The 2020 high school football season continued across the country this week with 15 SBLive Power 25 teams taking the field. Fourteen of the squads that were included in last week’s Power 25 won, with the exception of St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) who fell to Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 17-10.
The lone team to enter the Power 25 this week is DeSoto (Texas) at No. 25. DeSoto has recorded blowout wins over Judson (Converse, Texas) and Trinity Christian (Cedar Hill, Texas), two very good teams. Those wins have elevated the Eagles into the national conversation.
While DeSoto moves in, St. Thomas Aquinas moves out. The Raiders are supremely talented — they have six players listed in the top 50 of 247Sports’ 2021 Florida player rankings — but in their opening two games, they haven’t been impressive. St. Thomas Aquinas has trailed in both games, and this week they couldn’t rally, losing to Cardinal Gibbons to fall to 1-1.
Only one team in the Power 25 has lost a game this season, No. 6 Duncanville, who fell to No. 1 IMG Academy 41-14. Cardinal Gibbons is a good team, but not a national player this year. St. Thomas Aquinas dropping that game was very surprising.
The Raiders will have a chance to return to the Power 25 if they can win their remaining two regular season games and make a deep 7A playoff push in Florida, but for now, they’re on the outside looking in following their slow start to the season.
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. 24, 2020
1. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), 6-0
Next game: Oct. 30 at No. 9 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 two weeks ago against Bishop Sycamore. The Ascenders went on to win by 50.
IMG takes on No. 9 Northwestern in what will be a rare battle between two Power 25 teams this week. IMG beat No. 6 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), 5-0
Next game: Nov. 6 vs. Kingwood (Texas)
Last result: 55-14 win over West Brook (Beaumont, Texas)
Last week’s ranking: No. 2
Ranking rationale: North Shore excelled on both offense and defense in their win on Friday. The Mustangs had a pick-six and star senior quarterback Dematrius Davis threw three touchdowns and rushed for a fourth in the first half.
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. Chandler (Ariz.), 4-0
Next game: Oct. 30 at Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.)
Last result: 63-7 win over Higley (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 5
Ranking rationale: What else can we say about Chandler? The Wolves have outscored their first four opponents 226-17 in 2020 and they’re playing against good competition. This week, they move up to No. 3.
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. 24 Hamilton on Nov. 20.
4. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), 6-0
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: Two weeks ago we challenged Grayson to show us more on offense and that’s what we got in their most recent win over South Gwinnett.
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.
Grayson has added star 2021 quarterback Jake Garcia in the last week as well. The USC commit transferred from Valdosta and will be eligible to play right away. We’ll see how he fits into the mix.
5. St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.), 2-0
Next game: TBD – COVID-19
Last result: 38-14 win over La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 6
Ranking rationale: St. Joseph’s Prep didn’t play its game this weekend against Bishop Sycamore due to COVID-19.
Two weeks ago, St. Joe’s beat La Salle College 38-14. They led 28-0 at halftime thanks largely to senior running back Noble House, who scored three one-yard touchdown runs.
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 spot in the top three of the Power 25. This team is legit. Hopefully COVID-19 doesn’t derail their season.
6. Duncanville (Texas), 2-1
Next game: Oct. 30 vs. Mansfield (Texas)
Last result: 56-9 win over Waco (Texas)
Last week’s ranking: No. 7
Ranking rationale: Duncanville bounced back from their 41-14 defeat to No. 1 IMG Academy with a dominating win over Waco on Friday. The Panthers rolled scoring six first half TDs. Duncanville quarterback Grayson James threw three touchdown passes and then exited the game in the third quarter with a 49-3 lead.
We rank Duncanville as the second best team in Texas. They’ll stay in our top ten until they’re beaten by an in-state foe.
7. Katy (Texas), 4-0
Next game: Oct. 31 at Dickinson (Texas)
Last result: 41-0 win over Cinco Ranch (Katy, Texas)
Last week’s ranking: No. 8
Ranking rationale: Katy played Cinco Ranch this week instead of Mayde Creek because Mayde Creek had a COVID positive and postponed the game. Katy’s game last week against Tompkins was also postponed due to COVID-19.
In Katy’s 41-0 win over Cinco Ranch, the Tigers dominated on defense. Arian Parish, Hamilton McMartin, Hunter Washington and Jayden Rodriguez all had interceptions in the game. Katy has won 75 district games in a row. They’re our No. 3 team in Texas.
