Now that the high school football season is in full swing, here’s how the Super 25 ranked football teams fared for games Sept. 27-28.
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1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, California (5-0)
Takeaway: For the first time this season, Mater Dei trailed at the half. The Monarchs then outscored St. John’s 33-3 in the second half to cruise to its fifth win of the season. Bryce Young threw for more than 400 yards and had five touchdowns, the offensive line largely kept him protected, and the defense dominated the final two frames against a very talented St. John’s team. Mater Dei has strength all over. And while the Cadets remain one of the more talented programs in the nation, they haven’t been able to win against other top teams and lose their fourth straight. What We Learned>>>
2. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (4-0)
Result: Won 45-24 vs. Carol City (Miami)
Takeaway: The Chiefs punched the Raiders early in the first quarter and St. Thomas Aquinas came out swinging from that point on. Defensive back Ja’Den McBurrows was all over the place for the Raiders, returning an interception for a score and blocking a punt, which led to another score then fellow defensive back Blaine Anderson scooped up a fumble and took it in for another score. Offensively, the Raiders set the tone in the second half, going 55 yards in just six plays and scoring on quarterback Zion Turner’s 15-yard scamper to take a 21-6 lead. The Raiders showed impressive poise in this one, precisely what they’ll need going into the second half of the season. What We Learned >>>
3. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, California (5-0)
Next: Friday, Oct. 4 at Servite (Anaheim, California), 10 p.m. ET
4. Duncanville, Texas (4-0)
Result: Won 42-0 at Berkner (Richardson, Texas)
Takeaway: The Panthers showed why they are a top five team. With a balanced offense and a fierce defense it’s hard to believe they will face a challenge until the playoffs. Roderick Daniels finished with four catches and 101 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown pass from Ja’Quinden Jackson to start the game.
5. IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida (5-0)
Result: Won 52-14 vs. Booker T. Washington (Miami, Florida)
Takeaway: IMG had 599 total yards and the game against Booker T. Washington was no real contest. The team had 397 rushing yards and six touchdowns behind Lovasea Carroll and Kaytron Allen. Meanwhile, the Tornadoes were able to move the ball on the ground a fair bit, but with only 104 passing yards, their offense was no match for the dominant IMG defense.
6. St. Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (6-0)
Result: Won 54-21 over Mililani (Hawaii)
Takeaway:St. Louis quarterback Jayden de Laura threw five touchdowns passes, and made just one interception as St. Louis’ high-octane offense shined. St. Louis’ Koali Nishigaya finished with 263 receiving yards and scored in the rushing attack and receiving game to help his team get the win over a Hawaii power. Mililani will look to bounce back next week after two consecutive losses.
7. Katy, Texas (4-0)
Next: Thursday, Oct. 3 at Tompkins (Katy, Texas), 7 p.m. ET
8. Gonzaga, Washington, District of Columbia (6-0)
Result: Won 48-7 vs. Plant (Tampa, Florida)
9. St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Maryland (5-1)
Takeaway: The defense for St. Frances was phenomenal, particularly against the rush, as star St. Joseph running back Audric Estime wasn’t able to get going. The Panthers only put up seven points in the first half, but turned to its rushing attack in the third quarter, scoring three touchdowns on the ground. It was a strong showing for the Panthers. What We Learned>>>
10. De La Salle, Concord, California (5-1)
Result: Won 55-17 at St. Mary’s (Stockton, California)
Takeaway: Need to see more ways De La Salle can score on you? Running back Shamar Garrett took the handoff… and then fired it downfield to wide receiver Grant Daley for a 64-yard touchdown. With so many unique ways to score and a vicious defense tough to penetrate, near-40-point wins are no surprise.
11. Lakeland, Fla. (6-0)
Result: Won 59-0 vs. Strawberry Crest (Dover, Florida)
Takeaway: We all know running back Demarkcus Bowman is one of the biggest offensive threats in the nation. But when the entire Lakeland team clicks, they’re unstoppable. The Dreadnaughts scored five touchdowns and a safety in the first half, and among the touchdowns were a kickoff return and pick-six.
12. John Curtis, River Ridge, Louisiana (3-0)
Result: Won 36-22 at St. Augustine (New Orleans)
Takeaway: After scoring 72 points last week, John Curtis looked like it may be turning into one of the most explosive offensive teams in the nation. But on Saturday, the defense held the fort for much of the game. The Patriots offense couldn’t move the ball outside a few huge gains and had multiple turnovers, and special teams struggled, muffing two punts and losing one of them. But the defense prevented St. Augustine from doing much with a dominant defensive line, though the secondary was susceptible to the deep pass at times. Quarterback Collin Guggenheim had four rushing touchdowns – 53 yards, 42 yards, 76 yards and finally, a two-yard score to ice the game – and Corey Wren had one of 94 yards. But the decisive play might have been the missed Purple Knights field goal that would have put the Patriots behind 25-22 midway through the fourth quarter. After the miss, Guggenheim rushed home the 76-yard scamper. John Curtis pulled out the victory in a tight, tight game, tighter than the score indicates.
