SBLive Power 25: American Heritage (Fla.) debuts, Hoover (Ala.) returns in Week 3 (Sept. 13) national high school football rankings

With more states beginning their 2020 high school football seasons, more SBLive Power 25 teams took the field this week (Sept. 10-12).

Every squad included in last week’s Power 25 that played this week won, with the exception of Mentor (Ohio) who fell to St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) 28-24. Hoover (Ala.) replaces Mentor in this week’s SBLive Power 25.

De Smet Jesuit (St. Louis, Mo.) also drops out, but not through any fault of its own. St. Louis County in Missouri has not yet cleared football to be played and it’s unknown when a decision will come. If De Smet plays this fall, they will be ranked, but because of the uncertainty, they’re out.

SBLIVE POWER 25: PRESEASON RANKINGS | WEEK 1 RANKINGS | WEEK 2 RANKINGS

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 33 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 and Louisiana.

Here are the states and districts that have officially moved high school football to 2021: California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Virginia, New Mexico, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Minnesota, Maryland, Hawaii, Rhode Island, New York and Vermont.

*(Note: School districts in South Florida — which includes Miami-Dade and Broward counties — have been heavily impacted by COVID-19 and have not announced when they will allow their schools to start practice. Because of the uncertainty around when the season will start in those counties, we did not include them in our rankings. We will include schools from those counties in future rankings if they begin play in 2020.)

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Sept. 13, 2020

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

Next game: Sept. 17 vs. Edgewater (Orlando, Fla.)

Last result: 49-13 win over Venice (Fla.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 1

Ranking rationale: IMG dominated in their season opener two weeks ago, playing like the best team in the nation in new head coach Bobby Acosta’s first game on the job. The Ascenders rolled to a 49-13 win over Venice thanks to quarterback J.J. McCarthy, a Michigan commit, who threw for 333 yards and five touchdowns.

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.

IMG Academy plays No. 2 Duncanville on Oct. 9. That may be the 2020 regular season game of the year. It’s certainly the toughest matchup on IMG’s schedule.

J.J. McCarthy

2. Duncanville (Texas), 0-0

Season opener: Sept. 24 vs. Nolan Catholic (Fort Worth)

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: No. 2

Ranking rationale: Duncanville returns seven starters on offense and four on defense from last year’s 6A Division 1 runner up team.

2021 quarterback Grayson James, a transfer from John Paul II, will be under center for the Panthers in 2020 following the transfer of sophomore quarterback Chris Parson, who left for Red Oak.

Led by senior two way lineman Savion Byrd, a consensus four star recruit, Duncanville will have a great defensive line. Senior receiver Roderick Daniels, a Baylor commit, is another name to know for the Panthers.

Duncanville has a very tough schedule that includes games against No. 1 IMG Academy and DeSoto. They will be battle tested ahead of the playoffs.

Savion Byrd

3. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), 2-0

Next game: Sept. 18 vs. Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.)

Last result: 55-21 win over McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 3

Ranking rationale: Even though quarterback Carlos Del Rio-Wilson, a Florida commit, was ruled ineligible to play this season by the Georgia High School Association hardship committee this week, Grayson still rolled on Friday. Clemson commit Phil Mafah rushed for two touchdowns in the 55-21 win over McEachern.

Del Rio-Wilson never played a down for the Rams following a transfer from McEachern. His replacement, junior quarterback De’yon Cannon, has played well so far for Grayson in 2020. How Cannon performs down the stretch will be a major factor in Grayson’s AAAAAAA title hopes in Georgia as well as their top three ranking in the Power 25.

De’yon Cannon

4. North Shore (Houston, Texas), 0-0

Season opener: Sept. 25 vs. No. 11 Shadow Creek (Pearland)

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: No. 4

Ranking rationale: North Shore has won two 6A Division 1 championships in a row in Texas. A year ago, the Mustangs won their final 15 games after dropping their opener to Katy 24-21.

