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Texas high school football: Allen head coach Terry Gambill retires - HIGHSCORE
Texas high school football: Allen head coach Terry Gambill retires
One of the most prominent high school football programs in the nation will be looking for a new head coach after Terry Gambill of Allen (Texas) announced his retirement Tuesday, according to multiple reports. He took over at the school before the 2016 season and went 65-4 during his five-year tenure, leading the Dallas-area power to three semifinal appearances and a 6A Division 1 state title in 2017.

"I'd like to extend my sincere appreciation to the families, coaches and administration in Allen ISD for the opportunity to spend many wonderful years in the district and athletic program," Gambill stated in a press release.

Gambill was the head coach at Midway (Waco) from 2010-15 and led the Panthers to a 68-13 record and a 4A Division 1 runner-up finish in 2011. He was an assistant coach at Allen from 2001-09 and was the defensive coordinator in 2008 when Allen won its first state championship.

Kyler Murray would lead the Eagles to three more state titles from 2012-14 and Gambill helped bring home the last one in 2017 when Grant Tisdale and Theo Wease guided the Eagles to a 35-33 win over Garrett Wilson and Lake Travis (Austin) to cap a perfect 16-0 season. 

The head coaching position at Allen will be one of the most sought-after jobs in the country. The school currently has the largest enrollment in the state, a near-$60 million dollar stadium and a recent tradition of success with five state titles since 2008.

Allen has won at least 10 games in 15 consecutive seasons. There is still plenty of talent on the roster with three-star offensive lineman Neto Umeozulu, junior running back Jaylen Jenkins and 2022 Harvard commit Jackson Newville.
Terry Gambill is interviewed on the field after leading Allen to a state championship in 2017.
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Terry Gambill is interviewed on the field after leading Allen to a state championship in 2017.

High school football: Mater Dei-St. John Bosco rivalry features impressive stats, rich history - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Mater Dei-St. John Bosco rivalry features impressive stats, rich history
As vastly different as the 2020 California high school football season has been, the ending point is quite familiar. Even if it is in April 2021.

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.

St. John Bosco was crowned 2019 MaxPreps National Champion, while Mater Dei won it in 2017 and was second in 2018 and 2019. Heading into the fall of 2020, MaxPreps football editor Zack Poff had the Monarchs ranked No. 2 in the country and the Braves No. 3.
St. John Bosco takes the field before its season opener with Sierra Canyon.
File photo by Louis Lopez
St. John Bosco takes the field before its season opener with Sierra Canyon.
But California was one of 15 states to move football to 2021 due to the pandemic, erasing both programs from national-title consideration. Evaporation of the entire season in the state also seemed a distinct possibility, but politicians, health officials, coaching organizations, youth sports advocates and the California Interscholastic Federation finally were able to agree on a six-week campaign with no playoffs. 

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."

Which team will it be?

That's almost impossible to pick, just like it has been for the last 10 meetings since 2014, a year after Bosco, with quarterback Josh Rosen leading the charge, won its first state Open Division title.
Josiah Zamora (13) greets Cooper Barkarte (18) after a big catch.
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Josiah Zamora (13) greets Cooper Barkarte (18) after a big catch.
The teams have split the past 10 games, with the cumulative score being St. John Bosco 295, Mater Dei 287.
 
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.
St. John Bosco sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson has thrown for more than 400 yards and six touchdowns without an interception.
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St. John Bosco sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson has thrown for more than 400 yards and six touchdowns without an interception.
• Top rushers: St. John Bosco — Jabari Bates (324 yards, 8.5 average, four TDs) and Rayshon Luke (267, 14.8, 4). Mater Dei — Raleek Brown (301, 7.2, 5) and Marceese Yetts (276, 6.6, 2).

• 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).

• Of all the numbers, none is more remarkable than this: 59.

That is the total number of players in Saturday's game who either have three-star recruiting rankings by 247Sports, or who have received an FBS scholarship offer. Of those, 31 belong to Bosco and 28 to Mater Dei. Only 14 of them are seniors.

