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September 4, 2010FOLLOW RIVALSHIGH: Follow us on Twitter | Friend us on Facebook
OK, so what is it that makes Batesville (Miss.) South Panola so good?
Consider its latest dominating effort for the top team in the RivalsHigh Top 100 in Memphis, Tenn.
There's the offense: It rolled up 398 total yards and scored 28 points in the second quarter to put the game out of reach. Most of the damage came from running back Qyendarius Griffin, who had 230 yards and three touchdowns - including a 93-yarder.
Then there's the defense: It limited Memphis University to just 50 total yards in the game and no points. University's only score came when South Panola snapped the ball out of the end zone.
Or maybe it's just the team itself: It won its third straight on the road to open the season, and its 15th straight overall. And if you think it's not going up against top-notch competition, think again. The loss was University's first since the 2007 playoffs and ended a 28-game win streak.
South Panola coach Lance Pogue was matter of fact with his assessment.
"I don't mean to say this boastfully but I thought we were better than they were," he told the Commercial Appeal. "I thought they wouldn't be able to handle our speed. We just overmatched them."
For complete coverage, read this game story in the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
More games involving Top 100 teams in the Atlantic East and South from Friday night:
No. 19 Camden County 45, No. 3 Miami Central 42
It only figures that a game that looked like a track meet was settled by a foot.
Matt Khasz's 19-yard field goal as time expired gave Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County the victory at home over No.3 Miami (Fla.) Central.
This game was all about big scoring plays. There was a 34-yard TD pass, a 94-yard kickoff return on the ensuing possession, an 80-yard scoring pass and a blocked punt recovered in the end zone for a score.
And that was all in the first quarter.
Camden took a 29-21 lead at halftime, then survived a late turnover - Miami Central tied the game on a fumble return - for the victory.
For complete coverage, read this game story in the Miami Herald.
No. 6 West Monroe 68, Leesville 28
This game was a bit closer than the final score indicated.
West Monroe (La.) High was never in trouble at home, but it held just a seven-point lead (28-21) midway through the second quarter. From there, the defending Louisiana 5A champs pulled away.
The battle of the backs proved to be a little closer.
West Monroe's Tyler Cain rushed for 114 yards and four TDs. Leesville's Levandor Liggins also had four scores, rushing for 50 yards while catching eight passes for 148 yards and three more TDs.
For complete coverage, read this game story in the The News Star.
No. 22 North Gwinnett 17, No. 17 Crenshaw 12
Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett defeated Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw with a defensive play - Brandon McGowan's 43-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the third quarter was the winning score.
But the key to the game was Crenshaw running back De'Anthony Thomas.
Thomas had an amazing 58-yard for a score - one where he appeared to be stopped in the backfield - and added a 27-yard catch-and-run touchdown, both in the first quarter.
But he also fumbled to halt a second-quarter drive and then missed most of the second half with a leg injury. Crenshaw, playing its opening game, stalled without him.
For complete coverage, read this game story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
No. 76 LaSalle 27, No. 45 North Penn 14
Not bad for openers.
Matt Magarity, taking over at QB for LaSalle, went 13-for-21 for 140 yards and three TDs to lead No. 76 Wyndmoor (Pa.) LaSalle to an upset over No. 45 Lansdale (Pa.) North Penn.
Magarity, who replaced three-year starter Drew Loughery, threw TD passes of 23 and 37 yards to Sean Coleman, then added the go-ahead score - a 20-yard pass to Colin Buckley midway through the third quarter.
"It's a great feeling," Magarity told Philly.com. "I've been looking forward to this my whole life. I played OK, with some mistakes thrown in. I just hope I can somewhat fill Drew Loughery's shoes."
Craig Needhammer carried the ball 19 times for 116 yards for North Penn, which hadn't lost at home since 2006.
For complete coverage, read this game story from Philly.com.