What a week it was in high school football around the southeast! Let’s open up the notebook again to review what we saw.
Sony Michel ran for two touchdowns for American Heritage-Plantation in its victory over rival American Heritage-Delray in our High School Football Friday Nights telecast on CSS. The five-star running back displayed to the southeast and Georgia fans in particular why the Dawgs were so excited to add him as a commitment to their 2014 recruiting class. Of course, some fans had expressed some concerns about his early-season rushing totals being a little lower than many would have expected. My response to that is to remind people to pay attention to the schedule his team is playing. The Patriots are facing one of the toughest schedules that anyone in the state of Florida will compete against in this or any other year. When he shows up in Athens, he will arrive having been tested by the best defenses that any high school back can face. He will be more than ready to challenge for playing time on the college field.
Speaking of Michel, one of the other interesting moments from our game on Friday involved a big play he didn’t make. His quarterback Torrance Gibson threw him a screen pass, and for a moment it looked like it might go for a big gain. However, cornerback Devin Singletary for Delray made a beautiful open field tackle on Michel. It was an impressive display of ability for any player, but to remember that Singletary is only a sophomore made the feat that much more worthy of mention. In fact, Singletary is one of many young players playing a lot of action on both sides of the ball for Stacey Sizemore’s team. The Stallions lost 20 players off last year’s squad who have now moved on to play college football. The crop of young talent we saw from Delray on TV this weekend has me thinking they will be back to their accustomed spot competing for state championships again very soon.
The other big story from the Sunshine State was Booker T. Washington’s win over Miami Central. Add that performance to a resume that already includes a win over Norcross (GA), and there is little doubt that the Tornadoes are the nation’s No. 1 team.
If you saw our CSS High School Football Southeastern Top 25 this week you probably noticed that Buford (GA) climbed a few spots. You may have also noticed that they did so by knocking off the defending Class 5A state champion from Georgia in Gainesville. The Wolves under coach Jess Simpson have been no strangers to big wins in recent years, but this may have been one of their biggest victories yet considering they are only a 3A school beating the reigning champion of a larger classification, and that the Red Elephants have arguably the nation’s best quarterback in Clemson commit Deshaun Watson.
Moving on to the state of Alabama, how many teams in the country are playing better defense than Auburn High School? The Tigers are loaded on that side of the ball and that makes them a major factor in the Yellow Hammer State.
Have you seen Darrell Henderson running the football for South Panola (MS)? He is truly a star! We are looking forward to featuring him in an upcoming telecast on CSS. His team is barnstorming its way across the southeast and doing so in fine fashion. It is also prominently featured in this week’s Top 25.
Before we close up the notebook, I also want to take a moment to remark about Byrnes (SC) scoring 82 points on Friday night. The Rebels who have long been known for a dynamic running game have become quite lethal throwing the ball. Quarterback Shuler Bentley threw nine touchdowns on Friday night in a win vs. Woodruff.
I don’t know that we’ll see that many points this week in our televised game between Beech and Independence from Nashville. However, I expect it to be a great game nonetheless.