DS/State Associations partnerships to provide state football scoreboards

By: Cameron Mellor (@cammellor)
August 8, 2014

 

Digital Scout football viewers across the country will now be treated to a unique, one-of-a-kind experience starting this fall. Due to a new partnership with several different state athletics & activities associations, viewers will now be able to stream data in real time from a variety of states, across our nation in one solidified place. 

 

For the first time in Digital Scout's nearly 20 years, users will be able to view data casts of football games on a state scoreboard for Washington D.C., Wyoming, North Dakota, Alabama, Ohio, Tennessee and areas of Texas with many more to come. 

 

This unique treat is due to a partnership between Digital Scout and each individual athletic or activities association.

 

Housed on each athletic or activities association state website, viewers will be able to watch the data stream in from any and all schools who are utilizing Digital Scout to track their stats on Friday nights.

 

Have a program in Texas that you want to check up on? Visit Dave Campbell's TexasFootball.com to check them out. How about your nephew's game in D.C. that you can't make it to? Maybe your alma mater has a committed athlete playing in Ohio on Friday night? With this new platform, viewers can check out scores from all across the nation as they happen.

 

Follow along with the Digital Scout Twitter at @digitalscout for up-to-the-minute news and further information regarding which states are partnering with Digital Scout and which games are happening live on Fridays. Make sure your favorite high school or alma mater has and will use Digital Scout this fall!

 

Olathe South (Kansas) offensive guard signs with Auburn

 

By: Cameron Mellor
February 4, 2014

 

While the majority of high school seniors had decided where they would attend college in the fall, some top notch players had yet to decide, or make their college choice public, before National Signing Day. That all changed Wednesday as Signing Day came and went, signifying the deadline to fax in your letter of intent.

 

On NSD, one of the biggest names on many lists finally made it known where he’ll be, come the fall. That player is offensive guard and highly sought after Olathe South High School senior, Braden Smith.

 

 

Despite not knowing much on his decision, the general consensus on Smith was that he was down to three schools – Auburn, Texas A&M and TCU – with the reigning SEC Champions as the team to beat.

 

That premonition came to be true as the 6-foot-6, 275-pounder faxed in his letter on intent to the Auburn Tigers Wednesday afternoon, pledging his services for his college years. Smith, a two-way player for Olathe South, will turn his focus to offense as he looks to anchor a Tiger offense that nearly ran their way to a National Championship victory last season.

 

Smith had dozens of offers from Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams but did in fact narrow his choices down to A&M, TCU and Auburn before ultimately selecting the Tigers on a national broadcast.

 

"It was a very difficult decision because those are great schools," Smith said. "It was a close race for all three of them but I felt like Auburn was the best fit for me."

 

Smith joins fellow Kansas high school players and HSGameCenter users Henry McGrew (Blue Valley), Jimmie Swain (Olathe North), Austin Chambers (Shawnee Mission West) and Traevohn Wrench (Gardner Edgerton), as players to sign with FBS teams.

 

Be sure to follow along on Facebook or Twitter (@HSGameCenter) for up to the minute news.

Oklahoma's Jenks star safety chooses Oklahoma

 

By: Cameron Mellor
February 4, 2014

 

With less than 24 hours until National Signing Day, HSGameCenter continues to report on the top players in the country who's high schools utilized the HS Game Center product. In this installment, we feature Oklahoma State Champion from Jenks High School, Steven Parker, the Oklahoma All-State Player of the Year.

 

A day before NSD, Parker made it official and committed to the University of Oklahoma.

 

Parker, a two-way player for the Trojans, will most likely play safety at the next level and had scholarship offers from a multitude of top college programs across the country. The 6-foot-2 safety had five interceptions on the year to go along with 41 tackles. Parker also grabbed 33 receptions for 535 yards and nine touchdowns as a wide receiver.

 

In one of his more memorable performances of the season, Parker secured two interceptions while leading the team in tackles during an early season victory over Owasso High School, 45-28.

