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Touchdown King to be Crowned

As the 2014 high school football season continues through October, some of the nation’s top teams are starting to separate themselves from the pack. One of those teams is Folsom High School out of northern California. Folsom High currently ranks anywhere in the top 10 nationally. Jake Browning, quarterback for the northern California powerhouse is also separating himself from the nation’s other top QBs. He’s more than just a University of Washington signee. This weekend he has his eyes set on passing the national touchdown record. The record currently stands at 210.

Browning entered the 2014 season with 165 career touchdowns and more than 12,000 yards passing – both California state records. Through the first seven games of Folsom’s undefeated season, the UW commit has thrown for 43 touchdowns which leaves him just three away from breaking a record, once thought unbreakable. The team hoping to postpone this milestone is another undefeated squad out of Rocklin High School. The winner of this game will be the clear front runner in the Sierra Foothill League and primed for a deep run in the California Interscholastic Federation playoffs. Now, we call that a “Touchdown King”.

 Thanks Erik H for being a blog contributor.

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High School Football Season Starting with a Bang!

The 2014 high school football season is starting off this year with two big interstate games involving four ranked teams loaded with Division 1 talent. Interstate high school football games are usually reserved for the top teams in the nation and this year is no exception. The season will kick off down south at a true high school football Mecca; Hoover, Alabama.

No. 15 Central (Miami) at No. 3 Hoover (Ala.), Aug. 23

The Hoover Buccaneers are coming off their second straight state championship under Coach Josh Niblett. Coach Niblett has taken the Alabama football powerhouse to a whole other level these last two years by going 30-0. This year’s team will be led by All-State running back Bradrick Shaw and linebacker Christian Bell. Facing off against the Bucs is No. 15 Central High School out of Miami. Central is also coming off back to back state championships and is looking to start the year with a big non-conference win. The most explosive player to watch on August 23rd is wide receiver Da’vante Phillips. The Rockets will need him to have a huge game against a Hoover defense that returns 5 division one recruits. Can Central break Hoover’s two year winning streak?

No. 16 Bellevue (WA) at No. 19 Serra (Gardena, Calif.), Sept. 6

The Bellevue Wolverines are entering the 2014 Honor Bowl in Oceanside, California against Serra High School with a 54 game winning streak. Coach Butch Goncharoff hasn’t lost since September 11, 2010 which ranks as the 3rd longest streak in the Nation. The Wolverines have put together this run behind the almost unstoppable Wing-T Offense that has won Bellevue state championships 11 of the last 14 seasons. Opposing Bellevue is maybe the best defense in the nation. Serra high school boosts two five star recruits on the defensive side, defensive tackle Rasheem Green and linebacker John Houston. These two potential All-Americans will have a tough test against a Bellevue squad who over the years has taken down some of the nation’s top teams. The winner of this game will be one step closer to being called the West Coast’s top team!

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A Homecoming fit for a King

The sports world received the news it was waiting for Friday when Lebron James announced he was leaving Miami to return home to Northeast Ohio to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lebron is an Akron native who had a lifelong dream fulfilled in 2004 when he was drafted number one overall by his hometown Cavaliers. After building a legacy in Cleveland for seven years and continually coming short of winning a championship, a frustrated Lebron took his talents to South Beach where he could team up with All-Stars Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. The Decision to take his talents to South Beach was a major blow to the struggling Midwest City, not just emotionally but financially. King James who is arguably America’s most polarizing and marketable athlete meant the world to Cleveland natives, from the kids who idolized him to the blue collar sports fans that paid their hard earned money to see him perform.  When Lebron shocked Cleveland and left for greener pastures it wasn’t just a blow to a proud city’s ego, but it affected the livelihood of many downtown business owners in an already declining city.

After leaving Cleveland, King James elevated his game to a whole other level and was able to reach four straight Finals while winning two championships. In Miami, success came relatively easy with an all-star cast of teammates around him and a Hall of Fame general manager in Pat Riley. Even with all the winning in South Beach it wasn’t quite the same as the scene in Cleveland during their glory days. The Heat fan base didn’t have the same connection with the team as it did in Cleveland. Heat fans are notorious for leaving important games early in order to grab a table at one of the local night clubs. Even with all the Heat’s success during Lebron’s tenure in Miami, he still opted out of his contract after losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 Finals. The story took an even crazier turn when he turned down the glitz and glam of Miami to return home to the city he hurt so badly just four years earlier.

This story is much bigger than the sport of Basketball; this is a story of how a city helped raise a man who wants more than anything to give back. In America sports have the unique ability to bring together a community in ways few other activities can. This is especially the case in a sports crazed city like Cleveland, where fans have waited decades for a championship trophy. Lebron James had to check his ego when he decided to return home to Cleveland. The Cavs fan base and management openly cursed him and even burned his jerseys after his decision in 2010. However, with time comes forgiveness by both sides and now a super star is looking to rejuvenate the city that he owes all his successes to. Lebron said it best in his announcement to come back to Cleveland, “Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart.”

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