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September 25, 2010

Friday: Ranked teams survive scares

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Only four teams in the RivalsHigh Top 100 lost Friday night. A few, however, won more than their games. They won some confidence and the knowledge that they can survive - and win - tough games.

That certainly was the case in Lake Oswego, Ore., where No. 37 Portland (Ore.) Jesuit got all it could handle in a 17-14 win over Lake Oswego.

Jesuit went down 14-0 in the first quarter - but said its confidence stayed up.

"I don't think we ever got worried," Jesuit senior receiver Cermak Bland told The Oregonian. "That's why we're such a great team, because we're confident and we know what we're able to do."

They know they just need to give the ball to Jordan Talley.

Talley had 206 yards and a TD on 42 carries to key the comeback.

The game was tied at 14-14 at halftime and into the fourth quarter before Jesuit took control with a pounding 17-play drive that resulted in a 27-yard field goal by Ryan Cope with 2:11 remaining in the game.

  • RivalsHigh take: Jesuit knew it was in for a tough game against the state's third-ranked team. This was back-to-back solid wins for Jesuit, which is solidifying its place in the RivalsHigh 100.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in The Oregonian.

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    No. 2 Trinity 42, Colleyville Heritage 7

    Another big win? Sure. But the latest for RivalsHigh's No. 2 team wasn't as easy as it appears.

    Trinity committed three turnovers, gave up three sacks and found itself in a 7-7 tie in the second quarter.

    It pulled away by halftime (28-7), thanks to the running of Tevin Williams (162 yards and three TDs) and its defense (which forced four turnovers).

    "I liked the energy of our defense," head coach Steve Lineweaver told the Dallas Morning News.

    Trinity is now 5-0.

  • RivalsHigh take: The only team that can slow Trinity until the playoffs come is Trinity. Even as it tried to get in its own way, the Trojans were able to get a five-touchdown win.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

    Lakeview 32, No. 22 Abilene 31

    Teams win by going for two in overtime all the time.

    But going for two on a fake? Now that's something different. Lakeview (Texas) High pulled it off Friday night, upsetting No. 22 Abilene (Texas) High.

    Blaine Thomplinson took the snap, then raced up the middle for the winning points.

    "I started to go for two (from scrimmage), but the way they lined up we decided to roll the bones," Longview coach John King told the Reporter News. "It's big for our kids. It will give them some confidence. I don't know if it's a sense of relief, but we finally caught a break."

    Longview QB LaDarrin Robertson went 7-for-12 for 108 yards and a TD and rushed for another 116 yards and one more score. J'Haston Faggans added 81 yards rushing and two TDs, including the Lobos' OT score.

    Ronnell Sims was 17-for-23 for 183 yards and three TDs for Abilene.

  • RivalsHigh take: Abilene has played the toughest schedule in the nation through the first six weeks and enters its bye week 3-2. Both losses were by a combined four points. While it will slide in the rankings, the Eagles have shown they are among the 100 best teams nationally.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in The Reporter News.

    No. 24 Northwestern 45, Nation Ford 35

    It only goes to figure: A game with nearly 1,000 yards of total offense would start with a long touchdown.

    Fort Mill (S.C.) Nation Ford jumped out to a 7-0 lead when J.J. McCullough ran 80 yards on a draw play for a touchdown. This one, however, was decided by the quarterbacks.

    Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern quarterback Justin Worley outdueled Thomas Condron for the victory.

    Worley went 27-for-35 for 362 yards and 4 TDs; Condron was 19-for-30 for 332 yards and 2 TDs.

    The game was clinched on a passing play - but not the way you would think.

    Nation Ford's final scoring chance was snuffed out on a 100-yard interception return by Kenneth Mitchell.

  • RivalsHigh take: Northwestern survives a game in which it didn't expect to be challenged. Justin Worley will continue to carry the team into the teeth of its schedule.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in The Herald.

    No. 20 Mission Viejo 37, Long Beach Poly 7

    Mission Viejo was missing star linebacker Tre Madden (injured foot) and three other starters (suspension for team rules).

    It just didn't miss a beat.

    The Diablos took the opening kickoff and marched down the field for a score and never looked back.

    Dallas Kessman (140 yards, four TDs) and Jahleel Pinner (120 yards, one TD) each had big games.

    "We had our best practice this week," Kessman told the Orange County Register. "Everybody was really psyched for this. We came out fast. Our defense and offense both performed really well. We were lucky enough to come out on top."

    Or just more talented. This Long Beach (Calif.) Poly squad is not the equal of many of its predecessors. Its only score came with 36 seconds left in the game when Kameron White broke off an impressive 92-yard touchdown on the Mission Viejo backups.

  • RivalsHigh take: Mission Viejo is making a claim for the No. 1 spot in California. Bob Johnson has the Diablos playing like their hair is on fire.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in the Orange County Register.

    No. 46 Servite 16, Edison 9

    Anaheim (Calif.) Servite showed once again that defense can do it.

    Servite had four sacks and two interceptions to lead it past Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison and move to 4-0.

    Servite, which has allowed just 23 points in four games, made believers out of Edison coach Dave White.

    "They're fast. They're physical. And they're very well-coached," he told the Orange County Register. "They're disciplined. All four of those things make a great defense."

    The defense didn't score, but it did put the game away as cornerback Karlton Dennis had an interception to end Edison's final possession.

  • RivalsHigh take: The Friars ended the 2010 season among the nation's elite. The defensive performance against Edison is starting to convince many that they belong in that discussion again.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in the Orange County Register. A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.

    No. 77 Moeller 17, St. Xavier 7

    Folks who have followed Cincinnati football for years will tell you - win the line and you'll win the game.

    Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller did just that, rallying past Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier in the second half.

    "We're not going to change from our philosophy of pounding the offensive line, and that was pretty effective for us," Moeller head coach John Rodenberg told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

    Down 7-0 at halftime, Moeller turned to senior running back Tucker Skove.

    Trailing, 7-3, Skove gave Moeller its first lead of the game with a 41-yard TD run on the final play of the third quarter. He put the game away with a 5-yard run with 4:49 to go in the game.

    Skove ran 38 times for 206 yards (130 in the second half) as Moeller improved to 5-0.

  • RivalsHigh take: Moeller rose to the challenge against St. X. The Crusaders' defense, suspect at best in the last few contests, held the Bombers to just seven points in the win. Moeller looks like the odds-on favorite to win the GCL South this season.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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