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Instant Replay: Top dogs stay hot while other traditional powers fall

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Even if this week's biggest games weren't all nailbiters, they were all still significant, including a pair of games in which traditional powers were toppled by teams they've traditionally kept under wraps. Here's how the nation's best matchups, as pointed out in the Weekend Watch, shook out. And be sure to see how the results jostled up the RivalsHigh 100.

Aloha (Ore.) 38, No. 52 Jesuit (Ore.) 25: This win was 25 years in the making for the Warriors, who knocked off a state powerhouse on the cusp of the RivalsHigh 100 Top 50, racking up a fifth win a row in the process. Most of the credit for that success is due to blistering fast sophomore running back Thomas Tyner, who is now averaging an astounding 12.8 yards per carry and who bolted past Jesuit defenders all night on Friday.

No. 54 Pittsburgh Central Catholic (Penn.) 21, Gateway (Penn.) 7: A 14-point victory may not look like a dominant performance, but the final score of this grudge match was deceptive. Central Catholic held Gateway to minus-6 offensive yards in the first half, and used two touchdown runs by fullback Jason Luster and an impressive running performance by freshman Luigi Lista-Brinza to manhandle Gateway.

No. 24 Wheaton-Warrenville South (Ill.) 49, Glenbard North (Ill.) 6: If this is as tough a test as the Tigers are going to get, we might as well crown them state champions now and save everyone the trouble and embarrassment. WWS has now knocked off four teams which, like themselves, are ranked in state polls by an average score of 43-10. In fact, with Tigers quarterback Ricky O'Toole cruising to another 200-plus yards, three-touchdown performance, the most dramatic moment of Wheaton-Warrenville South's homecoming game might have been the scintillating performance of the Star-Spangled Banner by one of the school's guitar players.

No. 65 Coppell (Texas) 35, Southlake Carroll (Texas) 17: Just because the Dragons are the flat-track bullies of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex doesn't mean that they have to win their district title every year. It's starting to look more and more likely that this will be one of the years they don't, thanks to Coppell's impressive, power running-based win on Friday night. Cam McDaniel gained 175 yards on 27 carries against Carroll to help push Coppell past the second of its main district rivals, after it beat Denton Guyer earlier this season.

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Columbus (Fla.) 29, No. 59 Miami Northwestern (Fla.) 8: We're not quite sure why this game turned out the way it did. Maybe the Northwestern Bulls were still dealing with a disappointing hangover from a tough loss to Miami Central last week. Maybe the Explorers really are that good. Whichever was the true impetus for this one-sided result, Columbus took an authoritative step toward the playoffs and a likely first-round rematch against Northwestern, which has eliminated the Explorers twice in the past five years.

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No. 1 South Panola (Miss.) 62, Tupelo (Miss.) 6: This was supposed to be as close to a real test for the Tigers as any they'll see. Considering the fact that the Batesville-based school has crushed everything in its path this season, that's a daunting task for any opponent. Tupelo was no exception, even with FOX Sports cameras in attendance. Of course, if the Tigers are to go on and win the school's first national title, there will probably be more cameras to come.

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