Honoring Griffith's memory
|Pahokee and Byrnes will honor Norman Griffiths' life on Friday.|
In the aftermath in the shooting death of Pahokee's Norman Griffith, the Palm Beach Post's Greg Stoda takes a look at some of the harsh realities that the youth of the Belle Glade and Pahokee communities face daily. South Carolina's Byrnes High, who will host Pahokee on Friday (ESPNU, 8 p.m. ET), will honor Griffith's life by painting his No. 7 on the field surface.
In a related story, Glades Central High will move its scheduled home game Friday night versus William T. Dwyer to Saturday morning at Palm Beach Central High, citing "the interest of the safety and security of all involved", according to the paper.
• After surviving a score from Boyd Anderson of Lauderdale Lakes, should FAB 50 No. 16 Lakeland be on upset alert this weekend against Miami Killian? According to the Miami Herald, the Dreadnaughts should be cautious. Miami Nike Camp participant DB Keith Reaser is off to a good start is off to a good start for Killian, with three interceptions to lead a solid defense. QB Ricky Rowe has been efficient. Last week he connected on 8 of 11 passes for 100 yards and a score. And of course star running back Lamar Miller will be the focal point of the Killian offense.
• Todd Holcomb is already looking forward to this weekend's clash between Georgia powers Lowndes (FAB 50 No. 2) and Northside Warner Robins (FAB 50 No. 33) in his blog for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. As Holcomb notes, Lowndes, the reigning Class 5A champ, has won three of the past four titles in Georgia's highest class, while Northside has won 35 consecutive games and consecutive Class 4A titles. Also included are the state rankings by class, where it was somewhat surprising to see North Gwinnett (4-1), the one team to test Byrnes (S.C.) so far, ranked down at No. 9 in 5A. The Bulldogs, coached by Bob Sphire, led Byrnes early in the second half of their meeting and have since won four straight, including impressive wins over Norcross and Brookwood.
• This week's AP state rankings in Texas are out. The Lone Star State boasts eight teams currently ranked in the FAB 50, with seven of those squads coming out of Class 5A, led by the nation's No. 1, Euless Trinity.
• Here's a look at the Cleveland Plain-Dealer's area top 25 rankings, led by FAB 50-ranked Glenville and St. Ignatius at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Four of the last five seasons, Glenville and St. Ignatius have met in a playoff game that ended one of their seasons. The two area powers squared off in game one this fall, with Glenville topping Ignatius 20-17 as Marvel Brooks hit a 30-yard field goal at the gun. Barring an upset, the Tarblooders and Wildcats should meet again come November in the regional round of the Ohio Division I state playoffs.
• Junior running back Jamel Martin and senior scatback John Seigler have Bolingbrook (Ill.) off and running to a 5-0 start writes Bill Schiebe of the Herald News. Martin has a chance to be one of the state's top recruits next spring if he keeps up his strong start.
• A great father-son story from Eddie Daniels at the Tampa Trib. It's really great to hear about how the players at Wesley Chapel were touched by their coach John Castelamare's visit to his ailing father. A great thing about sports -- in this case, football -- is the bond that can be shared by a father and son, and how it can really be something special that brings them together. Hopefully some of Coach Castelamare's players told their fathers how much they've meant to them when they returned home that evening.