Cardinals ride Mazour to title, send Coach Johnson out in style

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
March 3, 2015

 

 

While the position of dual-threat quarterback has seemingly become a household term nowadays, a true dual-threat quarterback is still one of more exciting spectacles to watch on all levels of football. Especially however, in high school football, and especially when your dual-threat quarterback leads you to a championship.

 

For the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals, that’s exactly what happened.

 

Dual-threat quarterback Wyatt Mazour led the Cardinals to the Nebraska C1 State Championship in 2014, defeating Ashland-Greenwood, 54-14 to capture the title.

 

While Mazour might look and seem more like a running back, the senior could certainly sling the ball through the air when necessary. He totaled over 200 total yards of offense in nine of 13 games last season and accumulated over 300 yards of offense in five of those games.

 

He finished his senior season with 1,626 yards on the ground and 1,869 yards through the air. He ran for 25 touchdowns and threw for another 26. He also returned kicks and punts for an additional 623 yards and another two scores.

 

Mazour wasn’t finished with just offense and special teams, he also played cornerback on a defense that held opponents under 14 points per game. He recorded three pass break ups, recovered a fumble and intercepted two passes, one in which he returned for a touchdown against Wayne.

 

All in all, Mazour finished the season with 2,307 all-purpose yards, an average of 177.5 yards per game. He was credited with 28 solo touchdowns while he was accountable for 54 scores overall on the season.

 

The Cardinals jumped out of the gates hot in 2014. After allowing their week one opponent, Scotus Central Catholic, to tie the game at 14 points apiece, Boone Central scored 17 unanswered points to win 31-14.

 

Boone Central would lead the way for the next seven games. In fact, the closest any opponent came to leading over the Cardinals in those seven games would be the 0-0 start of the game. Boone Central scored first in each game, winning their first eight games by a combined margin of 352-111.

 

In their regular season finale against Norfolk Catholic, the Cardinals took a 12-3 lead before allowing a quick touchdown run by the Knights that cut the lead to 12-9 at halftime.

 

Norfolk Catholic became the first team to lead the Cardinals in 2014 as they scored on the opening drive of the third quarter to take a 16-12 lead.

 

However, those would be the last points the Knights scored, as they surrendered 20 unanswered to Boone Central, falling to the Cardinals, 32-16.

 

That game ended Boone Central’s regular season at a perfect 9-0 as they entered the playoffs with a first round matchup against Milford. After being granted the No. 2 seed and dispatching Milford, 48-7 to open the postseason, a familiar foe would be presented to the Cardinals.

 

That familiar foe would be the only opponent they trailed in the regular season, Norfolk Catholic.

 

Much like their first meeting, the game remained close throughout as the Cardinals led 14-6 at halftime. After two quick scores form each brought the game within one possession at 17-14, Mazour marched his team down the field in just five plays before pushing Boone Central’s advantage to 23-14.

 

Mazour’s five-yard touchdown rush was enough to hold up in the end as the Cardinals hung on for the 23-17 victory over the Knights to advance.

 

For just the second time during the entire season, the Cardinals found themselves trailing, in their next outing. Against Kearney Catholic in the state semifinals, the Stars scored first, late in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. Similar to the only other time the Cardinals trailed though, those points would be the last ones Kearney Catholic could muster.

 

Boone Central advanced to the state championship after scoring 34 consecutive points to win, 34-7 over the Stars.

 

The state championship game pitted Nebraska Class C1’s top two teams in the No. 2 seed Cardinals taking on No. 1 seed Ashland-Greenwood.

 

Boone Central looked more like the top seed however, jumping out to a 21-7 first quarter lead before ultimately handing the Bluejays their lone defeat of the season, 54-14. The 40-point loss was the Bluejays largest margin of defeat in over two years.

 

The game was a fitting end to a season and a fitting end to head coach Arnold Johnson’s career at Boone Central, as his last game at the helm of the Cardinals sent him out as a State Champion.

 

Mazour finished the state championship game, throwing for 129 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for a season-high 248 yards.

 

With the departures of Coach Johnson as well as Mazour and several other seniors, the Cardinals will have an uphill road if they were to repeat as State Champions.

 

Nevertheless, Mazour and Coach Johnson exit Boone Central as Champions. A fitting exit for a legendary coach and truly one of the more exciting dual-threat quarterbacks in recent memory.

 

Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Wyatt Mazour (1626 yards)

Passing: Wyatt Mazour (1869 yards)

Receiving: Travis Kennedy (515 yards)

All-Purpose: Wyatt Mazour (2307 yards)

Touchdowns: Wyatt Mazour (28)

Rush attempts: Wyatt Mazour (185 carries)

Receptions: Zac Glidden (27 catches)

 

Defensive stat leaders

Total tackles: Colton Pelster (75)

Tackles for loss: Michael Lipker (12.5)

Sacks: Michael Lipker (2.5)

Interceptions: Kyle Kramer (5)

Fumbles forced: Zac Glidden (3)

Fumbles recovered: Zac Glidden (4)

 

Team statistics

Total scoring: 543 points

Opponent scoring: 172

Total offense: 5095 yards

Total rushing yards: 2895 yards

Total passing yards: 2200 yards

Opponent offense: 3325 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 2362 yards

Opponent passing yards: 963 yards

Third down conversions: 50/120 (41.7 %)

Opponent third down conversions: 56/188 (29.8 %)

Turnover differential: +10 (23 interceptions, 10 fumbles)

Spartans come on late in season, win first ever State Title

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
February 25, 2015

 

 

In 2014, many firsts happened all across the country. Some teams made it to the playoffs for the first time, while others advanced to the season’s culminating championship games for the first time.

 

In Columbia, Missouri the Spartans from Battle High School captured their school’s first ever State Championship in football, beating Nixa, 24-22.

 

The fight to get to the State Championship for Battle, however, was just that – quite the challenge.

 

The Spartans started their season off on the wrong foot, dropping a high-scoring matchup to Jackson, 62-34. Despite 265 rushing yards by Nash Sutherlin, the Spartans were outdone in the second half, surrendering 27 points over the final two quarters.

 

Despite the loss to open the season, Battle put forth a gutsy performance against Wentzville Holt in their second game of the season. Leading 42-28 at halftime, the Spartans allowed the Indians back in to the game in the second half after a quick 70-yard touchdown heave cut the Battle advantage to 49-42.

 

Sutherlin however would put the game away with a 50-yard touchdown rush, his second of the game, with just 3:47 left to play, giving the Spartans a 56-42 advantage. Even with a late touchdown surrendered to the Indians, Battle pulled off the victory, 56-49, in what would be the highest scoring game of the season in terms of total points for both teams.

 

After their exciting victory over Holt, Battle took to their home field for the first time in 2014, against Class 6 Rock Bridge.

 

After starting the game with two unconventional scores, a safety and a field goal, that gave the Spartans a 5-0 lead, the Bruins would launch a 25-point scoring onslaught over the next 25 minutes. Rock Bridge would hold on to defeat Battle, 25-11, pushing the Spartans record to just 1-2 on the season.

 

The Spartans brought their record back to even with a 36-0 shutout victory over Excelsior Springs in week four, only to be right back on the losing side of things a week later. Against Helias Catholic, Battle turned the ball over three times and committed nine penalties for 75 yards in a 29-14 defeat.

 

The playoffs seemed a long ways away for the Spartans after week five, but nevertheless, the Battle defense stood tall in their next two games, holding both Hickman and Lee’s Summit North to just seven points apiece and just 116 and 96 total yards of offense, respectively. Battle defeated the Kewpies, 14-7 before defeating the Broncos, 37-7.

 

Any momentum built from their two consecutive wins before, was lost the next week when Battle hosted Jefferson City in the final regular season home game of the year. The Jays built a 31-7 lead at halftime and didn’t look back, defeating the Spartans, 38-20.

 

In the final game of the regular season however, Battle once again got back to their winning ways, defeating Hannibal, 28-14 to push their record to 5-4 before heading to the playoffs as an unlikely contender.

 

The start to the playoffs pitted the Spartans against a one-win team in Washington, whom Battle defeated easily, 56-8 to advance.

 

Carrying what would become a common trend into their next game, Battle would face off against one of their regions top teams, and one of the teams that had been qualified for an automatic pass from the first round of the playoffs. Waynesville, the Spartans opponent in the second round, was coming off a week of rest, having been granted a bye in the first round.

 

Their rest seemingly paid off as late in the fourth quarter, Waynesville running back Jalen Thomas scored from 1-yard out to give the Tigers their first lead of the game, 17-14. That lead needed to last just 0:18 seconds longer however, as Sutherlin capped a quick drive with a 3-yard touchdown rush for the game-winning score.

 

The Spartans advanced to the third round after defeating Waynesville, 21-17.

 

Battle would take on Camdenton in their next postseason game, another team that had been granted a pass through the first round of the playoffs.

 

The Spartans scored first on a Brevinn Tyler connection to Chyrome Thorpe in the first quarter before Camdenton would tie the score before halftime at 7-7. Battle however would score two quick times in the third quarter to steal momentum and hold on to beat the Lakers, 22-14 and advance to the state quarterfinals.

 

Fort Zumwalt North would await the Spartans in the quarterfinals, having won their two playoffs games with ease, 29-0 over Parkway North and 42-7 over Fort Zumwalt East. The Panthers were also granted a bye in the first round of the playoffs and would meet the Spartans holding  a 10-1 record.

 

Similar to their previous game, Battle and Fort Zumwalt North went to the halftime break tied, this time at 13 points apiece.

 

Tyler would throw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Javeon McQuitty in the opening moments of the third quarter before both defenses would stand tall. The Tyler-McQuitty connection would be the final points of the game, and be enough to advance the Spartans to the state semifinals with a 20-13 victory.

