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North Carolina high school football: Schedule, scores for NCHSAA state championship games - HIGHSCORE
North Carolina high school football: Schedule, scores for NCHSAA state championship games
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will host eight football state championship games featuring 10 undefeated teams beginning Thursday at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University.

Four title games — 1A, 2AA, 3A, 4AA — will be hosted at North Carolina State's Finley Stadium starting Thursday with the 2AA contest between Salisbury (8-2) and St. Pauls (8-0). It concludes Saturday with the 4AA tilt between Rolesville (9-0) and the state's No. 1 ranked team, Zebulon B. Vance (9-1).

The other four championship games — 1AA, 2A, 3AA, 4A — will be played at North Carolina's Kenan Stadium, starting Thursday with the 3AA contest between a pair of 10-0 squads, Mount Tabor and Cleveland. Two Saturday games finish off the championships, concluding with the 2A game between Mountain Heritage (7-1) and Reidsville (9-0).

In all, the 16 teams have combined for records of 140 wins and just eight defeats. All eight games with be broadcast on the NFHS Network.

The NCHSAA was one of 15 states to bypass traditional fall football due to the pandemic. Of the 11 states that played football in the spring, only three opted for playoffs and to crown state champions. Virginia did so last week and North Carolina and Rhode Island wrap up football championships for the 2020-21 season this week.

Among the many standouts in the championship games is Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds, a 5-foot-11, 227 pound senior who has rushed for 916 yards and 15 touchdowns in eight games. He's ranked the No. 16 senior in the state by 247Sports and headed to North Carolina.

Also a basketball star who averaged over 30 points per game this year, Reidsville senior wide receiver Breon Pass is ranked the state No. 28 senior recruit overall after catching 83 passes for more than 1,400 yards and 27 touchdowns in his career heading into this season.
Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds has signed to the University of North Carolina.
File photo by Carin-Goodall Gosnell
Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds has signed to the University of North Carolina.
NCHSAA Football Championships

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Full bracket can be found here - 2020-2021 Football Championships 1A
Naya Ojukwu named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Idaho High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Naya Ojukwu named 2020-21 MaxPreps Idaho 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.

Naya Ojukwu of Mountain View (Meridian) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Idaho High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-2 junior led the Mavericks to a 20-2 record and the Class 5A state title.

Ojukwu averaged 24.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game while shooting 58 percent from the floor. She was named MVP of the Class 5A playoffs, breaking the postseason scoring record with 89 points in three games.

Ojukwu is also an outstanding volleyball player and uses her strength and leaping ability to dominate the paint at both ends of the floor.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
HIGHSCORE 2020 Preseason Junior High School All-American Football Team - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps 2020 Preseason Junior High School All-American Football Team
The high school football Class of 2022 is loaded with marquee talent from all over the country. Texas leads the way with 13 selections on the preseason MaxPreps Junior All-American team. Georgia (10), California (8), and Florida (7) were the only other states with at least five players featured.

In total, 21 different states were represented and 10 had multiple selections.

St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) has the most players from one school with four.

Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) both had the second most with three selections while Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), Duncanville (Texas), Katy (Texas), Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) and St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) all had two players featured.

PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN WEEK COVERAGE
• Monday: All-Americans
• Wednesday: Sophomore All-Americans
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
First Team Offense

The MaxPreps Sophomore Player of the Year accounted for over 4,500 yards of total offense and 54 touchdowns for the Dragons.

Led the Vikings to the 7A state title game as a sophomore as they begin the season ranked at No. 12.

The Freshman Player of the Year in 2018 was a Sophomore All-American first team selection last season.

Put up big-time numbers over the last two years at Edison (Stockton, Calif.) and expect a monster junior campaign in his first season with the Monarchs.

Led the Ascenders in rushing as a sophomore and should have a huge season in 2020 running behind one of the best offensive lines in the country.

Rushed for over 2,000 yards and accounted for 46 total touchdowns in 2019.

Checks in as the top-rated player in California for the Class of 2022 and is one of the main reasons why the Friars begin ranked at No. 23.

Had 76 receptions for over 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns as a sophomore.

WR C.J. Williams, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) | 6-2 | 195
Was the Monarchs third leading receiver with nearly 700 yards in 2019 and expect an even bigger role this season for one of the top programs in the country.

