The action unfolded over multiple days, but the Week 7 slate of top games was almost like a "Super Sunday" set of matchups. None were more important than the potential national title trail determinant face off between Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep and Lakeville (Ohio) St. Edward, but a handful of other huge games also could have major implications in the RivalsHigh 100 as the season rolls on.
• No. 5 Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep 38, No. 17 Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward 7: Both teams entered this nighttime Saturday matchup at Fordham University with legitimate hopes for a run toward a potential national title in the second half of the season. It became clear relatively early that only one of those teams would emerge from the face off with any semblance of a hope for those goals. Perhaps Rivals.com national analyst Mike Farrell, who was at the game, put it best:
"We figured at the beginning of the game it would be speed versus size," Rivals.com national analyst Mike Farrell said. "And wow was St. Edward big, but Bosco was so tough and had a 'punch you in the face' mentality that I don't think St. Ed was ready for it.
"You could tell that by the middle of the second quarter Bosco took the will away from them."
• No. 13 Good Counsel (Md.) 35, DeMatha (Md.) 21: Good Counsel and DeMatha are among the most heated Catholic rivals in Maryland ... and possibly the entire country. Because of that, anytime they face off, anything can happen. Still, in this rendition of the annual emotionally-charge match-up, form held as the Falcons rallied past some early offensive sputters to pull away with a crucial victory.
• No. 27 Miramar (Fla.) 27, No. 4 Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas 20: No one -- really, no one -- seemed to see this upset coming. Sure, Miramar had given perennial title contender Aquinas trouble in the past, but this St. Thomas squad was supposed to be too battle tested to give in to a team compared to which it simply had more talent. Instead, Miramar gutted out a tight battle, eventually escaping in overtime with one of the bigger upsets of the 2011 season ... if not the biggest of all.
• No. 52 Mentor (Ohio) 44, No. 51 Solon (Ohio) 20: This was supposed to be the most even matchup of the weekend's highly-hyped slate, but it may have been among the most one-sided. The Comets simply couldn't keep up with a rapidly rising Mentor team that could yet emerge as the class of a tough Cleveland region that also includes the likes of the St. Edward Eagles.
• No. 84 Westlake (Calif.) 43, No. 48 Westlake (Calif.) Oaks Christian 21: Legendary Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell tried to add intensity to his team's annual matchup with crosstown rival Westlake by having the entire squad walk the 20 minute stretch between the two schools. The strategy may have helped people pay even more attention to the annual grudge match, but it didn't help the Lions on the field as Westlake took control in the second half en route to a surprisingly one-sided route.
• Jefferson City (Mo.) 33, No. 94 (Mo.) Rockhurst 30: How can you tell two teams are incredibly evenly matched? Well, when it takes a full football game and two overtime periods to eventually drag out a three-point victory for one over the other, that's always a pretty good sign. In this case, Jefferson City made up for blowing a huge first half lead and a missed field goal as time expired to escape with an upset victory over Missouri rival Rockhurst, ending a 13-game losing streak in the rivalry.
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