 

Taking on their lone opponent who wasn’t granted that first round bye, the Spartans seemingly looked the part of the dominant team, dismantling Ladue Horton Watkins, 34-6 to advance to the school’s first ever state championship game appearance.

 

The State Championship game featured two teams just as unlikely as the other to have made it to the season’s culminating game. Both Nixa and Battle would bring with them a 10-4 record.

 

The Spartans got the scoring started with a Marshall Willingham 17-yard score with just under four minutes remaining in the first quarter.

 

The Eagles answered back however, with two quick Alec Murphy scores that gave Nixa a 14-7 lead that they would take to halftime. A scoreless third quarter was broken in rapid fashion as Battle kicker Kaleb Adams connected on a 43-yard field goal with 4:01 left.

 

Nixe quarterback Logan Tyler would be intercepted on the Eagles ensuing possession as Darrion Hall would secure the takeaway and return it for a touchdown. After a successful two-point conversion, the Spartans lead 18-14 in just a matter of 1:10 seconds.

 

Riding their momentum, Brevinn Tyler would rush from 18-yards out to give Battle a 24-14 lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

 

Adams field goal in the third quarter would prove to be the difference in the game after Dawson Mills connected with Dustin Clifton for 17-yards and a score that brought the Eagles within two points, 24-22.

 

The Spartans would need to bleed the remaining 4:18 off of the clock to hold on to the victory. They got help by means of a big 33-yard completion from Tyler to Thorpe on a 3rd and 8 play. After the pass, Tyler would seemingly put the game away with a 50-yard touchdown rush, only to be called back by an illegal procedure penalty.

 

Nevertheless, the Spartans would be able to run out the final moments of the clock and secure the school’s first ever football State Championship, holding on to defeat Nixa, 24-22.

 

 

After an up and down season ended with the ultimate goal, the 2015 season for the Spartans will have to have some exciting moments to compete with this past season. Battle will return Tyler (a rising junior), Thorpe, McQuitty and a host of other offensive stars looking to defend their title.

 

One thing is for sure, if teams didn’t know who the Battle Spartans were before 2014, they know now.

 

Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Nash Sutherlin (2090 yards)

Passing: Brevinn Tyler (1379 yards)

Receiving: Chyrome Thorpe (554 yards)

All-Purpose: Nash Sutherlin (1290 yards)

Touchdowns: Nash Sutherlin (19)

Rush attempts: Nash Sutherlin (280 carries)

Receptions: Chyrome Thorpe (43 catches)

 

Defensive stat leaders

Interceptions: Kole Hinton (4)

Interception return: Marshall Willingham (111 yards)

Fumbles recovered: Chandler Anderson (4)

 

Team statistics

Total scoring: 427 points

Opponent scoring: 311

Total offense: 5186 yards

Total rushing yards: 1669 yards

Total passing yards: 3517 yards

Opponent offense: 3153 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 1475 yards

Opponent passing yards: 1678 yards

Turnover differential: +9 (18 interceptions, 11 fumbles)

Cardinals make history, win fifth consecutive State Title

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
February 24, 2015

 

 

Winning a State Championship is one thing in high school football. Winning consecutive titles is another.

 

Matching a feat that had been done only once before by winning five in a row is in another stratosphere.

 

That’s exactly what Webb City High School did this past season, winning their fifth consecutive State Championship in Missouri’s Class 4. Their 5th straight title matched Valle Catholic as the only team’s in Missouri’s history to win five state titles in a row.

 

The Cardinals have now won 28 consecutive games dating back to last year and head coach John Roderique now has a combined 222-19 record in 18 years at the helm of Webb City. His 92% winning percentage ranks him as winningest coach in Missouri high school football history by percentage.

 

Webb City has now qualified for the playoffs in 14 consecutive seasons and under Roderique, the Cardinals have won 10 of the school’s 13 state titles. They have won 18 straight MHSAA playoff games to date.

 

In 2014, the Cardinals seemed to be a team on a mission to capture the school’s 13th championship, shutting out Missouri Class 5’s Carthage in the season opener, 21-0.

 

The 21-point victory over the Tigers would remain as the slimmest margin of victory through the entire season as the Cardinals would continually perform well on offense, defense and special teams.

 

Looking even more impressive in their week two matchup, Webb City traveled to face Class 6 opponent – Rockhurst. Led by quarterback and Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year, T.J. Green, the Hawklets would advance to the Class 6 State Championship game in 2014, despite being handed a loss at the hands of the Cardinals, 40-14, for Rockhurst’s lone blemish of the regular season. The Hawklets would lose the Class 6 State Championship to Christian Brothers College, 31-24, for only their second loss of the season.

 

The state of Arkansas’ highest classified division sent perennial contender Har-Ber to take on Webb City in a week three matchup. The Cardinals were unfazed by the Arkansas power, dismantling the Wildcats, 42-13.

 

After defeating Class 5’s Republic, 49-14, Webb City took on its fourth team from a higher class when they hosted Missouri Class 5 Nixa. The Cardinals impressed not only offensively, but defensively, holding the Eagles to just 140 yards and holding them off the scoreboard until the waning stages of the fourth quarter in their 47-7 victory.  

 

Like Rockhurst, Nixa would advance to their respective State Championship game, but fall short, 25-22 to Battle High School.

 

Webb City would finish the regular season with victories over Willard (46-15), Neosho (48-0), Ozark (38-7) and Branson (42-5) before entering the MHSAA Playoffs at 9-0.

 

The Cardinals opened up the postseason with a bang, scoring the most points of the season, a total of 71 in their 71-0 shutout victory over McDonald County. Maquel Harbin and Trent Parra each returned an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Mustangs as defensive points would be a continued trait in the playoffs.

 

In the second round matchup against Bolivar for Webb City, Harbin would also record a ‘pick-six’, this time in the second quarter of the 56-7 blowout over the Liberators.

 

Webb City would jump out to a 35-0 lead over Carl Junction before trouncing the Bulldogs, 42-12 to advance to the quarterfinals. Against Harrisonville in the state quarters, Drake Humphrey secured a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the Cardinals 35-0 victory.

 

In the state semifinals, the Cardinals faced off against the high-powered offense of Kearney. The Wildcats averaged 33.6 points per game in 2014 but were held to a mere seven points in their 38-7 ousting at the hands of Webb City.

 

With their victory over Kearney in the semifinals, the Cardinals advanced to their 15th state championship game appearance in school history, hunting for their fifth consecutive title.

 

 

Equally impressive as that feat, the Cardinals defense had single-handedly outscored their first five opponents of the postseason, 30-26, recording five defensive touchdowns in the five games, including three against McDonald County.

 

In the Missouri Class 4 State Championship ‘Show Me Bowl,’ Webb City would square off against Central High School from Cape Girardeau. The Tigers would be playing in the school’s first ever state championship appearance.

 

It however, wouldn’t look like their first ever appearance on the big stage in the first quarter as Central jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Quarterback Peyton Montgomery rushed for two quick scores as Webb City couldn’t muster a sustained drive in the opening 12 minutes.

 

That all would change however as the Cardinals, led by their own quarterback Tyson Roderique, would score four quick times in the second quarter en route to a 27-14 halftime lead.


Roderique punched in two short touchdown rushes of his own before running back Keaton Burroughs scored from 1-yard out with 0:35 seconds remaining, to give Webb City a 21-14 lead.

 

With just 0:18 seconds remaining Central's Montgomery would be intercepted by Harbin as he tried to force a pass. Roderique would hit all-around athlete Kiante Hardin for 30 yards on the very next play to seemingly steal the remaining momentum and take a two-possession lead into the break.

 

The Tigers would get no closer than that in the second half, allowing Hardin to rush for a score from 15 yards out. Central would score one last time on a 38-yard pass from Montgomery to Jalen Reddin before Webb City would add two insurance touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

 

The 48-21 final would cap a perfect season for the Cardinals and their fifth consecutive state title.

 

 

The Cardinals, despite losing several seniors from 2014, including Hardin who will attend Minnesota next fall to play for former Webb City head coach Jerry Kill, will return their quarterback in Roderique. With a returning signal-caller and the state's all time winningest head coach in terms of percentage, there is no doubt the Cardinals will be ready when the fall season starts. 

 

Webb City will look to become the first ever team in Missouri high school football history to win six consecutive state titles as they will enter the 2015 fall season as arguably the state’s No. 1 team.

 

Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Tyler Davison (1247 yards)

Passing: Tyson Roderique (1110 yards)

Receiving: Kiante Hardin (678 yards)

All-Purpose: Kiante Hardin (1290 yards)

Touchdowns: Keaton Burroughs (20)

Rush attempts: Tyler Davison (150 carries)

Receptions: Kiante Hardin (33 catches)

 

Defensive stat leaders

Total tackles: Kolesen Crane (54)

Tackles for loss: Kolesen Crane (12.5)

Sacks: Austin Carter (5)

Interceptions: Maquel Harbin (6)

Pass break ups: Kiante Hardin (13)

Fumbles forced: Drake Humphrey (3)

Fumbles recovered: Tyson Roderique (4)

 

Team statistics

Total scoring: 663 points

Opponent scoring: 122

Total offense: 5868 yards

Total rushing yards: 4663 yards

Total passing yards: 1205 yards

Opponent offense: 2559 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 1443 yards

Opponent passing yards: 1116 yards

Third down conversions: 49.7% (71/143)

Opponent third down conversions: 24.9% (45/181)

Turnover differential: +19 (19 interceptions, 18 fumbles)

Stags win school's fifth Championship, finish 13-0

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
February 11, 2015

 

 

In 2014, it seemingly didn’t matter who Bishop Miege High School squared off against on the gridiron. The Stags won all but one game a year ago by double digits en route to the Kansas 4A State Championship and a perfect 13-0 record.

 

Bishop Miege took to the road in their first game of the season. After traveling to Blue Valley Northwest to open the season and defeating the Huskies, 51-36, the Stags would return for their home opener against Gardner Edgerton.

