It was a weekend of oversized drama in many of the nation's top high school football games, with two top contests needed overtime heroics as the biggest games finally started to focus on intra-state showdowns. Here's how the matchups highlighted in last week's RivalsHigh Weekend Watch shook out, and be sure to check out all the RivalsHigh100 implications that followed.
It's not often that a Bay State game is billed as the weekend's best, but this one actually lived up to the billing. Xavieran Brothers eventually needed an interception in the end zone and subsequent 19-yard field goal to edge a tough Brockton team.
The one interstate face off of the weekend might have been the best true high octane matchup, with traditional Northern California power De La Salle rallying from a 14-7 halftime deficit and fourth quarter tie for an impressive victory over visiting Gorman.
For years, St. Xavier has been Moeller's bug-a-boo. Finally, the Crusaders got past the Bombers, shutting down St. X after spotting the Bombers a 7-0 lead and then putting together enough offense to hold on for a huge win in Cincinnati.
Hoover faced it's first test of the season on Friday, but was still hardly tested after falling behind 7-0. The Buccaneers also trailed 10-6 before running away with 27 straight points and another surprisingly easy in-state victory.
Woodland Hills may be responsible for more NFL players than any other school in America, but Central Catholic has more game-ready talent now, as the Vikings proved on Friday night, with CC running back Damion Jones-Moore rushing for 239 yards and three touchdowns in his school's win.
It took more than just resilience for a 1-3 Longview team to top one of the nation's most tested teams in Abilene; it also took a fake kick in overtime to push the Lobos past the Eagles, despite a 99-yard kickoff return touchdown that stands as the longest in Abilene history.