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Five Other Games to Watch: Aquinas Hosts Don Bosco


2:03 AM, Sep. 14, 2012 EDT

Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) quarterback Max Browne leads the Spartans into Idaho on Saturday for a date with Coeur d'Alene, which has won 24 straight games.

Not all of the interesting games this week involve ranked teams. Here are five other intriguing matchups across the country. 

1. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Friday

On paper, Aquinas appears the heavy favorite in the game, televised on ESPN2 (8 p.m. ET). The Raiders are 2-0 and are 7-0 all-time against out-of-state opponents. Gilman (Baltimore) ended Don Bosco's 46-game winning streak last week with a 13-6 victory. But, Gilman coach Biff Poggi said Don Bosco (0-1) was as good or better than two Super 25 teams, No. 9 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) and No. 19 Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) that Gilman lost to.

MORE: Five Super 25 Games to Watch

2. Alta (Sandy, Utah) at Jordan (Sandy, Utah), Friday

Two of the state's top teams face off in a neighborhood rivalry. Alta has a chance to be 5-0 for the first time since 2003. They beat the Beetdiggers 21-14 last season. Jordan (3-0) is led by quarterback Austin Kafentzis, who has thrown for nine touchdowns and run for seven.

3. Booker T. Washington (Miami) at Cedar Hill (Texas), Saturday

Fresh off their loss to No. 23 Miami Central, the Tornadoes (1-1) travel to play one of the top teams in Texas. Cedar Hill, ranked No. 17 by Texasfootball.com, is also 1-1 and coming off a loss to a ranked team, after falling 37-20 last week to now-No. 21 Allen.

4. Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) at Coeur d'Alene (Idaho), Saturday

The top ranked team in Idaho's 5A division plays the top ranked team in Washington's 4A. Coeur d'Alene (3-0) has won 24 games in a row while Skyline has won three of the past four 4A state titles, including last year and is 2-0 after defeating Cottonwood (East Murray, Utah) 57-25 last week. The Spartans also have one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Max Browne.

5. Kirkwood (Mo.), vs. Rockwood Summit (Fenton, Mo.), Saturday

The 3-0 teams play in a Suburban South Conference showdown. Kirkwood, the state 5A runner-up last season, is led by quarterback Jordan Bishop, who has passed for 434 yards and five touchdowns and run for 166 yards and four touchdowns. Eric Beisel, a linebacker-running back who has committed to Missouri, leads Summit's stingy (13.3 points a game) defense with 35 tackles. The game, part of the Great American Football Classic, is at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

 

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