Top 50 Games:
No. 6 DeSoto vs No. 23 Coppell (TX)
No. 7 University vs No. 19 American Heritage (FL)
No. 10 Mentor vs No. 46 Whitmer (OH)
No. 28 Allen vs No. 35 Mesquite (TX)
No. 41 Lincoln-Way East vs No. 48 Glenbard West (IL)
||Manatee (11-0) Bradenton, FL
Manatee didn't expect much trouble from Northeast; they didn't get any. Up next is a rematch with Venice. A game that Manatee won 56-27 10/19.
Last: Def Northeast 65-12
Next: 11/23 Venice (9-3)
||John Curtis (11-0) River Ridge, LA
Curtis hasn't had an opponent worthy of being on the field with them since September. North Webster did nothing to change that assertion. Up next is a Riverside team that entered the playoffs with a 4-7 record and was beaten by 59 by Curtis earlier this year.
Last: Def North Webster 50-6
Next: 11/23 Riverside (6-7)
||Vista Murrieta (12-0) Murrieta, CA
Vista Murrieta is another team that hadn't been tested in a while, but last week they ran into a Norco team that would hit them back. The Broncos prevailed, but it was a sloppy win full of turnovers that saw Norco down one score and a chance at an onside kick in the fourth quarter. Rancho Cucamonga will stand toe to toe with Vista Murrieta this week.
Last: Def Norco 31-16
Next: 11/23 Rancho Cucamonga (10-2)
||Katy (11-0) Katy, TX
Katy tuned up for the stretch run by blowing out its first round opponent. The Tigers are going to blow out their second round opponent as well.
Last: Def Westbury 77-7
Next: 11/23 Langham Creek (9-2)
||Bellevue (12-0) Bellevue, WA
Bellevue won another snoozer in a blowout win over Peninsula. Mt. Si brings an 11-1 record into the next game with its only loss being a 49-10 laugher against Bellevue. Yes, there is that big of a difference between the top two teams in Washington and everyone else.
Last: Def Peninsula 40-3
Next: 11/23 Mt. Si 40-3
||DeSoto (11-0) DeSoto, TX
DeSoto cruised past Harker Heights, but there are no free rides in the Texas State Playoffs. Up next Coppell. DeSoto has played a much tougher schedule than Coppell this year, so we know how good the Eagles are. We're about to find out how good Coppell is.
Last: Def Harker Heights 62-15
Next: 11/24 No. 23 Coppell (11-0)
||University (9-0) Ft. Lauderdale
University had a complete victory over Cardinal Newman in a 27-0 win, but this week the Suns are going to have to buckle the chin strap for the first time in a while as they butt heads with American Heritage.
Last: Def Cardinal Newman 28-0
Next: 11/23 No. 19 HeritageAmerican Heritage (11-0)
||North Allegheny (12-0) Wexford, PA
Seneca Valley was going to be a good test for North Allegheny. The Tigers got an A+ in a convincing 47-17 win. Woodland Hills is next on the docket, a dangerous team who knocked off Gateway two weeks ago and avenged a week one loss to Upper St. Clair with a big 42-20 win last week.
Last: Def Seneca Valley 47-17
Next: 11/23 Woodland Hills (10-2)
||Butler (13-0) Matthews, NC
Butler passed a big test on Friday with a 25-15 win over East Forsyth. Up next is a Week 0 rematch with Mallard Creek. Butler is the only team to beat Mallard Creek this year, and the Mavericks have been on a rampage since.
||Mentor (12-1) Mentor (OH)
Mentor has knocked off Top 10 teams on consecutive weeks with a high power, fast break offense. The Cardinals scored 63 on then No. 4 St. Edward and avenged an earlier loss to No. 10 St. Ignatius in a three overtime epic win. This week it's another Top 50 opponent in Whitmer. There are no breaks in Ohio.
Last: Def No. 10
St. Ignatius 57-56 (3OT)
||Grayson (10-1) Loganville, GA
Grayson had to wait an extra day to see who its opponent would be after some regional tiebreakers were put in place. Seems Wheeler drew the short straw to face the rampaging Rams. North Gwinnett is capable of beating anyone on any night though, so round two gets a little more interesting.
