Friday, December 09, 2011

Friday Night High School Football Scoreboard - December 9, 2011

Friday Night Championship High School Football Scores
December 9, 2011

Arkansas Championships

3A
Charleston 31 Barton 10

Florida Championships

2A
North Florida Christian 69 Admiral Farragut 0

1A
Jefferson County 47 Chipley

Georgia Championships

AAAA
Tucker 22 Lovejoy 7

AA
Calhoun 27 Buford 24 (OT)

Louisiana Championships

4A
Neville 27 Edna Karr 6

1A
Ouchita Christian 23 West St. John 7

Pennsylvania Semifinals

AAA
Archbishop Wood 70 Allentown Central Catholic 14
Bishop McDevitt 41 Montour 32

A
Southern Columbia 37 Penns Manor 6
Clairton 30 Sharpsville 8

Texas


Class 3A Division I Championship
Tyler Chapel Hill 20, Alvarado 19

Semis

Class 4A Division I
Hewitt Midway 51, Tyler 20
Lake Travis 35, Pearland Dawson 14

Class 4A Division II
Aledo 68, Corsicana 28

Class 3A Division II
Argyle 34, Monahans 14
Wimberley 21, Coldspring-Oakhurst 14

Class 2A Division I
Hempstead 21, Tatum 14
Melissa 49, Muleshoe 36

Class 2A Division II
Cisco 35, Corsicana Mildred 28
Refugio 63, Lexington 33

Class 1A Division I
Mason 46, Garrison 14
Stamford 47, Mart 28

Class 1A Division II
Munday 62, Wellington 22
Tenaha 63, Burton 28

Championship Streaks & Great Turnarounds on High School Football America Radio Show

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

If you missed last night's High School Football America radio show, it's now available free in our archives.

The show was an interesting one as we talked with one coach who is looking to make Texas football history and two coaches discussing incredible turnarounds.

Lake Travis head coach Hank Carter joined me to talk about his team's drive to make Texas football history by winning its fifth straight championship.

The Cavaliers, on a 20-game win streak and ranked #16 by MaxPreps, face Pearland Dawson tonight in the Class 4A Division I semifinals in the Alamodome.

Lake Travis hasn't lost a playoff game since November, 2006.

Also on the show: Bob Buckel, head coach at Powers Catholic (Flint, Michigan) and Harold Fairclough, head coach at Allentown Central Catholic (Pennsylvania).

Buckel's team went from 1-8 last year and a 2-4 start this year to win the Michigan Division 5 championship on Thanksgiving weekend.

Fairclough has brought the defending 3A state champs back to the Pennsylvania semifinals after a 2-5 start.  Allentown Central Catholic needs to beat #1 Archbishop Wood tonight to head back to Hershey next weekend.

Click here to listen to last night's show.

Fourth Time is the Charm for Calhoun Against #9 Buford in Georgia AA Championship

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

After three straight losses to Buford in Georgia's AA championship games, Calhoun broken through on Friday with a 27-24 overtime win over the Wolves.

Calhoun, which captured its first state title since 1952, almost lost its fourth straight title game to Bufrod when it squandered a 24-10 lead with two minutes to play.  Buford tied the game with 39 seconds to go in regulation when Dillon Lee returned a blocked punt for a TD.

Calhoun beat the Wolves, ranked #9 by MaxPreps, in the first overtime when Adam Griffith kicked his third field goal of the night.

Last year's game also when to overtime before Buford won 31-24.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

California QB Becomes 1st in State to Top 5,000 Yards Passing in Single Season

by Jeff Fisher

Folsom (California) quarterback Tanner Trosin's career came to an end Saturday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship game, but not before becoming California's best all-time passer and all-purpose player.

Trosin became the first quarterback in state history to top the 5,000 yard passing mark in a single-season with 407 yards in the Bulldogs 39-35 loss to Vacaville.  Trosin ended the season with 5,185 yards passing.  He also rushed for 101 yards on Saturday to become the state's single-season leader in all-purpose yards with 6,349 yards this season.  The senior also ended this year with 69 touchdowns; 49 passing and 20 rushing.

Vacaville improved to 13-1 and now has to sit back and wait for next Sunday when the state's ten section commissioners will be on the state bowl teams.  Folsom finishes 8-3 this season.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

#3 Gaffney Upset by Byrnes in South Carolina Title Game

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Byrnes did it again in the South Carolina Class AAAA Division I championship game.

Last season, the Rebels won the state title by avenging a regular season defeat by beating the #1 team in the state in the championship game.

Like Dorman last year, Gaffney, ranked #3 nationally by MaxPreps, felt the sting of payback in a 31-24 championship game loss.  Gaffney beat Byrnes 35-13 on September 16th.

The key in Saturday's win was Byrnes scoring two defensive touchdowns.  Skip Barnes scored on a 30-yard interception return; Melvin Armstrong scored on a 60-yard fumble recovery.

Gaffney quarterback Joey Copeland threw for 358 yards and two touchdowns.

The title was the 12th overall for Byrnes and eight in the past 10 seasons.

On October 27th, I spoke with Gaffney head coach Dan Jones on the High School Football America radio show about how tough it is to win a South Carolina state championship, because you usually see the same top teams twice in the season.

Click here to listen to the interview with Coach Jones.

Championship Saturday

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

There's gold in those states!

Plenty of championship trophies to be handed-out today around this great country.  Below are links to the states, so as the scores come-in to the High School Football America score center.

Click on the links below to see if your favorite team won a state title or is moving-on to the next round.

Championship Scores
Saturday, December 3, 2011

New Jersey Championship Scoreboard
Ohio Championship Scoreboard
Rhode Island Championship Scoreboard
South Carolina Championship Scoreboard

Quarterfinal Scores
Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pennsylvania Scores

Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey) Wins 46th Straight...and Probably "Mythical" National Championship

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

There was a lot of hopes in Kentucky and South Carolina that #1 Don Bosco Prep would trip-up against its arch-rival Bergen Catholic in the New Jersey Non-Public Group IV championship.

