SBLive Power 25: Utah’s Corner Canyon High School moves into top 10 of national football rankings

The 2020 high school football season continued across the country this week with 22 SBLive Power 25 teams taking the field. Twenty-one of the squads that were included in last week’s Power 25 won, with the exception of No. 14 Northwestern (Miami, Fla.) who fell to No. 1 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) 49-14.

The same 25 teams that were included in last week’s Power 25 made this week’s list, but there has been some movement. No. 9 Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah), No. 13 Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.) and No. 21 Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio) all moved up in the rankings.

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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.

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Nov. 1, 2020

1. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), 7-0

Next game: Nov. 20 vs. TRU Prep Academy (Miami Gardens, Fla.)

Last result: 49-14 win over No. 14 Northwestern (Miami, Fla.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 1

Ranking rationale: Running back Kaytron Allen scored IMG’s first TD from six yards out on Friday which got the ball rolling on a 28-point first quarter for the Ascenders. Northwestern was supposed to be a stiff test for IMG, but the Ascenders rolled winning 49-14 to cement their spot at the top of the Power 25.

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.

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IMG quarterback JJ McCarthy

2. North Shore (Houston, Texas), 6-0

Next game: Nov. 6 vs. Kingwood (Texas)

Last result: 55-6 win over Humble (Texas)

Last week’s ranking: No. 2

Ranking rationale: North Shore led 42-0 at one point in their win on Thursday. Five-star junior cornerback Denver Harris intercepted two passes in the Mustangs’ win.

North Shore is 36-1 over the last three seasons. The Mustangs have won two 6A Division 1 championships in a row in Texas.

3. Chandler (Ariz.), 5-0

Next game: Nov. 6 at Desert Vista (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Last result: 31-7 win over Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 3

Ranking rationale: In its first real challenge of the season, Chandler led 13-7 at halftime against Centennial, but an 18-point third quarter gave Chandler their fifth blowout win of 2020. Nicolas Nesbitt scored three rushing touchdowns for the Wolves.

Chandler is loaded with talent, from quarterback Mikey Keene (UCF commit) to running backs Eli Sanders (Boise State commit) and 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.

Eli Sanders

4. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), 7-0

Next game: Nov. 6 at Brookwood (Snellville, Ga.)

Last result: 47-7 win over Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 4

Ranking rationale: Grayson played its best game of the season on Friday. The Rams defense dominated as it has all year, star senior running back Phil Mafah had 12 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns and USC QB commit Jake Garcia made his debut and fit right in tossing a TD pass.

The Rams played like a top five team in the country on ESPN2 Friday night. No. 8 Lowndes and the rest of Georgia’s 7A class was put on notice.

Running back Phil Mafaf – Clemson commit

5. St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.), 3-0

Next game: Nov. 7 at Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Last result: 52-6 win over Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 5

Ranking rationale: St. Joseph’s Prep didn’t play its game two weeks ago against Bishop Sycamore due to COVID-19 and could only practice virtually last week, but the Hawks still dominated on Saturday.

Senior quarterback Kyle McCord (Ohio State commit) threw four touchdowns passes and senior linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr. (Clemson commit) returned an interception for a score in St. Joe’s 52-6 rout of Archbishop Wood.

Once St. Joseph’s Prep gets a few more games under their belt, they’ll be a contender for a spot in the top three of the Power 25. This team is legit.

Kyle McCord

6. Duncanville (Texas), 3-1

Next game: Nov. 6 at Midway (Waco, Texas)

Last result: 35-0 win over Mansfield (Texas)

Last week’s ranking: No. 6

Ranking rationale: Here’s a Duncanville game breakdown from 247Sports.com:

Grayson James finished 22-28 passing for 280 yards and three touchdowns. Baylor commit Roderick Daniels caught seven passes for 108 yards. Sophomore Lontrell Turner caught six passes for 45 yards. Junior tight end Marcus Vinson had one catch for a five-yard touchdown.

