Only four teams in the RivalsHigh Top 100 lost Friday night. A few, however, won more than their games. They won some confidence and the knowledge that they can survive - and win - tough games.
That certainly was the case in Lake Oswego, Ore., where No. 37 Portland (Ore.) Jesuit got all it could handle in a 17-14 win over Lake Oswego.
Jesuit went down 14-0 in the first quarter - but said its confidence stayed up.
"I don't think we ever got worried," Jesuit senior receiver Cermak Bland told The Oregonian. "That's why we're such a great team, because we're confident and we know what we're able to do."
They know they just need to give the ball to Jordan Talley.
Talley had 206 yards and a TD on 42 carries to key the comeback.
The game was tied at 14-14 at halftime and into the fourth quarter before Jesuit took control with a pounding 17-play drive that resulted in a 27-yard field goal by Ryan Cope with 2:11 remaining in the game.
RivalsHigh take: Jesuit knew it was in for a tough game against the state's third-ranked team. This was back-to-back solid wins for Jesuit, which is solidifying its place in the RivalsHigh 100.
Teams win by going for two in overtime all the time.
But going for two on a fake? Now that's something different. Lakeview (Texas) High pulled it off Friday night, upsetting No. 22 Abilene (Texas) High.
Blaine Thomplinson took the snap, then raced up the middle for the winning points.
"I started to go for two (from scrimmage), but the way they lined up we decided to roll the bones," Longview coach John King told the Reporter News. "It's big for our kids. It will give them some confidence. I don't know if it's a sense of relief, but we finally caught a break."
Longview QB LaDarrin Robertson went 7-for-12 for 108 yards and a TD and rushed for another 116 yards and one more score. J'Haston Faggans added 81 yards rushing and two TDs, including the Lobos' OT score.
Ronnell Sims was 17-for-23 for 183 yards and three TDs for Abilene.
RivalsHigh take: Abilene has played the toughest schedule in the nation through the first six weeks and enters its bye week 3-2. Both losses were by a combined four points. While it will slide in the rankings, the Eagles have shown they are among the 100 best teams nationally.
"We had our best practice this week," Kessman told the Orange County Register. "Everybody was really psyched for this. We came out fast. Our defense and offense both performed really well. We were lucky enough to come out on top."
Or just more talented. This Long Beach (Calif.) Poly squad is not the equal of many of its predecessors. Its only score came with 36 seconds left in the game when Kameron White broke off an impressive 92-yard touchdown on the Mission Viejo backups.
RivalsHigh take: Mission Viejo is making a claim for the No. 1 spot in California. Bob Johnson has the Diablos playing like their hair is on fire.
Folks who have followed Cincinnati football for years will tell you - win the line and you'll win the game.
Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller did just that, rallying past Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier in the second half.
"We're not going to change from our philosophy of pounding the offensive line, and that was pretty effective for us," Moeller head coach John Rodenberg told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Down 7-0 at halftime, Moeller turned to senior running back Tucker Skove.
Trailing, 7-3, Skove gave Moeller its first lead of the game with a 41-yard TD run on the final play of the third quarter. He put the game away with a 5-yard run with 4:49 to go in the game.
Skove ran 38 times for 206 yards (130 in the second half) as Moeller improved to 5-0.
RivalsHigh take: Moeller rose to the challenge against St. X. The Crusaders' defense, suspect at best in the last few contests, held the Bombers to just seven points in the win. Moeller looks like the odds-on favorite to win the GCL South this season.