SBLive Power 25: Ohio teams Archbishop Hoban and Mentor move into national high school football rankings

With more states beginning their high school football seasons, more SBLive Power 25 teams took the field this week (Sept. 3-5).

Every squad included in last week’s Power 25 that played this week won with the exception of La Salle (Ohio) who fell to St. Xavier (Ohio) 24-10. Mentor (Ohio) replaces La Salle at No. 25 this week.

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 32 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 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, Delaware, Rhode Island and Vermont.

New York still has to make a decision.

*(Note: The Florida High School Athletic Association announced that high school football practices can begin on Aug. 24, with games starting Sept. 4, but 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 preseason rankings. We will include schools from those counties in future rankings if they begin play in 2020.)

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Sept. 6, 2020

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

Next game: Sept. 18 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, 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.), 1-0

Next game: Sept. 11 at McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)

Last result: 51-13 win over Jones County (Gray, Ga.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 3

Ranking rationale: Grayson looked like the top team in Georgia on Friday rolling to a 51-13 win over Jones County. 2020 defensive back Jibrahn Claude intercepted two passes in the win for the Rams. He’s committed to Buffalo.

Seven Grayson players are among 247Sports.com’s top 102 senior prospects in Georgia. Senior quarterback Carlos Del Rio-Wilson transferred into Grayson from McEachern this offseason. He isn’t eligible to play yet, but will make a huge impact when het gets cleared.

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Sorry guys not playing tonight. Not eligible yet smh

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: Oct. 3 vs. La Salle College (Wyndmoor)

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.

8. Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.), 1-0

Next game: Sept. 11 vs. Griffin (Ga.)

Last result: 35-21 win over Archer (Lawrenceville, Ga.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 8

Ranking rationale: New Lowndes coach Jamey DuBose got his first win with his new team on Saturday, but the occasion was almost spoiled due to injury. Star 2022 Lowndes QB Jacurri Brown hurt his leg in the second quarter, but returned to the game to lead the Vikings to the win.

Brown threw TD passes to Chase Belcher and Dominique Marshall and also rushed for a score in the victory.

Lowndes will try to challenge Grayson for a AAAAAAA championship in Georgia in 2020. In a lot of areas, the Viking match up well, especially on defense. Holding Archer, Georgia High School Football Daily‘s seventh ranked team in the AAAAAAA Class, to 21 points is an accomplishment.

Jacurri Brown

9. De Smet Jesuit (St. Louis, Mo.), 0-0

Season opener: TBD

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: No. 9

Ranking rationale: De Smet is officially a national powerhouse following last year’s 14-0 state title run. Head coach Robert Steeples deserves a lot of credit.

Eight De Smet seniors are committed to Division 1 programs headlined by cornerback Jakailin Johnson, an Ohio State commit.

The Spartans open up with a tough game against Christian Brothers on Sept. 11. If they win that one, then they should run the table again.

Jakailin Johnson

10. 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

11. 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

12. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), 0-0

Season opener: Sept. 11 vs. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Last result: N/A

Last week’s ranking: No. 12

Ranking rationale: Trinity won a 6A championship in Kentucky last year and are in a great position to do so again in 2020.

The Shamrocks pack a punch at linebacker with Jack Dingle, a Cincinatti commit and Charlie Ely, an Appalachian State pledge. They’ll lead a dominant defense that either shutout or kept opponents in single digits in nine games a year ago.

Dingle and family

13. 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

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. Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.), 3-0

Next game: Sept. 11 at Spain Park (Hoover, Ala.)

Last result: 49-7 win over Tuscaloosa County (Northport, Ala.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 15

Ranking rationale: Thompson led 42-0 at halftime in their win on Friday. Junior quarterback Conner Harrell completed 18 of 23 passes for 296 yards and five touchdowns in the victory.

Games against Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.) (Sept. 18) and Hoover (Ala.) (Oct. 23) later this season will provide a better picture of where exactly Thompson stands on the national stage.

Conner Harrell – Courtesy: alabama7afootball.com

16. 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

17. 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

18. 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

19. Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah), 4-0

Next game: Sept. 11 vs. Alta (Sandy, Utah)

Last result: 51-14 win over Jordan (Sandy, Utah)

Last week’s ranking: No. 19

Ranking rationale: Another week, another dominating win from Corner Canyon. In this week’s game, senior quarterback Jaxson Dart threw six more TDs. Three of them went to senior receiver Noah Kjar.

The Chargers have won 30 games in a row and probably won’t lose in 2020, but after next week’s Alta game their schedule gets a little tougher with games against Pleasant Grove (Utah) and Lone Peak (Utah), two other 4-0 teams.

corner canyon utah football
(Jaxson Dart feature photo by @astrongphotography)

20. 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

21. Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio), 2-0

Next game: Sept. 11 vs. Central Crossing (Grove City, Ohio)

Last result: 49-0 win over Newark (Ohio)

Last week’s ranking: No. 21

Ranking rationale: Pickerington Central led 42-0 at halftime on Friday. The Tigers 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.