Last: Def Wheeler 49-9
Next: 11/23 North Gwinnett (10-1)
||Good Counsel (11-1) Olney, MD
Good Counsel made good on its rematch with DeMatha for the WCAC Championship in a 26-14 win. Good Counsel lost its first game of the season before running off 11 straight including wins over Gilman, Dematha (twice), and St. Joseph Regional (N.J.).
Last: Def St. John's 21-7
Next: Season Over
||De La Salle (11-0) Concord, CA
The only thing interesting about De La Salle's schedule is who won't be on it. Mission Viejo drops out of the Open Bowl race with its loss as Vista Murrieta moves on. Who will De La Salle, the perennial North representative, face in California's Open Bowl Championship?
Last: Def Pittburg 35-13
Next: 11/23 Amador Valley (8-4)
||Steele (11-0) Cibolo, Texas
Steele is still at least a week away from getting into the real games in the Texas State Playoffs. The Knights won't have any trouble with Roosevelt this week.
Last: Def Marshall 49-17
Next: 11/23 Roosevelt (9-2)
||St. Edward (11-1) Lakewood, OH
St. Edward fell to Mentor in Week 2 of the Ohio State Playoffs.
Last: 11/9 Lost to Mentor 63-56
Next: Season Over
||Trinity (11-1) Louisville, KY
St. Xavier of Kentucky has been playing much better football this season and they almost did the impossible, knocking off Trinity. The Shamrocks aren't the juggernaut they were last season and have had to gut out more than one win this season. Beating Scott County in the Semi-Finals may not be a forgone conclusion.
Last: Def St. Xavier 15-14
Next: 11/23 Scott County (12-1)
||Bishop Gorman (11-1) Las Vegas, NV
Bishop Gorman marched through another round and take on Reed in the Semi-Finals this week. Spot Reed 35 points and we might have a game.
Last: Def Centennial 59-7
Next: 11/24 Reed (10-3
||Don Bosco Prep (8-1) Ramsey, NJ
Don Bosco is playing some of its best football right now including a 42-14 win over St. Augustine 42-14. Bosco has a game with before continuing its run in the Non-Public School playoffs against Bergen Catholic.
Last: Def St. Augustine Prep 42-14
Next: 11/22 St. Joseph Regional (7-2)
American Heritage (11-0) Delray
American Heritage has had consecutive tough
tests against Dwyer and Chaminade-Madonna. The Stallions enter their
showdown with University battle tested and ready.
||Camden County (10-1) Kingsland, GA
Pity the team that drew Camden County in the first round of the playoffs after the Wildcats lost their first game of the season the week Prior. It was Hillgrove who got the wrath of Camden County. This week it's East Coweta who gets blown out.
Last: Def Hillgrove 52-17
Next: 11/23 East Coweta (5-6)
||Byrnes (12-1) Duncan, SC
The 5-7 Spartanburg Vikings went out like you'd expect a 5-7 team to go out in the playoffs, in flames. The competition this week gets a little stiffer against Gaffney who beat Byrnes 22-18 earlier this season.
Last: Def Spartanburg 54-13
Next: 11/23 @ Gaffney (10-3)
||Miami Central (8-2) Miami, FL
The Rockets blew out Archbishop McCarthy as was expected. This week they get another shot at Northwestern who Central beat 35-17 on 10/27.
Last: Def Archbishop McCarthy 59-7
Next: 11/23 Northwestern (9-2)
||Coppell (11-0) Coppell, TX
Coppell had little trouble with MacArthur, but the DeSoto presents a much stiffer challenge this week.
Last: Def MacArthur 31-7
Next: 11/14 No. 6 DeSoto (11-0)
|24 (28)||Washington (10-1) Miami, FL
Washington's first round opponent was 4-5. Their second round opponent was 5-5 on the season including a 49-6 loss to Washington earlier this year. Yes, Washington will need to get a little further in the playoffs before being challenged. Cocoa in the Semi-Finals might do it.
