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High school football: Mater Dei, St. John Bosco head into showdown atop OFFICIAL Top 25 California rankings - OFFICIAL
High school football: Mater Dei, St. John Bosco head into showdown atop MaxPreps Top 25 California rankings
Like a Thanksgiving table, it's all arranged, neat and pretty, with all the fixings. Top-ranked Mater Dei and No. 2 St. John Bosco prevailed handily last week in tuneups and now meet Saturday for the unofficial 2021 spring California high school football championship.

The No. 1 Monarchs rolled a very good Santa Margarita team 49-13 on Friday behind 291 yards passing and four touchdowns from freshman quarterback Elijah Brown and two rushing scores by Raleek Brown. Elijah Brown fired TD passes to four different receivers.

Bosco led 48-0 at halftime en route to a 55-0 victory over Orange Lutheran. According to the Press-Telegram, sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson threw three touchdown passes on his first three attempts and the Braves scored six touchdowns on their first 22 plays while sharpening up for the Monarchs.

Bosco has outscored five opponents 266-91, while the Monarchs have a 174-40 margin over their four foes. The two national powers have split their last 10 meetings, including their last two to decide the Southern Section Division I title. The combined scores of those two games: St. John Bosco 52, Mater Dei 51.

Saturday's showdown is set for 7 p.m. at Santa Ana Stadium.

CALIFORNIA SPRING COMPUTER RANKINGS: Compare to human rankings below

The biggest movers in the rankings this week were No. 16 Serra (Gardena) and No. 21 Chaminade (West Hills).

Serra won its fourth straight, 38-17 over Bishop Amat, after a season-opening overtime loss to Long Beach Poly. Among those wins was a victory over Chaminade, which entered the rankings after beating previous No. 8 Alemany 34-27. Serra jumped seven spots this week.

Chaminade started 0-2 but has won three straight, getting a huge boost from starting quarterback Jaylen Henderson, who had planned to sit out the season. He returned in an overtime loss to Serra, but has since led his team to three straight wins.

In the win over Alemany, Henderson completed 15-of-20 for 244 yards and four touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 123 yards and another score. The highly-ranked dual threat has signed to Fresno State.

Another notable team performance last week was No. 8 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego), which moved up one spot after a 41-0 win over previous No. 23 Lincoln (San Diego). Lincoln had outscored its three previous opponents, 152-0. In Cathedral Catholic's win, Lucky Sutton rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns and the defense allowed just 65 total yards and three first downs.
Jaylen Henderson, Chaminade
File photo by Ryan Aguirre
Jaylen Henderson, Chaminade
MaxPreps Top 25 California Football Rankings

Record: 4-0 | Last week: 1
Result: Beat Santa Margarita, 49-13
Next game: Saturday vs. St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower)
Record: 5-0 | Last week: 2
Result: Beat Orange Lutheran, 55-0
Next game: Saturday vs. St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium

3. De La Salle (Concord)
Record: 5-0 | Last week: 3
Result: Beat California (San Ramon), 48-10
Next game: Saturday at Clayton Valley Charter (Concord)

4. Servite (Anaheim)
Record: 3-2 | Last week: 4
Result: Beat JSerra, 52-0
Next game: Thursday vs. Santa Margarita at Santa Ana Stadium

5. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth)
Record: 4-1 | Last week: 5
Result: Beat Upland, 37-0
Next game: Friday vs. Paraclete

6. Mission Viejo
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 6
Result: Beat San Juan Hills, 49-14
Next game: Friday at San Clemente

7. Los Alamitos
Record: 5-0 | Last week: 9
Result: Beat Fountain Valley, 62-9
Next game: Friday vs. Newport Harbor

8. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 9
Result: Beat Lincoln (San Diego), 41-0
Next game: Friday vs. Madison (San Diego)

9. Norco
Record: 4-0 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat King Riverside, 42-0
Next game: Thursday at Roosevelt (Eastvale)

10. Centennial (Corona)
Record: 3-1 | Last week: 11
Result: Beat Roosevelt (Eastlake), 66-6
Next game: Thursday at Corona

11. Long Beach Poly
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 12
Result: Idle
Next game: Friday vs. Milliken (Long Beach) at Cabrillo (Long Beach)

12. Folsom
Record: 5-0 | Last week: 13
Result: Beat Lincoln, 41-14
Next game: Friday at Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills)

13. Loyola (Los Angeles)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 15
Result: Beat St. Paul, 31-0
Next game: Saturday vs. Crespi