TE Donovan Green, Dickinson (Texas) | 6-4 | 220
The nation's top-rated tight end from the Class of 2022 is a matchup nightmare.

Played a huge role for the defending national champs as a sophomore.

OL Tyler Booker, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) | 6-4 | 290
Checks in as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the Class of 2022.

One of the most dominant offensive linemen in the country.

OL Julian Armella, Columbus (Miami) | 6-6 | 300
Made a huge impact on the offensive line for St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) the last two seasons and will be a huge addition for last year's 8A state champs.

The top-rated offensive guard in the Class of 2022 is the No. 2 player overall from Texas.

AP Braylin Presley, Bixby (Okla.) | 5-9 | 165
Has accounted for nearly 2,500 total yards and 39 touchdowns over the last two seasons for the back-to-back 6A-II state champs.

The top-rated cornerback had seven interceptions to go with nearly 1,000 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns in 2019.

Connected on 15-of-17 field goals as a sophomore.
Domani Jackson, Mater Dei
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Domani Jackson, Mater Dei
First Team Defense

The No. 1 rated player in the Class of 2022 racked up 15 sacks in 2019.

The former Ocoee (Fla.) standout is one of the most dominant defensive players in the game.

DL Nate Burrell, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) | 6-2 | 250
Was a key contributor for the No. 1 team in the nation last season and expect an even bigger year in 2020.

DL Malick Sylla, Katy (Texas) | 6-5 | 225
The Tigers begin the year at No. 11 and Sylla will be one of their most impactful players this season.

Checks in as the No. 1 weak-side defensive end and top-recruit overall from Pennsylvania in the Class of 2022.

Helped lead the Warriors to their first state title since 1982 last season. The 2022 Alabama commit racked up 119 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and nine sacks.

Checks in as the top-rated linebacker in the Class of 2022.

The Vegas power has produced some big-time players and Moss is next in line.

LB Daniel Martin, Marietta (Ga.) | 6-3 | 190
Racked up 74 tackles and 12 tackles for loss for the 7A state champs last season and should have an even bigger role in 2020.

DB Domani Jackson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) | 6-1 | 185
The top-rated cornerback from California will give the Monarchs one of the best secondaries in the nation.

Already has over 30 FBS offers and was a key piece for the Mustangs winning their second consecutive 6A Division 1 state title in 2019.

DB Kamari Wilson, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) | 6-1 | 195
Recently transferred to the No. 1 team in our initial Top 25 and is one of nine players in the Top 247 rankings for the Class of 2022 suiting up for the Ascenders.

One of the top shutdown cornerbacks in the country helped lead the Philadelphia power to its second consecutive 6A state title last season.

The top-rated defensive back in Florida is a shutdown cornerback and is also a big-time playmaker at wide receiver.

The former Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.) standout helped lead the Panthers to the 7A semifinals last season and will make an immediate impact for the No. 9 team in our preseason Top 25.

Checks in as the No. 1 punter and No. 4 kicker for the Class of 2022 by Kohl's. Was a first team 3A all-state selection as a sophomore last season by the Associated Press.
Noah Fifita, Servite
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Noah Fifita, Servite
Second Team Offense

QB MJ Morris, Carrollton (Ga.) | 6-1 | 175
One of the top quarterbacks in the country will be the next big-time gunslinger from the Peach State.

Split time under center last season as a sophomore and expect a huge junior campaign as he takes over as the full time starter.

QB Noah Fifita, Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) | 5-10 | 170
Threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 37 touchdowns playing against the best competition in Southern California as a sophomore.

Became the first player in school history to eclipse the 1,500 yard mark on the ground since Christian McCaffrey in 2013.

Already landed over 30 FBS offers and will be the next big-time running back from Texas.

RB Gi'Bran Payne, La Salle (Cincinnati) | 5-11 | 190
Helped lead the Lancers to the Division 2 state title last season and expect a monster year for the 4-star running back.

RB Trevor Etienne, Jennings (La.) | 5-10 | 200
Accounted for nearly 2,500 total yards and 37 touchdowns as a sophomore.

The third-rated wide receiver in the Class of 2022 had 45 receptions for 855 yards and 15 touchdowns in seven games last season.

Racked up more than 1,700 total yards and 24 touchdowns for the 7A runners-up in 2019.

WR Denylon Morrissette, St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) | 6-1 | 180
Played a key role for one of the best programs as a sophomore and expect an even bigger junior season for the No. 4 team in our preseason Top 25.

