SBLive Power 25: Bixby (Oklahoma) and Bridgeland (Texas) debut in latest national football rankings

The 2020 high school football season continued across the country with 18 SBLive Power 25 teams taking the field on Thanksgiving week.

Sixteen of the squads that were included in last week’s Power 25 won, with the exceptions of De Smet Jesuit (St. Louis, Mo.) and St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.).

De Smet lost 23-0 to Raymore-Peculiar in the Missouri Class 6 state championship game. St. Peter’s Prep actually lost two games — they played on Monday and Saturday — which eliminated them from Power 25 contention. The defeats came against Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, N.J.) and Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.).

Bixby (Okla.) and Bridgeland (Cypress, Texas) replace De Smet Jesuit and St. Peter’s Prep in this week’s Power 25.

Read the full breakdown of this week’s Power 25 below.

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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. 29, 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 their final regular season 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.

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IMG quarterback JJ McCarthy

2. North Shore (Houston, Texas), 10-0

Next game: TBD playoffs

Last result: 63-14 win over Atascocita (Humble, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: No. 2

Ranking rationale: North Shore won big over Atascocita to stay at No. 2 this week. The Mustangs have won eight of their 10 games by at least 26 points in 2020.

North Shore is 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.), 8-0

Next game: Dec. 5 vs. Liberty (Peoria, Ariz.) (Open Division semifinals)

Last result: 52-0 win over Desert Edge (Goodyear, Ariz.) (Open Division playoffs)

Last week’s ranking: No. 3

Ranking rationale: Chandler dominated in the first round of the playoffs. Quarterback Mikey Keene completed 24 of 31 passes for 311 yards and two scores. Running back Eli Sanders rushed for three touchdowns.

Chandler is loaded with talent, from Keene (UCF commit) to Sanders (Boise State commit) and fellow running back 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.

Eli Sanders

4. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), 10-0

Next game: TBA vs. Harrison (Kennesaw, Ga.) (7A playoffs)

Last result: 43-0 win over Tift County (Tifton, Ga.) (7A playoffs)

Last week’s ranking: No. 4

Ranking rationale: Grayson’s defense hasn’t allowed a point in their last ten quarters played. Quarterback Jake Garcia, who got the start on Friday, excelled completing 11 passes for 180 yards and four touchdowns against Tift County.

Grayson took a major hit though as senior running back Phil Mafah (Clemson commit) left the game with a leg injury and did not return.

“That’s tough, man,” Grayson head coach Adam Carter told the Gwinnett Daily Post after the game. “That’s one of the best kids there is, period. For something like that to happen, it took a toll on our team because of the impact that Phil brings. We’ll figure out ways to find it, but you can’t replace Phil Mafah. We’ll just have to get creative and some kids will have to step up and do some things for us.”

Running back Phil Mafaf – Clemson commit

5. St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.), 6-0

Next game: Season complete

Last result: 62-13 win over Central York (Pa.) (6A championship)

Last week’s ranking: No. 5

Ranking rationale: St. Joseph’s Prep won its third straight state title on Saturday. 2021 Temple commit Malik Cooper caught a touchdown, threw a touchdown and returned a punt for a score in the win. Senior quarterback Kyle McCord, an Ohio State commit, threw four touchdowns. Marvin Harrison Jr., another Ohio State commit, caught two of the scores.

St. Joseph’s Prep will go down as one of the best Philadelphia-area high school football teams of all time, according to Phil Anastasia of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

“The victory cemented the legacy of the Hawks’ seniors as arguably the best class in school history. They are the first team from the city to win three state titles in a row, and the first to three-peat in the state’ largest classification since Central Bucks West in 1997-1999.”

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. 6

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, 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.

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(Jaxson Dart feature photo by @astrongphotography)

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. 7

Ranking rationale: Thompson dominated Hoover to advance to the 7A title game two weeks ago. 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 next week.

Conner Harrell – Courtesy: alabama7afootball.com

8. Duncanville (Texas), 6-1

Next game: TBD playoffs

Last result: 51-3 win over Lake Ridge (Mansfield, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: No. 8

Ranking rationale: Duncanville had an easy time with winless Lake Ridge two weeks ago. Their game against DeSoto that was scheduled for Friday was cancelled due to safety reasons. It was not COVID-19 related.

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.), 8-0

Next game: TBA vs. Walton (Marietta, Ga.) (7A playoffs)

Last result: 49-3 win over Brookwood (Snellville, Ga.) (7A playoffs)

Last week’s ranking: No. 9

Ranking rationale: Colquitt County is still without starting quarterback Xavier Williams, but that didn’t stop the Packers from rolling to a big win over Brookwood. Reserve QB Zane Touchton completed 15 of 17 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns.

Colquitt County ended the regular season perfect having won all seven of their games by at least two touchdowns. 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. He caught one of the TDs on Friday.

10. Westlake (Austin, Texas), 8-0

Next game: TBD playoffs

Last result: 62-0 win over Austin (Texas)

Last week’s ranking: No. 10

Ranking rationale: Junior quarterback Cade Klubnik threw for a score and rushed for two more in Westlake’s win two weeks ago over Austin. 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 real test of the season, but that game was cancelled due to COVID-19. A Lake Travis assistant coach tested positive for the virus.