A loss by the Ironmen would open the door for #2 Trinity (Kentucky) and #3 Gaffney (South Carolina) to have a shot at claiming MaxPreps' "mythical" national championship.  Of course, both would have to grab gold this weekend themselves.

Well, DBP wasted no time showing why it deserves its second national title in three years.  Head coach Greg Toal's team never struggled like it did in its September 30th regular season match-up against BC, rolling to a 42-14 win, which gave the school its sixth straight state title and pushed its win streak to 46 straight.

In the September 30th game, Bergen Catholic took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter before losing 33-22.



BTW...Trinity did its part by beating Scott County 62-21 Friday night to capture Kentucky's 6A title.  This afternoon, Gaffney will take-on Byrnes for South Carolina's Class AAAA Division I title.

Click here to read the game story from last night's DBP victory.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Friday Night High School Football Scoreboard - December 2, 2011

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

There's nothing like the energy of state tournament football!

As I mentioned earlier in the day, I was in Pennsylvania for the showdown between two top-notch Class A teams.  Pius X and Southern Columbia both entered their quarterfinal match-up with identical 12-1 records, with both schools' losses coming at the hands of bigger schools.

Pius lost to Quad-A University Prep in Week 6, while SC lost to Double-A Mount Carmel.  University advanced to the first round of the 4A state tourney, while Mount Carmel has a meeting with Lancaster Catholic in Saturday's AA quarters.

Pius X raced-out to a 19-7 second quarter lead behind sophomore quarterback A.J. Long's 44th and 45th touchdown passes this season.  But, after that, it was all Southern Columbia.  The Tigers outscored the Royals 48-6 the rest of the way to advance to the state semifinals with 55-25 victory.

Southern Columbia, which is now 6-0 all-time against Pius, is going after its 7th state title in 22 years since Pennsylvania began playing for state titles.

Below, you can check-out all of the scores from around the country as they come-in to the High School Football America score center.

Friday Night High School Football Scores
December 2, 2011

Alabama Scores
Florida Scores
Ohio Scores
Pennsylvania Scores
Texas Scores

Another Weekend of Championships

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

I hate to write this, but only three weeks remain in the 2011 high school football season.  However, it's three really good weeks of football as these are the biggest games of the season!

Whether it's championship games in states like Alabama, Kentucky, New Jersey North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina; semifinal games in California and Georgia; or quarterfinal match-ups in Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas - these are BIG games!!

I'll be in Pennsylvania tonight to continue my documentary Roseto's Royals as I film Pius X's showdown with state powerhouse Southern Columbia.  The Royals, one of the smallest 11-man programs in America, are looking for their first-ever state championship.

Southern Columbia is one of the top small-school programs in the country.  Since Pennsylvania instituted state playoffs, the Tigers have played in 12 of the 21 state championship games.  Southern Columbia has won six state titles, including five-in-a-row from 2002 through 2006.

Pius, behind a high-octane offense led by sophomore A.J. Long, who has passed for over 6,100 yards in 25 games, is averaging over 44 points a game and looking for revenge.  These two have met five times in the postseason with Southern Columbia winning all five.

The last time these two met in 2004 with the Tigers winning a shootout 76-47 behind current New York Giants fullback Henry Hynoski, who had 409 yards rushing and five touchdowns.  Southern Columbia rushed for 768 yards as a team, which at the time was a national single-game record.

I expect this one to be a dandy with points aplenty going-up on the scoreboard.

We'll have all of the scores posted tonight once I return from the Pius-SC game.

In the meantime, check-out this cool photo I took today while visiting my grandparents' gravesite in Easton.

You know I love to brag about the hometown passion that goes into Pennsylvania football, but even I had to double-take when I saw an Easton Red Rover t-shirt on a tombstone.

'Til death do us part...or maybe not! :-)

Happy Friday Night everyone!!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Former NFLers Having Success as High School Football Coaches

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Last weekend was a special one for two former NFL players, who as high school head coaches, took their respective programs to state championship games.

Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Don Beebe led Aurora Christian to its first-ever state title beating Mount Carmel 34-7 to win the Illinois Class 3A championship.  In Missouri, former Pro Bowl quarterback Gus Frerotte, in his first year as head coach at John Burroughs, led his team to a runner-up finish in Class 3.

Both Beebe and Frerotte will be guests on tonight's High School Football America radio show starting at 7PM Eastern Time.

They will be joined by Phil Stambaugh, head coach at Pius X in Pennsylvania.  Stambaugh was a quarterback with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Pius X, one of the smallest high school football teams in America, is seeking its first-ever state title.  Friday night, the Royals, who are the subject of a documentary by yours truly, will face state powerhouse Southern Columbia in a 1A quarterfinal match-up.

Click here to listen to LIVE to the show.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Six New Teams Enter MaxPreps Top 25 after Big Weekend

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

The postseason has a way of sorting-out the national rankings, and that was the case this weekend when six former members of the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 tasted defeat, plus saw their seasons come to a close.

Former #4 Katy (Texas), former #8 Euless Trinity (Texas), former #10 Mallard Creek (North Carolina), former #16 Camden County (Georgia), former #20 University (Florida) and former #24 Hamilton (Arizona) all suffered defeats over the weekend.  Hamilton's loss to Desert Vista in the state's Class 5A Division I championship game, snapped the nation's longest active win streak at 53 straight.

On the other side of the coin, the top three teams remain unbeaten and in contention for the "mythical" national championship.  #1 Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey), #2 Trinity (Kentucky) and #3 Gaffney (South Carolina) all play in their respective state championship games this weekend.

Making a huge debut is Maryville (Tennessee) at #10.  Glades Central (Florida) returns to the rankings at #11.