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Quick second half thanks to the running clock.Pickerington Central wins, 49-0. pic.twitter.com/o3Ujvowm0F

22. 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

23. Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.), 2-0

Next game: Sept. 11 at Ben Davis

Last result: 42-0 win over Carmel (Ind.)

Last week’s ranking: No. 23

Ranking rationale: Last week, we hit on how we wanted to see more from Center Grove’s offense, and that’s what we got in the Trojans’ 42-0 win over Carmel in the annual Copper Kettle game.

Center Grove out-gained Carmel by a 408-143 margin. Junior quarterback Tayven Jackson hit senior tight end Garrett Keith for the game’s first score and the Trojans never looked back.

Tayven Jackson (left)

24. Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio), 2-0

Next game: Sept. 11 vs. Benedictine (Cleveland, Ohio)

Last result: 35-0 win over St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Ranking rationale: Who saw this coming? Archbishop Hoban not only beat St. Edward, a fringe Power 25 team last week, they running-clocked the Eagles. This statement win moves Archbishop Hoban into the Power 25 this week.

Junior tailback Victor Dawson had a 77-yard TD run in Saturday’s game as well as a four-yard score. Junior linebacker Luke Bauer scored on a pick-six. The Knights played like a well-oiled machine in this game:

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Most impressive play of the half goes to @HobanFootball junior Shawn Parnell for saving this Brayden Fox punt in front of the goal line to all but end the half. pic.twitter.com/BEIu8b2oGV

25. Mentor (Ohio), 2-0

Next game: Sept. 11 vs. St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio)

Last result: 27-12 win over Euclid (Ohio)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Ranking rationale: Mentor has been on our radar all year and the Cardinals break into the Power 25 in week three following a 27-12 win over a good Euclid team.

Senior quarterback Ian Kipp completed 16 of 29 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Next week, Mentor plays St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio). No. 24 Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio) obliterated St. Ed’s this past weekend. Will Mentor be able to match?

Ian Kipp

DROPPED OUT

Last week’s No. 24. Hoover (Ala.)

Rationale: Despite beating Vestavia Hills (Ala.) 24-21 last week, Hoover moves out of the Power 25. This was Vestavia Hills’ first game of the year following two forfeits due to COVID-19. The Rebels weren’t voted as a preseason Top 10 team in Alabama’s 7A Class by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, and Hoover still struggled with them down the stretch. The Buccaneers needed an onside kick recovery to secure the win. A Top 25 team in the country wins this game by a much larger margin.

The good news for Hoover is that they’re still undefeated at 3-0 and will play No. 15 Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.) on Oct. 23. The Buccaneers still have a shot to finish the year in the Power 25.

Last week’s No. 25 La Salle (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Rationale: La Salle lost to St. Xavier (Ohio) 24-10 on Friday. St. Xavier lost to Brownsburg (Ind.) 30-24 the week prior. La Salle, St. Xavier and Brownsburg are all very good high school football teams, but not currently Power 25 worthy.

MOVED IN

No. 24 Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio)

No. 25 Mentor (Ohio)

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

  • Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.) (3-0): 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 (Suwanee, Ga.) (1-0): Beating McEachern (Powder Springs (Ga.) by a 35-7 margin is noteworthy

OTHER TEAMS ON OUR RADAR

Arizona: Hamilton and Saguaro

Florida: St. Thomas Aquinas, Miami Northwestern, Miami Central, American Heritage, Booker T. Washington, Orlando Edgewater, Champagnat Catholic, Deerfield Beach, Armwood and Chaminade-Madonna

Georgia: Colquitt County, Parkview and Buford

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 and Washington (Massillon)

Oklahoma: Broken Arrow, 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)

FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL UNDERWAY

There is still uncertainty about when high school football in Miami-Dade and Broward counties will start. Public schools and some private schools within those counties are waiting to hear when they can start practice. Schools from those two counties won seven of eight Florida high school football state championships a year ago.

High school football teams from outside those counties have either already started (IMG Academy) or will begin this weekend. Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) will travel to Bloomingdale (Valrico, Fla.) on Sept. 11 in a game that has Power 25 implications.

Despite being in Miami-Dade County, Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, Fla.) will host Chaminade Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.) on Sept. 11 because some private schools are able to start their seasons this week in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

MICHIGAN REVERSES COURSE

After initially moving high school football to 2021, Michigan reversed course and will allow high school football in 2020. Games can begin Sep. 18. Davison, River Rouge, Detroit Cass Tech, Detroit King and Belleville are all top teams in the state.

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