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High school football: Valdosta board will reconsider firing of embattled coach Rush Propst - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Valdosta board will reconsider firing of embattled coach Rush Propst
Rush Propst, the well-traveled and embattled former high school football coach at Valdosta (Ga.), might get a second chance, media reports indicate. The Valdosta City Schools will revisit the coach's April 27 firing Monday after a board member who supported Propst motioned for the special meeting, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Wednesday.

The school board voted 5-3 to dismiss the coach amid allegations of the coach illegally recruiting five players to Valdosta, including Californian Jake Garcia. However, Warren Lee, one of the three to back Propst, called for the board to reconsider the decision. An announcement post on the school board website read "Revisit non-renewal of head football coach at VHS - Mr. Warren Lee - action required."

That means the board could reinstate Propst, even after the Georgia High School Association upheld the $7,500 fine levied on the program in addition to forcing the school to forfeit seven wins in 2020 and banning the team from the 2021 playoffs.

In February, Propst was the subject of a lengthy deposition that alleged he was involved in recruiting, mishandling money and even interfering in the hiring process that brought him to the program to begin with. Michael Nelson, who has been involved with the Valdosta Touchdown Club booster organization for many years, said in his sworn deposition that Propst, among other things, paid for housing for two transfers, facilitated recruiting of players with the help of college coaches, asked for a "funny money" slush fund and meddled in his own hiring process.

Propst owns a career record of 299-92 – including 7-5 in his lone season at Valdosta – and has won seven state titles during a high-profile, 30-year career. He garnered national attention while at Hoover (Ala.), which was featured on MTV's popular "Two-A-Days" reality show. He resigned there in 2007 and was dismissed at Colquitt County (Norman Park, Ga.) in 2019 after being charged with lack of compliance, improper conduct with students, dishonesty and misuse of public funds and property.

The AJC reported Propst remains under investigation by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, which can deny teaching certificates. The commission pulled Propst's credential after his Colquitt County dismissal, but regained in on appeal, leading to his hiring at Valdosta.
Former Valdosta coach Rush Propst
File photo by Gary McCullough
Former Valdosta coach Rush Propst
2020-21 high school volleyball state champions - HIGHSCORE
2020-21 high school volleyball state champions
MaxPreps is your home for high school girls volleyball state playoff coverage.

The 2020-21 school year has been unprecedented with many states forging ahead with competition while others have remained on the sideline due to the COVID-19 pandemic. MaxPreps has covered volleyball from the preseason and will stay with it through the final tournament sometime next spring. Check back as we update the champions as their seasons progress.

Here is a list of the state champions in each division from across America. Click here to find tournaments in your state.
Fayetteville celebrates its Arkansas 6A title.
Photo by Justin Miller
Fayetteville celebrates its Arkansas 6A title.
Girls volleyball state champions


7A — Hoover def. Spain Park (Hoover), 3-0
6A — Mountain Brook (Birmingham) def. Hartselle, 3-0
5A — Bayside Academy (Daphne) def. West Point (Cullman), 3-0
4A — Montgomery Academy (Montgomery) def. Curry (Jasper), 3-1
3A — Trinity Presbyterian (Montgomery) def. Plainview (Rainsville), 3-0
2A — Addison def. Long (Skipperville), 3-1
1A — Bayshore Christian (Fairhope) def. Donoho (Anniston,), 3-1
AISA A — Abbeville Christian Academy (Abbeville) def. Jackson Academy (Jackson), 3-1
AISA AA — Edgewood Academy (Elmore) def. Chambers Academy (LaFayette), 3-0

No playoffs

6A — Hamilton (Chandler) def. Perry (Gilbert), 3-1
5A — Millennium (Goodyear) def. Cactus Shadows (Cave Creek), 3-0
4A — Salpointe Catholic (Tucson) def. Notre Dame Prep (Scottsdale), 3-2
3A — Northwest Christian (Phoenix) def. Valley Christian (Chandler), 3-0
2A — Scottsdale Christian Academy (Phoenix) def. Chandler Prep (Chandler), 3-0
1A — St. David def. Anthem Prep (Anthem), 3-1

6A — Fayetteville def. Southside (Fort Smith), 3-1
5A — Greenwood def. Jonesboro, 3-0
4A — Valley View (Jonesboro) def. Brookland, 3-0
3A — Hackett def. Paris, 3-0
2A — Mansfield def. Lavaca, 3-0

