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MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of March 8-14.

Boys

Northeast Region
(Includes: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington D.C.)


Senior | S
15 Games Played
Kills: 42
Kills/Game: 2.80
Digs: 24
Digs/Game: 1.60
Aces: 8
Blocks: 5

Senior | OH
3 Games Played
Kills: 15
Kills/Game: 5

Midwest Region
(Includes: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri,
Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)


6'2 | Senior | OPP/RS
7 Games Played
Kills: 20
Kills/Game: 2.86
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 2.43
Receptions: 22
Rcpt/Game: 3.14
Aces: 1
Blocks: 3

6'1 | Senior | OH/RS
7 Games Played
Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 3.86
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 2.86
Receptions: 28
Rcpt/Game: 4.00
Aces: 2
Blocks: 5

South Region
(Includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina,
Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas)


Senior | OH
6 Games Played
Kills: 38
Kills/Game: 6.33
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 2.67
Receptions: 25
Rcpt/Game: 4.17
Aces: 3
Blocks: 3

Girls

Florida
Junior | OH/L/S
3 Games Played
Kills: 26
Kills/Game: 8.67
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 1.33
Receptions: 16
Rcpt/Game: 5.33
Aces: 8

Maryland
Junior
8 Sets Played
Kills: 26
Kills/Game: 3.25
Digs: 9
Digs/Game: 1.13
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

Nevada
5'10" | Junior | OH
7 Sets Played
Kills: 24
Kills/Game: 3.43
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 4
Receptions: 30
Rcpt/Game: 4.29
Aces: 4

New Mexico
5'9" | Senior | OH/RS
14 Sets Played
Kills: 52
Kills/Game: 3.71
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 1.29
Receptions: 9
Rcpt/Game: 0.64
Aces: 11
Blocks: 14

Oregon
5'11" | Senior | OH
10 Sets Played
Kills: 36
Kills/Game: 3.6
Digs: 12
Digs/Game: 1.2
Receptions: 25
Rcpt/Game: 2.5
Aces: 2
Blocks: 1

Virginia
Junior | OH
11 Sets Played
Kills: 67
Kills/Game: 6.09
Digs: 40
Digs/Game: 3.64
Receptions: 40
Rcpt/Game: 3.64
Aces: 4
Blocks: 6

Washington
6'1" | Senior | MB/OH
8 Sets Played
Kills: 39
Kills/Game: 4.88
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 3.13
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 2
Blocks: 1

Wisconsin
5'11" Junior, OH
6 Sets Played
Kills: 33
Kills/Game: 5.5
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 1.67
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 2.5
Aces: 8
Blocks: 2
High school girls basketball: 2020-21 state champions - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball: 2020-21 state champions
MaxPreps is your home for high school girls basketball state playoff coverage.

After seeing most of the state tournaments canceled last season due to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, most states were able to get back in the gym and complete their seasons — even though some were abbreviated.

Find tournaments in your state here. Read on for a look at title game results from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Zebulon B. Vance won the North Carolina 4A title.
Photo by Matthew Plyler
Zebulon B. Vance won the North Carolina 4A title.
Girls basketball state champions

Alabama
7A — Hoover def. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville), 61-37
6A — Hazel Green def. Carver Montgomery (Montgomery), 49-41
5A — Carver Birmingham (Birmingham) def. Mae Jemison (Huntsville), 78-69
4A — Rogers (Florence) def. Anniston, 48-37
3A — Prattville Christian Academy (Prattville) def. Sylvania, 62-55
2A — Pisgah def. Hatton (Town Creek), 64-38
1A — Skyline (Scottsboro) def. Marion County (Guin), 54-41
AISA AAA — Glenwood (Phenix City) def. Clarke Prep (Grove Hill), 40-27
AISA AA — Southern Academy (Greensboro) def. Lowndes Academy (Lowndesboro), 46-41
AISA A — Abbeville Christian Academy (Abbeville) def. Pickens Academy (Carrollton), 49-48

Alaska
4A — Bartlett (Anchorage) def. Lathrop (Fairbanks), 47-46
3A — Anchorage Christian (Anchorage) def. Sitka, 75-26
2A — Hooper Bay def. Susitna Valley (Talkeetna), 36-32
1A — Newhalen def. Shishmaref, 63-33