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. Ryan (Denton, Texas), 8-0

Next game: Dec. 4 vs. Lone Star (Frisco, Texas)

Last result: 52-21 win over Independence (Frisco, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: No. 12

Ranking rationale: Texas commit Ja’Tavion Sanders scored four touchdowns in Ryan’s win. The Raiders finished the game with 611 yards of offense. Ryan has scored 41 or more points in all but one game this season.

Ryan lost in the 5A Division 1 state title game last season. They’re heavy favorites to win that crown this year.

12. Allen (Texas), 7-0

Next game Dec. 3 vs. Braswell (Little Elm, Texas)

Last result: 35-31 win over Prosper (Texas)

Last week’s ranking: No. 13

Ranking rational: Allen won a thriller against Prosper in a game that featured five fourth quarter lead changes.

Quarterback General Booty led the Eagles on a 12-play 75-yard drive to score with six second left to clinch the win. Oklahoma State commit Bryson Green caught the game-winning score. Allen has now won 82 regular season games in a row. We rank the Eagles as the No. 5 team in Texas.

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13. 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. 14

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.

14. Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.), 14-0

Next game: Season complete

Last result: 38-14 win over Westfield (Ind.) (6A state championship game)

Last week’s ranking: No. 15

Ranking rationale: Undefeated Center Grove dominated Westfield in the state title game scoring all 38 points in the first half. Running back Carson Steele rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

“I didn’t know we’d quite roll like we did,” Center Grove coach Eric Moore told Indy Star. “But that’s what we do — when we get going, we roll.”

The Trojans held all 14 of their opponents to 14 points or less in 2020. Running the ball and playing good defense was the key to Center Grove’s success in all 14 games. Their best win was a 17-13 come-from-behind victory over No. 22 Cathedral on Oct. 16.

15. Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.), 9-0

Next game Dec. 4 vs. T.L. Hanna (Anderson, S.C.) (5A title game)

Last result: 24-0 win over Sumter (5A semifinals)

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.

Dutch Fork held Sumter to just ten yards passing in their semifinal win. Senior quarterback Will Taylor rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown and also threw for 213 yards and two TDs.

Dutch Fork hasn’t lost in 47 straight games. They’ll go for their fifth state title in a row on Friday.

16. Tompkins (Katy, Texas), 8-0

Next game: Dec. 4 vs. Cypress Woods (Texas)

Last result: 52-0 win over Seven Lakes (Katy, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: 18

Ranking rationale: Three weeks ago, Tompkins ended Katy’s 12 year and 75 game district win streak. The Falcons followed that up with demolition of Mayde Creek (Katy, Texas) and Seven Lakes to secure an outright District 19-6A title.

Alabama QB commit Jalen Milroe completed six of seven passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns in Friday’s win over Mayde Creek. Senior running back Marquis Shoulders ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns.

17. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 5-1

Next game Dec. 4 vs. Venice (Fla.) (7A playoffs)

Last result: 45-0 win over Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) (7A playoffs)

Last week’s ranking: 19

Ranking rationale: Aquinas returned to the Power 25 last week following a three game win streak, that included a victory over No. 20 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. He completed 9-of-13 for 156 yards and three touchdowns in the Raiders rout over Manatee on Friday.

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. 21 Cardinals Gibbons 17-10 on Oct. 23.

18. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), 8-2

Next game Dec. 4 at Eau Gallie (Melbourne, Fla.) (5A semifinals)

Last result: 26-14 win over Rockledge (Fla.) (5A playoffs)

Last week’s ranking: 20

Ranking rationale: Following their win over Northwestern two weeks ago, American Heritage returned to the Power 25 last week. This past week, the Patriots took down Rockledge in the 5A quarterfinals.

Defense is where the majority of the big names are for American Heritage, led by safety James Williams (Miami commit), cornerback Earl Little Jr. and defensive end Marvin Jones Jr. Both Williams and Little had interceptions in the Patriots’ win on Friday. Quarterback Blake Murphy completed 12 of 19 passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns.

19. Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 6-1

Next game Dec. 4 at Cocoa (Fla.) (4A semifinals)

Last result: 26-14 win over American Heritage (Delray Beach, Fla.) (4A playoffs) (different American Heritage than the one listed above)

Last week’s ranking: 21

Ranking rationale: On Oct. 23 Cardinal Gibbons beat No. 17 St. Thomas Aquinas 17-10. The following week, the Chiefs lost to No. 18 American Heritage 23-17.

In Friday’s win over American Heritage (Delray Beach), reserve quarterback Mason Polivka, who started due to Brody Palhegyi picking up a minor injury, completed 19 of 26 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns.

The Chiefs are two wins away from a state title. They last claimed a state crown in 2018.