Winter season

5A —
4A —
3A —
2A —
1A —

LL —
L —
M —
S —

I — St. Mark's (Wilmington) def. Padua Academy (Wilmington), 3-0

District of Columbia


7A — Lyman (Longwood) def. Lake Nona (Orlando), 3-2
6A — Mater Academy Charter (Hialeah Gardens) def. Leon (Tallahassee), 3-1
5A — Ponte Vedra def. Jensen Beach, 3-0
4A — Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville) def. Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale), 3-1
3A — Trinity Catholic (Ocala) def. Westminster Christian (Miami), 3-0
2A — Lake Worth Christian (Boynton Beach) def. St. John Paul II (Tallahassee), 3-0
1A — Sneads def. Newberry, 3-0

AAAAAAA — Alpharetta def. Walton (Marietta), 3-1
AAAAAA — Buford def. Pope (Marietta), 3-1
AAAAA — McIntosh (Peachtree City) def. Blessed Trinity (Roswell), 3-1
AAAA — Marist (Atlanta) def. Northwest Whitfield (Tunnel Hill), 3-0
AAA — Westminster (Atlanta) def. Morgan County (Madison), 3-0
AA-A Public — Pace Academy (Atlanta) def. Gordon Lee (Chickamauga), 3-2
AA-A Private — Holy Innocents Episcopal (Atlanta) def. Hebron Christian Academy (Dacula), 3-1
GISA AA — Oak Mountain Academy (Carrollton) def. Augusta Prep Day (Augusta), 3-1
GISA AAA — Valwood (Valdosta) def. Dominion Christian (Marietta), 3-1
GAPPS Div. I-AA — Peachtree Academy (Covington) def. Calvary Christian (Columbus)
GAPPS Div. II — Fideles Christian (Cumming) def. Konos Academy (Fayetteville)
GAPPS Div. I-A — Habersham Central (Mt. Airy) def. Oakwood Christian (Chickamauga)

Winter season

5A — Skyview (Nampa) def. Boise, 3-2
4A — Lakeland (Rathdrum) def. Middleton, 3-0
3A — Sugar-Salem (Sugar City) def. Kimberly, 3-0
2A — West Side (Dayton) def. Bear Lake (Montpelier), 3-2
1A Division I — Grace def. Genesee, 3-0
1A Division II — Tri-Valley (Cambridge) def. Castleford, 3-1

Winter season

4A — Yorktown def. Munster, 3-1
3A — Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (Fort Wayne) def. Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory (Indianapolis), 3-2
2A — Barr-Reeve (Montgomery) def. Wapahani (Selma), 3-0
1A — Pioneer (Royal Center) def. Loogootee, 3-1

5A — Ankeny def. Iowa City, 3-1
4A — Xavier (Cedar Rapids) def. West Delaware (Manchester), 3-0
3A — Osage def. Mt. Vernon, 3-0
2A — Dike-New Hartford (Dike) def. Denver, 3-0
1A — Notre Dame (Burlington) def. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (Reinbeck), 3-1

6A — Blue Valley West (Stilwell) def. Olathe Northwest (Olathe), 2-1
5A — Aquinas (Overland Park) def. Lansing, 2-1
4A — Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission) def. Andale, 2-0
3A — Sabetha def. Smoky Valley (Lindsborg), 2-1
2A — Heritage Christian Academy (Olathe) def. Smith Center, 2-0
1A D1 — Central Plains (Claflin) def. Lebo, 2-0
1A D2 — Hanover def. Attica, 2-0


State — Notre Dame Academy (Park Hills) def. Mercy (Louisville), 3-2

I — St. Mary's Dominican (New Orleans) def. St. Joseph's Academy (Baton Rouge), 3-1
II — Teurlings Catholic (Lafayette) def. St. Thomas More (Lafayette), 3-1
III — Archbishop Hannan (Covington) def. Cabrini (New Orleans), 3-0
IV — Academy of the Sacred Heart (New Orleans) def. Pope John Paul II (Slidell), 3-1
V — Metairie Park Country Day (Metairie) def. McGehee (New Orleans), 3-0

