The 2020 high school football season continued across the country this week with 17 SBLive Power 25 teams taking the field. Sixteen of the squads that were included in last week’s Power 25 won, with the exception of American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) who fell to Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.) 3-0.
The lone team to enter the Power 25 this week is No. 24 Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio). Earlier this season, Archbishop Hoban had been ranked at No. 24. Following their 63-0 playoff victory over Roosevelt (Kent, Ohio) and American Heritage’s loss, Hoban reclaims its spot.
As of Oct. 18, DeSoto (Texas) is the team that is knocking on the door of the Power 25 the hardest following blowout wins over Judson (Converse, Texas) and Trinity Christian (Cedar Hill, Texas). If the Eagles continue playing at this level, they’ll eventually be ranked.
The SBLive Power 25 rankings are compiled by SBLive reporter Connor Morrissette based on observations and conversations with an extensive network of coaching and media sources across the country.
As with everything in the COVID-19 era, the rankings will be fluid week-to-week and only include teams that are scheduled to play football in 2020. We will publish separate rankings later in the year for all schools scheduled to play football in 2021.
Here are the 35 states already playing football or scheduled to play football in 2020: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Texas, Utah, Indiana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Kansas, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Maine, Wisconsin, South Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan, Delaware, Minnesota, Colorado and Louisiana.
Here are the states and districts that have officially moved high school football to 2021: California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Virginia, New Mexico, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Maryland, Hawaii, Rhode Island, New York and Vermont.
Oct. 18, 2020
1. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), 6-0
Next game: Oct. 30 at No. 12 Northwestern (Miami, Fla.)
Last result: 56-6 win over Bishop Sycamore (Columbus, Ohio)
Last week’s ranking: No. 1
Ranking rationale: IMG jumped out to a 28-0 first quarter lead on Friday. The Ascenders went on to win by 50.
IMG has next week off before taking on No. 12 Northwestern in what will be a rare battle between two Power 25 teams. IMG beat No. 7 Duncanville (Texas) 41-14 on Oct. 16. Will they be able to match that level of domination against Northwestern?
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.
2. North Shore (Houston, Texas), 4-0
Next game: Oct. 23 vs. West Brook (Beaumont, Texas)
Last result: 49-14 win over Manvel (Texas)
Last week’s ranking: No. 2
Ranking rationale: With North Shore leading Manvel 14-7 early on Friday Texas A&M commit Shadrach Banks picked up a bad snap, ran up the middle and hurdled a defender for a 55-yard TD. From there, North Shore eased to a 49-14 win.
North Shore is 35-1 over the last three seasons. The Mustangs have won two 6A Division 1 championships in a row in Texas.
3. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 1-0
Next game: Oct. 23 vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Last result: 25-13 win over TRU Prep Academy (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
Last week’s ranking: 3
Ranking rationale: Following a weather delay that lasted over two hours, St. Thomas Aquinas finally started their season and beat a very talented TRU Prep Academy team 25-13. The Raiders scored 19 unanswered points in the game and didn’t allow a score in the second half.
Senior defensive back Ja’Den McBurrows, a Michigan commit, had two interceptions in the game and senior Alabama defensive line commit Dallas Turner had four sacks.
Overall, St. Thomas Aquinas has six players listed in the top 50 of 247Sports’ 2021 Florida player rankings. Junior quarterback Zion Turner has received scholarship offers from LSU and Miami, among others.
Last year’s St. Thomas Aquinas team went 15-0 and won a 7A title in Florida. This year’s group should go undefeated again.
4. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), 7-0
Next game: Oct. 30 vs. Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.)
Last result: 42-7 win over South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 4
Ranking rationale: Last week we challenged Grayson to show us more on offense and that’s what we got on Friday.
Led by senior Clemson running back commit Phil Mafah, the Rams rushed for 238 yards on 29 carries with four touchdowns.
“The difference tonight from last week was our offensive line and having (offensive lineman) Garrett Brophy back,” Grayson head coach Adam Carter told the Gwinnett Daily Post. “The physical statement that they brought to us tonight was huge.”
Grayson plays two of the top teams in 7A in their next two games (Parkview and Brookwood). The Rams have had issues on offense when other teams can slow down their run game. These next two games will offer great insight into whether Grayson is truly a top five team in the country or not. Buckle up.
5. Chandler (Ariz.), 3-0
Next game: Oct. 23 at Higley (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Last result: 55-0 win over Perry (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 5
Ranking rationale: What else can we say about Chandler? The Wolves have outscored their first three opponents 163-10 in 2020.
