The 2020 high school football season continued across the country this week with 19 SBLive Power 25 teams taking the field.
Sixteen of the squads that were included in last week’s Power 25 won, with the exceptions of Katy (Texas), Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) and DeSoto (Texas). All three of those teams lost to opponents that are now ranked. The Katy and Lowndes defeats mark the first time this season that two Top 10 teams lost in the same week.
As a result, there is a shakeup in this week’s rankings. No. 7 Colquitt County (Norman Park, Ga.) moves up 16 spots following their 40-10 rout of Lowndes. No. 20 Cedar Hill (Texas) and No. 21 Tompkins (Katy, Texas) debut following one-score wins over DeSoto (Texas) and Katy (Texas) respectively.
Despite only playing six quarters of football and entering the Florida high school football playoffs at 1-1, Central (Miami, Fla.) also debuts this week. We’ll explain more below.
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.
Nov. 8, 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. 13 Northwestern (Miami, Fla.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 1
Ranking rationale: Running back Kaytron Allen scored IMG’s first TD from six yards out two weeks ago 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.
2. North Shore (Houston, Texas), 7-0
Next game: Nov. 13 at Summer Creek (Houston, Texas)
Last result: 63-6 win over Kingwood (Texas)
Last week’s ranking: No. 2
Ranking rationale: North Shore blew out winless Kingwood to stay at No. 2 this week.
The Mustangs are 37-1 over the last three seasons. They’ve won two 6A Division 1 championships in a row in Texas. North Shore’s best player is 2021 QB Dematrius Davis, an Auburn commit.
3. Chandler (Ariz.), 5-0
Next game: Nov. 13 vs. Highland (Gilbert, 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 two weeks ago, 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.
4. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), 8-0
Next game: Nov. 13 vs. Newton (Covington, Ga.)
Last result: 58-17 win over Brookwood (Snellville, Ga.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 4
Ranking rationale: Grayson is playing its best football of the season at the best time of year against the best teams on its schedule. The Rams are rolling.
Senior running back Phil Mafah (Clemson commit) rushed for three touchdowns and caught a fourth in Friday’s win. Grayson’s defense shutout Brookwood in the second half. The Rams are now the clear favorites in Georgia’s 7A class following Lowndes’ loss.
5. St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.), 4-0
Next game: TBD playoffs
Last result: 42-0 win over Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 5
Ranking rationale: St. Joseph’s Prep dominated in their final regular season game of the year. Ohio State commits Kyle McCord and Marvin Harrison Jr. connected for two touchdowns in the win. Expect St. Joe’s to stroll to a Pennsylvania state title this season.
6. Duncanville (Texas), 4-1
Next game: Nov. 13 vs. No. 20 Cedar Hill
Last result: 74-21 win Midway (Waco, Texas)
Last week’s ranking: No. 6
Ranking rationale: Senior quarterback Grayson James finished 13 of 15 for 265 yards and three touchdown passes in Duncanville’s blowout win on Friday.
We rank Duncanville as the second best team in Texas. Their lone loss came to No. 1 IMG Academy on Oct. 10. Duncanville plays No. 20 Cedar Hill this week in one of the regular season games of the year in Texas.
7. Colquitt County (Norman Park, Ga.), 6-0
Next game: Nov. 13 at Tift County (Tifton, Ga.)
Last result: 40-10 win over Lowndes (Vladosta, Ga.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 23
Ranking rationale: Colquitt County not only beat Lowndes (last week’s No. 8 Power 25 team), the Packers running-clocked the Vikings. Colquitt County led 33-3 after three quarters. Statement made.
Here’s a game breakdown from the Moultrie Observer:
The Packers intercepted three passes in the win, including one that Jaheim Ward returned 70 yards for a touchdown that gave his team a 21-3 second-quarter lead. TJ Spradley had the other two interceptions and also recovered a muffed Lowndes punt return that led to the first Packers touchdown.
8. Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah), 12-0
Next game: Nov. 13 vs. East (Salt Lake City, Utah) (6A playoff semifinals)
Last result: 57-22 win over Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) (6A playoffs)
Last week’s ranking: No. 9
Ranking rationale: In 2020, Jaxson Dart put together one of the best regular seasons from a high school quarterback we’ve ever seen. In ten games, the senior has completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,345 yards and 48 touchdowns. He threw just two picks.
In the playoffs, Dart has kept up that level of production. In last week’s win over Bingham, he completed 14 of 18 passes for 308 yards and five touchdowns.
