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High school football: Historic win moves Norco to No. 10 in HIGHSCORE Top 25 California rankings - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Historic win moves Norco to No. 10 in MaxPreps Top 25 California rankings
In recent memory, some things just don't happen in Southern Section football.

1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) and St. John Bosco (Bellflower) don't get threatened — unless they play each other.

2. Centennial (Corona) doesn't lose — unless it's to Mater Dei or Bosco.

3. Teams don't enter the MaxPreps Top 25 rankings in the Top 10.

All those "never-happens" happened last week.  

CALIFORNIA SPRING COMPUTER RANKINGS: Compare to human rankings below

• For the second straight game, No. 4 Servite (Anaheim) gave one of the two national juggernauts a heck of a game, losing 24-17 to No. 1 Mater Dei. The Monarchs needed a pick-six from junior cornerback Cameron Sidney and a strip-sack on the game's final play to eek out the win. The previous week, Servite (2-2) played toe-to-toe with No. 2 Bosco, losing 38-28.

• Previous No. 3 Centennial was stunned by unranked Norco 38-36, ending the Huskies' 57-game Big VIII league win streak. Junior quarterback Kyle Crum accounted for 265 yards and three touchdowns leading the Cougars to their first win over perennial national power Centennial since 2009.

• With the victory, Norco (3-0), which outscored its first two opponents by a cumulative score of 116-12, jumped from unranked to No. 10, just ahead of the Huskies and behind No. 9 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego).

Speaking of, Cathedral Catholic (3-0) hosts No. 22 Lincoln (San Diego) on Friday in the state Game of the Week that will decide the supremacy of the San Diego Section. Cathedral Catholic is coming off a bye while Lincoln won its third straight blowout, 52-0 over Madison (San Diego), giving the Hornets a 152-0 season edge over all opponents.
Cathedral Catholic junior running back Lucky Sutton leads the team with 463 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Ninth-ranked Cathedral Catholic hosts No. 22 Lincoln on Friday.
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Cathedral Catholic junior running back Lucky Sutton leads the team with 463 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Ninth-ranked Cathedral Catholic hosts No. 22 Lincoln on Friday.
MaxPreps Top 25 California Football Rankings

1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 1
Result: Beat Servite, 24-17
Next game: Friday vs. Santa Margarita at Santa Ana Stadium

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 2
Result: Beat JSerra, 66-14
Next game: Saturday vs. Orange Lutheran

3. De La Salle (Concord)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 4
Result: Beat Jesuit (Carmichael), 42-7
Next game: Saturday at California (San Ramon)

4. Servite (Anaheim)
Record: 2-2 | Last week: 5
Result: Lost to Mater Dei, 24-17
Next game: Friday at JSerra

5. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth)
Record: 3-1 | Last week: 6
Result: Beat Garces (Bakersfield), 42-0
Next game: Friday at Upland

6. Mission Viejo
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 7
Result: Beat Tesoro, 44-13
Next game: Friday vs. San Juan Hills

7. Los Alamitos
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 9
Result: Beat Huntington Beach, 63-14
Next game: Thursday vs. Fountain Valley at Huntington Beach

8. Alemany (Mission Hills)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 8
Result: Beat Cathedral (Los Angeles), 21-7
Next game: Saturday at Chaminade

9. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 17
Result: Idle
Next game: Friday vs. Lincoln (San Diego)

10. Norco
Record: 3-0 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat Centennial (Corona), 38-36
Next game: Thursday vs. King (Riverside)

11. Centennial (Corona)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 3
Result: Lost to Norco, 38-36
Next game: Thursday vs. Roosevelt (Eastvale)

12. Long Beach Poly
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 11
Result: Beat Compton, 45-0
Next game: April 16 vs. Milliken (Long Beach)

13. Folsom
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 12
Result: Beat Whitney (Rocklin), 40-7
Next game: Friday vs. Rocklin

14. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 13
Result: Idle
Next game: Friday vs. Mater Dei at Santa Ana Bowl

15. Loyola (Los Angeles)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 15
Result: Beat St. Francis (La Canada), 41-14
Next game: Friday at St. Paul

16. Serra (San Mateo)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 16
Result: Beat St. Francis (Mountain View), 49-7
Next game: Saturday at Riordan (San Francisco)

17. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village)
Record:
3-1 | Last week: 17
Result: Beat Upland, 27-16
Next game: Saturday at Calabasas

18. San Clemente

Record: 3-0 | Last week: 18
Result: Beat San Juan Hills (San Juan Capistrano), 35-7
Next game: Friday at Tesoro (Rancho Santa Margarita) 

19. Buchanan (Clovis)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 19
Result: Beat Clovis, 45-38
Next game: Friday vs. Clovis North

20. Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 20
Result: Beat Elsinore, 56-2
Next game: Thursday vs. San Jacinto

21. Carlsbad
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 21
Result: Beat Oceanside, 30-12
Next game: Friday vs. La Costa Canyon