Winter season

4A —
3A —
2A —
1A —

1 —
2 —
3 —

1 — Marian (Bloomfield Hills) def. Lowell, 3-0
2 — Christian (Grand Rapids) def. Lakewood (Lake Odessa), 3-0
3 — St. Mary Catholic Central (Monroe) def. Schoolcraft, 3-0
4 — St. Philip Catholic Central (Battle Creek) def. Oakland Christian (Auburn Hills), 3-2

No state tournament

6A — DeSoto Central (Southaven) def. Brandon, 3-1
5A — Lake Cormorant (Lake Cormorant) def. Long Beach, 3-2
4A — Vancleave def. Pontotoc, 3-0
3A — St. Andrew's Episcopal (Ridgeland) def. Belmont, 3-0
2A — Walnut def. Puckett, 3-2
1A — Resurrection Catholic (Pascagoula) def. Hickory Flat, 3-0
MAIS — Jackson Academy (Jackson) def. Hartfield Academy (Flowood), 3-1

Class 5 — Liberty North (Liberty) def. Nixa, 3-0
Class 4 — Willard def. Parkway West (Ballwin, 3-1
Class 3 — Maryville def. Central (Park Hills), 3-0
Class 2 — Christian (Springfield) def. Valle Catholic (Ste. Genevieve), 3-2
Class 1 — Advance def. Lesterville, 3-1

AA — Capital (Helena) def. Russell (Great Falls), 3-2
A — Billings Central Catholic (Billings) def. Hardin, 3-0
B — Joliet def. Huntley Project (Worden), 3-0
C — Bridger def. Manhattan Christian (Manhattan), 3-1

A — Elkhorn South (Omaha) def. Papillion-LaVista South (Papillion), 3-0
B — Skutt Catholic (Omaha) def. Norris (Firth), 3-1
C1 — Wahoo def. St. Paul, 3-2
C2 — Lutheran-Northeast (Norfolk) def. Norfolk Catholic (Norfolk), 3-2
D1 — Pleasanton def. Archbishop Bergan (Fremont), 3-0
D2 — Diller-Odell (Odell) def. Chambers/Wheeler Central (Chambers), 3-2

Winter season

New Hampshire
I — Bedford def. Hollis-Brookline (Hollis), 3-0
II — Gilford def. Stark (Weare), 3-0
III — Newfound Regional (Bristol) def. Trinity (Manchester), 3-0

New Jersey
Winter season

New Mexico
Winter season

New York
Winter season

North Carolina
4A —
3A —
2A —
1A —
NCCSA 2A — Union Grove Christian (Lexington) def. Wilson Christian Academy (Wilson), 3-2
NCCSA 1A — Fayetteville Street Christian (Asheboro) def. Oak Level Baptist Academy (Stokesdale), 3-1
NCISSA 1A — Lee Christian (Sanford) def. Kerr-Vance Academy (Henderson), 3-0
NCISSA 2A — Caldwell Academy (Greensboro) def. Gaston Day (Gastonia), 3-0
NCISSA 3A — Asheville Christian Academy (Swannanoa) def. Cary Christian (Cary), 3-2
NCISSA 4A — North Raleigh Christian Academy (Raleigh) def. Cannon (Concord), 3-0

North Dakota
A — Century (Bismarck) def. West Fargo, 3-1
B — Linton/Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock (Linton) def. Langdon/Edmore/Munich (Langdon), 3-0

I — Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati) def. Padua Franciscan (Parma), 3-1
II — Gilmour Academy (Gates Mills) def. Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (Chardon), 3-2
III — Huron def. Independence, 3-2
IV — Calvert (Tiffin) def New Bremen, 3-1

6A — Bishop Kelley (Tulsa) def. Mustang, 3-2
5A — Victory Christian (Tulsa) def. Mount St. Mary (Oklahoma City), 3-0
4A — Lincoln Christian (Tulsa) def. Christian Heritage (Del City), 3-1
3A — Community Christian (Norman) def. Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City), 3-2

6A —
5A —
4A —
3A —
2A —
1A —

AAAA — North Allegheny (Wexford) def. Unionville (Kennett Square), 3-0
AAA — Bethlehem Catholic (Bethlehem) def. Franklin Regional (Murrysville), 3-0
AA — Trinity (Camp Hill) def. Philipsburg-Osceola (Philipsburg), 3-1
A — Clarion Area (Clarion) def. Marian Catholic (Tamaqua), 3-0

