The bulk of attention from the weekend's slate of action may have focused on Las Vegas, where a huge inter-state clash between Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman School and Anaheim (Calif.) Servite High went down to the wire, but other states across the nation also hosted huge rivalry games that had a profound effect on the most recent RivalsHigh 100. Here's how they all shook out:
• No. 7 Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman 31, No. 38 Anaheim (Calif.) Servite 28: Gorman wasn't perfect, but it was good enough to pull out a huge win against one of Southern California's best, thanks to a last minute field goal and some important timely plays from Shaq Powell.
• No. 5 Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep 33, Bergen (N.J.) Catholic 22: In past years, this was arguably the biggest high school game of the entire year anywhere in the country. Not this year, though it still is likely to be the most important in-state face off for Don Bosco before the state playoffs, where they might just see Bergen Catholic again. Maybe that time, Bergen Catholic can hold on to a lead it takes into the final quarter, as it did in this matchup (Bergen led 22-21 at the end of the third).
• No. 36 Miami (Fla.) Central 37, No. 20 Miami (Fla.) Columbus 34: The first of many top-notch and highly ranked Miami face offs lived up to its high billing, with the Rockets eventually escaping thanks to a 3-yard touchdown run by running back Joseph Yearby with only 22 seconds remaining.
• No. 10 Warren (Ind.) Central 22, No. 41 Carmel (Ind.) 20: It took until the game's final play, but Warren Central finally did find a way to get on top of Carmel, using a 38-yard field goal on the game's final play to escape with a narrow, two-point victory against fellow state power Carmel. Whether Carmel gets another shot at Central will depend on the teams' relative playoff draws, though it seems like a good likelihood for a late season rematch. That could be enough motivation for Carmel, which missed a two-point conversion earlier in the fourth quarter to set the stage for Central's late heroics.
• Denton (Texas) Guyer 31, No. 86 Coppell (Texas) 7: This game was supposed to serve as a litmus test for two teams which both sat near the RivalsHigh 100 bubble. In the end, it was Denton Guyer's message which was received, after the Wildcats rattled off 31 consecutive points after letting Coppell score on its first drive, sending a message to the best teams in Texas and staking a claim to why they might deserve to be among the RivalsHigh 100 themselves.
• No. 28 Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton 28, Chandler (Ariz.) 21: Hamilton may be the 500-pound gorilla of Arizona football, but crosstown rival Chandler is often the biggest threat to the Huskies' desert pigskin empire. That being said, Chandler has never beaten the more famed program in its own hometown, and it still hasn't, despite holding a 21-13 lead at home in the fourth quarter on Friday. Rarer has such a capitulation been a more glaring case of self destruction, either, as Chandler fumbled four times in the final period alone, paving the way for another great Huskies escape as Chandler's 15-year losing streak lives on.
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