Arizona
6A — Valley Vista (Surprise) def. Hamilton (Chandler), 49-41
5A — Millennium (Goodyear) def. Flowing Wells (Tucson), 62-39
4A — Seton Catholic (Chandler, Ariz.) def. Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.), 70-62
3A — Page def. Snowflake, 36-32
2A — Pima def. Red Rock (Sedona), 50-48
1A — Fort Thomas def. Mogollon (Heber), 56-29
AZCAA Div. 1 — Trinity Christian (Prescott) def. Ridgeline Academy (Phoenix), 57-40
AZCAA Div. 2 — Skyline - Gila River (Chandler) def. East Valley Athletes for Christ (Mesa), 52-46

Arkansas
6A — Northside (Fort Smith) def. Fayetteville, 52-51
5A — Jonesboro def. West Memphis, 47-39
4A — Harrison def. Farmington, 68-54
3A — Mayflower def. Centerpoint (Amity), 29-27
2A — Melbourne def. Salem, 55-34
1A — Rural Special (Fox) def. Norfork 48-40

California
Spring season

Colorado
5A — Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch) def. Regis Jesuit (Aurora), 67-42
4A — Mullen (Denver) def. Windsor, 67-44
3A — Platte Valley (Kersey) def. Lutheran (Parker), 51-44
2A — Limon def. Wray, 63-50
1A — Flatirons Academy (Westminster) def. Fleming, 64-52

Connecticut
No state playoffs

Delaware
Div. 1 — St. Elizabeth (Wilmington) def. Sanford (Hockessin), 47-45

District of Columbia
No season

Florida
7A — Plant (Tampa) def. Miami (Miami), 52-40
6A — St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) def. Wekiva (Apopka), 62-60
5A — American Heritage (Plantation) def. Palm Bay (Melbourne), 41-36
4A — Lake Highland Prep (Orlando) def. Lincoln Park Academy (Fort Pierce), 84-30
3A — Miami Country Day (Miami) def. Cardinal Mooney (Sarasota), 59-34
2A — Miami Christian (Miami) def. Florida A&M (Tallahassee), 73-63
1A — Ponce De Leon def. Hawthorne, 40-37

Georgia
AAAAAAA — Marietta def. Woodstock, 52-47
AAAAAA — Westlake (Atlanta) def. Carrollton, 64-46
AAAAA — Woodward Academy (College Park) def. Forest Park, 62-59
AAAA — Carver (Columbus) def. Cairo, 70-54
AAA — Cross Creek (Augusta) def. Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross), 55-44
AA — Josey (Augusta) def. Fannin County (Blue Ridge), 47-42
Private A — Hebron Christian Academy (Dacula) def. St. Francis (Alpharetta), 51-46
Public A — Calhoun County (Edison) def. Clinch County (Homerville), 49-45
GAPPS Div. 1-AA — Wilson Academy (Lithonia) def. Arlington Christian (Fairburn), 52-51
GAPPS Div. 1-AAA — Central Fellowship Christian Academy (Macon) def. Covenant Academy (Macon) 47-28
GAPPS Div. 2 — Konos Academy (Fayetteville) def. Fideles Christian (Cumming),
GISA A — LaGrange Academy (LaGrange) def. Thomas Jefferson Academy (Louisville), 45-43
GISA AA — Brentwood (Sandersville, Ga.) def. Westwood (Camilla), 46-33
GISA AAA — Southland Academy (Americus) def. Westfield School (Perry), 29-22

Hawaii
No season

Idaho
5A — Mountain View (Meridian) def. Thunder Ridge (Idaho Falls), 62-55
4A — Blackfoot def. Century (Pocatello), 50-46
3A — Timberlake (Spirit Lake) def. Sugar-Salem (Sugar City), 64-49
2A — Melba def. Bear Lake (Montpelier), 51-40
1A DI — Grace def. Prairie (Cottonwood), 46-37
1A DII — Tri-Valley (Cambridge, Idaho) def. Kendrick, 54-48

Illinois
No state playoffs

Indiana
4A — Crown Point def. Brownsburg, 44-34
3A — Silver Creek (Sellersburg) def. South Bend Washington (South Bend), 54-48
2A — Linton-Stockton (Linton) def. Tipton, 63-25
1A — Pioneer (Royal Center) def. Loogootee, 43-42

