The Turnaround – Halfway Point

Lubbock got new home uniforms for last Friday's game against Estacado.

Lubbock got new home uniforms for last Friday’s game against Estacado.

by Jason Strunk
Lubbock High School Head Football Coach
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Suggesting that the 2014 season has been a disappointment thus far would be the biggest understatement known to mankind. It has been painful, both physically and emotionally.

We broke summer camp with two strong scrimmages, the best two we have ever had here. You could easily see how far along the senior class had come. Light years ahead of where they were when we arrived. Finally, in Year Four, we had all the pieces in place to start the season.

The problem, which none of us could have predicted, started on the first offensive drive of the season in Sweetwater. QB James Garcia went down with an injury. At the time we had no idea how the injuries would snowball out of control.

Through five games we are down nine starters, all of whom are lost for the year. There is no way anyone, not even Nostradomous, could have predicted what we have faced. It’s has been mind boggling, frustrating and just downright heartbreaking! Our hearts ache for the seniors that we have lost for the season. Continue Reading →

Now & Then – NFL Week 4


by Jeff Fisher

Trish Hoffman, Andrew Luck and myself at 2011 Maxwell Football Club Awards Dinner. Photography by Photos by Wendy

Trish Hoffman, Andrew Luck and myself at 2011 Maxwell Football Club Awards Dinner.
Photography by Photos by Wendy

Andrew Luck, who is one of the nicest players I’ve ever met during my time as a journalist, leads this week’s Now & Then feature with his performance Sunday in the Indianapolis Colts 41-17 win over the Tennessee Titans.

Luck, who played his high school football at Stratford High in Houston, Texas, threw for an NFL best 393 yards in the victory that evened the Colts record at 2-2.

During his high school career, Luck, who’s father Oliver also played quarterback in the NFL, threw for 7,139 yards and 53 touchdowns. Luck, who was his school’s co-valedictorian, also rushed for 2,085 yards and played in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Continue Reading →

Trisha Hoffman’s “Inspired” – Rita Wilson, Actor/Hollywood High Cheerleader


by Trisha Hoffman
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Editor’s Note: The goal of Trisha Hoffman’s Inspired is to give readers an inside look at how high school sports has shaped the lives of very successful people – actors, attorneys, CEO’s, directors, doctors, entrepreneurs, etc.

Did you know that Rita Wilson started her acting career as a cheerleader on the Brady Bunch, but was also a cheerleader in real life during her days at Hollywood High? Continue Reading →

Two new teams enter the latest High School Football America Top 25

by Jeff Fisher

There are two new teams in the latest High School Football America Top 25 as Hamilton (Arizona) enters at #20 after a win over previously undefeated Mountain Pointe (Arizona) and Starkville (Mississippi) breaks in at #24.  Hamilton and Starkville move-in thanks to losses by #16 St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey) and #20 Gonzaga (Washington, DC).

In the Top 10, Bishop Gorman (Nevada) moves from #7 to #6 after beating St. John Bosco (California), the former #6.  St. John Bosco drops to #6.

High School Football America Top 25

1. (1) Allen Eagles (Texas)

Overall: 5-0

Rewind: defeated Marcus (Texas) 35-24

Fast Forward: vs. Lewisville (Texas), Saturday

2. (2) Don Bosco Prep Ironmen (New Jersey)

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: defeated Central (Fort Pierce, Florida) 41-14

Fast Forward: Idle

3. (3) Booker T. Washington Tornadoes (Florida)

Overall: 6-0

Rewind: defeated Monsignor Pace (Florida) 51-6

Fast Forward: Idle

4. (4) De La Salle Spartans (California)

Overall: 5-0

Rewind: defeated Servite (California) 47-24

Fast Forward: at San Ramon Valley (California), Friday

5. (5) DeSoto Eagles (Texas)

Overall: 5-0

Rewind: defeated Grand Prairie (Texas) 53-0

Fast Forward: Idle Continue Reading →

High School Football America Top 25 Scoreboard – September 26-27, 2014

High School Football America Top 25 Scoreboard

1. Allen Eagles (Texas) defeats Marcus (Texas) 35-24

2. Don Bosco Prep Ironmen (New Jersey) defeats Central (Fort Pierce, Florida) 41-14

3. Booker T. Washington Tornadoes (Florida) defeats Monsignor Pace (Florida) 51-6

4. De La Salle Spartans (California) defeated Servite (California) 47-24

5. DeSoto Eagles (Texas) defeats Grand Praire (Texas) 53-0

6. St. John Bosco Braves (California) lost to #7 Bishop Gorman (Nevada) 34-31

7. Bishop Gorman Gaels (Nevada) defeats #6 St. John Bosco (California) 34-31

8. Archbishop Moeller Crusaders (Ohio) defeats St. Xavier (Ohio) 13-7

9. Miami Central Rockets (Florida) – Idle

10. Folsom Bulldogs (California) defeats Granite Bay (California) 63-0

11. Bellevue Wolverines (Washington) defeats Sammamish (Washington) 42-6

12. St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (Florida) defeats Nova (Florida) 59-0

13. Buford Wolves (Georgia) – Idle

14. Mater Dei Monarchs (California) defeats Edison (California) 34-12

15. Southlake Carroll Dragons (Texas) defeats Abilene (Texas) 63-28

16. St. Peter’s Prep Marauders (New Jersey) lost to IMG Academy (Florida) 36-20

17. Archbishop Wood Vikings (Pennsylvania) defeats Archbishop Ryan (Pennsylvania) 47-14

18. Colquitt County Packers (Georgia) – Idle

19. South Panola Tigers (Mississippi) defeats Horn Lake (Mississippi) 63-26

20. Gonzaga Eagles (Washington, D.C.) lost to Good Counsel (Maryland) 17-7

21. Euless Trinity Trojans (Texas) defeats Heritage (Texas) 14-0

22. Elder Panthers (Ohio) defeats Rosa Fort (Mississippi) 31-14

23. Warren Central Warriors (Indiana) defeats Pike (Indiana) 41-20

24. Skyline Raiders (Texas) defeats Irving (Texas) 35-6

25. Maryville Rebels (Tennessee) defeats Sevier County (Tennessee) 38-3