Two defending state champion teams made a late-season push to earn their way into the Super 25 high school football rankings.
No. 24 Martinsburg (W.Va.), which won the 2016 AAA state championship, improved to 12-0 as quarterback Tyson Bangent threw four touchdown passes in a 54-0 defeat of John Marshall (Glen Dale) in an AAA quarterfinal Friday. The Bulldogs have allowed no points and two first downs in two playoff games.
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No. 25 Chandler (Ariz.), which began the season in the Super 25, returns and has a chance to win its second consecutive 6A championship in two weeks. The Wolves improved to 11-2 as quarterback Jacob Conover threw for 367 yards and seven touchdowns, including five to wide receiver Gunner Romney, in a 51-10 defeat of Red Mountain (Mesa) in a 6A semifinal Friday.
The top of the rankings stayed the same as No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) rolled past Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 55-13 in a Southern Section Div. I quarterfinal Friday. Elias Ricks had two interceptions.
Two previously ranked teams dropped out: No. 18 Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.) and No. 25 Centennial (Peoria, Ariz).