Iowa
5A — Waukee def. Johnston, 71-43
4A — Ballard (Huxley, Iowa) def. Glenwood, 47-45
3A — Unity Christian (Orange City) def. West Lyon (Inwood), 48-31
2A — Dike-New Hartford (Dike) def. Maquoketa Valley (Delhi), 47-42
1A — Newell-Fonda (Newell) def. Bishop Garrigan (Algona), 66-52

Kansas
6A — Shawnee Mission Northwest (Shawnee Mission) def. Topeka, 61-54
5A — Aquinas (Overland Park) def. Central (Andover), 52-44
4A — Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission) def. McPherson, 51-36
3A — Cheney def. Sabetha, 60-54
2A — Sterling def. St. Mary's-Colgan (Pittsburg), 52-36
1A DI — Olpe def. Norwich, 46-25
1A DII — Central Plains (Claflin) def. Cunningham, 39-35

Kentucky
Sweet Sixteen — Sacred Heart (Louisville) def. Marshall County (Benton), 49-47
KCAA — Trinity Christian Academy (Lexington) def. Oak Ridge Christian Academy (Morgantown), 68-36

Louisiana
5A — Captain Shreve (Shreveport) def. Benton, 50-39
4A — LaGrange (Lake Charles) def. Huntington (Shreveport), 49-42
3A — Madison Prep Academy (Baton Rouge) def. Northwest (Opelousas), 49-37
2A — Lake Arthur (Lake Arthur) def. Doyle (Livingston), 62-61
1A — East Iberville (St. Gabriel) def. Northwood (Lena), 50-46
B — Fairview (Grant) def. Hathaway (Jennings), 55-51
C — Hicks (Leesville) def. Reeves, 59-43
Div. 1 — John Curtis Christian (River Ridge) def. Mt. Carmel (New Orleans), 43-39
Div. 2 — St. Louis Catholic (Lake Charles) def. Liberty Magnet (Baton Rouge), 50-44
Div. 3 — Lafayette Christian Academy (Lafayette) def. St. Thomas Aquinas (Hammond), 47-39
Div. 4 — Ouachita Christian (Monroe) def. Highland Baptist Christian (New Iberia), 61-40
Div. 5 — University Academy (Alexandria) def. Claiborne Christian (West Monroe), 58-28

Maine
No state playoffs

Maryland
No state playoffs

Massachusetts
No state playoffs

Michigan
Div. 1 — Hudsonville def. Renaissance (Detroit), 65-61
Div. 2 — Portland def. Newaygo, 52-32
Div. 3 — Grass Lake def. Kent City, 52-50
Div. 4 — Fowler def. Bellaire, 54-20

Minnesota
AAAA — Chaska def. Rosemount, 45-43
AAA — Becker def. Marshall, 70-58
AA — Albany def. New London-Spicer (New London), 57-43
A — Minneota def. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (Belgrade), 48-45

Mississippi
6A — Olive Branch def. Germantown (Madison), 66-62
5A — Laurel def. Holmes County Central (Lexington), 39-36
4A — Pontotoc def. Choctaw Central (Philadelphia), 55-52
3A — Belmont def. Kossuth, 56-55
2A — New Site def. Calhoun City, 55-50
1A — Ingomar (New Albany) def. West Lowndes (Columbus), 55-51
MAIS A — Humphreys Academy (Belzoni) def. Desoto County Academy (Olive Branch), 51-39
MAIS AA — Manchester Academy (Yazoo City) def. Columbus Christian Academy (Steens), 52-38
MAIS AAA — Clinton Christian Academy (Clinton) def. Bowling Green, 44-36
MAIS AAAA — Leake Academy (Madden) def. Hartfield Academy (Flowood), 82-35
MAIS AAAAA — Jackson Academy (Jackson) def. Jackson Prep (Jackson), 35-34
MAIS Overall — Leake def. Hartfield Academy, 39-36

Missouri
Class 6 — Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis) def. Webster Groves, 58-37
Class 5 — Whitfield (St. Louis) def. West Plains, 50-34
Class 4 — Boonville def. Mt. Vernon, 58-52
Class 3 — Lift for Life Academy (St. Louis) def. Skyline (Urbana), 56-52
Class 2 — Southern Reynolds (Ellington) def. Wellington-Napoleon (Wellington), 63-56
Class 1 — Jefferson (Conception Junction) def. Leeton, 56-44