22. Lincoln (San Diego)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 22
Result: Beat Madison (San Diego), 52-0
Next game: Friday at Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)

23. Serra (Gardena)
Record: 3-1 | Last week: 23
Result: Beat Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks), 29-14
Next game: Friday at Bishop Amat

24. Edison (Huntington Beach)
Record: 3-1 | Last week: 24
Result: Beat Fountain Valley, 40-0
Next game: Friday vs. Corona del Mar at Huntington Beach

25. La Habra
Record: 4-0 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat Buena Park, 62-0
Next game: Friday at Troy

Dropped out: Bishop Amat (La Puente), Pacifica (Oxnard)

MaxPreps National Football editor Zack Poff contributed to this report.
Spring football: State-by-state look at postseason play - HIGHSCORE
Spring football: State-by-state look at postseason play
High school spring football throughout the country has largely resembled spring training in baseball. It's good to be back. There's loads of camaraderie. But little drama. Without playoffs or postseason implications, the games can feel more like exhibitions than traditional all-out battles.

Considering many of these states were paused up to 16 months, there's nothing wrong with that.

FOOTBALL IN THE FALL — All 35 that tried

Of the 15 states that chose or were ordered not to play during the fall season, four dropped out completely. And of the 11 to play in the winter and spring, only three have decided to run some form of a playoff.

They are:

North Carolina: The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) football season ends Friday, playoff brackets are selected Saturday. First-round game begin April 16, second round (April 23), regionals (April 30) and state finals (May 8).

Rhode Island: Four-team brackets in five divisions of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League take place April 30. Championship games are all scheduled for May 7.

Virginia: After most of the state got to play six games in seven weeks starting on Feb. 22, the playoffs began Wednesday, with semifinals taking place April 24 and all state finals on May 1. See all the brackets.

The states (linked to their association or federation) that opted out of spring football playoffs are California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, New York and Oregon.
North Carolina football playoffs brackets will be selected Saturday with four rounds of play beginning April 16.
File photo by Matthew Plyler
North Carolina football playoffs brackets will be selected Saturday with four rounds of play beginning April 16.






Jabari Smith named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Georgia High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Jabari Smith named 2020-21 MaxPreps Georgia High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Jabari Smith of Sandy Creek (Tyrone) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Georgia High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-10, 210-pound senior helped the Patriots go 28-5 en route to the Class AAA state championship game.

Smith averaged 23.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.5 blocks per contest while shooting 56 percent from the field. He finished with over 1,900 career points.

In Sandy Creek's 57-49 state championship loss to Cross Creek, Smith tallied 19 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks.

Signed with Auburn, Smith is regarded as the No. 5 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee were among other college basketball programs to extend offers.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
High school baseball: Top 10 active win streaks - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: Top 10 active win streaks
Many of the longest win streaks in 2021 are holdovers, trapped in time from the 2020 season. With COVID-19 wiping out the entire season for most states in the Midwest and northeast, many teams have still-active win streaks heading into the 2021 season.

MaxPreps lists the Top 10 active win streaks to start the 2021 season, along with the addition of Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.), which has already started its season and has moved up among the top 10 active win streaks.
MaxPreps No. 1 Jesuit also has a 20-game win streak, among active national leaders.
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MaxPreps No. 1 Jesuit also has a 20-game win streak, among active national leaders.
Top 10 active baseball win streaks

1. Webster (Wis.) — 37
Led by former MLB pitcher Jarrod Washburn, the Tigers have won back-to-back state championships, but haven't played since 2019. Webster won 30 games in 2019 and the last seven games of the 2018 season to build a 37-game win streak. Webster had the third-longest win streak entering last season behind Silo (40) and Blanchard (39), both of Oklahoma. Webster doesn't play until April, but it returns all-state selection Owen Washburn, the coach's son, who batted .561 as a sophomore in 2019.

2. Andrean (Merrillville, Ind.) — 35
The Fighting 59ers won the 3A championship in 2019, losing the second game of the season and then winning 35 in a row. Coach Dave Pishkur went over 1,000 career wins during the 2019 season and also became the all-time winningest coach in Indiana. Andrean doesn't open its season until late March.

3. Center Moriches (N.Y.) — 32
Like Webster, the Red Devils have a winning streak that extends into the 2018 season. They won their final five games of the 2018 season to win the Class B state championship. They then went 27-0 in the 2019 season to win the crown again. Center Moriches did not play in 2020.

4. Colonel Richardson (Federalsburg, Md.) — 24
Last year was supposed to be another stellar season for the Colonels as they returned half of the starting lineup from a club that went 24-0 in 2019 and won the Maryland Class 1A state championship. They never took the field, leaving it up to the 2021 team to extend the nation's fourth-longest active win streak.

5. (tie) Elkhart (Kan.) — 22
The  Wildcats edged Marion 3-2 in the Kansas Class 2-1A state championship game. Elkhart finished the season 22-0, but it did not play in 2020. The Wildcats are scheduled to begin their season on March 29.

