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- No. 4 Murphy (NC) vs. No. 5 Northside - Pinetown (Pinetown, NC)Saturday 12:00pm (Local time)
Full bracket can be found here - 2020-2021 Football Championships 1AA
- No. 2 East Surry (Pilot Mountain, NC) vs. No. 1 Tarboro (NC)Saturday 12:00pm (Local time)
Full bracket can be found here - 2020-2021 Football Championships 2A
- No. 2 Mountain Heritage (Burnsville, NC) vs. No. 1 Reidsville (NC)Saturday 5:00pm (Local time)
Full bracket can be found here - 2020-2021 Football Championships 2AA
- No. 7 Salisbury (NC) vs. No. 2 St. Pauls (NC)Thursday 7:00pm (Local time)
Full bracket can be found here - 2020-2021 Football Championships 3A
- No. 4 Charlotte Catholic (Charlotte, NC) vs. No. 3 Havelock (NC)Friday 7:00pm (Local time)
Full bracket can be found here - 2020-2021 Football Championships 3AA
- No. 2 Mount Tabor (Winston-Salem, NC) vs. No. 1 Cleveland (Clayton, NC)Thursday 7:00pm (Local time)
Full bracket can be found here - 2020-2021 Football Championships 4A
Buford continues to get strong pitching as it jumps to a 14-0 start. Along with Dylan Lesko's 12 strikeouts against Lanier, Buford also got a no-hitter from Connor Sampers against Habersham Central.
Calvary Christian Academy, which sat at No. 1 spot for one week after preseason No. 1 Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) had lost two weeks ago, was only able to get one hit off of IMG Academy's Jackson Ferris, who also struck out 10. IMG Academy handed All-America candidate Andrew Painter his first loss of the season.
Only two new teams entered the rankings this week. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), with only a loss to Stoneman Douglas marring its record, joined the rankings at No. 15, while Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.) joins at No. 22.
Dropped out: Spruce Creek (Fla.), Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas).
Game of the Week: IMG Academy 2, Calvary Christian Academy 0. The Ascenders knocked off the No. 1 team in the country with a one-hitter by Jackson Ferris. Drake Varnado and Tommy White also hit home runs in the win. Andrew Painter of Calvary Christian Academy suffered his first loss of the season.
Player of the Week: Brady House, Winder-Barrow. The All-America candidate had three doubles and two home runs in leading the Bulldogs to four wins last week.
Recruit Watch: Vito Valincius, Baylor. The first baseman got his season off to a good start with two home runs in Baylor's season-opening win over Gordon Lee.
Game to Watch:IMG Academy vs. Calvary Christian Academy. The Eagles get a rematch with the Ascenders on Friday. This time IMG Academy is No. 3 and Calvary Christian Academy is No. 5 in the country.
1. Buford (Ga.)
Record: 14-0 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. Lanier 8-0, 8-1, def. Habersham Central, 15-0.
Stats: Jax Brockett struck out 10 in the 8-0 win and Stan Zagrodnik added a double and a triple. Dylan Lesko struck out 12 in six innings for the 8-1 win. He also had a triple while Ayden Digiacomo had a home run. Connor Sampers threw a 4-inning no-hitter with 5 strikeouts against Habersham Central.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Habersham Central.
2. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record: 14-0 | Last week: 3
Results: Def. St. Louis Catholic, 2-1; Catholic-B.R. (Baton Rouge), 9-1, 5-3, 1-0.
Stats: Jack Walker struck out 11 in a 9-1 win over Catholic. Adam Guth struck out eight in a 5-3 win while Landon Victorian struck out 8 in the 1-0 win.
Next: Tue. vs. St. Louis Catholic (Lake Charles), Thur. vs. Zachary.
3. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record: 11-1 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Montverde Academy, 16-0; def. Calvary Christian Academy, 2-0.
Stats: Drake Varnado had two home runs and Elijah Green and Tommy White had one each against Montverde. Varnado and White each hit home runs against Calvary Christian Academy as well. Jackson Ferris threw a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts.
Next: Fri. vs. Calvary Christian Academy
4. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 4
Next: Tue. vs. Chaparral
5. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record: 7-1 | Last week: 1
Results: Lost to IMG Academy, 2-0
Stats: Andrew Painter took the loss, giving up two runs on two hits with four strikeouts.
Next: Tues. vs. North Broward Prep; Fri. vs. IMG Academy.
6. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record: 10-1 | Last week: 6
Results: Def. Jefferson 3-0, 7-2, def. Sarasota, 3-0, def. Sickles, 14-4; def. Wharton, 6-5.
Stats: Wes Mendes (6) and Kris Sosnowski (7) combined for 13 strikeouts in the 3-0 win over Jefferson. Mendes also had a double and a grand slam in the 7-2 win over Jefferson with Jake Kulikowski adding a home run. Dominic Castellano threw a 7-inning no-hitter with 8 strikeouts against Sarasota.
Next: Wed. at Saladino Tournament.
7. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 14
Results: Def. Parkview, 9-2
Stats: DeYon Cannon was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the win.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Parkview
8. Sam Houston (Lake Charles, La.)
Record: 16-0 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. Rosepine, 3-2; def. Ouachita, 11-7; def. Alexandria, 10-7; def. Tioga, 4-2; def. Jena, 11-0, def. Pineville, 3-2.
Stats: Dylan Thompson had a double and home run against Alexandria. Dallas Rhodes had two doubles against Ouachita.
Next: Thur. vs. Airline.
9. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 16
Results: def. Northwest Rankin, 20-2; def. Germantown, 16-0; def. Neshoba Central, 6-0; def. Ridgeland, 8-1.
Stats: Hunter Hines had a home run against Northwest Rankin. Braden Montgomery threw three, no-hit innings with eight strikeouts against Germantown. Beau Bryans and Brendon Minor combined for a no-hitter against Neshoba Central.
Next: Wed. vs. New Hope, Thur. vs. North Pike.
10. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
Record: 11-1 | Last week: 10
Results: def. Dunedin, 8-2; def. Clearwater Central Catholic, 6-0; def. Berkeley Prep, 10-0, def. Seminole, 3-2.
Stats: Tyler Dietz struck out 10 against Central Catholic and Jack Cebert threw a five-inning no-hitter with eight strikeouts against Berkeley Prep.
Next: Thur. vs. Clearwater Central Catholic.
11. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record: 10-1 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Hialeah, 5-4; def. Boca Raton, 2-0, def. Cardinal Gibbons, 11-10.
Stats: Rolando Lujo had a home run against Hialeah. Chris Arroyo struck out 6 against Boca Raton.
Next: Thur. vs. Monsignor Pace.
12. Carrollton (Ga.)
Record: 14-1 | Last week: 17
Results: Def. Bremen, 6-5. def. South Paulding, 11-5.
Stats: Colton Cosper went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI against Bremen. Cosper also struck out 10 against South Paulding.
Next: Wed. vs. South Paulding; Thur. vs. Douglas County.
13. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record: 14-2-2 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Cedar Park, 11-0; def. Vista Ridge, 4-1; Harker Heights, 10-0; tied College Station, 7-7; def. Reagan, 5-4; lost to Cedar Park, 3-1.
Next: Tue. vs. San Marcos.
14. Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.)
Record: 9-1 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Santaluces, 12-0; def. Martin County, 2-0; def. Spanish River, 12-2, def. Boca Raton, 8-0; lost to Saint John Paul II, 4-1.
Stats: Tobin Moran threw a one-hitter with seven strikeouts against Santaluces. Dom Stagliano threw a seven-inning no-hitter with eight strikeouts against Martin County.
Next: March 22 vs. Cardinal Newman.
15. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record: 10-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Northeast, 16-1; def. McArthur, 7-1; def. Cypress Bay, 4-1.
Next: Wed. vs. Pembroke Pines Charter.
16. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
Record: 17-0-1 | Last week: 19
Results: Def. Veterans Memorial, 8-2; def. Floresville, 8-2; def. John Paul II, 7-2; def. Ingleside, 13-2; def. Bishop, 10-0; def. Robstown, 8-5.
Next: Tue. vs. Flour Bluff; Fri. vs. Victoria West.
17. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 9
Next: March 27 vs. Catholic Central.
18. Reagan (San Antonio)
Record: 17-2 | Last week: 13
Results: Def. Madison, 10-3; def. Clark, 3-0; lost to Lake Travis, 5-4; def. McNeil, 6-1; def. Vandegrift, 13-0; def. Vista Ridge, 7-2.
Next: Tue. vs. Brandeis; Fri. Johnson.
19. Tompkins (Katy, Texas)
Record: 15-1-1 | Last week: 18
Results: Def. Katy Taylor, 4-3; lost to George Ranch, 3-0; def. Magnolia, 18-5; def. Tomball, 7-0; def. Cypress Ridge, 10-0; def. Tomball Memorial, 4-2.
Next: Tue. vs. Morton Ranch; Thur. vs. Seven Lakes.
20. Auburn (Ala.)
Record: 13-1 | Last week: 20
Results: Def. Tuscaloosa County, 4-3; def. Baker, 9-4; def. Sparkman, 5-3; def. Gulf Shores, 2-0.
Stats: Jack Tullier struck out eight against Gulf Shores. Ryan Austin had a home run against Baker.
Next: Tue. vs. Benjamin Russell. Fri. vs. Harris County.
21. Owasso (Okla.)
Record: 8-0 | Last week: 21
Results: Def. Sapulpa, 10-0; def. Oktaha, 7-1; def. Enid, 4-3; def. Choctaw, 2-1.
Stats: Braden Blundell had a double and a home run against Sapulpa. Brennan Phillips struck out 16 against Choctaw.
Next: at Catoosa/Verdigris tournament.
22. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: NR
Results: .Def. Gordon Lee, 6-2.
Stats: Vito Valincius had two home runs and three RBI in Baylor's opener while Henry Godbout had a solo shot.
