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Watch: Nation's No. 1 high school football quarterback Sam Huard opens senior season with 495 yards, 7 touchdowns - HIGHSCORE
Watch: Nation's No. 1 high school football quarterback Sam Huard opens senior season with 495 yards, 7 touchdowns
Sam Huard made up for lost time in a hurry. The five-star Kennedy Catholic (Burien, Wash.) senior quarterback threw for 495 yards and seven touchdowns in last week's 49-14 season-opening win over Tahoma.

According to the Tacoma Tribune, the University of Washington signee threw for 341 yards and five touchdowns in the first half alone before the Lancers pumped the brakes. Huard is 805 yards shy of breaking the state career passing record of 13,044 set by Brett Rypien of Shadle Park (Spokane) from 2011 to 2014.

Like most of the West Coast, Kennedy Catholic has been paused from football since the fall of 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lancers resumed play with a bang as a double pass found its way back to Huard on the game's first play on Friday. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound left-hander fired a 46-yard pass to Reed Shumpert, who four plays later caught a TD pass. Huard finished with 26 completions in 35 attempts.

He's thrown for 12,240 career yards and 139 touchdowns. The Lancers travel Friday to Decatur (Federal Way).

“I just wanted to take a moment and see all my teammates and my coaches and just be out here together,” Huard told the newspaper after Friday's games. “Just being able to play with these guys, it means the world to me. ... That’s the only thing that matters to me at the end of the day is just being out here playing the game that I love with my teammates.”

Huard is ranked the No. 11 player overall nationally in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports composite, and the No. 1 pro-style quarterback prospect. His father Damon and uncle Brock both played quarterback in the NFL.
Sam Huard, Kennedy Catholic
File photo by Glen Moffit
Sam Huard, Kennedy Catholic



2021 NFL Draft: High school football powerhouse IMG Academy projected to have seven players selected - HIGHSCORE
2021 NFL Draft: High school football powerhouse IMG Academy projected to have seven players selected
During the 2020 NFL Draft, national high school football power IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) became the first prep program since 2014 to have four players selected. The Ascenders could potentially double that in 2021, according to Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports.


All but Newsome played together during the 2016 season when the Ascenders went 11-0 and had notable wins over Centennial (Corona, Calif.), Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.), St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) and St. John's (Washington, D.C.). They finished the year ranked No. 3 in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Cisco and Newsome were part of IMG's 2017 team that went 9-0 and finished ranked No. 2 in the MaxPreps Top 25.
Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond is one of seven former IMG Academy players who could hear their name called this weekend as part of the NFL Draft.
Photo by Mike Janes
Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond is one of seven former IMG Academy players who could hear their name called this weekend as part of the NFL Draft.
No less impressive is American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), which has five players going in Wilson's mock draft. The Patriots' potential draft haul is led by Patrick Surtain II, who Wilson predicts will go No. 9 to the Denver Broncos. Joining Surtain are Tyson Campbell, Khalil Herbert, Anthony Schwartz and Marco Wilson.

Campbell, Surtain and Wilson gave the Patriots the best secondary in the country during the 2016 season and led Heritage to a 14-0 record, Class 5A state title and a spot at No. 10 in the final MaxPreps Top 25.

The following season, Campbell, Schwartz and Surtain led American Heritage to its second consecutive 5A state championship and a spot at No. 4 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 after going 14-0.

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) has had more players selected than any other high school over the last 20 years with 23 taken and Wilson's mock draft predicts there will be four more in the 2021 draft — Trevon Grimes, Elijah Moore, Josh Palmer and Asante Samuel Jr.

All four played together during the 2016 season when Aquinas went 13-2 and finished the year ranked No. 6 after winning the 7A state title.

Episcopal (Bellaire, Texas) has three players slated to be taken led by Jaylen Waddle — slotted to go sixth overall by the Miami Dolphins. Walker Little and Marvin Wilson are expected to also hear their names called. Little and Wilson were part of the Class of 2017 while Waddle was a year behind them and they went 9-2 during the 2016 season.

HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
For the week of Mar. 29 - Apr. 4

Boys

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

6'6 | Senior | MH
7 Games Played
Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 4.57
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 2.57
Aces: 2
Blocks: 14

Junior | S
7 Games Played
Assists: 72
Assists/Game: 10.286
Team Hitting%: 0.144
Digs: 8
Digs/Game: 1.14
Aces: 4

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

Senior | S
6 Games Played
Assists: 63
Assists/Game: 10.50
Team Hitting%: 0.402
Digs: 7
Digs/Game: 1.17
Aces: 1
Blocks: 4

6'1 | Senior | OH/MH
6 Games Played
Kills: 31
Kills/Game: 5.17
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 2.67
Receptions: 26
Rcpt/Game: 4.33
Aces: 2
Blocks: 2

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

Senior | S
7 Games Played
Assists: 73
Assists/Game: 10.43
Team Hitting%: 0.286
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 2.29
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

6'3 | Junior | MB
8 Games Played
Kills: 34
Kills/Game: 4.25
Digs: 2
Aces: 1
Blocks: 16

