Highlights from the past weekend:
Stanford commits in action:
* On Saturday, Stanford linebacker commit Shayne Skov became the last of Stanford's 2009 commits to begin his senior season. Skov leads the Pawling (N.Y.) Trinity-Pawling Pride into action in their campaign to repeat as New England Prep School Athletic Council champions. In the season opener, Trinity-Pawling defeated Ashburnham (Mass.) Cushing Academy 39-13, but at the cost of seeing Skov hobble off the field with a knee injury. Before he came out early in the third quarter, Skov had enjoyed a successful first game as a linebacker. After playing cornerback as a sophomore and safety as a junior, Skov is now transitioning to the front 7 to play something more akin to his future college position. In the first game, Skov contributed 5 tackles, 2 sacks, and a fumble recovery. He also factored in on offense, catching 4 passes and rushing 8 times for over 50 yards. Stay tuned to The Bootleg for more on Skov's health and the start to his final prep season.
* For the second straight week, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep played a team from outside of the Bay Area and came out victorious, this time with a 35-6 win over Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's. Stanford athlete commit Usua Amanam continued his explosive start to the season, scoring a 16-yard touchdown run and intercepting two passes on defense. Significantly, those interceptions came against Oregon State quarterback commit Cody Vaz, who finished the game 17-for-33 with no touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Amanam returned one of his interceptions 70 yards for a touchdown but it was called back due to a penalty on the return. On offense, he had 116 yards rushing on 16 carries, starring both ways despite suffering from cramps. The game comes on the heels of a 4-touchdown game, with 2 on returns, from the impressive Amanam. Bellarmine's quarterback, San Jose State commit Austyn Carta-Samuels, had perhaps the play of the game on a 76-yard touchdown run that featured not one but two play fakes and he also punched in another touchdown at the goal line. Bellarmine's other stars, senior Michael Clay and junior Kyle Olugbode, added touchdown runs of their own. Clay joined Amanam in making life difficult for Vaz and made an interception to go along with Amanam's pair. The Bells are now 2-0.
* Stanford running back commit Stepfan Taylor continues to be one of the top stories for Stanford recruiting at this point as he is off to a white-hot start to his season. This past weekend, he spearheaded a 48-27 win over Burleson (Tex.) that evened his Mansfield (Tex.) team's record at 2-2. Taylor ran for 203 yards and 5 touchdowns, including long runs of 73 yards and 28 yards. Taylor has rushed for over 100 yards in all four games this season and has 706 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns already.
* Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista made a 22-yard field goal with 1 second remaining in the game to grab a 32-29 win over Pittsburgh (Calif.). Stanford tight end commit Zach Ertz hauled in 6 catches for 77 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown reception. Ertz has three touchdown catches in the first two games of the season. In the most recent game, Ertz' presence opened things up for diminutive receiver Tom Hemmingsen, who starred with a huge 9-catch, 230-yards-receiving, 2-touchdown game. Hemmingsen also returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown. Between Ertz and Hemmingsen, Monte Vista quarterback junior Brett Nottingham had the weapons to put up 373 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air.
* Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard improved to 3-0 by beating Damascus (Md.) 35-3. After giving up 21 points in the opening game, Stanford defensive tackle commit Terrence Stephens and the Quince Orchard defense have only given up 9 points in the last two games. Stephens' defensive line mate Jason Ankrah had two first half sacks against Damascus. The Quince Orchard defense bent but did not break, allowing Damascus inside the 25 on each of the possessions in the first half but only giving up 3 points.
* Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson has already doubled their win total from last year, picking up their second win in three games by shutting out Pomona (Calif.) Ganesha 27-0. Stanford wide receiver commit Jemari Roberts caught 4 passes for 44 yards and scored rushing touchdown on end-around from 3 yards out and 7 yards out.
* Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton got back in the win column with a 49-12 drubbing of Mesa (Ariz.) Dobson that made the Huskies 3-1 on the year. Stanford wide receiver commit Drew Terrell did not find the end zone but Hamilton cruised to victory nonetheless. The scoring was spread around but Hamilton found particular success with the connection between quarterback Zak Hambsch and receiver Alante Battle, which accounted for touchdown passes of 26 yards and 35 yards.
* Lassiter (Ga.) also bounced back from a loss last week by pulling out a 24-17 win over Smyrna (Ga.) Campbell. Stanford offensive line commit Camden Wentz anchors the offensive line for a highly-touted Trojans offense that carries the Lassiter team. However, Wentz and the Lassiter offense have scored fewer and fewer points in each game this season. The Trojans were not sharp early and fumbled on two of their first four offensive plays, turning the ball over on each of the first two possessions. They scored 17 of their 24 points in the third quarter, the one quarter in which they were particularly sharp. They stayed in the game in the first half despite the stalling offense because junior punter Cody Johnson placed two punts inside the 5-yard line. Auburn tight end commit Philip Lutzenkirchen led the offense by grabbing 9 catches for 99 yards and the late decisive touchdown.
* Yet another team that bounced back from a tough loss last week was La Mesa (Calif.) Helix, which took out Carlsbad (Calif.) 35-14. Early on this season, Stanford tight end commit Levine Toilolo has not been the red zone scoring threat many envisioned going into the season but has been a key cog for Helix on both sides of the ball. In the most recent game, he finished with 5 catches for 57 yards. Helix was keyed in the game by 127 yards rushing and 3 touchdown runs from Paul Blakeney. Quarterback Ty Culver had a very good game as well, completing 15 of 25 passes for 261 yards and a touchdown.
* Defending Arizona state champion Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy College Prep fell to a hard-luck 2-2 after losing 17-9 against fellow in-state power Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic. While the loss was a major disappointment for Brophy, Stanford defensive end commit Trent Murphy and his fellow standouts for Brophy did get the thrill of being featured the previous week on NBC's telecast of NFL Sunday Night Football. In the loss against Salpointe, Murphy and the defense had only given up 7 points with 4 minutes remaining in the third quarter, when an unnecessary roughness penalty on Brophy changed the game's momentum. Salpointe went on to score touchdowns on touchdown passes of 64 yards and 54 yards to Mike Descisciolo and gave Brophy a second disappointing loss in addition to their loss two weeks ago against Drew Terrell's Hamilton team.
* In a major inter-state showdown, Denver (Colo.) Mullen could not handle Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst and lost 31-21. Stanford tight end commit Ryan Hewitt had 3 catches for 21 yards and so far this season has not been a major weapon for Mullen. The star of the game was Rockhurst's reigning Missouri Player of the Year and current Illinois commit Nathan Scheelhaase, who threw two touchdowns and ran in two more on his way to a 12-of-21 for 169 yards, 2-touchdown, and no interception performance through the air and 92 yards and 2 touchdowns on 19 carries on the ground. Hewitt and Mullen are now 3-1 on the season.
* Stanford defensive end commit Brock Sanders and junior defensive tackle prospect Denzel McCoy have not been able to get Duluth (Ga.) Northview in the win column this year and the Titans fell to 0-4 with a 17-10 loss against Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill. The defense for Northview has tightened up in each game this season but the team has not been able to find a winning formula. Northview did stage a comeback attempt against Collins Hill, which is 4-0 on the season, but came up short. Collins Hill did most of its damage in the running game but capitalized on big passing plays, with two of the four completed passes going for touchdowns.
* Stanford wide receiver commit Jamal Patterson and his McDonough (Ga.) Henry County team had a bye week this weekend. They return to action on Friday night.
* Chula Vista (Calif.) Eastlake fell to 1-2 with a 21-7 loss against San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills. Stanford junior linebacker commit Tony Jefferson has scored at least one touchdown in each game this season and scored the lone Eastlake touchdown of the game on a 5-yard run.
