Ray Lewis III Rushes for 384 Yards, 5 TDs

Ray Lewis III is the son of All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis, and if his recent success on the gridiron is any indication, he may be following in the footsteps of his father.

The younger Lewis is a high school junior at Lake Mary Prep in Florida. The running back rushed for 384 yards and five touchdowns in his game last week against Foundation Academy in Winter Garden, Fl. He has eight touchdowns in three games and his team is 3-0.

The school Lewis was playing may not have been very good (they’re 1-1 and beat their first opponent 40-0), but 384 yards and five touchdowns is enough to grab anyone’s attention. Lewis rushed for over 1,000 yards his freshman season, and he had a 504-yard game last year that drew national headlines.

Lewis plays both ways for his high school team, but he will likely be a running back in college. Whatever school that lands him will likely have a prize.

Pic via Max Preps, Story tip via Bryan D Fischer

High School Hockey Players Skip Prom for Hockey Tournament

If you are the romantic type and you read the above headline, you would probably have some sort of reaction like, “That’s just awful.”  However, since you are reading a sports blog it is probably safe to assume you’re more like me.  What that means is you probably read the headline of this post and thought to yourself, “Yeah, so what?”

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High School Coach Jason Bresnan Allegedly Put Bounty on Opposing Player

The more we hear about coaches and organizations paying players, the more desensitized we become.  Over the past few years we have come to the conclusion that paying college athletes is extremely common practice.  Whether it’s paying a player to attend your school or giving them a grand for having two sacks in a game, money flows around certain programs like a Las Vegas casino.

When we hear about this type of activity in a high school program, however, it is slightly more alarming.  According to PhillyBlurbs.com via Fan Phooey Jason Bresnen, an assistant football coach at Morrisville High School in Pennsylvania, has been accused of placing a $100 bounty on an opposing player’s head.  The allegations have caused the defensive coordinator to resign, although he insists he “never would tell a kid to deliberately hurt another player.”

The reports claim Bresnen told his team he would offer any player $100 to knock out New Hope-Solebury’s star player.  Bresnen, on the other hand, claims he only said the following: ““I told them that if you continue to hit (the player) and gang tackle him, I’ll bet you $100 that we will wear him down.”

Yes, that does sound like something a coach might say.  But unless someone has a personal vendetta against the D-coordinator it is highly unlikely anyone could confuse that statement with placing an actual bounty on someone’s head.  Now we can only wonder whether or not the Hope-Solebury player fluffed it off Chris Rix style.

San Jose High School Cracks Down on Cheerleaders Wearing Short Skirts

The sport (?) of cheerleading can be a topic of debate at any given moment, especially at the sub-collegiate levels.  Dealing with cheerleader uniforms and dance routines can be a difficult task for high school principals to tackle.  Believe me, I graduated from a high school that once had a cheerleading controversy involving the song “Tip Drill” by Nelly that ruffled plenty of feathers.  If you don’t know why, go to YouTube and watch the music video — you’ll understand.

Needless to say, Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose will not be using its cheerleading squad as an advertising ploy any time soon like some of its collegiate counterparts have done.  Principal Traci Williams said on Tuesday that the school needed to start enforcing its dress-code policy in making cheerleaders wear skirts that are lower than mid-thigh while in class.  Apparently some of the varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders were wearing miniskirts that are considered inappropriate classroom attire.

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Three Indiana Linemen Flipped Burning Truck to Save Family, Pregnant Woman

Three linemen from the Forest Park, In. football team are being recognized locally for helping to save a family that was involved in a dangerous crash Saturday. Anthony Fischer, Austin Kempf, and Ethan Knust were walking into a local store when they heard a car crash down the road. They ran out of the store, through a deep ditch, and stomped down a barbed wire fence to reach the car. Turns out it was a truck that had overturned and was beginning to burn.

The young men helped pull the driver, Kyle Rummel, out of the truck, and he reached back to rescue his three-year-old daughter. That’s when he told the boys about his pregnant wife, Erica, who was trapped under the truck. The linemen coordinated an effort with two others to flip over the burning truck and help save the endangered woman. All the passengers were freed and walked away with minor injuries. Erica says the young boys helped saved her and her unborn son.

This news report lets you hear the story straight from the three linemen:

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Arkansas High School Senior Darrick Strzelecki Practices with Snake In Helmet

Anyone who has experience with high school football knows things can get pretty hectic during the summer months.  Between football camps, two-a-day practices, and sweltering heat, it can be tough to keep track of what is going on around you.  Gravette High School Senior Darrick Strzelecki likely understands that now more than he ever has.

When Strzelecki felt a strange feeling in his helmet during practice last week, he chalked it up to a tangled lock of hair or sweat piling up underneath his helmet.  When the team broke for a 15 minute rest, Strzelecki took his helmet off and saw what he initially thought was a rubber snake planted as a prank.  The 10-12 inch snake was not rubber.

“I kept hitting, and it just kept bothering me,” Strzelecki told the Benton County Daily Record via Off the Bench. “It looked like a rubber snake, and I thought somebody had pulled a practical joke on me. When I grabbed it by the tail, that’s when it jerked, and I dropped the helmet.”

Strzelecki said it freaked him out throughout the rest of practice and he felt like there was still something crawling inside his helmet.  That is no mindset to be in on a football field, so that sucks for him.  One thing’s for sure: that kid will probably never put a helmet on again without removing all the padding and making sure nothing is living inside of it.  Who can blame him?

Check out some other strange incidences involving animals and sports here.

P. Diddy’s Son Justin Combs Is a Cornerback Recruit

The son of rapper/actor/producer/businessman P. Diddy is an emerging college football recruit. Justin Combs, a 5’9″ 175-pound cornerback from Iona Prep in New York, is gaining interest from colleges after performing well at a recent 7-on-7 tournament.

At first it was UAB, Wyoming, Virginia, and Middle Tennessee State offering him a scholarship, but now several other schools have express interest. Illinois also offered him this week, and UCLA, Arizona State, and Cincinnati are also interested. The best part is Combs is attracting attention because of his play, not his name.

“Ever since I was young my father always told me that people were going to have something to say,” Combs explained to Scout.com. “At the end of the day it is all fun and games to try to get you out of your game, but you just have to stay mentally strong and be able to play through it.

“You just shut them up with your ability on the field. Just play and your game will speak for itself. That is the way I feel.”

This is the second son of a celebrity we covered this week who is gaining notoriety as a high school football recruit. It’s never easy being the son of someone famous because a) expectations are high and b) everyone thinks they didn’t earn their recognition.

Justin seems to have a great attitude about being recognized for his play and not his name. At 5’9″, he’ll face plenty of challenges. Hopefully he either grows or has a great verticle, because covering 6’4″ receivers will be tough.