Video: Gorman, Aquinas September showdownNevada-Florida matchup headlines look at this season's biggest games.
Early Contenders: Top 10 Biggest Games of the Season
Aug. 26 | No. 13 Katy (Texas) at No. 26 Westlake (Austin, Texas)
Katy is the defending MaxPreps national champion and is 142-11 over the past decade. But Westlake's Texas QB commit Sam Ehlinger
, the reigning MaxPreps National Junior Player of the year, is ready to tango in the first-time shootout.Aug. 27 | No. 4 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) at No. 2 Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
This battle is a blockbuster clash early in the season. IMG Academy has an astonishing 29 prospects with Division I offers and a whole lot of firepower. The defensive-minded Rams will rely on their star cornerback tandem of DeAngelo Gibbs
and Jamyest Williams
.Aug. 27 | No. 3 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) at No. 5 Cedar Hill (Texas)
Bishop Gorman has reeled off seven consecutive Nevada state titles and expectations are sky high once again behind returning quarterback Tate Martell
. The Gaels head into a hostile environment here where four-star QB and Notre Dame commit Avery Davis
will be waiting.
Sept. 2 | No. 20 Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) at No. 12 Steele (Cibolo, Texas)
Lake Travis three-star QB Charlie Brewer
piloted the Cavaliers to the state final a year ago. The entertaining dual-threat
stud is capable of putting up big numbers. But Steele has a potent
gunslinger of their own in four-star Texas Tech commit Xavier Martin
drove the Knights to the state semifinals. Lake Travis has won the two
battles between the in-state foes, with the last victory coming in 2009 (27-20).
Sept. 3 | No. 21 Centennial (Corona, Calif.) at IMG Academy
is a first-time meeting as two coasts collide. Centennial has arguably
the most dynamic playmaker in the nation in five-star receiver Tyjon Lindsey
, the No. 5 receiver in the country according to 247Sports
Sept. 9 | Bishop Gorman at No. 9 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
vanquished the Braves two seasons ago (34-31) in their lone matchup. But
St. John Bosco enjoys home field advantage this time around and has
revenge on the mind.
Sept. 23 | No. 8 DeSoto (Texas) at Cedar Hill
This game might be the most anticipated in-state showdown of the season as two Top 10 teams duke it out. Cedar Hill returns an impressive 16 overall starters and may field their best team in school history. The Longhorns own a 6-5 advantage in the all-time series and have won the last two pairings. But the Longhorns will be tested against the electrifying four-star TCU commit in QB Shawn Robinson.
Sept. 30 | No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) at Bishop Gorman
It doesn't get much better than a No. 1 vs. No. 3 confrontation, especially when perennial national heavyweights collide for the first time. This might be the best quarterback matchup of the season. Four-star St. Thomas Aquinas QB Jake Allen
(Florida commit) goes heads up with the No. 1 dual-threat QB Martell.
Oct. 21 | No. 6 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) at St. John Bosco
is arguably the top matchup in the state of California this season. Mater
Dei will ride the arm of the reigning MaxPreps National Freshman
Football Player of the year in QB J.T. Daniels
The Braves are a remarkable 41-3 during their last three nationally
ranked seasons and are at home.
Oct. 21 | IMG Academy at No.18 Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.)
This is a highly awaited battle between two perennial in-state heavyweights. Trinity Christian has captured three consecutive Florida Class 3A state titles and five-star do-it-all corner Shaun Wade
means business. The series is knotted at 1-1 after meetings in 2013 and 2014.