Now that the high school football season is in full swing, here’s how the Super 25 ranked football teams fared for games Oct. 3-5.
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1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, California (6-0)
Takeaway: Quarterback Bryce Young showed some vulnerabilities with a pair of interceptions, but he still threw four touchdowns to four different receivers. The Mater Dei defense was stifling and a botched punt return by Orange Lutheran helped the Monarchs get a safety. This may be Trinity League play, but they still look unbeatable. What We Learned>>>
2. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (5-0)
Result: Won 56-28 at Mandarin (Jacksonville, Florida)
3. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, California (6-0)
Takeaway: There have been instances this season where St. John Bosco’s offense doesn’t move the way it has in the past, but this was the closest its come to losing to a team not named Mater Dei in a long time. In fact, if it weren’t for Servite’s two missed PATs — including one that would have tied the game at 27 — Bosco would have had to score late instead of merely finding a way to eat up all the clock. When Bosco is on, it still could make the claim as best team in the country. But when it’s not clicking the way it can, they’re vulnerable against top competition. What We Learned >>>
4. Duncanville, Texas (5-0)
Result: Won 61-0 vs. Skyline (Dallas, Texas)
Takeaway: Duncanville may have made its loudest pronouncement of intent thus far with a 61-0 rout of crosstown rival and traditional state power Dallas Skyline. Duncanville’s defense remained masterful, completely shutting down an offense that entered averaging nearly 33 points per game. Meanwhile, the Panthers offense was so successful that they swapped all the important members of the starting unit for the second half.
5. IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida (6-0)
Result: Won 50-0 vs. Clarkson Football North (Mississauga, Ontario)
6. St. Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (8-0)
Result: Won 41-7 over Farrington (Honolulu).
Takeaway: St. Louis’ Jayden de Laura clearly isn’t complacent after committing to Washington State. The quarterback had five total touchdowns — three passing and two on the ground — to help rout another opponent. Matthew Sykes contributed to the lopsided score early when he had five receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.
7. Katy, Texas (5-0)
Takeaway: A different playmaker stepped up for Katy: wide receiver Jordan Patrick, who scored two touchdowns in the third quarter, the first being a punt return and the second a reception. This extended Katy’s lead to 35-10. However, they couldn’t shut the door on Tompkins. The Falcons rattled off 20 straight points behind quarterback Jalen Milroe, making it close, but Katy held on against the crosstown rival. What We Learned >>>
8. Gonzaga, Washington, District of Columbia (6-0)
Result: Won 41-7 vs. Leesburg (Florida)
9. St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Maryland (6-1)
Result: Won 49-7 vs. Venice (Florida) High School
Takeaway: The Panthers put a full game together in Friday’s win, clicking on all cylinders on both sides of the ball. Running back Blake Corum, a Michigan commit, set the tone for the Panthers’ offense dominating on the ground all night. The Panthers defense came up with multiple takeaways all night and the offense made Venice pay for its sloppy play.
10. De La Salle, Concord, California (6-1)
Result: Won 49-14 at Monte Vista (Danville, California)
Takeaway: Running back Shamar Garrett continues to be a difference maker, scoring two touchdowns on the ground and adding a 76-yard punt return for another score. James Coby had a 72-yard touchdown. The defense picked off Monte Vista quarterback Jack Stewardson twice and had four sacks. It was another all-around strong performance for the Spartans.
11. Lakeland, Florida (7-0)
Result: Won 42-6 vs. Centennial High School (Port St. Lucie, Florida)
Takeaway: After the Dreadnaughts forced Centennial top punt in the opening series, Fenley Graham, a Florida commit, returned the punt 95 yards for a score and Lakeland never looked back. Offensively, the Dreadnaughts were sharp all night, moving the ball with precision and mixing up the offensive attack. The defensive was equally impressive, coming up with multiple sacks and pass breakups all night. Lakeland put together the type of total team effort that will serve them well as they return to district play next week.