 

 

He led Jenks to an undefeated 14-0 season en route to a 38-22 trouncing of Union High School in the state championship game.

 

While Oklahoma may have been the favorite to land his commitment, Parker still visited Oklahoma State University as well as three out-of-state programs – Auburn, Arkansas and Texas A&M – before pledging to the Sooners.

 

 

 

Parker joins teammate Dylan Harding as players committed to stay in state from Jenks, as Harding will sign his letter of intent to play for Oklahoma State in 2014.

Crowley's Byron Cooke selected as HSGC Player of the Week

 

By: Cameron Mellor
January 23, 2014

 

The final minutes of any sporting event can be an intense few moments, but the final seconds that lead to an overtime period on the high school hard court is something to behold.

 

That was evident this past Tuesday night in Texas when Crowley High School’s lead man – Byron Cooke – was leaned upon late in the fourth quarter and then again in overtime during a contest against Centennial High School. Cooke led the Eagles in points and assists, but it was two crucial steals in the extra frame that ultimately led to the 69-67 victory over the Spartans.

 

Cooke finished with 18 points, six rebounds, six steals and five assists en route to being named HSGC’s National Player of the Week.

 

“He is a captain and our leader on the floor,” Crowley head coach Alfred Jones said.

 

 

The first four quarters were nothing short of exciting as Centennial jumped out to an early lead in the first. Crowley inched closer in the second as the teams went to halftime with the Spartans leading, 28-25.

 

It was Centennial who looked poised to take the game over after the break as they outscored Crowley in the third giving them an 11-point lead at the end of three. The fourth quarter was all Crowley, as it was Cooke who led the Eagles on a tear, closing the final quarter on a 18-10 run, inching within three points with less than 10 seconds on the clock.

 

With the game on the line, it was Cooke with the ball in his hands.

 

“Byron hit a three-pointer with four seconds left to send the game into overtime,” Jones said. “Byron is our catalyst.”

 

After Byron’s game-tying three, the two teams headed into overtime tied at 60. It was Cooke again to lead for Crowley. He assisted on the first basket of OT by Wyatt Beene then sank a basket of his own, giving the Eagles a quick four-point lead.

 

As overtime progressed, Centennial closed the gap and secured possession down only two points, 69-67, with under a minute to play. Cooke stole the ensuing possession from the Spartans, but his efforts were squandered by a costly turnover at the other end of the court, breathing new life into the Centennial sails.

 

Alas, it was Cooke again to the rescue for Crowley as he again stole possession from the Spartans before running the clock out, locking up the victory.

 

“Byron plays 30 minutes a game, and leads us to victory,” Jones said.

 

 

Cooke and the Crowley Eagles will be back in action Friday night, January 24, 2014 against the Everman Bulldogs. Follow along with the action right here: http://www.hsgamecenter.com/basketball/male/game/2772334

Congratulations to HSGC users across the state of Texas

 

By: Cameron Mellor
January 22, 2014

 

As National Signing Day nears, signifying the culmination of a number of high school careers, we see no better time than the present to reflect on a terrific football season and continue to unveil the first-annual, All-HSGC Award Lists for the 2013 football season.

 

Working now on a state-by-state basis, the same extensive parameters and essential criteria were considered for the coveted list. The All-HSGC Awards signify excellence on the field of key offensive positions and defensive players as a whole.

 

The quintessential component of the list was basic and to-the-point – your team must utilize the HSGameCenter program being delivered by Digital Scout. From there, the grading criterion included, but was not limited to, yards and touchdowns, team winning percentage, percentage of team total offense and much more.

  

After careful deliberation and hours of scouring over statistics from programs across Texas, the list of the first ever All-Texas HSGC Awards are here.