13. Allen, Texas (5-0)
Result: Won 49-21 vs. McKinney (Texas)
Takeaway: The undefeated Eagles overcame a slow start and second quarter 14-13 deficit to score 36 consecutive points in a 49-21 rout of McKinney High School. Running back Jordan Johnson led the way to the end zone, scoring three touchdowns in the first half en route to 106 rushing yards in the win, while starting quarterback and SMU commit Raylen Sharpe threw for one touchdown and ran for another as part of 280 yards of total offense.
14. Eastside Catholic, Sammamish, Washington (4-0)
Result: Won 43-6 vs. Rainier Beach (Seattle).
15. Highland Springs, Virginia (5-0)
Result: Won 39-7 at Page (Greensboro, North Carolina)
Takeaway: Quarterback Jamaareh Jones only threw seven passes, but that was all he needed. He completed all seven for 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Both touchdowns and 145 of his passing yards went to wide receiver Laquan Veney, according to Greensboro, who also scored on a punt return.
16. Grayson, Georgia (4-1)
Takeaway: The Rams finally found a team that they couldn’t score at-will against in the second half. After winning as “comeback kids” in the last two weeks, the Rams fell behind big early and never recovered against a talented Packers team. Colquitt County got a record-setting game from running back Daijun Edwards, who became the school’s touchdowns leader and all-time leading rusher in the win. With the win the Packers once again solidified their spot as a powerhouse in the state and the region. What We Learned >>>
17. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, Nevada (4-1)
Result: Won 62-0 vs. Silverado (Las Vegas)
18. St. Joseph Regional, Montvale, New Jersey (3-1)
Takeaway: St. Joseph couldn’t take advantage of opportunities and St. Frances turnovers in the first half. With two missed field goals, the Green Knights trailed by seven at the break, but St. Frances pounded the ball in the third and scored three touchdowns on the ground. After a formidable fight in the first half, St. Joseph wasn’t able to keep up with this top-10 team that almost never loses. What We Learned>>>
19. Muskegon, Michigan (5-0)
Result: Won 59-0 vs. Fruitport (Michigan)
Takeaway: Running back Tommy Watts had three touchdowns in the first half as Muskegon jumped ahead of Fruitport and didn’t look back. The Big Reds topped last week’s 58-0 win with a 59-0 victory over Fruitport, and have now scored more than 40 points in four of their games.
20. Marietta, Georgia (3-1)
Next: Friday, Oct. 4 vs. Edgewater (Orlando, Florida), 7 p.m. ET
21. Chandler, Arizona (5-0)
Result: Won 52-14 vs. Desert Ridge (Mesa, Arizona), 10 p.m. ET
Takeaway: Chandler finally played its first home game of the season, and the Wolves showed its local fans exactly why they’re special. For the fourth game in a row, they put up more than 50 points. Running back Dae Dae Hunter had three first half touchdowns and finished with 159 total yards, Rodney Clemente scored a pair as well and eight different players had a reception. The reigning state champs are rolling.
22. North Shore, Galena Park, Texas (3-1)
Result: Won 56-3 vs. La Porte (Texas)
Takeaway: Zach Evans returned, marking his first appearance since Week 1, and made his presence felt in just a handful of carries. He had eight runs for 133 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Roger Hagan also had two rushing touchdowns and Dematrius Davis had three as North Shore pounded La Porte.
23. Owasso, Oklahoma (4-0)
Result: Won 34-10 at Union (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Takeaway: After forcing their way into the Super 25, the Rams are now making a show of why they deserve to stay. Facing off against perennial Oklahoma state title contenders Tulsa Union a week after dispatching defending champ Broken Arrow, Owasso was all business, scoring on four first half possessions en route to a 27-3 lead and cruising to a 34-10 win in front of their home fans. The victory, sparked by three first half touchdowns from running back Isaiah Jacobs, snapped a 10-game home losing streak to Union and checked off what may have been the team’s toughest test after Broken Arrow before the playoffs.
24. Mentor, Ohio (5-0)
Result: Won 63-7 vs. Medina (Ohio)
Takeaway: Medina fumbled the first play from scrimmage, setting up the first of Mentor quarterback Ian Kipp’s four first-half touchdowns. The Cardinals had 372 yards of offense in the first half en route to a 521-yard performance. Running back Brian Trobel had 184 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns while the defense dominated Medina for another Mentor win.
25. Dutch Fork, Irmo, South Carolina (5-0-1)
Result: Won 49-0 vs. Northwestern (Rock Hill, South Carolina)
Takeaway: Dutch Fork’s offense moved like a well-oiled machine all afternoon, racking up 419 yards of total offense. On the defensive side, the Silver Foxes held Northwestern to just 140 yards of total offense. Dutch Fork quarterback Tyler Olenchuk went 12-of-24 for 220 yards and four touchdowns and receiver Elijah Spencer caught four passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The win extended Dutch Fork’s current winning streak to 31.