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) When is a win not a win? Bishop Gorman may be a litmus test
By all accounts, Bishop Gorman thoroughly and comprehensively beat Don Bosco Prep. The legendary New Jersey program traveled to Las Vegas to take on the best, and they were punched in the mouth after having the temerity to score early and take an initial lead. Unfortunately for Bishop Gorman, the 30-16 final score didn’t truly reflect how dominant the Gaels were at time. Nonetheless, the relatively narrow margin between the teams could be seen as a negative or positive in the Gaels’ chase to earn another national title. Is the narrow victory a sign of Gorman’s tenacity, determinedness and perseverance, or is it a sign that they may not be quite as strong a program as initially believed.
The question is real, but the choice is in the eye of the beholder, for now.
2) St. John Bosco answering all questions and critics, preferably with a running clock
Of all the gaudy statistics from St. John Bosco’s 60-7 rout of JSerra, none may be more impressive than this: In the past eight weeks, Bosco has built up such a big lead that the game has required running clocks. That’s something, and so is Bosco, which forges onward ever more impressively, week-after-week. While they continue to rack up big points. Bosco’s defense also shone through, limiting JSerra to just one touchdown in the 60-7 victory, showcasing that Bosco can win with defense or offense. And unlike the one team ahead of it, Bosco has the advantage of the California state playoffs ahead, with a potential matchup against another top-1o program looming should the Braves last that long.
Come through it all, and Bosco may have made just enough of a case to knock Gorman off its perch.
3) Jenks’ home winning streak finally comes crashing down
It’s over. After 54 consecutive home victories, No. 17 Jenks fell for the first time in 15 games, 35-34, to Broken Arrow. Perhaps more impressive was how underdogs knocked off Jenks, rallying from 10 down in the second half.
For one night Jenks wasn’t the best team on an Oklahoma field. It happens, and when it does, an impressive 8-1 Broken Arrow squad isn’t a bad one for it to happen to.
4) IMG Academy makes it a long night for traditional New Jersey powers
It wasn’t just Don Bosco Prep taking on a national power in another state on Friday night. One of Bosco’s primary rivals back home, Paramus Catholic, put up a fight against No. 7 IMG Academy but couldn’t get past the Ascenders, with IMG holding on for a 28-20 victory.
That Paramus Catholic came so close could be considered a victory in and of itself, though it certainly won’t feel that way to a program that measures itself by state championships and collegiate and NFL stars, not high school close callls. That doesn’t diminish what Paramus Catholic did, all in front of a pretty impressive crowd to boot.
5) A big night for celebrity sightings at high school games
Speaking of the impressive crowd at IMG, Jim Harbaugh, anyone? On his off week, the Michigan coach jetted down to Florida to take in IMG’s game against Paramus Catholic. Meanwhile, legendary boxer George Foreman cheered St. John Bosco with both a pregame speech and some approving looks from the sideline.
Foreman > Harbaugh, right? He’s certainly a better man to have around for the postgame cookout.