Girls high school basketball players suspended for throwing up ‘shocker’ in senior picture


Three young ladies from Farmington (Ill.) High School were recently suspended for flashing a certain symbol during their basketball team’s senior photo. That symbol, which many of you are likely familiar with, is known as the “shocker.”

If you don’t know what the shocker is, you can consult urban dictionary. We’re not going to explain it because we like to keep things as PG-13 as we can. School administration decided to suspend the girls for the stunt, and at least one of them seemed to get a charge out of it. She sent some tweets about the suspension and deleted them, but not before Barstool Sports was able to capture a screenshot.

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Chatsworth QB James Dorado refuses to go down on incredible 53-yard touchdown (Video)

James Dorado touchdownHigh school quarterback James Dorado scored an awesome touchdown on a QB sneak that he turned into a 53-yard score during a Los Angeles City Section playoff game on Friday night.

According to the YouTube description, this play came on a 4th-and-1 in the fourth quarter of Chatsworth High School’s LA City Section Division II semifinal game against San Fernando. Dorado runs into a pileup but gets a nice push from his teammates, and San Fernando never bothered to tackle him. He broke into the open field and was chased down, but he managed to continue forward despite having four guys on him. The finishing touch was Dorado looking like Spike from “Little Giants” while dragging a guy into the end zone. It was an awesome run.

Despite Dorado’s heroics, San Fernando beat Chatsworth 24-17 and will face South Gate in the finals. San Fernando actually has a quarterback named Cristian Solano who recently received a scholarship offer from Nevada and committed to the Wolfpack. With the way he’s been playing all season, it’s no surprise that his 13-0 Tigers won the game and are favored in the final. It remains to be seen if Dorado can put together a nice career similar to former Chatsworth quarterback Matt Cassel.

(video via Roggin’s Heroes)

400-pound running back Tony Picard responds to haters

Tony Picard

The story of Tony Picard, the 400-pound high school running back from Washington, went viral the past few days after former NFL quarterback Brock Huard tweeted a picture of the high schooler. Since then, Picard has been featured on a number of websites and TV shows.

Though many people think Picard scoring touchdowns and running over much smaller defenders is cool, he’s had his share of detractors. In fact, Picard responded to some of those haters in a thread on ESPN’s SportsNation’s Facebook page about him.

“To the people trying to put me down it don’t bother me I could care less about all the negative comments I’m just doing what my coach asked me to do so that’s why I’m running the ball.and laying nose guard…yeah I’m fat but o well I’m doing what I can….I’m doing what I love and that’s playing football..” Picard wrote.

Why would anyone try to put him down? The guy hasn’t done anything wrong. All he’s done is ball.

Picard was first featured in an article by Dirk Knudsen on Northwest Prep Report on Nov. 1. Knudsen shared that Picard’s high school, White Swan, is on an Indian reservation, and that Picard is part Umatilla-Nez Perce Indian. At the time of Knudsen’s article, White Swan was 8-1 and Picard had scored 15 touchdowns on the season. Per MaxPreps, White Swan is 9-3, though they don’t have individual stats available.

In our original post about Picard, we noted that he is mostly being recruited as a lineman. Below is a cool highlight video of Picard.

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Tony Picard is a 6-foot-4, 400-pound high school running back

Tony-PicardWhite Swan (Wash.) High School senior Tony Picard is practically an unstoppable force. When you take a 6-foot-4, 400-pound kid and give him some football equipment, that result is expected.

Picard’s primary position is running back. Yes, as in the running back that takes the ball from the quarterback and runs toward the end zone with it.

How do high school kids tackle a 400-pound opponent? Teamwork.

“Most teams will sacrifice five guys to stop him: four linemen and a middle linebacker. That leaves three guys on each side to stop the rest of our team,” White Swan football coach Andrew Bush told the Indian Country Today Network. “Everything else opens up: our outside running, our play action, and our entire passing game. We average about 450 yards as a team offensively.”

Picard gets the ball quite a bit, averaging about five yards per carry and 100 yards per game. As you might expect, he started out as a lineman. Bush said he was amazed by Picard’s speed and agility, which he noticed at a football camp when some kids were playing a pickup game of basketball.

“He was so agile and making shots from way out there,” Bush said. “I said ‘I’ve got to use this somehow.’

“It’s so much fun to have him go out [on the field] as a captain and see him shaking hands before the game. [Opponents are] just kind of staring, like ‘Oh my gosh, you’ve got to be kidding me!'”