 

All-Texas Player of the Year:

Desmon White, Desoto High School (14-1)

Quarterback No. 12

5640 total yards, 59 total touchdowns

 

All-Texas First Team

Quarterback:

Blake Bogenschutz, Carthage High School (15-1), No. 4

4197 total yards, 59 total touchdowns

 

Running Back:

Jarek Black, Shallowater High School (13-1), No. 35

3061 total yards, 36 total touchdowns

 

Dillon Gonzalez, Graham High School (14-1), No. 10

2571 total yards, 35 total touchdowns

 

Wide Receiver:

Tee Goree, Carthage, No. 5

1799 total yards, 28 total touchdowns

 

Phillip Baptiste, Copperas Cove High School (6-5), No. 1

1835 total yards, 17 total touchdowns

 

All-Texas Second Team

Quarterback:

Ben Davis, Graham, No. 14

4226 total yards, 54 total touchdowns

 

Running Back:

Tevin Pipkin, Carthage, No. 15

2364 total yards, 22 total touchdowns

 

Cedric Battle, Hirschi High School (7-4), No. 3

2012 total yards, 27 total touchdowns

 

Wide Receiver:

Chris Lacy, Desoto, No. 15

1317 total yards, 16 total touchdowns

 

McCade Rice, Regents High School of Austin (9-3), No. 3

1448 total yards, 15 total touchdowns

 

All-Texas Third Team

Quarterback:

Colton Kent, Cisco High School (16-0), No. 7

4076 total yards, 60 total touchdowns

 

Running Back:

Mason Reed, Cisco, No. 10

1909 total yards, 27 total touchdowns

 

Landon Boaz, Valley View High School (4-7), No. 25

2251 total yards, 23 total touchdowns

 

Wide Receiver:

Bryce Reeves, Graham, No. 7

1455 total yards,  14 total touchdowns

 

Pearce Loth, Rockdale High School (9-5), No. 6

1183 total yards, 14 total touchdowns

 

All-Texas Honorable Mention

Quarterback:

Manny Harris, Copperas Cove, No. 10

4351 total yards, 44 total touchdowns

 

Grant Brown, Regents School, No. 15

3802 total yards, 45 total touchdowns

 

Clayton Gibbs, Rockdale, No. 7

3688 total yards, 44 total touchdowns

 

Running Back:

Vincent Johnson, Lubbock Monterey High School (3-8), No. 35

2238 total yards, 23 total touchdowns

 

Caleb Masters, Albany High School (13-1), No. 22

1957 total yards, 24 total touchdowns

 

Elijah Brooks, Rockdale, No. 32

1802 total yards, 23 total touchdowns

 

Joseph Paddock, Goldthwaite High School (8-5), No. 23

2027 total yards, 20 total touchdowns

 

Wide Receiver:

Tyler Taylor, Waco High School (8-4), No. 6

1468 total yards, 20 total touchdowns

 

Beau Blankenship, Gruver High School (10-1), No. 11

1145 total yards, 12 total touchdowns

 

Cole Waterscheid, Muenster High School (12-1), No. 82

983 total yards, 13 total touchdowns

 

 

All-Texas Defensive Player of the Year

Deshawn Harley, Hirschi, No. 15

65 total tackle, 55 solo, 19 tackle for loss, 6 sack, 1 interception

 

All-Texas Defensive Honorable Mention

Elijah Hull, Hirschi, No. 10

100.5 total tackle, 82 solo, 9 tackle for loss, 5 sack

 

Dillon Kirkland, Farwell High School (7-5), No. 8

99 total tackle, 77 solo, 11 tackle for loss, 0.5 sack, 1 interception

 

Dakota Allen, Summer Creek High School (11-1), No. 40

97.5 total tackle, 90 solo, 11 tackle for loss, 2 sack, 2 interception

 

Douglas Canada, Waco, No. 98

43 total tackle, 25 solo, 11.5 tackle for loss, 7.5 sack

 

Kai Rice, Regents School, No. 2

82 total tackle, 60 solo, 19 tackle for loss, 4.5 sack

Teams' Live Stats on HSGC All Season Long 

 

By Dan Fronczak

December 18, 2013

 

This football season, millions of fans logged onto HSGameCenter.com for high school play-by-play statistics. And what they saw was live data streaming in from all across the country from thousands of teams, including 24 who won state football titles and 14 state runner ups. Additionally, 2 are playing for championships this weekend - Booneville and Cisco.

