In some states, the high school football playoffs are getting started. In others, there is another week to go.
Either way, there is sure to be some exciting action on the horizon.
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 Nov. 1-3.
1. Rattler out for season
Spencer Rattler is one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, but the Pinnacle (Ariz.) senior won’t be on the field again this season.
According to the Arizona Republic, Rattler has been ruled ineligible due to a violation of a district code of conduct policy. The Oklahoma commit is the all-time leader for career passing yards in Arizona.
Rattler, a 5-star recruit who has passed for 11,083 yards in his four-year career, also won’t play in the playoffs for Pinnacle, which is 9-1. The Pioneers open the 6A Conference playoffs with a home matchup against Desert Ridge on Friday.
2. Top Louisiana RB decommits
Destrehan (La.) running back John Emery announced his decision to decommit from Georgia last Thursday. The 5-star recruit had been committed to the Bulldogs since July 29.
Emery is the No. 2 running back in the 2019 class per the 247sports composite rankings. The 247sports Crystal Ball predicts that he will decide to attend LSU.
“I didn’t want this to happen,” Emory told The Times-Picayune recently. “I wanted to commit before the season and just be safe with it and just be relieved. I just have to evaluate everything make sure I commit to the right team.”
Respect my decision 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/PcxeyLXFvB
— John Emery (@Emery4____) October 25, 2018
3. Nebraska lands big commitment
Nebraska picked up a nice commitment on Monday as 4-star tackle Bryce Benhart decided to play for the Cornhuskers.
Benhart, who plays for Lakeville North (Minn.), is the No. 20 tackle in the 2019 class per the 247sports composite rankings, as well as the No. 2 recruit from Minnesota.
Benhart chose Nebraska over offers from Wisconsin, Michigan, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Notre Dame and Tennessee, among others.
C O M M I T T E D‼️ #GBR pic.twitter.com/4myTBJjPKb
— Bryce Benhart (@BenhartBryce) October 29, 2018
4. Son of NFL legend makes college decision
The son of Ochocinco is headed to the desert.
On Monday, Chad Johnson Jr. (Venice High School, Los Angeles) announced that he has committed to Arizona State.
Johnson is a 4-star recruit per the 247sports composite rankings.
Johnson’s father, Chad, was a wide receiver in the NFL, playing for the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots over his 11-year professional career. Like his son will soon do, Johnson played for a Pac-12 school — Oregon State.
Mom , we’re going to Tempe. #COMMITTED pic.twitter.com/jA7hnU14SE
— 18 (@ChadYoloJ) October 29, 2018
5. Rankings update
University Lab (La.) continued to move up the USA Today Super 25 poll this week, climbing one spot to No. 13 after its 56-7 win over Madison Prep Academy (La.) last week.
However, University Lab is the only Louisiana team ranked in the poll after John Curtis fell from the No. 25 spot. John Curtis is 9-0 after its 44-21 win over Archbishop Rummel (La.) last week.
Chandler (Ariz.) stayed on the rise as it moved up one spot to No. 19 after its 49-7 win over Hamilton (Ariz.).
6. Matchup of the Week: Horizon vs. Casteel
The playoffs begin in Arizona this week, and this matchup should be one of the best in the state.
In the first round of the 5A Conference playoffs, No. 13 Horizon travels to take on No. 4 Casteel. Casteel is 8-2, and its only losses were to quality opponents — Centennial and Williams Field.
However, Horizon won six of its last seven games in the regular season. And in its one loss during that stretch, it scored 35 points against Notre Dame Prep, which is 10-0.
East Valley 5A playoff preview: No. 13 Horizon at No. 4 Casteel. https://t.co/OVY6T8hYkU pic.twitter.com/dmVjxN7qBl
— Varsity Xtra (@varsityxtra) October 28, 2018
7. Other big-time matchups
There are plenty of other great games to watch this weekend.
Here are the matchups that will air live on YurView and be streamed live on YurView.com this weekend:
Louisiana — Kentwood vs. Southern Lab (Friday)
Nebraska — Millard West vs. Omaha Westside (Friday)
Oklahoma — Jenks vs. Westmoore (Thursday), Carl Albert vs. Bishop McGuinness (Friday) and Stillwater vs. Del City (Friday)
8. Incredible Play of the Week
In one rush, this Arkansas running back performed several impressive moves. But perhaps most incredible was his hurdle over a defender.
Darryl Kattich (Cedarville High School, Cedarville, Ark.) scored an amazing rushing touchdown during his team’s 26-20 win over Mansfield (Ark.) this past Friday.
Stiff arm ✔️
My man has the whole package
(Via @kattichoutlook1) pic.twitter.com/BU5XiGOaWR
— MaxPreps (@MaxPreps) October 26, 2018
9. Top Performance of the Week
Peyton Thompson, a senior quarterback for Union (Okla.), didn’t throw the ball much last week, but he was efficient.
Thompson was 8-for-8 for 280 yards and threw six touchdowns, setting a school record, in Union’s 65-7 win over Southmoore (Okla.) this past Friday.
Congratulations to Union senior QB Peyton Thompson (@PEYTON_QB7), this weeks Ford Award nominee! Thompson went 8-8 for 280 yards and 6 TD’s…IN A HALF. @Union_Athletics @UnionFootball pic.twitter.com/rXPASEDG6Y
— TJ Eckert (@TJEckertKTUL) October 30, 2018
10. Recent commitments
2019 linebacker Gavin Potter (Broken Arrow High School, Broken Arrow, Okla.), a 3-star recruit per the 247sports composite rankings, committed to Kansas State on Oct. 24.
BLESSED!!😈☔️ #EMAW @KStateFB pic.twitter.com/xXffgm4Gvi
— Gavin Potter (@Gavvin_12) October 24, 2018
2019 running back Mike Hollins (University Lab High School, Baton Rouge, La.), a 3-star recruit per the 247sports composite rankings, committed to Virginia on Oct. 28.
🔶⚔️🔷. AllGloryToGod pic.twitter.com/JygJFQTpsx
— Michael Hollins (@MikeHollins7) October 28, 2018