14. Serra (San Mateo)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 16
Result: Beat Riordan (San Francisco), 26-3
Next game: Saturday at St. Ignatius (San Francisco)

15. San Clemente
4-0 | Last week: 18
Beat Tesoro (Rancho Santa Margarita), 35-17
Next game:
Friday vs. Mission Viejo 

16. Serra (Gardena)
4-1 | Last week: 23
Beat Bishop Amat, 38-17
Next game:
Friday at Alemany

17. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village)
4-1 | Last week: 17
Result: Beat Calabasas, 69-0
Next game: Idle

18. Buchanan (Clovis)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 19
Result: Beat Clovis North, 51-3
Next game: Friday vs. Clovis East

19. Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 20
Result: Beat San Jacinto, 42-0
Next game: Saturday vs. Heritage

20. La Habra
Record: 5-0 | Last week: 25
Result: Beat Troy, 41-0
Next game: Friday vs. Sunny Hills

21. Chaminade (West Hills)
Record: 3-2 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat Alemany, 34-27
Next game: Friday vs. Cathedral (Los Angeles)

22. Alemany (Mission Hills)
Record: 3-1 | Last week: 8
Result: Lost to Chaminade, 34-27
Next game: Friday vs. Serra (Gardena)

23. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita)
Record: 2-2 | Last week: 14
Result: Los to Mater Dei, 49-13
Next game: Thursday vs. Servite at Santa Ana Stadium

24. Carlsbad
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 21
Result: Beat La Costa Canyon, 49-0
Next game: Friday vs. Granite Hills

25. Edison (Huntington Beach)
Record: 4-1 | Last week: 24
Result: Beat Corona del Mar, 44-41 (5 OTs)
Next game: Friday at Huntington Beach

Dropped out: Lincoln (San Diego)

MaxPreps National Football editor Zack Poff contributed to this report.
2021 NFL Draft: Trey Lance leads Top 10 under-the-radar high school players selected - OFFICIAL
2021 NFL Draft: Trey Lance leads Top 10 under-the-radar high school players selected
Dozens of high school football players every year miss the attention of experts and recruiters and eventually go on to productive college careers. But those surprise kids or late bloomers making it all the way the the NFL are extremely rare.

Here are 10 of the biggest surprise under-the-radar recruits who were selected in last week's 2021 NFL Draft.

1. Trey Lance
Marshall (Minn.) | Quarterback
Third pick (first round) | San Francisco 49ers

Though clearly recognized as a top athlete, Lance was projected more of a running back or safety, or even basketball player, coming out of Marshall. He had a late growth spurt. He played in a run-oriented offense and once attempted more than 20 passes in a game. One Big Ten school even offered him a scholarship as a linebacker.

He was ranked the No. 49 dual-threat quarterback in the country as a senior by 247Sports composite after throwing for 3,026 career yards and 33 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,177 yards and 18 more scores. The then 6-foot-4, 195-pounder (he's now listed at 224) had seven college offers, the biggest one from Boise State, before signing at North Dakota State, which produced Carson Wentz and Easton Stick.

"We always thought he'd be a running back," Longtime Marshall coach Terry Bahlmann told CBS Sports. "But in terms of athletes I had over the years, he'll go right to the top. He played strong safety for us, returned punts, returned kicks. I remember his freshman year, I told my wife, Jan, he was a special athlete. I just didn't know what he was gonna do yet."

2. Zaven Collins
Hominy (Okla.) | Linebacker
16th pick (first round) | Cardinals

A three-star recruit, Collins had one college offer and took it at the University of Tulsa. From the Class of 2017, he ranked 2,142nd overall by 247Sports, and the 148th best athlete. He obviously leaped over many on the way to 16th overall selection.

3. Payton Turner

Westside (Houston) | Defensive end
28th pick (first round) | Saints

Like Collins, he had one offer and he took it at the University of Houston. A two-star recruit, Turner was ranked the 272nd best player out of Texas from the Class of 2017 and 117th best defensive end in the country. His overall national recruiting rank: 2,548.

4. Richie Grant
Choctawhatchee (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) | Safety
40th pick (second round) | Falcons

Another player with one offer, the two-star recruit signed at the University of Central Florida where he arrived as a wide receiver. From the Class of 2016, Grant's 247Sports Composite rankings: Florida (352), national receiver (357) and overall national (2,520).