This season North Shore are favorites to win again despite only returning four starters on offense and three on defense. Senior Quarterback Dematrius Davis, an Auburn commit, led the Mustangs to their last two titles as an underclassman. He threw for 31 touchdowns and ran for 23 more in 2019. Davis will be a big factor in the Mustangs’ bid for a three-peat.

North Shore needs to replenish their offensive line, linebacking corps and secondary in 2020 after losing a lot of talent to graduation. How effective they are in replacing key players in those spots will determine if they can win another championship.

Dematrius Davis

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

Season opener: TBD – the school is figuring out what it will take to have a fall football season, but they hope to have one

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: No. 5

Ranking rationale: Last year’s St. Joseph Prep team won a 6A championship in Pennsylvania and this year’s squad is even better.

Ohio State QB commit Kyle McCord is back for his senior season along with receiver Marvin Harrison Jr, another Buckeye pledge. The Hawks also return linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr., a Clemson commit, and Sahmir Hagans, a Duke commit who plays on offense, defense and special teams.

Playing against only Pennsylvania competition in 2020 due to COVID-19 means that St. Joseph’s Prep should dominate in the regular season and postseason. The Hawks are trying to schedule additional out of state teams to play in the regular season, but nothing is official as of Aug. 24.

Kyle McCord

6. Katy (Texas), 0-0

Season opener: Sept. 25 vs. Clear Springs (League City)

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: No. 6

Ranking rationale: Katy lost a lot of offensive firepower from last year’s D1 regional semifinalist team, but the Tigers return seven defensive starters plus starting quarterback Bronson McClelland.

Defense will be Katy’s strength led by senior corner Hunter Washington, a Florida State commit, safety Dalton Johnson, an Arizona commit, and senior linebacker Shepherd Bowling.

Look for the Tigers to go undefeated once again in the regular season, like they did in 2019.

Bronson McClelland and Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher

7. Chandler (Ariz.), 0-0

Season opener: Oct. 2 vs. Liberty (Peoria, Ariz.)

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: No. 7

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

All five of those players are senior leaders who played on last season’s 13-0 Open Division state championship team in Arizona. In 2020, Chandler should do it again.

Eli Sanders

8. Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.), 2-0

Next game: Sept. 18 vs. Oakleaf (Orange Park, Fla.)

Last result: 45-6 win over Griffin (Ga.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 8

Ranking rationale: Lowndes jumped out to a quick 45-0 lead on Friday. The Vikings are neck and neck with Grayson at the top of the Georgia high school football team rankings. The next measuring stick game for Lowndes comes on Oct. 9 at Valdosta (Ga.).

Lowndes quarterback Jacurri Brown

9. Westlake (Austin, Texas), 0-0

Season opener: Sept. 26 vs. Highland Park

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: No. 10

Ranking rationale: Westlake won the 6A Division 2 title in Texas a year ago and should make a deep postseason run again in 2020. Four offensive starters are back for the Chaparrals to go along with five defensive returners.

2022 quarterback Cade Klubnik will be well protected thanks to senior guard Aidan Kinnaird, an Illinois State commit, and the rest of the Westlake offensive line.

The Chaparrals are well coached by Todd Dodge, especially on offense. A year ago Westlake put up 30 or more points in 12 of their 16 games.

Klubnik

10. Shadow Creek (Pearland, Texas), 0-0

Season opener: Sept. 25 vs. No. 4 North Shore (Houston)

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: No. 11

Ranking rationale: Shadow Creek starts off with a doozy against No. 4 North Shore in 2020, but last year’s 5A Division 1 state champions (who are now in 6A), should be competitive. The Sharks will once again have great players at the skill positions and in the secondary, but there are question marks on the offensive line.

Baylor commit Kyron Drones is back under center for his senior year and he’ll have plenty of targets to throw to including Carlton Guidry, a senior Houston commit, Randy Masters, a junior Baylor commit and junior tight end Trent McGaughey.

Defensively, senior linebacker Terrence Cooks is a man amongst boys (70 tackles last year) and cornerback Jalen Emery (Houston commit) alongside safety Jaylen Lane (UNLV commit) make up quite the secondary.

