What we’re watching: SBLive Power 25 high school football games of the week (Week 17)

On Sunday we released our 18th Power 25 of the 2020 high school football season, a weekly look at the top high school football teams in the country.

Every week, SBLive reporter Connor Morrissette previews the country’s top high school football games with an emphasis on what their results mean for the Power 25. One or two of the teams involved in each game is on our Power 25 radar. Here’s what we’re watching this week.

Dec. 24: No. 15 Tompkins (Katy, Texas) (10-0) vs. No. 2. North Shore (Houston, Texas) (12-0) (6A Division 1 playoffs)

This game pits two of the best senior quarterbacks in the nation against one another in Tompkins’ Jalen Milroe, an Alabama signee and North Shore’s Dematrius Davis, an Auburn signee.

Dec. 24: Westfield (Houston, Texas) (8-1) vs. No. 8 Duncanville (Texas) (8-1) (6A Division 1 playoffs)

Seven Duncanville seniors are ranked in the top 200 of 247Sports’ 2021 Texas recruiting rankings. Offensive tackle Savion Byrd (Oklahoma signee) leads the way at No. 12. 2022 Westfield quarterback Cardell Williams has thrown for 1,711 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. He’s the player to watch for the Mustangs.

Dec. 24: Mansfield Timberview (Arlington, Texas) (10-1) vs. Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas) (12-0) (5A Division 2 playoffs)

RW Rucker threw for 162 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns last week for Lovejoy in a win over Everman. 2021 Mansfield Timberview DE Terrell Tilmon, an Oregon signee, will be responsible for slowing Rucker down this week.

Dec. 24: Aledo (Texas) (9-1) vs. Frisco (8-1) (5A Division 2 playoffs)

If Aledo goes on to win a 5A Division 2 championship with their only defeat coming against Cedar Hill in the regular season, they’ll have a very impressive Power 25 resume.

Dec. 24: Carroll (Southlake, Texas) (9-1) vs. Martin (Arlington, Texas) (10-1) (6A Division 1 playoffs)

These are two very good teams, but ones that will probably fall short of the Power 25 due to playing in the top playoff classification in Texas. Their a step behind the cream of the crop in 6A Division 1. 2022 QB Quinn Ewers, an Ohio State pledge, is the player to watch in this game.

Dec. 24: Lone Star (Frisco, Texas) (7-3) vs. Highland Park (10-0) (5A Division 1 playoffs)

Highland Park needs to win to stay in the Power 25 discussion. Brayden Schager, the Scots quarterback, is committed to Hawaii.

Dec. 26: Longview (Texas) (9-2) vs. No. 10. Ryan (Denton, Texas) (11-0) (5A Division 1 playoffs)

With WR/DE Ja’Tavion Sanders (Texas), WR/DB Billy Bowman (Oklahoma), LB DJ Arkansas (Rice) and QB Seth Henigan (Memphis) all in the fold, we don’t expect anyone to beat Ryan this season, but Longview will still be a tough test. The Lobos beat up a good Lancaster team last week.

Dec. 26: Trinity (Euless, Texas) (10-1) vs. No. 11 Allen (Texas) (10-0) (6A Division 1 playoffs)

Allen needed a fourth quarter comeback to beat South Grand Prairie last week. How will they respond after nearly being upset?

Dec. 26: Tomball Memorial (Texas) (11-0) vs. No. 24 Cedar Hill (Texas) (9-1) (6A Division 2 playoffs)

2021 Tennessee QB signee Kaidon Salter is Cedar Hill’s best player. 2021 Texas Tech defensive end commit Charles Esters and 2022 CB Jalon Peoples are the other two national recruits on the roster. Tomball Memorial’s best player is Joseph Manjack, a 2021 USC signee. He’s caught 15 passes this season. The winner of this game will almost certainly be a Power 25 team next week.

Dec. 26: Rockwall-Heath (Texas) (9-2) vs. No. 25 Bridgeland (Cypress, Texas) (12-0) (6A Division 2 playoffs)

Similarly to Allen, Bridgeland was almost upset last week as well. They needed four overtimes to beat Dekaney. How will they respond?

Dec. 26: Shadow Creek (Pearland, Texas) (6-3) vs. Katy (Texas) (9-1) (6A Division 2 playoffs)

Shadow Creek and Katy were preseason Power 25 teams who fell off due to regular season losses. The winning team will stay on our Power 25 radar.

Dec. 26: DeSoto (Texas) (9-1) vs. Spring (9-0) (6A Division 1 playoffs)

DeSoto has six players listed in the top 200 of the 2021 247Sports Texas high school football recruiting rankings. Shemar Turner, a Texas A&M defensive end signee, leads the way at No. 9. Junior QB Bishop Davenport is one of Spring’s top players. He’s thrown for 3,088 yards and 33 TDs this season.

Dec. 26: Red Oak (Texas) (8-2) vs. Coronado (Lubbock, Texas) (12-0) (5A Division 1 playoffs)

Red Oak defensive back Amarion Craddick picked off back to back passes in a win over Del Valle last week. Oklahoma State wide receiver signee Raymond Gay caught two scores in the game. Red Oak has won six in a row entering their showdown against Coronado and their high powered offense.

Coronado scored touchdowns on its first ten possessions in last week’s 77-43 win over Azle. Mississippi State signee Sawyer Robertson threw for 561 yards and seven touchdowns in game.

Dec. 26: Crosby (Texas) (9-3) vs. Huntsville (Texas) (11-0) (5A Division 2 playoffs)

Crosby’s Reggie Branch scored five touchdown’s in last week’s win over Texarkana. Huntsville defensive lineman Ed Bobino has 19 sacks this season. He’ll try and slow down Crosby’s high powered offense.

Dec. 26: Alexandria (8-0) vs. Acadiana (Lafayette, La.) (10-1) (5A championship)

Acadiana is going for its second straight state title this season. A 27-21 defeat to Catholic B-R is the only blemish on their record. Senior defensive end Cameron George, a Louisiana signee, is the top ranked senior prospect on the Acadiana roster. Alexandria is in their first ever semifinal. Their best player is Stanford tight end signee Shield Taylor.

Dec. 27: Catholic B-R (Baton Rouge, La.) (8-2) vs. Byrd (Shreveport, La.) (10-0) (Division 1 championship)

Catholic B-R has played everyone tough this season and will look to end Byrd’s undefeated run. Catholic’s two losses have come by a combined four points. Army signee Michael Cerniauskas, a defensive back, is one of Catholic’s top players. Louisiana Tech signee Carson Bruno, a defensive tackle, is Byrd’s best player.

Dec. 28: St. Thomas More (Lafayette, La.) (9-0) vs. De La Salle (New Orleans, La.) (10-0) (Division 2 championship)

St. Thomas More has the current longest win streak in Louisiana at 16 games. An undefeated state title season would warrant Power 25 consideration. 2022 quarterback Walker Howard, an LSU commit, threw four touchdown passes in St. Thomas More’s semifinal win over University Lab. Senior running back Montrell Johnson is the name to know for De La Salle.

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