We’re in the heart of district and regional schedules across the country. With Friday in the books, here are the big takeaways we’re holding on to with more Super 25 action in the books:
1) St. Louis incident puts games back in perspective:
Sometimes it takes tragedy to remind everyone of what’s really important. Luckily, no student athletes or fans inside the stadium at Sumner High were injured when an unknown individual opened fire on Saturday night, just as Vashon STEM and Gateway were to kick off at the onset of the second half. In this case, it appears that the gun battle that unfolded had nothing to do with high school athletics whatsoever. Still, the fact that the shots easily could have hit and killed anyone there underscores the fragility of everything and everyone. That’s far more important than football, which made the resumption of Gateway’s victory in the second half all the more comforting, even to Vashon supporters.
2) Nebraska game finishes 92-0, but there were only 16 total players on the field:
Eight-man football is prone to big scorelines, but it isn’t often host to shutouts. That’s not the case for one Nebraska school, which wrapped up it’s latest victory by a score of 92-0.
Suffice to say, Perkins County is a dominant force in Nebraska’s 8-man division. It rolled past Creek Valley 92-0 after racing to a 38-0 lead after the first quarter, then easing back for the rest of the game. Yes, 92-0 was an almost merciful score. The win wasn’t the first time that Perkins County has put up big numbers in the 2015 season, either; the undefeated Plainsmen previously beat Hitchcock County 81-12. So, if points are what you want, head to small town Nebraska, particularly in Perkins County. They’re practically falling out of the sky.
3) Delays weren’t just Hurricane Joaquin related:
While a few games were rescheduled or adjusted to work around the oncoming path of Hurricane Joaquin, there were other disturbances that had little to do with the tropical storm. Chief among them was an unexpected complete blackout in suburban Chicago, where York’s home duel against Oak Park River Forest was put on hold for more than 15 minutes halfway into the fourth quarter when all of the stadium’s lights went down. The scene was eerie — think the 2013 Super Bowl with both stands in the dark and no emergency lights clicking on overhead — and while OPRF held on for a victory, the more memorable chapter of the night will certainly be about the stadium itself, not what happened inside it.
4) Big-time blowouts at the top:
Ladies and gentlemen, we have separation. Just get a load of these scores: 70-7, 52-7, 42-20, 59-7 and 56-0. The winners in those games — featuring the highest ranked teams in action on the night, in order — were No. 1 Bishop Gorman, No. 4 Allen, No. 5 Colquitt County, No. 6 Centennial and No. 8 Clay-Chalkville. All the other top-10 teams are either idle or play Saturday. Clearly, only one of those games was even remotely competitive (Colquitt County’s victory against Lowndes), and even that had Colquitt County in control nearly throughout.
So what does this tell us? Predominantly that the top-tier teams are not going to slip up against another superpower, which may mean a lot of stability at the top until we reach the postseason, when all bets will be off again.
5) A touching moment of silence:
Warren Hills’ first game since the sudden, tragic death of quarterback Evan Murray was rescheduled because of the impending onslaught of rain associated with Hurricane Joaquin. The extra days will probably do the New Jersey school some good, too. It’s been a long week.
Still, other New Jersey schools were quick to ensure that Murray was still remembered, with some holding moments of silence before their respective games. That adds to the 6,000 players across the state donning No. 18 decals on the back of their helmets in memory of the late passer. It was a nice touch for a player who has been elevated into the national conscience more for how he died than the way he lived and played. Hopefully these memorials will help refocus the attention on Murray the young man before his final act, all while helping the New Jersey football community forge lasting bonds among its own.