On Sunday we released our 10th 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. 30: No. 1 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) (6-0) vs. No. 9 Northwestern (Miami, Fla.) (1-0)
Here’s the game of the week. 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. Northwestern has six players listed in the top 110 of 247Sports’ 2021 state list. There will be talent all over the field.
Oct. 30: No. 3 Chandler (Ariz.) (4-0) vs. Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.) (3-1)
This game makes the list because even though Chandler should win by multiple scores, it’s a top-five showdown in Arizona.
Oct. 30: Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.) (5-1) vs. No. 4. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) (6-0)
This game has numerous talking points. How much playing time will star Grayson quarterback Jake Garcia receive following his transfer from Valdosta? Which standout running back will outperform the other: Parkview’s Cody Brown (Tennessee commit) or Grayson’s Phil Mafah (Clemson commit)? Can Grayson’s offense reach a new gear following an open week?
Oct. 30: No. 20. Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio) (9-0) vs. Westerville Central (Ohio) (8-1)
This game is for a Division 1 regional championship in Ohio. Pickerington Central should win, but there is a lot on the line, so the game makes this week’s list.
Oct. 30: No. 23 Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio) (7-0) vs. Benedictine (Cleveland, Ohio) (4-4)
This game is a Division II regional semifinal in Ohio. Benedictine played Hoban the closest of anyone in 2020, losing by a touchdown, 31-24, on Sept. 11. Can the Bengals snag an upset in the postseason rematch?
Oct. 30: Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (3-0) vs. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) (4-1)
After Cardinal Gibbons’ shocking 17-10 win over St. Thomas Aquinas last week, the Chiefs face another tough test against American Heritage, a team with a loaded defense. If Cardinal Gibbons wins, it’ll make next week’s Power 25.
Oct. 30: Prosper (Texas) (3-0) vs. Guyer (Denton, Texas) (3-1)
Guyer was ranked in previous Power 25’s this season but dropped out after a loss to No. 12 Ryan. A win against Prosper will help Guyer’s chances of returning.
Oct. 30: Bryant (Ark.) (7-0) vs. North Little Rock (Ark.) (7-0)
Here’s the regular-season game of the year in Arkansas. Bryant should win, but these are two of the top-three teams in the state, so the game makes the list.
Oct. 30: Westerville South (Ohio) (8-0) vs. Washington (Massillon, Ohio) (7-1)
This game is a Division II regional semifinal in Ohio. Washington has five players listed in the top 65 of 247Sports.com’s 2021 Ohio recruiting rankings. Wide receiver Jayden Ballard leads the way at No. 2. Kaden Saunders, a 2022 receiver who’s committed to Penn State, is Westerville South’s top player.
Oct. 30: St. Xavier (Cincinatti, Ohio) (7-2) vs. Lakota West (West Chester, Ohio) (8-0)
St. Xavier flirted with the Power 25 earlier this season, but two losses dropped it out of the national discussion. This game is a Division 1 regional championship in Ohio. The winner could end up facing Pickerington Central for a state title, which would impact the Power 25.
Oct. 30: Medina (Ohio) (6-3) vs. Mentor (Ohio) (8-1)
Mentor beat Medina 37-19 to start the regular season Aug. 28, but that was before Medina knocked off St. Edwards and St. Ignatius in the Division 1 Ohio football playoffs. The Battling Bees are a much different team than they were in September.
Oct. 30: Cypress Park (Texas) (4-1) vs. Bridgeland (Cypress, Texas) (5-0)
Bridgeland needs to win to stay in the national discussion.
Oct. 31: Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) (1-2) vs. No. 18 Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) (4-0)
Look for Bergen Catholic to win, but Don Bosco Prep is a team with a national reputation. Even though they’re off to a slow start in 2020, the Ironmen won’t be pushovers.