 

After defeating the Trailblazers, 29-0, Bishop Miege would host Blue Valley in arguably one of the more anticipated games when the 2014 season was announced. The 5A Tigers were coming off a dramatic 2013 season in which they rallied late in the year to capture the 2013 Kansas 5A Championship.

 

A game between two perennial contenders early in the season was dominated by Bishop Miege and their quarterback Ryan Willis, who tossed four first half touchdowns as the Stags built a 42-7 halftime lead.

 

Bishop Miege defeated Blue Valley, 42-21 behind Willis’ four touchdowns and 284 yards through the air. Running back Dawson Downing ran for 96 yards and two touchdowns in the rout.

 

After their victory over the defending 5A champs, the 2014 season expectations skyrocketed. The Stags would handle perpetual title contender, and eventual Class 5A runner-up St. Thomas Aquinas by a score of 37-20 before allowing a mere 47 points in their final five games of the regular season.

 

Included in their season ending tear, Bishop Miege defeated Blue Valley West (35-7), Blue Valley Southwest (53-14), Louisburg (41-14), Sumner Academy (51-12) and shut out Spring Hill, 51-0.

 

The run didn’t falter at all to start the playoffs as the Stags continued their impressive play with back-to-back shut out victories in their first two postseason games. After cruising past Basehor-Linwood, 63-0 in a game that saw seven different Stags’ score a touchdown, Bishop Miege defeated Fort Scott, 47-0, gaining 587 total yards on offense.

 

The Stags then played Piper in the 4A Kansas Sub-State Championship game and the rite to move on to the State Finals. The Pirates had allowed a grand total of 113 points in their previous 11 games before meeting Bishop Miege.

 

However, Downing and the Stag offense would prove to be too much to handle for the Pirates. The junior running back ran for four first half touchdowns and Willis would add two passing touchdowns in the first quarter as Bishop Miege cruised past Piper, 62-7.

 

The Stags were Kansas 4A Sub-State Champions and would take on Hayden, who were playing in their first state title game since winning the 2008 4A Championship.

 

In true championship form, Bishop Miege shook off a rusty first quarter in which they were shut out and answered with 21 points in the second before heading to halftime up, 21-14. The teams would battle it out in the early stages of the third, exchanging touchdown drives before it was tied at 28 points with 2:54 left.

 

Downing would break the tie with just 0:39 remaining in the third quarter to give the Stags a seven point advantage heading in to the final quarter. After forcing a quick three and out after missing a field goal of their own to start the quarter, Bishop Miege’s second possession of the final frame would be the ultimate deciding factor.

 

Willis would hit Nolan Gray for 17 yards and a touchdown with 7:55 left, giving the Stags a 42-28 lead.

 

On the ensuing possession, Vincent Stephenson would intercept a Hayden pas that would kill the Wildcats drive. Despite not being able to muster much offensively on their next drive, the Stags did eat up over a minute on the clock and force Hayden to use their timeouts.

 

Jacob Head would hit Mason Dodd for nine yards and a touchdown on the subsequent possession with 0:41 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 42-35 for the Stags.

 

However, after the onside kick was recovered by Bishop Miege and one Willis kneel down later, that 42-35 margin would crown the Stags as champions of Kansas’ 4A Division.

 

 

The victory over Hayden marked the first time in school history that Bishop Miege would finish their season undefeated with a State Championship. It also marked the fifth state title in school history.

 

The Stags leader, Willis, signed his letter of intent to play for the University of Kansas just last week on National Signing Day.

 

Bishop Miege will look to continue their success from 2014 but will have some big shoes to fill as their 6-foot-4 signal-caller is now a Jayhawk. Nevertheless, coach Holmes will certainly have his team ready to go in the fall when the season starts and gladly accept the challenges of defending a State Championship.

 

 

 

Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Dawson Downing (1925 yards)

Passing: Ryan Willis (2983 yards)

Receiving: Jafar Armstrong (1205 yards)

All-Purpose: Dawson Downing (2245 yards)

Touchdowns: Dawson Downing (36)

Rush attempts: Dawson Downing (241 carries)

Receptions: Jafar Armstrong (53 catches)

 

Defensive stat leaders

Total tackles: Mark Ogren (89)

Sacks: Kaelin Key (7.5)

Tackles for loss: Kaelin Key (15)

Pass break ups: Trevor Thompson (16)

Fumbles forced: Mark Ogren (4)

 

Team statistics

Total scoring: 595 points

Opponent scoring: 166

Total offense: 6057 yards

Total rushing yards: 2841 yards

Total passing yards: 3216 yards

Opponent offense: 3304 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 1308 yards

Opponent passing yards: 1996 yards

Third down conversions: 43.7% (55/126)

Opponent third down conversions: 22.5% (40/178)

Hundreds of athletes commit to further their athletic careers

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
February 5, 2015

 

 

National Signing Day is a day that many wait for years to come. While many athletes commit to play their respecitve sport weeks, months and even years in advance, the first Wednesday of February is a day that many continuously wait for. February 4, 2015 signified the day in which all prespective college football athletes can sign their National Letter of Intent to play for their college or university of choice.

 

Coaching staff members, fans, families, friends and teammates all anxiously await some of the most sought after recruits biggest decision of their lives - where they will spend the next four years of their lives. 

 

For the athletes signing, it is a ceremonial culmination to their high school careers as they begin the journey into college athletics. 

 

As the Letters of Intent have been faxed in and the dust has settled, we here at Digital Scout thought it time to reveal all of our athletes who will be continuing their academic and athletic careers at the next level and playing college football.

 

We will break down the athletes by the college or university they signed.

 

Air Force Academy

WR - Jake Matkovich, 6'5, 175, Marquette University High School (WI)

TE - RJ Jackson, 6'4, 215 Beloit High School (KS)

OL - Nicholas Maxey, 6'0, 240, Pinnacle High School (AZ)

OL - Mitch Williams, 6'4, 275 Bentonville High School (AR)

DB - Ronald Cleveland, 5'9, 165Battle Ground Academy (TN)

ATH - Eric Carrera, 6'0, 190, Christian Brothers College Prep (MO)

 

Akron University

RB - Vince Lockett, 5'11, 200, St. Vincent St. Mary High School (OH)

 

University of Alabama

OG - Brandon Kennedy, 6'2, 290, Wetumpka High School (AL)

OG - Lester Cotton, 6'4, 321, Central (Tuscaloosa) High School (AL)

 

Appalachian State University

TE - Collin Reed, 6'3, 230, Boiling Springs High School (SC)

DE - Devin Papenheim, 6'6, 220, South Sumter High School (FL)

 

Arizona State University

DT - Joseph Wicker, 6'2, 200, Long Beach Polytechnic High School (CA) 

CB - Kareem Orr, 6'0, 185, Notre Dame School (TN)

 

Arkansas State University

QB - DJ Pearson, 6'3, 195, Northview High School (GA), stats from 2013 season*

RB - Jamal Jones, 5'9, 170, Trezevant High School (TN)

OL - Dalton Ford, 6'4, 195, Webb City High School (MO)

DT - Javier Carbonell, 6'2, 285, Bentonville High School (AR)

 

University of Arkansas

LB - Tyler Phillips, 6'1, 206, North Little Rock High School (AR)

DB - Byron Keaton, 5'9, 170, Camden Fairview High School (AR)

 

Army (United State Military Academy - West Point)

QB - Troy Smith, 6'0, 185, Harker Heights High School (TX)

RB - Calen Taylor, 5'7, 160, Christian Brothers College Prep (MO)

DE - Nathan Rodriguez, 6'3, 245, Westerville Central High School (OH)

LB - Harrison Rooney, 6'1, 215, Bentonville High School (AR)

LB - Marco Carrabotto, 6'1, 215, Thomas Dale High School (VA)

DB - D'Angelo Amos, 6'1, 175, Meadowbrook High School (VA)

DB - Jaylon McClinton, 5'9, 180, Charlotte Christian School (NC)

DB - Tank Scott, 6'0, 185, Highland Springs High School (VA)

 

Auburn University

OL - Tyler Carr, 6'5, 320, Southside (Gadsden) High School (AL)

 

Ball State University

QB - Riley Neal, 6'5, 200, Yorktown High School (IN)

WR - Clayton Cook, 6'2, 185, Wawasee High School (IN)

OL - Zak Ricketts, 6'5, 290, Bremen High School (IN)

OL - Andrew Poenitsch, 6'4, 285, Hamilton High School (WI)

 

Boise State University

RB - Raymond Sheard, 6'1, 180, Arlington High School (TX)

 

Boston College

ATH - William Harris, 6'1, 210, Choate Rosemary Hall High School (CT)

DE - Zach Allen, 6'5, 240, New Canaan High School (CT)

 

Bowling Green University

DE - Terrance Rudolph, 6'0. 285, Dublin Coffman High School (OH)

LB - Matthew Finkler, 6'3, 235, Kirtland High School (OH)

OL - J.C. Bartok, 6'5, 260, Worthington Kilbourne High School (OH)

 

Brigham Young University

QB - Kody Wilstead, 6'6, 215, Pine View High School (UT)

QB - Koy Detmer Jr., 5'10, 165, Somerset High School (TX), walk-on*

RB - Riley Burt, 6'2, 185, Box Elder High School (UT)

WR - Akile Davis, 6'1, 186, DeSoto High School (TX), stats from 2013 season*

LB - Jeremiah Ieremia, 6'0, 230, Hurrican High School (UT)

 

University of California Berkeley

ATH - Billy McCrary III, 5'11, 195, Rouse High School (TX)

 

Central Michigan University

QB - Jon Wassink, 6'1, 180, South Christian High School (MI)

 

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

WR - Alex Barrow, 5'11, 170, Butler High School (NC)

WR - Nate Mullen, 5'8, 170, Hickory Ridge High School (NC)

