowns. He added 98 yards rushing on 25 attempts.


Mentor receiver Brandon Fitts hauled in 14 receptions for 243 yards and all four of the passing touchdowns in the contest.


St. Edward quarterback Ryan Fallon had 227 yards passing and another 124 rushing. He threw one interception in the closing seconds of the game.


Mentor will rise from No. 76 to No. 41, while St. Edward will fall from No. 4 to No. 42 in the RivalsHigh 100.

KEEP AN EYE ON…: The Arizona Final Four brackets.


For the last month of action there hasn't been a single team from Arizona nationally ranked, but six quality teams have shuffled around the state rankings. As the playoffs wind down, the guessing game will be put to bed.

Three of the four teams at the Class 5A Division I level have been ranked in the RivalsHigh 100 this season and could play back into the national poll. Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy and Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe have all looked like national caliber teams.

[ HIGHLIGHTS: Brophy vs. Red Mountain ]


Likewise, on the Class 5A Division II level there is another trio of teams that could see its season end with a national ranking and a state title. Between Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial, Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos de Niza and Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic, there is quality football to still be played.

While none of the six will gain entry this week - and it is not meant as a slight to Mesa (Ariz.) Desert Ridge or Tucson (Ariz.) Ironwood Ridge, both of which are both still alive - there is still enough football to be played that a wait-and-see approach is appropriate as Arizona is still not a power-state for high school football.

KNOCKING ON THE DOOR: With the high school football season winding down, the number of teams in consideration for national rankings are also paring down.


This week, the teams on the outside looking in were limited to just three receiving major consideration and each had already been ranked in the RivalsHigh 100 at one point this season.


 Kahuku (Hawaii) High had climbed as high as No. 87 in the RivalsHigh 100 and continues to be among the first teams on the cut line. This week, Kahuku will take on a quality Honolulu (Hawaii) Farrington team in the second round of the playoffs.


 Gaffney (S.C.) High has played its way back into national rankings consideration. After starting the season 3-3, the Indians moved Shaq Davidson to the quarterback position and the team has not looked back.

Gaffney has a win over No. 40 Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes on its resume and could set up a rematch with Byrnes if it is able to defeat Goose Creek (S.C.) Stratford this week. Gaffney started the season ranked in the preseason RivalsHigh 100 but was among the first teams dropped following its 49-19 defeat to Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern. However, Gaffney has been a different team the last five weeks.

Ft. Pierce (Fla.) Central spent one week in the national rankings and has been a last cut each of the last four weeks. The same song can be sung this week as the lack of strength in Florida Class 7A is not able to push this team into the rankings.


Central opens the playoffs this week against Englewood (Fla.) Lemon Bay and could run into No. 2-ranked Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee in the third round.

RECORD BREAKER: Class of 2014 quarterback prospect Will Grier had a night for the ages as the Davidson (N.C.) Davidson Day signal caller threw for a national record 837 yards in a 104-80 victory Friday night.

The regulation game finished with 184 points and 1,641 combined yards as Davidson Day advanced in the playoffs against Harrells (N.C.) Christian Academy.

Davidson Day running back Jordan Brown caught 13 passes for 302 yards and scored two touchdowns.

Grier already has offers from Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Wake Forest. He should secure more FBS-level opportunities as his stat line grows by leaps and bounds each week.

TRADING PLACES: There will be a four-team turnover in the RivalsHigh 100 this week as three teams join the poll for the first time while another gains entry for the third time.

The highest entry belongs to Wyndmoor (Pa.) La Salle, which will debut at No. 65 this week.

La Salle avenged its lone loss on the season by defeating Philadelphia (Pa.) St. Joe's, 28-27. The loss will knock St. Joe's down to No. 66 nationally.

The top team in Nebraska will also be making its debut this week as Omaha (Neb.) Millard North climbs into the rankings at No. 99.



Millard North advanced to the state finals this week by defeating No. 3-ranked Omaha (Neb.) Millard South, 38-35. It was the second close contest between these two this season with North winning the previous meeting, 12-10.


Falling from the RivalsHigh 100 this week will be Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway, which saw its season come to an end at the hands of Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills in the WPIAL playoffs.


Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln was put on upset alert for its first playoff game next week against Orange Park (Fla.) Fleming Island, but it was undone this week by Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby, 40-28.

Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South also had its season come to a close when it fell to Carol Stream (Ill.) Glenbard North in a minor upset that some had predicted.


Lee's Summit (Mo.) West was the only Missouri team in the RivalsHigh 100, but it fell in the state quarterfinals to Ozark (Mo.) High and will be dropped from the national poll.

ON DECK THIS WEEK: Playoff pairings across the country are creating very exciting games between nationally ranked and nationally relevant teams.

There are 13 games that have the attention of the RivalsHigh 100 this week.

The Final Four in Ohio will be determined next Saturday and the two power points in the state, Cincinnati and Cleveland, will see a pair of its best teams fall. No. 8 Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius will take on No. 41 Mentor (Ohio) High in a repeat of an earlier season game that St. Ignatius won, 48-21. No. 11 Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain will square off against No. 33 Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller, a team that has had an up and down season but has been flying high the last three weeks.

The other matchup of ranked teams will happen in South Carolina as No. 57 York (S.C.) High and No. 58 Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe will square off on Friday. The two teams played on Oct. 26 with York winning a decisive 31-17 contest, which propelled the team into the national rankings.

There are four contests in California that are deserving of attention this week as No. 15 Vista Murrieta (Calif.) High will play Norco (Calif.) High; No. 37 Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco takes on Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame; No. 39 Mission Viejo (Calif.) High is set to battle Long Beach (Calif.) Poly; and No. 73 Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure has to navigate its way against Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita.

Three rematches litter the list as No. 32 Louisville (Kent.) Trinity is looking to end the season of its rival, Louisville (Kent.) St. Xavier and advance towards another state title; No. 50 Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Siegel continues its march up the rankings against traditional power Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Riverdale, which it has defeated already this season; and No. 63 Baltimore (Md.) Gilman will play Baltimore (Md.) Calvert Hall once again. The two teams have played three times over the past two seasons, with Gilman winning all three contests by a combined 19 points.

Two games in Alabama will match teams familiar to those that follow national rankings as No. 44 Mobile (Ala.) McGill-Toolen will play Auburn (Ala.) High, while No. 70 Montgomery (Ala.) Carver takes on Fairhope (Ala.) High.


One game in Bayou pits No. 45 Monroe (La.) Neville against three-loss Breaux Bridge (La.) High with the winner likely being a favorite to advance to the state semifinals in Class 4A.




 

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