247Sports.com

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. Their lone loss came to No. 1 IMG Academy on Oct. 10.

7. Katy (Texas), 5-0

Next game: Nov. 5 vs. Tompkins (Katy, Texas)

Last result: 49-7 win over Dickinson (Texas)

Last week’s ranking: No. 7

Ranking rationale: Katy won big again this week. Sophomore quarterback Caleb Koger completed 11 of 16 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Brothers Seth and Jalen Davis combined for 243 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries. 

Katy has won 75 district games in a row. They’re our No. 3 team in Texas.

8. Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.), 6-0

Next game: Nov. 6 at No. 23 Colquitt County (Norman Park, Ga.)

Last result: 17-13 win over Tift County (Tifton, Ga.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 8

Ranking rationale: Lowndes finally took the lead on Friday thanks to a Jacurri Brown rushing TD with 5:37 to play. The Vikings, who went on to win 17-13, were nearly shocked by sub .500 Tift County.

Even though we have Lowndes as our No. 2 team in Georgia, many national and in state polls have the Vikings at No. 1. They’ll need to have a much better performance in order to beat Power 25 No. 23 Colquitt County next week. That game will be one of the few matchups in 2020 that pits two Power 25 teams against each other. We’ll be watching.

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9. Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah), 11-0

Next game: Nov. 6 vs. Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) (6A playoffs)

Last result: 59-3 win over Westlake (Saratoga Springs, Utah) (6A playoffs second round)

Last week’s ranking: No. 14

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.

In the second round of the playoffs last week, Dart completed 22 of 28 passes for 405 yards and five touchdowns.

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.

Corner Canyon plays Bingham in the quarterfinals on Friday, a team they beat 42-20 on Aug. 28.

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(Jaxson Dart feature photo by @astrongphotography)

10. Westlake (Austin, Texas), 5-0

Next game: Nov. 6 at Atkins Hays (Austin, Texas)

Last result: 59-6 win over Hays (Buda, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: No. 10

Ranking rationale: Another week, another easy win for Westlake. Junior quarterback Cade Klubnik threw for four touchdowns in the victory and ran for one more.

The Chaparrals have put up over 50 points in all five 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 other remaining 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.

Quarterback Cade Klubnik

11. De Smet Jesuit (St. Louis, Mo.), 3-0

Next game: Nov. 6 vs. Christian Brothers (St. Louis, Mo.) (Class 6 playoffs)

Last result: 55-0 win over Howell Central (St. Charles, Mo.) (Class 6 playoffs)

Last week’s ranking: 11

Ranking rationale: De Smet only played two regular season games before entering the playoffs, but in the first round the Spartans dominated. Their game was so lopsided that Howell handed the ball to one of their offensive lineman at the end of regulation.

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Overall, eight De Smet seniors are committed to Division 1 programs. Last season the Spartans went 14-0. They’re trying to win back to back state titles.

12. Ryan (Denton, Texas), 5-0

Next game: Nov. 6 at The Colony (Texas)

Last result: 68-28 win over Centennial (Frisco, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: No. 12

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 Centennial, the Raiders scored 55 first half points. Ryan QB Seth Henigan completed 12 of his 14 passes for 288 yards and four touchdowns in the win. The Raiders are a consensus top five team in Texas.

13. Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.), 10-0

Next game: Nov. 6 vs. Grissom (Huntsville, Ala.) (7A playoffs)

Last result: 39-23 win over Hoover (Ala.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 17

Ranking rationale: Thompson clearly established itself as the top team in Alabama after beating the state’s second best team, Hoover, two weeks ago to win a regional title and finish the regular season undefeated.

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.

Conner Harrell – Courtesy: alabama7afootball.com

14. Northwestern (Miami, Fla.), 1-1

Next game: Nov. 5 vs. Palmetto (Miami, Fla.)

