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One of the nation’s top high school football showcase events is back for another year with FloFootball, as the Battle on the Border kicks off in Shreveport, La., this weekend.
As always, the event will feature a hefty collection of some of the best players and teams from around the country at a venue in Independence Stadium that is fit for a spectacle.
Here’s what you need to know in advance of the 2019 iteration of the event.
Captain Shreve Linebacker Geron Hargon Is A Dude
Captain Shreve’s Geron Hargon is the prototype of what comes to mind when you think about the middle linebacker position.
At 6-3, 235 pounds, Hargon is a load in the center of the Captain Shreve defense — a player who, as you’d expect, seeks out contact and brings the hat when he finds it.
Hargon is a problem between the tackles, but also displays some sideline-to-sideline ability that has attracted the attention or programs like Alabama, Texas A&M, and Mississippi State. And, while physicality is nice, it’s his football IQ that is a true differentiator.
Look no further than the list of programs who’ve offered him thus far for further evidence of that fact: Rice (committed), Army, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Navy, Penn, Yale — should we keep going?
Catholic Brings The Power Inside
If you love watching offenses excel in short-yardage situations, you’ll want to lock in on Baton Rouge’s Catholic High, who features the rare combination of FBS prospects at both guard spots and at fullback in Joseph Alexander, Connor Finucane, and Brian Hibbard, respectively.
The latter wears No. 61 and you’ll find him lined up at center — but that doesn’t mean he won’t catch a pass — and it does mean that you’ll see a lot of pulling center action.
Deerfield Beach Fills The Field With FBS Prospects … Literally
Deerfield Beach has, by our count, no fewer than a dozen players with multiple FBS offers — and our count is probably coming up short. Check out this list of prospects:
- Jaylan Knighton (4-star APB)
- Deajaun McDougle (4-star WR)
- Bryce Gowdy (3-star WR)
- Aydin Henningham (3-star WR)
- Xavier Restrepo (3-star ATH)
- Christopher Townsel (3-star CB)
- Choute Kervins (3-star DE)
- Woody Jean (3-star OT)
- Derohn King (3-star DT-QB)
- Michael Pratt (3-star PRO-QB)
- Phillip O’Brien (3-star S)
- Jaziun Patterson (4-star RB)
This is why you don't give up on the play.— Who's Next (@WhosNextHS) August 24, 2019
Phillip O'Brien Jr. chases down the tackle and a few plays later, Christopher Townsel intercepts the pass in the endzone. No points and Deerfield Beach takes over ✊@PhillipOjr @christownsel_ pic.twitter.com/hNm0DjO585
Knighton is one of the fastest, most electrifying players in the country and — for now, anyway — he’s headed to Florida State. He shares the backfield with Patterson who’s just a sophomore.
Pratt ➡️ McDougal pic.twitter.com/4wSUJ36xGI— Deerfield Beach Football (@DB_BucksFB) September 8, 2019
McDougle, Gowdy, and Henningham are as good a high school pass-catching trio as you’ll find. And, oh by the way, that is, in fact, two three-star quarterbacks charged with delivering them the football.
John Curtis Is Still A National Powerhouse
John Curtis Christian needs no introduction.
The Patriots are fresh off of their 27th state title and will make what has become an annual trip up the road for the Battle on the Border with a No. 16 national ranking per USA Today after edging Edna Carr 42-39 last week.
#UGA 2020 RB commitment Corey Wren (@CoreyLWren) was the @Raising_Canes POG for our Week 1 @walk_ons New Orleans GOW.— VSN Louisiana (@VSNLouisiana) September 9, 2019
He finished w/185 yards w/2 TDs on 19 carries.
Full Highlights: https://t.co/wMXuxEjQQt
Full Game ($): https://t.co/oZHSAbEJ8d pic.twitter.com/fLTDLZjOU0
Of note in the JC starting lineup: three-star defensive end Angelo Anderson (committed to Tulane), three-star cornerback Caleb Spann, three-star athlete Corey Wren (committed to Georgia) and quarterback Collin Guggenheim who looks to be headed to Army.
Wren, in particular, rushed for 121 yards and a score in this very event a year ago.
The Battle On The Border’s Best Collection Of Quarterbacks?
This year’s event is loaded with talent behind center — which isn’t altogether out of the ordinary.
Still, there are no fewer than five quarterbacks who rate as need-to-see prospects:
- Zachary’s Keilon Brown (three-star, committed to Memphis)
- Deerfield Beach’s Derohn King (three-star, committed to Southern Miss)
- Deerfield Beach’s Michael Pratt (three-star, committed to Tulane)
- John Curtis’ Collin Guggenheim (two-star, committed to Army)
- West Monroe’s Garrett Kahmann (two-star, committed to ULM)
Brown may be the best of the bunch and he obviously plays an integral role in…
An Electric 1-2 Punch At Zachary
Junior wide receiver Chris Hilton will be on the receiving end of a whole bunch of Brown’s throws and that’s good news for Zachary.
Hilton is the No. 1-ranked ’21 prospect in the state of Louisiana according to 247Sports, with a who’s who list of suitors that includes Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, and LSU.
Give us all of this:
2021 WR Chris Hilton Zachary High School - 4 Catches 129 Yards and— Recruit Louisiana (@RecruitLouisian) October 13, 2018
Three Touchdows vs Denham Springs, including this sky catch and toe touch to stay in bounds for the touchdown
Hudl HLs: https://t.co/nhRao6RiCx pic.twitter.com/Z9MdfWEFVz
The 2019 Battle on the Border kicks off at 5:30 PM CT on Saturday with West Monroe taking on C.E. Byrd, commencing more than 24 hours of wall-to-wall action at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La.
Here’s the full slate:
West Monroe vs. C.E. Bird @ 5:30 PM CT — WATCH LIVE
North Little Rock vs. Catholic @ 8 PM CT — WATCH LIVE
Deerfield Beach vs. Zachary @ 11 AM CT — WATCH LIVE
Westlake vs. John Curtis @ 3 PM CT — WATCH LIVE
Captain Shreve vs. Woodlawn @ 7 PM CT — WATCH LIVE
As always, every minute of the action can be watched LIVE on FloFootball.com and the FloSports app.