High School Football Scores: Heroes and Zeroes From Top National Teams

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2010

High School Football Scores: Heroes and Zeroes From Top National Teams

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    High school football is back.

    For the first week, we've got a top-recruit pulling a disappearing act and a top-ranked team snapping a two-season long winning streak.

    As always there's more excitement than ever. 

    Here are some of the top performers and chokers from the first week of high school football.

Shaq Thompson, Grant Pacers

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    In a much-expected victory against Folsom, Shaq Thompson was the star of the game.

    Thompson ran 20 times for 111 yards and one TD, and caught three passes for 94 yards and another TD. 

    And guess what?

    He also grabbed an INT while playing defense.

James Wilder Jr., Tampa Plant Panthers

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    James Wilder Jr, had a very bad showing in a preseason battle with rival Manatee Hurricanes.

    Wilder, a 6'2" 220 lbs. recruit of Florida State, was expected to showcase plenty of his skills that led him to become a top-ranked high school football player in the nation.

    Instead, he was outperformed by Mike Blakely.

Mike Blakely, Manatee Hurricanes

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    Still undecided on his college choice, 4-star recruit Mike Blakely upped the interest level in his services after a great performance against Tampa Plant.

    He was the hero in this much-anticipated matchup between two of the nation's top football teams.

    Blakely rushed for 114 yards on 14 carries and ran for three TDs.  He also threw for another TD.

Plant Panthers

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    This big loss to their rival Hurricanes did very little to boost morale for this Plant team.

    In the USA Today Super 25 poll, Plant was ranked at No. 6 and Manatee was at No. 8.

    Now after being dominated by Manatee, those rankings need to be re-thought.

Manatee Hurricanes

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    The Manatee Hurricanes defeated the Tampa Plant Panthers, 48-10.

    It was a remarkable showing for a Manatee team, who was seeking some revenge on Tampa Plant in this preseason game.

    In last year's Class 5A state championship game, the Hurricanes lost to the Panthers 21-14.

Abilene Eagles

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    The Abilene Eagles defeated Belton in a battle of two Texas high school football teams, 36-27.

    Abilene was fortunate enough to a late-game run from the Belton Tigers when the game was at 30-27 with just over four minutes left to play.

    The Eagles survived the Tigers' attempts to take the lead and came away with the win.

Dorman Cavaliers

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    Top-ranked Dorman lost an important offensive weapon in top-ranked recruit, Charone Peake, during their game against Gaffney on Friday night.

    Despite not having their wide receiver for the second half of the game, Dorman's defense took charge. They forced Gaffney into costly turnovers and limited them to 12 points.

    Dorman won the game 21-12.

Qyen Griffin, South Panola

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    Star senior running back, Griffin ran for 246 yards and scored two TDs in a dominating victory against the Petal Panthers.

    It was a shutout-victory for South Panola, who won the game 38-0.

    Next up for the top-ranked South Panola is Colquitt County this weekend.

Maine South

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    A 28-game winning streak came to an end for Maine South as they fell to Schaumburg to open their season.

    It was big victory for Schaumburg as they finally toppled Maine South, who started the season ranked No. 19 on the USA Today Super 25 poll.

    Maine South won back-to-back state 8A titles the previous two seasons.


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    Schaumburg had a coming out of sorts as they took down the powerful Maine South team.

    The star of the game was running back Shepard Little who rushed for 239 yards and scored a TD.