Last result: 49-14 loss to No. 1 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 9

Ranking rationale: Northwestern had a tough time with No. 1 IMG Academy, falling 49-14 on Friday. Remember, No. 6 Duncanville (Texas) lost to IMG 41-19 earlier this year, so Northwestern’s heavy defeat should not come as a major surprise. It doesn’t look like any team currently playing high school football this fall could hang with IMG.

The loss drops Northwestern to No. 14, but the Bulls should get back to their winning ways and be a consistent Power 25 team as the abbreviated Florida high school football season continues.

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.

The Bulls won a 5A title last season in Florida.

Brinson

15. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), 6-0

Next game: Nov. 6 vs. North Laurel (London, Ky.)

Last result: 42-7 win over Bowling Green (Ky.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 13

Ranking rationale: Nathan McElroy passed for 257 yards and threw four touchdown passes to Jack Mitchell in Trinity’s win. The Shamrocks start 11 seniors on defense for a unit that is one of the best in the nation, so it’s not a surprise Trinity held Bowling Green to just a touchdown on Friday.

Trinity won a 6A championship in Kentucky last year and are in a great position to do so again in 2020.

16. Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.), 6-0

Next game Nov. 13 vs. Summerville (S.C.)

Last result: 35-7 win over South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 15

Ranking rationale: Dutch Fork has won four straight state championships. A year ago, the Silver Foxes went 14-0-1 to win South Carolina’s AAAAA state crown.

In Friday’s win over South Pointe, Dutch Fork running back Marcus Taylor rushed for two touchdowns. The Silver Foxes have won all of their games in 2020 by at least three scores.

17. St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.), 4-0

Next game: Nov. 7 at No. 18 Bergen Catholic

Last result: 25-7 win over Paramus Catholic (N.J)

Last week’s ranking: No. 16

Ranking rationale: St. Peter’s Prep is our No. 1 team in New Jersey. In their win two weeks ago over Paramus Catholic, 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.

St. Peter’s Prep didn’t play this past week due to COVID-19. Their would-be opponent, DePaul, had an outbreak.

18. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) 4-0

Next game: Nov. 7 vs. No. 17 St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.)

Last result: 34-10 win over DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 18

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 Bergen’s win over DePaul Catholic two weeks ago.

Bergen will play No. 17 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.

The Crusaders didn’t play this past week because Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) had a COVID-19 outbreak.

19. Allen (Texas), 3-0

Next game Nov. 6 at Little Elm (Texas)

Last result: 42-9 win over Boyd (McKinney, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: No. 19

Ranking rationale: Following a COVID-19 stoppage and last week’s bye, Allen finally returned to action on Friday. Here’s a game breakdown from 247Sports.com:

In their win over Boyd quarterback General Booty was 15-23 passing for 183 yards and three touchdowns. Hawaii commit Jordan Johnson ran for 70 yards on 14 carries. He also caught four passes for 78 yards. Four-star Oklahoma State commit Blaine Green had five catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. Fellow four-star Oklahoma State pledge Bryson Green had four receptions for 46 yards and two scores.

247Sports.com

Allen could be a sneaky 6A contender in Texas.

The Green twins

20. Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio), 10-0

Next game: Nov. 6 vs. Mentor (Ohio) (Division 1 state semifinal)

Last result: 38-7 win over Westerville Central (Ohio) (Division 1 regional championship)

Last week’s ranking: No. 20

Ranking rationale: Pickerington Central quarterback Garner Wallace rushed for 131 yards and scored three touchdowns on just nine carries in Friday’s regional championship rout of Westerville Central. Pickerington Central has won five regional titles in a row. They’ll play a very talented Mentor (Ohio) team in next week’s state semifinal showdown.

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.

Lorenzo Styles Jr.

21. Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio) 8-0

Next game: Nov. 6 vs. Hudson (Ohio) (Division II regional championship)

Last result: 37-0 win over Benedictine (Cleveland, Ohio) (Division II regional playoffs)

Last week’s ranking: 23

Ranking rationale: Archbishop Hoban beat Benedictine 37-0 in a regional semifinal on Friday. Hoban beat Benedictine in the regular season 31-24.