WR Kyion Grayes, Chandler (Ariz.) | 6-1 | 170
Led the four-time defending state champs in receiving as a sophomore and will be one of Mikey Keene's favorite targets again in 2020.

The top-rated offensive lineman from Alabama in the Class of 2022 is one of the most dominate players in the country.

Played a key role for the Non-Public Group 4 champs and will be an impact player once again in 2020.

OL Jaylen Early, Duncanville (Texas) | 6-4 | 260
The No. 8 team in our preseason Top 25 will have one of the top offensive lines and Early will be a key factor. 

OL Dave Iuli, Puyallup (Wash.) | 6-5 | 330
Should bounce back in a big way after missing his sophomore season with an injury.

The top-rated offensive lineman in Georgia is one of the best players in the country.

AP Deyon Bouie, Bainbridge (Ga.) | 5-11 | 165
Has been an impact player since his freshman season and gets it done on all three phases.
Omari Abor, Duncanville
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Omari Abor, Duncanville
Second Team Defense

DL Omari Abor, Duncanville (Texas) | 6-4 | 240
One of the top defensive lineman in the country is also a standout basketball player.

DL Derrick Moore, St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) | 6-4 | 245
Made a huge impact as a sophomore for one of the top defenses in high school football.

The top-rated player from North Carolina in the Class of 2022 racked up 104 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and forced five fumbles in 2019.

Finished his sophomore campaign with 151 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.

LB Jaishawn Barham, St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) | 6-3 | 230
Was a big-time playmaker for DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) last season and will be a huge addition for the Panthers.

LB Ty Kana, Katy (Texas) | 6-2 | 210
The leader on defense as a sophomore and will have the Tigers in contention to win their first state title since 2015.

The Rockets begin the year ranked at No. 21 and the 4-star linebacker is a key piece of a very talented defense.

LB Malaki Hamrick, Shelby (N.C.) | 6-3 | 200
Racked up 129 tackles, 39 tackles for loss and 19 sacks in 2019.

DB Bryan Allen Jr., Aledo (Texas) | 6-0 | 185
The 2022 LSU commit led the back-to-back 5A Division 2 state champs in tackles with 122 last season. He also had three interceptions.

DB Zion Branch, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) | 6-2.5 | 190
Joins Moss as selections for the Gaels. He finished his sophomore season with five interceptions.

The recent Georgia commit is one of the best shutdown cornerbacks in the country.

Missed his sophomore season with an injury but will bounce back in a big way in 2020 and have Bergen Catholic in position to win its first Non-Public Group 4 championship since 2017.

DB Khamauri Rogers, Holmes County Central (Lexington, Miss.) | 6-1 | 165
The 2022 LSU commit can lock up any wide receiver in the country and also makes an impact on offense.

The talented defensive back is also a big-time playmaker at quarterback and one of three LSU commits selected.

The top-rated prospect from Kansas will be one of the top players of all-time to come from The Sunflower State.
High school basketball rankings: Montverde Academy finishes No. 1, crowned HIGHSCORE National Champion for the fifth time since 2013 - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball rankings: Montverde Academy finishes No. 1, crowned MaxPreps National Champion for the fifth time since 2013
Despite dominating high school basketball over the past decade, there was still something missing from head coach Kevin Boyle's resume at Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) — back-to-back national titles. Mission accomplished as this year's Eagles compiled a 24-1 record, captured their fifth GEICO Nationals crown and went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Montverde Academy outscored opponents by an average of 25.8 points this season and went 11-1 against MaxPreps Top 25 teams. The lone loss came in overtime to No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.), which the Eagles beat in three other meetings.

At GEICO Nationals, Montverde Academy defeated No. 25 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 85-64, No. 2 AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) 51-49 and Sunrise Christian Academy 62-52 in the title game.

Balance was key at GEICO Nationals with five-star Michigan signee Caleb Houstan, No. 2-ranked junior prospect Jalen Duren, five-star junior guard Dariq Whitehead, four-star junior Malik Reneau, Baylor signee Langston Love  and Creighton pledge Ryan Nembhard averaging between seven and 14 points per game.

MaxPreps National Champions in 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2020, Montverde's dominance spans well beyond this season as the program has won 49 of its past 50 games dating back to the start of last season. The Orlando-area power has finished in the top 10 for 10 consecutive years.

