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Football Friday Notebook (Jan. 29, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Football Friday, everyone!

We’re excited to start a weekly football notebook that will feature a slew of news (and links) from the gridiron.

And don’t forget, you can listen to our weekly Football Friday Podcast with Andrew Pezzelli and Zach Weiss on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify.

Alright, let’s share some football stories (and links) – have a great weekend, everyone!


Professional Football


College Football

  • Two days ago, Central Connecticut State University announced that they would not participate in the 2021 Northeastern Conference (NEC) spring football season.

    CCSU interim Director of Athletics Tom Pincine said Wednesday’s decision is in “the best interest of our University and football program,” while Ryan McCarthy, who is the coach of the Blue Devils, echoed the statement but also added that the team can “focus solely on returning to spring practice and preparing for the Fall 2021 season.”

    The Blue Devils have not competed since 2019 when they posted a school-record 11 victories and secured a spot in the opening round of the NCAA FCS postseason.
  • While CCSU won’t play football this spring, a Sacred Heart official told the New Haven Register that the Pioneers are planning to compete, despite no games listed on the team’s current schedule.
  • The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) unveiled its 2021 fall schedules with plans to “return to its Atlantic and Coastal divisions” later this year.

    While Notre Dame did compete under the ACC umbrella last fall, the Fighting Irish will return to being an independent for the 2021 college football season.
  • The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) held its ‘digital media day‘ today ahead of the league’s spring football season, which is scheduled to commence – or should we say kickoff? – Saturday, February 20, 2021.
  • The ASUN Conference announced earlier today that football will be the league’s 20th sport.

High School Sports

IMG Academy Remains The Top High School Football Team

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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

Noontime’s High School Football Stars Of The Week (Sept. 5, 2020)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another week (and yes, weekend) of high school football is in the books.

A few new teams played their initial game of the 2020 season while others scored their third or fourth win, respectively. 

And just like last week when we unveiled our initial ‘High School Stars of the Week,’ it is time to highlight a slew of student-athletes from around the country that enjoyed a very successful day (or evening) on the gridiron.


Coaches, Athletic Directors, Fans, and Media Members are welcome to nominate players for our weekly ‘High School Stars of the Week’ by sending us an email to either MattNoonan@noontimesports.com or NoontimeSports@gmail.com. Please make sure to include statistics, too!


Noontime’s High School Football Stars of the Week (Sept. 5, 2020) 

Zayd Vestal (North Central | Indiana | Quarterback): Vestal led North Central to its first win over Warren Central in 21 years by completing 8 of 19 passes for 58 yards and one touchdown to Northwestern University commit Theran Johnson in the second quarter. 

Nathan McCahill (Cathedral | Indiana | Quarterback): For the second-straight week, McCahill earned our weekly honor by leading the Fighting Irish to a 52-7 win last Friday over Penn. McCahill concluded the game with four touchdowns, including three through the air.

Jaxson Dart (Corner Canyon | Utah | Quarterback): Dart led the Chargers to its fourth-straight win by completing 16 of 23 passes for 421 yards and six touchdowns. 

Noah Kjar (Corner Canyon | Utah | Wide Receiver): Against Jordan last Friday, Kjar registered 11 receptions for 207 yards and three touchdowns. 

Micah Wilson (Corner Canyon | Utah | Linebacker): The junior linebacker tallied 11 total tackles last Friday in his team’s win over Jordan. As noted by the Corner Canyon’s Twitter handle, Wilson leads the team with 10.5 tackles per game

Maddux Madsen (American Fork | Utah | Quarterback): The junior signal-caller made headlines for his nine touchdown performance last week during his team’s 69-49 win over East. Madsen completed 29 of 44 passes for 628 yards and nine touchdowns for a quarterback rating of 148.7. 

Fisher Ingersoll (American Fork | Utah | Wide Receiver): Fisher concluded his team’s fourth win of the 2020 season by catching nine passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 26.7 yards per reception. 

Cruz Hepburn (Lewiston | Idaho | Runningback): Hepburn rushed for three touchdowns, including the go-ahed and game-winning score to lead the Bengals of Lewiston past Lake City by a score of 58-50

Jack Prka (Coeur d’Alene | Idaho | Quarterback): Prka helped the Vikings score their first win of the 2020 season last Friday over Sandpoint. The senior quarterback threw three touchdowns while adding an additional score on the ground.   

J.J. McCarthy (IMG Academy | Florida | Quarterback): McCarthy provided first-year head coach Bobby Acosta with his initial win with the Blue and White by completing 23 of 37 passes for 333 yards and five touchdowns. 