Rhode Island
Winter season

South Carolina
AAAAA — Wando (Mt. Pleasant) def. T.L. Hanna (Anderson), 3-2
AAAA — Hilton Head (Hilton Head Island) def. Pickens, 3-1
AAA — Powdersville (Greenville) def. Oceanside Collegiate Academy (Mt. Pleasant), 3-0
AA — Chesnee def. Andrew Jackson (Kershaw), 3-0
A — Southside Christian (Simpsonville) def. Bamberg-Ehrhardt (Bamberg, S.C.), 3-0
SCISA AAA — Cardinal Newman (Columbia) def. Porter-Gaud (Charleston), 3-2
SCISA AA — Spartanburg Christian Academy (Spartanburg) def. Northside Christian Academy (Lexington), 3-0
SCISA A — Newberry Academy (Newberry) def. Patrick Henry Academy (Estill), 3-1

South Dakota
AA — O'Gorman (Sioux Falls) def. Huron, 3-1
A — Sioux Falls Christian (Sioux Falls) def. Dakota Valley (North Sioux City), 3-0
B — Northwestern Area (Mellette) def. Warner, 3-1

3A — Brentwood def. Siegel (Murfreesboro), 3-0
2A — Nolensville def. Anderson County (Clinton), 3-1
1A — Summertown def. Loretto, 3-0
II-AA — Briarcrest Christian (Eads) def. Baylor (Chattanooga), 3-0
II-A — Goodpasture Christian def. Notre Dame (Chattanooga), 3-1

6A — Seven Lakes (Katy) def. Klein, 3-1
5A — Lovejoy (Lucas) def. Fulshear, 3-0
4A — Decatur def. Wimberley, 3-0
3A — Bushland def. Goliad, 3-0
2A — Iola def. Crawford, 3-1
1A — Neches def. Blum, 3-0
Southwest Prep —
TAPPS 1A — Christ Academy (Wichita Falls) def. Atonement Academy (San Antonio), 3-0
TAPPS 2A — Ovilla Christian (Red Oak) def. Bracken Christian (Bulverde), 3-0
TAPPS 3A — New Braunfels Christian Academy (New Braunfels) def. Midland Classical Academy (Midland), 3-0
TAPPS 4A — Northland Christian (Houston) def. Lake Country Christian (Fort Worth), 3-1
TAPPS 5A — St. Joseph (Victoria) def. Prince of Peace (Carrollton), 3-0
TAPPS 6A — Liberty Christian (Argyle) def. St. Agnes Academy (Houston), 3-2
TCAL 2A — Poetry Community Christian (Poetry) def. Lighthouse HomeSchool (Port Arthur), 3-0
TCAL 1A — Annapolis Christian Academy (Corpus Christi) def. Salem Sayers Baptist Academy (Adkins), 3-0
TCAF II — Victory Christian Academy (Decatur) def. Victory Baptist Academy (Weatherford)
TCAF I — Westlake Academy (Westlake) def. Christian Life Preparatory (Fort Worth), 3-0

6A — Lone Peak (Highland) def. Copper Hills (West Jordan), 3-1
5A — Timpview (Provo) def. Mountain View (Orem), 3-2
4A — Sky View (Smithfield) def. Snow Canyon (St. George), 3-1
3A — Union (Roosevelt) def. Morgan, 3-1
2A — North Summit (Coalville) def. Millard (Fillmore), 3-0
1A — Valley (Orderville) def. Rich (Randolph), 3-1

Winter season

6A —
5A —
4A —
3A —
2A —
1A —

Winter season

West Virginia
AAA — Musselman (Inwood) def. George Washington (Charleston), 3-2
AA — Shady Spring def. Philip Barbour (Philippi), 3-0
A — Wirt County (Elizabeth) def. East Hardy (Baker), 3-0

1 — Hamilton (Sussex) def. Burlington, 3-1
2 — Luxemburg-Casco (Luxemburg) def. Lakeside Lutheran (Lake Mills), 3-0
3 — Howards Grove def. Waterloo, 3-1
4 — Catholic Central (Burlington) def. McDonell Central (Chippewa Falls), 3-0