 

Congrats to all of our teams and their fans on a successful 2013 campaign.

 

HSGC State Champs:

 

Acadiana, LA

Avon,         SD

Bentonville,     AR

Bishop Kelly, ID

Blue Springs, MO

Blue Valley,   KS

Buhler,     KS

Canisius,  NY

Charlotte Ch., NC

Dowling Cath., IA

Fargo South, ND

Grand Meadow, MN

Jenks,      OK

Kirtland,   OH

Lee's Summit W., MO

Mahnomen, MN

Maryville,   MO

Middletown,  MD


 

Murphy,  NC

New Canaan, CT

Shelley,              ID

Shiocton,   WI

St. Croix Luth., MN

SVSM,           OH

 

HSGC State Runner Ups:

 

Pine Bluff, AR

Serra, CA

Shawnee Mission East, KS

South Christian, MI

Minneota, MN

Rosemount, MN

Underwood, MN

Aquinas, NE

Westside, NE

West Morris Mendham, NJ

Charlotte Latin, NC

Adamsville Senior, TN

Pine View, UT

Sherando, VA

 

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40 State Finalists Use Digital Scout in 2013

Sophomore QB Kasey Ford leads Tigers to 2013 State Championship victory

 

By: Cameron Mellor

December 17, 2013

 

In the face of adversity and on the biggest of stages, age and experience seemed not to matter this past Friday as a sophomore quarterback led the Bentonville Tigers to a 7A State Championship victory over Cabot. That sophomore quarterback was Kasey Ford who connected on 11-of-18 pass attempts for 265 yards and three touchdowns under the brightest of lights.

 

For his efforts this past Friday night, Ford has been selected as the HSGC National Player of the Week.

 

 

“We’ve grown into a passing game because of a young quarterback (this season),” Bentonville head coach Barry Lunney said. “Our running game has been so good that we have selectively thrown and expanded the offense.”

 

Ford saved his best performance of the season for last as he eclipsed the 200 yards mark through the air for the first time. He also notched a season high in rushing yards and was one touchdown shy of matching his career and season high.

 

While the two teams traded scores in the first 23 minutes, the Tigers found themselves trailing 14-10 after Cabot claimed the lead with 0:54 seconds to go. It was Ford who connected with receiver Jimmie Jackson on a 52-yard completion during the ensuing possession that took Bentonville within field goal range just before half time, stealing momentum at the break. The Tigers kicked a field goal as time expired to go down by just one point, 14-13.

 

 

Despite not taking the lead at the half, the momentum switch was evident during the second half. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Ford led his offense on three consecutive, unanswered scoring drives, two of which culminated with passing touchdowns, one to Jackson and another to receiver Cody Scroggins.

 

Lunney credits Ford’s growth to his preparation and determination off the game field.

 

“I don’t know how to describe it,” Lunney said. “He’s wanting to be a good quarterback – studying film and his practices have been good. He keeps getting better in practice.”

 

Lunney also stated that the adversity Ford faced in the beginning stages of the season may have sped up his quarterback’s growth. In his first start of the season, Ford and the Tigers faced off against perennial Texas powerhouse Euless Trinity. Bentonville lost the game 21-13, but it was Ford who suffered as he tossed more interceptions (3) than he did during all 11 other games combined (2).

 

 

Adversity aside, Ford bounced back from the early season defeat and went on to throw just one interception the rest of the year, all the while rattling off 10 straight victories.

 

“To get his first start against Euless Trinity, it doesn’t get much bigger than that,” Lunney said. “We didn’t put too much on him at the start of the year. We’ve grown.”

 

With 11 starts and 10 victories under his belt now, Ford and the Tigers will start the 2014 season defending their State Title. Ford finishes the season with 1846 yards through the air and 22 touchdowns. He also ran for another four scores.

