More incredible action, excitement and highlights came with another thrilling weekend of the high school football playoffs last week, and there’s more to come.
Here’s a look at 10 of the top high school football headlines entering the weekend of Nov. 15-17:
1. Oklahoma running back breaks record
Jacob Bruce had a big night this past Friday, and he made history in the process. The running back rushed for 347 yards in Hulbert’s 50-19 win over Allen to break the Oklahoma career rushing yards record.
Bruce is currently at 8,496 career rushing yards, according to NewsOK. The previous state record was 8,443, set by Luther’s Larry Dupree in 1998.
Bruce had 236 of his 347 yards on Friday night in the first half.
Congrats to Hulbert’s Jacob Bruce! On this TD run he breaks the OSSAA state rushing record!!! #okpreps (Clearly: Screengrab courtesy of Hulbert Riders Football Web stream) pic.twitter.com/Bc4Fg2Vnhw
— Harold R. Kuntz (@HaroldRKuntz3) November 10, 2018
2. No. 1 team continues to roll
St. John Bosco (Calif.) is the No. 1 team in the USA Today Super 25 poll, undefeated and rolling through the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.
The Braves improved to 12-0 with their 56-6 win over San Clemente this past Friday. They will face Oaks Christian in the semifinals on Friday night.
If St. John Bosco wants to end its season with a championship, a rematch against Mater Dei is likely. Mater Dei, which is ranked No. 2 in the USA Today Super 25 poll, plays Centennial in the other semifinal on Friday.
St. John Bosco beat Mater Dei, 41-18, on Oct. 13.
— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) November 10, 2018
3. JSerra Catholic hosts tailgate for opponent
JSerra Catholic made a nice gesture prior to its playoff game against Oaks Christian this past Saturday.
Oaks Christian is close to the bar where 13 people were killed in a shooting last Wednesday. The school is also near an area that has been affected by wildfires.
So, JSerra Catholic expanded its pregame “fun zone” to host members of the Oaks Christian community for a pregame tailgate.
In the wake of the bar shooting and wildfires in the Thousand Oaks area, @JSerra_Football is welcoming its playoff opponent with a tailgate.
“We’re trying to be as hospitable as possible under such an awful situation.”
— USA TODAY HSS (@usatodayhss) November 10, 2018
4. Rankings update
University Lab (La.) and Chandler (Ariz.) remained among the top teams in the USA Today Super 25 poll as playoff season is in full swing.
University Lab remained at No. 11 as it was idle with a first-round bye.
Chandler moved up a spot to No. 18 after its win over Mountain Pointe (Ariz.).
5. Top QB visits future school
Oklahoma won a thrilling matchup against Oklahoma State, 48-47, on Saturday, and the top quarterback recruit in the country was there to watch.
Spencer Rattler (Pinnacle High School, Phoenix, Ariz.) was at Oklahoma, where he is committed to play next year, for the Big 12 matchup.
Rattler, a 5-star recruit, is ineligible for the rest of his final high school season due to a violation of a district code of conduct policy.
great environment, great energy, I love it! Can’t wait to be here! 💯❣️#Boomer pic.twitter.com/Cw2lF924mk
— Spencer Rattler (@SpencerRattler) November 11, 2018
6. Matchup of the Week: University Lab vs. St. Louis Catholic
After a 10-0 regular season, University Lab plays its first playoff game on Friday, when it hosts St. Louis Catholic in the Division II playoffs.
University Lab had a first-round bye. St. Louis Catholic beat Loyola College Prep, 36-24, in the first round. The winner of this week’s game will advance to next week’s semifinals.
The two teams did not play during the regular season.
7. Another big-time matchup
Zachary and Hahnville play in the second round of the Louisiana 5A playoffs on Friday night. Zachary is 9-2, while Hahnville is 7-5. The game will air live on YurView and YurView.com.
8. Incredible Play of the Week
Two brothers connected for a crazy game-winning touchdown in the Virginia playoffs this past week.
Gabe Zappia threw the game-winning score to Austin Zappia in North Cross’ 36-0 win over Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in the semifinals of the Division 2 playoffs. North Cross advanced to play Fredericksburg Christian in this week’s championship game.
@Zapp_2 catches a crazy touchdown from his brother Gabe Zappia in the VISAA state semis. @NCSRaiders vs. Nansemond Suffolk Academy. @espn #SCTop10 pic.twitter.com/NuwXRj971E
— Aaron Jones (@____30____) November 10, 2018
9. Top Performance of the Week
DeCarlos Brooks helped Chandler continue its push through the playoffs, compiling 345 total yards and six touchdowns in its 49-21 win over Mountain Pointe this past Friday.
Chandler advanced to the Arizona 6A Conference semifinals, where it will face Highland on Friday.
DeCarlos Brooks put up video game numbers last night. The @FTBL_Boosters Senior RB and @CalFootball commit rushed for 5 TDs and caught another as the Wolves cruised to a 49-21 victory. I talked to @dlosbrooks about his special night @AZHSFB @CalRivals @aguanos pic.twitter.com/JZJMHhQmSe
— Cody Cameron (@CodyTCameron) November 10, 2018
10. Recent commitments
2019 offensive tackle Dylan Rathcke (University Lab High School, Baton Rouge, La.), a 3-star recruit per the 247sports composite rankings, committed to Arkansas on Nov. 7.
#WPS 🐗🏈 pic.twitter.com/VRwCCLDkAT
— Dylan Rathcke (@DylanRathcke) November 7, 2018
2019 cornerback Lacarea Pleasant-Johnson (Mountain Pointe High School, Phoenix, Ariz.), a 3-star recruit per the 247sports composite rankings, committed to Utah on Nov. 7.
Commitment Letter To You …🕊 pic.twitter.com/WxpR7ikeLa
— LPJ🎒 (@LacareaP31) November 7, 2018
2019 cornerback Devin Bush (Edna Karr High School, New Orleans, La.), a 4-star recruit per the 247sports composite rankings, committed to Arkansas on Nov. 11.
— Devin C. Bush7️⃣ (@Dev_Bush1) November 11, 2018