The 2020 high school football season continued across the country this week with 18 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 Northwestern (Miami, Fla.) and Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.).
Northwestern drops out of the Power 25 after losing to American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) 12-3 in the 5A Florida playoffs. The Bulls’ season is over after playing only five games. American Heritage moves into the Power 25 at No. 20 this week.
Hamilton also drops out of the Power 25 after losing to in-state rival Chandler 34-14.
Even though they won against Lely (Fla.) 42-16, Central (Miami, Fla.) drops out of the rankings due to losing to Northwestern 21-14 on Oct. 23. That opened the door for two other teams to join the rankings this week: No. 19 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and No. 21 Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).
Read the full breakdown of this week’s Power 25 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. 22, 2020
1. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), 8-0
Next game: Season complete
Last result: 41-6 win over TRU Prep Academy (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 1
Ranking rationale: IMG started the year at No. 1 and that’s where they finish.
Running back Kaytron Allen rushed 14 times for 245 yards and five touchdowns in Friday’s win over TRU Prep Academy. Senior quarterback JJ McCarthy didn’t play for unspecified reasons, but the Ascenders still rolled.
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), 9-0
Next game: Nov. 27 at Atascocita (Humble, Texas)
Last result: 47-21 win over King (Houston, Texas)
Last week’s ranking: No. 2
Ranking rationale: North Shore won big over King to stay at No. 2 this week. They led 40-0 at halftime.
The Mustangs are 39-1 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.), 7-0
Next game: Nov. 27 vs. Desert Edge (Goodyear, Ariz.) (Open Division playoffs)
Last result: 34-14 win over Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 3
Ranking rationale: After leading 17-14 at halftime on Friday, Chandler dominated in-state rival Hamilton in the second half to win 34-14.
Quarterback Mikey Keene completed 15 of 23 passes for 236 yards and three scores. Junior Kyion Grayes caught two of the touchdowns.
Chandler is loaded with talent, from Keene (UCF commit) to running backs Eli Sanders (Boise State commit) and Nicholas 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.
4. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), 9-0
Next game: Nov. 27 vs. Tift County (Tifton, Ga.) (7A playoffs)
Last result: 37-0 win over Newton (Covington, Ga.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 4
Ranking rationale: Grayson is playing its best football of the season at the best time of year. The Rams are rolling. Their victory two weeks ago, a 37-0 win over Newton, clinched a Region 4 title.
Senior running back Phil Mafah (Clemson commit) caught a 44-yard TD pass in the win and Grayson’s defense pitched a shutout. They haven’t allowed a point in six straight quarters.
5. St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.), 5-0
Next game: Nov. 28 vs. Central York (Pa.) (6A championship)
Last result: 51-43 win over Souderton (Pa.) (6A playoffs)
Last week’s ranking: No. 5
Ranking rationale: St. Joseph’s Prep led 51-7 before allowing 36 unanswered points to Souderton on Saturday. The Hawks will look to win their third straight state title on Saturday.
Senior quarterback Kyle McCord, an Ohio State recruit, threw six touchdown passes in the first half, which led to a 44-7 St. Joe’s halftime lead in their semifinal victory. In the second half, all of the Hawks starters sat, which contributed to the Souderton comeback.
6. Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah), 14-0
Next game: Season complete
Last result: 45-7 win over Lone Peak (Highland, Utah) (6A championship)
Last week’s ranking: No. 8
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 completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,345 yards and 48 touchdowns. He threw just two picks.
In the playoffs, Dart kept up that level of production as he led the Chargers to a 14-0 state title run. In the championship game on Friday, Dart completed 25 of 36 passes for 329 yards and four scores. He finished the season with 67 touchdowns and only four picks. The Chargers have won three state titles in a row.
7. Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.), 13-0
Next game: Dec. 2 vs. Auburn (Ala.) (7A title game)
Last result: 52-14 win over Hoover (Ala.) (7A semifinals)
Last week’s ranking: No. 9
Ranking rationale: Thompson dominated Hoover to advance to the 7A title game on Friday. Jarrett Crockett rushed for 226 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Quarterback Conner Harrell threw two TDs. On Oct. 23, Thompson beat Hoover 39-23. Friday’s game was never that close. The Warriors are heavy favorites to repeat as state champs in two weeks.
8. Duncanville (Texas), 6-1
Next game: Nov. 27 vs. DeSoto (Texas)
Last result: 51-3 win over Lake Ridge (Mansfield, Texas)
Last week’s ranking: No. 6
Ranking rationale: Duncanville had an easy time with winless Lake Ridge on Friday. Next week’s game against DeSoto will be much more competitive.