“Week 3 (against Benedictine), we were coming off a big win over St. Edward and we didn’t play very well. We put a big challenge out there this week,” Hoban coach Tim Tyrrell told Cleveland.com. “We put a challenge out there to the kids this week to stay focused and show Benedictine and show everybody else what we can look like. And they took the challenge.”

Victor Dawson rushed for 187 yards and a TD on 28 carries for Hoban in their dominating win.

22. Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) 10-0

Next game: Nov. 6 vs. Columbus East (Ind.) (6A playoffs)

Last result: 42-7 win over Columbus North (Ind.) (6A playoffs)

Last week’s ranking: No. 22

Ranking rationale: Undefeated Center Grove rolled in their playoff opener thanks to junior quarterback Tayven Jackson who completed 15 of 16 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for two scores. Jackson has scholarship offers from Arizona State, Cincinnati and Indiana, among others, per 247Sports.com.

Center Grove is the favorite in Indiana’s 6A playoffs. The Trojans give up only seven points per game on average this season.

23. Colquitt County (Norman Park, Ga.) 5-0

Next game: Nov. 6 vs. No. 8 Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.)

Last result: 34-13 win over Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.)

Last week’s ranking: 21

Ranking rationale: Following a long layoff due to COVID-19, Colquitt County took the field over the weekend and beat Camden County 34-13. Jamaree Hill rushed for a TD in the win for Colquitt. The Packers led 24-0 in the third quarter.

Colquitt County is our third ranked team in Georgia. They’ll play Power 25 No. 8 Lowndes next week in one of the regular season games of the year in Georgia.

24. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 4-0

Next game: Nov. 6 at Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.)

Last result: 38-17 win over Desert Vista (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Last week’s ranking: 24

Ranking rationale: Hamilton led 38-0 at one point. Star junior quarterback Nicco Marchiol threw a seven-yard pass to Zachary Lewis for the Huskies’ first touchdown and from there, Hamilton rolled. Last week Hamilton beat a very talented Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.) team 13-7.

On Nov. 20, Hamilton plays No. 3 Chandler.

Marchiol

25. DeSoto (Texas) (4-0)

Next game: Nov. 6 at Cedar Hill (Texas)

Last result: 42-0 win over Lake Ridge (Mansfield, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: 25

Ranking rationale: DeSoto hasn’t played a close game all season. That could change next week when the Eagles take on Cedar Hill. In DeSoto’s blowout win over Lake Ridge on Friday, senior quarterback Samari Collier completed 26 of 43 passes for 372 yards and five touchdowns.

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.

DROPPED OUT

None

MOVED IN

None

TEAMS ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

  • St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla) (2-1): 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. They lost to Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 17-10 on Oct. 23.
  • Hoover (Ala.) (9-1): Hoover lost to No. 13 Thompson 39-23 two weeks ago. They should meet again in the playoffs for a rematch with more at stake.
  • Central (Miami, Fla.) (1-1): Central fell to No. 14 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 (4-1): 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. They beat a good Prosper (Texas) team 24-23 last week to stay in the Power 25 discussion.
  • Cedar Hill (Texas) (4-0): Cedar Hill beat Aledo 27-17 three weeks ago. That’s a noteworthy result and puts Cedar Hill on the periphery of the Power 25.
  • American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) (5-1): Beating Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Venice (Fla.) in the last two weeks has American Heritage once again firmly on our radar.

OTHER TEAMS WE’RE MONITORING

Arizona: Saguaro

Arkansas: Bryant

Florida: Chaminade-Madonna, Columbus, Bloomingdale, Deerfield Beach, Pinecrest Palmetto, Trinity Christian Academy, Cardinal Gibbons and TRU Prep Academy

Georgia: Norcross, Lovejoy and Lee County

Indiana: Cathedral

Louisiana: Brother Martin, Acadiana, Zachary, and St. Thomas More

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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