Cincy powers collide Friday
Game of the Week
Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati) 6-0 at No. 26 Elder (Cincinnati) 5-1
With No. 7 Central (Miami) and No. 31 Northwestern (Miami) playing on Thursday night, the Friday night choices were not as obvious. But considering that Elder was ranked No. 3 in the FAB 50 a week ago and is trying to bounce back this week against one of its archrivals, this game is one of the top storylines of the weekend. In The Cincinnati Enquirer Division I area coaches poll, Moeller is now tied for the No. 1 ranking with St. Xavier (Cincinnati), the team that knocked off Elder 17-7 last weekend. The Crusaders haven't played the same type of schedule as either St. Xavier or Elder, but they traditionally play both tough and had no trouble in improving to 6-0 last week with a 52-18 romp past Highland Park (Mich.). Junior running backs Richie Dyer and Tucker Skove both had more than 100 rushing yards for Moeller in the win. Elder is without University of Indiana-bound wide receiver Tim O'Connor, who broke a wrist in the loss to St. Xavier. But standout quarterback Mark Miller is healthy and will need to adjust in this week's game. A win would likely send Moeller climbing into the national rankings picture and would likely push Elder out.
Player to Watch
WR, Central (Madison, Miss.)
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior has folks holding their breath every time he touches the ball for the No. 46 Jaguars. In their victory two weekends ago over previously unbeaten Clinton (Miss.), Singleton caught a 38-yard touchdown pass and took a reverse 51 yards for six points. Then last week when Madison Central cruised past Murrah (Jackson, Miss.), 51-7, Singleton flashed his reported 4.42 speed for two kickoff return touchdowns (92, 61) and also scored on a 5-yard reception. Last year as a sophomore, Singleton was a Class 5A All-State selection with 49 catches for 942 yards and 13 touchdowns. He's regarded as one of the top junior prospects in the nation.
No. 12 Jenks (Okla.) 5-0 at Broken Arrow (Okla.) 4-1
Is there any way Jenks has been able to focus on Broken Arrow this week with all the controversy swirling around the school after head coach Allan Trimble was suspended indefinitely (after an investigation into the previous use of an ineligible turned up other violations) this week? The Tigers, currently No. 20 in the ESPN RISE Southwest Region rankings and No. 3 in the state, may not need the help, as they've bounced back nicely from a 17-6 loss to FAB 50 No. 41 Tulsa Union in the opener to rip off four straight in impressive fashion. Broken Arrow seems to be peaking at the right time as standout junior quarterback Archie Bradley, a transfer from Muskogee, threw three touchdown passes last week, and senior running back Steven Hopper, a Houston recruit, is healthy again after some early season bumps and bruises.
Team on the RISE?
Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.)
Next week could be the week a California team from the San Francisco Bay Area not named De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) enters the FAB 50 for the first time in a long time, as Monte Vista is poised to enter the rankings if it can hand the mighty Spartans a loss Friday night. The Mustangs, off to a 4-0 start and No. 12 in the ESPN RISE West Region rankings behind star senior quarterback Brett Nottingham, put up 35 points in a loss to the Spartans a year ago. If they can slow down De La Salle's running game, MV has the offense to pull off a monumental win. Nottingham, a UCLA recruit, has thrown for 15 touchdowns and zero interceptions so far through four games, but junior receiver Bryce McGovern is posting even more eye-popping numbers with 729 yards and nine touchdown receptions while averaging better than 28 yards per catch. Cal recruit David Wilkerson anchors Monte Vista's defense from his inside linebacker position. Monte Vista hasn't beaten rival De La Salle since the 1987 North Coast Section 4A final when the Mustangs stopped the Spartans on a controversial two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter for a 14-13 victory.
Mark Tennis is a deputy editor for ESPN RISE.
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