It’s easy to see why.
Chandler is loaded with talent, from quarterback Mikey Keene (UCF commit) to running backs Eli Sanders (Boise State commit) and Nicolas Nesbitt, plus wide receiver Jalen Richmond (Boise State commit). The Wolves have the best receiving corps in Arizona and the best defense, led by defensive end Brandon Buckner, an Oregon commit.
Expect Chandler to win comfortably until they meet Power 25 No. 25 Hamilton on Nov. 20.
6. St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.), 2-0
Next game: Oct. 24 vs. Bishop Sycamore (Columbus, Ohio)
Last result: 38-14 win over La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 6
Ranking rationale: Saturday’s scoreline is a little deceiving. St. Joseph’s led 28-0 at halftime. Senior running back Noble House scored three one-yard touchdown runs in the game.
Ohio State QB commit Kyle McCord hit Marvin Harrison Jr., another Ohio State commit, for a 40-yard TD pass to open the scoring for the Hawks and from there St. Joseph’s Prep rolled. Harrison did leave the game at the end of the first half with an injury, so that will be something to monitor.
Once St. Joseph’s Prep gets a few games under their belt, they’ll be a contender for a top five position and maybe even a spot in the top three. This team is legit.
7. Duncanville (Texas), 1-1
Next game: Oct. 23 at Waco (Texas)
Last result: 41-14 loss to No. 1 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 7
Ranking rationale: Duncanville looked like a team that was playing its second game of the season in its defeat two weeks ago to No. 1 IMG Academy and the Ascenders played like a well oiled machine.
Duncanville senior quarterback Grayson James threw two touchdowns in the game, but also had an interception. Running back Da’Myrion Coleman lost a fumble. In a non-COVID year, this game may have been more of a spectacle.
Right now, Duncanville is still the second best team in Texas, so although the Panthers moved down to No. 7 following last week’s loss, they didn’t fall too far.
8. Katy (Texas), 3-0
Next game: Oct. 22 vs. Mayde Creek (Houston, Texas)
Last result: 59-3 win over Seven Lakes (Katy, Texas)
Last week’s ranking: No. 8
Ranking rationale: Katy’s game last week against undefeated Tompkins was postponed to Nov. 27 due a positive COVID-19 test within the Katy program.
Here is our ranking rationale for the Tigers last week:
Katy’s defense was always going to be good in 2020, but there were questions on offense, especially after former starting quarterback Bronson McClelland withdrew from the school.
Two sophomores have stepped in on the offensive side and made a huge difference for the Tigers: quarterback Caleb Koger and running back Seth Davis.
Koger completed 6 of 9 passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers’ win over Seven Lakes two weeks ago. Davis rushed for 217 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries.
9. Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.), 5-0
Next game: Oct. 30 vs. Tift County (Tifton, Ga.)
Last result: 33-21 win over Valdosta (Ga.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 9
Ranking rationale: Lowndes won’t play or practice until Oct. 26 due to COVID-19.
Georgial High School Football Daily breaks down why below:
Lowndes is under quarantine and its season put on pause until Oct. 26, Lowndes County Schools announced Wednesday afternoon. The district didn’t immediately release further details. Lowndes is 5-0 and coming off a 33-21 victory over city rival Valdosta. Lowndes also is in the top 10 of several national polls. With practices shut down for two weeks, Friday’s game with Alcovy and the Oct. 23 game with Mitchell County are off. Those are non-region games. Lowndes’ first Region 1-7A game is Oct. 30 against Tift County. Lowndes is one of dozens of Georgia teams that have shut down practices or canceled or postponed games because of quarantines or COVID-19 issues. The GHSA does not call for forfeits during any games that can’t be played because of COVID-19 protocols.Georgia High School Football Daily
Here is our ranking rationale for the Vikings last week:
When Jacurri Brown is on your team, you will have a chance to win every game. Brown was special again two weeks ago leading Lowndes to a rivalry win over Valdosta.
The junior had fourth quarter rushing touchdowns of 51 and 64 yards, in addition to his earlier two passing touchdowns. Don’t be surprised if Lowndes ends up winning 7A in Georgia this season.
10. Westlake (Austin, Texas), 4-0
Next game: Oct. 23 at Bowie (Austin, Texas)
Last result: 56-0 win vs. San Marcos (Texas)
Last week’s ranking: No. 10
Ranking rationale: Another week, another easy win for Westlake. Junior quarterback Cade Klubnik threw for two touchdowns in the victory and ran for four more.
