What we’re watching: SBLive Power 25 high school football games of the week (Sept. 17-18)

On Monday we released our fifth SBLive Power 25 of the 2021 high school football season, a weekly look at the top high school football teams in the country.

Here’s a closer look at the top high school football games from around the country being played Friday and Saturday with an emphasis on what their results mean for the Power 25.

What we’re watching this week:

Sept. 17: No. 2 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) (4-0) vs. Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) (2-0)

St. John Bosco will take on the No. 1 team in Virginia on the road this week. Oscar Smith’s best player is 2022 safety Sherrod Covil Jr., a Clemson commit. St. John Bosco is ranked No. 2 in the Power 25 due to their dominant defense.

Sept. 17: Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.) (4-0) vs. No. 5 Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.) (4-0)

Hewitt-Trussville is one of Alabama’s top teams, but Thompson is one of the best in the country. On paper, Thompson should win, but this will be a great battle. Thompson’s top ranked 2022 recruit is Jeremiah Alexander, a defensive lineman committed to Alabama. 2022 defensive lineman Justice Finkley, a Texas commit, is Hewitt-Trussville’s No. 1 2022 recruit.

Sept. 17: No. 12 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) (3-0) vs. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) (2-0)

Bishop Gorman has already beaten the No. 1 team in Hawaii and a top five team in Utah. How will they perform against Arizona’s No. 3 team?

Sept. 17: American Fork (Utah) (4-0) vs. No. 14 Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah) (5-0)

This game is Corner Canyon’s first big test of the season. Will they pass?

Sept. 17: No. 15 St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio) (4-0) vs. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio) (4-0)

St. Xavier faces a tricky road game against Archbishop Moeller this week. The Bombers have a great offensive line led by 2022’s Cameron Collins and Brian Parker II, a Duke commit. Archbishop Moeller’s top 2022 recruit is tight end Josh Kattus, a Kentucky commit.

Sept. 17: Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.) (2-1) vs. No. 17 Buford (Ga.) (3-0)

Buford is the No. 2 team in Georgia. How will they fare against a Top 15 team in Florida?

Sept. 17: No. 23 Atascocita (Humble, Texas) (3-0) vs. Guyer (Denton, Texas) (3-0)

The winner of this game will be in next week’s Power 25.

Sept. 17: Stillwater (Okla.) (2-0) vs. No. 24 Bixby (Okla.) (2-0)

Bixby running back Braylin Presley, an Oklahoma State commit, is one of the top running backs in the country. Can 2022 linebacker Gabe Brown and the rest of the Stillwater defense slow him down? Brown is also committed to Oklahoma State.

Sept. 17: Gonzaga (Washington D.C.) (3-0) vs. St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.) (1-1)

If Gonzaga wins this week there is a very strong chance they’ll be in next week’s Power 25.

Sept. 17: Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) (2-1) vs. St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.) (1-1)

A loss for St. Frances would bring them to two on the season and eliminate them from Power 25 contention for the rest of the year.

Sept. 17: Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.) (3-0) vs. Greenwood (S.C.) (4-0)

Dutch Fork is the No. 1 team in South Carolina. Their top player is 2022 wide receiver Antonio Williams. The Silver Foxes need to win this week to stay on our Power 25 radar.

Sept. 17: Duncanville (Texas) (1-1) vs. DeSoto (Texas) (2-1)

This game is one of the top rivalry matchups in Texas. Whichever team wins, will stay on our Power 25 radar.

Sept. 18: Delbarton (Morristown, N.J.) (2-0) vs. No. 9 Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) (2-0)

Expect Bergen Catholic to win this game, but Delbarton hasn’t lost a game since 2019. Bergen Catholic’s top players are 2022 cornerback Jaeden Gould, a USC commit, 2022 cornerback Jayden Bellamy, a Notre Dame commit, and 2022 QB Steve Angeli, a Notre Dame commit. Delbarton’s is 2022 Stanford tight end commit Pat Caughey.

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