MaxPreps Xcellent 25 
through November 26, 2011

1. Don Bosco Prep (NJ) 11-0, LW: #1
2. Trinity (KY) 13-0, LW: #2
3. Gaffney (SC) 14-0, LW: #3
4. Miramar (FL) 11-0, LW: #5
5. Good Counsel (MD) 12-0, LW: #6
6. Skyline (TX) 13-0, LW: #14
7. Grayson (GA) 13-0, LW: #11
8. Armwood (FL) 12-0, LW: #7
9. Bishop Gorman (NV) 14-1, LW: #9
10. Maryville (TN) 14-0, LW: NR
11. Glades Central (FL) 12-0, LW: NR
12. Buford (GA) 13-0, LW: #12
13. Westlake (CA) 12-0, LW: #13
14. Carmel (IN) 14-1, LW: #15
15. Bellevue (WA) 13-0, LW: #17
16. Central (FL) 11-0, LW: #18
17. Lake Travis (TX) 13-0, LW: #19
18. Bentonville (AR) 12-0, LW: #21
19. Page (NC) 14-0, LW: NR
20. Manatee (FL) 10-2, LW: #22
21. Warren Central (IN) 11-1, LW: #23
22. North Allegheny (PA) 13-0, LW: #25
23. Olive Branch (MS) 14-0, LW: NR
24. Steele (TX) 13-0, LW: NR
25. Pleasant Grove (CA) 10-1, LW: NR

Sunday, November 27, 2011

3 Games, 9 Days

by Jeff Fisher

In my research, Easton, and in some years Phillipsburg (New Jersey), are the only teams in America that play three high school football games in just nine days.

Yes, think about that; 3 in 9!!

First, the reason for the plethora of games in nine days.

It's simple, Easton and their across the Delaware River rival Phillipsburg, play a Thanksgiving Day rivalry game that will NEVER be moved.  Couple that with the fact that Easton's second round district playoff game is played on the Friday before the Turkey Day match-up that annually attracts 14,000 fans to Lafayette College.  

If Easton wins the second round district game, the Red Rovers know they'll be playing for a district championship the following Saturday; two days after playing P'burg on Thanksgiving morning.

So you may think that there's  enough moving parts that Easton wouldn't have to worry about the 3 in 9 equation very much.

Think again!

Last night's Easton played Nazareth, it's third game in nine days for the District 11 championship.  And, yes, second in three.

It was also the third straight year that Easton has played 3 in 9.

One other point, Easton head coach Steve Shiffert NEVER rests his starters against Phillipsburg; the game is too big!

One thing the Rovers have never been able to pull-off the sweep, meaning a perfect 3-0.  Last year, the Rovers were upset 3-0 in overtime in the snow on Thanksgiving Day, but bounced back to beat Whitehall two days later to win the district championship.

Click here to listen to my interview with Coach Shiffert after last year's run of 3 in 9 on the NHSCA Sports Hour.

Last night, Easton, fresh off a Thanksgiving Day win over Phillipsburg, the Rovers were going after a perfect three games in nine days.  A win would give them a third straight district title, plus a berth in next week's Class AAAA state quarterfinals.

At the start, it looked like Easton would finally end the nine day stretch with a trio of wins.

The Red Rover jumped-out to a 14-point lead against Nazareth, but couldn't hold-on.  In the end, Nazareth won its first district crown with a 28-21 win on its home field.

Some say, Easton's quest for a state title will always be hampered by its desire not to move the Thanksgiving Day game.  

Having witnessed Easton's 3 in 9 several times, I'm here to tell you there isn't a bigger feat on the high school gridiron.  What the Easton kids and coaches go through during this stretch is magical.  

Did Easton get its third straight gold Saturday?   No, but, I think they deserve a gold medal for choosing to keep its tradition alive with Phillipsburg over playing only two games in eight or nine days.

I salute you Rover Nation!!  

Congrats on an 11-3 season and upholding the true tradition and spirit of high school athletic competition!


Friday, November 25, 2011

Turkey Day High School Football

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Copyright 2010
High School Football America
Copyright 2010
High School Football America
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving full of family and football!!

Crazy day in the kitchen for me yesterday, so I didn't have a chance to post anything about my favorite high school football day of the year.  Nothing, in my mind, beats watching a high school football game on a cool and crisp Thanksgiving morning.

Last year, in the snow, Trish Hoffman and I spent the morning creating a video on the Battle of the Delaware River game between Easton (Pennsylvania) and Phillipsburg (New Jersey).  Yesterday, Easton beat P'burg 24-8 before 14,000 fans at Lafayette College.  The Red Rovers victory in game #105 in the series, gives Easton a 59-41-5 lead in the overall series.

Yesterday, also marked the first time in three years that I wasn't able to watch a Turkey Day tradition, live and in-person.

In 2009, High School Football America visited Connecticut to watch the battle between the two schools that started it all.  Norwich Free Academy and New London (then the New London Bulkeley Tigers) played America's first-ever high school football game on May 12, 1875; yesterday was the 150th meeting between the two.

New London (9-1) won the sesquicentennial game 37-17, however, NFA still leads the series 73-66-11.





Yesterday, Stonington (Connecticut) and Westerly (Rhode Island) met for the 100th time on Thanksgiving in the country's most played rivalry. Westerly beat Stonington 15-0 before 4,400 fans in the 152nd meeting between the two.

The win prevented Stonington (6-4) from making the Connecticut state playoffs; Westerly (8-2) already won its first round game in the Rhode Island state playoffs last week.  Stonington leads the all-time series 69-66-17.

Finally, there was the grand-daddy of them all...Needham and Wellesley that played for the 124th consecutive Thanksgiving.  It's Turkey Day's oldest continuous rivalry.

Needham (8-3) closed the gap in the all-time series with a 42-18 win that also clinched a playoff berth for the Rockets.  Wellesley (2-9) still leads the series 59-56-9.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Plenty of Movement in Latest MaxPreps Top 25

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

If you tuned into last Thursday's High School Football America radio show, you heard MaxPreps' Steve Spiewak talk about there's plenty of football ahead when it comes to deciding who will grab this year's "mythical" national championship.

