Now that the high school football season is in full swing, here’s how the Super 25 ranked football teams fared for games Sept. 20-21.
* All Times ET (Eastern Standard Time)
1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, California (4-0)
Next: Friday, Sept. 27 at St. John’s (Washington, D.C.), 8:30 p.m. ET
2. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (3-0)
Result: Won 36-0 vs. Miramar (Florida)
Takeaway: The Raiders pitched their second-straight shutout of the season, swarming Miramar from the opening kickoff. The Raiders didn’t allow a first down the entire game and just 21 yards of offense, all rushing. The Raiders are building a strong momentum defensively and seem to be hitting the right stride headed in to next week.
3. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, California (5-0)
Result: Won 42-10 at Mililani (Hawaii)
Takeaway: St. John Bosco cornerback Josh Alford, with one offer to his name, stole the show Saturday night as he had two interceptions, one of which was a pick-six. The defense limited a Mililani team that had scored more than 30 points in all six of its game to just 10. DJ Uiagalelei threw for almost 350 yards and Chedon James got in on the action with a 41-yard touchdown as the offense clicked a week after an average one. What we learned >>>
4. Duncanville, Texas (3-0)
Next: Friday, Sept. 27 at Berkner (Richardson, Texas), 8:30 p.m. ET
5. IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida (4-0)
Takeaway: IMG Academy’s strong third quarter and fourth quarter outburst put them atop St. John’s. There were difference makers all over, whether a Grant Miller pick-six, a Josh Griffis blocked PAT or two Kaytron Allen touchdowns. This wasn’t the blowout the Ascenders are accustomed to, but when it mattered, they came through. How big the win was will be clearer next week when St. John’s faces No. 1 Mater Dei. What we learned >>>
6. St. Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (6-0)
Result: Won 25-19 vs. Punahou (Hawaii).
Takeaway: Punahou got ahead early and gave St. Louis a scare, but Jayden de Laura and the prolific St. Louis offense showed it can get back into games. Down 10-0, St. Louis came back with help from de Laura, leading receiver Roman Wilson, who tallied 190 yards and two touchdowns, and Koali Nishigaya, who rushed for two second-half touchdowns.
7. Katy, Texas (4-0)
Result: Won 49-7 vs. Clear Springs (League City, Texas)
Takeaway: The rushing game was once again the catalyst for Katy as the team combined for 301 rushing yards and had 525 total yards. Running back Ron Hoff punched in three first-half touchdowns and quarterback Bronson McClelland completed nine of his first 10 passes and ran in a 46-yard touchdown to help the Tigers take a 35-7 lead at the break, and from there, it was just running out the clock.
8. Gonzaga, Washington, District of Columbia (3-0)
Result: Won 47-8 vs. Avalon (Wheaton, Md.)
Takeaway: The score shows dominance from Gonzaga, but it’s understating just how thoroughly the Eagles dominated the game. They led 40-0 at halftime, then scored one more touchdown in the third quarter before Avalon finally got on board in the final frame. It was no contest.
9. St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Maryland (4-1)
Result: Won 49-0 vs. Norland (Miami, Fla.)
Takeaway: That was a quick bounce-back from last week’s loss to Mater Dei, which broke St. Frances’ winning streak. Blake Corum had another stellar game, scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter alone — including one on a punt return — to give St. Frances a lead that the out-of-state opponent could not come back from. Forum finished with four touchdowns, all in the first half, and St. Frances ran away with the win.
10. De La Salle, Concord, California (4-1)
Result: Won 35-0 vs. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.)
Takeaway: With more than 10:30 remaining in the second quarter, De La Salle scored its 35th point of the game. There would not be another point. The Spartans simply didn’t need to score again. The offensive line was incredible for the team, as quarterback Dorian Hale and running backs Shamar Garrett and James Coby moved the ball at will. The defense didn’t allow Buchanan to do a thing, and De La Salle continues to impress.
11. Lakeland, Fla. (5-0)
Result: Won 37-6 vs. Hialeah (Florida)
Takeaway: The Dreadnaughts just missed their first shutout since their season opening win, giving up a touchdown with just over a minute left in regulation. Lakeland cornerback Kendall Dennis set the tone late in the first quarter halting Hialeah’s drive with an interception in the endzone. The Dreadnaughts were equally efficient offensively behind a strong performance from running back Demarkcus Bowman, a Clemson commit. The Dreadnaughts’ balanced attack is getting stronger by the week and will only be tougher to contend with as the season progresses.
12. John Curtis, River Ridge, Louisiana (3-0)
Result: Won 72-12 at Landry-Walker (New Orleans)
Takeaway: John Curtis scored 10 touchdowns, including a pick-six, and had 422 rushing yards in its blowout of Landry-Walker. Corey Wren and Shane Goins had a combined 174 rushing yards on eight total carries on their own. The Patriots led 35-12 at the half and then put up 37 unanswered in the second, etching their 21st straight regular season victory.
