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Five things we learned this weekend in high school football


1. This is the time Super 25 teams fatten up on their records

For the first time this season, no Super 25 team lost a game and only three teams lost in the Next 25. While that's unusual, it's not that strange at the midpoint of the season for a few reasons. Halfway through the season, it's a little clearer who the standout teams are. Also, the schedules generally get a little easier at this point with fewer national or big regional games.

A good example of that is No. 22 Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.), which has not allowed a point in the two games since it began district play, including a 47-0 defeat of Riverview (Sarasota) on Friday. No. 21 Miramar, Fla., also hasn't allowed a point in its past two games.  It's a brief respite, for in a few weeks, the playoffs start and inevitably a few Super 25 teams will get upset by solid playoff opponents.


No. 1 Booker T. Washington (Miami) held off No. 32 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) on Friday. No Super 25 teams lost this weekend.

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2. The mark of a good team is surviving without its No. 1 quarterback

Two weeks ago, No. 1 Booker T. Washington (Miami) kept on rolling even with starting quarterback Treon Harris, who has committed to Florida State, sitting on the bench with an upset stomach. While No. 8 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) was glad to have Josh Rosen back behind center on Friday, the Braves played a game and a half without him.

On Friday, No. 25 Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.) secured a victory and likely retained its spot in the Super 25 when backup quarterback James Smith threw for two touchdowns in a 69-0 defeat of Hopewell (Huntersville). The Mavericks will need Smith to continue to improve as they lost Emiere Scaife when he fractured his ankle last week in a defeat of West Charlotte (Charlotte).

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3. It was a good week to end a losing streak

Two teams ended major seasons-long losing streaks over the weekend. The biggest was Lincoln Park, Mich., which after 66 consecutive losses, defeated Kennedy (Taylor) 34-20 on Friday. The last game the Railspittters won was on Sept. 1, 2006. The fans rushed the field after Lincoln Park held on for the victory.

"This is way bigger than any state final,” junior running back Jordan Geha told the Detroit Free Press. “To come from hearing every day — ‘You guys stink, you’ll never win a game.’ Just to come out here and prove everyone wrong is an amazing feeling."

East Aurora, Ill., ended its 44-game losing streak when backup kicker Richard Barajas hit a last-minute field goal in a 25-22 defeat of Elgin. The players then went into the visiting stands to sing the school's fight song. The Tomcats trailed 22-8 in the third quarter before scoring the game's final 17 points.

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4. Brett Rypien is following his uncle into the record books

Brett Rypien of Shadle Park (Spokane, Wash.,) broke his own state record, set last year as a freshman, by passing for 613 yards in a 63-42 defeat of Mt. Spokane (Mead) on Thursday. He also broke the state record for most completions with 44.

Through five games this season, Rypien has completed 142 of 237 passes for 1,662 yards and 15 touchdowns. He's the nephew of Mark Rypien, who after a stellar career at Shadle Park and Washington State, played  for eight teams in the NFL and won the Most Valuable Player award in Super Bowl XXVI following the 1991 season as the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback.

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5. Adam Stremlow did full-time damage in part-time duty

Coleman, Mich., junior quarterback Adam Stremlow threw six touchdowns in his team's 71-0 defeat of Ashley on Friday. While that performance qualifies as a great game, add in that all six of Stremlow's touchdowns came in the first quarter, a state record. The old mark of five was set Cooper Rush of Lansing Catholic in 2011 and by Nate Smith of Harper Creek (Battle Creek) in 2002. Stremlow got off to a fast start, throwing touchdown passes of 55 yards and 27 yards on the Comets' first two offensive plays. Zack Frazer and Matthew Warner each caught two of Stremlow's touchdown passes.

A few other notable marks: Vianney (Kirkwood, Mo.) running back Markel Smith ran for a state-record 541 yards in a 48-41 defeat of Washington on Friday;  Florence (Burlington, N.J.), football coach Joe Frappolli won his 400th game on Saturday when his team beat Robbinsville (Trenton) 46-0. Frappolli, 66, is in his 40th season.
 

 

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