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Monday Rundown: High School Football Resumes

August 17, 2020
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It’s Monday and I’m going to guess by the sold out campgrounds, RV spots and coast hotels, you all enjoyed your weekend. While some remain at home to keep themselves safe, a number of folks are ‘flocking’ to the outdoors.

Interesting times indeed and still no live college football sports to cover. So while our primary function is to cover the Ducks we’ll dip our toes into other areas for the time being to keep us all entertained and give us a break from the daily grind. 

Here are some notes to help you pass your Monday and bring you up to date on what you might have missed this weekend.

Rip City vs the Lakers

If you missed it, the Blazers went 7-2 in bubble play to secure an 8th seed spot in the Western playoffs. That earns them a matcup with Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers which begins Tuesday. 

The Blazers play Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday this week so be sure to tune in and watch Damian Lillard continue his assault on the NBA. 

Utah HSFB Kicks Off

The state of Utah moved on with football amid the pandemic. And football games kicked off Thursday night with a number of Oregon commits and targets playing on Friday.

Oregon center commit Jackson Light put on a show en route to a win over Farmington. You can see #74 in the video below getting on his horse and rounding the corner for a key block on this touchdown run.

Defensive back Jeffrey Bassa had a touchdown return on Friday night. He also hinted at ‘news coming soon’ after retweeting his own final six tweet. It would appear the 3-star DB might be closing down his recruitment sooner than later. 

Oregon offensive lineman target Kingsley Suamataia blew out Mountain View Friday night to start its season. Suamataia noted a decision could be coming soon and that was a few weeks ago. He has not since updated the timeline but stay tuned.

SEC Releases Week 1 Schedule

On Monday, the SEC announced its week one schedule. The conference continues to stick out its ‘proverbial’ chest at the NCAA, Pac-12 and Big-10 and maintain it will play this season in September. The schedule announced has games beginning on Sept. 26 but none that require you to set your DVR.

Here are the week 1 games which remain on for now.

LSU Players Opting Out

LSU now has two players opting out of the upcoming season. Although the SEC is planning on playing in September, two NFL draft ready players have elected to skp the season. 

On Monday safety Kary Vincent joined his teammate, defensive end Neil Farrell, in making the decision to skip the season. While this has no impact on Oregon it does raise questions on thh future of NFL hopefuls like Penei Sewell and Jevon Holland. Will they play if Oregon has a Spring season? Will they join their peers and elect to opt out in order to prepare early for the NFL?

Questions we do not have answers to but an interesting topic to discuss nonetheless. 

Did the B1G Even Vote on the Season?

Several outlets reported on Monday Penn State AD Sandy Barbour claims no vote to cancel the season actually took place. Minnesota president Joan Gabel echoed the same.

Which really begs the question if this is in fact true, or if it is simply a response to pressure from the SEC and ACC continuing on with its season. 

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields organized a petition to play which garnered more than 30,000 signatures in the first few hours according to reports. His movement was further endorsed by his head coach Ryan Day on Monday.

Will the Pac-12 be the only conference left not playing or will all eventually follow suit? That’s certainly the million dollar question at the moment. 

 
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