SBLive Power 25: IMG Academy (Fla.) and Thompson (Ala.) record big wins

The high school football season continued across the country this week with ten SBLive Power 25 teams taking the field. All ten squads that were included in last week’s Power 25 won, so there is no movement in this week’s rankings.

There were some noteworthy results out of Georgia this week that could impact future rankings. Those games and teams are detailed below.

SBLIVE POWER 25: PRESEASON RANKINGS | WEEK 1 RANKINGS | WEEK 2 RANKINGS | WEEK 3 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. 20, 2020

1. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), 2-0

Next game: Sept. 25 at Ravenwood (Brentwood, Tenn.)

Last result: 48-7 win over Edgewater (Orlando, Fla.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 1

Ranking rationale: IMG is two for two in big wins against quality opponents in 2020. But that should be expected.

In Thursday’s game, junior running back Kaytron Allen rushed for three touchdowns. He has 19 Division 1 scholarship offers, per 247Sports.com.

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.

Allen

2. Duncanville (Texas), 0-0

Season opener: Oct. 2 vs. South Oak Cliff (Dallas, Texas)

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.), 3-0

Next game: Sept. 25 at Archer (Lawrenceville, Ga.)

Last result: 28-7 win over Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 3

Ranking rationale: For the first time all year, Grayson trailed in the third quarter in their game against Collins Hill on Friday. They were down 7-0.

“We needed that,” Grayson coach Adam Carter told the Atlanta Journal Constitution following the win. “We had been fortunate the first two weeks to be up at halftime significantly. So to come out and to respond, we needed that. I challenged our coaches, I challenged our kids … I’m proud of them. We needed to come out and see what we had in the tank and see what we’re made of. Hopefully we can build off that.”

Senior running back Phil Mafah, a Clemson commit, rushed 24 times for 170 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Grayson plays on the road against 0-2 Archer next week. Let’s see how they respond…

Phil Mafaf

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.), 3-0

Next game: Sept. 25 vs. Lee County (Leesburg, Ga.)

Last result: 37-17 win over Oakleaf (Orange Park, Fla.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 8

Ranking rationale: Justin Lee finished with nine carries for 97 yards and three touchdowns in Lowndes’ win. 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.).

Justin Lee

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

Season opener: Sept. 25 at Clemens (Schertz, Texas)

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: No. 9

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 at No. 4 North Shore (Houston)

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: No. 10

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.), 2-0

Next game: Sept. 25 vs. St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.)

Last result: 43-14 win over Male (Louisville, Ky.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 11

Ranking rationale: Trinity starts 11 seniors on defense, a unit that is one of the best in the nation. Male had -35 rushing yards on Friday. Trinity won a 6A championship in Kentucky last year and are in a great position to do so again in 2020.

Charlie Ely – Trinity LB

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

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

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: No. 12

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), 6-0

Next game: Sept. 24 at Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)

Last result: 38-7 win over Pleasant Grove (Utah)

Last week’s ranking: No. 13

Ranking rationale: Senior quarterback Jaxson Dart gets a lot of attention for Corner Canyon and it’s deserved, but defensively the Chargers held a Pleasant Grove team that came into Friday’s game averaging 33.4 points per game to just seven.

Corner Canyon has won 33 games in a row and probably won’t lose in 2020, but their schedule gets tougher as they travel to Lone Peak (Highland, Utah), the second best team in the state, this week.

corner canyon utah football
(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.

Elijah Spencer

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

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

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: No. 15

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. 16

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. 17

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.), 5-0

Next game: Sept. 25 vs. Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.)

Last result: 35-21 win over Hewitt-Trussville (Hoover, Ala.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 18

Ranking rationale: Thompson won a big one on the road Friday against previously undefeated Hewitt-Trussville, a top five team in Alabama. Junior quarterback Conner Harrell threw four first-half touchdowns in the win. Overall he was 17 of 23 for 325 yards and the four scores. He did not throw an interception.

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. 19

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), 4-0

Next game: Sept. 25 vs. Lancaster (Ohio)

Last result: 43-3 win over Groveport-Madison (Ohio)

Last week’s ranking: No. 20

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. 21

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.), 5-0

Next game: Sept. 25 vs. Lawrence Central (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Last result: 47-0 win over North Central (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 22

Ranking rationale: Senior running back Carson Steele became Center Grove’s all-time rushing leader in their win on Friday. He has scholarship offers from Ball State, Indiana State and Southern Illinois, per 247Sports.com.

The Trojans have outscored their opponents 200-26 this season. Center Grove is a very balanced team, but defense is what makes the Trojans a Power 25 team.

Carson Steele

23. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), 1-0

Season opener: Sept. 25 at Clearwater (Fla.)

Last result: 7-3 win over Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.)

Last week’s ranking: 23

Ranking rationale: Reserve defensive back Daemon Fagan was the hero on Friday as he made a touchdown saving tackle and game-clinching interception in American Heritage’s 7-3 win over a very talented Chaminade-Madonna team.

American Heritage, a 5A quarterfinalist team in Florida a year ago, is loaded on defense and it showed on Saturday. They’re led by safety James Williams (Miami commit), cornerback Earl Little Jr. and defensive end Marvin Jones Jr.

We’d like to see more offensive production out of the Patriots in the future though.

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

Fagan

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 their 35-0 rout of St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio), Hoban hung on to beat Benedictine two Fridays ago.

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.), 5-0

Next game: Sept. 25 vs. Prattville (Ala.)

Last result: 42-7 win over Oak Mountain (Birmingham, Ala.)

Last week’s ranking: 25

Ranking rationale: The Buccaneers won easy on Friday and they should again this week against Prattville. Hoover’s following game against Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.) will give us more insight into just how talented the Buccaneers are in 2020.

In Friday’s win, Hoover QB Josh Lundy threw five touchdowns.

Josh Lundy

DROPPED OUT

No one.

MOVED IN

No one.

TOP TEAMS IN GEORGIA BECOMING CLEARER

In Georgia this week, North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.) beat Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.) 21-0 to establish themselves as the third best team in the state behind Grayson and Lowndes.

Colquitt County (Norman Park, Ga.) won their opener over Banneker (College Park, Ga.) 51-0. They’re currently No. 4 in Georgia’s 7A Class. The start of Colquitt County’s season was delayed by two weeks due to potential COVID-19 exposure within the program.

Next week, Colquitt County plays Valdosta (Ga.), the top team in Georgia’s 6A Class. That game will have Power 25 implications.

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

  • The three Georgia teams mentioned above
  • Lone Peak (Highland, Utah), 6-0: Biggest threat to Corner Canyon

OTHER TEAMS ON OUR RADAR

Alabama: Hewitt-Trussville

Arizona: Hamilton and Saguaro

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

Georgia: Listed above

Indiana: Brownsburg and Cathedral

Kentucky: 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), St. Edward and Mentor

Oklahoma: Bixby and Owasso

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

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

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