There was a lot of great high school football action last week, but this week’s slate of games may be poised to deliver even bigger highlights.
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 Oct. 11-13.
1. Taylor set to return for Carl Albert
Carl Albert (Okla.) is off to a 6-0 start this season, but it has a tough challenge this week against Guthrie (Okla.), which is also unbeaten. However, Carl Albert is getting a boost heading into the matchup.
According to The Oklahoman, running back Dadrion Taylor will return from injury for Friday’s rivalry game.
Carl Albert has won the matchup against Guthrie each of the past two seasons. The game can be watched on YurView and will be streamed live on YurView.com.
Congratulations to Carl Albert & Guthrie High School for being the Oct. 12 Ford Fan Pick. Watch the game this Friday at 7:00pm CDT. Thanks for voting! @CAHS_FOOTBALL13 vs. @GuthrieSports= 5105@BATigersFootbal vs. @SFTDClub= 3684@YukonMillersFB vs. @WHSJagsFootball= 79 pic.twitter.com/A0xi2XOstq
— YurView Oklahoma (@YurViewOK) October 8, 2018
2. Freshman fuels Millard North victory
Ben Weindel became the first freshman to start at quarterback for Millard North (Neb.) this past Friday. And in his first career varsity start, he led an impressive win.
Weindel led a pair of late touchdown drives to power Millard North to a 17-16 overtime win.
After an 0-4 start to the season, Millard North has won three straight games.
— YurView Omaha (@YurViewOM) October 6, 2018
3. North Carolina kicker shows off impressive leg
This highlight may not have occurred during a game, but it is still impressive to watch.
Joshua Karty, who plays for Western Alamance (N.C.), kicked a 65-yard field goal during warmups prior to his team’s game this past Friday.
And this wasn’t even a one-time boot. One of Karty’s coaches took to Twitter, sharing that the kicker has made attempts from this distance numerous times during practice and warmups this season.
— Overtime (@overtime) October 6, 2018
4. Close game results in unusual score
It’s not often that you see a high school football game end with a score like this.
This past Friday, Rockwall-Heath (Texas) defeated Mesquite (Texas), 6-4. Mesquite forced safeties on back-to-back possessions in the first quarter to hold a 4-0 lead for much of the game.
Rockwall-Heath scored a touchdown in the third quarter, and the game ended with a score that is more commonly seen on a baseball diamond.
In the very first college football game played, in 1869, Rutgers defeated Princeton, 6-4.
Tonight, Rockwall-Heath and Mesquite re-created that game, complete with the same final score — 6-4, Rockwall-Heath. #txhsfb
— Ken Costlow (@KenCostlow) October 6, 2018
5. Top defensive back returns to Chandler
Chandler (Ariz.) is having a strong season, and this past weekend, the team got even better.
Senior defensive back David Eppinger played in his first game of the season this past Friday in a win over Brophy Prep (Ariz.). Eppinger had not played this season because the Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board denied him hardship due to the prior-contact bylaw, according to Richard Obert of The Arizona Republic.
Chandler moved up one spot to No. 23 in the USA Today Super 25 rankings after its 56-7 victory.
Extremely blessed to be playing with the fam again!! https://t.co/lP3EgiWrsI
— David (@DavidjEppinger) October 6, 2018
6. Matchup to watch: Mater Dei vs. St. John Bosco
The top two teams in the USA Today Super 25 poll face off when these two California powers play on Friday night.
Mater Dei, ranked No. 1, is 6-1 with its only loss coming via forfeit in the season opener. St. John Bosco is 7-0.
Whichever team wins this matchup should certainly be the No. 1 team in the Super 25 next week.
Clash of the Titans. Mater Dei vs St John Bosco for the nation’s top spot.
Here’s how each offense has performed so far this season. pic.twitter.com/9CXmqrBvvI
— Football Recruit. (@FootballRecruit) October 8, 2018
7. Other big-time matchups
There are plenty of other great games to watch this weekend.
Here are the other matchups that will air live on YurView and be streamed live on YurView.com this weekend:
Arizona — Liberty vs. Pinnacle (Friday)
Louisiana — Teurlings Catholic vs. St. Thomas More (Friday)
Nebraska — Bellevue West vs. Omaha North (Friday)
8. Incredible Play of the Week
Reggie Harris caught a go-ahead touchdown with less than two minutes to go to lift Gaffney (S.C.) to a 22-19 win over Dorman (S.C.) this past Friday. And the fact it pushed his team to victory isn’t the only part that made this play spectacular.
Harris caught the pass near the back of the end zone and got one foot in while falling out of bounds.
— Paul Martin 🖋🗽 (@sportsverbs) October 6, 2018
9. Top Performance of the Week
Jack Miller led Chaparral (Ariz.) to a 40-37 win over Sandra Day O’Connor (Ariz.) this past Friday.
Miller passed for 369 yards and six touchdowns while helping Chaparral improve to 5-2. The junior is committed to play for Ohio State. He is a 4-star recruit per the 247sports composite rankings.
— AZPreps365 (@AZPreps365) October 6, 2018
10. Recent commitments
2019 defensive end Bralen Trice (Sandra Day O’Connor High School, Glendale, Ariz.), a 3-star recruit per the 247sports composite rankings, committed to Washington on Oct. 6.
— Bralen Trice (@braytrice11) October 6, 2018
2019 running back Sampson James (Avon High School, Avon, Ind.), a 4-star recruit per the 247sports composite rankings, committed to Indiana on Oct. 7. He is the No. 8 running back in the class and was previously committed to Ohio State.
BREAKING: Avon (Ind.) High Top247 RB Sampson James commits to #IUFB. The former Ohio State commit is the highest-ranking prospect to verbal to #Indiana in @247Sports History: https://t.co/Anr3qOiqXY #Hoosiers @MB_Weaver @JeffRabjohns
— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) October 7, 2018