Other prospects in action:
* In a game of special interest to Stanford, offensive line recruit Khalil Wilkes' Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep team took on the prospect-laden Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel team, which features 5-star linebacker Jelani Jenkins, defensive back Michael Wallace, and junior defensive back Louis Young. Jenkins and the Falcons ended up prevailing over Wilkes and the Marauders by the final score of 27-14. Jenkins had touchdown runs of 27 yards and 2 yards and the Maryland natives also benefited from touchdown runs of 27 yards and 29 yards from Maryland commit Caleb Porzel. The game makes St. Peter's Prep 0-2 to start the season against top competition while Our Lady of Good Counsel is 2-0.
* The high-scoring Plano (Tex.) Wildcats kept rolling, improving to 4-0 on the strength of a 49-29 win over Temple (Tex.). Star running back Rex Burkhead once again led the way, this time catching a 29-yard touchdown pass, rushing for touchdowns of 7 yards, 3 yards, 7 yards, and 5 yards, and returning a punt 49 yards for a touchdown, for a total of 6 touchdowns. In addition to the 4 rushing touchdowns, he carried the ball 21 times for 216 yards. In the passing game, he caught two passes for 51 yards. In all, Burkhead accounted for over 300 yards and the 6 touchdowns. Burkhead has been a touchdown machine this year with 13 already. He also has broken the 100-yard rushing mark three times in four games. The win over Temple was a historic one for Plano since it gave them their 700th win in program history and made them the third team in Texas history to reach that milestone. Highland Park and Amarillo are the others and also reached that mark this season.
* After going undefeated two years in a row on their way to back-to-back state championships, Oklahoma City (Okla.) Bishop McGuinness is off to a disappointing start to the year with losses in each of the first two weeks. In the third week, they averted continued disaster by edging out a 25-24 win over Oklahoma City (Okla.) Millwood. Bishop McGuinness won the game by converting a two-point conversion with 33 seconds remaining in the game. Rather than kicking an extra point to send the game to overtime, they elected to go for two and saw their bet pay off with a successful conversion pass to big athlete Gabe Ikard. Ikard also caught a touchdown pass earlier in the game.
* Linebacker Luke Kuechly and national powerhouse Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier completed their murderer's row of 5 consecutive games against top teams from 5 different states but were unable to escape with their fourth victory in the stretch. The 17-6 loss at the hands of Louisville (Ky.) Trinity brings St. Xavier to 3-2 on the year. The game was played at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in front of over 12,000 fans. It was particularly painful for St. Xavier as they also lost junior quarterback Luke Massa to a broken collarbone when he attempted to dive out of bounds on a play. Massa has had a rough injury stretch of late, breaking his foot playing basketball in the winter and then tearing scar tissue right before the beginning of this football season. The other story of the game was the Trinity defense dominating St. Xavier to the tune of 2 interceptions, a forced fumble, and 7 sacks. Kuechly and the St. Xavier defense only allowed 3 first half points despite having to pick up the slack for an offense that was getting outclassed, but eventually the utter domination of the Trinity defense over the St. Xavier offense proved too much.
* Offensive lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo, junior big athlete Bronson Kaufusi, and their state title-contending Provo (Utah) Timpview team returned after a bye week and easily beat Payson (Utah) 30-0 to improve to 4-0. Running behind Su'a-Filo and the line, the Timpview running game set the tone early and produced touchdown drives on the first two Timpview possessions of the game. Payson was noticeably afraid of the Timpview passing game, led by receiver Travis Van Leeuwen, and only played two down linemen on those drives, allowing Timpview to own the line of scrimmage and burst out to the two early scores on the strength of the running game. Timpview then cruised from there with their balanced and dangerous offensive attack.
* Spanish Fork (Utah) fell to 2-3 with a 41-13 loss at the hands of West Valley City (Utah) Hunter. Spanish Fork tight end Richard Wilson caught a 21-yard touchdown pass but Spanish Fork just could not keep up with Hunter.