Montana
AA — Capital (Helena) def. Hellgate (Missoula), 33-31
A — Havre def. Billings Central Catholic (Billings), def. 64-60
B — Sweet Grass County (Big Timber) def. Columbus, 46-26
C — Fort Benton def. Saco/Whitewater (Saco), 74-60

Nebraska
A — Pius X (Lincoln) def. Fremont, 56-52
B — Elkhorn North (Elkhorn) def. Norris (Firth), 46-33
C1 — North Bend Central (North Bend) def. St. Cecilia (Hastings), 51-49
C2 — Crofton def. Ponca, 46-42
D1 — Weeping Water def. Pleasanton, 40-39
D2 — St. Francis (Humphrey) def. Sacred Heart (Falls City), 57-48

Nevada
No season

New Hampshire
Div. 1 — Bedford def. Bishop Guertin (Nashua), 64-46
Div. 2 — Bishop Brady (Concord) def. Kennett (Conway), 52-50
Div. 3 — Conant (Jaffrey) def. Fall Mountain (Langdon), 59-43
Div. 4 — Hinsdale def. Colebrook Academy (Colebrook), 63-51

New Jersey
No state playoffs

New Mexico
Spring season
5A —
4A —
3A —
2A —
1A —

New York
No state playoffs

North Carolina
4A — Zebulon B. Vance (Charlotte) def. Garner Magnet (Garner), 74-38
3A — Jesse Carson (China Grove) def. Asheboro, 51-40
2A — Shelby def. Farmville Central (Farmville), 77-62
1A — Murphy def. Princeton, 76-36
NCISAA 1A — Victory Christian Center (Charlotte) def. Lee Christian (Sanford), 50-24
NCISAA 2A — Davidson Day (Davidson) def. The Burlington School (Burlington), 65-46
NCISAA 3A — Concord Academy (Concord) def. Asheville Christian Academy (Swannanoa), 58-57
NCISAA 4A — Cannon (Concord) def. North Raleigh Christian Academy (Raleigh), 53-39
NCCSA 2A — Wilson Christian Academy (Wilson) def. Union Grove Christian (Lexington), 44-36
NCCSA 1A — Shining Light Academy (Greensboro) def. Woodland Baptist Christian (Winston-Salem), 61-37

North Dakota
A — Century (Bismarck) def. Fargo Davies (Fargo), 58-47
B — Grafton def. Central Cass (Casselton), 64-50

Ohio
Div. 1 — Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati) def. Newark, 57-55
Div. 2 — Napoleon def. Vinton County (McArthur), 76-44
Div. 3 — Hiland (Berlin) def. Ottawa-Glandorf (Ottawa), 45-25
Div. 4 — Fort Loramie (Fort Loramie) def. McDonald, 60-26

Oklahoma
6A — Norman def. Bixby, 48-37
5A — Sapulpa def. Tahlequah, 58-49
4A — Tuttle def. Fort Gibson, 53-38
3A — Jones def. Roland, 63-28
2A — Howe def. Silo, 71-57
1A — Hydro-Eakly def. Vanoss (Ada), 69-48
B — Lomega (Omega) def. Kiowa, 67-60

Oregon
Spring season
6A —
5A —
4A —
3A —
2A —
1A —

Pennsylvania
6A — North Allegheny (Wexford) def. Spring-Ford (Royersford), 55-40
5A — Cardinal O'Hara (Springfield) def. Chartiers Valley (Bridgeville), 51-27
4A — Archbishop Wood (Warminster) def. Villa Maria Academy (Erie), 44-34
3A — West Catholic (Philadelphia) def. Mohawk Area (Bessemer), 67-56
2A — Mount Carmel def. Neshannock (New Castle), 54-43
1A — Bishop Guilfoyle (Altoona) def. Jenkintown, 62-47

Rhode Island
Division 1 — St. Raphael Academy (Pawtucket) def. Barrington, 42-38
Division 2 — Ponaganset (North Scituate) def. Classical (Providence), 49-48
Division 3 — Mt. Pleasant (Providence) def. Mt. Hope (Bristol), 45-40

