What we’re watching: SBLive Power 25 high school football games of the week (Week 13)

On Sunday we released our 13th 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.

Photo by Paul Mason

Nov. 20: No. 24 Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) (6-0) vs. No. 3. Chandler (Ariz.) (6-0)

Arizona’s top two teams face off this week. Each team has a great quarterback. Chandler’s Mikey Keene has thrown for 16 touchdowns in 2020. Hamilton’s Nicco Marchiol has passed for six and rushed for four.

Nov. 20: Souderton (Pa.) (7-0) vs. No. 5 St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.) (4-0) (6A semifinals)

On paper, this should be Ohio State quarterback commit Kyle McCord and St. Joseph Prep’s toughest game of the season thus far.

Nov. 20: No. 8 Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah) (13-0) vs. Lone Peak (Highland, Utah) (12-1) (6A championship)

Corner Canyon beat Lone Peak 35-25 in the regular season. Senior quarterback Jaxon Dart had four touchdown passes in the win.

Nov. 20: Hoover (Ala.) (11-1) vs. No. 9 Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.) (12-0) (7A playoffs)

When these teams played in the regular season, Thompson won 39-23. Junior quarterback Conner Harrell had two touchdown passes in the victory.

Nov. 20: No. 13. Northwestern (Miami, Fla.) (3-1) vs. American Heritage (6-2) (5A playoffs)

Northwestern has six players listed in the top 110 of 247Sports’ 2021 Florida player rankings. Wide receiver Romello Brinson (Miami commit) leads the way at No. 23. American Heritage is led by safety James Williams (Miami commit), cornerback Earl Little Jr. and defensive end Marvin Jones Jr.

Nov. 20: Carolina Forest (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) (8-1) vs. No. 16 Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.) (7-0) (5A playoffs)

After coasting to seven consecutive wins, Dutch Fork finally will get a tough test in Carolina Forest, a top 20 team in South Carolina.

Nov. 20: No. 19 Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio) (10-0) vs. Washington (Massillon, Ohio) (10-1) (Division II state championship game)

This is a “win and you’re in” Power 25 game. If Washington knocks off Hoban, the Tigers will be ranked next week.

Nov. 20: No. 19 Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) (12-0) vs. Ben Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) (7-5) (6A semifinals)

Center Grove is the 6A favorite in Indiana, but Ben Davis is better than its record suggests. The Giants are a traditional power in the state and have won five in a row. Center Grove will need a big game from star running back Carson Steele.

Nov. 20: Guliver Prep (Miami, Fla.) (5-0) vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (4-1) (4A playoffs)

Cardinal Gibbons remains on the periphery of the Power 25. The further the Chiefs go in the playoffs, the stronger their case to make the rankings.

No. 20: John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.) (4-3) vs. Brother Martin (New Orleans) (6-0)

Brother Martin is one of two remaining undefeated teams in Louisiana with Power 25 hopes (St. Thomas More is the other). The Crusaders need a win this week to stay on our radar.

Nov. 20: Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.) (5-1) vs. Cavalry Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (6-0) (3A playoffs)

Chaminade-Madonna can play its way into the Power 25 if it wins a state championship and other teams in Florida fall short.

Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) (4-1) vs. Delbarton (Morristown, N.J.) (6-0)

Delbarton will have a strong case for the Power 25 with a win. Bergen Catholic is looking for a bounce-back victory following last week’s loss to Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.).

Nov. 21: Chardon (11-0) (Ohio) vs. St. Francis DeSales (Columbus, Ohio) (10-1) (Division III state championship)

Chardon probably won’t make the Power 25 given its weak strength of schedule, but an undefeated state championship run would be noteworthy. Senior defensive end Myles Mendeszoon is an Iowa State commit.

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