* Hartford (Wis.) improved to a perfect 4-0 by handling Oconomowoc (Wis.) 31-6. In four games this season, linebacker Tyler Dippel and the Hartford defense have only given up 13 points. This weekend Dippel made clear that he currently favors Stanford, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame, with the Cardinal the lone school in that group that has already offered him a scholarship.
* Offensive line recruit Michael Philipp and San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley won 10-0 to improve to 2-1. Running behind Philipp and the line, Arroyo Valley was able to muster 150 yards on 34 carries despite only getting 2 carries from their top running back, who has banged up in last week's blowout loss. The passing game had 121 yards and a touchdown with one interception.
* Bastrop (La.) put up 40 points on an opponent for the second straight week to start the season by romping over Monroe (La.) Richwood 40-12. Rueben Randle is battling hamstring problems but still played his usual starring role, returning a punt 59 yards for a touchdown, rushing for a 5-yard touchdown, and passing for 3 touchdowns. Randle completed 10 of 22 passes for 169 yards and the 3 passing touchdowns. Coaches from Cal, Michigan, Oklahoma State, and Alabama were all in attendance at the game to see Randle, arguably the nation's top receiving prospect, and others.
* Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian is another one of the top teams in Louisiana and a title contender but has taken on top teams from across the border two weeks in a row and has not been able to keep up with the Long Horn State competition. In the most recent tussle, cornerback Trey Wilson and the Eagles lost 46-31 on the road against Austin (Tex.) Lake Travis. Lake Travis led 39-12 at halftime before Evangel made it a bit more interesting in the second half. The game was closest after one quarter at 15-12, but Lake Travis dominated in the second quarter and did not relinquish the lead. Lake Travis was led by Texas quarterback commit Garrett Gilbert and his 25-for-43 passing for 408 yards and 5 touchdowns.
* Midwest City (Okla.) Carl Albert is now 2-1 after a 38-6 win over Duncan (Okla.). Safety Daytawion Lowe had a 48-yard interception return for a touchdown.
* Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea lost for the first time in three games in falling 21-6 to Seattle (Wash.) West Seattle. The game was a big upset and the first time West Seattle has won in the rivalry since they started playing in 1981. It also snapped a 21-game Metro League winning streak for O'Dea. Grant Enger and the O'Dea offensive line typically block for big rushing performances but in this game were held to only 103 yards on the ground. The Irish only completed 3 of 11 passes for 18 yards. The lone touchdown came on a 17-yard run in the third quarter. O'Dea played the game without Washington junior fullback commit Zach Fogerson and big offensive lineman Danny Kitsler.
* Hendersonville (Tenn.) Pope John Paul II is now 2-3 after getting smoked 51-7 by undefeated Nashville (Tenn.) Bell Academy, the defending II-AA state champions. Pope John Paul II star running back Wesley Tate averaged over 175 yards per game and 2 touchdowns per game in the first four games this season, but was held in the fifth game to 69 yards on 17 carries without a touchdown.
* Scottsdale (Ariz.) Notre Dame Prep improved to a perfect 3-0 by beating Glendale (Ariz.) 54-6. Through three games, defensive end Garrett Riggio and the Saints defense have given up only 12 total points. In the latest game, their dominance was particularly encapsulated by their run defense, which gave up -15 yards rushing. On offense, Patrick Foley set the tone with first quarter touchdown runs of 2 yards and 9 yards.
* Manahawkin (N.J.) Southern Regional is now 2-0 following a 28-7 win over Brick (N.J.) Brick Township Memorial. Linebacker Glenn Carson doubles as a bruising running back for Southern Regional and mashed his way to 112 yards on 24 carries.
* Through two games, Camden (N.J.) wide receiver Tyree Watkins has yet to find the end zone. His team fell to 0-2 with a 28-12 loss to Haddonfield (N.J.) Paul VI.
