The high school football season has already been filled with some exciting games and performances, and there are sure to be plenty more to come over the next few months.
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. 13-15.
1. University Lab takes care of business
University Lab (La.) entered its matchup against Southern Lab (La.) this past Friday as the highest ranked Louisiana team in the USA Today Super 25 rankings. And the Cubs kept their No. 17 spot with a 42-14 win, improving to 2-0.
Over its first two games, University Lab has outscored its opponents, 88-31. It had a 21-6 halftime lead against Southern Lab before scoring 14 points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
University Lab will look to keep it going — and perhaps move up the Super 25 rankings — when it travels to play Catholic-B.R. (La.) this Friday.
2. Coach rewards linemen with maple syrup
This is certainly a unique way to reward an offensive lineman for a big play.
Darrian Carmichael, the offensive line coach at Jonesboro High School (Ga.), is giving his team’s offensive linemen shots of maple syrup on the sideline after they deliver a pancake block on the field.
Who wouldn’t be more motivated to crush the opposition when there is syrup on the line?
Below is a photo of Carmichael in action, as previously shared by USA Today:
My man gives out shots of syrup for pancakes 😂😂🥞🥞 Happy Game day to my high school followers and coaches! pic.twitter.com/OJoGC2py4b
— The Big Guy (@WeAreBigGuys) September 7, 2018
3. Tagovailoa plays like big brother
Taulia Tagovailoa threw for 477 yards and four touchdowns for Hoover (Ala.) in its 45-26 win over Thompson (Ala.) this past Friday.
It’s not much of a surprise as football runs in the Tagovailoa family. Taulia’s older brother, Tua, is the starting quarterback at Alabama.
Taulia Tagovailoa, a 4-star recruit per the 247sports composite rankings, is committed to join his brother on the Crimson Tide next year.
— Stadium (@WatchStadium) September 8, 2018
4. Jenks reclaims Backyard Bowl trophy
In 2017, Jenks lost the MidFirst Bank Backyard Bowl to Oklahoma rival Union. But this past Friday, Jenks got redemption.
After losing its two previous matchups to Union — the 2017 Backyard Bowl and a playoff matchup in 2016 — Jenks cruised to a 27-10 win.
Quarterback Ian Corwin led Jenks to victory with 273 passing yards and three touchdowns, completing 15 of his 25 pass attempts.
— YurView Oklahoma (@YurViewOK) September 9, 2018
5. Top WR recruit preparing for visits
Class of 2020 wide receiver Gary Bryant (Centennial High School, Corona, Calif.) has a long list of schools that are interested in him, and he’s preparing to make some visits this season.
Bryant recently told 247sports that he wants to visit Washington this year, while he may also visit Oklahoma and Notre Dame. He also said he plans to visit USC and UCLA, and he would also like to visit Arizona and Arizona State.
Bryant is a 4-star recruit per the 247sports composite rankings.
Corona (Calif.) Centennial’s ’20 WR Gary Bryant talks about what schools have reached out since Sept. 1, possible in-season trips and a timeframe for making a decision https://t.co/cZS0y94D0q pic.twitter.com/Gj4KREDJ13
— Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins) September 11, 2018
6. Matchup to watch: IMG Academy vs. St. John’s
Two of the top high school football teams in the country will face off when IMG Academy (Fla.) travels to play St. John’s (Washington D.C.) on Saturday.
IMG Academy is ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Super 25 rankings, while St. John’s is No. 6.
It’s also a matchup of undefeated teams as both IMG Academy and St. John’s have won its first three games of the season.
St. John’s is coming off an incredible victory as it beat Miami Central (Fla.), 37-34, in five overtimes this past Saturday.
Relive the “Game of the Year” between No. 4 St. John’s (DC) and No. 11 Miami Central (FL) that lasted five overtimes.
— Zack Poff (@Zack_Poff_MP) September 10, 2018
7. Other big-time matchups
There are plenty of other great games to watch this weekend.
Here are the ones that will be broadcasted live on YurView and streamed live on YurView.com this Friday:
Arizona — Chaparral vs. Saguaro
Louisiana — West Feliciana vs. Live Oak
Nebraska — Omaha Burke vs. Omaha North
8. Incredible Play of the Week
This play is so great that two receivers got involved.
During a game in Texas between Stamford and Roscoe this past Friday, Stamford had an incredible touchdown that helped lead it to a 53-29 win.
Quarterback Peyton Bevel threw a deep pass to wide receiver Zachary Duran. Duran jumped to catch it, but it appeared he was going to land out of bounds beyond the end zone.
However, Duran made an alert play, tipping the ball back to fellow wide receiver Tre Mitchell in the end zone for a touchdown.
We’ll show you our H.S. Football Play of the Week coming up on KTXS Sports Sunday at 10:30, but here’s a BONUS Top Play for you.
👀 in slow motion 👀 pic.twitter.com/FsdAjBcPMM
— KTXS Sports (@KTXSSports) September 10, 2018
9. Top Performance of the Week
Rattler threw for 458 yards and four touchdowns as the 5-star Oklahoma commit completed 26 of his 44 pass attempts.
Pinnacle took its first loss of the season, 42-35, but it was an impressive comeback by Rattler in defeat.
Oklahoma has had some big-time quarterbacks in the past and get ready to add Pinnacle’s (AZ) @SpencerRattler in 2019.
This dude is super special and put on a show in his return last week. #BoomerSooner
— Zack Poff (@Zack_Poff_MP) September 10, 2018
10. Recent commitments
2019 defensive end Jaylon Ned (Washington Marion High School, Lake Charles, La.), a 3-star recruit per 247sports, committed to Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 1.
— Jaylon D. Ned (@jaylon_ned) September 1, 2018
2019 offensive tackle Brady Latham (Jenks High School, Jenks, Okla.), a 3-star recruit per the 247sports composite rankings, committed to Arkansas on Sept. 4.
I want to thank God, my family, the Jenks coaches, and the coaches at the University of Arkansas for giving me the opportunity to continue my football and academic career. After a lot of thought, I’m excited to Commit to the University of Arkansas!! #WPS 🐗🐗 pic.twitter.com/XEWG7Galp4
— Brady Latham (@BradyLatham62) September 5, 2018
2020 wide receiver Demond Demas (North Forest High School, Houston, TX), a 5-star recruit per the 247sports composite rankings, committed to Texas A&M on Sept. 8.
— Mr.#1️⃣ (@DemondDemas1) September 9, 2018