Shadow Creek is going to have a fun year despite moving up a class.

Drones

11. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), 1-0

Next game: Sept. 18 vs. Male (Louisville, Ky.)

Last result: 44-7 win over Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Last week’s ranking: No. 12

Ranking rationale: Trinity dominated in their season opener. Senior quarterback Nathan McElroy began the game with a four-yard TD scamper on the Shamrocks’ first drive and from there it was smooth sailing.

Trinity won a 6A championship in Kentucky last year and are in a great position to do so again in 2020. A year ago Trinity’s defense either shutout or kept opponents in single digits in nine games. They’re one for one in that department so far in 2020.

Nathan McElroy

12. Guyer (Denton, Texas), 0-0

Season opener: Sept. 25 vs. Hebron (Carrollton)

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: No. 13

Ranking rationale: Last season Guyer went 14-2 and fell in the 6A Division 2 title game 24-0 to Westlake. Star quarterback Eli Stowers (Texas A&M commit) suffered a knee injury in the game and he wasn’t expected to be ready for the start of the 2020 season, but because of the delay to begin the year, he’ll be full go for week 1 against Hebron.

The Wildcats return six defensive starters and running back Byron Phillips, in addition to Stowers. Under new head coach Rodney Webb, Guyer will be very good again in 2020.

The Wildcats play No. 17 Ryan on Oct. 2, No. 16 Southlake Carroll on Oct. 16 and No. 19 Allen on Nov. 13, with the latter two games coming on the road. Those will be three tough contests.

Stowers

13. Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah), 5-0

Next game: Sept. 18 vs. Pleasant Grove (Utah)

Last result: 56-6 win over Alta (Sandy, Utah)

Last week’s ranking: No. 19

Ranking rationale: Senior quarterback Jaxson Dart continues to put up some of the best numbers in the nation. In Friday’s win, he threw four touchdowns and ran for three more. Through five games, he’s responsible for 30 scores. Because of that domination, Corner Canyon moves to No. 13.

The Chargers have won 31 games in a row and probably won’t lose in 2020, but their schedule gets a little tougher with games against Pleasant Grove (Utah) and Lone Peak (Utah), two other 5-0 teams, coming up in the next two weeks.

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(Jaxson Dart feature photo by @astrongphotography)

14. Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.), 0-0

Season opener: Sept. 25 vs. White Knoll (Lexington, S.C.)

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: No. 14

Ranking rationale: Dutch Fork has won four state championships in a row. A year ago, the Silver Foxes went 14-0-1 to win a AAAAA state crown. Led by senior receiver Elijah Spencer, a Charlotte commit, Dutch Fork will be favorites in AAAAA in South Carolina again in 2020.

Spencer finished last season with 48 catches for 835 yards and nine touchdowns.

15. Carroll (Southlake, Texas), 0-0

Season opener: Oct. 2 vs. Rockwall-Heath (Rockwall)

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: No. 16

Ranking rationale: All eyes will be on Carroll’s 2022 quarterback Quinn Ewers, a Texas commit, this season. Ewers is the top quarterback nationally in his class. Last year he threw for 4,003 yards and 45 touchdowns in addition to running for nine scores. Quarterback play like that will give Carroll a shot at Duncanville should they meet in the playoffs again (Duncanville has eliminated Carroll in each of the the past two years).

Overall, the Dragons return three starters on offense and just one on defense from last year’s 13-1 team. Ewers will have trusted target Brady Boyd (Minnesota commit) once again in 2020 as well as an elite kicker in senior Joe McFadden, but overall inexperience is the main concern for the Dragons, especially on defense.

Hosting No. 13 Guyer on Oct. 16 will be Carroll’s biggest test of the regular season.

Ewers

16. Ryan (Denton, Texas), 0-0

Season opener: Sept. 24 vs. Martin (Arlington)

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: No. 17

Ranking rationale: Ryan may be in Class 5A in Texas, but they will still be one of the big boys nationally. The Raiders started 15-0 before losing to Shadow Creek in the 5A Division 1 state championship 28-22 a year ago.

