David Adams and Kurt Hinish opened their defense of a 4A state championship in an unfamiliar way.
After winning 15 games last season, including 13 straight, Pittsburgh Central Catholic kicked off this season with a 35-14 loss to St. John’s College High School out of Washington D.C., at North Allegheny High’s Wright Field on Saturday.
"I felt as if we weren't playing as the team that we are,” said Hinish, who had a pair of tackles in the loss.
St. John’s had something to do with taking the Vikings out of their game.
Maryland commit Kasim Hill completed 9-of-15 passes for 170 yards and two scores.
“He was fast,” Hinish said. “Every time I got close to him he either ran or got rid of the ball. He’s definitely one of the best QBs I've ever played against. He’s strong, really strong. He's going to Maryland but pretty much could've went anywhere he wanted.”
The Cadets were just as dangerous on defense where Texas A&M commit Tyree Johnson led a unit that recorded five sacks against the Vikings.
Adams couldn’t make much of a mark in the opener for Central Catholic (0-1), which fell 35-14 to powerhouse St. John’s (Washington D.C.), which was led by Maryland commit Kasim Hill, who completed 9-of-15 passes for 170 yards and two scores.
Mansfield (1-0) rallied from an early deficit to run off 28 consecutive points en route to a 28-10 win over Mansfield Summit. Adebo's first team defense allowed just 94 yards and four first downs.
Davis led Cedar Hill (0-1) into a nationally televised matchup against Las Vegas Bishop Gorman and started the game with a touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead. That's about as good as it got. Gorman cruised to a 44-14 win. Davis went 19-of-33 for 158 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Two turnovers and a second half scoring surge caused Lake Taylor (0-1) problems in a 35-21 loss to Heritage. Despite winning the offensive yardage battle, 318-226, Lake Taylor fell to a team it beat 54-0 last fall.
Gibbons started his senior season by helping Clearwater Central Catholic (1-0) to a 44-27 win over Berkeley Prep. Check out highlights on Irish Illustrated here.
Hainsey also participated in a national matchup, as IMG Academy usually does. IMG (1-0) handed Grayson (Ga.) a 26-7 loss. Hainsey helped power a running game that ended up with 180 yards.
Hinish recorded a tackle for loss in Central Catholic’s 35-14 loss to St. John’s (Washington D.C.).
Opens the season on Sept. 17.
Recovering from mono kept Kmet on the sidelines as St. Viator (0-1) started the season with a 30-7 loss to Rolling Meadows.
Lugg recorded three tackles and helped North Allegheny (0-1) running backs average 4.0 yards per carry in a 30-29 loss to Liberty (Olentangy, Ohio).
MacCollister and Bishop Moore (1-0) started their Florida Class 5A title defense with a 40-6 win over Edgewater.
Winter Park (0-1) let one get away late in a 27-26 loss to Lake Nona, which rallied in the fourth quarter.
It wasn't a full workload for Robertson as he only played offense for Neuqua Valley (1-0) in its 35-7 win over Metea Valley. Robertson (hamstring) had a couple catches. He expects to be fully healthy by next week.
Indianapolis Cathedral (2-0) didn't need Werner to do much in rolling to a 48-0 win over Indianapolis Tech. Cathedral has yet to give up a point this season.
White and St. Thomas Aquinas (0-1), the No. 1 team in the country by some polls, suffered a rare defeat to open the season. Booker T. Washington, another Florida power, grabbed a 27-23 win with a late interception.
Cy-Fair (0-1) struggled to get its passing game going in a 23-20 loss to The Woodlands that included Wright’s side throwing four picks. The future Irish tight end still managed three caches for 40 yards.
Young opens the season this week as Destrehan takes on Slidell.
Opens the season on Sept. 3.
Opens the season on Sept. 3.
In a 77-8 win over Strong Vincent, the Prep (1-0) defense allowed just 156 yards of offense and held the Colonels to just 2.3 yards per carry.
A missed extra point in the second quarter cost Pine-Richland in a 28-27 loss to St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) on ESPN. Jurkovec, who completed 20-of-31 passes for 296 yards and three scores and rushed for 108 yards on 17 carries with another score, led the Rams to touchdowns in four of their first five drives.
Oghoufo totaled six tackles and two tackles for loss as Harrison (0-1) took a 31-24 loss to East Kentwood in its season opener.
Stepp (hamstring) missed Cathedral's (2-0) win over Indianapolis Tech this week, a 48-0 blowout.