South Carolina
5A — Clover def. Sumter, 40-38
4A — Westside (Anderson) def. North Myrtle Beach (Little River), 44-30
3A — Keenan (Columbia) def. Bishop England (Charleston), 62-55
2A — Saluda def. Silver Bluff (Aiken), 61-41
1A — Military Magnet Academy (North Charleston) def. Southside Christian (Simpsonville), 54-49
SCISA AAA — Cardinal Newman (Columbia) def. Northwood Academy (Charleston), 53-43
SCISA AA — Hilton Head Christian Academy def. Palmetto Christian Academy (Mt. Pleasant), 48-32
SCISA A — Newberry Academy (Newberry) def. Patrick Henry Academy (Estill), 59-3

South Dakota
AA — Washington (Sioux Falls) def. Stevens (Rapid City), 43-26
A — Roncalli (Aberdeen, S.D.) def. Hamlin (Hayti), 48-31
B — White River def. Castlewood, 57-37

Tennessee
AAA — Blackman (Murfreesboro) def. Lebanon, 64-56
AA — Macon County (Lafayette) def. Grainger (Rutledge), 51-40
A — Loretto def. Summertown, 49-41
Division 2 AA — Hutchison (Memphis) def. Knoxville Catholic (Knoxville), 41-34
Division 2 A — Webb (Knoxville) def. Providence Christian Academy (Murfreesboro), 54-38

Texas
6A — DeSoto def. Cypress Creek (Houston), 53-37
5A — Cedar Park def. Liberty (Frisco), 46-39
4A — Canyon def. Hardin-Jefferson (Sour Lake), 56-55
3A — Brownfield def. Fairfield, 68-64
2A — Lipan def. Martins Mill (Ben Wheeler), 44-39
1A — Dodd City def. Nazareth, 30-21
TAPPS 6A — Bishop Lynch (Dallas) def. Village (Houston), 56-46
TAPPS 5A — Southwest Christian School (Fort Worth) def. Second Baptist (Houston), 54-40
TAPPS 4A — Lubbock Christian (Lubbock) def. Legacy Prep Christian Academy (Magnolia), 75-39
TAPPS 3A — Lutheran North (Houston) def. Cornerstone Christian (San Antonio), 62-34
TAPPS 2A — Southcrest Christian (Lubbock) def. St. Paul (Shiner), 58-33
TAPPS 1A — Cornerstone Christian (San Angelo) def. Christ Academy (Wichita Falls), 35-27
TCAF Div. 1 — Newman International Academy (Arlington) def. Newman International Academy (Cedar Hill) 48-45
TCAF Div. 2 — Community Christian (Orange) def. Victory Christian Academy (Decatur), 72-42
TCAL 2A — Cornerstone Christian Academy (Bryan) def. Poetry Community Christian (Poetry), 32-15
TCAL 1A — Annapolis Christian Academy (Corpus Christi) def. Trinity Christian Academy (Paris), 39-25

Utah
6A — Fremont (Plain City) def. Herriman (West Herriman), 63-43
5A — Springville def. Farmington, 39-38
4A — Sky View (Smithfield) def. Logan, 56-54
3A — Morgan def. Emery (Castle Dale), 51-47
2A — North Summit (Coalville) def. Kanab, 65-48
1A — Piute (Junction) def. Valley (Orderville), 44-40

Vermont
No state playoffs

Virginia
6A — Madison (Vienna) def. Osbourn Park (Manassas), 54-48
5A — Princess Anne (Virginia Beach) def. Patrick Henry (Roanoke), 56-41
4A — Louisa County (Mineral) def. Pulaski County (Dublin), 59-50
3A — Mason (Falls Church) def. Spotswood (Penn Laird), 65-49
2A — Luray def. Gate City, 61-56
1A — Honaker def. Riverheads (Staunton), 81-56
VISAA Div. 1 — Saint Gertrude (Richmond) def. Catholic (Virginia Beach), 56-36
VISAA Div. 2 — Steward (Richmond, Va.) def. Highland (Warrenton), 45-38
VISAA Div. 3 — Virginia Academy (Ashburn) def. New Covenant (Lynchburg), 64-27

