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Final 2018 OFFICIAL Top 25 high school football rankings - OFFICIAL
Final 2018 MaxPreps Top 25 high school football rankings
The 2018 high school football national championship came down to Texas Class 6A Division I champion North Shore (Houston) and California Open Division state champion Mater Dei (Santa Ana).

Following a miracle victory Saturday night, the final No. 1 ranking will go to North Shore.

The Mustangs finished 16-0 while beating some of the best teams in the Lone Star State and running the gauntlet in the nation's toughest postseason bracket.

North Shore outscored opponents 854-199 and won by an average margin of 41 points per game. The Mustangs won 15 of 16 games by double digits and captured the state title Saturday at AT&T Stadium on a Hail Mary as time expired against then-No. 3 Duncanville (Texas).

Among the Houston program's playoff wins were Katy, Cy-Fair (Cypress), Lake Travis (Austin), Dickinson and Duncanville, five teams that combined to go 59-4 against teams not named North Shore.

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Deciding between a one-loss Mater Dei team, which played a national schedule, and an undefeated North Shore squad that didn't face out-of-state competition but ran through one of the toughest states in high school football was a difficult task.

The Monarchs were close to repeating as national champs but the 23-point loss against league rival St. John Bosco in October was a major factor — even though Mater Dei avenged that loss with a 17-13 victory to win the CIF Southern Section Division I championship.

The final rankings include teams from a dozen states. California and Texas each had three teams in the Top 10 and both states had two Top 5 representatives. California and Florida had the most teams in the final rankings with five teams each.

Past MaxPreps National Champions
2008 – St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
2009 – Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
2010 – De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
2011 – Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
2012 – John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.)
2013 – Booker T. Washington (Miami, Fla.)
2014 – Allen (Texas)
2015 – Katy (Texas)
2016 – Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
2017 – Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
North Shore celebrates after winning the Texas Class 6A Division I state title on a Hail Mary as time expired.
Photo by: Robbie Rakestraw
North Shore celebrates after winning the Texas Class 6A Division I state title on a Hail Mary as time expired.
Georgia high school football: In return of Rush Propst, No. 35 Colquitt County wins defensive battle over No. 33 Valdosta - OFFICIAL
Georgia high school football: In return of Rush Propst, No. 35 Colquitt County wins defensive battle over No. 33 Valdosta
The return of legendary high school football coach Rush Propst to Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) was not a triumphant one thanks to a stellar defensive effort from the host and 35th-ranked Packers, who pulled off a hard-fought 24-10 victory over No. 33 Valdosta (Ga.) on Friday night.

Propst, the winner of more than 300 games and seven state titles including two during his decade at Colquitt County, was hired last spring at Valdosta.

A 20-yard pick six from Gamal Wallace put the Packers (2-0) in complete command early in the fourth quarter just moments after quarterback Xavier Williams completed a 62-yard touchdown bomb to Le'Meke Brockington to give Colquitt County a 14-10 lead.

From there, the defense clamped down and finished the game with a sack by Daeviunte Williams in this highly-anticipated Georgia battle between rival schools. The sack was on junior quarterback Amari Jones, making his second start over transfer and USC-bound Jake Garcia, who didn't play for undisclosed reasons.

After the game Colquitt County coach Justin Rogers was flailing his fists at the home crowd, over-joyed with the win.

"We're not really any closer to the playoffs or a state championship," he told the NFHS Network. "But It always feels good to beat your rival. ... Our defense did it all tonight and (the pick six by Wallace) broke the game."

A blocked punt, the second of the game by Colquitt County, was returned 21 yards for a touchdown by Antwan Daniels breaking a scoreless tie with 3:07 left in the first half.

Jones found Javonte Sherman for a 9-yard score just before halftime to tie the game at 7-7. After a short field goal gave Valdosta (2-1) its first lead late in the third quarter, Williams found Brockington for the 62-yard bomb to put the Packers up for good.

The win for Colquitt County avenged a bitter 50-49 loss to Valdosta last season.
Rush Propst patrols the Colquitt County sideline during the 2018 Class 7A state championship game.
File photo by Cecil Copeland
Rush Propst patrols the Colquitt County sideline during the 2018 Class 7A state championship game.




California high school football player collapses on sideline, later dies - OFFICIAL
California high school football player collapses on sideline, later dies
The night high school football largely returned to California was met with tragic news near the state Capitol on Friday.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Kennedy (Sacramento) senior lineman Emmanuel Antwi collapsed on the sideline in the fourth quarter of the team's season opener at home with Hiram Johnson. He later died.

