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The highest scoring team in Florida high school history now has a sick highlight

Apopka HS (FL) went on an absolute offensive tear last season on their way to a state runner up finish. The Blue Darters set a Florida high school regular season record with 529 points in the regular season. Counting their run to the state title game, Apopka (13-2 overall) put up an impressive 752 points, averaging just over 50 points per game against some of the stiffest competition in the Sunshine State.

With the highest powered offense in Florida high school history comes loads and loads of highlights, which Darlington and his guys have compiled in an outstanding highlight that really does their special season justice.

I had the opportunity to introduce Apopka head coach Rich Darlington at a clinic during the off season, and while coaches from some very successful college programs were speaking at the same time he was scheduled to speak, it was impossible to find an open seat in his room. His knowledge and personality make him one of the most well traveled high school speakers during clinic season, and he lays it all on the table, no secrets. If you get a chance to watch Apopka play, or better yet, catch coach Darlington with five minutes to hop on the white board, take it. It will be well worth your time.

Even considering our high school Video of the Year submissions for this year, this may be my favorite high school video of 2014.

A Slip-n-Slide in the student section!

Friday August 22 Update:

Well folks, Josh Brooks earned a raise with the Slip-n-Slide, he's getting a bonus now too! Today, the new athletic director at Millsaps further cemented his status with us as the best athletic director hired in the state of Mississippi since June 1st when he made this announcement on Twitter this afternoon:

Yes, Millsaps will have a micro-brewery Beer Garden in stadium for their September 6th home opener vs Mary Hardin-Baylor. Giving the fans what they want. Well done Josh, well done indeed.    


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Saturday afternoons in Jackson, Mississippi in September can be hot and steamy. Heck, Saturday afternoons in Jackson, Mississippi in October can be hot, and steamy. 

If you're Millsaps, a Division III program in the heart of Mississippi, your on the field product not only has to outcompete the heat, but it also is competing against TV games on hi-def devices in the AC, Ole Miss, State and Southern Miss games as well all within a three hour drive. 

So, how do you ensure that your student section, the core to creating any sort of home-field advantage, creates the requisite noise? 

Well, leave it to new athletic director Josh Brooks to come up with quite an idea to make the on-campus stadium the place to be on Saturday afternoons in the Fall. 

Brooks fired off that tweet late last night and I was wondering what name he might bestow upon such a wonderful idea. Not having it right away, I solicited the input of "twitter famous" @KegsnEggs:

Within minutes Brooks and Millsaps had a great name and newfound excitement within their students for hot, steamy Saturdays in the Fall.

We're all looking forward to seeing how Millsaps rolls out this truly unique idea in the coming weeks. Very clever idea to engage the students.

Video: "Greatness is something that exists within all of us"

As far as season openers go, West Virginia and Alabama may be flying under the radar a bit, but this "Undaunted" video from the Mountaineers should draw some extra attention to the match up.

When you finish a disappointing 4-8 one season, and then open up with Alabama the next, a bit of apprehensiveness would be somewhat understandable. However, apprehensive isn't in the dictionary for those in Morgantown.

While the video is very well put together, it's a quote from Will Smith's philosophy on greatness during the video that will really stick with you.

"Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, god-like feature that only the special among us will ever taste - you know it's something that truly exists in all of us. It's very simple, this is what I believe and I'm willing to die for it. Period."

Video of the Day - Oregon State intro video teaser

Northwest Missouri State leads Division II preseason Top 25

 Meant to get to this a day ago, but the AFCA released its Division II preseason top 25 on Monday. Just like they finished 2013, Northwest Missouri State tops the poll by a resounding margin. The Bearcats garnered 31 of 32 available first-place votes. The lone defector went to Henderson State, which checks in at No. 8. Grand Valley State, Minnesota-Duluth, Colorado State-Pueblo and North Alabama rounded out the top five.

The full poll:

1. Northwest Missouri State - 799 total points (31 first-place votes)
2. Grand Valley State (Mich.) - 725
3. Minnesota-Duluth - 634
4. Colorado State-Pueblo - 619
5. North Alabama - 589
6. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) - 538
7. Minnesota State-Mankato - 530
8. Henderson State (Ark.) - 523
9. Pittsburg State (Kan.) - 522
10. West Chester (Pa.) - 477
11. West Texas A&M - 407
12. Shepherd (W. Va.) - 393
13. Ohio Dominican - 390
14. Winston-Salem State (N.C.) - 389
15. St. Cloud State (Minn.) - 350
16. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) - 333
17. Tarleton State (Texas) - 266
18. Indianapolis - 229
19. Delta State (Miss.) - 206
20. Indiana (Pa.) - 167
21. North Carolina-Pembroke - 140
t-22. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) - 133
t-22. Emporia State (Kan.) - 133
24. Bloomsburg (Ind.) - 103
25. Tuskegee (Ala.) - 98

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