The playoffs are several rounds deep and upsets were everywhere. Week 13 was memorable and only set up higher drama for the last few in high school football season.
The newspapers apparently thought that the regional semifinal was the game of the year. Then the final delivered 113 points, three overtimes and a crowd of 9,500.
Led by Ohio Mr. Football frontrunner Mitch Trubisky, Mentor continued its incredible run through the OHSAA Division 1 Playoffs with a 57-56 triple-overtime win over St. Ignatius (Cleveland), which won 56-0 win in its semifinal game and defeated Mentor 48-21 earlier this season.
The game featured five ties, six lead changes and concluded with Mentor converting two-point attempt on the game's final play. The two teams matched touchdowns in each of the three overtimes before Cardinals' coach Steve Trivisonno opted to go for the win.
The loss is a crushing blow for St. Ignatius, and means that there will be a new Ohio state champion. The Wildcats were considered the state's top team for most of the year, but their vaunted could not slow Mentor's quick strike offense.
The Cardinals will take on Whitmer (Toledo) in the state semifinal on Saturday. The Panthers trounced Washington (Massillon, Ohio) 49-16 to advance to the state semifinal.
The South Carolina High School League ruled a Goose Creek player ineligible last week, but Ninth Circuit Judge Roger Young issued a temporary restraining order, allowing Goose Creek to play its Friday night game against Bluffton (S.C.). The sides meet again on Monday to determine the eligibility of the player identified only as "John Doe." If the player is determined ineligible, then the Gators will have to forfeit their playoff game and bow out of the SCHSL Class AAAA II playoffs.
Even with future Alabama quarterback Cooper Bateman playing only a few miles away at Cottonwood Senior High (a team that finished 3-8), Kafentzis has established himself as the talk of Salt Lake City football. The sophomore led his Beetdiggers to a 58-2 annihilation of Syracuse (Utah) in the UHSAA 5A Championship. Jordan obliterated every team in its path, beating its opponents by a combined score of 149-23 in three playoff games. Jordan won every in-state game that it played this season; its only loss came to the powerful St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.).
Fort Bend Travis (Richmond, Texas) pulled off a Texas playoff miracle on Saturday, coming up with
And onto the rankings:
The Hurricanes dispatched of Venice rather easily in October, but they did surrender 27 points in their 56-27 win.
The Wolverines have allowed three points since Oct. 19. Their first meeting against Mount Si was supposed to be the state's best game of the year, but Bellevue was resting its starters by halftime. The semifinal may not end 49-10, but it will take a Herculean effort from the Wildcats.
Despite having to travel six hours upstate just to play a playoff game, Curtis obliterated the opposition once again. The Patriots should have even less trouble with a 6-7 Riverside squad in the quarterfinals.
Ouch. Next week's opponent is 9-2 on the season, but Katy's high-powered offense will likely steamroll a Langam Creek defense that has given up 35-plus points to three teams this season.
The Spartans have a pretty clear road to their section final. They already defeated Amador Valley 52-24 earlier this season, and had little trouble in potential final opponent California (San Ramon, Calif.) The wildcard will be James Logan (Union City, Calif.), which plays California in the semifinals and is 11-1 on the season.
The Bulldogs survived a tough test from East Forsyth and now move onto a team it played way back in August. Butler beat Mallard Creek 27-6 this season, but that game was on August 17.
Su'a Cravens and company rolled to yet another victory, but will face a stiff test in Rancho Cucamonga. The Broncos will have to control two of Southern California's finest players in Chris Hawkins (like Cravens, a USC commit) and Tahaan Goodman.
It was an easy win for the Eagles last week. This week will be an entirely different scenario. The area's two top teams (Coppell is 11-0) will square off at the brand new stadium at Allen High School (remember the one that cost $60 million?) in the most anticipated Texas playoff game of the week.
The Tigers recorded an easy win over a local rival and have only one more before crowning themselves state champions.
Star wide receiver Jordan Cunningham and company have won every game by at least three scores this season, but play a star-studded regional final against American Heritage next week.