The game was stopped in the fourth quarter and did not resume after Antwi received medical attention, including 10 minutes of CPR, before being taken to a local hospital, according to media reports.

A Sacramento City Unified School District press release on Saturday read: "Today we learned that Emmanuel Antwi, a John F. Kennedy senior athlete, died after a medical emergency during Friday night's football game. We do not have many details to share beyond this. Our hearts go out to Emmanuel's family and our school community during this difficult time. We ask all to give them privacy and time for healing and comfort as they grieve."

A gofundme.com page was set up to help with Antwi's funeral costs. Along with request came this from the organizer: "After waiting months due to COVID-19, the first football game of the season was finally here! He just told his football coach that he finally got his driver's license. He was so excited. Emmanuel "Manny" was loved by so many and he was a great young man and he definitely was too young to pass away."

The high school football season resumed March 12 in some parts of the state, a year after sports were put on pause throughout the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. Friday, however, was the opening date for the majority of the football teams in California, including Kennedy.

Citing a National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) annual study, the Bee reported there have been 34 football-related deaths the last 10 years among middle and high school-age kids. None were reported during the 2020 fall season, which football was played by 35 states.


Netflix's 'Last Chance U' franchise hits the hardwood following East Los Angeles College - OFFICIAL
Netflix's 'Last Chance U' franchise hits the hardwood following East Los Angeles College
The lure of Netflix's "Last Chance U" franchise is undeniable. The streaming series follows a junior college team for a season, spotlighting players looking to make their way to a four-university and beyond. Premiering in 2016 and focusing on gridiron action, the series hits the hardwood for the first time Wednesday as "Last Chance U: Basketball" follows East Los Angeles College.

The cameras put the focus on the Huskies and coach John Mosley for the 2019-2020 season in a state-title quest that was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The show highlights the struggles of former high school basketball standouts and Division I bouncebacks Deshaun Highler of J.W. North (Riverside, Calif.), Malik Muhammad of Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.), K.J. Allen of Westchester (Los Angeles) and Joe Hampton of Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.).

The struggles faced by the Huskies are similar to their football counterparts in other seasons of "Last Chance U" – off-the-court troubles, grade issues, injuries, immaturity and personal tragedy. Series reviews already proclaim the new season of the franchise among the best because of the intimacy level basketball offers compared to the helmeted-up world of football.
Former Oak Hill Academy standout Joe Hampton is featured on "Last Chance U: Basketball" as the Netflix series dives into hoops action.
File photo by Randy Sartin
Former Oak Hill Academy standout Joe Hampton is featured on "Last Chance U: Basketball" as the Netflix series dives into hoops action.

High school baseball rankings: Barbe slides to No. 2 in OFFICIAL Top 25 after Buford, Jesuit stumble in playoffs - OFFICIAL
High school baseball rankings: Barbe slides to No. 2 in MaxPreps Top 25 after Buford, Jesuit stumble in playoffs
After enjoying a season at or near the top of the MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings for most of the season, Buford (Ga.) and Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) faced the possibility of dropping out this week. Here's why they're still in the rankings.

Buford, which had been No. 1 for the vast majority of the season, dropped to No. 14 last week after a couple of last-inning losses to Pope (Marietta, Ga.) in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs. Pope (29-12), which was in the rankings last week at No. 13, was then eliminated from the postseason two rounds later by Lassiter and was also dropped from the rankings. So why is Buford still in this week's rankings?

For one, Buford has 32 wins on the season and just two losses, both of which occurred in the last at-bat. Additionally, Pope defeated Buford without ever facing National Player of the Year candidate Dylan Lesko, who didn't pitch during the series. In football and basketball rankings, two losses can be enough to knock a team from the rankings. Not so in baseball. So even though Buford will not be the Class 6A state champion, it still deserves to be ranked for its overall body of work.

Jesuit, meanwhile, picked the wrong time to lose to Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.). The Tigers had defeated Jefferson four times during the regular season and in the district tournament. However, Jefferson managed the 3-2 win in the second round of bi-district play. Like Buford, however, Jesuit's complete body of work can't be overlooked in favor of Jefferson's win.

Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), was not as fortunate. Since it lost to Alhambra (23-1), which had a better record than Hamilton, in the semifinals, Alhambra had to move into the rankings and the Huskies dropped out.