 

University of Cincinnati

DE - Marquise Copeland, 6'3, 230, Bedford High School (OH)

DT - Norman Oglesby, 6'0, 265, Ben Davis High School (IN)

DT - Garret Jansen, 6'1, 250, Pella High School (IA)

LB - Matthew Draper, 6'0, 195, Brush High School (OH) 

DB - Malik Clements, 6'0, 180, George Washington High School (VA)

 

Clemson University

OL - Noah Green, 6'4, 285, Boiling Springs High School (SC)

QB - Kelly Bryant, 6'4, 205, Wren High School (SC)

 

University of Colorado Boulder

DT - Boogie Sewell, 6'0, 295, Desert Hills High School (UT)

DT - Lyle Tuiloma, 6'2, 285, Nanakuli High School (HI)

 

Colorado State University

RB - Chukwuma Obinnah, 6'0, 210, Grandview High School (CO)

 

University of Connecticut

TE - Chris Lee, 6'7, 255, Severna Park High School (MD)

DT - Felton Blackwell, 6'2, 325, Cedar Creek High School (NJ)

K - Michael Tarbutt, 6'0, 180, Canisius High School (NY)

 

Eastern Michigan University

DT - Branden Johnson, 6'3, 295, Dixie Heights High School (KY)

RB - Breck Turner, 6'0, 195, Norwalk High School (OH)

 

University of Florida

OL - Brandon Sandifer, 6'3, 330, Northside High School (GA)

 

Florida International University

WR - Austin Maloney, 5'11, 175, Columbus High School (FL)

 

Florida State University

RB - Jacques Patrick, 6'1, 225, Timber Creek High School (FL)

DT - Darvin Taylor II, 6'2, 310, Thomas Dale High School (VA)

 

University of Georgia

DE - Chauncey Rivers, 6'2, 250, Stephenson High School (GA)

 

Georgia State University

DE - Drew Harris, 6'5, 235, Stephenson High School (GA)

WR - Tyler Taylor, 6'3, 180, Stephenson High School (GA)

 

Georgia Institute of Technology

RB - Nathan Cottrell, 5'10, 185, Knoxville West High School (TN)

 

University of Houston

OL - William Noble, 6'4, 280, Rouse High School (TX)

OL - Bryce Wilds, 6'6, 310, Brazosport High School (TX)

DE - Tyrell Thompson, 6'3, 255, Copperas Cove High School (TX)

 

Indiana University Bloomington

QB - Austin King, 6'2, 190, Alpharetta High School (GA)

OL - Hunter Littlejohn, 6'3, 285, Olentangy Liberty High School (OH)

 

University of Iowa

QB - Ryan Boyle, 6'1, 215, Dowling Catholic High School (IA)

WR - Colten Rastetter, 6'2, 205, Clayton Ridge High School (IA)

DT - Garret Jansen, 6'1, 250, Pella High School (IA)

ATH - Nick Wilson, 6'2, 205, Dowling Catholic High School (IA)

ATH - Jack Hockaday, 6'1, 205, Maroa-Forsyth High School (IL)

 

Iowa State University

WR - Carson Epps, 6'2, 190, Jenks High School (OK)

LB - Marcel Spears, 6'2, 205, Olathe North High School (KS)

 

University of Kansas

QB - Ryan Willis, 6'4, 200, Bishop Miege High School (KS)

TE - Josh Moore, 6'5, 250, Olathe North High School (KS)

OL - Hunter Saulsbury, 6'4, 280, Blue Valley West High School (KS)

OL - John Chamberlin, 6'3, 290, Christian Brothers College Prep (MO)

 

Kansas State University

RB - Tyler Burns,  5'11, 200, Trinity Academy (KS)

WR - Isaiah Zuber, 6'0, 170, Stephenson High School (GA)

TE - Blaise Gammon, 6'8, 235, Blue Valley West High School (KS)

OL - Evan Applegate, 6'6, 270, Mill Valley High School (KS)

DE - Kyle Ball, 6'2, 230, Shawnee Mission East High School (KS)

DT - Bryce English, 5'11, 330, DeSoto High School (TX), stats from 2013 season*

K - Nicholas McLellan, 6'2, 170, Dowling Catholic High School (IA)

 

Louisiana Tech University

LB - Collin Scott, 6'0, 200, Manvel High School (TX)

 

University of Louisville

WR - Jaylen Smith, 6'1, 200, Pascagoula High School (MS)

 

Louisiana State University

TE - Bry'Kiethon Mouton,  6'2, 230, Acadiana High School (LA)

 

University of Maryland

OL - Will McClain, 6'5, 295, Middletown High School (MD)

 

University of Memphis

OL - Keenen Davis, 6'4, 295, Horn Lake High School (MS)

OL - Drew Kyser, 6'4, 300, Opelika High School (AL)

DT - Jared Gentry, 6'2, 320, Opelika High School (AL)

DB - Kameron Prewitt, 5'11, 171, Clay-Chalkville High School (AL)

 

University of Miami

WR - Terrell Chatman, 6'4, 185, Central (Baton Rouge) High School (LA)

DB - Michael Jackson, 6'1, 192, Spain Park High School (AL)

 

Miami University

OL - Sam McCollum, 6'3, 270, Dublin Coffman High School (OH)

DT - Jack Schroer, 6'5, 245, New Albany High School (OH)

 

University of Michigan

RB - Caleb Richard, 5'11, 190, H H Dow High School (MI)

DE - Tyrone Wheatley Jr., 6'6, 260, Canisius High School (NY)

DB - Tyree Kinnel,  6'0, 205, Wayne High School (OH), stats from 2013 season*

 

Michigan State University

QB - Brian Lewerke, 6'2, 194, Pinnacle High School (AZ), stats from 2013 season*

WR - Felton Davis, 6'4, 170, Highland Springs High School (VA)

DE - Justice Alexander, 6'4, 230, Nordonia High School (OH)

DE - Mufi Hunt, 6'6, 215, Taylorsville High School (UT)

 

Middle Tennessee State University

ATH - Terrelle West, 5'9, 185, Clay-Chalkville High School (AL)

 

University of Minnesota

RB - James Johannesson, 6'1, 215, Fargo South High School (ND)

OL - Nick Connelly, 6'7, 277, Red Wing High School (MN)

LB - Colton Beebe, 6'2, 250, Piper High School (KS)

LB - Jaylen Waters, 6'1, 230, Copperas Cove High School (TX)

ATH - KiAnte Hardin, 5'10, 185, Webb City High School (MO)

 

University of Mississippi

OL - Alex Givens, 6'6, 275, Nashville Christian School (TN)

 

Mississippi State University

DE - Kendall Jones, 6'4, 250, Clay-Chalkville High School (AL)

DE - Keith Joseph Jr.,  6'3, 220, Pascagoula High School (MS)

DB - Maurice Smitherman, 5'9, 175, Minor High School (AL), stats from 2013 season*

ATH - Cam Myers, 6'2, 185, Oak Grove High School (MS)

 

University of Missouri

QB - Drew Lock, 6'3, 205, Lee's Summit High School (MO)

RB - Marquise Doherty, 6'0, 195, Winnetonka High School (MO)

RB - Ryan Williams, 5'10, 180, Lee's Summit West High School (MO)

OL - AJ Harris, 6'2, 300, Blue Valley High School (KS)

OL - Tanner Owen, 6'6, 265, Keaney High School (MO)

K - Corey Fatony, 5'11, 185, Franklin High School (TN)

 

Northern Illinois University

DE - Quintin Wynne, 6'2, 210, Christian Brothers College Prep (MO)

DE - Max Morris, 6'2, 235, Dowling Catholic High School (IA)

RB - D.J. Brown, 5'9, 180, North Little Rock High School (AR)

 

United States Naval Academy

K - Bennett Moehring, 5'9, 192, Bentonville High School (AR)

ATH - Dom Childress, 6'0, 185, Independence High School (TN)

 

North Carolina State University

OL - Philip Walton, 6'7, 260, Charlotte Christian School (NC)

 

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

WR - Nekyle Lundie, 6'2, 210, Stephenson High School (GA)

DT - Carlos Davis, 6'3, 270, Blue Springs High School (MO)

DT - Khalil Davis, 6'3, 270, Blue Springs High School (MO) 

 

New Mexico State University

ATH - Izaiah Lottie,  6'0, 185, Cherokee Trail High School (CO)

 

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

QB - Anthony Ratliff, 6'2, 195, Butler High School (NC) 

ATH - Charlie Heck, 6'7, 250, Rockhurst High School (MO)

 

University of North Texas

OL - Creighton Barr, 6'3, 250, Marcus High School (TX)

OL - Chett Munden, 6'6, 305, Marshall High School (TX)

 

University of Notre Dame

LB - Asmar Bilal, 6'3, 195, Ben Davis High School (IN)

 

Ohio University

WR - Alex Alders, 6'2, 205, Nordonia High School (OH)

TE - Keith Kay, 6'3, 215, Bishop Hartley High School (OH)

LB - London Cloud, 5'11, 230, Bedford High School (OH)

LB - Najee Stevens-McKenzie, 6'4, 205, Bedford High School (OH)

 

Ohio State University

WR - K.J. Hill, 6'1, 194, North Little Rock High School (AR)

OL - Matthew Burrell Jr., 6'4, 300, C D Hylton High School (VA)

LS - Liam McCullough, 6'1, 300, Worthington Kilbourne High School (OH)

DE - Dre'Mont Jones, 6'4, 265, St. Ignatius High School (OH)

LB - Nick Conner, 6'2, 225, Dublin Scioto High School (OH)

DB - Denzel Ward, 5'11, 170, Nordonia High School (OH)

 

University of Oklahoma

WR - Dahu Green, 6'4, 190, Westmoore High School (OK)

DT - Marquise Overton, 6'1, 300, Jenks High School (OK)

 