Ryan will be led by their two senior University of Texas commits: Ja’Tavion Sanders and Billy Bowman, both of whom play receiver and also on defense (Sanders in the secondary and Bowman on the D-line). The Raiders’ quarterback returns as well, senior Seth Henigan. He’s committed to Memphis.

Ryan brings back seven defensive starters. It would be a major surprise if they didn’t win a 5A Division 1 title this season.

The Raiders’ Oct. 2 game at No. 13 Guyer is their toughest contest of the regular season.

Bowman

17. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.), 0-0

Season opener: Oct. 3 vs. St. Joseph Regional (Montvale)

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: No. 18

Ranking rationale: Bergen Catholic begins the year in front of St. Peter’s Prep as the top team out of New Jersey, but it’s by a slim margin.

That decision has everything to do with the Crusaders’ 2022 class headlined by quarterback Steven Angeli and cornerbacks Jaeden Gould and Jayden Bellamy, all of whom are big time prospects.

Pair them with New Jersey’s top 2021 recruit in defensive lineman Tywone Malone, who had 16 tackles for loss a year ago, and you get a special group. Watch out for Bergen this season.

Malone

18. Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.), 4-0

Next game: Sept. 18 at Hewitt-Trussville (Hoover, Ala.)

Last result: 48-35 win over Spain Park (Hoover, Ala.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 15

Ranking rationale: Thompson moves down three spots this week because although the Warriors won 48-35 over Spain Park, the game was close. Earlier this season, Hewitt-Trussville, another Alabama power, beat Spain Park 45-13.

“We made some mistakes tonight, but just coming out and having a young quarterback, he’s getting better and better every week, and our older receivers are helping him out,” Thompson head coach Mark Freeman told the Shelby County Reporter on Friday.

The young quarterback Freeman mentioned, junior Conner Harrell, completed 19 of 30 passes for 406 yards passing and three touchdowns in Friday’s win. He also rushed for two scores.

Thompson travels to Hewitt-Trussville this week, a Power 25 ranking will be on the line in that one.

Conner Harrell – Courtesy: alabama7afootball.com

19. Allen (Texas), 0-0

Season opener: Sept. 25 vs. Plano East (Plano)

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: No. 20

Ranking rationale: Allen returns seven offensive starters, but just one on defense. Between having a quarterback competition and a young defense, the Eagles will have a decent amount to figure out before beginning the season next month against Plano East.

They do return senior wide receivers Blaine and Bryson Green, brothers who are both committed to Oklahoma State as well as senior running back Jordan Johnson, a Hawaii pledge.

Allen has two tough regular season games at Cedar Hill on Oct. 9 and against No. 13 Guyer on Nov. 13, but the five time state champions have shown they can compete with the nation’s best year in and year out and this season will be no different.

Green brothers

20. Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio), 3-0

Next game: Sept. 18 at Groveport-Madison (Ohio)

Last result: 47-0 win over Central Crossing (Grove City, Ohio)

Last week’s ranking: No. 21

Ranking rationale: Another week, another easy win for a Tigers team that won’t lose in the regular season this year.

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 in the playoffs.

Lorenzo Styles Jr.

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

Season opener: Oct. 2 vs. West Orange

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: No. 22

Ranking rationale: 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 always loaded and this year will be no different with St. Peter’s Prep having to once again go up against Bergen Catholic and St. Joseph Montvale.

The good news for St. Peter’s Prep is that they bring back Virginia Tech quarterback commit Tahj Bullock, who threw for 2,274 yards and 26 touchdowns for the champs last season.

Boyd

22. Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.), 4-0

Next game: Sept. 18 vs. North Central (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Last result: 45-12 win over Ben Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 23

Ranking rationale: Senior running back Carson Steele rushed for three scores in Center Grove’s win on Friday. Defensively, senior linebacker Trey Clark had an interception.

The Trojans have outscored their opponents 153-26 this season. Center Grove is a very balanced team, but defense is what makes the Trojans a Power 25 team.