20. Bixby (Okla.), (10-0)

Next game: Dec. 5 vs. Choctaw (Okla.) (Class 6A-II state championship)

Last result: 49-20 win over Midwest City (Okla.) (Class 6A-II semifinals)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Ranking rationale: Bixby has been on our radar all season and they make this week’s Power 25 thanks in large part to junior running back Braylin Presley. Presley has rushed 1,526 yards and 20 touchdowns with a game to go in 2020. He carried the ball 33 times for 286 yards and four scores in Bixby’s semifinal win over Midwest City. Presley is the real deal and so is Bixby, a team that has a chance to win its third state title in a row on Saturday.

21. Cathedral (Indianapolis, Ind.), 13-1

Next game: Season complete

Last result: 46-28 win over Zionsville (Ind.) (5A championship)

Last week’s ranking: 22

Ranking rationale: Nathan McCahill completed 27 of 35 passes for 322 yards and five touchdowns in Cathedral’s state title win. Wide receiver Camden Jordan caught 12 passes for 91 yards and three TDs. Cathedral finished the game with 469 yards of total offense.

St. Xavier entering the rankings following their Division 1 state title in Ohio 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.

22. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), 7-0

Next game: Dec. 4 vs. Dixie Heights (Edgewood, Ky.) (6A playoffs)

Last result: 49-7 win over Eastern (Louisville, Ky.) (6A playoffs)

Last week’s ranking: No. 24

Ranking rationale: In their first game since October due to a positive COVID-19 test within their program, Trinity rolled Eastern in the 6A playoffs. Nathan McElroy passed for 207 yards and four touchdowns in the win. Trinity won a 6A championship in Kentucky last year and is in a great position to do so again in 2020.

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. Cedar Hill (Texas), 6-1

Next game: Dec. 4 vs. Midway (Waco, Texas)

Last result: 52-7 win over Mansfield (Texas)

Last week’s ranking: 25

Ranking rationale: Cedar Hill’s loss to No. 6 Duncanville three weeks ago dropped the Longhorns a few spots in the Power 25. This week, Cedar Hill bounced back with a blowout win over Mansfield. Following some other teams losing who were ahead of them, the Longhorns are at No. 24 this week.

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Big night for @Vol_Football commit @KaidonSalter_7 … Five TD passes for over 300 yards last night vs Mansfield…. @dctf @TheHillTthlFB pic.twitter.com/B7WMNZ4gp9

In the defeat to Duncanville three weeks ago, 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.

25. Bridgeland (Cypress, Texas), 10-0

Next game: TBD playoffs

Last result: 41-29 win over Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Ranking rationale: Following an impressive win over Cy-Fair, Bridgeland debuts this week. 2022 four-star QB Conner Weigman and 2021 SMU commit Dylan Goffney connected for two touchdowns in the win.

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CONNER WEIGMAN ➡️ DYLAN GOFFNEY!!!!Bridgeland retakes the lead!!Bridgeland 34 | Cy-Fair 294:34 left#TXHSFB | @ConnerWeigman | @GoffneyDylan pic.twitter.com/dsptR6hW0z

Bridgeland has also beaten Shadow Creek (Pearland, Texas) in 2020. The Bears head into the 6A playoffs as a top seven team in their classification.

DROPPED OUT

St. Peter’s Prep and De Smet Jesuit

MOVED IN

Bixby and Bridgeland

TEAMS ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

  • Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) (7-1): Hamilton’s only loss on the year came to No. 3 Chandler. Those two teams should meet again in the Open Division title game in Arizona in a couple weeks.
  • Central (Miami, Fla.) (5-1): Central’s 21-14 defeat to Northwestern on Oct. 23 dropped the Rockets out of the rankings. 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 at the end of the regular season. A strong playoff showing could potentially put Lowndes back into the rankings.
  • Katy (Texas) (6-1): Katy’s youth showed in their 24-19 defeat to No. 16 Tompkins in early November, but they’ve bounced back with two blowout wins.
  • Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) (6-0): Lake Travis is undefeated but has played an easy schedule. They’ll need a solid playoff push to break into the rankings.
  • Bryant (Ark.) (12-0): Bryant is going to win another state championship in Arkansas next week. Will their relatively weak strength of schedule hold them back? Time will tell.
  • Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) (5-1): Bergen Catholic’s season is over. Their one defeat came against arch rival Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) on a last second touchdown. This week the Crusaders beat a good St. Peter’s Prep team. With no state playoffs taking place in New Jersey, Bergen won’t get a chance at a state title, but they did win the North Jersey Super United Red League.

OTHER TEAMS WE’RE MONITORING

Arizona: Saguaro (season complete)

Colorado: Cherry Creak and Valor Christian

Florida: Chaminade-Madonna, Columbus, Bloomingdale, Pinecrest Palmetto, Trinity Christian Academy, Jones, Cocoa, Deerfield Beach, Niceville, Jesuit, Gaither 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 (season complete)

Ohio: Chardon (Season complete)

Tennessee: Oakland

Texas: Nolan Catholic, Ennis, Highland Park, Marcus, Cedar Park, DeSoto, Spring, Pearland Dawson, Tomball Memorial, Coronado, Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial, Fort Bend, Lovejoy, Huntsville and Lancaster

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