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August 29, 2010

Sat. roundup: No. 29 Steele fumbles away win

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It wasn't exactly the debut that Tommy Armstrong and his Cibolo (Texas) Steele teammates had in mind.

Armstrong, who spent most of last year on the defensive side of the ball, was making his first start at quarterback.

Steele, meanwhile, was making its debut in Class 5A, after reaching the state semifinals in Class 4A last year.

But an early case of the fumbles put Steele in a hole, and the No. 29 team in the RivalsHigh 100 fell to San Antonio (Texas) James Madison, 28-23.

Madison running back Aaron Green, a four-star prospect, led the way with three touchdowns for Madison, on runs of 6, 25 and 68 yards. He finished the game with 178 yards on 24 carries.

Green's counterpart, Malcolm Brown, did his part to get Steele back in the game, scoring two touchdowns - one on a 10-yard reception and the other on an impressive 88-yard sprint, where he broke multiple tackles with a nice spin move en route to the end zone.

But Armstrong had problems throughout the game with the exchange from center, putting the ball on the ground routinely. While not all resulted in turnovers, many were drive-killers for the Steele offense, as Armstrong was chasing the ball in the backfield.

Steele had one last chance to try to win the game, driving deep into Madison territory in the final minute of the game. But on 4th down, Armstrong's pass fell through the hands of sophomore receiver Matthew Mayle, turning the ball over on downs.

Brown, a five-star recruit, finished the game with 185 yards.

  • RivalsHigh take: It was a bit of a stretch to throw Cibolo as high as we did into the rankings with the new class and new QB. The team looked good all summer and probably will rebound from this loss. A lot was jitters from Armstrong and that is understandable; he will settle in and the Knights will still be a force.
  • In other games involving Top 100 teams Saturday night:

    No. 4 South Panola 65, Colquitt County 35

    Batesville (Miss.) South Panola was too much for Colquitt County in a game played in Moultrie, Ga. Or should we say, senior running back Qyen Griffin was too much. Griffin ran for six TDs (8, 5, 75 15, 76 and 2) on the way to a 286-yard night.

    South Panola, which also got two scores from Kendrick Market (43-yard run, 82-yard interception return), ran for 447 of its 462 total yards to improve to 2-0. It was the second straight loss for Colquitt County, which began the year ranked in the RivalsHigh Top 100.

  • RivalsHigh take: In two games, South Panola has looked unstoppable. In a season when much was expected, the Tigers actually have over-delivered. A big win out of state is a nice feather in the cap.
  • No. 6 Trinity 35, Tyler Lee 0

    It took a quarter for Lahi Kautai and Euless (Texas) Trinity to warm up, but they eventually proved to be too much for Tyler (Texas) Lee in Tyler.

    Trinity, with junior QB Kautai making his first start, was stopped on its first two possessions, scored twice in the second quarter to take control. Oklahoma commit Brandon Carter caught TD passes of 44 and 20 yards while Terrence Tusan ran for two scores.

    Kautai finished with 165 yards passing (and those two TDs) and 91 yards rushing. Tevin Williams had the other rushing touchdown.

  • RivalsHigh take: Trinity entered the year with only one real question mark - their play quarterback. While Lee isn't the end all team, it was good to see Lahi Kautai's ability to move the ball through the air and on the ground.
  • No. 55 Allen 33, No. 40 Cedar Hill 27

    After falling behind 14-3, Allen rattled off 24 unanswered points and then held on for the victory at the Tom Landry Classic on the campus of Southern Methodist in University Park, Texas.

    Junior quarterback Alec Morris was 18-for-24 for 223 yards and two TDs - both coming in the second quarter to Jonathon Lee to turn the game around. The pair hooked up for a 20-yard strike with 3:10 to go to cut the lead to 14-10, then gave Allen a 17-14 halftime lead when they connected on a 9-yard scoring pass with 31 seconds left. Lee finished with five catches for 89 yards.

    Cedar Hill's Driphus Jackson was the stat star of the night, throwing for 338 yards and three TDs and rushing for 72 yards.

  • RivalsHigh take: Cedar Hill proves that - once again - having more college prospects on the field does not guarantee success. Allen is a team loaded with solid high school football players and it showed in this game.
  • No. 72 Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern 42, Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe 20

    Trailing 20-7 early in the third quarter, Northwestern quarterback Justin Worley suddenly got hot. And not just because of the soaring temperatures on the field.

    Worley connected with receivers for five touchdowns in the quarter, as Northwestern stunned South Pointe with its quick-strike ability.

    An 18-yard pass to Stewart Hunt got things started. Then after a turnover, a 5-yard pass to LaThomas Long tied put Northwestern ahead by a point.

    And from there? It just got silly.

    Worley threw a jump ball into the end zone, which receiver Brandon Lewis went up and grabbed for a score, then a lob pass to Robert Joseph for another touchdown and, finally, a 57-yard touchdown catch by Lewis wound down the third quarter.

    He was a perfect 12-for-12 passing in the second half.

    South Pointe's Jadeveon Clowney, a five-star prospect, made his impact known early in the game and had nine tackles - four for a loss - and two sacks.

    But even he couldn't stop Worley and the Trojans' potent offensive display.

  • RivalsHigh take: Northwestern may have staked a claim to the early No. 1 spot in South Carolina with its offensive display against a very fast and active defense. Worley, a recent Tennessee commit, is a three-year starter and throwing the ball all over the yard is going to be the norm this season.
  • No. 82 Glades Central 6, Skyline 0

    In a defensive struggle, Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central used a 9-yard TD run from Dominique Gibson to produce a 6-0 victory at the Gridiron Challenge in Daytona Beach.

    Gibson led Glades Central with 82 yards rushing, but the Glades offense was the difference. Its ball-control offense and relentless defense limited Skyline to just six plays in the fourth quarter and held it to just 134 yards for the game.

  • RivalsHigh take: Don't be confused by the total snoozer of a game. The 6-0 final wasn't the statement game either team wanted, but it did prove that a Florida Class 2A elite can play and beat a Texas 5A team.
  • Kahuku (Hawaii) High 49, Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis School 27

    It was a back-and-forth affair in the first half of this Friday night matchup.

    But the second half was all Kahuku.

    Trailing by a point at the break, 21-20, the Kahuku offense put on a show in the second half and pulled away for the win.

    Sophomore running back Aofaga Wily led Kahuku with 19 carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns, including a 32 yarder where he showed is explosive ability at the line of scrimmage, running over everyone on his way to the end zone.

    St. Louis quarterback Marcus Mariotta put on a show despite the loss, finishing 26-of-43 for 319 yards in the air, 60 yards on the ground, two touchdowns - including a 59-yard run on the second play from scrimmage - and an interception.

  • RivalsHigh take: Kahuku's passing game was markedly improved and some of the play calling was refreshing - although it was great to see them line up in that power formation and hammer away when they needed or wanted to. Kahuku firms up its spot as the top team in Hawaii with the win. For St. Louis, it's no wonder Oregon pulled the trigger early on offering Mariotta. - Dirk Knudsen

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