Early season high school football action hits the national stage Friday night when a pair of powerhouse programs play on Fox Sports 1. John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) hosts Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) at 7 p.m. in a battle between teams fresh off runs to 2012 state title games.
For both squads, the regular-season opener presents an opportunity to gain early momentum under the microscope of a massive audience. It also gives players a chance to showcase their skills in a unique and pressurized setting.
There are several standout athletes to keep an eye on throughout the matchup, from a promising sophomore passer to a group of established senior stars that includes consensus No. 1 wide receiver prospect Malachi Dupre. Here's a guide of who to watch and how their respective collegiate recruitments are shaping up.
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