9. Westlake (Austin, Texas), 6-0
Next game: Nov. 12 at Bowie (Austin, Texas)
Last result: 48-0 win over Akins (Austin, 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 one more.
The Chaparrals have put up over 50 points in five of their six regular season games in 2020. They didn’t hit that mark this past week, but still won 48-0. Westlake plays 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.
10. De Smet Jesuit (St. Louis, Mo.), 4-0
Next game: Nov. 13 vs. Howell (St. Charles, Mo.) (Class 6 playoff quarterfinals)
Last result: 54-21 win over Christian Brothers (St. Louis, Mo.) (Class 6 playoffs)
Last week’s ranking: No. 11
Ranking rationale: De Smet only played two regular season games before entering the playoffs, but in the second round the Spartans dominated. Running back Taj Butts rushed for four touchdowns in the win over Christian Brothers. He’s committed to Missouri.
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.
11. Ryan (Denton, Texas), 6-0
Next game: Nov. 19 vs. Heritage (Frisco, Texas)
Last result: 49-8 win over The Colony (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 The Colony, Memphis QB commit Seth Henigan threw for 332 yards and five touchdowns. Oklahoma commit Billy Bowman Jr. and Texas commit Ja’Tavion Sanders combined for 229 yards and three scores. The Raiders are a consensus top five team in Texas.
12. Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.), 11-0
Next game: Nov. 13 vs. Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.) (7A playoffs)
Last result: 49-7 win over Grissom (Huntsville, Ala.) (7A playoffs)
Last week’s ranking: No. 13
Ranking rationale: Thompson clearly established itself as the top team in Alabama after beating the state’s second best team, Hoover, three weeks ago to win a regional title and finish the regular season undefeated.
Here’s a game breakdown from Thompson’s playoff win over Grissom on Friday from the Shelby County Reporter:
“Simply put, everything went Thompson’s way in the first half. The defense was lights out, posting seven tackles for loss before halftime and five three-and-outs to start the game. They also didn’t allow a single first down in that span. Jeremiah Alexander was particularly imposing, as he made a living in the backfield with three tackles for loss and was in on two sacks. After the Warriors drew first blood on a 26-yard pass from Conner Harrell to running back Jarrett Crockett, they got a big play on special teams. Harrell got all his action in the first half going 8-11 for 165 yards and two touchdowns to go with 22 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.Shelby County Reporter
Thompson takes on Hewitt-Trussville in the second round of the playoffs this week, a team they beat 35-21 in September.
13. Northwestern (Miami, Fla.), 2-1
Next game: Nov. 12 at Key West (Fla.) (Playoffs)
Last result: 17-7 win over Palmetto (Miami, Fla.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 14
Ranking rationale: Northwestern held Palmetto, one of Florida’s top teams, to just 88 yards of offense in their win. The Bulls had two interceptions and a fumble recovery in the win. University of Miami commit Tim Burns Jr. made one of the picks.
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.
14. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), 6-0
Next game: TBD (COVID-19)
Last result: 42-7 win over Bowling Green (Ky.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 15
Ranking rationale: Trinity did not play this week due to a positive COVID-19 test within their program. Here is our ranking rationale for the Shamrocks from last week:
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 is in a great position to do so again in 2020.
15. 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. 16
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 their win two weeks ago 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.
16. Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio), 11-0
Next game: Nov. 13 vs. St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio) (Division 1 state championship)
Last result: 38-31 win over Mentor (Ohio) (Division 1 state semifinal)
Last week’s ranking: No. 20
Ranking rationale: Pickerington Central jumped out to a 21-0 lead over Mentor, the best team the Tigers have faced all season on Friday. But even with Mentor starting QB Ian Kipp missing the game for an unspecified reason, the Cardinals fought back to tie the game at 21.
The below Lorenzo Styles Jr. second half TD put Pickerington Central ahead 28-21 and from there the Tigers led the rest of the way. It wasn’t pretty at times, but Pickerington Central got the job done and will now play for a state title.
After winning Division 1 in Ohio a year ago and returning a number of key players including 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. The last chance for an Ohio team to do that comes this week in the state championship against St. Xavier.
17. St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.), 4-0
Next game: Nov. 13 at Pope John XXIII (Sparta, N.J.)
Last result: 25-7 win over Paramus Catholic (N.J)
Last week’s ranking: No. 17
Ranking rationale: St. Peter’s Prep’s game against No. 18 Bergen Catholic was cancelled last week due to COVID-19. St. Peter’s Prep is dealing with an outbreak. The Marauders didn’t play the week prior either.