Overall, seven Duncanville seniors are ranked in the top 200 of 247Sports’ 2021 in state rankings. Offensive tackle Savion Byrd leads the way at No. 12. We rank the Panthers as the second best team in Texas. Their lone loss came to No. 1 IMG Academy on Oct. 10, 41-14.
9. Colquitt County (Norman Park, Ga.), 7-0
Next game: Nov. 27 vs. Brookwood (Snellville, Ga.) (7A playoffs)
Last result: 41-0 win over Tift County (Tifton, Ga.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 7
Ranking rationale: Colquitt County ended the regular season perfect having won all seven of their games by at least two touchdowns. The Packers will be behind only No. 4 Grayson among the list of 7A title favorites in Georgia.
Colquitt County has four players listed in the 2021 Georgia high school football recruiting rankings, led by No. 42 Lemeke Brockington, a Minnesota wide receiver commit. The Packers beat Lowndes, a preseason top two team in Georgia, 40-10 three weeks ago.
10. Westlake (Austin, Texas), 8-0
Next game: TBD
Last result: 62-0 win over Austin (Texas)
Last week’s ranking: No. 10
Ranking rationale: Another week, another easy win for Westlake. Junior quarterback Cade Klubnik threw for a score and rushed for two more in the victory. Running back Zane Minors rushed for three TDs.
The Chaparrals have won all eight of their games by at least four scores this season. Westlake was supposed to play Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) on Nov. 27, which would have been the Warriors first test of the season, but that game has been cancelled due to COVID-19. A Lake Travis assistant coach tested positive for the virus last week. Westlake may try and schedule another regular season game before the playoffs begin, but nothing is official at this time.
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.), 6-0
Next game: Nov. 28 vs. Raymore-Peculiar (Mo.) (Class 6 state title game)
Last result: 13-0 win over Fox (Arnold, Mo.) (Class 6 playoff semifinals)
Last week’s ranking: No. 11
Ranking rationale: De Smet had an injury crisis on its hands ahead of Friday’s semifinal game against Fox, but the Spartans overcame it to win 13-0. Seth Marcione and Taj Butts scored on touchdown runs for De Smet. Butts finished with 115 yards rushing. The Spartans defense pitched a shutout forcing four turnovers and holding Fox to just 179 yards of offense.
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), 7-0
Next game: Nov. 27 at Independence (Frisco, Texas)
Last result: 63-20 win over Heritage (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 over Heritage, quarterback Seth Henigan completed 15 of his 18 pass attempts for 279 yards and five touchdowns all in the first half. The Raiders are a consensus top five team in Texas.
Ryan lost in the 5A Division 1 state title game last season. They’re heavy favorites to win that crown this year.
13. Allen (Texas), 6-0
Next game Nov. 27 vs. Prosper (Texas)
Last result: 37-10 win over McKinney (Texas)
Last week’s ranking: No. 14
Ranking rational: Allen won easily this week. Below is a game breakdown from 247Sports:
Allen defeated McKinney 37-10. General Booty was 13-23 passing for 215 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for 30 yards and a score on seven carries. Hawaii commit Jordan Johnson ran for 75 yards on 14 carries. He also had two catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. Four-star Oklahoma State commit Blaine Green caught four passes for 94 yards and a score. Fellow four-star Oklahoma State pledge Bryson Green had four receptions for 56 yards and two touchdowns.
Allen plays a good Prosper team this week. In their two “tough” games so far against Atascocita (Humble, Texas) and Guyer (Denton, Texas), the Eagles have won big. Can Allen go three-for-three next week? If they can, they’ll be a team no one wants to face in the 6A playoffs.
14. Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio), 11-0
Next game: Season complete
Last result: 35-6 win over Washington (Massillon, Ohio) (Division II state championship game)
Last week’s ranking: No. 18
Ranking rationale: Archbishop Hoban ends the season as Ohio’s top team after claiming a Division 2 state title. In the championship game, senior quarterback Shane Hamm completed 9 of 10 passes for 172 yards and four scores. Kharion Davis hauled in two of the touchdowns and also had an interception.
Hoban’s best wins this year came against St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) on Sept. 5, a game they won 35-0 and Friday’s state title win over Washington.
15. Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.), 13-0
Next game: Nov. 27 vs. Westfield (Indianapolis, Ind.) (6A title game)
Last result: 48-13 win over Ben Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) (6A semifinals)
Last week’s ranking: No. 19
Ranking rationale: Undefeated Center Grove dominated Ben Davis in the second half of their semifinal matchup to win 48-13 on Friday. Senior running back Carson Steele rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns and junior tailback Daniel Weems finished with 152 yards on the ground. Running the ball and playing good defense has won Center Grove 13 games this season, including a 17-13 win over No. 22 Cathedral on Oct. 16. They’ll try and make it a perfect 14-0 next week.
16. Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.), 8-0
Next game Nov. 27 vs. Sumter (5A semifinals)
Last result: 63-42 win over Carolina Forest (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) (5A playoffs second round)
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.
Senior quarterback Will Taylor, a Clemson commit, rushed for 225 yards and five touchdowns in Dutch Fork’s win on Friday. He threw for 131 yards and a TD as well.
Dutch Fork hasn’t lost in 47 straight games. This week’s game against Sumter will be their toughest matchup of the year on paper.
17. St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.), 4-0
Next game: Nov. 23 vs. Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, 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 Bergen Catholic was cancelled three weeks ago due to COVID-19 and the Marauders have been off since.
St. Peter’s Prep is our No. 1 team in New Jersey. In their October win 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. Tompkins (Katy, Texas), 7-0
Next game Nov. 27 at Seven Lakes (Katy, Texas)
Last result: 56-21 win over Mayde Creek (Houston, Texas)
Last week’s ranking: 20
Ranking rationale: Two weeks ago, Tompkins ended Katy’s 12 year and 75 game district win streak. The Falcons followed that up with a demolition of Mayde Creek. Alabama QB commit Jalen Milroe completed 7 of 13 passes for 107 yards and three scores in the win. He also rushed for a TD.
19. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 4-1
Next game Nov. 27 vs. Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.)
Last result: 50-14 win over Lehigh (7A playoffs)
Last week’s ranking: NR
Ranking rationale: Aquinas returns to the Power 25 following a three game win streak, that includes a victory over No. 19 American Heritage. The Raiders have six players listed in the top 50 of 247Sports’ 2021 Florida player rankings. Alabama defensive line commit Dallas Turner leads the way at No. 7. 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. They were as high as No. 3 in this year’s Power 25 before losing to No. 20 Cardinals Gibbons 17-10 on Oct. 23.
20. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) 7-2
Next game Nov. 27 vs. Rockledge (Fla.) (5A playoffs)
Last result: 12-3 win over Northwester (Miami, Fla.) (5A playoffs)
Last week’s ranking: NR
Ranking rationale: Following their win over Northwestern, American Heritage returns to the Power 25 this week. Defense is where the majority of the big names are for the Patriots, led by safety James Williams (Miami commit), cornerback Earl Little Jr. and defensive end Marvin Jones Jr. That unit held Northwestern to just three points last week and No. 20 Cardinal Gibbons to 17 in a win on Oct. 30.
21. Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 5-1
Next game Nov. 27 vs. American Heritage (4A playoffs) (different American Heritage than the one listed above)
Last result: 29-7 win over Gulliver Prep (Miami, Fla.) (4A playoffs)
Last week’s ranking: NR
Ranking rationale: Cardinal Gibbons debuts this week. On Oct. 23 Cardinal Gibbons beat No. 18 St. Thomas Aquinas 17-10. The following week, the Chiefs lost to No. 19 American Heritage 23-17.
In Friday’s win over Gulliver Prep, sophomore running back Kamari Moulton rushed for 118 yards and a TD. Senior quarterback Brody Palhegyi completed 10 of 15 passes for 105 yards and a score. Gibbons’ defense snagged two picks and forced a fumble.
22. Cathedral (Indianapolis, Ind.), 12-1
Next game: Nov. 28 vs. Zionsville (Ind.) (5A championship)
Last result: 32-7 win over Castle (Newburgh, Ind.) (5A semifinals)
Last week’s ranking: 22
Ranking rationale: Senior quarterback Nathan McCahill completed 15 of 23 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns in Cathedral’s semifinal win over Castle. Star wide receiver Camden Jordan caught one of the scores. The Fighting Irish will play for a state title next week.
St. Xavier entering the rankings last week meant that Cathedral had to be ranked as well thanks to the Fighting Irish’s 25-22 head to head win on Sept. 18. Cathedral’s lone loss came to No. 15 Center Grove on Oct. 16. The Fighting Irish tried to win the game on a 4th and 1, didn’t convert and then gave up a last second touchdown.
23. St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio), 10-2
Next game: Season complete
Last result: 44-3 win over Pickerington Central (Division 1 state championship)
Last week’s ranking: 23
Ranking rationale: St. Xavier flirted with the Power 25 early in the season but losses to Brownsburg (Ind.) and No. 22 Cathedral (Indianapolis, Ind) put the Bombers off our radar. But since the defeat to Cathedral, St. Xavier rattled off eight wins in a row, culminating in their demolition of Pickerington Central in the Division 1 title game.