West Region
(Includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

Senior | S/OPP/OH
11 Games Played
Kills: 41
Kills/Game: 3.73
Digs: 22
Digs/Game: 2.00
Aces: 14
Blocks: 6

6'8 | Senior | RS
9 Games Played
Kills: 43
Kills/Game: 4.78
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 2.33
Receptions: 1
Aces: 9
Blocks: 5
Todd Dodge of Austin Westlake named HIGHSCORE National High School Football Coach of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Todd Dodge of Austin Westlake named MaxPreps National High School Football Coach of the Year
Todd Dodge is doing at Westlake (Austin, Texas) what he did from 2000-2006 at Southlake Carroll – turning a program into a dynasty. The architect of six Texas high school football championships, Dodge led the Chaparrals to their second consecutive state title in 2020, a 6A Division 1 crown one season after winning the 6A Division 2 bracket.

Dodge is the 2020 MaxPreps National High School Football Coach of the Year after leading the Chaps to an undefeated season and banner in the nation's toughest postseason tournament.

Prior to Dodge's 2014 hire, Westlake's only title came in 1996 with Drew Brees under center. In his sixth season at the Austin school, the Chaps went 15-1 and won the 6A Division 2 title before adding a 14-0 year in 2020 and No. 3 ranking in the final MaxPreps Top 25.

In this year's semifinals, Dodge guided Westlake to a 24-21 win over two-time defending 6A Division 1 champ North Shore. (Houston). The championship game provided another fascinating storyline as he faced his son Riley, who is now the head coach at Southlake Carroll.

Father taught son a lesson in that contest as Westlake rolled to a 52-34 victory.

Since taking over as at Westlake, Dodge's teams are 88-11 and the Chaparrals will ride a 24-game win streak into the 2021 season. Dodge is 218-72 overall, having won six state championships (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2019 and 2020) with a playoff mark of 66-7.

Eric Kjar of Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah), Adam Carter of Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Bobby Acosta of IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and newly-retired Bob Beatty of Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) were among the other names considered for COY honors.

Past MaxPreps Coaches of the Year
2008 — Mike Alberghini, Grant (Sacramento, Calif.)
2009 — Mike Newsome, Butler (Matthews, N.C.)
2010 — Tony Heath, Pearland (Texas)
2011 — Hal Wasson, Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
2012 — Bob Ladouceur, De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
2013 — Jason Negro, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
2014 — Tom Westerberg, Allen (Texas)
2015 — Gary Joseph, Katy (Texas)
2016 — Kenny Sanchez, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
2017 — Bruce Rollinson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2018 — Jon Kay, North Shore (Houston, Texas)
2019 — Jason Negro, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
Graphic by Ryan Escobar






Bronny James makes high school basketball debut, No. 3 Sierra Canyon dominates opener - HIGHSCORE
Bronny James makes high school basketball debut, No. 3 Sierra Canyon dominates opener
Video: Massive expectations for Sierra Canyon boys basketball
The Trailblazers opened the season with a big win over Montgomery in Bronny James' first game.

With many eagerly anticipating the high school basketball debut of Bronny James, No. 3 Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) opened its season Thursday night with a 91-44 victory over Montgomery (San Diego) at the San Diego Tip-Off Challenge.

The two-time defending CIF Open Division state champions jumped to a 7-0 advantage and led by as many as 53 points in the wire-to-wire victory.

The Trailblazers were paced by strong efforts from Kentucky pledge B.J. Boston, who finished with 22 points to lead all scorers, and TCU commit Terren Frank, who chipped in 20.
Bronny James scored 10 points in his high school basketball debut Thursday night.
Photo by: Nicholas Koza
Bronny James scored 10 points in his high school basketball debut Thursday night.
James – the son of Lakers star and NBA legend LeBron James – produced 10 points off the bench. The freshman knocked down a pair of threes from the left corner and added a couple of layups.

Harold Yu , a 7-foot-3 center from China, scored eight points. Zaire Wade , the son of three-time NBA champ Dwyane Wade, and Shy Odom had six points apiece.

Sierra Canyon will return to the San Diego Tip-Off Challenge tomorrow night to face off against St. Augustine (San Diego), which won its opener as well on Thursday night.
Photo by: Nicholas Koza
Zaire Wade throws down for two of his six points Thursday night.
Photo by: Nicholas Koza
Zaire Wade throws down for two of his six points Thursday night.
Dwyane Wade liked what he saw from son Zaire and his Sierra Canyon teammates.
Photo by: Nicholas Koza
Dwyane Wade liked what he saw from son Zaire and his Sierra Canyon teammates.
Future Kentucky Wildcat B.J. Boston signs autographs after pumping in a game-high 22 points.
Photo by: Nicholas Koza
Future Kentucky Wildcat B.J. Boston signs autographs after pumping in a game-high 22 points.
The stands were packed in San Diego for the nation's No. 3-ranked high school basketball team.
Photo by: Nicholas Koza
The stands were packed in San Diego for the nation's No. 3-ranked high school basketball team.