* The scheduled game between wide receiver Terdema Ussery's Dallas (Tex.) St. Mark's team and Bellaire (Tex.) Episcopal was postponed in the wake of Hurricane Ike. Similarly, Chance Casey and Crosby (Tex.) were off for the second straight week as was Jake Matthews' Missouri City (Tex.) Elkins team.
2010 prospects in action:
* Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian kept rolling and is now 3-0 after a 48-6 rout of Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch. The Lions are finding a dominant formula in relying on star junior running back Malcolm Jones, who rushed for 3 first-half touchdowns in the most recent contest. Jones' efforts allowed Oaks Christian to weather the storm of 4 first-half sacks of junior quarterback Nick Montana, who was able to pass for 196 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions on 10-of-19 passing on the game. For the second straight week, Montana struggled to find a rhythm in the first half, starting 3-for-9 on his passing and only passing for 73 yards in the sack-plagued first half. That comes a week after only completing a third of his first half passes and passing for less than 50 first half yards in his previous game. In both games, Oaks Christian rode Malcolm Jones to victory and saw the passing game open up after Jones crossed the goal line a couple of times. Jones' first half touchdown runs came from 31 yards, 16 yards, and 7 yards. His stat line at half time was 10 carries for 88 yards and 3 touchdowns. On the game, he totaled 130 yards on 15 carries, the third time in a row to start the season that he has broken the 100-yard barrier. In the second half, Montana broke out of his funk after taking a fifth sack of the game when he connected with Brian Owusu for a 56-yard touchdown pass. Later in the third quarter Montana threw a 43-yard touchdown to Scott Arellano. Oaks Christian head coach Bill Redell commented on his standout juniors after the game: "Nick's still learning the offense a little bit because he sort of came in late. I think it's just a little bit of rustiness. We'll get it straightened out... Malcolm's just outstanding. He's one of the great players in the country and everybody knows it. He had another outstanding game tonight."
* Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne has started their season 2-0. In the first game of the season, they took out Inglewood (Calif.) 34-13. Junior defensive back Sean Parker, the new owner of offers from Stanford and Colorado, starred with two interceptions, both of which he took back for touchdowns. One of the returns was for 95 yards while the other was for 45 yards. In the second game, Narbonne continued their winning ways with a 33-0 shutout of Los Angeles (Calif.) Hamilton. In that game, Parker and the defense only surrendered 83 total yards and no scores. USC commit Byron Moore provided the fireworks for Narbonne, taking the opening kickoff back 83 yards for a touchdown and also blocking a punt for a touchdown.
* Gardena (Calif.) Serra cruised to a 53-0 win over San Gabriel (Calif.), their most lopsided win in a 3-0 stretch to start the season. Junior wide receiver Robert Woods starred from the beginning, racing for a 79-yard touchdown on the first play of the game and then adding two additional touchdowns later. The 3 touchdown receptions were part of a big 5-catch, 137-yard performance for the standout junior.
* Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd defeated Fremont (Calif.) Kennedy 35-14 and is now 2-0. Standout junior Chris Martin hauled in a 22-yard touchdown pass, his second touchdown reception in as many weeks. He also stars on defense for the Dragons, which led 28-0 at halftime and cruised from there. Martin and the Bishop O'Dowd defense pressured the Kennedy quarterback ferociously, forcing three interceptions and only allowing 7 yards passing on 2 completions. Despite the comfortable win, the Bishop O'Dowd head coach felt his team "sleepwalked" through the game and was outplayed in the second half.
* Escondido (Calif.) has also started the season 3-0 and also enjoyed a blowout win this past weekend, beating Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino 42-14. Junior running back Ricky Seale, as always, led the charge, but his 168 yards and 2 touchdowns on 26 carries were actually less dominant than his usual performances. In the previous two games of the season, he had carried the ball 26 times combined in those contests and had racked up 362 yards and 5 touchdowns. Seale is part of a dynamic junior backfield that also features Tim Zier, who had 11 carries for 98 yards and 2 touchdowns and caught 3 passes for 102 yards and 2 more touchdowns, including an 80-yard romp.