Washington
Spring season
4A —
3A —
2A —
1A —
2B —
1B —

West Virginia
Spring season
AAA
AA —
A —

Wisconsin
Div. 1 — Germantown def. Hudson, 63-48
Div. 2 — Notre Dame Academy (Green Bay) def. Reedsburg, 68-56
Div. 3 — Lake Mills def. Aquinas (La Crosse), 78-67
Div. 4 — Mishicot def. Mineral Point, 70-66
Div. 5 — Assumption (Wisconsin Rapids) def. Three Lakes, 55-48

Wyoming
4A — East (Cheyenne) def. Cody, 52-37
3A — Douglas def. Lyman, 51-11
2A — Wyoming Indian (Ethete) def. Rocky Mountain (Cowley), 44-29
1A — Cokeville def. Upton, 62-48
Natalie Potts named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Missouri High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Natalie Potts named 2020-21 MaxPreps Missouri High School Girls 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.

Natalie Potts of Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Missouri High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-1 sophomore post led the Red Knights to a 29-0 record, the state Class 6 championship and the No. 6 national ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Potts averaged 21.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.4 blocked shots per game while shooting 59 percent from the field. She had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the 58-37 win over Webster Groves that earned Incarnate Word the state title.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
High school football: Unconventional Arkansas coach that never punts lands college head coaching gig - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Unconventional Arkansas coach that never punts lands college head coaching gig
Kevin Kelley approached and accomplished things on the high school football field few have ever done. The Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Ark.) head football coach announced Thursday he was leaving his post to take the same job at NCAA FCS program Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.

The nine-time state champion has earned national attention for his statistical-driven, no-punt, high risk-high reward approach while piling up head-spinning numbers at the small (1,221 enrollment K-12), private, independent school in central Arkansas.

The 51-year-old's revolutionary offenses and methods were featured on segments of 60 Minutes, HBO's Real Sports and NFL Films and he once was a guest speaker at MIT. He was a pioneer of analytics in the high school game.

In 18 seasons, he boasted a record of 216-29-1 and was recently inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Fame.

His rise in fame coincided with the invention of numbers-driven MaxPreps.com and he quickly became the poster coach for entering team and individual statistics. His teams often ranked near or at the top of all offensive categories.
Kevin Kelley, Pulaski Academy
File photo by Rickey Miller
Kevin Kelley, Pulaski Academy
Among the Bruins' remarkable feats since 2004:

* Scoring more than 600 points 13 times and at least 700 seven times, topped out at 790 in 2019 and 789 in 2011.

* That 2011 squad was his only team to finish 15-0. Three other times the Bruins went unbeaten including his final season in 2020 (13-0), the only time they finished No. 1 in the MaxPreps Arkansas computer rankings. They finished ranked second in 2008, 2016 and 2019 and No. 3 in 2011.

* In all but one season (2009), they averaged more than 500 yards per game, while once clearing the 600-yard plateau in 2019. That year, they averaged a ridiculous 648 yards, 439 through the air and 209 on the ground.

* Average yards per game per year since 2010: 529, 537, 513, 556, 516, 581, 550, 571, 597, 648 and 579.

* Points per game since 2014: 50.2, 50.8, 47.8, 56.0, 50.2, 56.4 and 50.7.

* In a 2017 game, the Bruins pilled up what was then a national record 991 total yards during an 86-56 win over Little Rock Christian Academy. Layne Hatcher set a state record with 745 yards passing to go along with nine touchdown passes.

Hatcher is one of the most prolific passers the country has ever seen. He's the state leader with 15,483 career passing yards.  But Hatcher is not nearly alone among Kelley's pupils.

A 2020 story by MaxPreps senior writer and historian Kevin Askeland highlighted that Kelley has coached 12 of the top 100 single-season passing yardage marks in history.
Layne Hatcher, Pulaski Academy's record-setting quarterback in 2017.
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Layne Hatcher, Pulaski Academy's record-setting quarterback in 2017.


High school football rankings: Mater Dei zooms to No. 1 in California HIGHSCORE Top 25 after 49-point opening win - HIGHSCORE
High school football rankings: Mater Dei zooms to No. 1 in California MaxPreps Top 25 after 49-point opening win
This isn't the first time a worthy squad has tried to upend the season-ending Southern California high school football celebration that is Mater Dei vs. St. John Bosco.

Over the last five seasons, as the Monarchs and Braves have ascended to the top of the national football food chain, several talented squads have met the Trinity League juggernauts head on, only to be soundly defeated.