Reggie Davis (Robert E. Lee | Alabama | Runningback): Davis led the Generals to a 15 point win over Eufaula by rushing for 274 yards and two scores on 27 carries. 

Cole Jennings (Opp | Alabama | Defensive Line): Jennings highlighted the Opp Bobcats’ defensive effort last week against New Brockton by registering 10 total tackles and two sacks

We’ll have more high school football posts later this week, but for now, thanks for stopping by and we hope you enjoyed a few highlights from this past weekend! 

Noontime’s High School Football Stars of The Week (August 31, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Following a busy few days of high school football, it is time to not just recap a slew of action, but also unveil our first-ever Noontime Sports Stars of the Week for Monday, August 31, 2020.

Our ‘Stars of the Week’ post will highlight a slew of national high school football players that made an impact this past week for their respective teams.

No matter the outcome, our goal for this post (and future high school football content) remains the same: promote the student-athletes we cover in a positive way.

Again, we are super excited to begin the first of many Monday posts that will highlight the action taking place around the country this summer and fall.


Noontime Sports’ High School Football Stars of the Week (Monday, August 31, 2020)

Let’s begin in Utah where Jaxson Dart led Corner Canyon to its third-straight win of the season as the Chargers topped the Bingham Miners, 42-20.

Dart concluded the game by tossing six touchdowns while rushing for a team-high 132 yards on 11 carries. The senior signal-caller connected with four different receivers for touchdowns, including classmates Talmage Handley and Noah Kjar, who concluded with two scoring receptions, respectively.

On defense, Ryan Cahoon led Corner Canyon with 14 total tackles, including 10 solo stops.

Dart and the Chargers, who are averging 49 points per game, will visit the Jordan Beetdiggerson Friday, September 4. The Beetdiggers are seeking their first win of the 2020 season.

In Texas, Armando Lee Juarez II rushed for four touchdowns while completing four of five passes for 117 yards and one touchdown as Madisonville rolled past Diboll, 49-20.

The win – the Mustangs’ first of the 2020 season – also included a touchdown reception by Patrick Brazzell, along with two Madisonville players – Jeramiah Burns and Jace Snook – finishing the contest with 10 total tackles.

Juarez commended his entire offensive unit after the contest concluded, telling Campbell Atkins of The Madisonville Meteor that a majority of the team’s touchdowns occured from the “QB blast plays.”

In Ohio, Mentor High School won its season-opener against Medina, despite the game being delayed for 45 minutes due to lightnining.

The Cardinals, who scored an impressive 37-19 win, were led by seniors Ian Kipp and Riley Coughlin, who combined for 246 yards of total offense. Kipp, who is the Mentor quarterback, toss two touchdowns while Coughlin rushed two more scores.

Here are some additional ‘Stars of the Week’:  

Nathan McCahill (Cathedral | Indiana | Quarterback): McCahill led the Fighting Irish to an impressive 44-28 win over Carmel by completing 20 of 29 passes for 374 yards and and three touchdowns.

As noted by High School Football America, McCahill has tossed eight touchdowns this season as the Fighting Irish scored an opening day win one week earlier over Westfield.

Andrew Body (Roy Miller High School | Texas | Quarterback): The senior signal-caller guided Miller to a 62-20 win over Tuloso-Midway by completing 14 of 22 passes for 265 yards and four touchdowns. Body also rushed twice for 37 yards.

Reise Meechan (New Philadelphia | Ohio | Running Back): The junior tailback rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns as the Quakers rolled past Canton Central Catholic by a score of 40-7.

Rylan Galvan (Sinton | Texas | Running Back): The junior halfback rushed for 302 yards on 20 carries and four touchdowns against Orange Grove.

J.B. Mitchell III (Thompson | Alabama | Wide Receiver): The senior wideout, who was tabbed the Warrior Nation Network Offensive Player of the Week, concluded last Saturday’s win over Sparkman with eight receptions for 140 yards and one touchdown.

Peter Woods (Thompson | Alabama | Defensive Lineman): Woods, who is a sophomore, highlighted his team’s second win of the season against Sparkman by registering 2.5 tackles for a loss, including 1.5 sacks. 

Our Noontime Sports ‘Stars of the Week’ post aims to highlight numerous high school football student-athletes from across the country through research gathered from various websites and outlets to social media and roundups.

Nominees for our weekly ‘Stars of the Week’ can be sent every Sunday to NoontimeSports@gmail.com.