As the high school football season continues, each game becomes even more important for the top teams in the country. And huge matchups continue to populate the schedule.
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. 27-29.
1. Mater Dei knocks off IMG
It was a battle of national powerhouses this past Friday when IMG Academy (Fla.) traveled to take on Mater Dei (Calif.). IMG Academy entered the matchup with the No. 1 ranking in the USA Today Super 25 poll. However, it didn’t leave with it.
Mater Dei took down IMG Academy, 28-24, to ascend to the top spot in the Super 25 rankings.
Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young, a 5-star recruit (per the 247sports composite rankings) who is committed to USC, scored a go-ahead touchdown run with just more than a minute to go to lift his team to the huge victory.
QB keeper for the lead!@_bryce_young for @MDFootball on #PrimeTicket pic.twitter.com/xM66088Dih
— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) September 22, 2018
2. Mashburn reuniting with older brother
Cole Mashburn, a safety for Norman North (Okla.), will be joining his brother at the college level soon. And the two may have a chance to play on the field together again.
Mashburn committed to Memphis on Sept. 22. The 3-star recruit (per the 247sports composite rankings) will join his older brother, Cade, who is a redshirt freshman linebacker for the Tigers.
Mashburn chose the Tigers over offers from several other schools, including Iowa State, Nevada, North Texas and Texas State.
YESSSSSIRRRRR BACK BALLIN TOGETHER https://t.co/6yTK9S63Cc
— Cade Mashburn (@cmash_) September 23, 2018
3. New Jersey quarterback sets state record
Nick Kargman is no stranger to breaking records, and he did it again this past Saturday.
Kargman led Woodrow Wilson (N.J.) to a 59-37 win over Cedar Creek (N.J.) by throwing for a New Jersey-record 539 yards. The previous record of 536 was set by Timber Creek’s Danny Williams in 2013.
It’s not the first record that Kargman broke this season. Earlier this year, he threw eight touchdown passes, a South Jersey record, in a win over Camden Catholic (N.J.) on Sept. 8.
A record day for Nick Kargman, as Woodrow Wilson @WilsonTigerAD beats @CedarCreekFB 59-37 in a shootout. Full highlights coming later on @JSZ_Sports and Monday night on @SNJToday. pic.twitter.com/2IaEKrJA54
— Mike Frankel (@MikeFrankelSNJ) September 22, 2018
4. Boone does it all for Union
This past Friday, Union (Okla.) notched a 21-0 win over Owasso (Okla.). And a main reason why Union earned the victory was the performance of senior running back Darius Boone Jr.
Boone, a 3-star recruit (per the 247sports composite rankings) who is committed to Eastern Michigan, rushed for 315 yards and scored all three of Union’s touchdowns to lead it to victory.
Union improved to 2-2 with the huge win.
.@UnionFootball running back @KiddoBoonie runs for 315 yards – more than three times as many total yards as Owasso’s (@TheRamsfootball) offense was able to manage all night. Union shuts out the defending State Champs, 21-0.#OKPreps@KJRH2HD pic.twitter.com/i0lnEk5pie
— Cayden McFarland (@caydenmc) September 22, 2018
5. Top recruit taking official visits
Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oaks Christian School, Thousand Oaks, Calif.) is the No. 1 overall player in the 247sports composite rankings. But the elite defensive end hasn’t yet made a college decision.
However, Thibodeaux should be getting closer to making a decision in the coming months, as he is currently in the process of taking his official visits.
This past Saturday, Thibodeaux visited Alabama. He previously visited Florida State on Sept. 3.
Thibodeaux has several other visits coming up soon, including Florida (Oct. 6) and Oregon (Oct. 13).
My second official Visit 🐘#RollTide #Bama pic.twitter.com/HC8UrIXHdq
— kayvon thibodeaux (@kayvonT8) September 22, 2018
6. Matchup to watch: University Lab vs. Zachary
University Lab (La.) has been impressive while getting off to a 4-0 start this season. And it’ll look to continue its early success this Friday.
The Cubs will look for their fifth consecutive win when they travel to take on Zachary (La.), which has opened the season at 3-1.
Zachary’s lone loss this season came against Catholic-B.R. (La.) on Sept. 7, when it fell, 31-30. University Lab beat Catholic B.R., 41-21, on Sept. 14.
7. Other big-time matchups
There are plenty of other great games to watch this weekend.
Here are the ones that will air live on YurView and streamed live on YurView.com this week:
Arizona — Casteel vs. Higley (Friday)
Oklahoma — Edmond Memorial vs. Westmoore (Thursday), Booker T. Washington vs. Bixby (Friday) and Union vs. Mustang (Friday)
Nebraska — Elkhorn South vs. Millard South (Friday)
8. Incredible Play of the Week
Larry McCammon scored five touchdowns to lead Hoover (Ala.) to a 48-20 win over Oak Mountain (Ala.) this past Friday night. And his last score was quite impressive.
In the fourth quarter, McCammon scored a 54-yard touchdown run on a play that involved evading many defenders, breaking several tackles and sprinting down the left sideline.
Watch the play at the 1:03 mark of the below video:
5 (!!!) touchdowns.
Larry McCammon came with it Friday night ✊@LarryMcCammon3 @BucsFootball pic.twitter.com/fR0hVW8Bns
— Who’s Next (@WhosNextHS) September 22, 2018
9. Top Performance of the Week
Grant Gunnell, an Arizona commit, had a huge showing last Thursday night.
Gunnell led St. Pius X (Texas) to a 46-34 win over Manor (Texas) by throwing for 436 yards and six touchdowns. The senior quarterback completed 26 of his 40 pass attempts and also scored a rushing touchdown.
Gunnell, who is a 3-star recruit per the 247sports composite rankings, has helped St. Pius X open the season 4-0.
25 unanswered 2nd half points led a @SPXPanthers comeback 46-34.
Grant Gunnell: 26-40, 436 yards passing, 7 total TDs.
Boobie Curry: 7 catches for 146 yards and 2 TDs.
These two can WORK 💪@grantgunnell7 @jc5_4lyfee #BearDown | #EraZona pic.twitter.com/fiK1S5m0ia
— Who’s Next (@WhosNextHS) September 24, 2018
10. Recent commitments
2019 safety Daxton Hill (Booker T. Washington High School, Tulsa, Okla.), a 5-star recruit per the 247sports composite rankings, committed to Michigan on Sept. 18.
Committed‼️ #918 pic.twitter.com/Td4PyyKSED
— Dirty30 (@daxhill5) September 18, 2018
2019 quarterback Amani Gilmore (Amite High School, Amite, La.), a 3-star recruit per the 247sports composite rankings, committed to Kentucky on Sept. 22.
100% committed To The University Of Kentucky 💙 #BBN 🔵⚪️🐯 pic.twitter.com/ldoaEsy2fy
— Amani Gilmore (@iam_maniiii) September 23, 2018