One of the best things about getting to broadcast high school football games around the southeast is the opportunity to profile some of the elite programs that make this region famous. And this Friday night we will get a chance to do that again as we travel to Memphis to televise the game between Memphis University School and South Panola (MS).
Both of these teams honorably represent the great heritage of championship-caliber football that exists at each of their respective schools. However, I was particularly struck by just how dominant South Panola has been in Mississippi. For instance, did you know that the Tigers won their 10th state championship last season? And were you aware that South Panola also put together the nation’s third-longest winning streak of all-time in the first half of the last decade when the program put 89 straight games in the victory column? It is truly an amazing program and the game with Memphis University School is going to be explosive! I certainly hope you will join us for the telecast.
Since we will be in Memphis on Friday, let me take a moment to comment on some of the other big stories from the state of Tennessee. One of the teams you should take note of has to be Ensworth (Nashville). They are quite possibly the most physical team in the southeast. Also worth mentioning are those cardiac kids from Whitehaven (Memphis). They seem to find a new way every week to pull out close wins. And how about the job quarterback John Garrett is doing for Maryville? He is making it happen with his arm and his legs, and his team just keeps on winning.
Speaking of quarterbacks, the No. 2 team in our CSS High School Football Southeastern Top 25 this week is Karr from New Orleans, LA. I am hearing some great things about their signal caller, Speedy Noil. He’s definitely a player you will want to remember. You also won’t want to overlook Curtis High School. They lost a tough ballgame last week, but there’s plenty of good football ahead from the folks in River Ridge before this season is done.
From South Carolina, congratulations go out to the players and fans of Northwestern in Rock Hill not only because you got a big win over Byrnes, but because you may have given us the most exciting game of the season so far. What a thriller that one must have been!
In Georgia, there is a big story brewing in the town of Suwanee. The Bulldogs of North Gwinnett have been a power for a few years, but it would appear they’ve fielded their strongest team ever this season. This past Friday they became the first team this season in the state’s highest classification to win after moving to No. 1 in the rankings. Bob Sphire is one of the bright head coaching minds around and you know he is having a great time coaching his son, Hayden, at quarterback.
Also from Georgia, Sandy Creek continued its winning ways with a victory over rival East Coweta this past week. The school that gave us Calvin Johnson seems to be dynamic on the offensive side of the ball again.
Elsewhere around the region, it continues to be another banner year for talent in the state of Florida. They provide eight teams for this week’s CSS High School Football Southeastern Top 25 and none of the teams listed appear to be flukes. Of special note is St Thomas Aquinas from Ft Lauderdale. Aquinas took care of the aforementioned Curtis (LA) on Friday night in a stellar interstate matchup. It was a great win for a great progam.
So, as you can see, the last seven days have been very busy for fans of high school football around the southeast. And things won’t slow down any time soon. We are gearing up for a tremendous broadcast on Friday. South Panola and Memphis University School should put on quite a show. I hope you will join us for it on CSS and then talk about it on twitter using #HSFBTALK.
I’ll see you Friday night!