1. It's never too late to celebrate.
Star International Academy (Dearborn Heights, Mich.) earned its first on-field victory Friday since the charter school opened in 2005, defeating Hamtramck 50-16 as junior quarterback Ali Alaradi ran for 211 yards and passed for 45.
While the Falcons had forfeit wins in 2008 and 2009, they were a thrown by their first "real" victory, other than giving coach Ben Coughlin the obligatory Gatorade shower.
"This was our first time winning, so we had no idea what to do," Alaradi said. "We just sat in the grass after the game and then we went to a friend's house for two hours, talking about the game in his garage."
There were signs that the Falcons were close to a win. They opened the season with a tough 13-6 loss to Bradfield Academy (Southfield). Star International, which is a small school with a majority of Arab-Americans among its 12 different nationalities, lost a 20-15 game last season to Hamtramck, which like Star International, started this season 0-3.
"Coach was hyped all week in practice about this game," Alaradi said. "He got the whole team hyped."
2. Regina and Ithaca, you are on the clock.
Because Monessen, Pa., defeated Clairton, Pa., 42-24 Friday to end the nation's longest current win streak at 66 games, Ithaca, Mich., and Regina (Iowa City) are now tied for the longest streak at 46 games. Ithaca has won three consecutive state Division 6 titles and the Yellowjackets had no problems keeping their record going with a 70-0 defeat of Merrill on Friday. Regina, which has won three consecutive state 1A titles, defeated then-unbeaten Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 42-12 on Friday.
3. Nelsons keep it in the family
Chase Nelson threw for 441 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 250 yards and two touchdowns to lead Logan, Utah, to a 49-38 defeat of Roy on Friday. Nelson's total of 691 yards surpassed the old state record of 606, set by older brother DJ, now a player at Utah State, in a playoff defeat of Bountiful in 2011. Chase had a little inside help as Logan's offensive coordinator was Riley Nelson, who is the oldest of Keith Nelson's sons and a former BYU quarterback.
4. The Plant quarterback production line continues
Few high schools can match the recent lineage of Plant (Tampa) when it comes to turning out quarterbacks. Former Panther Aaron Murray is setting Southeastern Conference records at Georgia, Phillip Ely recently transferred from Alabama to Toledo, James Few is a backup at Cornell and Robert Marve was a starter at Miami and Purdue. Add Colby Brown to that list. A 6-foot senior, Brown competed 33 of 43 passes for 519 yards and four touchdown passes in Plant's 50-40 defeat of Bloomingdale (Valrico) on Friday. His 33 completions and 519 passing yards were school records.
5. Remember Richard LeCounte.
Liberty County (Hinesville, Ga.) already has one elite player in senior linebacker Raekwon McMillan, who was named to the American Family Insurance All-USA Preseason team, but the scouts who have come to drool over McMillan have another player to watch. Freshman free safety and return specialist Richard LeCounte is only 15 and played just his fourth varsity game Friday night, yet he already has offers from Florida, Ohio State and Akron. He has four touchdowns, four interceptions and four forced fumbles and 145.8 all-purpose yards.
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