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.
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)
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.
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.
We hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to a LONG weekend – how did we get to Labor Day Weekend this fast?
While this weekend like many during the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic may look a bit different than previous LONG weekends, there will still be some football to watch, including a slew of high school games taking place in Florida, Georgia, and Utah, as well as other parts of the country.
Let’s highlight some games to watch this evening, as well as make some predictions, too.
Noontime’s Games to Watch for Friday, September 4, 2020
Ohio: Mentor at Euclid (Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.): For Euclid to claim its second victory of the season, they will need to slow down Mentor’s quarterback Ian Kipp, who accounted for three touchdowns last week in the Cardinals’ season-opener against Medina. In addition to Kipp, Euclid must also find a way to stop halfback Riley Coughlin, who rushed for a pair of scores last week. Expect a big game from the Mentor front seven, including the defensive ends and linemen. PREDICTION: Mentor over Euclid
Indiana: Cathedral at Penn High School (Friday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. eastern): Nathan McCahill has enjoyed an extremely successful senior season with Cathedral thus far, throwing for 200 yards or more in back-to-back wins over Carmel and Westfield. McCahill and the Fighting Irish should have no problem continuing their early-season success against the Kingsmen, who earned their first win of the 2020 season last Friday against La Porte. PREDICTION: Cathedral over Penn
Florida: IMG Academy at Venice (Friday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. eastern): The top team in the country (IMG Academy) will commence its 2020 campaign with hopes of providing first-year head coach Bobby Acosta with his initial win with the Blue and White. Prediction: IMG Academy over Venice
Georgia: Valdosta at Warner Robins (Friday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. eastern): Quarterback Jake Garcia, who transferred from La Habra (Calif.) to Valdosta, will have a chance to lead the Wildcats to its initial win of the season when they visit Demons in what should be a very enticing high school football contest. Garcia is committed to playing football next year at the University of Southern California, and will certainly be a player to watch this fall in Georgia. PREDICTION: Valdosta over Warner Robins.
Utah: Corner Canyon at Jordan High School (Friday, Sept. 4 at 9 p.m. eastern): The Chargers enter their fourth contest of the season with a great deal of momentum, posting 42 points or more in their last three outings. Quarterback Jaxson Dart has thrown 13 touchdowns, including six to Talmage Handley. PREDICTION: Corner Canyon over Jordan
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.