3-STAR RANKING OR FBS OFFER: SEE ALL 59

When legendary Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson (314 wins, 85 losses, two ties according to Cal-Hi Sports record book) was asked this week to take in all that talent and how Saturday's game would shake out, he told Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times:

"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."
Mater Dei's Elijah Brown is the fourth freshman to start at quarterback for the Monarchs, joining Todd Marinovich, Matt Barkley and JT Daniels.
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Mater Dei's Elijah Brown is the fourth freshman to start at quarterback for the Monarchs, joining Todd Marinovich, Matt Barkley and JT Daniels.
High school baseball: Dylan Lesko, Drake Varnado headline list of HIGHSCORE National Player of the Year candidates - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: Dylan Lesko, Drake Varnado headline list of MaxPreps National Player of the Year candidates
The high school baseball season is in full swing in some parts of the country while others are just getting underway. States like Florida, Georgia and Louisiana jump into the postseason this week.

That makes identifying candidates for MaxPreps National Player of the Year honors a little bit of a tricky exercise but some standouts have emerged, including pitcher Dylan Lesko of No. 1-ranked Buford (Ga.).

Read on for a look at 10 of the top contenders for high school baseball's highest honor.

Past MaxPreps National Players of the Year
2020 — No award (Pandemic)
2019 — Bobby Witt Jr., Colleyville Heritage (Colleyville, Texas)
2018 — Nolan Gorman, O'Connor (Phoenix)
2017 — Jordan Adell, Ballard (Louisville, Ky.)
2016 — Kyle Muller, Dallas Jesuit (Dallas)
2015 — Joe DeMers, College Park (Pleasant Hill, Calif.)
2014 — Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.)
2013 — Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake
2012 — Joey Gallo, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
2011 — Dylan Bundy, Owasso (Okla.)
2010 — Stetson Allie, St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio)
2009 — Matt Hobgood, Norco (Calif.)
2008 — Jake Odorizzi, Highland (Ill.)
Drake Varnado, IMG Academy
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Drake Varnado, IMG Academy
Baseball Player of the Year Watch List

Chris Arroyo, Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
The ace of the Eagles staff is 9-0 on the season with a 0.97 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 43.1 innings pitched for the team that's reached No. 4 in the nation at one point this season. He threw six, no-hit innings with 13 strikeouts against Monsignor Pace and he threw a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts against Coral Springs.

Dominic Castellano, Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
The Tigers' ace is 7-1 with a 1.40 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 45 innings pitched as the Florida squad has been among the best teams all season. He also threw a no-hitter and was one of three pitchers to combine for a second no-hitter. He threw a seven-inning no-hitter against Sarasota, winning 3-0 with  eight strikeouts.

Jake Dresselhouse, St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
The Eaglets' lead-off batter has been a heavy hitter this year. He's bashed seven home runs, including three grand slams, while leading St. Mary Prep to 21 straight wins to begin the season, and 41 in a row dating back to the 2019 season. He's batting .422 with 40 runs scored and 34 RBI.

Jackson Ferris, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
He opened the season with a no-hitter against Palmetto and followed that up with a perfect game against Flower Mound (Texas). He had double-digit strikeout totals in his first five games and didn't allow an earned run until his sixth outing. He's 8-0 record with a 0.55 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 50.2 innings pitched.

Cooper Kinney, Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
The Red Raiders picked up a big win last week, 5-2 over Farragut. Kinney had a double, a home run and three RBI in the win, a performance that has become typical for the Baylor infielder. Kinney is batting .468 with 26 runs, 37 RBI, 16 doubles and seven home runs.

Dylan Lesko, Buford (Ga.)
Lesko has been a force on the mound and at the plate for the No. 1 ranked Wolves. Ranked as the No. 2 junior in the nation by Perfect Game, Lesko is 10-0 on the mound with a 0.26 ERA and 102 strikeouts and 12 walks. His best outings include an 18 strikeout game and he's thrown one no-hitter. On offense, Lesko is batting .412 (35 for 85) with 16 runs, 25 RBI, 7 doubles, a triple and 3 home runs.

Braden Montgomery, Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
The Jaguars got off to a 24-0 start to the season and rose all the way to No. 3 in the national rankings before falling back following a loss. Montgomery has been key in the Jags' success, batting .459 with 39 RBI, four doubles, five triples and five home runs. He has also been stellar on the mound with a 6-1 record, a 0.39 ERA, and 71 strikeouts. His best outing came against Warren Central when he pitched six, no-hit innings with 16 strikeouts.

Sal Stewart, Westminster Christian (Miami)
After hitting four homers as a freshman and no home runs in a shortened 2020 season, Stewart leads the nation in home runs with 16. A total of 29 of his 42 base hits have gone for extra bases with a 11 doubles and two triples. He's batting .560 with 35 RBI and 39 runs. He came up big in Westminster Christian's win over nationally-ranked Stoneman Douglas with a home run and a pair of RBI.