The Chaparrals have put up over 50 points in all four of their wins in 2020. They play Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) on Nov. 27. That game will provide a better understanding of exactly how good Westlake is this season. Expect their five other regular season games to be comfortable wins.
Westlake won the 6A Division 2 title in Texas a year ago and should make a deep postseason run again in 2020.
11. De Smet Jesuit (St. Louis, Mo.), 2-0
Next game: Oct. 23 vs. Vashon (St. Louis, Mo.)
Last result: 38-22 win over St. Louis University (St. Louis, Mo.)
Last week’s ranking: 11
Ranking rationale: A 24 point second quarter led De Smet to a comfortable win over St. Louis University on Friday.
Overall, eight De Smet seniors are committed to Division 1 programs. Last season the Spartans went 14-0.
12. Northwestern (Miami, Fla.), 0-0
Season opener: Oct. 23 vs. Central (Miami, Fla.)
Last result: N/A
Last week’s ranking: 12
Ranking rationale: Northwestern would have been a preseason Power 25 team, but there was uncertainty about whether they’d be able to play football in the fall due to COVID-19.
The Bulls have 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. He caught eight touchdown passes a year ago.
Northwestern won a 5A title last season in Florida.
13. Ryan (Denton, Texas), 3-0
Next game: Oct. 22 at Wakeland (Frisco, Texas)
Last result: 41-0 win over Denton
Last week’s ranking: No. 13
Ranking rationale: Due to having at least one positive COVID-19 case within its program, Ryan at first had to forfeit their game two weeks ago against Reedy, but that has since been deemed a no contest. Ryan’s game this past weekend was originally cancelled, but then ended up being played Saturday and the Raiders won big.
Ryan’s defense only allowed 26 yards in the win over Denton. Raider QB Seth Henigan threw for 160 yards and a touchdown. Ryan has already beaten two 6A teams to begin the season. They are a clear top five team in Texas.
14. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), 4-0
Next game: Oct. 23 at Eastern (Louisville, Ky.)
Last result: 48-0 win over Ballard (Louisville, Ky.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 14
Ranking rationale: Trinity starts 11 seniors on defense for a unit that is one of the best in the nation, so it’s not a surprise the Shamrocks shutout Ballard, another top team in Kentucky, two weeks ago.
Junior running back Armon Tucker rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries in the Shamrocks win.
Trinity won a 6A championship in Kentucky last year and are in a great position to do so again in 2020.
15. Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah), 10-0
Next game: TBD playoffs
Last result: 53-32 win over American Fork (Utah)
Last week’s ranking: No. 15
Ranking Rationale: In 2020, Jaxson Dart put together one of the best regular seasons from a high school quarterback we’ve ever seen. Through ten games, the senior has completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,345 yards and 48 touchdowns. He’s thrown just two picks.
Corner Canyon is a great team, but they’re led by a senior QB who has had a generational season. The Chargers should win another state championship in a few weeks, which will then cement Dart’s campaign as one of the best ever in the history of Utah high school football and maybe even the country.
16. Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.), 4-0
Next game Oct. 23 vs. Spring Valley (Columbia, S.C.)
Last result: 55-13 win over Lexington (S.C.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 16
Ranking rationale: Dutch Fork has won four state championships in a row. A year ago, the Silver Foxes went 14-0-1 to win a AAAAA state crown.
In Friday’s blowout win, Dutch Fork senior quarterback Will Taylor threw three touchdown passes. The victory clinched the Silver Foxes’ eighth consecutive region title.
Dutch Fork has won four blowouts to begin the year and they should win three more games in similar fashion to finish the regular season.
17. St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.), 3-0
Next game: Oct. 24 at Paramus Catholic (N.J)
Last result: 33-20 win over St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 21
Ranking rationale: St. Peter’s Prep is our new No. 1 team in New Jersey following Saturday’s impressive 33-20 win over St. Joseph Regional.
Senior Virginia Tech quarterback commit Tahj Bullock threw for a touchdown and ran for another score in the victory.
St. Peter’s Prep won the Non-Public Group 4 championship in New Jersey last season beating Don Bosco Prep 21-14. Non-Public Group 4 is one of the toughest championships to win in the country and the Marauders have a shot to repeat in 2020. St. Peter’s Prep plays No. 19 Bergen Catholic on Nov. 7, their main challenger in the state.
18. Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.), 9-0
Next game: Oct. 23 vs. Hoover (Ala.)