Listen to internet radio with HighSchoolFootballAmerica on Blog Talk Radio

This weekend proved MaxPreps' senior writer correct with eight changes in the Top 10.

#1 Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey) and #4 Katy (Texas) were the only two teams to hang-on to their positions from last week.

Trinity (Kentucky) moves-up a notch to #2 after former #2 Armwood struggled in its opening round playoff game against Lakewood Ranch.

Gaffney (South Carolina) is up two spots to #3, while Katy and Miramar (Florida) round-out the new Top 5.

Making the biggest jump was the Euless Trinity, which climbs from #13 to #8 after a 28-21 win over former #21 and previously unbeaten Allen.  Also climbing five spots was Bellevue (Washington) to #17  after an impressive quarterfinal round win over previously undefeated Inter Lakes 35-14.

The only newcomer to this week's poll is North Allegheny (Pennsylvania), which enters at #25.  The defending 4A champs are in the WPIAL finals after beating Pittsburgh Central Catholic over the weekend.  Central, which suffered its first loss of the year, had spent a short time in the national rankings earlier this year.

MaxPreps Xcellent 25

1. Don Bosco Prep (NJ) 10-0, LW: #1
2. Trinity (KY) 12-0, LW: #3
3. Gaffney (SC) 13-0, LW: #5
4. Katy (TX) 12-0, LW: #4
5. Miramar (FL) 10-0, LW: #6
6. Good Counsel (MD) 12-0, LW: #7
7. Armwood (FL) 11-0, LW: #2
8. Euless Trinity (TX) 12-0, LW: #13
9. Bishop Gorman (NV) 13-1, LW: #8
10. Mallard Creek (NC) 13-0, LW: #9
11. Grayson (GA) 12-0, LW: #10
12. Buford (GA) 12-0, LW: #11
13. Westlake (CA) 11-0, LW: #12
14. Skyline (TX) 12-0, LW: #16
15. Carmel (IN) 13-1, LW: #14
16. Camden County (GA) 12-0, LW: #15
17. Bellevue (WA) 12-0, LW: #22
18. Central (FL) 10-0, LW: #18
19. Lake Travis (TX) 12-0, LW: #17
20. University (FL) 12-0, LW: #19
21. Bentonville (AR) 11-0, LW: #21
22. Manatee (FL) 9-2, LW: #23
23. Warren Central (IN) 11-1, LW: #24
24. Hamilton (AZ) 13-0, LW: #25
25. North Allegheny (PA) 12-0, LW: NR

Saturday, November 19, 2011

High School Football America On the Road: Pius X District Champs

Pius X Royals Win District XI Class A Championship
Copyright: High School Football America
by Jeff Fisher

Pius X Royals celebrate "Pappy" Hidladbrant's memory with
logo on helmet
Nazareth, PA - Sometimes things can't be explained; like why was today's District XI Class A playoff game played on what would have been the 80th birthday of the man that the Pius X Royals dedicated their season to.

The Royals have dedicated the 2011 season to their longtime fan John "Pappy" Hildabrant, who passed away during preseason camp in August.  Today, the Royals went after District XI Class A gold against Shenandoah Valley at Nazareth on what would have been "Pappy's" 80th birthday.

With the memory of "Pappy" in their minds and his name on the back of their helmets, the Royals dismantled the Blue Devils 50-12.  The Royals finished second in the district the past two years.

The Royals were led by quarterback A.J. Long and Boise Ross.  Long, who broke the record for TDs in a season (37), was 10 of 17 for 206 yards and two touchdowns.  The sophomore QB also rushed for 173 yards on 13 carries and two scores.

Ross, a junior, scored three touchdowns; he only had six touches, but put-up 276 yards in total offense.  Ross caught four passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns and carried the ball twice for 110 yards and a touchdown.

The Royals finished the game with 562 yards in total offense.

Next week, Pius X will play Calvary Christian in the opening round of the PIAA state playoffs.

When the Royals returned to their home base of Roseto, the entire team stopped at the Mount Carmel Cemetery to place a gold medal at Pappy's gravesite.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Documentary: Roseto's Royals

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

When I left the practice field at Nazareth tonight, I had officially shot 85 hours worth of video for my feature documentary called Roseto's Royals, which is a look at the unique relationship between the northeast Pennsylvania town of Roseto and its high school football team, the Pius X Royals.

Things are coming together nicely on the film, and you'll be able to become part of the team when I release my trailer on KickStarter.com.

In the meantime, I'm going to be sharing what I'm currently doing, so you can learn more about the project that has mass appeal, because it's not a typical high school football documentary.

Yes, I'm following the Royals drive for the school's first-ever state football championship, but the story goes beyond that quest.

With high school football and the third smallest high school football team in Pennsylvania as the backdrop, Roseto's Royals tells the story of the community of 1,600 that was created out of discrimination in the late 19th Century.  Roseto became the healthiest town in America and is struggling to hold-on to old school ways that made it America's first-ever all Italian city 100-years ago.

Roseto and the school exist because the Italian immigrants, who came to this country from Roseto Valfortore experienced discrimination because of their heritage.  The English, German and Welsh residents in the area, known as the Slate Belt region because of the high concentration of slate in the area, didn't like the immigrants who first started coming to the area in 1882.

To the right, you can see a photo I took early this morning when I hiked into the area's mountainous terrain to shoot video of one of the abandoned, water-filled slate quarries.  There were hundreds of slate quarries operating in Pennsylvania in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

By the turn of the century, Roseto Valfortore was basically a ghost town because most of its residents crossed the ocean to create almost an identical community in northeast Pennsylvania.  All settled on "the hill" above Bangor and continued to live basically the same life they did in Italy.

They worked hard in the slate quarries; grew their own vegetables; made their own wine; and spent a lot of time together.

