As the high school season moves rapidly toward playoff time, each game becomes bigger than the last. Take a look at how your future Cardinal did this week.
QB Davis Mills - Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, Ga.)
Mills had his best game of the year, tossing a GAC single-game record six(!) touchdown passes on his eighteenth birthday as the Spartans vanquished North Hall HS, 42-14. The GAC offense overcame three first half fumbles (and only lost two) to pull out ahead of the Trojans.
That’s one proud momma!
Mills now has 20 TDs passing on the year (still without an INT or a lost fumble), and looks to be the hot hand for the 8-1 Spartans heading towards the playoffs.
TE/DE Colby Parkinson - Oaks Christian HS (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Parkinson reeled in five receptions for 52 yards and a score in Oaks Christian's 49-7 win over Camarillo HS.
WR Osiris St. Brown - Mater Dei HS (Anaheim, Calif.)
Mater Dei and St. John Bosco went toe-to-toe in a thrilling heavyweight matchup between two national top ten teams. The St. Brown brothers both shined in this game, and Osiris caught a 15-yard score which ignited Mater Dei's fourth quarter rally for a 26-21 win. Older brother Equanimeous, Notre Dame's leading receiver this season, was in attendance while the Irish observed a bye week, and you can bet he liked what he saw from his family.
Not a bad family of receivers. pic.twitter.com/ISPXgaqUMX— Jonathan Khamis (@JonathanKhamis) October 22, 2016
DB Stuart Head - Etowah HS (Woodstock, GA)
The Eagles had Roswell HS, a top fifteen team in the nation and the top squad in the state of Georgia, on the ropes for most of the game before the Hornets scored a late touchdown to halt Etowah's upset bid at 17-14.
Head accounted for all 14 of the Eagles' points on two touchdown receptions totaling 49 yards. Roswell has allowed an average of 5 points per game to opposing offenses this season, so for Etowah to score even once, let alone twice, is a big deal. Even Head's younger brother, Ryan, was thrilled with his older brother's performance.
RB Sione Heimuli-Lund - Brighton HS (Salt Lake City, UT)
The Bengals ended their 2016 season last Wednesday with a 28-7 loss to Bingham HS. Lund rushed for a mere 68 yards and caught one pass for 18 yards, but his impact on defense kept Bingham was felt more than any game this season. 16 tackles (11 solo), 3 tackles for loss, one sack and two fumble recoveries (one of which he forced). And did I mention that Bingham was undefeated heading into this game? Alas, another herculean effort from Lund wasn't enough, and the Utah senior reflected on his four seasons in a Bengal uniform.
TE Tucker Fisk - Davis Senior HS (Davis, Calif.)
Fisk, who was on the receiving end of three receptions for 15 yards on Friday, and Davis seem to have found some late season mojo and put together a string of three straight win, with the latest being a 38-21 victory over Pleasant Grove HS. The Blue Devils need one win in their next two games to secure a berth in the postseason.
OL/DL Drew Dalman - Palma HS (Salinas, Calif.)
Dalman continues his streak of great defensive games. In Friday's 42-7 conquest of North Salinas HS, Drew snatched a ball out of the air, tipped off of his right elbow, and rumbled 17 yards for the pick-six. Quite an athletic feat for a 6'3", 265-pound man!
QB Jack West - Saraland HS (Saraland, AL)
Saraland had their bye week before the home stretch of its regular season begins on Friday with a home game against Rain HS.