4A — Laramie def. Kelly Walsh (Casper), 3-1
3A — Mountain View def. Worland, 3-0
2A — Sundance def. Riverside (Basin), 3-0
1A — Cokeville def. Meeteetse, 3-1

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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 basketball rankings: Reading enters this week's HIGHSCORE Top 25 after winning Pennsylvania 6A title - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball rankings: Reading enters this week's MaxPreps Top 25 after winning Pennsylvania 6A title
A season-defining week of high school basketball awaits as GEICO Nationals takes center stage this week. The 10-team, national field begins Wednesday featuring the top four teams in the MaxPreps Top 25 along with No. 7 Milton, No. 10 Wasatch Academy, No. 12 Prolific Prep, No. 15 Pace Academy and a pair of unranked event mainstays.

Top-ranked Montverde Academy has won an event-best four GEICO Nationals titles and are slight favorites over three teams the Eagles have already knocked off this season — No. 2 AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.), No. 3 Sunrise Christian (Bel Aire, Kan.) and No. 4 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). Sunrise Christian is the only team to hand the Eagles a loss this season, but trails the season series 2-1.

The four-day national championship event culminates April 3 at Suncoast Arena on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers, Fla. All games will be shown on the ESPN family of networks.

Looking at last week's results, No. 25 Reading (Pa.) stunned previous No. 9 Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) 58-57 in a gritty 6A state championship game. The Red Knights battled back from an early 13-2 deficit to capture their first state title since 2017.

No. 9 Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis) survived a scare over the weekend, erasing a 15-point, first-half deficit to beat Totino-Grace 73-60 in the Class 3A Section 4 title game. The Red Hawks take on Byron in Wednesday's state quarterfinals.
The Reading Red Knights react to winning the Pennsylvania 6A title game over Archbishop Wood.
Photo by Paul Burdick
The Reading Red Knights react to winning the Pennsylvania 6A title game over Archbishop Wood.
MaxPreps Top 25 basketball rankings

Record: 21-1 | Last week: 1
Eagles get Pace Academy-Oak Hill Academy winner to start GEICO Nationals.

Record: 27-1 | Last week: 2
Dragons face Wasatch Academy without without Top 50 senior DaRon Holmes, ruled ineligible for GEICO.

Record: 19-3 | Last week: 3
Prolific Prep-La Lumiere winner is first-round GEICO opponent.

Record: 20-2 | Last week: 4
Defending GEICO champions meets Milton on Thursday.

Record: 9-0 | Last week: 5
Regular season complete.

Record: 29-1 | Last week: 6
Regular season complete.

Record: 28-2 | Last week: 7
Eagles draw defending champion IMG Academy in first trip to GEICO Nationals.

Record: 13-0 | Last week: 8
Regular season complete.

Record: 17-1 | Last week: 10
Top-ranked senior Chet Holmgren went off for 24 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists to help the Red Hawks advance in postseason play.

Record: 18-6 | Last week: 11
Tigers are looking for breakout at GEICO Nationals behind senior Nolan Hickman.

Record: 3-0 | Last week: 12
The Crusaders knocked off Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains) twice last week, defeating them 47-46 on Tuesday before a 66-39 blowout victory the following night. Scheduling issues have remained an issue all season for the talented group from the Big Apple.

Record: 30-3 | Last week: 13
The Crew draw La Lumiere in a Wednesday play-in game at GEICO Nationals.

Record: 27-2 | Last week: 14
Regular season complete.

Record: 20-3 | Last week: 15
Regular season complete.

Record: 28-1 | Last week: 16
The Georgia AA champs earn first GEICO invite and face perennial powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in play-in game.

Record: 27-0 | Last week: 17
Regular season complete.

17. Combine Academy (Lincolnton, N.C.)
Record: 28-3 | Last week: 18
Regular season complete.

Record: 21-3 | Last week: 19
Regular season complete.

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 20
Regular season complete.

Record: 12-0 | Last week: 23
Northwestern pledge Julian Roper pumped in 21 points to help the Eaglets capture the District 6 title over Mott (Waterford) 76-60. The Eaglets advance to Tuesday's Regional semifinals against Clarkston.

Record: 30-2 | Last week: 21
Regular season complete.

Record: 25-3 | Last week: 22
Regular season complete.

