The Turnaround – Sweetwater Wrap

Lubbock HS head coach Jason Strunk talks with him team.  Photos courtesy of Abby Reed Photography.

Lubbock HS head coach Jason Strunk talks with him team.
Photo courtesy of Abby Reed Photography

by Jason Strunk
Lubbock High School Head Football Coach
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Final

Sweetwater – 66
Lubbock – 35

So… Week One didn’t go our way. Are we going to roll over and cry now? Not likely. In fact, we are going to come out stronger and hungrier than in Week One. That is a fact. This game is an emotional roller coaster. Cannot get too high or too low. Just roll with it.
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#10 St. Joseph’s Prep (PA) opens with solid road win against Illinois power

by Jeff Fisher

St. Joseph's Prep Hawks-1No one can accuse St. Joseph’s Prep of ducking teams.  Sunday, for the third straight year, the Hawks opened the season on the road against a top-quality opponent – and for the third straight year, SJP came away with a victory.

St. Joe’s, ranked #10 in the latest High School School Football America Top 25, beat Mount Carmel, the #1 team in the latest Associated Press Illinois Class 7A rankings, 28-27 in the Catholic League Kickoff Classic. Continue Reading →

#14 St. Edward (OH) rolls in opener

by Jeff Fisher

St. Edward EaglesSt. Edward junior running back Cole Gest helped the #14 Eagles to an impressive 38-7 victory over Gilman (Maryland) in the season opener for both schools. Gest carried the ball only 11 times for 195 yards, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Gest scored three touchdowns on runs of 2, 30 and 81 yards. Continue Reading →

When The Game Stands Tall tops $16 million at box office


by Jeff Fisher

The film When The Game Stands Tall, based on the true story of the De La Salle (California) football program and its legendary head coach Bob Ladouceur, was the seventh highest grossing film of this past weekend.  In its second weekend, the Sony Pictures movie made $5.6 million. Since opening two weeks ago, the film has grossed $16 million.  It cost $15 million to make.

St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) moves up a notch in first in-season High School Football America Top 25 Poll


by Jeff Fisher

The top three teams in the first in-season High School Football America Top 25 have been very impressive early on in 2014.

Top-ranked Allen (Texas), which has won back-to-back HSFA “mythical” national championships, opened with a solid performance against Denton Guyer (Texas), which has won back-to-back Texas 4A Division I titles.  The Eagles look like they are ready to go for the three-peat themselves.

Watch Eagle QB Kyler Murray go to work in the highlights above.  The Texas A&M verbal commit accounted for 499 yards in total offense in the team’s season opener on Friday.

St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) moved-up one spot from our preseason poll that was released on August 1st. The #2 Raiders looked great on both sides of the ball in its 38-7 dismantling of former #11 American Heritage (Florida).

After two solid road victories, Booker T. Washington (Florida), which was named national champs by several media polls last year, moves from #7 to #3 with victories against Oscar Smith (Virginia) and Tucker (Georgia).  The Tornadoes can’t rest with Friday’s showdown against against #7 Miami Central looming.  Central, which moves up seven spots, is riding a 14-game win streak after impressive, but close, road wins over former #2 Hoover (Alabama) and Stephenson (Georgia).  The last team to beat the Rockets was Booker T last season.

New to the poll this week are: St. Edward (Ohio) at #14, Buford (Georgia) at #17, Mater Dei (California) at #22, Archbishop Wood (Pennsylvania) at #23 and Colquitt County (Georgia) at #24.

Dropping out: Hoover after an o-2 start, #11 American Heritage, #22 Servite (California), #23 Trinity Christian (Florida) and #24 McEachern (Georgia).

1. (1) Allen Eagles (Texas)

Overall: 1-0

Rewind: defeated 2013 Texas 4A Division I champ Denton Guyer 55-41

Fast Forward: vs. Dutch Fork (South Carolina), Friday

2. (3) St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (Florida)

Overall: 1-0

Rewind: defeated former #11 American Heritage (Florida) 38-7

Fast Forward: Idle

3. (7) Booker T. Washington Tornadoes (Florida)

Overall: 2-0

Rewind: defeated Tucker (Georgia) 19-7 on Saturday, Oscar Smith (Virginia) 57-21 on August 23rd

Fast Forward: vs. #7 Miami Central (Florida), Friday

4. (4) De La Salle Spartans (California)

Overall: 1-0

Rewind: defeated Jesuit 63-0

Fast Forward: vs. Serra (San Mateo, CA), Friday

5. (5) DeSoto (Texas)

Overall: 1-0

Rewind: defeated Arlington Martin (Texas) 55-30

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