8. 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 from two weeks ago:
When Jacurri Brown is on your team, you will have a chance to win every game. Brown was special again this week 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.
9. Northwestern (Miami, Fla.), 1-0
Next game: Oct. 30 vs. No. 1 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Last result: 21-14 win over Central (Miami, Fla.)
Last week’s ranking: 12
Ranking rationale: Northwestern never trailed and jumped out to a 14-0 lead against a very good Central (Miami, Fla.) team on Friday. With five minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Central had two chances to potentially push the game to overtime, but Northwestern’s defense stood firm forcing two turnovers on downs. The Bulls had ten sacks total in the game.
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. He caught a 77-yard TD on Friday.
Northwestern won a 5A title last season in Florida.
10. Westlake (Austin, Texas), 4-0
Next game: Oct. 30 vs. Hays (Buda, Texas)
Last result: 56-0 win vs. San Marcos (Texas)
Last week’s ranking: No. 10
Ranking rationale: Westlake had to reschedule its game last week against Bowie due to COVID-19.
Below is our ranking rationale for the Chaparrals from two weeks ago:
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. 30 at Howell Central (St. Charles, 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 two weeks ago.
Overall, eight De Smet seniors are committed to Division 1 programs. Last season the Spartans went 14-0.
12. Ryan (Denton, Texas), 4-0
Next game: Oct. 29 vs. Centennial (Frisco, Texas)
Last result: 41-3 win over Wakeland (Frisco, Texas)
Last week’s ranking: No. 13
Ranking rationale: Following Ryan’s impressive 23-20 win over Guyer on Sept. 2, the Raiders have reached the lighter portion of their schedule. In Ryan’s win last week over Wakeland, quarterback Seth Henigan threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns. Star 2021 receiver Billy Bowman caught two TDs and rushed for two more. The Raiders are a consensus top five team in Texas.
13. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), 5-0
Next game: Oct. 30 vs. Bowling Green (Ky.)
Last result: 48-3 win over Eastern (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 held Eastern to only three points over the weekend.
Trinity took the opening kickoff on Saturday and Armon Tucker returned it 95 yards for a touchdown. He was untouched. The Shamrocks have had a running clock in all five of their games in 2020.
Trinity won a 6A championship in Kentucky last year and are in a great position to do so again in 2020.
14. Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah), 10-0
Next game: Oct. 30 vs. Westlake (Saratoga Springs, Utah) (6A playoffs)
Last result: 53-32 win over American Fork (Utah)
Last week’s ranking: No. 15
Ranking Rationale: Corner Canyon heads into the 6A playoffs in Utah as the state’s top team.
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.
15. Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.), 5-0
Next game Oct. 30 at South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.)
Last result: 21-0 win over Spring Valley (Columbia, S.C.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 16
Ranking rationale: Dutch Fork has won 45 games in a row and four straight state championships. A year ago, the Silver Foxes went 14-0-1 to win a AAAAA state crown.
In Friday’s win over Spring Valley, Dutch Fork running back Jarvis Green rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns.
Dutch Fork has won all of their games in 2020 by at least three scores.
16. St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.), 4-0
Next game: Oct. 30 vs. DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.)
Last result: 25-7 win over Paramus Catholic (N.J)
Last week’s ranking: No. 17
Ranking rationale: St. Peter’s Prep is our No. 1 team in New Jersey. In their win on Saturday, junior running back Sam Slade rushed for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
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. 18 Bergen Catholic on Nov. 7, their main challenger in the state.
17. Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.), 10-0
Next game: TBD playoffs
Last result: 39-23 win over Hoover (Ala.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 18
Ranking rationale: Thompson has clearly established itself as the top team in Alabama after beating the state’s second best team, Hoover, on Friday to win a regional title.
In the win, junior quarterback Conner Harrell Harrell completed his first 11 passes and his final 12 throws to finish 28-of-34 for 301 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He did throw two interceptions in the game though.
Hoover and Thompson should meet again in the playoffs in a rematch that will have much more at stake.
18. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) 4-0
Next game: Oct. 31 vs. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
Last result: 34-10 win over DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 19
Ranking rationale: Bergen Catholic is our No. 2 team in New Jersey. Junior running back Ryan Butler rushed for 247 yards and three TDs in Friday’s win over DePaul Catholic.
