Scary is the term often used by defensive coordinators when they face offenses that are deemed unstoppable. “Look upon with caution” is a new phrase that defensive players should hold to when playing some of the best backfields in high school during the 2016 season. Quarterbacks with cannon-fire arms and thoroughbred style backs make up the following top backfields that clearly rank the best for this year’s high school football season.
5) Cedar Hill Longhorns (Cedar Hill, TX)
The schedule is not easy for Cedar Hill but then again neither is the planning of a defensive strategy for their high powered offense. Stopping Kaegun Williams and Avery Davis is more of a notion than an actual deed. Slowing them down is more realistic and such is the case with the Cedar Hill entire offense. The Longhorns are anything but shy or timid when it comes to lighting up the stat sheets. It would be outright rude for any high school fan or media source to leave the elephant sitting in the room which is the matchup between Cedar Hill and Bishop Gorman in week one. This could easily be a national championship caliber game but as for now it will be a hard example of what happens when an immovable object meets an unstoppable force. While the Joker may have said this line a little better, it is a fact that there won’t be too many laughs when the Longhorns’ backfield starts familiarizing themselves with opponents’ endzones this fall.
4) St. Louis High Crusaders (Honolulu, HI)
The saying that great players make the guys around them better is a perfect fit for the St. Louis high backfield. Not only is Tua Tagovailoa one of the top duel threat quarterbacks to come out of high school football, he is also “highly unaverage” in his leadership abilities. Those fellow backfield teammates that he leads are more system players than anything and will combine with Tua to devastate opponents. Jahred Silofau blazed back from injury and will share the back duties with Dylan-J Silva. Both backs are keys to the Crusader’s midrange spread offense. While most high school football fans think that 90% of St. Louis High’s offense will come from the arm and legs of Tagovailoa, they will not be so shell shocked when the entire backfield is to credit for the team’s offensive success.
3) IMG Academy Ascenders (Bradenton, FL)
Reminders of a single loss from the 2015 season is more devastating to the IMG team since that single loss kept them from a state title. Saying that the offensive players will be playing with a chip on their shoulder would be putting it lightly. With Kellen Mond at quarterback and Jordan Anthony handling the majority of running back duties, the IMG backfield will light up scoreboards during its coast to coast travels. With so much talent at other areas of the team, the Ascenders offensive juggernaut may have an off the radar presentation but this will soon turn into a “bullhorn” style announcement of respect. Respect that will of course be given to this multi-talented bunch by the opponents they will soon face.
2) Bishop Gorman Gaels (Las Vegas, NV)
The universal thought amongst opposing defenses and defensive coordinators that face Bishop Gorman is that lack of offseason preparation sums up to insanity. Why insanity? Because the Gaels are known for throwing the kitchen sink at their opponents from the first snap. With Tate Martel running and passing his way to offensive national player of the year, it’s hard to think that this talented squad will average under 21 points per game. And Biaggio Walsh carrying the responsibilities at running back heightens the burden on their opponents. Bishop Gorman will stay aggressive by setting up the run with their quick strike pass attack. And their use of misdirection is coveted by at least half of the west coast. Plenty of shoulder shrugs will be handed out between defensive coordinators that would otherwise try to figure out a way to stop the explosive offense that has spent a decade in the top 20 national rankings.
1) Archbishop Hoban Knights (Akron, OH)
And now comes an offensive backfield that at best is frighteningly impressive and at worst regularly intimidating. At quarterback Danny Clark is a heard man with imposing size. Accuracy is what his craft is built on and Clark is arguably the best passer in his class with the ability to spread the ball around. If Danny Clark is the composer of a finely orchestrated offense, Todd Sibley would hold first chair and hold the responsibility of carrying the ball. A balanced attack is what opponents of the Knights can adjust to. What these same opponents will have a hard time with is the fact that once Clark and Sibley get hot defensive coordinators will be forced to pick their poison of stopping the run or pass. Asking a defense to stop both would be a challenge that teams on Archbishop’s schedule are hesitant to accept.