In a COVID-19 shortened season where most California teams are playing four to six games, one of the biggest contests is Friday when second-ranked St. John Bosco takes on No. 3 Servite in what's the California Game of the Week.

Servite, behind dynamic 5-foot-11, 180-pound junior dual threat quarterback Noah Fifita (offers from Arizona and Cal), has outscored two opponents, 113-19.

CALIFORNIA SPRING COMPUTER RANKINGS: Compare to human rankings below

Fifita threw for almost 2,900 yards and 37 touchdowns as a sophomore when the Friars went 7-4. He nearly led Servite to an upset of the eventual national champs, dropping a 27-26 Trinity League thriller.

The Braves are loaded again, though they did lose current Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei to graduation and replaced him with two dynamic young arms in sophomore Pierce Clarkson and junior Katin Houser. Both have looked good in the early going, combining for 492 passing yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions in two wins.

Servite could spoil the season-ending contest between Bosco and Mater Dei, which opened its season last week with a 52-3 throttling of JSerra Catholic behind three touchdown passes from freshman quarterback Elijah Brown in his first varsity game.

There are plenty of other terrific matchups this weekend including No. 11 Oaks Christian at No. 7 Sierra Canyon, No. 8 Alemany at No. 10 Bishop Amat and No. 21 Edison at No. 9 Los Alamitos. In San Diego Section play, No. 23 St. Augustine travels to No. 17 Cathedral Catholic.
Noah Fifita, Servite quarterback
File photo by Jann Hendry
Noah Fifita, Servite quarterback
MaxPreps Top 25 California Football Rankings

Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat JSerra Catholic, 52-3
Next game: Friday at Orange Lutheran

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Santa Margarita, 65-28
Next game: Friday vs. Servite

3. Servite (Anaheim)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Orange Lutheran, 69-13
Next game: Friday at St. John Bosco

4. Centennial (Corona)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat King, 50-0
Next game: Thursday at Santiago

5. De La Salle (Concord)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Monte Vista (Danville), 63-27
Next game: Saturday vs. San Ramon Valley (Danville)

6. Mission Viejo
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Oak Hills, 55-6
Next game: Saturday at Upland

7. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth)
Record: 1-1 | Last week: Beat St. Bernard, 56-0
Next game: Friday vs. Oaks Christian

8. Alemany (Mission Hills)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks), 21-9
Next game: Friday at Bishop Amat

9. Los Alamitos
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Corona del Mar, 52-28
Next game: Friday vs. Edison

10. Bishop Amat (La Puente)

Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Cathedral, 21-6
Next game: Friday vs. Bishop Alemany

11. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village)
Record:
2-0 | Last week: Beat Westlake, 30-16
Next game: Friday at Sierra Canyon

12. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Lakewood, 41-0
Next game: Friday vs. Long Beach Wilson

13. Folsom
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Granite Bay 35-25
Next game: Friday vs. Del Oro

14. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita)

Record: 1-1 | Last week: Lost to St. John Bosco 65-28
Next game: Thursday vs. JSerra at Santa Ana Bowl

15. Loyola (Los Angeles)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: idle
Next game: Friday at St. Bernard

16. Serra (San Mateo)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Valley Christian (San Jose), 33-27
Next game: Saturday vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral

17. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)

Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Steele Canyon, 49-0
Next game: Friday vs. St. Augustine

18. San Clemente

Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Capistrano Valley, 34-24
Next game: Friday vs. Aliso Niguel

19. Central (Fresno)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Clovis 35-31
Next game: Friday vs. Buchanan (Clovis)

20. Grace Brethren (Simi Valley)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: Idle
Next game: April 3 at Calabasas

21. Edison (Huntington Beach)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Newport Harbor, 47-14
Next game: Friday at Los Alamitos

22. Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat JW North, 41-0
Next game: Saturday at Heritage

23. St. Augustine (San Diego)

Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Madison, 24-7
Next game: Friday at Cathedral Catholic

24. Serra (Gardena)
Record: 1-1 | Last week: Beat Chaminade, 12-6 (OT)
Next game: Friday vs. Cathedral at El Camino College

25. Carlsbad

Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Torrey Pines, 42-0
Next game: Friday at San Marcos

MaxPreps National Football editor Zack Poff contributed to this report.