September is here and fall is approaching. The high school football season has already had some exciting moments, and there are sure to be plenty more to come.
Here’s a look at 10 of the top headlines entering another week of the high school football season, with a full slate of games scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 6-8:
1. Top 2020 defensive back preparing for visits
Clark Phillips, a cornerback from La Habra High School (La Habra, Calif.), is one of the top defensive backs in the 2020 class. He is a 4-star recruit per the 247sports composite rankings, as well as the No. 6 cornerback in the class and the No. 60 overall recruit.
Phillips picked up an offer from LSU last week, which adds to a growing list of schools that could potentially land him. He recently told 247sports that he has been “talking a lot” with the following schools: LSU, Georgia, Utah, Arizona, Notre Dame and Texas A&M.
Maaaaan. Big blessings. Excited to announce that I have been offered by LSU. Thanks Coach Raymond! pic.twitter.com/WHGsHY6xNt
— Clark Phillips III (@ClarkPhillips28) August 30, 2018
According to 247sports, Phillips is ready to begin taking unofficial visits, and he said he’d like to attend games this fall at Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Washington and Notre Dame.
It’ll likely be a while before Phillips makes a college decision, but this will be an important next step in the process.
2. Centennial does it again
Last year, Centennial (Ariz.) made national headlines with its upset win over St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.). This past Friday, Centennial notched another impressive victory.
Centennial handed Bishop Gorman (Nev.) its second straight loss in a matchup that aired live on YurView. After a scoreless first half, Centennial scored 13 straight points in the second half in a 13-7 victory. Bishop Gorman scored in the final minute, but couldn’t come back.
— YurView Arizona (@YurView_AZ) September 2, 2018
Centennial is off to a 2-0 start. It hosts Cienega (Ariz.) this Friday.
3. History made in Iowa
This past Friday, a pair of Iowa high schools combined to score a ridiculous amount of points.
Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson beat Sioux City North, 99-81, in what the Des Moines Register reported as the highest scoring game in state history. It also reported that Thomas Jefferson’s 99 points were the most scored by an 11-man team in a game since 1933.
This just happened. Anyone at the game tonight witnessed history. TJ all time points in a game. Also set rushing record at over 700 yards in tonight’s game. Crazy awesome! pic.twitter.com/VjgJ2vN8VB
— Thomas Jefferson High School (@TJHighSchool_CB) September 1, 2018
4. Southern Lab seeks momentum
Last week, Southern Lab (La.) won its season opener, despite its coach being ejected early in the second half.
Darrell Asberry was ejected for pushing an official, thinking he was an assistant coach, according to The Advocate. Southern Lab went on to beat Riverside, 36-13.
This Friday, Southern Lab looks for a second straight win to open the year when it travels to University Lab (La.). Fans can watch that game on YurView Louisiana and live on YurView.com.
5. Union, Jenks clash coming off wins
This week’s Oklahoma matchup between Union and Jenks features a pair of teams coming off wins last week that will try to build momentum early in the season.
Jenks improved to 2-0 with a 35-14 win over Mansfield Legacy (TX) last Friday, while Union notched its first win with a 36-30 victory over Lake Ridge (TX).
Fans can watch this game on Friday on YurView Oklahoma and live on YurView.com.
6. Matchup to watch: Notre Dame Prep vs. Apollo
Notre Dame Prep (Ariz.) has an opportunity to continue its hot start to the season and improve to 4-0 when it hosts Apollo (Ariz.) on Friday.
The Notre Dame Prep offense has been potent so far this year, notching a trio of wins against in-state opponents — 41-32 over Fairfax, 41-27 over Sunnyslope and 47-0 over Gilbert.
Jake Smith leads Notre Dame Prep’s dynamic attack as a do-it-all threat. The senior running back/wide receiver is committed to Texas and is the No. 2 Arizona recruit in the 2019 class, per the 247sports composite rankings.
Fans can watch this game on YurView Arizona and live on YurView.com.
7. Other big-time matchups
Back in June, MaxPreps predicted 10 early contenders for top games of the 2018 season. Two of those matchups take place this week.
On Friday, Grayson travels to take on Marietta in a battle of Georgia teams. Grayson is 1-1 after falling to Bergen Catholic (N.J.), 34-22. Marietta is 1-2 after winning its first game of the season last Friday, a 38-13 victory over Collins Hill (Ga.).
On Saturday, Central (Fla.) travels north to play St. John’s (Washington D.C.). Central is 2-0 with wins over a pair of Florida opponents — Cardinal Gibbons and Booker T. Washington. St. John’s is also 2-0 after notching victories against Johns Creek (Ga.) and Hoover (Ala.).
8. Incredible Play of the Week
Dominick Blaylock, a wide receiver from Walton High School in Marietta, Ga., had an incredible touchdown reception this past Friday.
During a win over Pope (Ga.), Blaylock turned a screen pass to the left into a touchdown by running across the entire field, cutting up the right sideline and evading defenders along the way.
Watch the impressive play, courtesy of this video from Rusty Mansell of 247sports:
— Rusty Mansell (@Mansell247) August 31, 2018
9. Top Performance of the Week
2017 MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year @samhuard11 becomes ninth player in HSFB history to throw for 10 or more touchdowns in a game.
Finishes 19/31 for 552 yards and 10 TDs.
— MaxPreps (@MaxPreps) September 1, 2018
Huard, the son of former NFL quarterback Damon Huard, threw for 552 yards along with the 10 scores, nine of which came in the first half.
According to MaxPreps, the all-time record is 15 touchdown passes, which was set in 1921.
10. Recent commitments
2019 defensive end Trace Ford (Santa Fe High School, Edmond, Okla.), a 3-star recruit in the 247sport composite rankings, committed to Oklahoma State on Aug. 31.
— Trace Ford (@traceford12) August 31, 2018
2019 defensive end Treven Ma’ae (Bishop Gorman High School, Las Vegas, Nev.), a 3-star recruit in the 247sports composite rankings, committed to Oregon on Aug. 30.
— Treven Ma’ae (@TrevenMaae) August 30, 2018