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Instant Replay: Rivalry blowouts precede playoffs

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As the season heads toward state playoffs across the nation, big district foes got last shots at heated faceoffs against hated rivals. And how did all those highlighted games from the Weekend Watch shake out? See for yourself below, then see how those results shook up the latest RivalsHigh 100.

No. 52 West Jones (Miss.) 40, Wayne County 14: The annual rivalry between West Jones and Wayne County is one the most pitched battles in Mississippi, so it was a shock when ranked West Jones rolled up a 40-14 rout on Friday, despite the Mustangs' clearly superior talent. West Jones got out to a dominant start and never looked back, essentially limiting Wayne County to a pair of big plays in a one-sided statement win.

No. 26 St. Edward (Ohio) 31, Moeller (Ohio) 7: It was enough for Cleveland-area St. Edward to make traditional Ohio power and Catholic brethren Archbishop Moeller travel all the way up from the southern edge of the state to be systematically dismantled, they also did it with style, rolling to a 14-0 first quarter lead and leaving Moeller completely overrun after that. While they may not have the overall talent of Glendale, Ohio's top-ranked team, St. Ed is making a statement that they'll be a serious playoff contender, at the very least.

A&M Consolidated 24, No. 92 Copperas Cove 10: After building all season to an entrance in the RivalsHigh 100, Copperas Cove found its way out without breaking through the top-90 after a loss to longtime Texas District 12 rival A&M Consolidated. The Tigers, who have also lost just once, held a powerful Copperas Cove offense to just 77 yards in the first half en route to a signature victory before the playoffs. Running back Clinton Banks, who you see warming up below, helped carry the load for a tough Tigers backfield which wore down Copperas Cove.

No. 6 Phoebus (Va.) 37, Hampton (Va.) 12: The biggest game of the year in Virginia's Tidewater region was more one-sided than most could remember it. Not only did nationally top-10 ranked Phoebus rout the Crabbers, they sent them their first loss of the season and worst setback since a 34-7 season-ending demolition at the hands of Norfolk (Va.) Lake Tyler in the 2008 state playoffs.

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No. 15 Northwestern (S.C.) 42, Clover (S.C.) 14: What was supposed to be a serious threat to Northwestern's South Carolina supremacy ended up as a springboard for Northwestern quarterback Justin Worley's latest record-setting performance. Worley passed for 429 yards and four touchdowns in the surprisingly straightforward Northwestern win, becoming the first South Carolina quarterback to accumulate 11,000 yards in the process. He also set a new state standard for most career touchdowns with 131, topping the previous mark set by Everett Golson.

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No. 46 Mullen (Colo.) 28, Arapahoe (Colo.) 3: This Big 6 League faceoff was just as one-sided as the scoreline suggests, with Adonis Ameen-Moore racking up 105 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the second quarter alone to help keep Mullen undefeated with a win that paints Mullen as the class of their league.

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