Last: Def North Broward Prep 71-0
Next: 11/23 Gullver Prep (6-5)
||Hoover (11-0) Hoover, AL
With McGill-Toolen going out in the round of 16, Hoover has to be considered the favorite to win it all again in 6A. The Bucs took care of business against Pell City and will face Vestavia Hills this week in the quarter-finals. Hoover beat Vestavia Hills 35-15 on 9/28.
Last: Def Shades Valley 38-7
Next: 11/23 Vestavia Hills (10-2)
||Narbonne (12-0) Harbor City, CA
Because Narbonne plays in a division it dominates, the Gauchos frontload their schedule with out of league opponents. They won all those and are cruising towards their City-Section final against Crenshaw.
Last: Def Garfield 45-0
Next: 11/23 Carson (6-6)
||Skyline (12-0) Sammamish, WA
It took a quarter for Skyline to get warmed up, but once they did the outcome was predictable. Camas brings an undefeated record to its game with the Spartans, and we'll find out if Washington is a two team state (Bellevue/Skyline) or a three team state. The Papermakers will look to upset the heavily favored Spartans.
Last: Def Roosevelt 54-21
Next: 11/23 Camas (13-0)
||Allen (10-1) Allen, TX
Week 1 of the playoffs was a cake-walk for Allen, but Week 2 is an entirely different story as the Skeeters of Mesquite come calling.
Last: Def Richardson 63-14
Next: 11/23 No. 35 Mesquite (11-0)
||Bentonville (11-0) Bentonville, AR
West Memphis was a solid opponent for Bentonville in the second round of the playoffs. You wouldn't know it by the way the Tigers thrashed them though. Bentonville should handle Southside in the Semi-Finals.
Last: Def West Memphis 42-0
Next: 11/23 Southside (8-3)
||Skyline (10-1) Dallas, TX
Plano put up a good fight against Skyline, but the Raiders prevailed 35-14. Horn will be the best team Skyline has faced since they lost to Bowie on 9/14.
Last: Def Plano 35-14
Next: 11/23 Horn (8-3)
||Ensworth (12-0) Nashville, TN
The second time wasn't the charm as Ensworth beat Montgomery Bell Academy by the exact 35-7 score the Tigers beat them on 10/5. Thanksgiving break is up next, then it's Memphis University School for the State Championship. Another rematch, and the only team that was within seven points of Ensworth this year.
Last: Def Montgomery Bell Academy 35-7
Next: 11/29 Memphis University (10-2)
||Oscar Smith (11-1) Chesapeake, VA
Oscar Smith proved to be the better team against a tough Salem team that pushed the Tigers to the brink. Ocean Lakes is up next. While this is just a quarter-final, this has the feel of a State Championship.
Last: Def Salem 34-28
Next: 11/23 Ocean Lakes (12-1)
||Carroll (10-1) Southlake, TX
I thought Carroll would get a better test last week against Arlington Martin, no dice. The Dragons roared past the Warriors. El Dorado could be in big trouble this week.
Last: Def Arlington Martin 65-7
Next: 11/23 El Dorado (7-4)
||St. Bonaventure (11-1) Ventura, CA
St. Bonaventure needed overtime to avenge its loss earlier in the season to Santa Margarita, but the Seraphs prevailed over the Eagles. Next up is a Mater Dei team who survived its own battle royale with Alemany last week.
Last: Def Santa
||Mesquite (11-0) Mesquite, TX
The Skeeters showed little rust after their bye week in beating Sachse 50-28 to open their playoff run. The road is about to get tougher with a showdown against Allen looming.
Last: Def Sachse 50-28
Next: 11/23 No. 28 Allen (10-1)
||St. John Bosco (8-4) Bellflower, CA
Bosco remains unbeaten on the field and needed to come from behind to beat Notre Dame after losing a 10-0 halftime lead. It's the type of resiliency the Braves have shown all season. They're going to need to dig deep this week to hold off a surging Long Beach Poly team who just got done ending Mission Viejo's season.
Last: Def Notre
||St. Ignatius (11-2) Cleveland, OH
St. Ignatius found out what St. Edward found out two weeks ago, that Mentor is for real. It took three overtimes to out the Wildcats who finish their season at 11-2.
