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September 18, 2010

Friday roundup: Good games, no good upsets

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If anyone has any questions about Stony Point's talent, check with DeSoto.

Round Rock (Texas) Stony Point, a question mark at No. 41 in the RivalsHigh Top 100 since two of its three wins came against teams from Mexico, showed it could play with anyone when it defeated No. 70 DeSoto (Texas) High on the road, 46-29.

DeSoto, led by star quarterback Ryan Polite, took a 21-20 halftime lead. Stony Point, however, took over from there - using two third-quarter interceptions of Polite to spark the turnaround.

"This is a big game," junior defensive back Brian Jacquet told the Austin American-Statesman. "This is a playoff-caliber team so to beat them shows we can go far."

Stony Point took the lead for good on its opening possession of the second half on a 46-yard field goal. The defense then intercepted Polit on consecutive passes to set up TD runs by Sam Kelley that put the game away.

DeSoto only managed 1 yard in the third quarter.

Kelley led Stony Point with 182 yards and two touchdowns.

  • RivalsHigh take: Stony Point used its first true test of the season to churn out a resounding victory. DeSoto's flaws defensively were even more exposed than last week's near defeat against Miramar (Fla.) High. A great offense can only do so much if you don't tackle.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in the Austin American-Statesman.

    More games involving Top 100 teams Thursday night:

    Oaks Christian 33, No. 65 St. Bonaventure 32

    Westlake (Calif.) Oaks Christian, scored two touchdowns in the final 1:27 of the fourth quarter to tie the game, then defeated Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure in overtime.

    And it may have found a new quarterback in the process.

    Richie Harrington, replacing an ineffective Trevor Gretzky, completed 12 of 23 passes for 161 yards and four TDs.

    "The coaches called my number to go in," Harrington told the Los Angeles Daily News. "I had nothing to lose. Just let it rip."

    Oaks Christian could have won the game in regulation but missed a point-after attempt following its game-tying score with 47 seconds remaining.

    It then won the game when St. Bonaventure scored in overtime but missed its extra point.

  • RivalsHigh take: St. Bonaventure was unable to maintain its momentum from last week's decisive victory over Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Oaks, conversely, made some great adjustments (read: switched quarterbacks) and rebounded well from its opening loss to Alemany.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in the Los Angeles Daily News.

    No. 71 Union 54, No. 88 Broken Arrow 27

    Don't be confused by the score - this wasn't a rout.

    In fact, Broken Arrow (Okla.) High held a 21-7 lead late in the first half. From there, however, Tulsa (Okla.) Union took over.

    Union scored right before the end of the half, went on a 30-0 run in the third quarter to seize control and even added 10 more points in the fourth quarter before Broken Arrow could get back on the scoreboard.

    Broken Arrow head coach Steve Spavital made no excuses afterward.

    "They were better than us in every phase," he told the Tulsa World. "They wanted it more and they were tougher than us. We have a lot of work to do."

    Union quarterback Kale Pearson did most of the damage. He completed 20-of-26 passes for 271 yards and four TDs and ran for 117 yards and two more scores.

    His biggest efforts may have come at the end of the first half, when he led his team 45 yards in six plays, culminating with a 1-yard TD pass to Stephon Weaver with 11 seconds to go in the quarter.

  • RivalsHigh take: It is not news to anyone following sports that if you give up 40 consecutive points you are in for a long, disappointing evening. Broken Arrow seems to have forgotten that there are two-halves to the game.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in the Tulsa World.

    No. 95 Salmen 28, No. 85 John Curtis 21

    Salmen's offense was good - its special teams and defense were even better. That was the difference in the matchup of two of Louisiana's top teams.

    After River Ridge (La.) Curtis pulled within 14-7 in a high-scoring first quarter, Jaron Adams took the ensuing kickoff 82 yards for a score.

    Then, after Curtis pulled within 21-14 in the third quarter, defensive end T.J. Price returned a fumble 79 yards for a score to rebuild the two-TD lead.

    The victory avenged a one-point overtime loss to perennial power Curtis a year ago - and could be a turning point for Slidell (La.) Salmen.

    "I think we're going to get a lot more respect around the state now," Salmen's Daniel Sams told the New Orleans Times Picayune. "But I'm just going to tell (teammates) how this was supposed to happen. We're just looking at it like that this was for all of the old Salmen Spartans, the ones that got close (to beating Curtis) so many times. But, for us, we're moving on. Like I said, this was supposed to happen."

    Sams did his part. The hybrid QB/RB/WR had 152 total yards (63 receiving, 59 rushing, 30 passing).

  • RivalsHigh take: Salmen lost a heart-breaker to Curtis last season in overtime on a missed extra point, so the Spartans knew they were in a for another physical battle. This year, the team jumped out to an early lead and never trailed after. A big win, but not really an upset, as we predicted the outcome in the Weekend Watch.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story at Nola.com.

    Millard North 21, No. 86 Millard South 16

    Isaac Aarke's 40-yard run in the fourth quarter helped Millard (Neb.) North defeat Millard South and shake up things in Nebraska in the process.

    The victory, before roughly 7,000, ended North's 16-game winning streak.

    While Aarke's score was the difference on the scoreboard, the North defense was the difference in the game.

    It frustrated South quarterback Blake Headley throughout (he was just 14-for-39 for 212, a TD and two INTs) and sealed the deal when it forced and recovered a fumble with 3:14 left.

    "Once we caught up to their speed, I thought we played sound defensively," Millard North coach Fred Petito told the Omaha World-Herald. "We tackled well.''

    Offensively, Millard North used a balanced rushing attack to run for 246 yards. Four players (Nick Bellus, Chris Bailey, Jacob Bergmeier and Aarke) shared the carries with Bailey (34-yard run) and Bergmeier (25-yard run) joining Aarke with TD runs.

  • RivalsHigh take: This one may be the most surprising final of the weekend. Millard South looked to be the dominant team in Nebraska and figured to cruise into the playoffs undefeated. Maybe the team thought that too and got caught looking ahead.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story at Omaha World-Herald.

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