Oklahoma State University

LB - Kevin Henry, 6'2, 205, Central (Baton Rouge) High School (LA)

ATH - Louis Brown, 6'6, 205, Burton High School (TX)

 

University of Oregon

WR - Alex Ofodile, 6'1, 200, Rock Bridge High School (MO)

 

Penn State University

DE - Robert Windsor, 6'5, 260, Fond Du Lac High School (WI)

 

University of Pittsburgh

RB - Darrin Hall, 5'11, 195, Austintown Fitch High School (OH), stats from 2013 season*

 

Purdue University

RB - Markell Jones, 5'9, 205, Columbus East High School (IN) 

LB - Markus Bailey, 6'1, 205, Hilliard Davidson High School (OH)

 

Rice University

DB - Brandon Douglas, 6'0, 175, Hutto High School (TX)

OL - Crockett Mokry, 6'4, 310, Pleasanton High School (TX)

 

University of South Carolina

WR - Dexter Neal, 6'2, 200, Stephenson High School (GA)

DE - Quandeski Whitlow, 6'4, 230, Opelika High School (AL)

 

San Diego State University

RB - Jatory Sparks-Brown, 5'11, 200, DeSoto High School (TX), stats from 2013 season*

 

San Jose State University

WR - Kanya Bell, 6'0, 160 , Long Beach Polytechnic High School (CA)

LB - Frank Ginda, 6'0, 230, Pacheco High School (CA)

 

Southern Methodist University

WR - James Proche, 5'11, 185, DeSoto High School (TX)

WR - Kevin Thomas, 6'2, 180, DeSoto High School (TX) stats from 2013 season*

WR - D'erren Wilson, 6'3, 190, Greenville High School (TX)

TE - Hunter Thedford,  6'7, 225, Comanche High School (TX)

 

University of Southern Mississippi

OL - Tyler Pollard, 6'6, 310, Oak Grove High School (MS)

DT - Jauan Collins, 5'11, 295, Pascagoula High School (MS)

DT - Ladarius Harris, 6'1, 260, Clay-Chalkville High School (AL)

LB - Isaiah Spencer, 6'0, 205, Oak Grove High School (MS)

 

Stanford University

OL - Brian Chaffin, 6'2, 285, Charlotte Christian School (NC)

OL - Jack Dreyer, 6'8, 285, Serra (San Mateo) High School (CA)

 

Texas Christian University

LB - Mike Freeze, 6'3, 215, Graham High School (TX)

 

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

QB - Quinten Dormady, 6'4, 210, Boerne High School (TX)

DE - Andrew Butcher, 6'2, 250, Alpharetta High School (GA) 

LB - Darrin Kirkland Jr., 6'2, 235, Lawrence Central High School (IN), stats from 2013 season*

 

University of Texas at Austin

QB - Matthew Merrick, 6'2, 180, Cistercian Prep School (TX)

 

Texas A&M University

OL - Keaton Sutherland, 6'6, 280, Marcus High School (TX)

 

Texas State University

DE - Dustin McWhorter, 6'4, 240, Graham High School (TX)

 

Texas Tech University

DE - Coleman Dennis, 6'1, 240, Frenship High School (TX), walk-on*

 

University of Toledo

QB - Mitch Guadagni, 6'2, 190, Hudson High School (OH)

WR - Reid Robinson, 6'3, 190, Hudson High School (OH)

TE - Nick Potts, 6'6, 210, Hilliard Davidson High School (OH)

OL - Cameron Bell, 6'8, 370, Nordonia High School (OH)

 

Troy University

ATH - Anthony Smiley, 6'4, 200, Spain Park High School (AL)

 

Tulane University

ATH - Malik Eugene, 5'10, 165, Acadiana High School (LA)

 

University of Tulsa

DB - Reggie Robinson, 6'1, 185, Cleburne High School (TX)

 

University of California, Los Angeles

DB - William Lockett, 5'11, 185, Manvel High School (TX)

DB - Colin Samuel, 6'2, 180, Long Beach Polytechnic High School (CA)

 

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

QB - Christopher Weaver, 5'11, 200, Saraland High School (AL)

WR - Gary Haynes, 5'9, 160, Manvel High School (TX)

 

University of Louisiana at Monroe

OL - Austin Blair, 6'3, 275, North Little Rock High School (AR)

 

University of Southern California

LB - Cameron Smith, 6'2, 240, Granite Bay High School (CA)

CB - Iman Marshall, 6'1, 195, Long Beach Polytechnic High School (CA)

 

University of Texas at San Antonio

QB - Manny Harris, 6'0, 225, Copperas Cove High School (TX)

 

University of Utah

LB - Dareus Brown, 6'1, 215, Stephenson High School (GA)

ATH - Chad Hekking, 6'4, 220, Vacaville High School (CA)

 

Vanderbilt University

RB - Dare Odeyingbo, 6'2, 240, Cistercian Prep School (TX)

TE - Kyle Anderton, 6'4, 255, Station Camp High School (TN)

OL - Ean Pfeifer, 6'4, 290, Bentonville High School (AR)

 

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

RB - Coleman Fox, 5'11, 185, Salem High School (VA)

OL - Zachariah Hoyt, 6'5, 275, Salem High School (VA)

 

University of Washington

OL - Jared Hilbers, 6'6, 270, Beaverton High School (OR)

 

West Virginia University

OL - Rob Dowdy, 6'5, 295, Westerville South High School (OH)

 

Western Kentucky University

DE - Nick Coffey, 6'5, 235, Russell County High School (KY)

 

Western Michigan University

WR - Sean Bunting, 5'11, 160, Chippewa Valley High School (MI)

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

LB - Chris Orr, 6'0, 207, DeSoto High School (TX), stats from 2013 season*

OL - Ian Dretzka, 6'6, 285, Kettle Moraine Public School (WI) walk-on*

 

University of Wyoming

ATH - Skylor Clinton, 6'3, 220, Prescott High School (AZ)

 

*All stats reported are by a member or members of the coaching staff at each specific high school. Any inquiries, email Cameron Mellor

 

Maroons successfully defend their title, win school's 5th Championship

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
January 30, 2015

 

All season long in 2014, the Dowling Catholic looked like a team on a mission. With one goal in mind, that mission was completed when the Maroons defeated Washington, 49-14 and hoisted the Iowa 4A State Championship trophy for the second consecutive year, and fifth time overall.

 

Senior quarterback, Iowa commit and undisputed Dowling leader Ryan Boyle led the charge in 2014 as he led the Maroons to the single greatest season in Iowa 4A history. The 697 points put on the board for Dowling last fall set the highest mark for points in a season in Iowa history.

 

On the other side of the ball, Dowling’s defense did more than its share while special teams also helped to set the Dowling offense in prime position all season long.

 

All three units were so good for the Maroons in 2014 that 11 of Dowling’s 13 victories, at one point or another, saw the 35-point, running-clock mercy rule take effect.

 

Boyle finishes his career at Dowling as one of the more decorated quarterbacks in Iowa history as well, throwing for nearly 8,000 yards (7,887) and nearly 100 touchdowns (97). His 2014 numbers nearly equaled his numbers from his junior season, throwing for 1,924 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing for 1,082 yards and another 18 scores.

 

His senior year followed up an incredible 2013 season in which he threw for 1,751 and 18 touchdowns while he ran for 1,138 yards and 22 touchdowns. He finished his career with back-to-back State Championships. 

 

 

 

He was named as the 2014 Gatorade Iowa Football Player of the Year to boot. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback is committed to the University of Iowa and was rated on nearly every list as one of the top players across the entire state.

 

The 2014 season for Boyle and the Maroons may not have had as much success, had it not had a minor setback in September.

 

On September 19, 2014, Dowling traveled to rival Valley High School for a rematch of 2013’s state semifinals matchup. The Maroons found themselves trailing at halftime however, 24-7, as a Boyle pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown for the Tigers that stole any momentum at the break.

 

Despite Boyle’s best comeback efforts, Dowling found themselves on the losing end of a game for the first time since November of 2012, dropping the game to Valley, 24-21.

 

After the loss, head coach Tom Wilson rallied his troops and used the defeat at the hands of their rival as a wake-up call, a time to reflect and ideally, win-out.

 

Dowling did just that, ripping off 10 straight victories, and doing so in impressive fashion.

 

The Maroons tore in to Lewis Central a week after the loss to Valley, defeating the Titans, 51-10. They defeated Sioux City East by the same 51-10 margin a week later. Continuing the tear, Dowling finished the regular season with big wins over Johnston (50-13), Roosevelt (70-21) and Des Moines North (77-7).

 

Entering the postseason at 8-1 gave the Maroons the fourth ranked seed in the 4A Playoffs. They simply continued their impressive play, defeating Indianola, 62-21 to start the playoffs.

 

Dowling advanced to the state quarterfinals after defeating Ames, 59-24 and then advanced to the state semifinals by cruising past Ankeny, 48-14.

 

In their slimmest margin of victories in 2014, the Maroons jumped out to a 24-0 lead over Waukee before the Warriors would close the gap to 24-14. However, that would be the closest Waukee would get, as Boyle led two quick scoring drives before halftime, increasing the lead to 34-14 at the break.

 

Dowling would defeat the Warriors, 41-28 to advance to the state championship.

 

Undefeated Cedar Rapids Washington would await the Maroons in the 2014 Iowa 4A State Championship game. The Warriors, winners of every game in 2014 by double-digits, would prove to be no match for Dowling in the season’s biggest game.

 

Boyle would lead two scoring drives early in the first quarter to jump out to a quick 14-0 lead. Despite allowing a Washington touchdown before the second quarter, Boyle would lead two more scoring drives and give the Maroons a 28-7 advantage at halftime.