Drake Varnado, IMG Academy
On a team loaded with potential first-round MLB draft picks, Varnado has been the consistent threat for the Ascenders. He leads IMG starters in batting average (.434), runs (33), hits (36), and home runs (7). He had two home runs in wins over Florence and Montverde Academy.

Jack Walker, Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
After sitting out his junior season with an arm injury, Walker has returned to form this year leading Barbe to a 35-2 record. He is 12-0 with a 0.44 ERA. In 63.2 innings pitched, has 97 strikeouts. Walker has thrown two no-hitters on the season, including one in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs.
HIGHSCORE/WBCA Players of the Week: February 15-21 - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/WBCA Players of the Week: February 15-21
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has announced its High School Players of the Week presented by MaxPreps and Wilson Sporting Goods.

Player of the Week honors are awarded to a deserving student-athlete who demonstrated outstanding play in her respective region of the country. Head coaches submit nominations each week and the WBCA selects the individual based on stats that were submitted.

Here are this week's honorees:

Region 1:
2 Games Played
Points: 24.5 Rebounds: 1.0 Steals: 2.0

Region 2:
3 Games Played
Points: 29.3 Rebounds: 6.0 Steals: 2.0

Region 3:
Diamond Thomas, Knightdale (N.C.)
2 Games Played
Points: 38.5 Rebounds: 7.0  Steals: 3.0

Region 4:

3 Games Played
Points: 28.5 Rebounds: 8.0 Steals: 2.3

Region 5:
3 Games Played
Points: 26.7 Rebounds: 6.6 Steals: 2.0

Region 6:
1 Game Played
Points: 33.0 Rebounds: 8.0 Steals: 2.0

Region 7:
3 Games Played
Points: 27.3 Rebounds: 6.0  Steals: 3.0

Region 8:
2 Games Played
Points: 11.0 Rebounds: 4.5 Steals: 2.0

Region 9:
3 Games Played
Points: 38.7 Rebounds: 10.6 Steals: 3.0

To obtain a coach's login or for questions about our player of the week programs, please contact Aaron Hendricks (E-Mail: [email protected] Phone: (530)313-5158.
Texas high school football: Klein Cain's four-star running back Jaydon Blue skipping senior season - HIGHSCORE
Texas high school football: Klein Cain's four-star running back Jaydon Blue skipping senior season
Klein Cain's (Houston) four-star running back Jaydon Blue announced via Twitter on Thursday that he's forgoing his senior high school football season so he can focus on academics and the next level. The 2022 Texas commit was a first-team MaxPreps Junior All-America selection after rushing for 2,155 yards and 30 touchdowns in 11 games last fall.

He helped lead the Hurricanes to an 8-3 record and rushed for at least 200 yards in six games. Blue accounted for over 1,600 yards on the ground and 16 scores as sophomore.

"Football is a brutal sport, and the wear and tear associated with the RB position is undeniable... I plan to take this time to focus on my academics while enhancing my off-field training," Blue stated on Twitter. "This is an incremental step in hopes of one day fulfilling my NFL dream."

Blue showed during his high school career that he has a bright future ahead to potentially be a big-time running at the college and NFL level. He was the top-rated running back on 247Sports for the Class of 2022 and was the No. 31 overall prospect.

He leads a strong 2022 class at Texas and committed to the Longhorns a month after Steve Sarkisian was hired in January.

Other notable commits include Serra (Gardena, Calif.) four-star quarterback Maalik Murphy, Aledo (Texas) four-star safety Bryan Allen Jr., Lewisville (Texas) four-star wide receiver Armani Winfield, Memorial (Port Arthur, Texas) four-star cornerback Jaylon Guilbeau and North Shore (Houston) four-star defensive tackle Kristopher Ross.

Last season, some seniors opted out of playing because of the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty of what a season would look like. Additionally, some states moved the season to the spring and a lot of top-recruits enrolled in college early instead of playing their senior year.

It will be interesting to see if Blue starts a new trend in high school football with more top recruits electing to sit out their senior season to get ready for the next level and eliminate the chance of suffering a serious or career-ending injury.
Jaydon Blue, Klein Cain
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Jaydon Blue, Klein Cain