 

All of this, and maybe another factor as Coach Lunney sees it, may lead fans to believe they’re in for some special seasons with Ford at the helm.

 

“You can see it, he’s got the ‘it’,” Lunney said. “You know, you can’t coach a bunch of that. He’s got the ‘it’.”

 

If Lunney is correct, the rest of the state better watch out for Ford and his ‘it’ factor and the rest of the Tigers in 2014 after the 2013 campaign they had. You can take a look back at Bentonville’s success this season right here:http://www.hsgamecenter.com/arkansas/school/bentonville-tigers

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Ford-led Bentonville crowned State Champs

Cisco Senior Quarterback National Player of the Week

 

By: Cameron Mellor

December 12, 2013

 

The Cisco High School Loboes entered their Regional Final matchup against the Canadian Wildcats this past Sunday afternoon undefeated, and seemingly untested. After a quick score by the Wildcats early in the first quarter, the Loboes turned to their senior quarterback and leader, Colton Kent to guide them.

 

Kent not only guided his team down the field in response, the quarterback orchestrated three consecutive scoring drives and 28 unanswered points for the Loboes before the first half came to a close.

 

 

For his efforts in leading his team to the playoff victory, Kent has been selected as the HSGC National Player of the Week.

 

“Colton has been a great fit for us at quarterback,” Cisco head coach Brent West said. “His natural leadership skills and the ability to make quick changes to our offense are imperative.”

 

Finding themselves down early in the first quarter, the Loboes didn’t panic, but rather let Kent and the offense take their turn on the field. Kent took them down the field in just over two minutes before running back Mason Reed rammed home a 5-yard touchdown, tying the game at seven points apiece.

 

After the Lobo defense forced a Wildcat punt to their own six-yard line, Kent wasted little time again, rushing for 37 yards and then five, before connecting on a 52-yard touchdown throw to receiver Kotie Hoover.

 

The Lobo defense would come up big again on Canadian’s next possession, intercepting a Ben Arbuckle pass deep in Wildcat territory. Kent went to work again, and hit Hoover once more, this time for 11 yards, increasing the lead to 21-7, with 3:20 left in the first quarter.

 

 

After notching a rushing touchdown in the second quarter and another touchdown through the air early in the fourth, Kent and the Loboes had all but punched their ticket to the state semifinals. Kent finished the game with 177 yards on the ground, 147 yards through the air and four total touchdowns in the 42-14 victory.

 

“He is a very well-rounded quarterback, but his specialty is his run reads,” West said. “He has great feet, and is very hard to tackle in open field.”

 

Don’t ask Kent to take any of the credit however, as the quarterback maintains humility on and off the field.

 

“Colton is very humble and will not take any credit for a win,” West said. “He has a great offensive line and he gives credit to a good rushing game. He leads by example and is never in trouble, he’s got great grades and 100 percent attendance.”

 

Kent’s leadership doesn’t end on the field either as he is also involved heavily in extracurricular activities, while maintaining a very strong grade point average in the classroom.

 

“Colton has applied to Texas A&M to major in engineering,” West said. “He is current number one in his class and has a grade point average of 96. Also, he is president of the Cisco National Honor Society.”

 

 

As for Kent on the football field, a run deep into the playoffs and even to the state championship is not something new for the three-year varsity letterman.

 

As a sophomore, Kent helped guide the Loboes to a state championship game appearance as a wide receiver and defensive back. Cisco will have to get by Leonard in the Texas 2A D2 semifinals in order to make it back to the state championship game this year.