12. John Curtis, River Ridge, Louisiana (5-0)
Result: Won 61-0 vs. Lake Placid (Florida)
13. Allen, Texas (5-0)
Next: Friday, Oct. 11 at Plano East (Plano, Texas), 8 p.m. ET
14. Eastside Catholic, Sammamish, Washington (5-0)
Result: Won 42-21 at Garfield (Seattle, Washington)
15. Highland Springs, Virginia (6-0)
Result: Won 41-8 at Henrico (Richmond, Virginia)
16. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, Nevada (5-1)
Result: Won 49-6 at Desert Oasis (Las Vegas)
Takeaway: Bishop Gorman built up a 42-6 lead at halftime and cruised through the second half of their game against another Nevada also-ran, Desert Oasis. The Gaels stepped off the gas, scoring points on just one drive in the second half of the 49-6 rout. Gorman always expects to cruise in games against other Nevada foes, and Desert Oasis fit that description even though it entered with a 4-1 record. With another win under their belt, the Gaels move forward and continue to tread water with a chance to move up the national rankings as soon as teams in front begin to fall off.
17. Chandler, Arizona (6-0)
Takeaway: This championship rematch was another shootout… but this was even a more high-scoring affair than the previous matchups. Chandler’s Eli Sanders, finally eligible after transferring, looks like he’ll be a boon in an offense already loaded with playmakers. He and running back Dae Dae Hunter combined for eight touchdowns. Perry quarterback Chubba Purdy made impressive throws, but the Pumas weren’t able to withstand Chandler’s firepower. What We Learned >>>
18. Male, Louisville, Kentucky (6-0)
Result: Won 49-0 at Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville, Kentucky)
19. Mentor, Ohio (6-0)
Result: Won 41-7 at Solon (Ohio)
Takeaway: Mentor had to go on the road and face a tough Greater Cleveland Conference opponent in Solon, who had won three of the last four meetings. But Mentor was too much for the Comets this time. Mentor running back Riley Coughlin got things started with a 5-yard touchdown run (three on the game) midway through the first quarter. Solon would respond with an interception return for a touchdown at the top of the second quarter to tie the game but that would be the last point for the Comets while the Cardinals reeled off 34 straight. Mentor’s spotless record and wins against top Ohio teams will no doubt give them a case for a higher spot in the rankings. If they continue to play like this it’s possible they could crack the top 10 in the near future.
20. Muskegon, Michigan (5-0)
Result: Won 49-10 at Jenison (Michigan)
21. Marietta, Georgia (4-1)
Result: Won 39-24 vs. Edgewater (Orlando, Florida)
Takeaway: Marietta was facing a stiff test against previously unbeaten Edgewater after falling to Grayson High School (Loganville, Georgia) two weeks ago, but the Blue Devils answered the call. Marietta took an 18-10 halftime lead and held off a late surge by Edgewater in the fourth quarter to secure the win. They’ll need a similar effort next week against yet another undefeated team in North Paulding High School (Dallas, Georgia).
22. North Shore, Galena Park, Texas (4-1)
Result: Won 52-14 at King (Houston, Texas)
23. Owasso, Oklahoma (5-0)
Result: Won 44-0 at Edmond North (Edmond, Oklahoma)
Takeaway: Owasso put together arguably its most complete performance of the season in a 44-0 rout of Edmond North. The Rams spread their offensive firepower throughout multiple running backs and steamrolled a frankly overwhelmed North squad. Derrick Overstreet finished with a pair of touchdowns on the ground, Trey Goins caught two touchdown passes and quarterback Cole Duggar finished with 267 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Meanwhile, the defense held Edmond North in check all night, allowing just 55 yards of total offense in the shutout.
24. Dutch Fork, Irmo, South Carolina (6-0-1)
Result: Won 55-10 at Chapin (South Carolina)
Takeaway: The Silver Foxes dominated Chapin with balance and the Tyler Olenchuk to Jalin Hyatt connection was a motif in this win. Dutch Fork will need a similar effort against undefeated River Bluff High School (Lexington, South Carolina) next week. The Gators have been dominant most of the season, but they haven’t seen an offense as precise as Dutch Fork’s. If Olenchuk and Hyatt are clicking again the Silver Foxes will be hard to beat.
25. Guyer, Denton, Texas (4-1)
Takeaway: The Guyer vs. Southlake Carroll matchup lived up to the hype. Dragons quarterback Quinn Ewers had six touchdowns in the victory, and after falling behind 14-0, led Southlake Carroll on a 46-20 run over the remainder of the game. It was one of Riley Dodge’s most impressive wins as head coach. What We Learned >>>