Bergen will play No. 16 St. Peter’s Prep on Nov. 7 in what will be the regular season game of the year in New Jersey.
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.
19. 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. 20
Ranking rationale: Allen had to cancel its game three weeks ago against Cedar Hill as well as the one two weeks ago against Tyler Legacy due to COVID-19. Both games are no-contests. Allen had a bye this past week.
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.
20. Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio), 9-0
Next game: Oct. 30 vs. Westerville Central (Ohio) (Division 1 regional championship)
Last result: 34-7 win over Hilliard Bradley (Ohio)
Last week’s ranking: No. 21
Ranking rationale: Pickerington Central led 27-0 at halftime in their regional semifinal win.
After winning Division 1 in Ohio a year ago and returning a number of key players including senior receiver Lorenzo Styles Jr. (Notre Dame commit), 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.
21. 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 from two weeks ago:
Orion Bonner took the opening kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown against Northside 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.
22. 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.) two weeks ago, 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. The Trojans given up only 7.3 points per game in 2020.
23. Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio) 7-0
Next game: Oct. 30 vs. Benedictine (Cleveland, Ohio) (Division II regional playoffs)
Last result: 42-0 win over Mayfield (Ohio)
Last week’s ranking: 24
Ranking rationale: Archbishop Hoban quarterback Shane Hamm threw three first half touchdown passes in the Knights’ rout of Mayfield on Friday.
Up next for undefeated Archbishop Hoban, our second best team in Ohio, is a regional semifinal game against Benedictine, a team Hoban beat 31-24 in the regular season.
24. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 3-0
Next game: Oct. 30 at Desert Vista (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Last result: 13-7 win over Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Last week’s ranking: 25
Ranking rationale: Hamilton’s defense and special teams played exceptionally well in the Huskies 13-7 win over Saguaro on Friday, another team that’s on the national stage.
Hamilton’s Cole Martin, the top prospect in Arizona’s 2023 class, lived up to expectations in the game. Martin had two long punt returns in the second quarter, including a 75-yard return that led to a short field goal just before halftime that gave the Huskies the lead for good.
With star 2022 quarterback Nicco Marchiol leading the Huskies offense, this team has the makeup of a true national power.
On Nov. 20, Hamilton plays No. 3 Chandler.
25. DeSoto (Texas) (3-0)
Next game: Oct. 30 at Lake Ridge (Mansfield, Texas)
Last result: 42-6 win over Waxahachie (Texas)
Last week’s ranking: NR
Ranking rationale: Following blowout wins over Judson (Converse, Texas) and Trinity Christian (Cedar Hill, Texas), two talented Texas teams, the Eagles debut in the Power 25.
DeSoto has six players listed in the top 200 of the 2021 247Sports Texas high school football recruiting rankings. Shemar Turner, a defensive end, leads the way at No. 9.
St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
COVID CANCELLATIONS CONTINUE TO INTERRUPT HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON
This week, four Power 25 teams didn’t play scheduled games due to COVID-19. St. Joseph’s Prep, Lowndes, Westlake and Colquitt County all had games cancelled or postponed because of positive COVID-19 tests within their football programs and/or school communities. Allen had to cancel their previous two games due to COVID-19. They were on a bye last week.
TEAMS ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
- St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla) (1-1): The Raiders have the talent to be a Top 10 team in the country, but a slow start to the season leaves them out of this week’s Power 25.
- Hoover (Ala.) (9-1): Hoover lost to No. 17 Thompson 39-23 on Friday. They should meet again in the playoffs for a rematch with more at stake.
- Central (Miami, Fla.) (0-1): Central fell to No. 9 Northwestern 21-14 in their opener. The Rockets were neck and neck with one of the country’s top teams in that game. Central will be on our Power 25 radar all season.
- Guyer (Denton, Texas (3-1): Following a 23-20 loss to No. 12 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) (3-0): Cedar Hill beat Aledo 27-17 two weeks ago. That’s a noteworthy result and puts Cedar Hill on the periphery of the Power 25.
OTHER TEAMS ON OUR RADAR
Florida: Chaminade-Madonna, Booker T. Washington, Bloomingdale, Deerfield Beach, American Heritage, Pinecrest Palmetto, Trinity Christian Academy, Cardinal Gibbons and TRU Prep Academy
Georgia: Brookwood, Norcross, Lee County and Lovejoy
Louisiana: 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: 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 and Lancaster
Utah: Lone Peak and Skyridge
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