A look at five non-Super 25 high school football games of interest this week.
Bentonville (Ark.) and Rogers (Ark.) have been playing each other since 1913 and each comes into the game 5-0. Bentonville’s Tigers have won the past five in the series, though the Mounties lead it overall, 70-36-6. Bentonville has allowed only six points a game but its defense could be tested by the Mounties, who are averaging 49.8 points a game, led by quarterback Nick Wary, who has rushed for 694 yards and had a six-touchdown game on Sept. 14 against Northside (Fort Smith).
Four other games to watch:
Desert Vista (Phoenix, Ariz.) at Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), Friday
Desert Vista ended Hamilton’s 53-game winning streak, 45-13, in the state Division I final last season, so there’s plenty of back story here. Desert Vista is 5-1 and led by senior running back Jarek Hilgers, who ran for 269 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-35 defeat of Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.) last Friday. Hamilton (4-2) is averaging 40.1 points a game the last four games behind a solid rush after losing its first two games of the season.
Canyon (3-1-1) is heavily favored against the 0-5 Grizzlies, but the drama is whether Canyon wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky can break the state record for career receiving yardage. He needs only 51 yards to break the record of 4,486, held by former Taft (Los Angeles) receiver Steve Smith, now with the St. Louis Rams. Wolitarsky also needs 40 catches to break Smith’s state career record of 271.
Parkersburg (W.Va.) vs. Parkersburg South (W.Va.), Friday
The biggest rivalry in the state is led by Parkersburg, 33-12. However, Parkersburg South won 17-0 last year. Parkersburg is 4-2 after defeating Riverside (Belle) 38-35 last week as wide receiver Kwante Johnson had three touchdown catches. Parkersburg South’s Patriots are 3-3 and have given up 201 points this season, including a 60-10 loss to Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.) last week.
North Allegheny (Pittsburgh) at Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.), Friday
The scoreboard could get a workout in this matchup of 5-0 teams. North Allegheny’s Tigers have outscored opponents 216-27 while Gateway has a 245-56 edge. Last year, North Allegheny won 21-17. Gators quarterback Thomas Woodson, who has said he will sign with Arizona, is a dual threat with 963 yards and 10 touchdowns through the air and three rushing touchdowns and Tigers quarterback Mark Leftwich, the son of Pitt offensive line coach Spencer Leftwich, has thrown for 15 touchdowns and 1,180 yards.