Playoffs, Florida Class 5A Championship W Tampa Plant 7 - St. Thomas Aquinas 29 | (15-0)
Aquinas won it's 6th state title on Friday with big plays on offense and a dominant defense. The Raiders had a hard time finishing their drives early and settled for two early field goals. Two quick touchdowns in the second quarter, though, made the game 20-7 at half time. From there the defense really took over and Tampa Plant went scoreless in the second half. Aquinas added another field goal in the 3rd quarter, then following an interception Rudock connected on a long pass play to seal the game.
Rudock had several big pass plays on Friday night including 34 and 74-yard touchdowns. He finished the game 13 of 23 for 283 yards with 2 TDs and no INTs.
The Raiders were previously ranked the #2 high school team in the nation by ESPN. The top team, Euless Trinity in Texas, lost on Friday, so look for St. Thomas Aquinas to win the high school "nation championship" when the new rankings are released today.
Season Over: Florida Class 5A State Champions
In other recruiting news, Iowa had a big week. It started off with JUCO commit Dan Heiar. Heiar is an offensive lineman who has been playing for Iowa Western Community College. He signed his letter of intent on Wednesday and will start at Iowa in January. He should add some depth along the line, though it will be tough to crack the starting lineup with Reiff, Gettis, Ferentz, MacMillan, and Zusevics all returning.
The biggest commit Iowa picked up, not just this week but thus far for 2011, is running back Rodney Coe. He is rated 4-stars by both Scout and Rivals and has a list of big name offers that includes Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. He is one of the more highly touted commits Iowa has gotten in a while at running back and with the lack of depth at the position due to Wegher and Hampton transferring, Coe could find his way on the field quickly.
Iowa also added another receiver this weekend in Jacob Hillyer from Texas. Hillyer is kind of an under the radar recruit. Iowa needs receivers though and has a knack for finding diamonds in the rough sometimes.