5. Dillon Radunz
Becker (Minn.) | Offensive tackle
53rd pick (second round) | Titans

Without an FBS offer, Radunz instead attended FCS power North Dakota State where he starred with Lance. Radunz earned a national recruiting ranking, but it was at 3,828 and No. 165 as a defensive end. He found his calling on offensive side, plus he put on 36 pounds of muscle from high school.

6. Spencer Brown
Lenox (Iowa) | Offensive tackle
93rd pick (third round) | Bills

One of at least two who played 8-man football in high school, Brown did it all at Lenox, where he racked up 24 catches for 388 yards and seven touchdowns as a receiver. He also lettered in basketball and baseball, earning first-team all-conference in all sports. He had no stars or no offers out of high school, but grew to 6-9, 311 pounds by his third season at Northern Iowa. He entered at 6-8, 238.

7. Quinn Meinerz

Hartford (Wis.)| Offensive line
98th pick (third round) | Broncos

No recruiting stars as a prep, Meinzerz found his way to Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater. In high school, he earned All-State honors honorable mention, while also competing in wrestling, and track and field. He was attracted to Wisconsin-Whitewater's business program and glad they had a football squad.

8. Elerson Smith
Minneapolis South (Minneapolis) | Defensive end
116th pick (fourth round) | Giants
A teammate of Brown in college, Smith was a no-star recruit out of high school and Northern Iowa was his only offer. He entered at 6-6, 205 and left at 6-7, 245. He hasn't played since 2019.

9. Robert Rochell
Fair Park (Shreveport, La.) | Cornerback
130th pick (fourth round) | Rams

Another recruit with no stars, Rochell signed at the only FCS school that offered, Arkansas State. At Fair Park, he earned All-District and All-Shreveport honors in 2016 when he rushed for 922 yards and had 25 catches for 465 yards, but no interceptions (three pass breakups). He had speed, however, finishing third in the state 100 meters (10.8 seconds).

10. Jacob Harris
Palm Harbor University (Fla.) | Wide receiver
141st pick (fourth round) | Rams

The Rams went for back-to-back longshots, and a soccer player to boot. Harris didn't play football until his senior year at Palm Harbor and was recruited as a soccer player. He had five goals in 14 games as a senior. On the gridiron, he rushed for 231 yards, had 46 tackles at safety and 215 more yards as a returner. With no recruiting stars or offers, Harris walked on at Western Kentucky before transferring to UCF, where he didn't see significant playing time until he was a senior.
MaxPreps/AVCA Player of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week
For the week of Jan. 4 - Jan. 10

North Carolina
Izora Gragg
Patton (Morganton)
Sophomore | S
10 Sets Played

Assists: 118
Assists/Game: 11.8
Team Hitting percentage: 0.284
Digs: 21
Digs per game: 2.1
Aces: 9
Blocks: 2

About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program:
The MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program is a partnership between the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and CBS MaxPreps, Inc. Each week MaxPreps and the AVCA recognize deserving student-athletes at the high school level who have demonstrated outstanding play on the court throughout the week of competition. Coaches must submit statistics to MaxPreps in order for their athletes to be considered for the program. To obtain your free access code to call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on the AVCA, check out the AVCA website at
OFFICIAL/AVCA Players of the Week - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Oct. 5 - Oct. 11

5-foot-7 | Sophomore | S
10 Sets Played

Assists: 104
Assists/Game: 10.4
Team Hitting%: 0.254
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 2.1
Aces: 2
Blocks: 2


5-8 | Senior | OH/MH
13 Sets Played
Kills: 63
Kills/Game: 4.85
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 1.92
Receptions: 30
Rcpt/Game: 2.31
Aces: 7
Blocks: 7


6-1 | Senior | MB
7 Sets Played

Kills: 26
Kills/Game: 3.71
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 0.86
Receptions: 3
Rcpt/Game: 0.43
Aces: 5
Blocks: 7

Senior | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 30
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 2.17
Receptions: 11
Rcpt/Game: 1.83
Aces: 5
Blocks: 2

6-1 | Senior | OH/MB/RS
10 Sets Played

Kills: 72
Kills/Game: 7.2
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 2.5
Receptions: 47
Rcpt/Game: 4.7
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

6-1 | Junior | OH
19 Sets Played
Kills: 95
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 44
Digs/Game: 2.32
Receptions: 62
Rcpt/Game: 3.26
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