* After a bye week to nurse their wounds from a 54-41 opening week shootout loss, San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch got into the win column for the first time this year by taking out Santee (Calif.) West Hills 17-10. Junior running back Brennan Clay carried the day with 20 rushes for 206 yards and a touchdown, a 59-yarder in the first quarter. He also caught 5 passes for 38 yards from Michigan quarterback commit Tate Forcier, who completed 16 of his 29 pass attempts for 234 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions.
* State College (Pa.) went on the road to West Virginia and stayed hot, going to 4-0 with a 65-0 shellacking of Glen Dale (W.V.) Marshall. Junior wide receiver Alex Kenney had a 28-yard touchdown reception and a 15-yard non-scoring run before coming out early for backups against the overmatched Monarchs. The game was marked by the rare feat of State College holding Marshall to zero first downs on the entire game. Marshall's offense did not have a single first down or point and totaled -41 yards of total offense. State College had 9 different players score touchdowns and 17 different players carry the ball.
* Ariton (Ala.) lost for the second week in a row to fall to .500 on the year. The 51-14 loss came against Brantley (Ala.). Junior big athlete Craig Sanders punched in a 1-yard touchdown run for one of the two Ariton scores of the game and ended up with 62 yards on 13 carries, but Ariton was behind 28-0 after the first quarter and was never seriously in the game.
* Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline improved to 3-0 with a 55-0 shutout of Kirkland (Wash.) Lake Washington. It is the second week in a row the Spartans have put up at least 55 points after notching 56 points last week. Skyline junior quarterback Jake Heaps threw touchdown passes of 5 yards, 49 yards, and 32 yards. On the game, Heaps completed 9 of 15 passes for 133 yards and the 3 touchdowns. The 49-yarder was to Washington State commit Gino Simone, who also scored the first touchdown of the game on a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the opening kickoff.
* Steamboat Springs (Colo.) also stayed perfect, moving to 4-0 by beating Gypsum (Colo.) Eagle Valley 35-14. Junior quarterback Austin Hinder was 6-for-12 with 170 yards passing and one interception. On the ground, Hinder ran 11 times for 66 yards and a touchdown. He started off shakily in the first two games but has managed a more effective offense of late. He says of his improvement, "You start out at the beginning of the year with the mindset you have to score on every play. It was I had to be perfect. I came back to reality. Now, it's let's just play football." On the season, he has completed half of his passes and thrown 5 interceptions to 3 touchdowns. He has 302 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns to go with 622 yards through the air.
* De Soto (Tex.) lost for the third week in a row and is now 1-3 on the year. The 27-20 loss came against Duncanville (Tex.). The game was the first time in four years De Soto has lost to Duncanville, which won for the first time this season and for the first time with their new head coach. Duncanville burst out to a 20-0 halftime lead against junior cornerback Adrian White and De Soto, largely on the back of sophomore quarterback Divan Ealy. Ealy ended up completing 7 of 9 pass attempts in the first half for 96 yards and also rushing for 73 yards in the half. In the second half, White and the De Soto defense held Duncanville without a first down for 18 straight minutes until Ealy engineered a game-winning drive punctuated by a 25-yard touchdown run.
* After winning an uncharacteristic shootout last week, junior defensive end Corey Nelson and the vaunted Dallas (Tex.) Skyline defense pitched its second shutout in the first three games of the season, shutting out Plano (Tex.) Plano East 42-0. Plano East managed only 74 yards rushing on 30 carries and was no more effective through the air, connecting on only 13 of 31 passes for 116 yards and an interception.
* Traverse City (Mich.) St. Francis improved to 3-1 with a 47-8 rout of Charlevoix (Mich.). St. Francis dominated on both sides of the ball and led 40-0 at halftime. Junior Max Bullough played both ways as a linebacker on defense and tight end on offense.
