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    In what might be the first play of the year candidate, the freshman football team from Xenia (Ohio) returned a kickoff for a touchdown after an amazing five laterals.

    Xenia recovered the dribbling kick against Troy at its 30-yard line and then you have to see the video to believe it before Markus Allen emerges with the ball and goes 45 yards for the score.

    That left Xenia trailing 44-42 and having to go for the two. Alas, the conversion failed and Xena lost, but what a play.

    (h/t MaxPreps)


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    No. 2 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) traveled west and beat a top 10 opponent for the second consecutive week, downing No. 9 Centennial (Corona, Calif.), 40-20, in the featured game Saturday at the Honor Bowl in San Diego.

    The Ascenders’ winning streak now stands at 30 consecutive games after the victories against then-No. 7 Chandler (Ariz.) and Centennial to start the season.

    Saturday night’s game was a rematch of IMG’s thrilling 50-49 victory in last year’s Honor Bowl, but this game was not as close.

    Centennial (0-1) was hampered by injuries to starting quarterback Tanner McKee, one of the nation’s best who injured an ankle in the first quarter, and backup Ala Mikaele, who was taken off the field on a stretcher after a helmet-to-helmet hit in the second quarter.

    Senior Arturo Herrera, who switched to receiver this season after serving as McKee’s backup last season, then moved back to QB.

    Herrera helped rally Centennial and a field goal cut the deficit to 26-20 in the fourth quarter. That’s when a pair of long runs from Trey Sanders put the game out of reach. He went 75 yards with 6:38 to play and then 65 yards a few minutes later to set the final margin.

    Bookie Radley-Hiles, returning to his native California, was named game MVP for IMG thanks to his two interceptions. Quarterback Artur Sitkowski was named the Character Award recipient.

    For Centennial, the Character Award went to Herrera for switching positions. The MVP went to Thomas Kinslow, who had a pair of rushing TDS and 134 yards on the ground.

    IMG plays its home opener net week against St. Frances Academy (Baltimore), a rematch of a game the Ascenders won 38-0 last season. Centennial faces Etiwanda and will await further evaluation as to whether McKee will be available to return.


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    St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), ranked No. 6 in the Super 25, beat Garces Memorial (Bakersfield), 63-0, on Saturday night. The Braves scored touchdowns five different ways.

    Check out this slalom run for a score by Iowa State quarterback commit Re-al Mitchell, who changed directions and then changed directions again and again to get to the end zone.

    Mitchell had three carries for 28 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He was 7-for-7 for 116 yards and a TD through the air.


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    Kemmerer (Wyo.) became the latest school with a long losing streak to break into the win column.

    Kemmerer, a 2A program, downed Saratoga 34-0 to snap a state-record 36-game regular season losing streak. The program’s last win was on Sept. 28, 2012.

    Kemmerer got on the board early with a safety after a penalty in the end zone and then scored two plays after the free kick. The score remained 8-0 at halftime, but Kemmerer turned it on the second half for the victory.

    The program has a new head coach this season in Bart Jernigan, who lost his debut but now has the team in the win column.

     


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    Valparaiso (Ind.) wide receiver Jesse Harper hauls in a sweet one-handed grab along the sideline in a 17-6 victory against La Porte (Ind.)

    Valparaiso is off to a 3-0 start.


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    How about a game-winning Hail Mary in eight-man football in Arizona?

    Well, we have it for you right here.

    Williams High was leading 24-22 with seven seconds remaining. Bagdad had the ball and needed a miracle finish to win the game in a rematch of the 1A state title game last fall that Bagdad won 60-6.

    No problem.

    Senior quarterback Israel Loveall launched a deep pass that Scott Finnerty somehow caught between three defenders and ran into the end zone to pull out an improbable victory.

    “I think I might have been the ninth guy to the end zone in celebration as we stole a victory against a very solid Williams Vikings team,” coach Dalton Mills said.

    With a 24-22 lead, Williams drove into Bagdad territory in the final minute. Bagdad created a fourth-and-eight situation. Williams faked a punt and was stopped short of a first down.

    But Bagdad had only seven seconds to pull a miracle.

    A screen pass to Rio Delgado went for eight yards. He got out of bounds with  2.6 second left on his 43-yard line. That’s when Loveall launched the long pass that will be talked about in 8-man circles for a long time.

    Contributing: Richard Obert, AZCentral


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    Zack Pickens of Watervliet (Mich.) accounted for nine touchdowns — he threw for five touchdowns and he ran for four more — in a 72-36 victory against Buchanan.

    He score 64 points, which is third all-time, according to the Michigan High School Athletic Association record book. And you have to go back to 1914 and 1920, respectively, to find the two players who had 66.