13. Trinity, Louisville, Kentucky (4-1)
Takeaway: Male knocked Trinity out of the semifinals last season in a one-possession game en route to a championship. The Bulldogs proved they’re still the team to beat, defeating undefeated Trinity 20-17 in double-overtime. Quarterback Elijah Parish got sacked to open double OT, but that didn’t prevent him from completing an 11-yard touchdown pass to three-star Izayah Cummings, who finished the game with six catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns. What we learned >>>
14. Eastside Catholic, Sammamish, Washington (3-0)
Takeaway: It wasn’t intended to be a proxy Ohio State-Michigan battle, but the cross-border matchup between No. 14 Eastside Catholic and Pinnacle played out that way Friday night. In the end, future Ohio State wide receiver Gee Scott Jr. scored both his team’s first and last touchdowns as Eastside held off a series of rallies and late attempts from Michigan-bound quarterback J.D. Johnson and company to remain undefeated and set up a clear path to a perfect regular season. What we learned >>>
15. Allen, Texas (4-0)
Result: Won 56-20 at Plano (Texas)
Takeaway: Quarterback Raylen Sharpe threw three touchdowns in the first quarter as Allen took a 28-0 lead by the end of the first frame and wouldn’t come close to relinquishing it in the convincing win over Plano — the Eagles’ 14th straight over the Wildcats. Allen is now 4-0 and is averaging more than 40 points per contest.
16. Pickerington (Ohio) Central (3-1)
Lost 19-14 at Groveport-Madison (Ohio)
Takeaway: A week after putting up 49 points, the Pickerington Central offense could not get going. Defensive pressure got to quarterback Demeatric Crenshaw, who was sacked at a couple important junctures, including the second-to-last play of the possession to lead to a 4th-and-13, and Groveport did enough on offense to complement the defensive effort. Pickerington Central scored 14 in the second quarter — but with a nine-point fourth quarter, Groveport was able to complete the comeback.
17. Grayson, Georgia (4-0)
Result: Won 35-21 vs. Westlake (Atlanta)
Takeaway: No lead is safe when you’re playing the Rams; last week they scored 14 unanswered points to upset then No. 5 Marietta (Ga.), and this week they reeled off 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to take command against Westlake. The Rams can’t keep playing from behind, but with a solid defense and a talented running back like Lafayette Gurvin Jr., Grayson has the talent to remain in contention no matter what the scoreboard says. The Rams will need all hands on deck in next week’s meeting with Colquitt County (Norman, Park, Ga.).
18. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, Nevada (3-1)
Next: Friday, Sept. 27 vs. Silverado (Las Vegas), 10 p.m. ET
19. Highland Springs, Virginia (4-0)
Result: Won 54-13 vs. North Stafford (Va.)
Takeaway: There were simply too many weapons for North Stafford to stop. Seven Highland Springs players scored touchdowns and three-star junior quarterback Jamareeh Jones threw for 176 yards on only six completions. Highland Springs has now scored 40 or more points in three of the four games and had 54 in two of them.
20. Marietta, Georgia (3-1)
Next: Friday, Oct. 4 vs. Edgewater (Orlando, Fla.), 7 p.m. ET
21. St. Joseph Regional, Montvale, New Jersey (3-0)
Takeaway: Audric Estime is establishing himself as a star at St. Joseph, racking up 170 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the Green Knight’s takedown of DePaul. Andre Epps added a pair of scores himself, and St. Joseph won its third game of the season. The toughest test yet will be next week against St. Frances Academy (Baltimore), the No. 9 team in the country currently on a bye after losing its first game. What we learned >>>
22. Chandler, Arizona (4-0)
Next: Friday, Sept. 27 vs. Desert Ridge (Mesa, Ariz.), 10 p.m. ET
23. North Shore, Galena Park, Texas (2-1)
Next: Friday, Sept. 27 vs. La Porte (Texas), 8 p.m. ET
24. Muskegon, Michigan (4-0)
Result: Won 58-0 vs. Kenowa Hills (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Takeaway: Muskegon jumped to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter, pulled ahead by 38 at the end of the half and continued its shutout throughout. Cameron Martinez only rushed the ball three times for six yards — one of which came on a five-yard touchdown run — but his arm was effective, completing eight of 12 passes. Japrie Henderson led the team with 129 receiving yards and punched in a touchdown. Tommy Watts had two touchdowns and 81 yards on just three carries.
25. Bergen Catholic, Oradell, New Jersey (1-1)
Takeaway: In a wild finish, St. Peter’s Prep proved its superiority to Bergen Catholic. Bergen Catholic drove to take the three-point lead with 1:55 remaining in the game, but the defense was unable to get one last stop. St. Peter’s quarterback Tahj Bullock and wide receiver Jelani Mason connected for a 26-yard touchdown with just 24 seconds left to take down the Crusaders. Bergen Catholic’s time in the Super 25 was short. What we learned >>>