Last Sunday we released our seventh Power 25 of the 2020 high school football season, a weekly look at the top high school football teams in the country.
Every week, SBLive reporter Connor Morrissette previews the country’s top high school football games with an emphasis on what their results mean for the Power 25. Here’s what we’re watching this week:
Oct. 7: Edna Carr (New Orleans, La.) (2-0) vs. Catholic (Baton Rouge, La) (1-0)
There is no clear top team in Louisiana. Some polls have Catholic as the state’s No. 1 team, but that is not a unanimous opinion. Wednesday’s game against Edna Carr will be played in the middle of the week because of Hurricane Delta and will tell us a lot more about just how good Catholic is in 2020.
Catholic’s highest-rated prospect is 2022 offensive guard Emery Jones. He holds an offer from Alabama. Edna Carr has a number of highly rated recruits, led by 2021 wide receiver Destyn Hill, who also holds an Alabama offer.
Oct. 8: No. 14 Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah) (8-0) vs. Skyridge (Lehi, Utah) (7-1)
Corner Canyon’s only close game this season came against Lone Peak, which beat Skyridge 37-20 last week. Corner Canyon will win this week’s game, but it makes the list because it’s Utah’s third-best team playing the state’s No. 1.
Oct. 8: Rockwall (Texas) (2-0) vs. No. 18 Carroll (Southlake, Texas) (1-0)
Carroll put up 800 yards of offense last week but allowed 664 in a 72-57 win over Rockwall-Heath (Rockwall, Texas). With junior quarterback Braedyn Locke leading the way, Rockwall is a talented enough team to make Carroll really pay for any defensive lapses this week. An upset is possible.
Oct. 9 Mill Creek (Hoschton, Ga.) (2-1) vs. No. 5 Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) (4-0)
This is another benchmark game for Grayson. Mill Creek is talented, but Grayson should roll. Look for 2021 Clemson running back commit Phil Mafah to have a big game.
Oct. 9 vs. Pinnacle (Phoenix, Ariz.) (1-0) vs. No. 8 Chandler (Ariz.) (1-0)
Pinnacle is an Arizona power, but it won’t be able to match up with Central Florida quarterback commit Mikey Keene and his Chandler teammates. The Wolves should win big.
Oct. 9: No. 9 Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) vs. Valdosta (Ga.) (2-1)
Valdosta will be without USC-bound quarterback Jake Garcia after the Georgia State Association ruled him ineligible because of a violation of transfer rules. With Garcia, Valdosta could have competed; without him, Lowndes should win by two scores.
Oct. 9: No. 19 Allen (Texas) (2-0) vs. Cedar Hill (Texas) (1-0)
Led by 2021 quarterback General Booty, Allen has looked great to begin the season. Cedar Hill is better than the two teams Allen has defeated so far, though, so this is a good matchup. Kaidon Salter, a 2021 Tennessee quarterback commit, is Cedar Hill’s top player.
Oct. 9: Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.) (1-0) vs. St. Thomas More (Lafayette, La.)
Archbishop Rummel won a state championship in Louisiana a season ago, and the title defense continues this week against St. Thomas More. Rummel is led by 2021 Notre Dame commit Logan Diggs. He plays running back.
Jack Bech, a 2021 Vanderbilt wide receiver commit, is St. Thomas More’s top player.
Oct. 9: Venice (Fla.) (4-1) vs. Lakeland (Fla.) (2-0)
Venice’s only loss came against No. 1 IMG Academy. The Indians will stay on our Power 25 radar with a win over Lakeland this week. The Dreadnaughts are a top 25 team in Florida, so this game won’t be a cakewalk for Venice.
Venice has four players in 247Sports.com’s 2021 Florida recruiting rankings. Tight end Weston Wolff leads the way at No. 87.
Oct. 10: No. 1 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) (4-0) vs. No. 5 Duncanville (Texas) (1-0)
Here’s the game of the week and maybe even the year, given all of the star power that will take the field Saturday.
IMG has six players listed in the top 50 of 247Sports.com’s 2021 Florida recruiting rankings and nine listed on the website’s top 50 for 2022. No one in the country playing in 2020 can compete with that type of roster.
The most important piece for IMG is 2021 quarterback J.J. McCarthy, a Michigan commit. McCarthy transferred this offseason from Nazareth Academy in Illinois following a junior season in which he threw for 2,704 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Duncanville has a scary defense: 2021 linebacker Kendrick Blackshire is committed to Alabama, 2021 safety Jadarius Thursby is committed to SMU, 2021 defensive end Kevon Ivy is committed to UNLV and 2021 defensive tackle Tyler Quinn is committed to Colorado State.
You won’t want to miss this one.
Oct 10: Christian Brothers (St. Louis, Mo.) (1-0) vs. No. 12 De Smet Jesuit (St. Louis, Mo.) (0-0)
Here is a another great matchup. De Smet is the No. 1 team in Missouri and Christian Brothers is No. 2. Eight De Smet seniors are committed to Division 1 programs, headlined by cornerback Jakailin Johnson, an Ohio State commit.
Christian Brothers senior receiver Zach Hahn has had a huge start to the season.
Oct. 10: Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) (1-0) vs. St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) (1-0)
St. Peter’s Prep dominated its season opener last week, beating West Orange 62-21. Senior Virginia Tech quarterback commit Tahj Bullock completed 12 of 13 passes for 215 yards in the victory.
Don Bosco Prep is a top five team in New Jersey, so this week will be more of a test for St. Peter’s Prep.