When Roseto was incorporated on January 2, 1912, it was 100% Italian.

Because of the discrimination, some prominent members of Roseto decided the best way to help the younger generation have a better life was to start their own school.  In 1947, Pius X High School was born.

A couple of decades later, Dr. Stewart Wolf from Oklahoma discovered that the town was immune to heart disease.  His study called the "Roseto Effect" defied logic because the men of the town smoked and drank wine freely; and they cooked with lard, instead of olive oil.

Dr. Wolf came to the conclusion that there was virtually no heart disease in Roseto, because its residents lived in a very communal way, meaning they put family first and lived like a clan.

As you can imagine, one of the bonding mechanisms in the community was the pride the community had for its beloved Royals, who could combat the discrimination by beating athletes from nearby Bangor and Pen Argyl.

One interesting fact is the school and the football field are physically located in Bangor, but just by the width of 3rd Street.

Roseto is no longer all-Italian, but a majority of the population is.  The discrimination is a thing of the past, although it's still fresh in the mind of many of the older residents.  However, the school's athletic program is still discriminated against, especially the football program.

Pius has never been accepted into any of the local high school leagues.  That causes them to travel hundreds of miles to find opponents to play.

Why?

Well, that's a big part of the documentary.

Some local school officials constantly vote against the Royals' entry into the Colonial League, which would dramatically reduce the school's travel budget in these tough economic times.  One of the reasons Colonial League officials vote against Pius becoming a members is because they feel that the Royals recruit.  Others say there's some left-over resentment from nearby Bangor and Pen Argyl High Schools, that are part of the Colonial League.

Bottom-line, it's made for interesting arcs in the storyline!!

Tomorrow, I'll write about some of the crazy things that the football team has had to do to play football games, like taking 700-mile round trips to the Pittsburgh-area on back-to-back weekends.  However, those sort of things should help during the postseason.

Even though the Royals, with a 9-1 regular season, claimed the top-seed and home field advantage in the District XI Class A playoffs, the team won't play a home playoff game, because its home field is nearly all-dirt between the hash marks.  That's the reason the team practiced at 12-miles away from home at Nazareth tonight, and will play this Saturday's championship game at Nazareth, as well.

I hope this gets you excited to read more of my daily stories this week that will lead-up to the release of the 10-minute trailer.

Sincerely,

Jeff Fisher
Director/Producer 
Roseto's Royals

High School Football America On the Road: Bethlehem School District Stadium

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Long before Texas began building its high school football cathedrals, Pennsylvania was at the forefront of state-of-the-art stadiums.

Yesterday, I shared photos of Allentown's J. Birney Crum Stadium that has 15,000 permanent seats.  Back in 1948, it actually had 22,500 seats.

Today, I traveled east to Bethlehem to snap some photos of Bethlehem Area School District Stadium that was built seven years before J.B.C., which was called Allentown School District Stadium before being renamed in 1982 after its legendary baseball, basketball and football coach.

Both stadiums were built to handle massive crowds that turned-out annually to watch Allentown and Bethlehem High Schools battle on the gridiron.

BASD, as it's known, was built as part of President Franklin Roosevelt's Work Projects Administration (WPA) that came-out of his New Deal.

The grandstands hold 13,600 fans and are built out of steel that was donated by Bethlehem Steel.  The field actually sits on the campus of Liberty High School, which is the original Bethlehem High School.  In the 60's, school district officials split the district in-half, and now Liberty and Freedom High School share the field, along with Bethlehem Catholic.


The field, which usually was nothing but dirt by October, because of numerous football and soccer games, was given a facelift in 2005.  Included in the renovation was the addition of Field Turf that added field hockey matches to the slate of games hosted by BASD.

On a personal note, there's nothing better than listening to the stomping of feet when fans cheer on their favorites, but once the weather turns cold, the steel holds the cold, which has made for many frozen nights.

Monday, November 14, 2011

High School Football America On the Road in Pennsylvania

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Phil Stambaugh, Pius X head coach
Copyright: High School Football America
I'd like to thank everyone for making October another record-breaking month for visitors to High School Football America and The High School Football Huddle.

Over the next couple of days, I'm going to spend some time chronicling my travels back east to Pennsylvania to continue filming my documentary Roseto's Royals that examines the relationship between the town of Roseto and its high school football team, the Pius X Royals.

Later this week, you'll learn about how you can become part of the project at KickStarter.com.

But until then...

This afternoon, I was on the practice field to watch the 10-1 Royals prepare for this Saturday's District XI Class A championship game against Shenandoah.  Pius is the third smallest school playing high school football in Pennsylvania.

According to the latest enrollment numbers from the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association in 2009, Pius had 63 boys enrolled in the school.  Imani Christian is the smallest school with 42 boys, according to the PIAA; Bucktail, which lost 56-34 to Pius this season, has 53 boys enrolled.  Imani, in Pittsburgh, just ended its first year of varsity football, playing a six-game schedule.

While the Royals may be small in enrollment numbers, they have some big football numbers.

The Royals are led by second-year head coach Phil Stambaugh, who was a record-setting quarterback at Lehigh University and played in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

A.J. Long, Pius X Quarterback (Sophomore)
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Stambaugh, who also played for two years in NFL Europe in Germany (Rhein Fire and Berlin Thunder), runs a wide-open pro-style offense that is building sophomore quarterback A.J. Long into a Division I prospect.

Last year, Long set a Pennsylvania record for passing yards by a freshman.  Long threw for 2,852 yards last season with 28 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

So far this season, the 6-foot, 180-pounder has thrown for 2,779 yards with 35 TDs and 8 picks.  Long, who has also rushed for 622 yards and 14 touchdowns, has completed 164 of 240 passes (68.3%).  His quarterback rating is 133, according to MaxPreps.

If Long continues on his current pace over his next two seasons, he'll shatter every state passing record.



