High-SchoolFootball: Barkley Hill

FAB 50 Weekend Primer

September, 29, 2011

No. 13 Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) 4-0 at No. 10 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 5-1, 10 p.m. ET, Friday (ESPNU)

The Gaels were hoping for a breakthrough win earlier in the season when they hosted No. 4 Armwood (Seffner, Fla.), but missed a late-second field goal and fell 20-17. They already have a quality win against one out-of-state foe, Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.), which is playing before them Friday on ESPN2 against Notre Dame Prep (Scottsdale, Ariz.).

Bishop Gorman has yet to record a significant win against a California team in its history and is certainly getting a significant opponent in the Friars, who have won the CIF Southern Section Pac-Five Division title the last two years. Servite ascended to No. 1 in the state rankings this week due to previous No. 1 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) losing 30-6 in its game with FAB 50 No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).

Since Bishop Gorman has dominated all of its Nevada opposition so far this year and won’t play any more out-of-state teams this season, it’s a bigger game for the Gaels than what it means for Servite. While head coach Troy Thomas’ club wants to show well on national television, the reality is that a brutal Trinity League schedule starts the very next weekend. In that league, the Friars will be meeting such foes as FAB 50 No. 49 Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) plus unbeaten Lutheran (Orange, Calif.), not to mention archrival Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.).

The Gaels feature a balanced offense with playmakers Jarrett Solomon at quarterback and Shaquille Powell at running back. Solomon has passed for 909 yards and 15 touchdowns with no interceptions while Powell has rushed for 886 yards and 15 scores. Both players have rarely seen any time in the second half of their games since playing Armwood.

The Friars have a versatile player on offense in senior Cody Pittman. Like Solomon, Pittman has yet to throw an interception this season and has passed for 616 yards and 15 scores. Another player to watch is linebacker and receiver Butch Pauu, who has committed to BYU.


Barkley Hill, Cedar Falls (Cedar Falls, Iowa)

The 6-foot, 190-pound senior running back has helped lead Iowa's top-ranked team to the No. 46 ranking in the FAB 50.

In five wins this season, the Iowa State recruit has rushed for 1,135 yards, a 9.0-yard per carry norm, and has scored 21 touchdowns. Those totals lead all Class 6A players in the state in both categories.

Hill started the season with a school record six-touchdown effort vs. Hempstead (Dubuque, Iowa). In last week’s game, Hill ripped off 213 yards with two more scores in a 27-7 triumph against Xavier (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). His fast start also has pushed his career totals to 4,774 rushing yards and 70 touchdowns. He has chance to pad those totals in four remaining regular season games plus postseason play.

On Friday, Cedar Falls takes on Wahlert (Dubuque, Iowa).

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