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Five things we learned this weekend in high school football



Beech's Dorian Carter, right, cuts back on the way for a touchdown against Independence's Adam Swayze during their game in Thompsons Station, Tenn., Friday. / The Tennessean

1. Beech didn't fall into a 'Hurd' mentality.
Beech (Henderson, Tenn.), the reigning 5A state champion, was dealt a blow when No. 1 running back Jalen Hurd was sidelined for the season with a shoulder injury. The senior, who says he plans to sign with Tennessee, rushed for 3,357 yards and 43 touchdowns last season but had shoulder surgery this past week. In his place, Dorian Carter carried the ball 54 times Friday for 306 yards and four touchdowns in a 28-21 win at Independence (Thompson's Station).

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"We've known for three years that Dorian had the potential to be a really good running back," Beech coach Anthony Crabtree told The Tennessean. "Missing the first half of last year, he didn't really get the rust off through last season. This year being able to be the guy right now and getting (54) touches is big for him. And I think he gets better every game."

2. After a slow start, Carmel is 'Wrighting' itself.
Carmel, Ind., pulled off the upset of the week when it defeated No. 16 Lawrence Central (Indianapolis) 17-7 Friday. The loss was hard to explain on the basis of Carmel's slow start. The Greyhounds were 1-2 going into the game, including a 42-35 loss to Trinity (Louisville), a team that Lawrence Central beat 17-13 last week. The Greyhounds, who had given up an average of 26.3 points in their first three games, played solid defense, holding the Bears to their lowest point total since 2009. Carmel is playing under a new but hardly inexperienced coach as Kevin Wright, who won three consecutive 5A titles at Warren Central (Indianapolis) from 2005 to 2008, took over this season at Carmel.

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3. It's tough to repeat as national Super 25 champion.
No. 4 John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.), which finished last season as the No. 1 team in the Super 25, won't likely be a return national champion after losing 27-13 Friday to No. 6 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The last time a team won back-to-back Super 25 titles was from 2000-2003 when De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) won four Super 25 titles in a row.

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4. Texas picked a bad game to host Dalvin Cook.
Miami Central (Miami, Fla.) running back Dalvin Cook, who has said he plans to sign with Florida but is making other visits, traveled to Texas for an official visit this weekend, just in time to see the Longhorns lose 44-23 to Ole Miss on Saturday. In a 49-0 defeat of Coral Reef (Miami) on Thursday, Cook showed his combination of speed and power with three touchdowns runs. He also had two touchdown runs and a punt return touchdown called back because of penalties. He finished with 162 carries on nine carries with Florida coach Will Muschamp in the stands.



5. The Mouse that roared gets his due at Hillsboro, Ore.
Mouse Davis, the man credited for popularizing the run-and-shoot offense in college and pro football, used the offense first at the high school level. On Friday, he was honored, along with the members of the 1973 Hillsboro football team, on the 40th anniversary of Hillsboro's state AAA championship. Davis is 81 and recently retired from coaching. He borrowed the run-and-shoot from the theories of Middletown, Ohio, football coach Glenn "Tiger" Ellison. After going 79-29 on the high school level, Davis embarked on a peripatetic career that included stops at four colleges, one CFL team, two NFL teams, two USFL teams, two World League of American Football teams, and two Arena Football League teams.
 
 
 

 

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