Let's talk about upsets.
Without upsets there would be no underdogs, and without underdogs we wouldn't have
And we wouldn't even have those totally saccharine underdog flicks like
History, not just Hollywood, loves underdogs, too. Every powerhouse has met their Waterloo and now every team named the Spartans seems to pay some homage to the Battle at Thermopylae (even if players are referencing Zack Snyder's overdone, greasy six-pack man film,
Tangential underdog rants aside, the high school football scene had a whole host of shockers this past weekend.
Grayson now tumbles out of the rankings, but it was not the only nationally ranked team to lose a shocker this past weekend.
It appeared from the outset that Manatee would coast to victory against the Rockets. Central went 12 yards backwards in its first two possessions and was down 9-0 early. By halftime it was 23-7.
But the offenses would come to life, recording a series of long offensive drives and providing the thrilling offensive showdown that onlookers expected. While quarterback Cord Sandberg has been the catalyst of the Hurricanes' offense for most of the season, running back Trevon Walters sealed the game on an 85-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. Walters finished with 227 total yards and two touchdowns.
The schedule finally gets easier for Central after a vicious stretch to begin the season while Manatee shows no signs of slowing down.
And now the rankings, which are all shaken up after Friday's madness:
Sure, the Hurricanes got their first test, but they had no trouble passing it. The schedule now opens up to continue down that road toward a national championship, but obstacles always await when you are at the top.
The Eagles led 55-0 at halftime last Friday's laugher. The feast of cupcakes appears over, however. The Eagles welcome a challenging St. Bonaventure squad into Orange County next weekend, and after that starts the battles of the Trinity League.
The Patriots start conference play and it shouldn't be too difficult; Cohen has been outscored 125-6 in its first two games of the season.
The Crusaders are the new kids in this week's rankings, and they could shoot up the list even more if they can win another enormous game next week. Just one week after traveling across the country to beat a sturdy Bishop Gorman side, Bergen Catholic will play in a Jersey showdown against St. Joseph Regional, which recently dropped a hard-fought battle against Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.).
Bellevue should get a bit of a better test with the Kangaroos this weekend, but Lake Washington is coming off of a blowout 42-13 loss against Mercer Island. The Wolverines, conversely, are showing no signs of letting up on offense.
The Spartans had to claw a bit in its win over St. Mary's, but they controlled the tempo from the beginning and continues to show itself as one of the best teams in California. De La Salle gets an unheralded by undefeated side in Granada next week.
Brynes coasted to an easy victory against a weak Clinton side, but will face one of the stronger teams in the state when it plays Boiling Springs this weekend. The Bulldogs have scored at least 34 points in three of its four games and electric Akia Booker will be a significant test for the Byrnes defense.
The Wildcats enter the top 10 this season predominantly because they have beat every opponent (all of which have been respected teams) by at lest 27 points. St. Ignatius has faced top teams from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan, and has put up at least 31 points on every one; it has now outscored opponents 168-41 on the year.
USC prize recruit Su'a Cravens obliterated a strong Redlands East Valley team last weekend, and for that it deserves a jump into the rankings. Vista Murrieta lacked some consistency at the beginning of the season, but enjoyed a tremendous offensive performance last Friday. All eyes are on Cravens, an athlete expected to revolutionize the Trojan secondary when he arrives next fall.
Many have considered Trinity a disappointment this season, but it remains undefeated and held off one of the top teams in Ohio last weekend. The 10th spot shuffle may continue if the Shamrocks cannot log a big win when it travels to Indianapolis this weekend.