 

The onslaught wouldn’t stop there however as all three units, offense, defense and special teams would fire on all cylinders for the Maroons in the second half. Gray Gochenour would score just 1:59 in to the third quarter and Max Kasap would punch in a 22-yard touchdown with 7:11 left in the third, starting the mandated mercy rule’s running clock.

 

Gochenour would score again in the early stages of the fourth quarter to push the lead to 49-7, and all but ensure a continued running clock to the end.

 

The Dowling defense allowed just six yards through the air against the Warriors, a season-best.

 

The Maroons moved the ball with ease against Washington, partly because of Boyle’s control, but also because they started six of their 10 drives in Warrior territory.

 

Dowling, in the end, defeated Washington 49-14 behind four touchdowns accounted for. He carried the ball 19 times for 144 yards and three scores on the ground. Gochenour finished the game with 50 yards rushing and two touchdowns while Kasap finished with 42 yards and his score.

 

 

 

The Maroons repeated as champions and will surely go down in Iowa football history as one of the more prolific teams in the state’s prestigious prep school football history. Dowling is now 27-1 the past two seasons under the helm of Coach Wilson. 

 

 

 

Graduating a player like Boyle, who will continue his playing career with the Iowa Hawkeyes, will be a tough task for Coach Wilson and his staff, however, the winners of five State Championships since 2000 should be up for the challenge. 

 

 Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Ryan Boyle (1088 yards)

Passing: Ryan Boyle (1924 yards)

Receiving: Eric Fardel (811 yards)

All-Purpose: Ryan Boyle (1088 yards)

Touchdowns: Ryan Boyle (18)

Rush attempts: Ryan Boyle (166 carries)

Receptions: Eric Fardel (49 catches)

 

Defensive stat leaders

Interceptions: Dante Campero (8)

Interception TD: Dante Campero (2)

Fumbles forced: Cole Deskin (2)

 

Team statistics

Total scoring: 697 points

Opponent scoring: 208

Total offense: 6090 yards

Total rushing yards: 4102 yards

Total passing yards: 1988 yards

Opponent offense: 3002 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 1491 yards

Opponent passing yards: 1511 yards

Third down conversions: 43.4% (62/143)

Opponent third down conversions: 32.8% (61/186)

Turnover Differential: +21 (17 INT, 14 FR)

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Dowling, 2014 Class 4A Iowa State Champions

Red Devils win first title since 2004 behind stellar defense

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
January 15, 2015

 

They say ‘defense win championships.’

 

That adage is tried and true with plenty of examples from this season to many years ago and across all levels of sport. From the Seattle Seahawks' ‘Legion of Boom’ to the Pittsburgh Steelers' ‘Steel Curtain’ defenses from the 70’s, a good defense is a great place to start when looking for examples of great football teams.

 

Allow me to add another example.

 

Take Hawkinsville High School in 2014. The Red Devils not only played great defense en route to the GHSA Class A State Championship, they stymied opponents on multiple occasions throughout the 2014 season.

 

The Red Devils great defense started out their campaign last year with a bang, defeating Bleckley County, 41-7. The Royals lone score came on the opening kickoff of the game when Tae Holiday scampered up the field for 89 yards for a touchdown.

 

Holiday’s 89 yards on the opening kickoff would be more than the entire Bleckley County offense could muster through the rest of the game. Hawkinsville limited the Royals to just 84 total yards of offense and just six first downs on 36 plays. Bleckley County was limited to just 12.5% on third down conversions, finishing the game 1-of-8 on third down.

 

The Red Devils also forced three turnovers against the Royals to open the season.

 

Following up their impressive defensive performance from week one, was a 28-0 shutout victory over Wilcox County. The Patriots finished the game with just 83 total yards of offense and surrendered five turnovers to the Red Devils.

 

Week three brought in a new opponent, but essentially the same result. Hawkinsville blanked Taylor County, 21-0, behind another great defensive performance. The Red Devils limited the Vikings to just 87 total offensive yards on 45 plays while their offense racked up the yards on the ground totaling 311 rushing yards.

 

The list of impressive defense continued limiting Brookstone to just 69 yards, Central (Talbotton) to just 66 yards and Greenville to just 51 yards

 

Hawkinsville’s defense limited each of their first six opponents to under 100 total yards of offense to kick off the 2014 season, outgaining them by a combined margin of 1674-446 yards.

 

After finishing the regular season at 9-1, the Red Devils advanced to the GHSA Class A Playoffs riding their defense and the play of their quarterback Dakota Sloan. Also pacing Hawkinsville was the stacked rushing attack that included Reginald McDonald, Hilliard Wright, Phillip Thompson, Malik Holliman, Warren Singletary and Tyrone Wright.

 

All of the aforementioned rushers, including Sloan at quarterback, notched two or more rushing touchdowns, 200 or more rushing yards and 38 or more rushing attempts in 2014.

 

McDonald led all rushers with 665 yards while Sloan and Singletary finished the year tied for the most rushing touchdowns for the Red Devils at 10.

 

In their opening round game against Jenkins County, despite finding themselves up 12-0 at halftime, Hawkinsville relinquished the lead early in the fourth quarter after two unanswered Eagles touchdowns pushed the score to 14-12. However, Singletary would cap quick nine-play drive with a 3-yard touchdown in the final quarter.

 

A two-point conversion would increase the lead to 20-14 before Thompson would intercept Jenkins County quarterback Travis Bonner’s pass with 2:13 left. Despite utilizing their timeouts and forcing the Red Devils to give the ball back, the Eagles could not muster enough to score again on the Hawkinsville defense, allowing HHS to advance to round two.

 

Hawkinsville’s second round matchup against Charlton County was just as exciting as their first round game, if not more. The Red Devils took an early 6-0 lead after Wright scored from one-yard out. Tyler Brown’s extra point attempt, however, was blocked, giving Hawkinsville only six on the possession.

 

Despite being shut out for 47 minutes, the Indians finally hit the scoreboard with just 0:26 seconds remaining as quarterback Jimmy Nettles hit Scott Birchall for a 24-yard touchdown. Charlton County was an extra point away from shocking the hosting Red Devils but Thomas Johnson pushed his extra point attempt wide however, breathing life back into the Hawkinsville faithful.

 

The teams would head to overtime tied at six points apiece.

 

After 48 minutes of play, overtime would finish in just two plays. Sloan hit Royce Owen for a 15-yard touchdown to start the extra period and give Hawkinsville a 12-6 lead. On their very first play of overtime, Charlton County running back Andrew Lee would be hit by Devin Adams, fumbling away the ball and the game for the Indians.

 

Hawkinsville advanced in dramatic fashion, 12-6 into the state semifinals where a rematch of their only loss in 2014 would await.

 

Marion County would be the familiar foe for the Red Devils in the semifinals, however, in the playoffs, the result would differ than their regular season matchup. In their week eight meeting, the Eagles topped Hawkinsville, 13-6. In their playoff meeting, Marion County would not be able to hold off the Red Devils, as HHS would top the Eagles 15-13 to advance to the Class A State Championship game.

 

The two teams fought hard, both exchanging scores in the first three quarters as Marion County led 13-6 leading in to the final frame. The Red Devils defense would make a statement in the fourth quarter, holding Marion County to a three-and-out on their first possession. However, a 31-yard go-ahead field goal attempt from Brown would be blocked and the Eagles would take over with 5:30 left.

 

After another three-and-out by the Red Devils defense, Sloan and McDaniel would march Hawkinsville down the field to the Marion County nine-yard line. It was with 0:13 seconds remaining that Brown would gain redemption for himself and his team, nailing a 26-yard field goal attempts that gave his team the victory, 15-13.

 

In the State Championship game against Irwin County, the Red Devils defense, much like how they started the season, would prove crucial once again. Limiting the Indians to just 179 total yards of offense and forcing three second half fumbles, Hawkinsville would score all they needed – two Singletary touchdown runs and a safety – to win the game, 15-6.

 

The State Championship would be the first for head coach David Daniell, the school’s first since winning back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004 and sixth championship overall.

 

champions!!!🏆🏆🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/khDRdu8Oty

— Warren singletary (@ballerboy2425) December 14, 2014

 

On defense, the Red Devils were paced by Kesun Wright who led the team with 66.5 total tackles and Adams who led the way with 27.5 tackles for loss. Cal George recorded seven interceptions while Hawkinsville’s defense turned in a +15 turnover margin in 2014.

 

The Red Devils will have to find a way to reload in 2015 as they will be losing Sloan, McDaniel, Thompson, Wright, Holliman and Singletary from their offensive backfield.

 

One thing is for sure though, one of the better ways to reload and bolster the confidence with a young offense – have a great defense. That is something that Red Devils will have for sure.

 

Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Reginald McDonald (665 yards)

Passing: Dakota Sloan (674 yards)

Receiving: Cal George (199 yards)

All-Purpose: Reginald McDonald (748 yards)

Touchdowns: Dakota Sloan (11)

Rush attempts: Reginald McDonald (137 carries)

Receptions: Cal George (19 catches)

 

Defensive stat leaders

Total Tackles: Keshun Wright (66.5)

Tackles for loss: Devin Adams (27.5)

Sacks: Royce Owen (7)

Interceptions: Cal George (7)

Fumbles recovered: Dakota Sloan (5)

 

Team statistics

Total scoring: 326 points

Opponent scoring: 102

Total offense: 3477 yards

Total rushing yards: 2796 yards

Total passing yards: 681 yards

Opponent offense: 1816 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 967 yards

Opponent passing yards: 849 yards

Third down conversions: 32.3% (54/167)

Opponent third down conversions: 23.6% (38/161)

Turnover Differential: +15 (19 INT, 16 FR)

 

Published on 01/15/2015 at 06:30PM under . Tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Hawkinsville, 2014 Class A Georgia State Champions

Resilient season leads Flyers to second Championship in three years

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
January 7, 2015

 

 

As the old saying goes – ‘revenge is a dish best served cold.’

