We're through Week 1 of the football season, and the big changes and shifts have already started. That was most evident in Alabama, where the nation's number 1 ranked team tumbled and the number 73 squad pulled off a big win against the defending national champs, all creating a big shuffle in the RivalsHigh100. Here's how the weekend's biggest games played out, with some of the biggest plays that popped up in all of them.
• No. 9 Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas 34, No. 1 Prattville (Ala.) 31: This was Prattville's big chance to prove that it deserves to be the top team in the nation ... and miscues cost it. With a program like annual national title contenders Thomas Aquinas, any mistakes are costly, particularly with newcomers like Bryan Cox Jr. appearing to set the stage for a future as a constant cause of havoc for opposing offenses.
• No. 73 Hoover (Ala.) 24, No. 10 Batestville (Miss.) South Panola 13: Is it possible to underwhelm in a statement win? That's what some are wondering after watching Hoover roll to a 24-13 victory against defending national champ South Panola, yet disappoint in many ways while doing so. As RivalsHigh senior analyst Dallas Jackson put it, "[Hoover won] a game they would have lost on the eyeball test." If you need more proof of that, just check out the clip above, which includes highlights and analysis from both the Thomas Aquinas and Hoover victories.
• No. 13 Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain 17, No. 18 Cocoa (Fla.) 7: Colerain pushed its nearly unbelievable home winning streak to 60 games by ending the almost as unbelievable 38-game winning streak mounted by Cocoa, which hadn't fallen since October of 2008. The finale of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown lived up to the hype, as the Cardinals scored a touchdown on the ground with just 1:22 remaining to finally end a furious fight from the Florida 2A power.
• No. 27 Katy (Texas) 34, No. 44 Galena (Texas) North Shore 6: This was supposed to be a top notch face-off of two of the biggest powers in the Houston area to kick off the Texas season for the fourth year running. Instead it ended up being a surprisingly one-sided domination by Katy, which rolled by an impressively efficient performance by quarterback Brooks Haack, who threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores.
• Gaffney (S.C.) 35, Dorman (S.C.) 14: One team or the other was going to emerge from this early-season clash with a rocket-boosted campaign, and that team was definitely Gaffney, as the Indians rolled to a convincing 35-14 rout as the Cavaliers wore down in the second half. Whether or not Gaffney was more prepared for the big showdown having played a game the prior week is a point for debate, but the Indians' ability to close a game no longer is under any such doubt.
• No. 5 Seffner (Fla.) Armwood 20, No. 7 Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman 17: If Armwood had found a way to lose after holding a dominant, 20-3 lead at one point, this game could have been an embarrassment. Instead it may prove to be a national title run launcher as the school which travelled 2,000 miles unseated and unsettled Bishop Gorman's hopes of an undefeated season itself.
- Thomas Aquinas