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.
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.
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