* Junior big athlete Blake Lueders' Zionsville (Ind.) squad is now 3-2 thanks to a 35-7 win over Westfield (Ind.). Lueders and the defense only gave up a single touchdown. They held Westfield to 63 yards rushing on 27 carries and 106 yards passing on 10-of-29 passing. Westfield, however, is now 0-4 and has struggled to run the ball all season.
* Plainfield (Ind.) is another Hoosier State team that moved to 3-2 with a win over the weekend. The 41-25 win over Martinsville (Ind.) was the most points junior offensive lineman James Hurst's offense has put up yet this season. As always, Plainfield's offense revolved around the running game with 6-3, 220-pound running back Zane Fakes shouldering the load. Against Martinsville, Fakes had 137 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has rushed for at least 2 touchdowns in every game and 4 in one game.
* West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West won for the third game in a row and is yet another team that moved above .500 this past weekend. Junior linebacker Jordan Hicks and the Lakota West defense came to play and pitched a 45-0 shutout against Fairfield (Ohio). After giving up 48 points combined in back-to-back losses to start the season, Hicks and the Firebirds defense have given up 6 total points in the last three games, all wins. They gave up 100 yards passing and -7 yards rushing in the most recent game, albeit against a now 0-5 team.
* Similarly, Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes, according to some the top high school team in the nation, gave up 41 points in the first two games combined and has now given up zero points two weeks in a row to move to 4-0 on the year. The 38-0 win this past weekend was particularly impressive because it came against Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln in a high-profile inter-state showdown. Lincoln is the former school of Stanford defensive tackle Padric Scott and a host of other current college players and is one of Florida's top programs but had no answer for the highly-touted Rebels. The defense anchored by junior defensive end Corey Miller and a cast of fellow stars was especially stout for the second week in a row. Byrnes led 31-0 at halftime and then took their foot off the gas. In the game as a whole, the defense allowed 64 yards rushing on 35 attempts and 117 yards on 8-of-21 passing.
* Junior offensive lineman Christian Lombard and Palatine (Ill.) Fremd are now 3-1 after pulling out a 14-7 win over Rolling Meadows (Ill.). The win relied on a late fourth quarter comeback drive. Fremd was arguably outplayed throughout the game and were outgained 199 yards to 68 yards. Rolling Meadows ran 11 plays inside the red zone in the second quarter and came away with no points to show for it.
* Junior offensive lineman James Stone's Nashville (Tenn.) Maplewood team tried to bounce back from their putrid offensive performance in a loss last week but came up on the short end of a 28-12 game against Nashville (Tenn.) Hillsboro. Maplewood made it competitive in the fourth quarter with a 59-yard touchdown drive highlighted by a 20-yard fourth down completion to Qutavius Parks, but after bringing the deficit to 9 points they lost control of the game when a pass intended for Parks was intercepted and taken 95 yards the other way for a touchdown. Stone and Maplewood are now 2-2 on the season after winning their first two games and losing the last two. Through 4 games, Maplewood's offense has struggled to get it going, only managing 39 yards rushing and 159 total yards in the one game in which they have scored more than twice, a blowout win in the season's second game.
* Junior offensive lineman Chris Ward has sat out the early portion of the season for Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei with an injury and there was no word at press regarding whether he played in the most recent game, a 47-35 loss at the hands of Corona (Calif.) Centennial. It was the first loss of the season for the Monarchs. Centennial running back Arthur Burns keyed the winning effort with 4 touchdowns. For Mater Dei, USC quarterback commit Matt Barkley put up big numbers but continued his early-season trend of being pressured more than he did as a junior, when he won the Gatorade National Player of the Year award. Against Centennial, Barkley threw for 414 yards and 3 touchdowns but also had 3 interceptions and was sacked 3 times. By comparison, Barkley was not sacked once in the first seven games of his junior season. Centennial's Ben Letcher contributed two of the sacks while J.B. Austin had two of the interceptions. UCLA commit Ricky Marvray had a 96-yard kickoff return for Centennial.
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