Stambaugh's offense isn't just Long and one receiver.  Three players have caught over 30 passes, and overall, eleven different players have been on the receiving end of Long passes.  All 11 receivers are above 10-yards per reception.

The team's leading receiver Matt Camilletti (45 catches)  is the school's all-time leading receiver.  Junior Boise Ross, who has 37 catches, is averaging over 21 yard per grab, while senior Drake Freeman has 34 grabs with a 19.4 yards per reception.

J. Birney Crum Stadiu
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Earlier in the day, I stopped in Allentown...yes of Billy Joel fame, to snap some pictures of Pennsylvania's largest high school football stadium.  J. Birney Crum Stadium, built in 1948, has 15,000 permanent seats.  When the stadium was built, it seated 22,500 with plenty of space for standing room-only.

The stadium is named after legendary William Allen High School baseball, basketball and football coach J. Birney Crum.  Crum coached at the school from 1925 to 1950, leading the football team to 180 wins; and the basketball team to 490 wins.  In 1982, school officials changed the name of Allentown School District Stadium to J. Birney Crum to honor the man, who according to the school's website was the subject of a TIME magazine article entitled "Champs by Crum".

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The stadium itself was built because the school's original field, Coffield Stadium, with 15,000 seats, couldn't accommodate the number of fans that flocked to the west side of Allentown to watch Crum's Blue and Gold.

Right now, Allen shares the field with Dieruff High School and Allentown Central Catholic.  Dieruff was created when school officials split the district in-half in the mid-60's.

If you visit J. Birney Crum, don't forget to go a block away to try a Yocco's hot dog...I did!!

Yocco's Hot Dogs
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Two chili and cheese dogs, small pierogies and medium coke...as you can see by the pic.

Yocco's was founded in 1922 by Theordore Iacocca, uncle of Lee Iacocca.

You may notice that Yocco's is similar to Iacocca.  That's because the Pennsylvania Dutch in the area couldn't pronounce Iacocca, they said Yocco instead.

Tomorrow I think I'll stop at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium that was built in 1941, and holds 13,600 fans.  The grandstands at BASD, as it's known, were built with steel donated by Bethlehem Steel.

For those of you that don't know, Billy Joel was actually singing about Bethlehem in the song Allentown.  There were never any steel mills in Allentown.  Allentown was the home of Mack Trucks.

Bethlehem just didn't sound right in the lyrics.

Two famous national brands, separated by only 10-miles.

BTW...neither are around the Lehigh Valley anymore, so Joel's lyrics turned-out to be correct.

Bethlehem Steel, once the nation's second largest steelmaker, went out of business in 2003.  Mack Trucks is now based in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Me...I'm staying in Easton with mom.  Easton is the birthplace of Crayola Crayons and Dixie Cup, plus home to heavyweight boxing champ Larry Holmes.

As I wrote this, I could hear Joel's lyrics in my head...the factories are officially closed down.  As Joel, wrote, it was hard to stay, so I left for Chicago.

However, I'm back home for now, thanks to Roseto's Royals.  I'm at peace with the beauty of my area (special thanks to Trish Hoffman for that), known as the Lehigh Valley, and its people that don't change.  They never change, and that may have led to the area's downfall, but I don't care anymore.

In this day-and-age of economic turmoil, maybe we should all reflect on where we're all from, and the values that made this country great.  Maybe change isn't always good, if you lose sight of what's important.

Singing in my head....
And, I'm living here in Allentown...ah, Easton...at least until Pius X wins a Pennsylvania state football championship for one great end to Roseto's Royals!



That's tonight's sunset.  Is this heaven...no it's Roseto!

And, speaking of heaven, I'll tell you tomorrow why some believe a greater power smiled upon the tiny northeast Pennsylvania town.

Jeff

Latest MaxPreps Xcellent 25

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Very few changes in the latest MaxPreps Xcellent 25 high school football rankings.  As a matter of fact, it's just shuffling this week as none of last week Top 25 tasted defeat.

The biggest change is a ten-position move by Westlake (California), which moves from #22 to #12 after a 35-14 win over previously once-beaten St. Bonaventure.

There will be some shuffling this week when #13 Trinity faces #21 Allen in the second round of the Texas Class 5A Division I playoffs.

MaxPreps Xcellent 25

1. Don Bosco Prep (NJ) 9-0, LW: #1
2. Armwood (FL) 10-0, LW: #2
3. Trinity (KY) 11-0, LW: #3
4. Katy (TX) 11-0, LW: #4
5. Gaffney (SC) 12-0, LW: #5
6. Miramar (FL) 9-0, LW: #6
7. Good Counsel (MD) 11-0, LW: #7
8. Bishop Gorman (NV) 12-1, LW: #8
9. Mallard Creek (NC) 12-0, LW: #9
10. Grayson (GA) 11-0, LW: #10
11. Buford (GA) 11-0, LW #11
12. Westlake (CA) 10-0, LW: #22
13. Trinity (TX) 11-0, LW: #14
14. Carmel (IN) 12-1, LW: #13
15. Camden County (GA) 11-0, LW: #12
16. Skyline (TX) 11-0, LW: #15
17. Lake Travis (TX) 11-0, LW: #15
18. Central (FL) 9-0, LW: #16
19. University (FL) 11-0, LW: #18
20. Bentonville (AR) 10-0, LW: #20
21. Allen (TX) 11-0, LW: #19
22. Bellevue (WA) 11-0, LW: #22
23. Manatee (FL) 8-2, LW: #23
24. Warren Central (IN) 11-1, LW: #24
25. Hamilton (AZ) 12-0, LW: #25

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday Night High School Football Scoreboard - November 11, 2011

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

It's championship time in four states this week: New Hampshire, North and South Dakota, plus Wyoming, but the bigger news comes from the bigger states that kick-off the postseason this weekend.

Florida, Georgia and Texas begin the second season this weekend, along with states like Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Louisiana.

Throughout the night, I'll be updating the scores as they come-in.  Just click on the links below to see the finals.