 

The Dixie High School Flyers certainly served up their best revenge dishes and more in 2014, en route to their second 3AA State Championship in the last three years.

 

The Flyers rallied off eight straight victories to end the year, two of them in the playoffs, against a team whom they had lost to earlier in the season.

 

To get there, let's start at the top.

 

The Flyers entered the 2014 season on the heels of an impressive campaign a season prior that saw Dixie enter the 3AA semifinals. Behind senior quarterback Ammon Takau, the Flyers began this past fall primed to head back, not only in to the playoffs, but possibly even regaining the 3AA Title they had won in 2012.

 

The beginning of the 2014 season however, would begin in surprising fashion. A 37-30 loss to Springville on a late 4th quarter TD sparked a 0-1 start for the Flyers.

 

Dixie needed double overtime and a great defensive stop to defeat Lehi in week two, 49-48. After scoring in the bottom half of the second overtime, the Pioneers went for a two-point conversion to win the game, but rather were stopped by Dixie, giving the Flyers a one-point victory.

 

After a loss to the bigger, higher classified, 5A Riverton Silverwolves, 62-28, the Flyers did get back to their winning ways against Canyon View. A 55-30 defeat of the Falcons pushed Dixie’s record back to an even 2-2.

 

However, the back-and-forth of wins and losses would stop right there.

 

Dixie would allow 42 points to BYU commit, quarterback Kody Wilstead and the Pine View Panthers. Despite scoring 36 of their own, the Flyers feel by eight points when the defense couldn’t get Wilstead and the Panthers off the field for the final 4:10 of the game.

 

In their next game, against Hurricane, and even though Dixie led 7-0 at one point, the Tigers would rattle off 34 unanswered points to end the first half and put the game out of reach. Dixie dropped their matchup with Hurricane, 34-14.

 

Sitting at 2-4 and nearly on the outside looking in at a playoff spot, the Flyers – behind Takau and their defense – stormed through the remaining regular season games, outscoring their five opponents by a margin of 214-62.

 

After a 1-point victory over Desert Hills, 17-16, Dixie notched four consecutive 32 or more point victories. A 56-14 defeat of Payson, a 42-10 victory over Cedar City, a first half onslaught against Snow Canyon, 44-14 and finally a 55-8 offensive display against Uintah.

 

Enter the playoffs for Dixie, after five consecutive wins, who sat at 7-4. They would draw a first round matchup against Stansbury High School who entered play at 9-1 and on a similar tear. The Stallions would start fast and score often, notching the first 14 points of the game.

 

Despite Dixie tying the game at 14 points apiece, Stansbury would continue to fire on offense and defense, scoring 28 straight points in the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

 

With just over a 16 minutes left in the game, the Stallions led 42-14 and were almost checking their phones to see who they would play next. Dixie had other plans however.

 

Takau would hit Jaden Harrison for 32 yards on the last play of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 21 points. After a quick three and out to start the fourth quarter, Takau would hit Bret Barben for another TD and closed the gap to 42-28.

 

Two more three and outs for the Stansbury offense would make way for two Trenton Miller touchdowns and a tie ball game at 42 with just over seven minutes left to play.

 

The Stansbury offense would sputter again on their next possession, gaining their only first down by means of a Dixie penalty and forced to punt back to the red-hot Flyer offense. It would be three plays later that Miller would score his third rushing touchdown of the quarter and the final points of a 28-point fourth quarter comeback effort to give Dixie a 49-42 lead.

 

Their defense would hold the Stallion offense yet again and the miraculous comeback was complete.

 

Up next for the Flyers would be rematch number one, against Pine View. The same Panthers team that defeated Dixie just six weeks prior would fall short as the Flyers avenged their previous defeat. This game would be similar to the first, with four ties during the game, however the Dixie defense would shut down Wilstead and the Panthers in the fourth quarter.

 

Dixie would hold PVHS to just 78 yards in the final quarter and intercept Wilstead before hitting a field goal that secured the 38-28 victory.

 

The Championship game loomed, as did another familiar foe. Hurricane having an up and down year themselves, entered the playoffs losers of three of their final four regular season games. After a close 17-14 win over Desert Hills in the semifinals, the Tigers would prove no match for the Flyers, falling 27-19 in the grudge match against Dixie.

 

The Flyers jumped out to a 14-6 halftime lead and didn’t look back. Despite a 13-point fourth quarter, Dixie held the Tigers at bay just enough to secure their second consecutive retaliation against a team who defeated them in the regular season as well as their second state championship in three years.

 

Following their State Championship victory, the Flyers were greeted with an impromptu celebration at their home stadium. Head coach Blaine Monkres addressed the fans and his team by crediting the determination and resilience his team showed in 2014.

 

Takau was selected as the 3AA MVP for the 2014 while Barben, offensive lineman Jaxon Davis, defensive lineman Jeff Martinez, defensive back Jaden Harrison and kicker McLane Keenan were selected to the 3A All-State First Team.

 

Miller and RJ Wilgar were selected as 3A Second Team All-State while offensive lineman Blake Patterson was named Honorable Mention.

 

As their coach put it, the Flyers were a resilient bunch in 2014 and their hard work and dedication paid off with an impressive 28-point comeback, two avenging victories in the playoffs and the ultimate goal – the 3AA State Championship.

 

Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Trenton Miller (1457 yards)

Passing: Ammon Takau (2418 yards)

Receiving: Bret Barben (835 yards)

All-Purpose: Trenton Miller (2214 yards)

Touchdowns: Trenton Miller (22)

Rush attempts: Trenton Miller (166 carries)

Receptions: Bret Barben (55 catches)

 

Defensive stat leaders

Total tackles: Jeff Martinez (86.5)

Tackles for loss: Jeff Martinez (15.5)

Sacks: Jeff Martinez (6.5)

Interceptions: RJ Wilgar (4)

Pass break-ups: Jaden Harrison (15)

 

Team statistics

Total scoring: 540 points

Total offense: 5767 yards

Total rushing yards: 3045 yards

Total passing yards: 2722 yards

Third down conversions: 32.2% (47/146)

Turnover Differential: +14 (15 INT, 14 FR)

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Dixie, 2014 Class 3AA Utah State Champions

Tigers defend their State Championship amid a wild ride in 2014

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
January 5, 2015

 

 

 

We focus on Bentonville High School.

 

The date is December 6, 2014, say around 2:30-ish.

 

The location is War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

The opponent is Fayetteville High School.

 

The defending 7A State Champion Tigers, trailing 21-17, face a 3rd down and 1 from the challenger’s 6-yard line with 0:33 seconds remaining in a tumultuous 2014 season’s culminating game.

 

The Tigers need not only to convert a 3rd down into a 1st down, they need a touchdown.

 

Short of hesitation, head coach Barry Lunney turns senior running back Dylan Smith loose.

 

With the season on the line, quarterback Kasey Ford takes the third down snap, turns and hands the ball off to Smith, who takes the ball to the right side of the line. Searching for room, Smith’s first choice is closed quickly by a Fayetteville defender.

 

Riding his momentum however, Smith churns the run outside the tackle box only to have that blocked off by the cornerback.

 

A quick head fake even further outside allows Smith just enough room to cut back up field, take on two Bulldog defenders head-first, before he is able to power his way to the goal and eventually extend the ball past the goal line for the go-ahead touchdown.

 

Smith’s touchdown put the defending State Champions up by a score of 24-21, a score that would hold true when senior wide receiver/cornerback Cody Scroggins would intercept a Fayetteville pass with 0:05 seconds remaining. Ford’s kneel down ran the remaining ticks off the clock and Bentonville celebrated their second consecutive State Championship, and their fifth in school history. Scroggins finished the game with two receiving touchdowns and two interceptions.

 

“I could not have written a better script of a game that could have been any better,” Lunney said following the game. “The resolve, the finish goes beyond that field. You have learned some unbelievable lessons about life and never giving in, that you will carry with you the rest of your life.”

 

STATE CHAMPIONS!! Tigers defeat the Purple Dogs 24-21. GO TIGERS!#Back2Back pic.twitter.com/spcEjHbYdL

— Bentonville Football (@BENTONVILLEFB) December 6, 2014

 

 

Their State Championship victory in 2014 may have come to a shock to some, or just seem to be old-hat to those close to the program. After taking on arguably one of the tougher schedules in the country to start the season, Bentonville righted their ship when it mattered most, rattling off nine consecutive wins to end the season, as their coach would say, by never giving in.

 

The Tigers opened their season against three top teams from three different states. In their first game, they hosted the eventual Missouri Class 6 Runner-Up Rockhurst High School. Led by quarterback and former NFLer Trent Green’s son – T.J. Green – the Hawklets defeated Bentonville, 17-16, only after a two-point conversion was unsuccessful by the Tigers with 0:39 seconds remaining.

 

In their next game, Bentonville traveled to Broken Arrow High School in Oklahoma, home to one of the top teams in Oklahoma’s Class 6A-I. The Tigers never were able to get things rolling, dropping the game to the BAHS, 34-0.

 

Game three of the season BHS hosted arguably one of the top prep teams across the entire country in New Jersey’s Bergen Catholic. The Crusaders knocked off the Tigers, 21-10, after neither team could muster much offense in the second half.

 

After dropping three in a row, Bentonville would finally have a game against an opponent within their state confines. Southside High School however would spoil the ‘homecoming’ of sorts for the Tigers, capitalizing on two Bentonville interceptions to win 10-7 despite only 170 yards of offense.

 

The losing would stop there as coach Lunney would get his team back on track. A 29-26 victory over Northside marked their first W on the schedule and they would rattle off two straight road victories over Har-Ber (45-13) and Springdale (38-7) in which their offenses would highlight the show.

 

TIGERS WIN! Bentonville: 29 Northside: 26 final. Thank you all for coming out to make tonight a great night for Tiger Nation! Go Tigers!!

