Video: Top 10 Games of the Week
Four Texas semifinals are featured in this week's action including both in the 6A Division 1 bracket.
Our last edition of Top 10 Games of the Week features five states led by the CIF Open Division championship between No. 1 St. John Bosco (Bellflower) and No. 8 De La Salle (Concord).
These two California powers last met was in the 2016 championship and the Braves rolled to a 56-33 win. This is the third meeting between the two and Bosco is 2-0 against the Spartans.
Five other state championships are on tap led by a Top 25 showdown in the Georgia 7A title game between No. 9 Lowndes (Valdosta) and No. 18 Marietta. The Vikings are going for their first state title since 2007 while the Blue Devils last one came in 1967.
Four Texas semifinal games are featured led by both 6A Division 1 contests.
No. 3 Duncanville vs. Rockwall and No. 6 North Shore (Houston) against Lake Travis (Austin).
MaxPreps Top 10 high school football Games of the Week
A win for St. John Bosco all but ensures them a spot at No. 1 to end the season and if De La Salle wins that opens the door for a few other teams. 2020 Clemson commit Uiagalelei put on one of the best performances of the year when he helped lead the Braves to a 39-34 win over previous No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship. The 5-star quarterback threw for 444 yards and five scores. The Spartans have won 12 straight since a season opening loss to No. 5 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).
Lowndes has been one of the most dominant teams in the country this year and a win over Marietta would go a long way for them. The Vikings are 14-0 and have won all but one game by double digits. Brown has emerged as one of the front runners to be named the MaxPreps Sophomore Football Player of the Year with the way he is playing under center. The Blue Devils are getting hot at the right time and 2020 Tennessee commit Bailey just threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns in their 42-31 semifinal win over Parkview (Lilburn).
If you like high-scoring affairs, this is the game for you. The Panthers are averaging 45.8 points per game and just scored 49 on No. 20 Carroll (Texas) in the quarterfinals. 2020 Texas commit Jackson has proven he can do it at a high level with both his arm and legs. Duncanville's defense is a little banged up and might be without 2020 Auburn commit Thompson Jr. again which could be a huge factor going up against Smith-Njigba. The 2020 Ohio State commit has 101 receptions for 2,110 yards and 35 touchdowns. He is 59 yards away from breaking the state's all-time record in career receiving yards but Lone Star's Marvin Mims is in the mix too, he is 67 yards away. They also play Saturday.
The defending 6A Division 1 state champs are peaking at the right time. They just scored 76 points against Atascocita (Humble) in the quarterfinals while Davis and Evans combined for 800 total yards and 10 touchdowns. North Shore has won 13 in a row and averages 61 points per game in the playoffs. The Cavaliers just got their best player back last week and Card lit up the Judson (Converse) defense. The future Longhorn threw for 342 yards and accounted for four touchdowns.
Saturday, 7 p.m. at Daytona Stadium (Daytona)
St. Thomas Aquinas is still in play for the No. 1 spot at the end of the season if they can get some help but first have to get by a very tough Edgewater squad on Saturday night. A win would give the Raiders their eighth state title over the last 13 years but first since 2016. It looks like Aquinas will play in the GEICO Bowl Series too if they win and face Hawaii power St. Louis (Honolulu)
, the No. 7 team in the Top 25. The Eagles are hoping they can ruin the party and are playing in their first football state championship.
Both teams are 14-0 heading into Saturday's semifinal. Ryan is glad the Highland Park (Dallas) hurdle is gone but things aren't any easier because Lone Star has been playing big-time football. The Rangers beat the three-time defending 5A Division 1 state champs (Highland Park) twice this year including a 33-27 overtime win in the third round. The Raiders are 56-0 against everyone not named Highland Park and 0-3 against the Scots since 2016.
Guyer entered the Top 25 for the first time this season and faces a huge test with a spot in the 6A Division 2 championship on the line. Westfield's only loss this year came by three points against No. 6 North Shore and the Mustangs have won 11 straight heading into Saturday's semifinal. The Wildcats lone defeat came against No. 20 Carroll (Southlake) and are two wins away from winning their first state title since 2013 when Jerrod Heard
led them to the 4A Division 1 championship.
Sierra Canyon's basketball team is getting all the spotlight but the football squad has been one of the best teams in Southern California this year. The Trailblazers are in the state championship for the second straight season and hope for a different result in 2019 after losing to Liberty (Brentwood) last season. Central took care of Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) in the Division 1-AA Northern California championship and are one win away from bringing home the state title back to Fresno.
The CIF Division 1-A championship is up for grabs before St. John Bosco and De La Salle lock horns in the night cap on Saturday. 2020 Washington commit Garbers has put up video-game numbers for the Sea Kings and is one win away from leading them to the first state title since 2013. Serra is one scrappiest teams in the state and has found a way to win despite losing its starting quarterback (Daylin McLemore
) in late October. They knocked off a very talented San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno) squad in the Division 1-A Northern California championship.
Both teams have knocked off some North Carolina powers on the way to the 4AA state championship. Vance beat Mallard Creek (Charlotte) in the second round and handed Richmond (Rockingham) its first loss of the season in the semifinals. Leesville Road took down the three-time defending state champs Wake Forest in the other semifinal.