5. (tie) Appoquinimink (West Middletown, Del.) — 22
The Jaguars went 22-0 and captured the 2019 state championship. They were one of the favorites again in 2020 with Gatorade State Player of the Year Lorenzo Carrier leading the way at shortstop. He returns for his senior season 2021 to help the Jaguars extend their streak.

7. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) — 21
The Tigers won their final eight games of the 2019 season to a capture a Florida state championship. Jesuit started the 2020 season with a 9-0 record and is the only team on this list that played in 2020. The Tigers, ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps to start 2021, is off to a 4-0 start. The Tigers take on Venice, the team Jesuit beat to start the streak in 2019.

8. (tie) Lisbon (Lisbon Falls, Maine) — 20
The Greyhounds went undefeated in winning the Class C state championship in 2019. Lisbon did not take the field in 2020 and is not expected to play again until April.

8. (tie) Gateway Christian (Roswell, N.M.) — 20
The Warriors simply dominated in 2019, winning games by an average score of 14-1. Twice, Gateway scored over 30 runs in a game. The Warriors won the Class A state championship, but they did not play in 2020.

8. (tie) St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) — 20
The Eaglets actually started the 2019 season with a 7-9 record, but they won 27 of their final 29 games with two ties. Thus St. Mary Prep has a 29-game unbeaten streak with 20 straight wins in a row. St. Mary Prep did not play in 2020, but is ranked by MaxPreps as the top team in Michigan for the 2021 season.

11. White River Valley (Royalton, Vt.) — 18
The Wildcats have the distinction of never having lost a baseball game in the school's history. That's because the school began play in 2019 and went 18-0 with a Division 3 state championship. White River Valley lost one starter from the 2019 team, but did not play in 2020.
California high school football: Behind sophomore Matayo Uiagalelei, St. John Bosco beats Servite 38-28 - HIGHSCORE
California high school football: Behind sophomore Matayo Uiagalelei, St. John Bosco beats Servite 38-28
In one of the biggest high school football games of the spring season in California, 2019 MaxPreps national champion St. John Bosco (Bellflower) beat Servite (Anaheim) 38-28 Friday night. The first half was a defensive battle between the Trinity League rivals with Servite carrying a 7-3 lead into halftime.

Houston Thomas scored the only touchdown on a three-yard run with 10:04 left in the second quarter.

Both offenses got on track in the second half as Katin Houser led the Braves on a six-play, 62-yard drive to begin the third quarter capped by a 26-yard touchdown pass to four-star sophomore tight end Matayo Uiagalelei.

Bosco's defense forced a three-and-out on the Friars' opening possession of the third quarter and took momentum of the game on the following drive that began at its own one-yard line. Sophomore Pierce Clarkson came in under center for the next drive as head coach Jason Negro continued to alternate quarterbacks on each possession. The result was a 99-yard drive culminated with a three-yard touchdown pass to Chedon James.
Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco quarterback
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Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco quarterback
After only completing one pass in the first half, Servite's junior quarterback Noah Fifita started to find his rhythm and connected with five-star wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan four separate times on the ensuing drive after he was held without a catch in the first half.

Fifita scampered in from 11 yards out with 3:03 left in the third quarter to cut the Bosco lead to 17-14.

The Braves answered two plays later as three-star junior running back Jabari Bates took it 75 yards to the house to increase the lead to 24-14. He finished the night with 14 carries for 170 yards.

Fifita connected with McMillan on a 64-yard pass to get inside the red zone, then found the five-star receiver a couple of plays later for a three-yard score with 1:33 left in the third quarter to cut the lead to 24-21.

The biggest play of the game came on the following drive for St. John Bosco as it faced a fourth-and-eight on Servite's 12-yard line. Clarkson threw a perfect ball to the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Uiagalelei, who went up and snagged it for his second score of the night to take a 31-21 lead with 9:57 left.
Jabari Bates, St. John Bosco running back
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Jabari Bates, St. John Bosco running back
On the following Servite drive, Uiagalelei showed why he is being recruited as both a defensive end and tight end, pulling down Fifita with one arm for his first sack of the night.

After three-star junior linebacker Jalen Woods intercepted Fifita, Servite's defense forced a three-and-out and got the Friars the ball back inside Bosco territory. Fifita led them on a 35-yard drive capped with a three-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 31-28 with 5:18 left.

St. John Bosco responded with a 15-yard touchdown run by Michael Hayes with 1:54 left to take a commanding 38-28 lead.

The Braves improve to 3-0 with the win while the loss drops the Friars to 2-1.

Up next for St. John Bosco is JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano) on April 3. Servite will look to bounce back against state No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana).
Houston Thomas, Servite running back
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Houston Thomas, Servite running back
Noah Fifita, Servite quarterback
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Noah Fifita, Servite quarterback