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 24
Regular season complete.

Record: 7-4 | Last week: 25
Regular season complete.

Record: 26-2 | Last week: NR
Senior West Chester pledge Moro Osomanu led the way with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the Red Knights' upset victory over previously-ranked Archbishop Wood.
Top 10 high school football games of the last decade - HIGHSCORE
Top 10 high school football games of the last decade
Video: St. John Bosco vs. Mater Dei in the CIF SS Division 1 championship
Highlights of the Braves' 39-34 comeback win over the Monarchs.

Epic. Legendary. Instant Classic.

Fans know when a game takes on that mythical quality where it will live on well past the final gun.

Over the past decade there have been a number of those games — from state championship tilts to battles between national powerhouses.

We've assembled 10 classic games from the 2010s. Six feature Top 25 teams, with four pitting teams in the Top 5 against each other.

Six of the 10 were in-state matchups, seven if you include the 2018 WCAC championship game between Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) and DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.).
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
10. Rigby (Idaho) 57, Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) 56 (2 OT)
When: Nov. 23, 2019
Significance: 5A state championship
Summary: Rigby erased a 15-point, fourth-quarter deficit in the final five minutes of regulation and tied the game at 42 with no time on the clock after a successful two-point conversion from Keegan Thompson to Brycen Uffens. After both teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime, the Trojans scored and went for two in the second overtime to win the game. They handed it off to Brigham Youngstrom, who punched it in from two yards out to give the Trojans their first football state title.

When: Nov. 22, 2019
Significance: Second round of UIL 6A Division 1 playoffs
Summary: Rockwall ended the Eagles seven-year run of making it to the state semifinals. The teams combined for nearly 1,200 total yards and 119 points. Allen scored 21 unanswered second-half points to take a 59-52 fourth-quarter lead but the Yellowjackets answered with a touchdown in the final two minutes and went for the go-ahead two-point conversion. They ran a trick play and Caden Marshall found J.J. Williams in the end zone to take a 60-59 lead and the defense got a stop to pull out the one-point victory at AT&T Stadium. 2020 Ohio State signee Jaxon Smith-Njigba had a monster night hauling in 15 receptions for 252 yards and accounting for six total touchdowns. Allen's Raylen Sharpe racked up 571 total yards (459 passing, 112 rushing) and six scores.

When: Nov. 24, 2017
Significance: Quarterfinals of 5A playoffs
Summary: Patrick Surtain's squad erased a 21-point first-half deficit and scored 35 unanswered points to take a 41-27 fourth-quarter lead. The Chiefs responded with back-to-back touchdowns to tie the game and the Patriots botched a field goal attempt in the final seconds sending the contest to overtime. In the third overtime, Vincent Davis ran it in for Cardinal Gibbons but Heritage blocked the point after attempt. Cameron Smith found Anthony Schwartz from 10 yards out and Jimmy Lowery connected on the game-winning PAT to advance to the semifinals. American Heritage went on to win its second consecutive 5A state title and finish the year ranked at No. 4.

When: Sept. 3, 2016
Significance: Huge out-of-state showdown
Summary: IMG Academy entered as huge favorites with a loaded roster led by Dylan Moses, Grant Delpit, Kellen Mond and Cesar Ruiz. The Huskies jumped out to an early 14-0 lead but the Ascenders knotted the score at 14 at the half. The teams traded score-for-score in the second half and the Inland Empire power took a 49-42 lead with 1:06 left after Kevin Wright allowed Miles Reed to run it in from six yards out. IMG drove down the field and Mond connected with Brian Hightower for a 38-yard touchdown with 12 seconds remaining and with no hesitation Wright elected to go for two. Mond found Asa Martin on a swing pass and the Ascenders pulled out the one-point victory.

When: Sept. 30, 2016
Significance: Matchup of two national powers
Summary: This one featured the preseason No. 1 vs. the new No. 1 when they met in Las Vegas on ESPN. Gorman took a 10-7 fourth-quarter lead when Tate Martell found Brevin Jordan with 7:35 remaining. Aquinas drove the field late and Marco Salani connected on a 24-yard field goal to send the game to overtime. Jake Allen hit Jordan Merrell on the first play of overtime for a 10-yard score. Martell answered with a fourth-down touchdown pass to Jalen Nailor. The Gaels were stuffed on fourth down and Bubba Bolden blocked Salani's field goal attempt to force a third overtime. After the Raiders scored a touchdown to begin the third OT, Martell connected with Nailor and Kenny Sanchez elected to go for two. Biaggio Ali Walsh punched it in from two yards out to give the Vegas power its 45th consecutive victory. The Gaels finished the year as the No. 1 team in the country. 