Since Boyle's arrival prior to the 2011-12 season, Montverde has a 93.9 win percentage and produced NBA players R.J. Barrett, D'Angelo Russell and Ben Simmons as well as projected lottery picks Scottie Barnes of Florida State, Cade Cunningham of Oklahoma State and Moses Moody of Arkansas.

Due to unique circumstances surrounding the 2020-21 season, teams were required to play at least eight games to be eligible for the final MaxPreps Top 25. See the complete rankings below.
Photo by Pete Wright / Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Past MaxPreps National Champions
2018 — Montverde Academy
2015 — Montverde Academy
2013 — Lone Peak (Highland, Utah); Montverde Academy
2012 — St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.); Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
2011 — St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)

MaxPreps Top 25 Basketball Rankings

Record: 24-1 | Last week: 1

Record: 28-2 | Last week: 2

Record: 21-4 | Last week: 3

Record: 9-0 | Last week: 5

Record: 21-3 | Last week: 4

Record: 29-1 | Last week: 6

Record: 29-3 | Last week: 7

Record: 20-1 | Last week: 9

9. Camden (N.J.)
Record: 13-0 | Last week: 8

Record: 31-4 | Last week: 12

Record: 27-2 | Last week: 13

Record: 18-7 | Last week: 10

Record: 20-3 | Last week: 14

Record: 27-0 | Last week: 16

Record: 28-3 | Last week: 17

Record: 21-3 | Last week: 18

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 19

Record: 30-2 | Last week: 21

Record: 25-3 | Last week: 22

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 23

Record: 7-4 | Last week: 24

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 25

Record: 31-0 | Last week: NR

Record: 20-9 | Last week: NR

Record: 26-2 | Last week: NR
High school football: La Salle's schedule release includes games against national power IMG Academy - HIGHSCORE
High school football: La Salle's schedule release includes games against national power IMG Academy
The National Football League is set to release its 2021 schedule Wednesday and were about 100 days from the start of the high school football fall season. Some teams, like La Salle (Cincinnati), are taking a cue from the NFL and releasing their schedule.

The Lancers play in the Greater Catholic League-South, one of the toughest in Ohio, and also face a difficult non-league schedule headlined by a showdown against 2020 MaxPreps National Champion, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.).

"We want our kids to play the best teams. So, here we go," La Salle head coach Pat McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin and the Lancers face three teams ranked in the final MaxPreps Top 25. La Salle hosts the Ascenders on Sept. 3 at Lancer Stadium. IMG went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the country last fall.

The Lancers travel to Kentucky to face Trinity (Louisville) on Sept. 10. The Shamrocks won their eighth state title since 2010 and finished 10th nationally last fall, going 10-0 while outscoring the opposition 429-48.

Three weeks later, on Oct. 1, La Salle hosts Indiana 5A champion Cathedral (Indianapolis). The Fighting Irish finished at No. 19 in the MaxPreps Top 25 after going 13-1.

La Salle was 8-3 last season, falling 14-10 to Washington (Massillon) in the Ohio Division II semifinals. The Lancers won a state title in 2019, their fourth since 2014. The 2021 schedule they've compiled should prepare the Lancers for all-comers in the postseason.

MaxPreps starts releasing its preseason high school football content with the preseason MaxPreps Top 25 on June 23. Expect to see the Lancers featured in our Top 10 toughest schedules dropping later in July.
La Salle coach Pat McLaughlin, seen in 2019, has a tough schedule prepared for the Lancers this season, facing reigning MaxPreps National Champion IMG Academy as well as Trinity and Cathedral.
File photo by Jeff Harwell
La Salle coach Pat McLaughlin, seen in 2019, has a tough schedule prepared for the Lancers this season, facing reigning MaxPreps National Champion IMG Academy as well as Trinity and Cathedral.
2021 La Salle football schedule

Aug. 20 — vs. Colerain (Cincinnati)

Aug. 27 — vs. Winton Woods (Cincinnati)

Sept. 3 — vs. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

Sept. 10 — at Trinity (Louisville)

Sept. 17 — vs. DuPont Manual (Louisville)

*Sept. 24 — at Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati)

Oct. 1 — vs. Cathedral (Indianapolis)

*Oct. 8 — at St. Xavier (Cincinnati)

Oct. 15 — at Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood)

*Oct. 22 — vs. Elder (Cincinnati)

*Indicates league game