Next: Wed. vs. Bradley Central; Thur. vs. Soddy Daisy.
23. Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)
Record: 11-1 | Last week: 25
Results: Def. Dacula, 7-2, 7-4; def, Central Gwinnett, 13-0 and 21-0.
Stats: Brady House had a double and a home run in the 7-2 win. He also had a double in the 7-4 win. Andrew Lewis struck out 11 in a 5-inning no-hitter against Central Gwinnett. House had a double and a home run in the 13-0 win. Andreaus Lewis had a home run in the 21-0 win.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Central Gwinnett.
24. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 22
Results: Did not play
Next: Tue. vs. Franklin
25. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 23
Next: March 16-18 Grand Slam Tournament
All eyes, computer screens, binoculars, smart phones and TV cameras will be focused on Santa Ana Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday when Mater Dei (Santa Ana) and St. John Bosco (Bellflower) tangle to unofficially decide which is the best team not only in Southern California, but also the state and perhaps even the nation.
Just like it's been the last five years. Only no one is Christmas shopping.
The two national elites have been sparring, jabbing and throwing haymakers since 2016 to officially decide the Southern Section's Division I champion, which has parlayed into national ramifications, rankings and even championships.
Nothing in the short spring sample of nine games — five from Bosco and four by Mater Dei — has lessened their reputation nationally, according to Poff. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) and Westlake (Austin, Texas) finished 1-2-3 in the final fall rankings.
"They (Mater Dei and Bosco) would both be right there in the mix no doubt," Poff said. "And with so many top young players on both sides, whoever wins Saturday has a real good shot to open the fall as preseason No. 1."
Since 2016, they've faced off twice each season with the Monarchs winning five of eight games total, but splitting the four section crowns — Bosco winning in 2016 and 2019 and Mater Dei claiming 2017 and 2018 titles. Each year those Southern Section champs went on to beat De La Salle (Concord) in the state Open Division title game.
Since 2004, Mater Dei has won 11 of the 20 meetings, but since Jason Negro took over Bosco in 2010, the Braves own a 9-6 edge. Mater Dei won six straight meetings starting in 2004 and the Braves won six straight starting in 2011.
History is simply a point of interest. Here are some more pertinent facts for the current season and Saturday's game.
• Bosco has outscored its opponents 266-91 (average score 53-18), Mater Dei's margin is 174-40 (44-10).
• Bosco averages 503 yards of offense per game (290 rushing, 213 passing), Mater Dei averages 418 (210 rushing, 208 passing).
• The teams have played four common Trinity League opponents with Mater Dei beating JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano), 52-3, Orange Lutheran, 49-7, Servite (Anaheim), 24-17 and Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita), 49-13. Bosco beat the same opponents in order: 66-14, 55-0, 38-28 and 65-28.
• After graduating generational quarterbacks in 2020 — MaxPreps 2019 co-National Players of the Year in Bosco's DJ Uiagalelei (now at Clemson) and Mater Dei's Bryce Young (Alabama) — both teams are led by remarkably young, but polished signal-callers.
The Monarchs start freshman Elijah Brown, who has completed 60-of-84 passes for 770 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception. Bosco has split time between sophomore Pierce Clarkson and junior Katin Houser with almost identical numbers, combining on 50-of-73 completions for 838 yards, 12 touchdowns and no interceptions. Both can run if nobody is open, combining for 258 yards and two scores.
• Top receivers: St. John Bosco — Jode McDuffie (12 catches, 267 yards, 4 TDs) and Chedon James (11, 211, 4); Mater Dei — Josiah Zamora (14, 157, 3) and CJ Williams (13, 184, 3).
• Top tacklers: St. John Bosco — Sione Hala (25 tackles), Andrew Simpson (20) and freshman Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa (20). Mater Dei — Shoes Brinkley (15), Leviticus Su'a (12) and Sione Moa (12).
"It's their big men against my big men and their skills against my skills. … I think it's going to be like any other St. John Bosco-Mater Dei game in recent years. It's going to be a great high school football game."
Prior to the 2020-21 season, the Georgia High School Association approved a phase-in of a 30-second shot clock for all varsity boys and girls
basketball games, becoming the ninth state to adopt a shot clock.
The Peach State joined California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Washington as the only states to use a 30- or 35-second shot clock.
Guidelines approved by the NFHS include displaying two timepieces connected to a horn that is distinctive from the game-clock horn, and using an alternative timing device, such as a stopwatch at the scorer’s table, for a shot clock malfunction. The guidelines also allow for corrections to the shot clock only during the shot-clock period in which an error occurred and the officials have definite information relative to the mistake or malfunction.Although a proposal for a national rule mandating a shot clock was not approved, the ruling is likely to bring momentum to the shot-clock movement across high school basketball.
According to the most recent NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, a
total of 540,769 boys participated in basketball in 18,617 schools,
and 399,067 girls participated in the sport in 18,210 schools across the
country. It is the third-most popular sport for boys and girls.