Let me drop some knowledge on you! Once again, the focus is on high school football and last week, there were some eye opening wins. Here are my top 3.
#3 St. Stephens beats Bunker Hill 42-16
The victory took the Indians to 2-0 for the first time since 2008. That is saying a lot as this program has struggled mightily in football.
Since 1980, this program has only had 8 seasons of playing .500 or better football. In contrast, in that same amount of time, they have 20 seasons where they have won 3 or fewer games in a single season with 3 win less years.
But let's focus on this year's team. They are getting it done on the offensive end as they are averaging 37 points per game.
Even though the Indians first 2 victories are against 2 win less teams, the fact is, they WON THE GAMES. That has not always been the case for this program.
Friday, they get their first real test as they are at 2-0 Maiden. The Blue Devils offense is on a roll as well as they are averaging 43 points per game.
Win or lose, 2015 is already off to a great start for the St. Stephens Indians.
#2 Central Academy beat Highland Tech 49-0
This victory took the Cougars to 2-0 on the season. An incredible start to the year as new head coach Shane Griffin didn't take over as head coach until August 4th.
That's right, a late summer coaching change as Scott Smith left CATA for Albemarle, put this team behind the eight ball. But coach Griffin, who came from Anson Senior, has come in and got this team playing great team ball.
The offense is averaging 31 points per game and the defense is only giving up 9 points per game.
Friday, they host 0-2 Union Academy with a chance to go 3-0 for the first time ever.
Big kudos go out to the Cougars of Central Academy for making the best of a situation that could have derailed their 2015 season before it even began.
#1 Robinson beats Central Cabarrus 35-7
It has been a long time since Robinson has been able to say that they are 2-0. The last time was back in 2006. But coach Joe Glass' Dogs can make that claim in 2015 after their win over Central.
Robinson is moving down from 4A to 3A and making the most of being back and playing schools of their same size.
The previous 2 seasons, they were 4A and in the same conference with the likes of Mallard Creek, Vance, and Hough. In 2013, Robinson would go 1-10 and last season, they were 0-11.
Because, the move to 3A was made in the middle of a realignment cycle, they were thrown in the South Piedmont 3A conference and have to begin their season with conference games. But now the benefit is this team is already 2-0 in league play and definitely already a factor in who will win the conference title.
Friday, they are at 0-2 Hickory Ridge. The Ragin' Bulls were considered the favorites to win this league by some experts (yeah, I'm one of those) and can ill afford to lose this game.
Robinson hopes to add to the Ridge's woes and get to 3-0 with all wins coming in conference play.
What a story this would be if Robinson comes in and wins a conference title with the likes of Hickory Ridge, West Rowan, and Concord. Folks, it could happen but I am getting WAY ahead of myself and I think coach Glass would agree.
On a side note!
I have to give a shout out to the Charlotte Christian Knights. The 3 time defending NCISAA Division 1 champs are playing some OUTSTANDING defense.
In week 1, they lost to Charlotte Catholic 5-0. That's a Cougars team that is one of the favorites to win the 4A title and is currently ranked #6 in the FFN Top 10.
Then last Saturday, they went to South Carolina and beat the #1 3A team in the state in Myrtle Beach 24-3. Yes, held the #1 team in the state to just 3 points.
If you do the math, they have only given up 8 points this season to 2 teams that will make deep playoff runs in the public school playoffs.
So once again, let me throw out this warning as if teams aren't figuring this out by now. Just because you are lining up against a smaller private school, you better bring it or you just might get embarrassed.
This Saturday, Christian gets to do it again as they take on 2-0 Weddington. The Warriors are the #8 team in our FFN Top 10, played for the 3AA state title last season, and is once again one of the favorites to play for the 3AA title in 2015. Weddington is averaging 44 points per game so something has to give. One thing is for sure, coach Tim Carson will have his Warriors on high alert because the Knights defense is nothing to overlook.
The tour of playing public schools will continue next Friday for Christian as they will host 1-1 Hoggard out of Wilmington.
Give coach Jason Estep and the Knights big credit. They will play anyone, anywhere, anytime which is a big reason why they have won 3 straight NCISAA titles.
All I can say is, I love high school football! The cream always rises to the top at this level of football.