St. Xavier scored 30 points in the first quarter, which is more than they had put up in their previous two playoff wins combined.
“We’ve been talking all year long that one of these days we’re going to put a game together,” St. Xavier coach Steve Specht told Cincinnati.com. “If you saw us this year we score a lot of points, but we give up a lot of points. Then, at the end of the year, we weren’t giving up many points. Boy, we picked the right time to put it together!”
Brogan McCaughey threw four touchdown passes to Jalen Patterson in the win. McCaughey finished 25 of 39 for 291 yards and four TDs. Senior Penn State commit Liam Clifford had three catches for six yards, but he received a lot of Pickerington Central’s attention on defense which opened things up for McCaughey.
24. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), 6-0
Next game: Nov. 27 vs. Eastern (Louisville, Ky.) (6A playoffs)
Last result: 42-7 win over Bowling Green (Ky.)
Last week’s ranking: No. 15
Ranking rationale: Trinity hasn’t played since October due to a positive COVID-19 test within their program. Here is our ranking rationale for the Shamrocks from when they played their last game:
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. Their fall in the rankings this week is all about of strength of schedule.
There is no team in Kentucky on Trinity’s level and the Shamrocks weren’t able to play any solid out of state teams due to the pandemic. Trinity should win another state title, but it’s tough to gauge exactly how good they are due to the easy schedule. Every other Power 25 team has played or will play a team that has at least flirted with the Power 25 in 2020.
25. Cedar Hill (Texas), 5-1
Next game Nov. 27 at Mansfield (Texas)
Last result: 28-14 loss to No. 6 Duncanville
Last week’s ranking: 25
Ranking rationale: Cedar Hill’s loss to No. 6 Duncanville two weeks ago dropped the Longhorns to No. 25. A few websites that produce Texas in state rankings currently have Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) and Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas) ahead of Cedar Hill. We put Cedar Hill ahead of those two due to strength of schedule. Cedar Hill’s wins over Aledo and DeSoto are much better than either of Lake Travis’ or Cy-Fair’s top victories.
Power 25 No. 10 Westlake has a weak strength of schedule too, but they’re ranked where they are due to being a unanimous preseason top five team in the state. The end of the regular season and then the playoffs will show us exactly where we should place these teams, but for now, we’re sticking with Cedar Hill as the state’s seventh best team.
In the defeat to Duncanville two weeks ago, Cedar Hill’s Kaidon Salter completed 13 of 30 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. He also carried the ball 13 times for seven yards and a TD. His stats weren’t eye popping, but Salter’s low completion percentage doesn’t tell the whole story.
At halftime, Cedar Hill and Duncanville were tied 14-14.
Northwestern, Central and Hamilton
St. Thomas Aquinas, American Heritage, Cardinal Gibbons
TEAMS ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
- Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) (6-1): Hamilton lost to Chandler 34-14 on Friday. The Huskies will have a chance at a potential rematch in the postseason so they may be ranked in the future.
- Central (Miami, Fla.) (4-1): Even though they won against Lely (Fla.) this week, the Rockets drop out of the rankings due to losing to Northwestern 21-14 on Oct. 23. If Central wins a state title in Florida, they may be ranked down the line.
- Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) (7-1): No. 9 Colquitt County beat up a good Lowndes team three weeks ago. Two weeks ago, the Vikings squeaked passed Camden County 28-21. They’re trending in the wrong direction.
- Katy (Texas) (6-1): Katy’s youth showed in their 24-19 defeat to No. 18 Tompkins three weeks ago, but they’ve bounced back with two blowout wins.
- Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) (6-0): Just like fellow Texas teams Cy-Fair (Texas) (9-0) and Bridgeland (Cypress, Texas) (9-0), Lake Travis is undefeated but has played an easy schedule. How they perform in the post season will determine their future ranking.
- Bixby (Ok.) (9-0): Bixby has played a relatively easy schedule compared to the rest of the teams in the Power 25 and the teams on the outside looking in, but an undefeated state championship run in Oklahoma would definitely warrant Power 25 consideration.
OTHER TEAMS WE’RE MONITORING
Colorado: Cherry Creak
Florida: Chaminade-Madonna, Columbus, Bloomingdale, Pinecrest Palmetto, Trinity Christian Academy, Jones, Cocoa and Seminole
Georgia: Norcross and Lee County
Louisiana: Brother Martin and St. Thomas More
Michigan: Belleville, Davison, Stoney Creek and Cass Tech
New Jersey: Delbarton, St. Joseph Montvale and Bergen Catholic
Texas: Nolan Catholic, Ennis, Highland Park, Marcus, Cedar Park, DeSoto and Lancaster
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