Last: Lost to No. 22 Mentor 57-56 (3OT)
Next: Season Over
||Gilman (9-2) Baltimore, MD
Gilman left little doubt this time. Calvert Hall gave the Greyhounds a scare in a 24-14 Gilman win on 10/22. This time Gilman left little doubt in a convincing 35-7 victory to claim the MIAA 'A' Title.
Last: Def Calvert Hall 35-7
Next: Season Over
||Goose Creek (13-0) Goose Creek, SC
Goose Creek had a fight on its hands against a good Bluffton team, but the Gators moved on to the third round with a solid 35-25 win. Goose Creek now gets Northwestern in the Semi-Finals, a team that is seven points away from being undefeated, including a four point loss to Byrnes on 9/7.
Last: Def Bluffton 35-25
Next: 11/23 Northwestern (11-2)
Colerain (12-1) Cincinnati, OH
Colerain fell victim to Archbishop Moeller who is playing like the Top 5 team that they were at one point during the season before losing three of five games mid-season. Colerain finished the season with wins over St. Xavier (twice), Elder, Lakota West, and Sycamore among others to finish 12-1.
Last: Lost to Archbishop Moeller 24-21
Next: Season Over
||Lincoln-Way East (13-0) Frankfort, IL
Lincoln-Way East moved on to the State
Finals handily defeating Benet Academy 37-13. Glenbard West brings its
own undefeated record to the Championship Game against the Griffins.
||Norcross (11-0) Norcross, GA
Norcross took care of a dangerous Chattahoochee team in the first round of the playoffs without much trouble. The second round brings a potent South Gwinnett squad that Norcross beat by two scores in Week 0.
Last: Def Chattahoochee 34-7
Next: 11/23 South Gwinnett (10-2)
||Paramus Catholic (8-1) Paramus, NJ
Paramus Catholic easily won its playoff game, now it's a friendly of sorts, or unfriendly, in a non-playoff game against Bergen Catholic.
Last: Def Paul IV 48-9
Next: 11/22 Bergen Catholic (6-3)
||ThunderRidge (11-1) Highlands Ranch, CO
ThunderRidge avoided a letdown after their
57-56 thriller over Cherry Creek two weeks ago. The Grizzlies eeked out
a win against Grandview and get Valor Christian in a Semi-Final that has
the feel of a final.
||New Bern (13-0) New Bern, NC
New Hanover got a second shot at New Bern in the playoffs, but the result was the same. The Bears were the only team to beat New Hanover this year, and they did it twice. Scotland is up next in the Semi-Finals.
Last: Def New Hanover 49-35
Next: 11/23 Scotland (12-1)
||Whitmer (13-0) Toledo, OH
Whitmer will attempt to slow down one of the nation's hottest teams in Mentor, something St. Edward and St. Ignatius were unable to do. Whitmer didn't play the grueling schedule of some of Ohio's top teams and should be relatively fresher for the final playoff run.
Last: Def Washington 49-16
Next: 11/24 No. 10 Mentor (12-1)
||Mission Viejo (11-1) Mission Viejo, CA
Mission Viejo caught a hot Long Beach Poly team at the wrong time. Poly lost three straight games early in the season by a combined score of 105-18. The Jackrabbits have it rolling now though and have won eight straight, knocking off one of the nation's top teams.
Last: Lost to Long Beach Poly 21-16
Next: Season Over
||Glenbard West (13-0) Glen Ellyn, IL
Glenbard West faces off with Lincoln-Way
East for the State Championship. Neither team has lost and unless
there's a blowout on either side, but teams should remain in the Top 50
regardless of outcome.
||Muskegon (12-1) Muskegon, MI
Muskegon advanced to the State Finals with a 34-21 win over Caledonia. This week is against Brother Rice who breezed through its half of the bracket including a 31-3 win over Roosevelt last week.
Last: Def Caledonia 34-21
Next: 11/23 Brother Rice (11-2)
||Carver (11-1) Montgomery, AL
Carver makes its debut in the Top 50 with an 11-1 record that includes convincing wins over Prattville and Auburn, and playoff wins over Stanhope Elmore and Fairhope. This week the Wolverines get a good Spain Park team.
Last: Def Fairhope 20-16
Next: 11/23 Spain Park (10-2)
In: Carver (AL)