When he’s not carrying the rock, Picard plays the role of decoy and takes advantage of the attention defenses give him.

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Aledo football coach Tim Buchanan accused of bullying after 91-0 win

Aledo (Texas) High School football coach Tim Buchanan was accused of bullying by a parent of an opponent following his team’s 91-0 win over Western Hills last Friday night.

Buchanan has been the coach at Aledo for 21 years and his team is 7-0 and currently ranked No. 1 in the state. They won the state championship from 2009-2011. They have outscored opponents by an average of 62 points per game this season, but they were never officially accused of bullying until this week.

Aledo footballBuchanan says he received an email Saturday morning from a school administrator regarding the bullying report, which was filed online by the parent of a Western Hills player following the blowout loss.

“We all witnessed bullying first hand, it is not a pretty sight,” the parent wrote in the complaint, per WFAA.

“I did not know what to say on the ride home to explain the behavior of the Aledo coaches for not easing up.”

The school is required to investigate the situation, but they likely won’t find just cause for action. Why? Buchanan says he was trying not to score in the second half and the opposing coach even said he appreciated that the coach didn’t score more knowing that they could have.

“I think the game was handled fine,” Western Hills coach John Naylor told the Fort Worth Star Telegram. “They’re No. 1 for a reason, and I know coach Buchanan. We’re fighting a real uphill battle right now.

“We just ran into a buzzsaw, you know,” Naylor said. “[Aledo] just plays hard. And they’re good sports, and they don’t talk at all. They get after it, and that’s the way football is supposed to be played in Texas.”

They went to a running clock in the third quarter, which is when all of Aledo’s starters were pulled. They began having the punt returners call for fair catches (their punt returner scored on consecutive returns earlier in the game). Buchanan says they ran fewer than 32 offense plays in the game. He says their star running back only had five carries and scored three times. Their top receiver only had one catch and scored on it.

Maybe it’s time to bump Aledo up to a tougher division so they can play teams on their level. And seriously, give me a break with this bullying nonsense.

High school player leveled on hit, helmet goes flying (Video)

Mekhai Bates hitTake a look at this massive hit from a Kansas 8-man high school football game. MaxPreps posted this and says it’s Mekhai Bates of Hill City in Kansas who laid the wood on that lethal hit. The team’s running back, Gabe Hamel, ran to the right initially but reversed field and cut back, leading to the defenders changing direction to chase him. The result was Bates catching an opposing player offguard in a punt return-like block. Dude hit his opponent so hard the kid’s helmet popped off.

I’m not sure who the opposing team was, but Hill City’s most recent game came was a 44-30 loss to Quinter.

Of course, we can’t post this without obligatorily linking to the Jadeveon Clowney hit. You can see more big hits here.

Michael Humphrey is a 6-foot-9 high school quarterback and basketball recruit

Michael-HumphreySunnyslope (Phoenix) High School senior Michael Humphrey has no problem sticking out on the football field. Most star quarterbacks receive a lot of attention, but when you’re 6-foot-9 the spotlight tends to be a bit brighter.

According to Max Preps, Humphrey just keeps on growing. When he stood at 6-foot-6 last fall, his intention was to draw interest from college football programs and to play quarterback at the next level. Then he hit a growth spurt, and colleges began switching gears. After impressing scouts at the Pangos All-American basketball camp in June, Humphrey began hearing from schools about his basketball ability.

Humphrey also happens to have a 3.9 GPA. At first, he heard from Ivy League schools and programs like Tulsa, Rice and Utah State. As his popularity grew, he began receiving offers from top basketball programs like Louisville, UCLA, Stanford, Texas and Arizona. Humphrey has reportedly narrowed his choice down to Stanford and Arizona.

While Humphrey has decided he will play basketball at the collegiate level, that doesn’t mean he has given up on the gridiron. Sunnyslope is off to a 6-0 start this season with Humphrey under center. He has thrown for more than 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns and is completing over 60% of his passes. He threw for 337 yards and two touchdowns in a win two weeks ago.

Try batting one of those passes down. Can you think of a taller quarterback than 6-foot-9? The closest thing we can think of is Dan McGwire, the brother of legendary slugger Mark McGwire, who spent some time in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks. I’m happy for Humphrey that he’s receiving such great interest for basketball, but it would have been fun to see a 6-foot-9 quarterback play college ball.