 

The Loboes take on the Tigers this Saturday at 4:00 pm and can be followed along with right here:http://www.hsgamecenter.com/football/boys/game/2598888

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Kent leads Loboes To Texas Final Four

Nation's Best on Display This Weekend on HSGC

 

By Dan Fronczak

November 15, 2013

 

Hundreds of ranked high school football teams are using HSGameCenter.com this postseason.  With mass adoption in 2013, HSGC is proving its platform to be a valuable one for coaches.  Among those participating schools on HSGC are some of the highest ranked teams in the country, including the entire State of Ohio. (See teams below)

 

Coaches not currently on HSGC wishing to create an account for their team can do so here: http://www.hsgamecenter.com/signup  

 

  High School State Ranking
Desoto (Texas)    2
Jenks (Oklahoma)    1    
New Canaan (Connecticut) 1
Dowling Catholic (Iowa) 1
Gardner-Edgerton (Kansas) 1
Middletown (Maryland) 2
Blue Springs (Missouri) 1
Boone Central/Newman Grove (Nebraska) 2
Winner (South Dakota)     2
Bentonville (Arkansas) 2
ALL OHIO SCHOOLS  

 

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Best HS Football Teams In The Country Play Here

Desoto Quarterback HSGC Player of the Week

By Cameron Mellor

November 5, 2013

 

Thanks in part to 406 yards through the air and five touchdowns; Desmon White has been selected as the HSGC National Player of the Week.  His numbers this week were good enough to propel his Desoto Fighting Eagles to a 67-7 thumping of Grand Prairie.

 

Those 406 yards through the air and five touchdowns tosses may seem staggering to some, but to White, it’s just another game.


The 5-foot-8 160 pound QB is no stranger to big games as he has amassed 3,618 total yards on the season.  White has tallied over 300 yards of total offense and scored two or more touchdowns in eight of his nine games this season, including two consecutive 400 yard passing games.

 


“He knows everything about our offense, in and out,” Desoto head coach Claude Mathis said.  “He knows our entire offense.  He knows what everyone is supposed to do on every play.  It pays to have a veteran leader on our offense, especially because we have a young offensive line and some young receivers.”


White notched his fifth and final touchdown pass of the game against the Bulldogs with just 4:37 remaining in the second quarter as he connected with Akile Davis for 19 yards, putting the Fighting Eagles up 41-0.  His scoring tosses came on throws of 12, 13, 18, 19 and 22 yards.  


“He’s meant everything to our team this season,” Mathis said.  “You’ve got to put him in that elite category.  When he succeeds, we win.”


Winning seems to come at relative ease for the senior quarterback.  White and Desoto are undefeated so far in 2013 and are outscoring opponents by a combined score of 487-151.  The Fighting Eagles have tallied 44 or more points in all nine games this season.


Hard work and dedication is paying off for White, who has started at quarterback for Desoto since his sophomore season.  In this, his final season, White stands to break the all-time mark for passing yards in a season at Desoto High School.  With 2,677 so far through the air, he is on pace to do so.


“He’s on pace to break the single season mark for passing yards,” Mathis said.  “He is the heart and soul of our team.  Everything goes through him.”


White and Desoto’s success this season hasn’t come against weak talent, but instead, just the opposite.  Seven of Desoto’s nine victories this season have come against teams with winning records at the time.


At just 5-foot-8, White isn’t the tallest player on the field, but he may just be the most dedicated and hardest working of them all.

 


“Don’t pay too much attention to his size, but rather his play against the caliber of opponents we’ve played this season,” Mathis said.  “He’s performed very well against some very good teams.”


The team success and White’s success has not gone unnoticed this season as the Fighting Eagles are ranked among the top 5 high school programs across the country, by multiple outlets.  White himself has garnered interest from college coaches, and he has committed to play ball for the TCU Horned Frogs next season.


“He’s committed to TCU,” Mathis said.  “A lot of coaches and programs may have overlooked him because of his size.  A lot of coaches and programs have missed out.  He’s a winner.”


When asked about what White has meant to the team this season, Mathis echoed that same sentiment, over and over.  He’s a winner.

 

His record this season clearly depicts that.


White and the Desoto Fighting Eagles take on Mansfield in the final game of the regular season for both teams on November 7 at 7:00.  You can follow the game live at this link: http://www.hsgamecenter.com/football/boys/game/1695949

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White Closing In On The Record Books