Last result: 49-21 win over Oak Mountain (Birmingham, Ala.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 18
Ranking rationale: Thompson has clearly established itself as the top team in Alabama.
In this week’s win, junior quarterback Conner Harrell finished 11-of-14 passing for 239 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for a TD.
The Alabama regular season game of the year comes on Oct. 23 when Thompson hosts Hoover (Ala.).
19. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.), 3-0
Next game: Oct. 23 at DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.)
Last result: 37-0 win over Paramus Catholic (N.J.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 17
Ranking rationale: It may seem odd moving Bergen Catholic down two spots following a 37-0 win, but the slide has more to do with how Bergen played against St. Joseph Regional in their opener. The Crusaders won by three in that game and this weekend St. Peter’s Prep beat St. Joseph Regional by 13. In a COVID shortened season we’re using every metric possible to evaluate teams, and games against common opponents are more of a factor than ever.
Bergen will play No. 17 St. Peter’s Prep on Nov. 7. The Crusaders will get the chance to reclaim their top spot in New Jersey in that game.
Bergen Catholic has a great 2022 class headlined by quarterback Steven Angeli and cornerbacks Jaeden Gould and Jayden Bellamy, all of whom are big time prospects.
20. Allen (Texas), 2-0
Next game Oct. 30 vs. Boyd (McKinney, Texas)
Last result: 52-27 win over Atascocita (Humble, Texas)
Last week’s ranking: No. 19
Ranking rationale: Allen had to cancel its game two weeks ago against Cedar Hill as well as this past week’s game against Tyler Legacy due to COVID-19. Both games are no-contests.
In their most recent game, Allen scored on its first five possessions leading to a blowout win over a good Atascocita team. Senior receivers Blaine and Bryson Green dominated. Blaine caught four passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns and Bryson snagged five passes for 112 yards in the win. Allen could be a sneaky 6A contender in Texas in 2020 if COVID doesn’t derail their season.
21. Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio), 8-0
Next game: Oct. 23 vs. Hilliard Bradley (Ohio) (Division 1 regional playoffs)
Last result: 35-16 win over Hilliard Darby (Ohio)
Last week’s ranking: No. 20
Ranking rationale: Pickerington Central played their closest game of the season on Friday beating Hilliard Darby in the second round of the regional playoffs 35-16.
Lorenzo Styles Jr. helped lift the Tigers from their slow start with a 74-yard punt return and 90-yard kickoff return for TDs. He’s committed to Notre Dame.
After winning Division 1 in Ohio a year ago and returning a number of key players including Styles, senior running back Nick Mosley (Bowling Green commit) and sophomore defensive back Sonny Styles, Pickerington Central will be the top team in Ohio until someone knocks them off in the playoffs.
22. Colquitt County (Norman Park, Ga.) (4-0)
Next game: Oct. 30 vs. Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.)
Last result: 63-14 win over Northside (Warner Robbins, Ga.)
Last week’s ranking: 22
Ranking rationale: Colquitt County has established itself as the third best team in Georgia. After COVID-19 caused the Packers to start their season late, Colquitt County is now playing like one of the top teams in the country. Unfortunately, COVID has hit the team again and they won’t play until Oct. 30.
Georgial High School Football Daily breaks down why below:
Colquitt County canceled its football game scheduled for next Friday against Alcovy and won’t resume play until its Oct. 30 Region 1-7A opener against Camden County. Colquitt County athletic director Greg Tillery made the announcement: “Due in part to several positive COVID-19 cases and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel the Alcovy football game. We fully expect to resume the season against Camden County on Friday, October 30, 2020, at 7:30 pm. Also, the homecoming activities will coincide with the Camden County football game.” It’s the second interruption of Colquitt’s football season since games began Sept. 2. The Packers canceled their first two games against Brookwood and Marietta. They are 4-0 and ranked No. 3 in Class 7A.Georgia High School Football Daily
Colquitt is the second highly ranked Class 7A team to shut down this week. On Wednesday, No. 1-ranked Lowndes announced that it was shutting down practices until Oct. 26.
Here is our ranking rationale for Colquitt County last week:
Orion Bonner took the opening kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown against Northside two weeks ago and from there Colquitt County never took its foot off the gas. 2021 Minnesota wide receiver commit Lemeke Brockington is Colquitt County’s top player. He caught two TDs in the win, including an 82-yard score.
23. Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.), 9-0
Next game: Oct. 30 at Columbus North (6A playoffs)
Last result: 17-13 win over Cathedral (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 23
Ranking rationale: Center Grove enters the playoffs undefeated following an improbable comeback win over Cathedral (Indianapolis, Ind.) on Friday, another team with national prowess.
Center Grove stopped Cathedral on a 4th and one from the Center Grove 46-yard line with 1:14 to play trailing 13-10. From there, the Trojans drove down and scored a TD on a 14-yard TD from Tayven Jackson to Trenton Veith to win the game. It was one of the best finishes of the 2020 high school football season.
Center Grove and Cathedral aren’t in the same playoff division and won’t meet again. Center Grove is the favorite in Indiana’s 6A playoffs which start Oct. 30. Center Grove has given up only 7.3 points per game in 2020.
24. Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio) 6-0
Next game: Oct. 23 vs. Mayfield (Ohio) (Division II regional playoffs)
Last result: 63-0 win over Roosevelt (Kent, Ohio)
Last week’s ranking: NR
Ranking rationale: Archbishop Hoban scored four first quarter touchdowns in their rout of Roosevelt. Senior quarterback Shane Hamm completed 6-of-7 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown in the win. Hamm also rushed four times for 27 yards and another touchdown.
Expect Archbishop Hoban to win a Division II title in Ohio. The undefeated Knights have previously been ranked in 2020 and should finish the season in the Power 25. Senior linebacker Darryl Peterson is one of the top linebackers in the nation. He’s committed to Wisconsin.
25. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), 2-0
Next game: Oct. 23 at Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Last result: 64-22 win over Perry (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Last week’s ranking: 25
Ranking rationale: Hamilton did not play last week because their opponent, Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.), had a COVID-19 outbreak.
Hamilton has one of the top offenses in the country led by 2022 quarterback Nicco Marchiol and it was on full display in their 64-22 demolition of Perry two weeks ago. Marchiol threw for five touchdowns and rushed for two more in the win.
The Huskies defense will be what determines if Hamilton stays/moves up in the Power 25 throughout the year. We know Hamilton’s offense is special. If the defense improves, Hamilton could make a jump in the rankings.
On Nov. 20, Hamilton plays No. 5 Chandler.
American Heritage (Plantation, Florida)
Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio)
TEAMS ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
- DeSoto (Texas) (2-0): Beating a good Converse Judson team and a good Trinity Christian team puts DeSoto firmly in the Power 25 discussion.
- Hoover (Ala.) (9-0): Hoover is perfect on the year, but has won some games by thin margins so they miss the cut.
- Central (Miami, Fla.) (0-0): Central already appears in a few national polls despite not playing a game yet. The Rockets have a lot of talent, but we want to see what they look like against No. 12 Northwestern before including them in the Power 25.
- Guyer (Denton, Texas (2-1): Following a 23-20 loss to No. 13 Ryan on Oct. 2, Guyer will have a chance to move back into the rankings thanks to a tough regular season schedule.
- Cedar Hill (Texas) (2-0): Cedar Hill beat Aledo 27-17 on Friday. That’s a noteworthy result and puts Cedar Hill on the periphery of the Power 25.
MORE COVID CANCELLATIONS THAN EVER AMONG POWER 25 TEAMS
Four teams in this week’s Power 25 did not play last week due to COVID-19. Katy, Lowndes, Allen, and Hamilton were all sidelined. Hamilton is the lone team whose opponent was the reason for not playing. The other three have had at least one positive COVID-19 test within the program and because of that either cancelled or rescheduled this past weekend’s games.
Colquitt County won’t play its game scheduled for next week due to having a COVID-19 positive within its program.
OTHER TEAMS ON OUR RADAR
Florida: Chaminade-Madonna, Booker T. Washington, Orlando Edgewater, Deerfield Beach, Venice, Pinecrest Palmetto and TRU Prep Academy
Georgia: Brookwood, Norcross, Lee County and Lovejoy
Louisiana: Archbishop Rummel, Brother Martin, Acadiana, Edna Carr, St. Thomas More and Zachary
Michigan: Belleville, Davison and Cass Tech
Missouri: Christian Brothers
New Jersey: Delbarton and St. Joseph Montvale
Ohio: Dublin Coffman, Washington (Massillon) and Mentor
Oklahoma: Bixby and Owasso
Tennessee: Maryville and Brentwood Academy
Texas: Lake Travis, Parish Episcopal, Martin, Cypress-Fairbanks, Shadow Creek, Ennis, Highland Park, Bridgeland
Utah: Lone Peak and Skyridge
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