5. No. 2 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 28, No. 5 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) 24
When: Sept. 21, 2018
Significance: Matchup of two national powers
Summary: The atmosphere was crazy for this game. It featured two national powers and a boatload of talent. IMG's Trey Sanders and Noah Cain combined for over 300 yards rushing and had the Ascenders in position to win. They were up 24-21 with just over three minutes to play, but that was too much time for Bryce Young. He led the Monarchs on a nine-play, 75-yard drive, completing all six of his passes, and ran it in from five yards out for the game-winning score. The 5-star quarterback threw for over 300 yards and accounted for three touchdowns while snapping IMG Academy's 40-game winning streak.

4. No. 2 Allen (Texas) 42, No. 4 DeSoto (Texas) 35
When: Dec. 14, 2013
Significance: 5A Division 1 state semifinal
Summary: Kyler Murray never lost a game as the starting quarterback during his legendary high school career. But this game was one of his closest calls. Trailing 35-20 in the fourth quarter, the Eagles scored 22 unanswered points to extend its winning streak to 26. With the game tied at 35, Murray ran it in from 24 yards out in the final seconds. The 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year accounted for 387 total yards (228 passing, 159 rushing) and three touchdowns. The Eagles went on to win their second of three consecutive state titles and finished 2013 as the No. 2 team in the country.

When: Nov. 18, 2018
Significance: Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship
Summary: The final three minutes were as good as we've seen. Caleb Williams TD run cut DeMatha's lead to 36-33 with 3:03 left. After getting a stop, the Eagles drove down and Williams found Sam Sweeney to take a 40-36 lead with 29 seconds left. Dominic Logan-Nealy returned the ensuing kickoff for a score to give the Stags a 43-40 lead with 15 seconds left. Williams got Gonzaga near midfield with a chance for one last heave and the 5-star quarterback chucked it from his own 41-yard line and connected with John Marshall on the final play of the game to win the school's first WCAC title since 2002.

When: Dec. 22, 2018
Significance: 6A Division 1 state championship
Summary: This one featured nine lead changes and was simply one of the best state championship games ever. North Shore began the fourth quarter up 29-20 but the Panthers reeled off 10 straight points to take a 30-29 lead with 9:42 left. Dematrius Davis led the Mustangs on a nine-play, 77-yard drive and found Jordan Revels in the end zone to give North Shore a 35-30 lead with just over five minutes left. Ja'Quinden Jackson answered with a nine-play, 85-yard drive and ran it in from five yards out to give the Panthers a 36-35 lead with 1:02 left. North Shore drove it down to the Panthers 45-yard line with time for one last play and Davis stepped up into the pocket and hit AJ Carter in the corner of the end zone to pull off the wild 41-36 win. This victory led the Mustangs to finish the season as the No. 1 team in the country.

1. No. 2 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) 39, No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 34
When: Nov. 30, 2019
Significance: Matchup of No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship
Summary: Mater Dei was the clear cut No. 1 team in high school football and had a 28-5 lead in the second quarter but that's when DJ Uiagalelei put the Braves on his back. St. John Bosco scored 34 unanswered and had a 39-28 lead with 8:52 left. Bryce Young then answered with his fifth touchdown pass of the night connecting with Kyron Ware-Hudson from 23 yards out to cut the deficit to 39-34 with five minutes left. The Monarchs stuffed Uiagalelei on a quarterback sneak on fourth down and took over at St. John Bosco's 29-yard line with 1:30 left. Then 2021 USC commit Ma'a Gaoteote made the play of the night with a sack fumble on Young. The Monarchs got the ball back one last time but could not connect on a Hail Mary attempt and the Braves pulled out the 39-34 victory. Uiagalelei finished the night with 405 yards passing and five touchdowns. St. John Bosco finished the year as the No. 1 team in the country after beating De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) in the CIF Open Division championship two weeks later.