Heaps leads Skyline to come-from-behind win

October, 31, 2008

No. 13 Skyline 16 (9-0), Bothell 12 (6-3)

 Jake Heaps led Skyline past Bothell.
For FAB 50 No. 13 Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.), last night's ESPNU-televised game with KingCo 4A league challenger Bothell was much more trick than treat, as the Spartans had to rally late to pull out the victory, the Seattle Times reported. Even though Skyline showed great resolve in coming back with under five minutes remaining to drive for the winning score against a game opponent that played its heart out, it will be tough for me as a FAB 50 pollster not to move Skyline down some in next week's poll (depending, of course, on how others do as well). This was a great opportunity for the Spartans to show the nation that they were a top 15- or top 10-caliber squad nationally, and while they did win the game, they might not have won impressively enough, a phrase we hear a lot now in the BCS age of college football. Their body of work is still solid, but given the team's performance as a whole product last night, it's hard to say that they would be favored in a matchup at a neutral site against some of the teams currently ranked below them. Corona Centennial, Permian, Phoebus, and Ohio powers St. Ignatius and Elder come to mind as teams that I'd probably tap as favorites in that type of hypothetical matchup; thus I should probably put them ahead of Skyline in next week's poll. However, it is a long weekend, and we'll see who else has near-stumbles or even is beaten. … I did think that junior quarterback Jake Heaps, despite a twisted ankle and two early interceptions, showed a lot to get his team down the field to win when everything wasn't going Skyline's way, and sophomore receiver Kasen Williams has a chance to be a Julio Jones-type prospect in two years if he keeps developing. (Jones is a current Alabama freshman.)

No. 5 Long Beach Poly 45 (8-0), Long Beach Cabrillo 0 (0-8)
The Jackrabbits had no problem whatsoever with Moore League foe Cabrillo, as Morgan Fennell threw for three scores and the Poly defense returned two fumbles for touchdowns in an easy win, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

No. 38 St. Bonaventure 51 (7-1), Santa Barbara 21 (3-5)
The Seraphs, who suffered their lone loss at Poly a couple of weeks back, put a beating on Channel League foe Santa Barbara High on Thursday, the Ventura County Star reported. Junior running back Devon Blackledge scored on runs of 54 and 28 yards while also returning a kick for a score, while USC commit Patrick Hall ran for a TD and caught another.

Other notes:
• The blog had a chance to speak with North Florida Christian (Tallahassee, Fla.) junior quarterback Clint Trickett the other night, and the 6-foot-2, 170-pounder is excited to share that his first offer has come in, from the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Trickett, who impressed at last year's Nike Camp and EA SPORTS Elite 11 QB regional camp in Tuscaloosa, is also getting strong early interest from Ole Miss, Central Michigan, LSU, Boston College, Clemson, Tulsa, Auburn, Oregon and Stanford. So far this fall in seven games (including NFC's jamboree), Trickett has completed 95 of his 127 passes (74 percent) for 1,387 yards with 14 TDs and five interceptions. He's also rushed for 207 yards and three scores.

• The blog also chatted with Elite 11 QB A.J. McCarron out of St. Paul's Episcopal (Mobile, Ala.), who is preparing to play his final high school game this evening, as the Saints, currently at 3-6, will not qualify for the state playoffs this fall after winning the Class 5A state title last year. Much has been said about McCarron's scheduling official visits to some other schools besides Alabama, including this weekend to Ole Miss, but the senior laughed at some Web sites that had switched him to a "soft commit" to Alabama because of it, saying he's as solid to the Tide as he's ever been. You wonder if Alabama thinks the same, however, as another Elite 11 QB, Eugene Smith, will be in Tuscaloosa this weekend for a visit of his own.



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