Trey Clark

23. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)

Season opener: Sept. 18 at Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.)

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: NR

Ranking rationale: American Heritage, a 5A quarterfinalist team in Florida a year ago, is loaded in 2020. Defense is where the majority of the big name returners are for the Patriots, led by safety James Williams (Miami commit), cornerback Earl Little Jr. and defensive end Marvin Jones Jr.

Similarly to the Thompson vs. Hewitt-Trussville matchup in Alabama this week, American Heritage’s opener against Chaminade-Madonna has major Power 25 implications with the winner almost certainly making next week’s list.

American Heritage is not a Broward County Athletic Association school, so the Patriots can start their season ahead of public schools in the county.

James Williams

24. Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio), 3-0

Next game: Sept. 25 at St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio)

Last result: 31-24 win over Benedictine (Cleveland, Ohio)

Last week’s ranking: 24

Ranking rationale: Following last week’s 35-0 rout of St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio), Hoban hung on to beat Benedictine on Friday.

The Knights were a little too cocky in their win, and it almost cost them: “Too much talking. Too much pointing fingers,” Hoban coach Tim Tyrrell told Cleveland.com on Friday. “That type of stuff I didn’t like. I knew a little bit of it was going to happen because of last week.”

Wisconsin commit Darryl Peterson III had a key sack in the game that helped Hoban see their win out. We’ll see if the Knights can get back to their “St. Edward” level in the coming weeks.

Darryl Peterson III

25. Hoover (Ala.), 4-0

Next game: Sept. 18 vs. Oak Mountain (Birmingham, Ala.)

Last result: 38-0 win over Gadsden City

Last week’s ranking: NR

Ranking rationale: The Buccaneers return to the Power 25 following Mentor’s (Ohio) loss.

Hoover senior quarterback Josh Lundy threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns in Friday’s win over Gadsden City. Future regular season games against No. 18 Thompson and Hewitt-Trussville will determine exactly where Hoover stands in the national discussion.

Josh Lundy

DROPPED OUT

Last week’s No. 9 De Smet Jesuit (St. Louis, Mo.)

Rationale: There is concern that De Smet won’t have a fall football season.

Last week’s No. 25. Mentor Ohio

Rationale: Mentor lost to St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) 28-24 last week.

MOVED IN

No. 23 American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)

No. 25 Hoover (Ala.)

TEAMS ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN (among teams that have started playing)

  • Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.) (4-0): Will compete with Thompson and Hoover for the top spot in Alabama
  • Bryant (Ark.) (2-0): Has outscored its first two opponents (Benton and Marion) 105-24
  • Valdosta (Ga.) (1-0): AAAAAA favorites in Georgia started off their season beating Warner Robbins, a AAAAAAA (better classification) foe, 28-25
  • North Gwinnett (SuwaneeGa.) (2-0): Beating McEachern (Powder Springs (Ga.) by a 35-7 margin is noteworthy
  • Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.) (1-0): Considered by many to be the third best team in Georgia
  • Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.) (1-0): Beat a very good Champagnat Catholic team 27-14 to start the season

OTHER TEAMS ON OUR RADAR

Arizona: Hamilton and Saguaro

Florida: St. Thomas Aquinas, Miami Northwestern, Miami Central, Booker T. Washington, Orlando Edgewater and Deerfield Beach

Georgia: Colquitt County

Indiana: Brownsburg and Cathedral

Kentucky: Male and Covington Catholic

Louisiana: Archbishop Rummel, John Curtis Christian, Baton Rouge Catholic, Brother Martin, St. Augustine and Holy Cross

New Jersey: Don Bosco Prep and St. Joseph Montvale

Ohio: Dublin Coffman, Washington (Massillon) and Mentor

Oklahoma: Bixby and Owasso

Texas: Lake Travis, Converse Judson, Humble Atascocita, Frisco Lone Star, Parish Episcopal, DeSoto, Martin and Aledo

Utah: Lone Peak, American Fork, Skyridge (Lehi), Sky View (Smithfield)

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