High School Football Playoff Scores
Friday, November, 11, 2011

Alabama Scores - 2nd Round
Illinois Scores - Quarterfinals
Iowa Scores - Semifinals
Maine Scores - Semifinals
Michigan Scores - Quarterfinals
Missouri Scores - 2nd Round
North Dakota Scores - Championships
Pennsylvania Scores - 1st Round
South Dakota Scores - Championships
Texas Scores - 1st Round
Wyoming - Championships

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Arizona Running Back Tops 500 Yards

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Saguaro (Arizona) running back D.J. Foster became the first Arizona ball carrier to ever rush for more than 500 yards in a game.

Foster needed only 20 careers for his 508 yards in Saguaro's 81-48 win over Sunrise Mountain in the opening round of the Arizona Division III playoffs.  He scored 10 touchdowns, three of them were through the air.

The previous single-game rushing record was 477 yards set by Ozzie Anaya of Valley Union in 1985.  Foster's ten touchdowns ties the state record held by Vincent Alvarado of Seligman in 2004.

Foster, who is a top-rated recruit, now has 51 TDs on the season, which ties him for the state record held by Nathan Wize of Sabino in 1977.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Upstate New York High School Football Team Bounced from Playoffs by Judge

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Skaneateles High School's undefeated season came to a screeching halt, but not from another football team, but from a judge.

The Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court has decided to uphold a suspension levied against the school by the Section III's Athletic Council that ruled an unnamed Skaneateles coach had tried to recuit players from other schools.  Judge John V. Centra's decision not to lift the suspension, means that the season is over for the 9-0 team that was schedule to play for the Section III Class C title on Saturday.

School officials argued the suspension was too severe.  Earlier this week, head coach Tim Green, a former NFL player with the Atlanta Falcons, resigned in hopes that the court would rule in favor of letting the Lakers play in the championship game.



Last week, Skaneateles beat Utica-Notre Dame after a State Supreme Court judge granted a restraining order that allowed the Lakers to post a 46-27 victory in the semifinals. That win doesn't matter now, because today's ruling means that Notre Dame is back-in the playoffs and will face herkimer in the Class C final on Saturday at the Carrier Dome.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Betting on High School Football Games

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

This one disgusts me!!

I know it's not the end of the world, but...betting on high school football games?!

Seriously?

This was a tough story that I had to decide whether I should write about it or just keep it quiet so more people didn't know about it.

I decided to go with it, since maybe the publicity will result in state athletic association figuring out a way to stop it.

What got me started was an article written by Jason Cato of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Sunday, October 30th about a gambling website in Costa Rica taking bets on the October 21st Pittsburgh-area football between North Allegheny and Shaler.

However, it goes way beyond just one isolated game in western Pennsylvania.  Evidently, the site, that I will not name in this story, has been taking bets all year on high school games televised on the various ESPN and FOX outlets, plus games that just streamed on the internet.

Join me Thursday night on the High School Football America radio show when I talk with Cato about his story.

Click here to listen LIVE at 7PM Eastern Time.

Also take part in the High School Football Huddle Facebook poll, by clicking here and casting your vote whether this is right or wrong.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Friday Night High School Football Scoreboard - October 28th

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

I've been around this wonderful game of high school football since I was 8-years old, and in the 42-years since, I can't remember a bigger weekend than this one when it comes to milestones.

First there's J.T. Curtis' historic 500th win in Louisiana.  His father's namesake, John Curtis Christian Academy beat Clark tonight 49-6 to improve J.T's record to 500-54-6 in his 43 years of leading the program.

Curtis is only the second coach in American high school football history to reach the 500 win milestone.  John McKissick of Summerville in South Carolina is the all-time leader in wins with a record 592 victories after a 17-7 loss tonight against Beaufort that dropped the Green Wave to 6-3 this season.

I spoke to both of these incredible high school coaches on the August 11th High School Football America radio show.  Click here to listen to those interviews.

Last night, Kenton (Ohio) High School's Maty Mauk set a new record for all-time pass attempts.  Mauk passed his brother Ben's record of 1,905 in his team's 52-32 win over Wapakoneta that also gave the Wildcats a perfect 10-0 regular season and the Western Buckeye League championship.

Mauk did come-up nine yards short of his brother's all-time yardage mark of 17,364 yards.  Mauk threw for 286 yards last night and ran for another 183 for 469 yards in total offense.  Mauk should set the record in his team's opening round playoff game next week.

Already this year, the Missouri-bound QB has set national marks for career completions, touchdown passes and total yards.

Back on July 27th, I spoke with Maty on High School Football America.  You can listen to that interview by clicking here.

Then there is Dorial Green-Beckham of Hillcrest High School in Missouri, who Thursday night became America's all-time leader in receiving yards.  Beckham-Green caught 11 balls for 303 yards and four touchdowns, giving him 6,109 yards in his career.  The senior passed Abram Booty of Evangel Christian (Louisiana), who had 5,867 yards in the mid-90's.

Below is the catch, an 81-yard catch-and-run, that broke the record.



High School Football Scores
Friday, October 28, 2011

Playoffs

Illinois Scores
Maine Scores
Michigan Scores
Wyoming Scores

Regular Season

Alabama Scores
Kentucky Scores
Missouri Scores
New Hampshire Scores
Pennsylvania Scores
Rhode Island Scores
Texas Scores

Friday, October 28, 2011

Texas' Best TD-maker - Johnathan Gray, Aledo High School

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

It seems every time Aledo's Johnathan Gray touches a football, another record falls.

Last night, the Bearcats senior running back scored seven touchdowns to move into second place nationally in career touchdowns.  Gray, who has verbally committed to Texas, passed T.A. McLendon, who scored 178 TDs from 1999 to 2001 at Albemarle High School in North Carolina.

Next-up on the TD-front for Gray who has 183 touchdowns?  Michael Hart who scored 204 career touchdowns at Nedrow Onondaga in New York before graduating in 2003.

