Instant Replay: Intra-state faceoffs clear up ranking questions

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally

Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas was undoubtedly the big winner during the weekly RivalsHigh 100 shakeup after prevailing against California powerhouse Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, thanks in large part to Aquinas' unheralded starting quarterback, but plenty of other big time face offs from the Weekend Watch presaged more major rankings moves.

No. 4 Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas 30, No. 8 Concord (Calif.) De La Salle 6: If you were among the rare few predicting that STA starting passer Max Lescano would out-perform Elite 11, Wisconsin-bound stud Bart Houston of De La Salle, well, Prep Rally thinks you're lying. Still, Lescano's performance was the clear highlight of a dominant outing from STA, which rolled to a 30-6 win and more national prominence with a key bi-coastal victory.

No. 13 Cincinnati Moeller 27, No. 29 Cincinnati St. Xavier 24: Ohio doesn't get the press of Florida or Texas, but few areas have more depth of talent than Cincinnati. This week it was Moeller who prevailed in yet another huge faceoff featuring teams from the chili city, thanks to a late missed field by St. X after Moeller coach John Rodenberg called a timeout with just six seconds left to ice the Bombers' kicker.

No. 84 Mission Viejo (Calif.) 17, No. 81 Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 12: You think Long Beach Poly fans are getting frustrated with the school's ongoing losing streak to Mission Viejo yet? The Diablos escaped with a win for the fourth consecutive year thanks to staunch defending that held Poly's vaunted offense to just 9 rushing yards in the entire game.

No. 25 Pittsburgh (Penn.) Central Catholic 31, Woodland Hills (Penn.) 13: Central Catholic was in control of this game throughout, but did have to ward off one major Woodland Hills rally in the second half, when the Wolverines cut the lead to 17-7 just before the start of the fourth quarter. Rather than wilt, Central Catholic running back Damion Jones-Moore took control, running for 100 yards in the final quarter alone to add space and burn time in salting away another big victory.

No. 94 Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles 26, Fleming Island (Fla.) 22: Want to track down the most clutch defensive play of the week? Look no farther than this Florida face off, where Bolles star DJ Stewart sacked Fleming Island quarterback Dante Roberts in the end zone with just 1:16 remaining, turning a narrow 24-22 Bolles lead into a 26-22 edge and almost guaranteed victory. That is clutch.

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No. 93 Omaha (Neb.) Burke 42, Papillion (Neb.) La Vista 35: Of all the key games across the weekend, this one may have lived up to the hype more than any other. With the game on the line, Burke held off Papillion after a stunning offensive explosion in which both Papillion quarterback Zach Cook and his Burke counterpart Alex Ditoro set school passing records. Who says Nebraska is still a grind-it-out running football state, huh?

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