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Instant Replay: Storied rivalries and playoff performances

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Indeed, Turkey Week did as senior analyst Dallas Jackson said it would, delivering plenty of pulsating football without a single stinker of a game among the national caliber fare on offer. And while some of those matchups didn't proceed exactly as might have been expected, they still provided plenty of topics for a holiday weekend conversation, a chat which will only get more interesting given the latest state of the RivalsHigh 100 national rankings.

Phillipsburg (N.J.) 3, Easton (Penn.) 0: The 104th meeting of one the nation's oldest rivalries was supposed to be all about offense. Then a fine coating of snow blanketed Fisher Field at Lafayette College, Phillipsburg's defense turned in a performance for the ages and Anthony Castro hit a 25-yard field goal on the team's only overtime posession, giving the Stateliners a stunning 3-0 win and ending a four-year Easton winning streak in the century-old rivalry.

No. 10 Northwestern (S.C.) 41, No. 32 Goose Creek (S.C.) 34: The thing that makes top-50 faceoffs like this one in South Carolina so special in November is that they often have state semifinal or championship game berths on the line with them. That was the case on Friday, with undefeated Northwestern falling behind 13-0 in the first half only to charge back behind quarterback Justin Worley, who passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more to lead the Trojans to their third straight Class AAAA Division II state title game.

No. 9 Katy (Texas) 32, No. 63 North Shore (Texas) 27: Instead of the 44-6 rout Katy rolled to against North Shore early in the season, this was a dogfight throughout, with the Tigers holding on in their toughtest game of the season, earning a berth in the Class 5A Division I regional final.

No. 20 Wheaton Warrenville South (Ill.) 28, Lake Zurich (Ill.) 17: The Tigers used a fierce second half and two fourth quarter touchdowns from running back Matt Rogers to cap back-to-back Class 7A state titles -- the third in the past five years for WWS -- and a 14-0 season in highly-touted quarterback Riley O'Toole's final high school game.

No. 46 Bishop Gorman (Nev.) 28, No. 99 Palo Verde (Nev.) 10: Bishop Gorman appeared headed for a 3-0 halftime deficit when the defending champions' offense finally woke up, sprinting down the field to score a touchdown in the final 27 seconds of the half, culminated by a touchdown pass with 1.4 seconds remaining. That was all the Gaels needed, with Gorman putting together a dominant second half en route to a second-consecutive berth in the state title game. All of that made the Palo Verde tilt a lot closer than the Gorman win you see below, but a bit more memorable, too.

No. 43 Daphne (Ala.) 47, No. 46 Davidson (Ala.) 14: Of all the tight games over the weekend, the Daphne Davidson faceoff was expected to be among the tightest. Instead, it was the biggest blowout, with 14-0 Daphne quarterback Russ Moseley tossing five touchdown passes en route to a berth in the Class 6A state championship game.

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