What We See: SBLive Power 25 High School Football Games of the Week (October 13th-October 16th) – High School Sports News, Results, Videos, Leaderboards
On Monday we released our ninth SBLive Power 25 of the 2021 high school football season, a weekly look at the best high school football teams in the country.
Here’s a closer look at the top high school football games from across the country, played Wednesday through Saturday, with an emphasis on what their results mean for the Power 25.
What we’re watching this week:
October 13: Skyridge (Lehi, Utah) (8-1) vs. American Fork (Utah) (6-2)
After Corner Canyon’s surprising 41-16 defeat by Lone Peak, Skyridge is back on the Power 25 debate as it is now clear that the Falcons have a legitimate chance of winning a state championship in Utah. Earlier this season, Skyridge fell at Corner Canyon 38-23. It will most likely take a state title to make the Power 25, but Skyridge is certainly a team to watch. Corner Canyon, Skyridge, and Lone Peak are all teams on our radar from Utah.
October 15: Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, California) (5-2) vs. No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California) (5-0)
Santa Margarita is a top 20 team in California but expect to have Mater Dei, our No. 1 team in the country, to play in this game. Sophomore Elijah Brown is 10-0 as the starting QB for the Monarchs.
October 15: Oak Mountain (Birmingham, Ala.) (6-1) vs. No. 5 Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.) (8-0)
Thompson has only allowed 26 points in eight games this season so we don’t expect a surprise here, but Oak Mountain’s 28-21 loss to Hoover earlier this year showed that the Eagles are one of the top teams in Alabama, so this is certainly a game to watch. Hoover is the second best team in Alabama behind Thompson.
Oct 15: No. 11 Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) (8-0) vs. No. 23 Cathedral (Indianapolis, Ind.) (8-0)
This is the game of the week across the country. Last season, these two teams played an instant classic that ended in a 17-13 win for Center Grove. In that competition, Cathedral tried to win the game by a fourth down late, failed to convert, and then Center Grove scored a touchdown to win 16 seconds from the end. What does this year’s game have in store?
October 15: Allen (Texas) (5-1) vs. No. 17 Guyer (Denton, Texas.) (7-0)
Is Guyer really a Power 25 team? We’ll find out this week. So far this season they have certainly played like one with wins against Ryan and Atascocita.
October 15: Edison (Miami, Florida) (4-2) vs. No. 19 Central (Miami, Florida) (4-2)
This should be Central’s fifth straight win on paper, but Edison is always at risk of surprise.
October 15: No. 22 Oakland (Murfreesboro, Tennessee) (8-0) vs. Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tennessee) (7-0)
Another week, another unbeaten showdown in Tennessee between Oakland and a team that wants to beat the No. 1 in the state. Last week, the Patriots needed a goal-line stand to beat the previously undefeated Christ Presbyterian Academy. Can Riverdale pull the riot off this week? If so, Oakland will most likely drop out of the Power 25 for good this season.
October 15: Archbishop Spalding (Severn, Md.) (7-0) vs. McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) (2-4)
Archbishop Spalding will need a state championship and some other losing teams to reach Power 25 at the end of the season, but so far they have put together a great year 7-0. The Cavaliers beat Gonzaga Prep (DC), Calvert Hall (Md.) And Malver Prep (Pa.) This fall. McDonogh is 2-4 but has played a very demanding schedule. However, expect Archbishop Spalding to win this week. If they lose, they are gone from our Power 25 radar.
October 15: Corona Centennial (California) (7-0) vs. Norco (California) (6-1)
Norco upset Corona Centennial last season to give the Huskies their first league defeat in 11 seasons. Friday’s game is a must-have for Centennials Power 25 hopes. Right now they’re number four in California.
October 15: Warner Robins (GA) (6-0) vs. Ware County (Waycross, Georgia) (5-1)
Warner Robbins is one of the ten teams listed after our Power 25 teams in our current ranking. A win over Ware County will keep them in the 26-35 range.
October 15: North Cobb (Kennesaw, Georgia) (5-1) vs. Walton (Marietta, Georgia) (4-1)
This is a must for North Cobb as they lost 35:27 to Buford in the season opener. A second defeat will remove the warriors from our Power 25 radar.
October 15: Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Florida) (4-1) vs. Gulliver Prep (Miami, Florida) (5-0)
Is Gulliver Prep really a potential Power 25 team? A win over Chaminade-Madonna would help them a lot to achieve our placements in the future. Chaminade-Madonna beat two very good teams in Buford (GA) and Seminole (Fla.).
October 15: University Lab (Baton Rouge, La.) (6-0) vs. Madison Prep Academy (Baton Rouge, La.) (6-0)
University Lab could be a Power 25 team in the future, thanks to 2022 cornerback Austin Ausberry, running back Derrick Graham and athlete Roman Pitre, a Purdue commit. All three are national recruits. Madison Prep Academy is also on our radar for 2022 QB Zeon Chriss, a Louisiana commit. The Friday showdown between the University Lab and Madison Prep is game of the week in Louisiana and should be fun.
October 16: St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, NJ) (4-2) vs. No. 9 Bergen Catholic (Oradell, NJ) (6-0)
Expect Bergen Catholic to win this week (they knocked out the last three teams they played against), but St. Joseph Regional has a marquee win under their belt in 2021: a 21-14 win over St. Peter’s Prep.
October 16: No. 15 St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) (6-1) vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) (5-1)
This is a must see for St. Thomas Aquinas after slipping against Jesuit # 14 earlier this season. Cardinal Gibbons are a good team, but they lost 23:20 earlier in the year to American Heritage, a team that beat St. Thomas Aquinas 24:16.
October 16: King (Houston, Texas) (6-0) vs. Atascocita (Humble, Texas) (6-1)
Atascocita is despite a loss of 46/35. September against No. 17 Guyer still on the periphery of Power 25. The Eagles have to win this week to stay there.
October 16: Graham-Kapowsin (Graham, Washington) (6: 0) vs. Sumner (Wash.) (6: 0)
Graham-Kapowsin beat the previously undefeated Bellarmine Prep 41-0 last week. Will they have a 6-0 replay against Sumner? Another blowout win would be an eye opener.
October 16: St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio) (7-1) vs. St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio) (4-4)
St. Xavier is unlikely to make a return to the Power 25 this season after losing to previously winless Trinity (Ky.) On Oct. 1, but playing St. Ignatius is a good reference point for where the bombers are nationwide are set up. St. Ignatius played a very tough schedule that included two very close defeats to St. Edward and Archbishop Möller.
October 16: Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio) (6-2) vs. St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) (8-0)
After defeating St. Ignatius only 19-14, a major victory over Archbishop Möller would go a long way in securing St. Edward’s Power 25 in the future.