Where Things Stand With High School Sports

According to a recent NFHS study, some states are playing basketball while others are expected to start their respective seasons this month. (PHOTO COURTESY: VisualHunt.com)

By Matt Noonan

In normal times, the high school winter sports season, both here in New England and around the country, would be well underway. But these are not normal times.

Due to the coronavirus, some states, including Massachusetts, are playing some sports this winter – of course, they don’t look like they usually do with mask-wearing to social distancing – while others like Alaska, Connecticut, and Virginia have yet to play a single regular season basketball contest as of this morning. Those states are set to begin competition later this month, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), which recently unveiled its ‘Winter Sports Season Guide‘ on Friday, January 15.

The NFHS guide provides high school sports fans with a closer look – well, more a breakdown, to be exact – of who is playing and who is not to what states, including California, Hawaii, and Nevada that have yet to play a single sport this school year (2020-21).

When it comes to wearing masks during competition, 11 states, including Arizona, Kansas, and Kentucky, have mandated that everyone wears them except when competing while 19 states, including Massachusetts and New Hampshire, require all participants to cover their face, both on the bench and on the ice or hardwood.

While basketball was certainly the focus of this particular update, there were some interesting notes worth sharing (below) on the state of high school hockey:

  • Nine states are currently playing hockey – in fact, Ohio and Wisconsin started their respective seasons last November.
  • Six states have not dropped the puck this winter, including Connecticut, Michigan, and New York. Here in New England, Rhode Island has yet to announce when its schools will be able to play games, but practices are permitted. Vermont is currently not allowing its various programs to compete or practice.
  • Five states will conclude their respective seasons without a state championship while five others have yet to announce plans for postseason competition. Five states, including Alaska, Michigan, and North Dakota, have announced dates for their respective state finals.

While it is nice to see some states (and areas of the country) playing basketball and hockey, we certainly know these games should look a bit different – shall we say normal? – hopefully next fall and winter. But for now, make sure to wear your mask, social distance, and wash those hands.

Touchdown Tuesday (September 29, 2020)

By Matt Noonan

It’s Tuesday, which means its time to celebrate one thing: touchdowns! 

As usual, our weekly ‘Touchdown Tuesday’ post highlights some of our favorite scores seen on Twitter from the pros to high schools. Fans of our weekly post can also tweet us their favorite highlights to @NoontimeSports. 

Again, Happy Tuesday – be well, stay safe, and enjoy a brand new edition of ‘Touchdown Tuesday!’ 


Touchdown Tuesday for September 29, 2020

Clearly, Justin Berna loves #TouchdownTuesday as much as we do – this is a great touchdown pass that totally deserved a spot on our list! 

 

We love sharing that first touchdown of the season – congrats, Cameron Broome

 

This is what you call a beautiful over the shoulder touchdown! 

 

Doug Johnson and Henderson State University celebrate a touchdown with some great game day photos. 

Who doesn’t love it when a member of the offensive line scores a touchdown? This was a great score from last night’s Kansas City ChiefsBaltimore Ravens game. 

 

And finally, let’s celebrate Kolton Richards‘ second touchdown of the 2020 season. 

Touchdown Tuesday (Sept. 15, 2020)

Touchdown Tuesday

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Tuesday, everyone. 

Starting today – and yes, every Tuesday throughout the fall – we are going to be highlighting some exciting touchdowns from the past week, including high schools and colleges. And yes, we will revisit some impressive scores from the National Football League (NFL), too. 

So, let’s kick off our brand new Tuesday post by celebrating touchdowns – let’s go! 


Touchdown Tuesday for September 15, 2020 

Last night – Monday, September 14, to be exact – JuJu Smith-Schuster celebrated one of his two touchdowns of the season with the Pittsburgh Steelers by posting with these marvelous photos. Isn’t it great to score a touchdown? 

Let’s switch gears to the high school world where we saw this beautiful touchdown pass – wow, what a throw and catch! 

 

What’s a great way to celebrate the first-ever Touchdown Tuesday post then sharing that first passing score of the 2020 season. 

 

Yes, we love watching the offense score touchdowns, but when we heard the McAdory High School defense scored three times, we needed to highlight them in this particular post. #JacketNation 

 

Griffin Hanson of the Mars Hill Bible School football team did an amazing job avoiding a sack before throwing a touchdown pass to Hunter Kilpatrick

 

If you’re a fan of the Cincinnati Bengals then you will certainly enjoy watching this clip of Joe Burrow zigzagging his way to the end zone for his first-ever professional touchdown. 

 

If you’re a New England Patriots fan then you will certainly enjoy rewatching Cam Newton‘s first touchdown of the 2020 season. We know we enjoyed revisiting this awesome score! 

 

And finally, how about celebrating that first touchdown pass of your senior year? Great throw, Dylan Fluellen

 

Do you want your touchdown highlighted in our weekly ‘Touchdown Tuesday’ post? If so, tweet us your touchdowns so we can add them to future posts! 

Noontime’s High School Football Play Of The Week (Sept. 14, 2020)

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (AL) earned our first-ever high school football play of the week honor. (PHOTO COURTESY: Michael Casagrande / Twitter)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Yes, high school football is being played in the United States of America despite the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. But that doesn’t mean we can’t highlight some exciting plays from the gridiron, right? 

This week, we’re starting a new weekly high school football post, which will be published every Monday that will showcase our favorite play from the past weekend. And this week’s choice was too easy. 

In case you don’t know by now, Tuscaloosa Hillcrest somehow miraculously won its Friday evening contest last week Wetumpka, thanks to nine laterals on the game’s final play

As noted in the Los Angeles Times piece, AL.com called the play “Bronco,” which is certainly an interesting name, right? 

Either way, the play somehow worked and even got the attention of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who tweeted the following: “This is why we love football.” 

Indeed, we love football and this might be the craziest play we have ever seen. And hopefully, we see more plays like this as the season progresses. 

IMG Academy Remains The Top High School Football Team

IMG Academy

Following an opening day win over Venice, the IMG Academy football team remained the top team in the country, per USA Today. (PHOTO COURTESY: IMG Academy Facebook)

By Matt Noonan 

Yes, high school football is being played in various parts of the country, despite the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. And so far, it seems like things have gone smoothly. 

(Knock on wood!) 

Last week, the nation had a chance to witness the best team in the country – that would be IMG Academy – as they cruised to a season-opening win over Venice, thanks to an impressive showing by quarterback J.J. McCarthy, who is committed to playing football next fall at the University of Michigan.

Yet, prior to last week’s win, IMG Academy was picked the top team in the country by USA Today, which also put them back in that same position earlier today. 

Duncanville (Texas), which has yet to play a game, secured the second spot while St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, secured the third position. 

North Shore in Houston, Texas checked-in fourth for the second-straight week while Grayson in Loganville, Georgia rounded out the top five with an opening day victory against Jones County. Grayson was previously ranked sixth overall. 

This week’s biggest mover was Corner Canyon in Draper, Utah, which inched closer to the top ten with their fourth victory of the 2020 season. The Chargers topped Jordan last week by a score of 51-14, thanks to senior quarterback Jaxson Dart, who concluded the contest 16 of 23 for 421 yards and six touchdowns. 

Thompson of Alabaster, Alabama, also moved-up – the Warriors checked-in 12th overall after securing the 16 position one week ago – while Center Grove in Greenwood, Indiana moved up four spots to the 13th position. 

Here are this week’s USA Today High School Super 25 rankings