5-10 | Senior | OPP/MB/OH
22 Sets Played
Kills: 69
Kills/Game: 3.14
Digs: 56
Digs/Game: 2.55
Receptions: 110
Rcpt/Game: 5
Aces: 12
Blocks: 9

6-3 | Freshman | OH/OPP/MB
24 Sets Played
Kills: 124
Kills/Game: 5.17
Digs: 44
Digs/Game: 1.83
Receptions: 73
Rcpt/Game: 3.04
Aces: 23
Blocks: 10

Junior | S
17 Sets Played

Assists: 159
Assists/Game: 9.35
Team Hitting%: 0.244
Digs: 45
Digs/Game: 2.65
Aces: 3
Blocks: 7

6-1 | Junior | OH/MB
16 Sets Played

Kills: 68
Kills/Game: 4.25
Digs: 61
Digs/Game: 3.81
Receptions: 65
Rcpt/Game: 4.06
Aces: 5
Blocks: 8

6-2 | Junior | MH
9 Sets Played

Kills: 51
Kills/Game: 5.67
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 2.22
Receptions: 28
Rcpt/Game: 3.11
Aces: 3
Blocks: 9

Olivia Stant, Mt. Carmel (New Orleans)
6-0 | Junior | OH/RS
11 Sets Played
Kills: 59
Kills/Game: 5.36
Digs: 19
Digs/Game: 1.73
Receptions: 16
Rcpt/Game: 1.46
Blocks: 12

Ava Crane, Dartmouth (South Dartmouth)
5-7 | Sophomore | OH
7 Sets Played

Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 3.86
Digs: 8
Digs/Game: 1.14
Receptions: 33
Rcpt/Game: 4.71
Aces: 10
Blocks: 1

Olivia Kowalkowski, Notre Dame Prep (Pontiac)
5-4 | Senior | L
21 Sets Played

Digs: 162
Digs/Game: 7.71
Aces: 11
Assists: 6
Assists/Game: 0.29

Kira Fallert, Concordia Academy (Roseville)
6-0 | Senior | OH
6 Sets Played
Kills: 39
Kills/Game: 6.5
Digs: 7
Digs/Game: 1.17
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 2.5
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Kennedy Simmons, Lewisburg (Olive Branch)
Senior | S
11 Sets Played
Assists: 127
Assists/Game: 11.55
Team Hitting%: 0.265
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 2.64
Aces: 3
Blocks: 1

Nyah Wilson, Advance
5-9 | Senior | MH
22 Sets Played

Kills: 113
Kills/Game: 5.14
Digs: 47
Digs/Game: 2.14
Receptions: 73
Rcpt/Game: 3.32
Aces: 6
Blocks: 18

Madeline Gilder, Corvallis
5-11 | Junior | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 39
Kills/Game: 4.88
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1.38
Receptions: 19
Rcpt/Game: 2.38
Aces: 6
Blocks: 3

Whitney Lauenstein, Waverly
6-1 | Senior | OH/MH
15 Sets Played

Kills: 98
Kills/Game: 6.53
Digs: 60
Digs/Game: 4
Receptions: 108
Rcpt/Game: 7.2
Aces: 6
Blocks: 4

New Hampshire
Tory Vitko, Dover
Freshman | S
6 Sets Played

Assists: 44
Assists/Game: 7.33
Team Hitting%: 0.193
Digs: 7
Digs/Game: 1.167
Aces: 8
Blocks: 4

North Carolina
Gerren Tomlin, Davidson Day (Davidson)
Junior | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 62
Kills/Game: 6.2
Digs: 35
Digs/Game: 3.5
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

North Dakota
McKenzie Moser, Bismarck
Senior | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 3.2
Digs: 50
Digs/Game: 5
Aces: 8
Blocks: 2

Makayla Osborn, Heartland Christian (Columbiana)
5-10 | Senior | OH/RS
13 Sets Played

Kills: 104
Kills/Game: 8
Digs: 70
Digs/Game: 5.38
Receptions: 86
Rcpt/Game: 6.62
Aces: 3

Sara Freeman, Moore
5-11 | Sophomore | OH/DS
9 Sets Played

Kills: 22
Kills/Game: 2.44
Digs: 37
Digs/Game: 4.11
Receptions: 44
Rcpt/Game: 4.89
Aces: 4
Blocks: 5

Allie Hueckman, Burns
5-10 | Freshman | OH
8 Sets Played
Kills: 31
Kills/Game: 3.88
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 3.88
Receptions: 32
Rcpt/Game: 4
Aces: 5
Blocks: 3