    Pickens’ totals: 358 yards passing on 12-for-19; 138 yards rushing on 21 carries.

    The nine touchdowns in a game ties him for fifth in state history, but again, you have to go back a long way. The most recent player to score nine or more was Francis Tallent in 1929 for Menominee.

    “We weren’t doing anything special, just playing and trying to score as many touchdowns as we can,” Watervliet coach Jeremy Andrews told the Herald Palladium. “The quarterback is the focal point in our offense.”


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    IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) has moved into the top spot in the Super 25 Computer football rankings after victories over nationally ranked Chandler (Ariz.) and Centennial (Corona, Calif.) in the first two weeks.

    Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) had been No. 1 last week but drops to No. 6 after Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) snapped the Gaels’ 55-game winning streak.

    MORE: See the full Super 25 Computer rankings | Expert rankings

    Mater Dei is now ranked No. 2, moving up from No. 4. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) remains No. 3.

    St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) is No. 4, followed by Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), which had been No. 7.

    After Gorman comes Centennial at No. 7, Utah power Bingham (South Jordan), St. Ignatius (Cleveland) and Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.).

    Trinity (Louisville), coming off a come-from-behind victory against Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati) is No. 11. St. Xavier (Cincinnati), Saint Louis (Honolulu), Mill Creek (Hoschton, Ga.) and Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) round out the top 15.

    Cartersville (Ga.), led by top-ranked quarterback Trevor Lawrence, is No. 16, with Allen (Texas), De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) and Indianapolis powers Warren Central and Ben Davis closing out the top 20.

    The final five are Paramus Catholic (N.J.), Mission Viejo (Calif.), St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia), Judson (Converse, Texas) and Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.).


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    USA TODAY High School Sports is bringing back Super 25 Computer regional rankings in football this season as selected by Ken Massey with weekly rankings in five regions — East, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and West. Number in parentheses is overall national ranking, according to the computer.

    SUPER 25 COMPUTER RANKINGS SEARCHABLE BY STATE

    RELATED: Super 25 Expert Rankings | Super 25 Expert Regional Rankings

    EAST
    Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Connecticut, Vermont, Virginia, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine.

    1. Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.), 21
    2. St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia), 23
    3. St. Joseph (Montvale, N.J.), 35
    4. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), 42
    5. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.), 51
    6. Erie Cathedral Prep (Erie, Pa.), 70
    7. St. John’s (Washington, D.C.), 79
    8. St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.), 85
    9. Archbishop Spalding (Severn, Md.), 96
    10. Pine-Richland (Gibsonia, Pa.), 106

    SOUTHEAST
    Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina

    1. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), 1
    2. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale), 3
    3. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), 5
    4. Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.), 10
    5. Mill Creek (Hoschton, Ga.), 14
    6. Cartersville (Ga.), 16
    7. Miami Central (Fla.), 29
    8. Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.), 33
    9. Hoover (Ala.), 37
    10. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), 38

    MIDWEST
    Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin

    1. St. Ignatius (Cleveland), 9
    2. Trinity (Louisville), 11
    3. St. Xavier (Cincinnati), 12
    4. Center Grove (Greennwood, Ind.), 15
    5. Warren Central (Indianapolis), 19
    6. Ben Davis (Indianapolis), 20
    7. La Salle (Cincinnati), 31
    8. St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio), 40
    9. Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.), 41
    10. Prairie Ridge (Crystal Lake, Ill.), 43

    SOUTHWEST
    Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas

    1. Allen (Texas), 17
    2. Judson (Converse, Texas), 24
    3. Fayetteville (Ark.), 34
    4. DeSoto (Texas), 36
    5. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas), 44
    6. San Angelo Central (Texas), 48
    7. Tulsa Union (Okla.), 53
    8. Katy (Texas), 56
    9. Westlake (Austin, Texas), 57
    10. Steele (Cibolo, Texas)

    WEST
    Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

    1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 2
    2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), 4
    3. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 6
    4. Centennial (Corona, Calif.), 7
    5. Bingham (South Jordan, Utah), 8
    6. Saint Louis (Honolulu), 13
    7. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), 18
    8. Mission Viejo (Calif.), 22
    9. Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.), 25
    10. East (Salt Lake City), 26

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    Alex Jung of Sunny Hills (Fullerton, Calif.) had himself a night when he ran for 407 yards and six touchdowns in a 40-3 victory at Dana Hills, according to the Orange County Register.

    Jung carried the ball 27 times, meaning an average of about 15 yards per carry. That number was boosted by a school-record 97-yard run.

    In two wins, Jung has 590 yards and eight touchdowns.

    He posted 1,540 yards and 19 touchdowns last fall as a junior.


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