Records break, Bergen falls and an impact injury headline Week 5
Derrick Henry broke the single game Florida rushing record with 502 yards
Mike Richardson became the first Texas QB in history to eclipse 700 yards passing
Bergen Catholic (N.J.) lost to an in-state rival just one week after a signature win
Derrick Henry and Mike Richardson care little for these so-called "records."
Video game numbers are common in high school football, but Henry and Richardson broke records in two football-crazed states that between them churn out hundreds of Division I players.
And in between two legendary individual efforts was one of the best in-state games of the year... in New Jersey.
Let us begin.
Oh, Henry: Visitors packed into the modest stands at Yulee (Fla.) because they knew one career mark would likely be broken. It's unlikely those same bystanders knew what else they would witness.
Derrick Henry, one of the top running prospects in the class of 2013, entered Friday night's game against Jackson (Fla.) poised to pass state legend Emmitt Smith for second place in alltime rushing yards. Henry needed only 51 yards to surpass the NFL's al-time rushing leader; he ended up with an extra 451.
Not only did Henry shatter Smith's career numbers in Yulee's 42-25 victory, he broke the Florida single-game rushing record with 502 yards and tied his own personal career high with six touchdowns. Henry had 339 yards at halftime and 429 yards at the end of the third quarter. A four-star prospect by Rivals.com, Henry is said to favor Alabama, but none of that mattered in a performance that should endure in the Florida record books. The Florida Times-Union noted that Henry also has 38 consecutive 100-yard rushing games, one off the national record set by current Pitt running back Rushel Shell.
A big, physical back, Henry's recruitment should be an entertaining one as signing day nears.
This Mike's on fire: In his first three games of the season, Marble Falls (Texas) quarterback Mike Richardson had thrown for 760 yards and 13 touchdowns. In one game, he almost doubled his season passing total.
Richardson positively shattered the Texas single-game record last Thursday night, throwing for 724 yards and seven touchdown passes in Marble Falls' 62-55 win over Borne Champion (Texas). Richardson became the first quarterback in Texas history to break 700 yards passing in a game (the former record was 683) and broke the 2011 record set by former Wichita Falls (Texas) quarterback Dylan Sheffield.
Only as good as your last outing: Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) rose to No. 4 in last week's rankings, but the glory of a cross-country victory over Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) all disappeared in a week. The Crusaders lost a back-and-forth affair to St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.), 38-37 in overtime. In a game littered with big plays and long touchdowns, Bergen Catholic was unable to convert the game-tying extra point in overtime, and in turn shook up both the national and New Jersey hierarchy. It was the first conference game for both teams, and now both await renowned powerhouse Don Bosco.
And now, the rankings:
Previous rank: 1
Last game: Bye
Next game: at Southeast (Bradenton, Fla.)
It would be wrong to punish any team for a bye, and there is still no indication that any team maintains the versatility and talent that Manatee does. Friday night will be an all-Bradenton showdown, as the town's two undefeated teams battle one another for local supremacy.
Previous rank: 2
Last game: Won 35-27 over St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.)
Next game: 10/5 vs. Servite (Anaheim, Calif.)
The Eagles maintained their perfect record with an impressive victory over one of California's top teams, but the postgame mood was decidedly glum when it was revealed that star quarterback Johnny Stanton suffered a torn ACL. Stanton, who is committed to Nebraska, should remain one of the top dual-threat quarterback targets in the nation, but the injury is a significant blow at a terrible time. Until the injury, Stanton had thrown for 949 yards and 11 touchdowns while running for 386 yards and eight scores.
Previous rank: 3
Last game: Won 56-0 over Cohen (New Orleans, La.)
Next game: vs. Riverside (Reserve, La.)
Curtis scored five touchdowns on its first eight plays and racked up 319 yards on 24 plays before filing the substitutes in and out. The Patriots get another easy date next week when they take on winless Riverside.
Previous rank: 5
Last game: Won 56-0 over Lake Washington (Kirkland, Wash.)
Next game: vs. Juanita (Kirkland, Wash.)
The Wolverines are now just overtly showcasing their state dominance every time they take the field. Facing a Lake Washington team that managed 127 points in its first three games, Bellevue silenced its opponent for the second consecutive week.
Previous rank: 6
Last game: Won 48-14 over Granada (Livermore, Calif.)
Next game: vs. Livermore (Calif.)
The Spartans never punted and coasted to victory despite two turnovers in the first half. Coach Bob Ladouceur's squad is in good position to finish the regular season undefeated, but a potential trap game looms in two weeks against Foothill (Pleasanton, Calif).
Previous rank: 7
Last game: Won 35-7 over Boiling Springs (Spartanburg, S.C.)
Next game: @ Spartanburg (S.C.)
Quarterback Shuler Bentley continued his breakout senior season with five touchdowns and more than 400 passing yards in the Bulldogs' rocky but eventually dominating victory over Boiling Springs. Byrnes is another team in position to finish the regular season undefeated barring a major upset and should be in good shape to repeat as state champions.
Previous rank: 8
Last game: Won 34-10 over McDowell (Erie, Pa.)
Next game: vs. Glenville (Cleveland)
The Wildcats continued their physically dominating brand of football with a gritty road performance against one of the top teams in Pennsylvania. St. Ignatius only led by three at the half, but stymied McDowell on defense and piled on three touchdowns to put the game out of reach. After two straight weeks in Pennsylvania, the Wildcats will host Glenville (Ohio), which has won its last three games by a combined score of 159-0, next week.
Previous rank: 9
Last game: Won 21-10 over Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)
Next game: @ Palisades (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
It took a late quarterback sneak and a timely fumble recovery, but Vista Murrieta survived a tough test from one of San Diego's top teams. For once, USC commit Su'a Cravens was not the main story; instead, it was quarterback Nick Stevens. The Colorado State commit effectively maneuvered Vista Murrieta's quick-strike offense despite having some trouble getting into the end zone, but he ended the night with two touchdown runs including the eventual winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. Stevens struggled through the air, but made up for it by rushing for 105 yards.
Previous rank: 10
Last game: Won 24-16 over Indianapolis Cathedral (Ind.)
Next game: vs. St. Xavier (Louisville)
Trinity played its fifth consecutive game against an out-of-state opponent and again squeezed out a hard-fought victory with an eight-point win over Indianapolis Cathedral. The real test comes from this weekend from city rival St. Xavier, who narrowly missed upsetting Cincinnati powerhouse Archbishop Moeller earlier in the season.
Previous rank: NR
Last game: Won 48-12 over Beach (Savannah, Ga.)
Next game: @ Valdosta (Ga.)
Camden is ranked higher in other polls, but its relatively weak strength of schedule doesn't bode well for national rankings. Not that it necessarily helped its case by beating a winless team this past weekend, but the Wildcats enter a more difficult stretch starting with Valdosta.
Next five: Miami Central (Fla.), Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.), Allen (Texas), Butler (Matthews, N.C.), Hoover (Ala.)
Dropped out: No. 4 Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.)