Barbe (Lake Charles, La.), moved into the No. 2 spot, ahead of IMG Academy, after winning the Louisiana Class 5A state championship with a win over West Monroe. Barbe's only two losses came against Southside and Sam Houston, two teams it also defeated. One of Barbe's win was a 1-0, 11-inning thriller in the playoff semifinals.

Barbe had to move ahead of IMG Academy, since it had 16 more wins and the same amount of losses while also playing in a state playoff (IMG Academy does not participate in Florida playoffs). Barbe now faces the opportunity to finish as the final No. 1 team in the nation, a ranking it held in 2014, should current No. 1 Friendswood stumble.

A total of four teams joined the rankings this week. Besides Lassiter and Alhambra, Jackson Prep (Miss.) moved in after winning its fourth straight MAIS championship. In the finals, the Patriots swept Madison-Ridgeland, a team that had handed Jackson Prep one of its three losses.

Butler (Vandalia, Ohio), which was ranked No. 2 in the state coaches association rankings behind Olentangy Orange, moved in this week after beating Orange on Monday.

Dropped out: Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), Lakeland Christian (Lakeland, Fla.), Parkview Baptist (Baton Rouge, La.), Pope (Marietta, Ga.).

Game of the Week: Barbe 1, Sam Houston 0, 11 innings. Jack Walker pitched 10 no-hit innings with 13 strikeouts, but Gavin Guidry got the win by pitching the top of the 11th. Barbe won the game in the bottom of the inning when Kyle DeBarge was hit by a pitch, advanced to third and came home on Donovan LaSalle's fielder's choice. Barbe advanced to the championship game, where it defeated West Monroe for the Class 5A title.

Player of the Week: Maxwell Muncy, Thousand Oaks. Another big week for Muncy, who had three home runs, including a grand slam, with 10 RBI in three Thousand Oaks wins last week.

Recruit Watch: Jack Walker, Barbe. Walker finished a spectacular season season with a 10-inning no-hitter against Sam Houston in the semifinals of the Class 5A state tournament. He completed his career with a 13-0 record and 121 strikeouts.

Game to Watch: Stoneman Douglas vs. Columbus. The Eagles are coming off a quarterfinal win over Palm Beach Gardens that included a walk-off, three-run home run. Columbus (27-4) knocked off Braddock in the second round and Taravella 2-0 in the quarterfinals.

Milestones: A pair of longtime Oklahoma coaches called it a career last week following Roff's win over Red Oak in the Class B championship game. Roff coach Ead Simon has been named the school's superintendent and will step down from coaching. His team had a 59-game win streak and won a fall and spring championship during the past school year. He ends his career with 1,1,20 wins, according to Iwasatthegame.com. Red Oak coach Trey Booth, meanwhile, retires with 1,514 career wins, which ranks No. 5 in state history.

Streaks: Webster (Wis.) won three more games last week (9-0) to put its win streak at 46 wins in a row.
Jack Walker, Barbe
Photo by Roddy Johnson
Jack Walker, Barbe
MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings

1. Friendswood (Texas)
Record:
27-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Fulshear, 7-0.
Stats: Jacob Rogers threw a one-hitters with 10 strikeouts in the win.
Next: Sat. vs. Port Neches Groves.

2. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
39-2 | Last week: 3
Results: Def Sam Houston, 1-0, in 11 innings; def. West Monroe, 5-0 for Class 5A state championship.
Stats: Jack Walker threw a 10-inning no-hitter against Sam Houston while Gavin Guidry had a two-hitter with nine strikeouts against West Monroe.
Next: Season over. Louisiana Class 5A state champions.

3. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
23-2 | Last week: 2
Next: Season over

4. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record:
30-1 | Last week: 6
Results: Def. Grand Blanc, 13-3; def. Dexter, 12-1; def. Catholic Central, 7-2
Stats: Alex Mooney was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI against Grand Blanc. Nolan Schubart was 2-for-4 with double and three RBI against Dexter. Ike Irish had a home run against Catholic Central.
Next: Tue. vs. Grosse Pointe North.

5. Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
Record:
22-0 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Calabasas, 5-3, 7-3; def. Newbury Park, 8-3.
Stats: Cody Carson struck out 10 and Maxwell Muncy hit a home run in the 5-3 win. Dylan Jackson and Muncy each homered in the second game. Muncy also had a double and a grand slam against Newbury Park with Jackson adding a home run.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Newbury Park

6. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record:
26-2 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Park Vista, 5-3; def. Palm Beach Gardens, 6-4
Stats: Santiago Ordonez had a double and a walk-off, three-run home run against Palm Beach Gardens. Chris Arroyo hit a home run against Park Vista.
Next: Fri. vs. Columbus (Miami)

7. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
Record:
30-2 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Starkville 14-1, lost 3-2, won 19-1.
Stats: Braden Montgomery struck out 11 and Ross Highfill and Connor Nation each homered in the first win over Starkville. Nation also hit three doubles and Connor Chisolm hit a home run in the 19-1 win.
Next: Thur. vs. Tupelo

8. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
Record:
33-2-1 | Last week: 10
Results: Def. Sharyland, 3-2, 7-0
Stats: Robbie Spencer had two doubles and got the win in the first game while Malachi Lott and Walker Janek combined for a no-hitter in the second game.
Next: Fri. vs. Carroll (Corpus Christi)

9. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Record:
22-4 | Last week: 15
Results: Did not play
Next: Playoffs Friday, opponent TBD

10. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record:
29-4-2 | Last week: 16
Results: Def. Churchill (San Antonio), 4-1, 6-0.
Stats: Luke Jackson had eight strikeouts in the first win while Ethan Roark had 10 strikeouts in the second game.
Next: Fri. vs. Round Rock.

11. Reagan (San Antonio, Texas)
Record:
33-4 | Last week: 17
Results: Def. Cedar Ridge, 11-1, 6-1.
Stats: Stayton Ankrom, Britton Moore and Cole Tabor each had a triple in the first win and Ryan Beaird had 10 strikeouts in the second win.
Next: Sat. vs. Smithson Valley

12. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.)
Record:
21-1 | Last week: 18
Results: Def. Central (Fresno), 5-3, 13-0, 5-2.
Next: Tue./Thur/Sat vs. Clovis West.

13. Roff (Okla.)
Record:
33-0 | Last week: 19
Season over, Oklahoma Class B state champions.

14. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)
Record:
23-1 | Last week: 21
Results: Def. Silver Creek, 3-2; def. Bardstown, 6-0; def. Christian Academy, 4-0; def. St. Henry, 10-6, def. Ashland Blazer, 6-2.
Stats: Daylen Lile hit a triple and home run against Christian Academy and a double and a home run against St. Henry.
Next: Tue. vs. Butler; Wed. vs. Collins.

15. Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)
Record:
22-2 | Last week: 24
Results: Def. Santa Margarita, 19-14, 10-0, 2-0.
Stats: Gabe Miranda and Mikey Romero each had a home run and Matthew Polk had a grand slam in the first game.
Next: Tues/Wed. vs. St. John Bosco.

16. Allatoona (Acworth, Ga.)
Record:
32-6 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Glynn Academy, 6-2, 9-1; def. Houston County, 6-0, lost to Houston County, 6-1.
Stats: Aidan Jolley went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI in the first game while Hunter Paulsen had a home run in the second game against Glynn Academy.
Next: Houston County, TBD

17. Buford (Ga.)
Record:
32-2 | Last week: 14
Season over.

18. St. Christopher's (Richmond, Va.)
Record:
20-0-1 | Last week: 23
Results: Def. Woodberry Forest, 5-3; def. St. Anne's Belfield, 14-1, 14-0.
Next: Postseason, opponents TBD.

19. Jackson Prep (Jackson, Miss.)
Record:
35-3 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Madison Ridgeland Academy, 3-0, 5-1
Season over, MAIS state champion

20. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record:
26-3 | Last week: 4
Results: Lost to Jefferson, 3-2.
Season over.

21. Puyallup (Wash.)
Record:
16-0 | Last week: 22
Season over.

22. Auburn (Ala.)
Record:
32-6 | Last week: 25
Results: Def. Central, 7-6, 2-1
Stats: Riley Austin had two home runs in the first game.
Next: Wed./Thur. vs. Hoover

23. Alhambra (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Record:
23-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Hamilton, 3-2
Next: Tue. vs. Liberty, Class 6A state championship game.

24. Butler (Vandalia, Ohio)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Olentangy Orange, 3-2
Next: Postseason, opponent TBD

25. Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.)
Record:
32-6 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Pope, 3-2, 3-0
Next: Class 6A championship game, opponent TBD