St. Peter’s Prep is our No. 1 team in New Jersey. In their win three 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.
18. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.), 4-0
Next game: Nov. 14 vs. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, 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. They didn’t play against No. 17 St. Peter’s Prep last week due to COVID-19. St. Peter’s Prep is dealing with an outbreak.
Bergen Catholic junior running back Ryan Butler rushed for 247 yards and three TDs in Bergen’s win over DePaul Catholic three weeks ago.
The Crusaders have a great 2022 class headlined by quarterback Steven Angeli and cornerbacks Jaeden Gould and Jayden Bellamy, all of whom are big time prospects.
19. Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio), 9-0
Next game: Nov. 13 vs. Avon (Ohio) (Division II state semifinals)
Last result: 31-14 win over Hudson (Ohio) (Division II regional championship)
Last week’s ranking: No. 21
Ranking rationale: Archbishop Hoban and Hudson were tied 14-14 at halftime and the Knights needed a goal line stand to keep the game all sqaure at the break.
The second half was all Hoban though. Sophomore running back Lamar Sperling rushed for three scores in the game with two coming in the final two quarters.
The Knights are the favorites to win a Division 2 state title in Ohio. They need two more wins to make it happen.
20. Cedar Hill (Texas), 5-0
Next game Nov. 13 at Duncanville (Texas)
Last result: 49-42 win over DeSoto (Texas)
Last week’s ranking: NR
Ranking rationale: Cedar Hill debuts this week following an impressive 49-42 win over last week’s No. 25 Power 25 team DeSoto.
This game was all about 2021 Tennessee QB commit Kaidon Salter. He finished the game with four rushing touchdowns and two passing scores. Salter had 167 yards rushing on 20 carries while passing for 206 on 13 of 19 passing.
Cedar Hill plays No. 6 Duncanville next week in one of the Texas high school football regular season games of the year.
21. Tompkins (Katy, Texas), 6-0
Next game Nov. 19 vs. Mayde Creek (Houston, Texas)
Last result: 24-19 win over Katy (Texas)
Last week’s ranking: NR
Ranking rationale: It had been 12 years and 75 games since Katy had last lost a district game. Then Thursday happened.
Tompkins’ upset of Katy moves the Falcons into this week’s Power 25. Joshua McMillan II caught eight balls for 146 yards and three touchdowns in the win. 2021 Alabama QB commit Jalen Milroe completed 15 of 21 passes for 211 yards and the three touchdowns to McMillan. Tompkins is now a clear team to pay attention to in Texas’s 6A class.
22. Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.), 11-0
Next game: Nov. 13 vs. Warren Central (Indianapolis, Ind.) (6A regional championship)
Last result: 55-7 win over Columbus East (Ind.) (6A playoffs)
Last week’s ranking: No. 22
Ranking rationale: Undefeated Center Grove rolled in their second round playoff win thanks to junior quarterback Tayven Jackson who threw two touchdowns and rushed for a third. 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. Allen (Texas), 4-0
Next game Nov. 13 vs. Guyer (Denton, Texas)
Last result: 68-44 win over Little Elm (Texas)
Last week’s ranking: No. 19
Ranking rationale: Allen drops a few spots in the rankings this week due to allowing Little Elm QB John Mateer to throw for 497 yards and three touchdowns. That’s a worrisome stat line for the Eagles. If their defense looks like that against 2-5 Little Elm, what will it look like against Guyer and Prosper, two talented teams Allen will take on in the coming weeks?
The good news is Allen’s offense has put up over 40 points per game this year and the unit had its best offensive output last week. Here’s a breakdown of the Eagles’ offense following their win over Little Elm courtesy of the Allen American:
The Eagles were paced by 159 rushing yards and a touchdown from senior Jordan Johnson, while senior quarterbacks General Booty and Jake Wolff threw two touchdown passes apiece. Through the air, seniors Blaine and Bryson Green, as well as Johnson and junior Jaylen Jenkins, caught touchdown passes for the unbeaten Eagles.Allen American
24. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), 5-0
Next game: Nov. 13 vs. Higley (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Last result: 46-26 win over Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Last week’s ranking: 24
Ranking rationale: Hamilton junior quarterback Nicco Marchiol was surgical Friday night completing 31 of 35 passes for 352 yards and two TDs. Junior DB Russell Davis II had a key interception in the win for the Huskies as well.