— Bentonville Football (@BENTONVILLEFB) October 4, 2014

 

Rivalry week loomed for Bentonville, sitting at 3-3 at the time, as Rogers would head to town on October 24. In one of their more impressive performances of the season, the Tigers held the Mounties off the scoreboard while notching a season-high 49 points and 401 yards of total offense, defating Rogers 49-0. Another victory followed, as Bentonville defeated Rogers Heritage behind another offensive showcase, 42-10.

 

The regular season finale would ultimately become a familiar foe as the Tigers hosted Fayetteville, unbeknownst to all that they would ultimately meet again, for the season’s biggest prize. The Bulldogs would muster only two points by way of a blocked punt, while Bentonville seemingly couldn’t be stopped on both sides of the ball, gaining 360 yards of offense and holding Fayetteville to just 149 themselves. The Tigers knocked off the Bulldogs 45-2.

 

After being granted a bye week to open the playoffs, a second round victory over Bryant (17-7) ensued and would set up arguably one of the most anticipated matchups of the 2014 season across the entire country when Bentonville were scheduled to take on North Little Rock High School.

 

Two perennial powerhouses in Arkansas and two of the most recognizable teams across the U.S. would square off with the victor advancing to the Championship.

 

Bentonville’s defense stymied the Charging Wildcats potent offense, holding them when it was most important, on fourth down and nearing the goal line. Despite allowing 404 total yards of offense to NLR, the Tigers defeated North Little Rock 42-10. The 10 points scored by NLR would be their lowest of the season.

 

The Championship game would present itself after the Tigers victory over North Little Rock – a rematch against Fayetteville. A back-and-forth game would ensue as each team would have turns with momentum. The Tigers took a 17-7 lead before squandering that with 17 unanswered points by the Bulldogs. The ultimate game-winning TD by Smith would be after a 12-play drive that spanned 60 yards in the final quarter.

 

"I've coached a lot of ball games, I don't think I've coached a game with such significance on it that I saw tonight on our coaching staff, our sidelines and players on the football field that execute and fight their hears out, like this," Lunney said. "When you look at what you accomplished, this is about as special as a guy could want to be a part of, ever."

 

Bentonville was led offensively during their wild ride in 2014 by junior quarterback Kasey Ford who completed 132-of-235 passes for 1640 yards and 17 touchdowns against just six interceptions.

 

Smith carried the ball 214 times for 1222 yards and 13 touchdowns, all team highs. Scroggins recorded 65 receptions for 850 yards and 11 touchdowns, all at least tripling the next closest on the team.

 

As a team, Bentonville saw six players nominated to the 7A All-State team as offensive linemen Mitchell Williams and Ean Pfeifer joined Scroggins on the offensive side. Defensive lineman Hekili Keliiliki, linebacker Harrison Rooney and defensive back Tyrone Mahone were selected from the defensive side of the ball. They also had 10 players selected to the All-Conference team.

 

Bennett Moehring was selected as the 7A’s kicker of the year as well.

 

The Tigers will look to defend back-to-back championships when the 2015 rolls around. Until then, Bentonville can bask in the glory of a season to remember for ages.

 

"The season, the resolve, the finish, goes beyond that field," Lunney said. "It took every one on this team to do what (they) just did.

 

"This is special, special, special to be a part of."

 

Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Dylan Smith (1222 yards)

Passing: Kasey Ford (1640 yards)

Receiving: Cody Scroggins (850 yards)

All-Purpose: Dylan Smith (1407 yards)

Touchdowns: Dylan Smith (14)

Rush attempts: Dylan Smith (214 carries)

Receptions: Cody Scroggins (65 catches)

 

Defensive stat leaders

Sacks: Xavier Domineack (6.0)

Interceptions: Cody Scroggins (6)

Fumbles recovered: Four tied at 2

 

Team statistics

Total scoring: 364 points

Total offense: 4133 yards

Total rushing yards: 2400 yards

Total passing yards: 1733 yards

Third down conversions: 47-of-144 (32.6%)

Turnover Differential: +15 (19 INT, 6 FR)

Published on 01/05/2015 at 08:24PM under . Tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bentonville, 2014 Class 7A Arkansas State Champions

6 big games set to take place on Saturday, December 13

 
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
December 10, 2014
 

The high school football season has seemingly ended in the majority of states across the nation. Missouri was finished two weeks ago, Alaska about a month ago. From both Carolina’s to even New York State and from the Dakota’s to Washington State, the high school season was here and then it was gone.

 

Let us be here to ensure you that your high school football viewing season is not quite over just yet. There are still several other states that are culminating their seasons this weekend with arguably none bigger than Virginia’s VHSL State Football Championships.

 

Across all six divisions of Virginia High School Football – 12 teams – will take part in six games on Saturday, December 13 at either 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm or 4:30 pm, headlined by storied program, two-time defending Champion L.C. Bird against State Championship newcomer, Tuscarora.

 

In the 5A Championship game, the Skyhawks from Lloyd C. Bird High School entered the playoffs on the heels of losing their regular season finale on a last-second Hail Mary pass to Manchester. Bird has won seven of their last eight games and their only other loss this season had come to a Lake Taylor team who will be playing for the 4A Championship on Saturday as well.

 

Tuscarora enters the Championship game as arguably the hottest team in the entire state. They are 14-0 this season and have scored no less than 35 points in all but one game this season. An early season 21-8 victory over Loudon County (in which they played the game without starting quarterback Daniel Smith) was the only game in which they didn’t notch 35 or more.

 

Senior running back and Harvard commit Noah Reimers leads the Huskies from Leesburg, who won the school’s first 5A North Regional title last weekend by defeating Massaponax, 41-21. Reimers, the state’s Gatorade Player of the year, has accumulated 2,911 rushing yards on 333 carries and 45 touchdowns.

 

Congrats to @TuskyFootball on a great win last night. UVA next Saturday!! WE. ARE. STATES. BOUND.🏈🏆🎉🎈 #FortuneStrong #ProudHuskies

— THS Student Council (@TuscaroraSCA) December 6, 2014

 

 

Reimers alone has as many touchdowns (15) in the postseason as the entire Bird offense has combined for in four games.

 

Bird is paced by a dynamic backfield in quarterback Jalen Elliott and running back Stephen Mines. Elliott has thrown for 1,645 yards, completing 94-of-171 pass attempts and 23 touchdowns while Mines has carried the ball 243 times for 1,949 yards and 20 touchdowns this season.

 

The Huskies this season have had their fair share of tumultuous times in a story-book worthy 2014 season.

 

In early July, beloved Tuscarora defensive coordinator Adam Fortune passed away unexpectedly, leaving behind memories, admiration and a special mantra the student-athletes have demonstrated this entire season – “Don’t strive to be good, strive to be great.”

 

The Huskies rallied with around their community, playing this season ‘Fortune Strong’, dedicating their field to their late-defensive coordinator and even placing a rock at the stadium’s entrance, engraved with Fortune’s name.

 

Congrats to @TuskyFootball for a great win tonight. For the players, thank you. You have helped me feel closer to Adam this season.

— Gameday Nation (@GBNMobile) December 6, 2014

 

 

Tuscarora will look to cap off an undefeated 2014 season with a win in their first ever appearance in the State Championship game while L.C. Bird will be playing in their third straight Championship game, looking to repeat as 5A Champions for the third straight season.

 

The other games in no way lack interest as the 1A Championship game features 12-2 Essex High School versus 14-0 Altavista Combined School. Altavista has allowed a mere 17 points in their four playoffs games this season while Essex has averaged 41 points per game in the playoffs. Something will have to give in that game, which kicks off Saturday, December 13 at 12:00 pm.

 

The 2A Championship game pits 14-1 Wilson Memorial against 13-1 Glenvar. Wilson Memorial has shutout seven opponents this season, including a stretch of five straight shutout victories early in the season. Similarly, Glenvar has recorded six shutout victories this season. These two meet Saturday, December 13 at 4:30 pm.

 

Heading to the @VHSL_athletics state championship game next Saturday at Salem Stadium! pic.twitter.com/SZdIvqL5pD

— Glenvar Athletics (@glenvarsports) December 7, 2014

 

 

 

The 3A Championship game features a 14-0 Lafayette team against 13-1 Magna Vista. Each team has prolific offenses who average nearly the same amount of points per game, Lafayette at 45.0 compared to Magna Vista at 44.8 points per contest. Safe to say points will be scored in this game which kicks off at 12:00 pm on Saturday, December 13.

 

Warrior Football headed to state!!!!!!!!! #WarriorPride

— Magna Vista (@MVWarriorPride) December 6, 2014

 

 

The 4A Championship game squares off arguably the team’s top team Lake Taylor against offensive power Salem. Both teams are undefeated, a perfect 28-0 combined while Salem averages nearly 47 points per game and Lake Taylor holds opponents to under nine points per contest. Salem and Lake Taylor play for the 4A Championship, which kicks off at 4:30 pm, Saturday, December 13.

 

Salem will play Lake Taylor (Norfolk) in the 4A State Championship at Liberty University on Sat 12/13 at 4:30 pm. Let's pack the house!

— Salem High School (@SalemSpartans) December 6, 2014

 

 

The 6A Championship game features nationally recognized Ocean Lakes against 12-2 Centreville from Clifton. Ocean Lakes has scored an incredible 722 points this season, while limited opponents to just 145. They have topped 39 points in each contest this season while tipping the point totals over 50 in half of their games. Centreville’s two losses can be deceiving as they lost to the Washington D.C. Class 2 Champion, and nationally ranked Gonzaga, and to cross-town rival Westfield by a mere one point.

 

Final CVille 21 Westfield 17 #WeAreCville #SeeYouInCharlottesville

— Centreville HS (@WeAreCville) December 6, 2014

 

 

The Dolphins will be looking for their first ever championship when they play the Wildcats on Saturday, December 13 at 4:00 pm. 

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VHSL Playoffs set