Aly Daley, Everett
Senior | MH
11 Sets Played

Kills: 70
Kills/Game: 6.36
Digs: 12
Digs/Game: 1.09
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 1.36
Aces: 3
Blocks: 16

South Carolina
Emily Normand, St. Joseph's Catholic (Greenville)
22 Sets Played

Kills: 101
Kills/Game: 4.59
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 1.27
Receptions: 48
Rcpt/Game: 2.18
Aces: 3
Blocks: 4

South Dakota
Olivia Kieffer, Rapid City Christian (Rapid City)
6 Sets Played

Kills: 26
Kills/Game: 4.33
Digs: 22
Digs/Game: 3.67
Receptions: 51
Rcpt/Game: 8.5
Aces: 3

Amanda Mack, Maryville
6-1 | Freshman | OH
11 Sets Played

Kills: 48
Kills/Game: 4.36
Digs: 30
Digs/Game: 2.73
Receptions: 50
Rcpt/Game: 4.54
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4

Blakely Montgomery, Clear Falls (League City)
5-9 | Senior | S
10 Sets Played

Assists: 101
Assists/Game: 10.1
Team Hitting%: 0.294
Digs: 27
Digs/Game: 2.7
Aces: 9
Blocks: 4

Marci Richins, North Summit (Coalville)
5-9 | Junior | MH/MB
26 Sets Played

Kills: 132
Kills/Game: 5.08
Digs: 78
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 79
Rcpt/Game: 3.04
Aces: 11
Blocks: 33

Drew Williams, StoneBridge (Chesapeake)
5-6 | Junior | OH
9 Sets Played

Kills: 28
Kills/Game: 3.11
Digs: 12
Digs/Game: 1.33
Receptions: 18
Rcpt/Game: 2
Aces: 16

West Virginia
Leia Harper, Spring Mills (Martinsburg)
Senior| OH
10 Sets Played
Kills: 50
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 2
Receptions: 29
Rcpt/Game: 2.9
Aces: 3
Blocks: 8

Gianna Vollrath, Fall Creek
6-1 | Junior | MB/OH
14 Sets Played

Kills: 75
Kills/Game: 5.36
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 2
Receptions: 48
Rcpt/Game: 3.43
Aces: 9
Blocks: 19

Tara Maddock, Shoshoni
7 Sets Played

Assists: 82
Assists/Game: 11.71
Team Hitting%: 0.221
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 2.29
Aces: 2
Blocks: 1

About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program
The MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program is a partnership between the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and CBS MaxPreps, Inc. Each week MaxPreps and the AVCA recognize deserving student-athletes at the high school level who have demonstrated outstanding play on the court throughout the week of competition. Coaches must submit statistics to in order for their athletes to be considered for the program. To obtain your free access code to call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on AVCA, check out the AVCA website at
High school basketball: Sierra Canyon junior Amari Bailey scores 35 in 70-54 win over short-handed Windward - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Sierra Canyon junior Amari Bailey scores 35 in 70-54 win over short-handed Windward
Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) extended its league win streak to 58 games Tuesday night, defeating Windward (Los Angeles) 70-54 in a battle of short-handed California powers. Multiple scratches put a damper on the anticipated conference battle as Chance Westry and Shy Odom joined an injured Bronny James on the bench while Windward was without star duo Dylan Andrews and Kijani Wright.

UCLA commit Amari Bailey made up for the missing pieces in a big way, finishing with a game-high 35 in the lopsided victory that saw eight player suit up for Sierra Canyon (6-0).

The five-star junior helped the Trailblazers overcome a slow start, scoring the first 14 points of the contest for Sierra Canyon, including all nine first-quarter points for his side.
Amari Bailey, Sierra Canyon
Photo by Nick Koza
Amari Bailey, Sierra Canyon
After trailing by one heading to the second quarter, Sierra Canyon methodically stretched out its advantage with a 17-4 second quarter and 24-15 third quarter to lead 50-29 heading into the final frame.

Sierra Canyon returns to action on Friday night as they travel to Crossroads (Santa Monica).

Windward (7-3), which was paced by a team-high 21 points from Brandon Richard, faces Brentwood School (Los Angeles) on Friday.
Brandon Richard, Windward
Photo by Nick Koza
Brandon Richard, Windward
Sierra Canyon's Bronny James motions to his teammates on the court.
Photo by Nick Koza
Sierra Canyon's Bronny James motions to his teammates on the court.