Three weeks ago Hamilton beat a very talented Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.) team 13-7. On Nov. 20, Hamilton plays No. 3 Chandler.
25. Central (Miami, Fla.), 1-1
Next game: Nov. 13 vs. Archbishop McCarthy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Last result: 14-0 win over Edison (Miami, Fla.)
Last week’s ranking: NR
Ranking rationale: Despite only playing six quarters of football so far in 2020, Central debuts this week. They’re our No. 3 ranked team in Florida.
The Rockets have four players listed in the Top 80 of 247Sports’ 2021 Florida recruiting rankings led by Tennessee linebacker commit Terrence Lewis, who’s at No. 6.
Central beat a good Edison squad 14-0 two weeks ago, but the two teams only played two quarters due to lightning. On Oct. 23, Central fell to No. 13 Northwestern 21-14. Central’s roster mixed with their results so far in 2020 gives them the nod for this week’s Power 25.
The Rockets are now in the 6A playoffs, where they’re once again one of the favorites after winning the title a year ago. Their resume may seem light now, but a 6A state title in Florida is certainly Power 25 worthy.
Lowndes, Katy and DeSoto
Cedar Hill, Tompkins and Central
FIGURING OUT FLORIDA
With the playoffs starting in Florida and many teams only playing a couple of regular season games, it’s been harder than ever to properly assess teams in the state. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) was a preseason top three team in the country, but then lost to Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in their second game of the year. Cardinal Gibbons lost their next game against American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) who fell to St. Thomas Aquinas this past week.
Is your head spinning yet?
Because there isn’t a clear top team out of that grouping, none of them are ranked this week. A longer regular season would have given us a clearer picture of exactly where these teams stack up in the hierarchy of Florida high school football, but that didn’t happen due to COVID-19.
Central is ranked this week despite only playing six quarters of football and being 1-1. That definitely looks weird, but their one loss was to No. 13 Northwestern (Miami, Fla.) by one score. Northwestern is a known commodity and that result coupled with Central’s 14-0 win over a good Edison (Miami, Fla.) team was enough to give the Rockets the Power 25 nod in our eyes.
The beauty of rankings, and it will hopefully still be true in a COVID-19 shortened season for these teams, is that the postseason will provide a better framework on exactly how to rank Florida. When the dust settles, there will be winners and there will be losers. The winners will be ranked and the losers will miss out, just like every year. We just have to hope no one we’re monitoring has their season cut short due to COVID-19. That would throw a wrench in everything.
TEAMS ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
- St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla) (3-1): The Raiders have the talent to be a Top 10 team in the country, but a 17-10 defeat to Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) on Oct. 23 is a definite stain on their resume.
- Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (3-1): Beating St. Thomas Aquinas was a major upset, but then falling to American Heritage shows just how good high school football in Florida is and how challenging it will be to rank these teams in a shortened year.
- Hoover (Ala.) (10-1): Hoover lost to No. 12 Thompson 39-23 three weeks ago. They should meet again in the playoffs for a rematch with more at stake.
- Guyer (Denton, Texas (5-1): Following a 23-20 loss to No. 11 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 two weeks ago to stay in the Power 25 discussion.
- Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) (6-1): No. 7 Colquitt County beat up a good Lowndes team on Friday. No one expected the lopsided 40-10 scoreline. How will the Vikings respond?
- Katy (Texas) (5-1): Katy’s youth showed in their 24-19 defeat to No. 21 Tompkins on Thursday. Their defense will keep them in every game the rest of the season so they stay on our radar.
- DeSoto (5-1): We’ll hear from DeSoto again following their 49-42 loss to No. 20 Cedar Hill. The Eagles travel to No. 6 Duncanville on Dec. 4. If DeSoto wins that game, they’ll be back in.
OTHER TEAMS WE’RE MONITORING
Florida: Chaminade-Madonna, Columbus, Bloomingdale, Pinecrest Palmetto, Trinity Christian Academy, Jones, Seminole
Georgia: Norcross and Lee County
Louisiana: Brother Martin, Acadiana, and St. Thomas More
Michigan: Belleville, Davison and Cass Tech
New Jersey: Delbarton and St. Joseph Montvale
Ohio: Washington (Massillon) and Chardon
Oklahoma: Bixby and Owasso
Tennessee: Maryville and Brentwood Academy
Texas: Lake Travis, Parish Episcopal, Cypress-Fairbanks, Shadow Creek, Ennis, Highland Park, Bridgeland, Marcus and Lancaster
Utah: Lone Peak and Skyridge
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