Gray also moved into second place on the all-time scoring list with 1,092 points; again passing McLendon on the national list.  Hart is also the all-time leader with 1,246 points.

In last night's 67-42 win over Birdville, Gray also rushed for 258 yards, which gave him the Texas record for 100-yard games; it was his 44th game above the century mark.  He's currently fourth on the all-time list with Emmitt Smith, yes that Emmitt Smith, sitting at #3 with 45 100+ games.  The national record is 55 by Kevin Parks of West Rowan in North Carolina.

Gray also moved from 12th to 9th on the all-time rushing list.  He has rushed for 9,251 yards in his career.

The all-time mark of 11,232 yards by Ken Hall of Sugar Land (Texas) seems out-of-reach, because Gray would have to average over 280 yards a game and take his team back to its third straight Class 4A title game in December.

A couple of weeks ago, I talked with Gray on High School Football America.  You can watch that interview below:



National High School Career Rushing Leaders

11,232 - Ken Hall (Sugar Land, TX) 1950-53
11,045 - Michael Hart (Nedrow Onondaga, NY) 2000-03
10,895 - Kevin Parks (West Rowan, NC) 2006-09
10,241 - Toney Baker (Jamestown Ragsdale, NC) 2001-04
9,668 - Terrance Wilkes (Wadley, AL) 2003-06
9,662 - Toby Gerhart (Norco, CA) 2002-05
9,442 - Troy Fleming (Franklin Battle Ground Academy, TN) 1995-98
9,426 - Tyrell Sutton (Archbishop Hoban, OH) 2001-04
9,251 - Johnathan Gray (Aledo, TX) 2008-present

Last Night's High School Football America Radio Show Now Available On-Demand

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America


Listen to internet radio with HighSchoolFootballAmerica on Blog Talk Radio

In this episode of High School Football America, host Jeff Fisher talks with MaxPreps' Steve Spiewak about what should be a record-setting weekend ahead.

Also on the show is Dan Jones, head coach at Gaffney High School in South Carolina. The Indians are currently ranked #6 in the nation by MaxPreps. Gaffney has won the most South Carolina state high school football championships.

Jeff will then be joined by Carm DeFrancesco, head coach at Mt. Carmel HS in Pennsylvania. Last Friday, Mt. Carmel became just the fifth school in America to win 800 games.

The show closes with Armwood (FL) head coach Sean Callahan. Friday, Callahan's team, that is ranked #2 this week by MaxPreps, will face unbeaten Plant HS.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mt. Carmel (PA) Becomes Fifth School to Win 800 Games

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Growing-up in eastern Pennsylvania, I always knew about the football tradition at Mt. Carmel High School.  Long before Hollywood glamorized Friday Night Lights, Mt. Carmel fans were creating a Friday night trend by turning the tiny community into a ghost town when their dearly-loved Red Tornadoes took to the road for away games.

Last Friday, on the road, Mt. Carmel became just the fifth team in America to reach the 800 win mark.

The Red Tornadoes, led by 1971 alum Carmen DeFrancesco, improved to 800-289-57 overall with a 35-14 win over Shikellamy.  Mt. Carmel has been playing football since 1893.

Valdosta (Georgia) still is America's winningest team with 868 victories, followed by Highlands (Kentucky) with 822, Male (Kentucky) with 814 wins and Washington Massillon (Ohio) with 810.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Lots of Points & Few Changes in MaxPreps Top 25

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Only one team in last week's MaxPreps' Xcellent 25 tasted defeat over the weekend.

Former #15 Archbishop Moeller dropped its first game of the season, a 26-24 loss to Indianapolis Cathedral (Indiana).  It's the second week in a row that an Ohio power has dropped out of the Top 25.  St. Edward got as high as #9 before losing two weeks ago to #1 Don Bosco Prep; this past weekend the Eagles dropped their second straight with a 17-10 loss at the hand's of Cincinnati's St. Xavier, another team that has spent some time in the Top 25 this year.

All-in-all, this past weekend could be characterized with exploding scoreboards.

Eleven teams in the Xcellent 25 scored 50 points or more, including Armwood, which crush Strawberry Crest 80-0.  In all, six teams (Bishop Gorman, Camden County, Hamilton, Katy, Lake Travis and Warren Central) topped 50 points; three (Bellevue, DeSoto, Mallard Creek) topped the 60-point mark, one topped 70 (Gaffney).

Pittsburgh Central Catholic (Pennsylvania) falls out of the Top 25 after a 13-7 win over Gateway.

Here's this week's MaxPreps Xcellent 25 from Steve Spiewak:

1. Don Bosco Prep (NJ) 5-0, LW: #1
2. Armwood (FL) 7-0, LW: #2
3. Trinity (KY) 8-0, LW: #3
4. Miramar (FL) 6-0, LW: #5
5. DeSoto (TX) 7-0, LW: #4
6. Katy (TX) 7-0, LW: #6
7. Gaffney (SC) 8-0, LW: #7
8. Good Counsel (MD) 7-0, LW: #8
9. Bishop Gorman (NV) 8-1, LW: #10
10. St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) 5-1, LW: #11
11. Allen (TX) 7-0, LW: #9
12. Mallard Creek (NC) 8-0, LW: #12
13. Buford (GA) 8-0, LW: #13
14. Grayson (GA) 7-0, LW: #14
15. Trinity (TX) 8-0, LW: #16
16. Warren Central (IN) 9-0, LW: #17
17. Bellevue (WA) 8-0, LW: #18
18. Central (FL) 5-0, LW: #20
19. Lake Travis (TX) 7-0, LW: #21
20. Camden County (GA) 7-0, LW: #22
21. Harrison (MI) 8-0, LW: #19
22. Mentor (OH) 8-0, LW: NR
23. Daphne (AL) 8-0, LW: #24
24. Hamilton (AZ) 8-0, LW: #25
25. University (FL) 8-0, LW: NR