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Five things we learned this weekend in high school football


1. For the second week in a row, none of the Super 25 teams lost, but it wasn't easy.

Because of injuries, No. 5 Hoover, Ala., was playing with Christopher Vacarella, its third-string quarterback four plays into its game Friday with Hillcrest (Tuscaloosa). Despite a shaky start by Vacarella, the Buccaneers cobbled together enough points and allowed only two field goals in a 28-6 victory. No. 23 North Gwinnett trailed Mill Creek (Hoschton) when it managed 22 points in the final six and a half minutes to pull off a 50-47 defeat of Mill Creek.

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2. The post-game handshake directive is the second-oddest recent football-related non-ban in the Midwest.

Despite reports to the contrary, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association says it never banned post-game handshakes this past week, that it merely wants schools to avoid post-game handshakes unless they can be properly supervised by school officials. In Indiana, Plymouth superintendent Dan Tyrell banned Rocky Top from the Rockies' football games because the song "celebrates alcohol," most notably by mentioning a moonshine still (this may also be bad news for Lil Wayne's Me and My Drink). While Plymouth's band didn't play the song after the Rockies scored touchdowns this past week, that didn't stop the student section from singing the song a capella.

MORE: State Football Scoreboard

3. It's all about the D.

No. 2 Allen allowed minus-14 rushing yards in a 62-17 defeat of Plano East (Plano) on Friday. Twelve Super 25 teams allowed a touchdown or less this weekend, including four that posted shutouts: No. 4 Katy, Texas; No. 14 Mountain Pointe (Phoenix); No. 17 Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) and No. 20 Miramar, Fla., which had its fourth shutout of the season.

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4. Male puts an end to St. Xavier's streak

St. Xavier (Louisville), long one of the top two teams in Kentucky along with Trinity (Louisville), fell 44-40 to Male on Friday, losing to a Louisville public school team for the first time since 2006, a stretch of 44 games. Sophomore wide receiver Keion Wakefield, who already has an offer from Kentucky, caught five passes for 197 yards for Male (7-0), including a game-winning 27-yard touchdown catch.

5. Nick Chubb is starting to gain momentum

Cedartown, Ga., running back Nick Chubb ran for 352 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a 42-34 defeat of Pickens County (Jasper) on Saturday. Chubb, who has said he plans to sign with Georgia, has rushed for 1,853 yards and 29 touchdowns this season for 7-0 Cedartown. Another back to watch is Kenny Purvis of Central Cabarras (Concord, N.C.), who has rushed for 1,834 yards and 25 touchdowns this season, including 308 yards and four touchdowns Friday in a 28-16 defeat of West Rowan (Mount Ulla, N.C.).

VIDEO: Chubb runs free against Pickens County

 

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