Video: Top 10 games of 2017
MaxPreps host Zack Poff looks at 10 of the best football games in 2017.
Those intrigued by the national high school football scene better clear some room on their DVRs — at least by the weekend of Aug. 25-27.
That's when ESPN will present its Summer of Next
series with seven games televised on its three major channels.
Here are the games and at least seven good reasons to tune in. All scheduled starts are Eastern Standard Time.Friday, Aug. 25
St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 7 p.m.
Two perennial Top 10 teams face off and feature two of the best secondary players in the country in Bosco's Jaiden Woodbey
and Aquinas' Asante Samuel
. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) at Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 9 p.m.
This one features the defending national champion and host Gaels, who are riding a 54-game win streak. Saturday, Aug. 26
Union (Tulsa, Okla.) at Broken Arrow (Okla.), noon
The home team, with 19 returning starters, looks to upset the defending state champion.
Saraland (Ala.) vs. Heard County (Franklin, Ga.), 3:30 p.m.
The first of a doubleheader highlights two of the nation's better quarterbacks in Saraland's Jack West
, a Stanford commit, and Heard County's Emory Jones
, who is headed to Ohio State. The game will be played at Carterville (Ga.).
Bartram Trail (St. Johns, Fla.) at Cartersville (Ga.), 7:30 p.m.
Auburn-bound athlete/quarterback Joey Gatewood
hopes to upstage the nation's No. 1 recruit Trevor Lawrence
, the all-everything quarterback who has led his team to two straight state titles and is headed to Clemson. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) at Chandler (Ariz.), 10:30 p.m.
Defending 6A champion Chandler is taking on the daunting challenge of facing an IMG Academy squad that boasts 12 of the top 300 seniors in the country, according to 247Sports.
Sunday, Aug. 27
Wayne (Huber Heights, Ohio) at Pine-Richland (Gibsonia, Pa.), 1:30 p.m.
Notre Dame fans will want to tune into this one, as Pine-Richland quarterback Philip Jurkovec
is committed to the Fighting Irish.