Five Top 100 match-ups highlight this weekend’s schedule

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Throughout the country there are five games this week that will feature inner-Top 100 matchups.

Last week No. 2 IMG Academy (Florida) proved they were deserving of their ranking after rallying from behind to take down fellow Florida powerhouse, No. 14 Miami Central (Florida). This Saturday night the Ascenders face another in-state competitor as they play No. 44 Northwestern (Florida) in Bradenton. The Bulls head into the weekend with some momentum of their own after defeating rival No. 74 Booker T. Washington 14-7. It was Northwestern’s defense that shined in that last matchup, but the game this week will pit them against an explosive IMG offense that includes red-hot running back and Alabama-commit Trey Sanders whose 65-yard rushing touchdown sealed the win in last week’s game. Each of these teams will be hoping to keep a zero in the loss column of their records.

Heading up North to Kentucky, No. 8 Trinity and No. 78 St. Xavier will battle. Trinity has won 12 of the past 13 matchups between these two rivals, but this game marks the first since 2008 that both squads enter undefeated. St. Xavier’s standout offensive line will have to hold off a Trinity defense that has been playing lights out all year, only allowing opponents to score more than seven points in just two of the team’s six games this season.

Two of the top teams in Oklahoma will also look to claim the power in their state as No. 29 Union gets home field advantage against a No. 67 Owasso team. A pair of high-powered offenses will be on full display Friday night as Owasso is averaging 54 points per game and Union is averaging 39. In a game where there is sure to be plenty of local college recruiters in attendance, both teams are looking to hand their opponent it’s first loss of the season.

Back on the east coast there are two of the inner-Top 100 matchups that feature a pair of teams from the New Jersey Super Football Conference United Red Division. The first pits No. 28 St. Peter’s Prep against No. 51 Paramus Catholic, who is looking to avoid starting league play 0-2 after losing to No. 45 Bergen Catholic in their last game. It will be a tall task against St. Peter’s, whose only loss this season comes from their game against No. 13 St. Joseph’s Prep out of Philadelphia 28-21

The second Jersey game in what is arguably the toughest league in the country has No. 31 St. Joseph’s Regional (Montvale) traveling to No. 45 Bergen Catholic. Senior quarterback Nick Patti led St. Joseph’s in a blowout win over Delbarton (NJ) in the team’s previous game, but their competition this Saturday won’t be so easy. After suffering back-to-back losses, Bergen Catholic began the quest to mend its season by cruising past Paramus Catholic in a 31-14 victory last Friday and will be looking to keep that win streak alive come this weekend. Since not one team in the United Red League remains unbeaten, the top spot is still up for the taking.

Where the Top 100 Play

No. 1 Mater Dei (California) – Idle

No. 2 IMG Academy (Florida) vs. No.44 Northwestern (Florida), Saturday

No. 3 Allen (Texas) vs. Boyd (Texas), Friday

No. 4 Grayson (Georgia) at Ramsay (Alabama), Friday

No. 5 St. Thomas Aquanis (Florida) at Centennial (Arizona), Friday

No. 6 St. John Bosco (California) – Idle

No. 7 DeSoto (Texas) vs. Cedar Hill (Texas), Friday

No. 8 Trinity (Kentucky) vs. No. 78 St. Xavier (Kentucky), Friday

No.9 St. Xavier (Ohio) vs. Elder (Ohio), Friday

No. 10 South Pointe (South Carolina) at Ridge View (South Carolina), Friday

No. 11 St. Ignatius (Ohio) vs. Clarkson Football North (Canada), Saturday

No. 12 American Heritage (Florida) – Idle

No. 13 St. Joseph’s Prep (Pennsylvania) – Idle

No. 14 Miami Central (Florida) vs. Norland (Florida), Thursday

No. 15 Bishop Gorman (Nevada) vs. Spring Valley (Nevada), Thursday

No. 16 De La Salle (California) vs. Bishop O’Dowd (California), Friday

No. 17 DeMatha (Maryland) – Idle

No. 18 Ben Davis (Indiana) vs. Carmel (Indiana), Friday

No. 19 Corona Centennial (California) – Idle

No. 20 Brentwood Academy (Tennessee) vs. Baylor (Tennessee), Friday

No. 21 St. Edward (Ohio) at Naperville Central (Illinois), Saturday

No. 22 Hoover (Alabama) – Idle

No. 23 Bingham (Utah) vs. Lone Peak (Utah), Friday

No. 24 Katy (Texas) at Katy Taylor (Texas), Saturday

No. 25 Mission Viejo (California) vs. El Toro (California), Friday

No. 26 St. Frances Academy (Maryland) at Loyola Blakefield (Maryland), Friday

No. 27 St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC) – Idle

No. 28 St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey) vs. No. 51 Paramus Catholic (New Jersey), Friday

No. 29 Union (Oklahoma) vs. No. 67 Owasso (Oklahoma), Friday

No. 30 Fort Dorchester (South Carolina) vs. Stratford (South Carolina), Friday

No. 31 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, New Jersey) at No. 45 Bergen Catholic, Saturday

No. 32 Denton Ryan (Texas) at Denton (Texas), Thursday

No. 33 John Curtis (Louisiana) vs. Easton (Louisiana), Friday

No. 34Judson (Texas) vs. Cibolo Steele (Texas), Friday

No. 35 Pine-Richland (Pennsylvania) vs. Pittsburgh Central Catholic (Pennsylvania), Friday

No. 36 Cocoa (Florida) vs. International School of Broward (Florida), Friday

No. 37 Chaminade (California) vs. Serra (California), Thursday

No. 38 Aledo (Texas) vs. Chisholm Trail (Texas), Friday

No. 39 East (Utah) at Copper Hills (Utah), Friday

No. 40 Byrnes (South Carolina) vs. Spartanburg (South Carolina), Friday

No. 41 Lake Travis (Texas) vs. Hays (Texas), Friday

No. 42 Mountain Pointe (Arizona) at Desert Vista (Arizona), Thursday

No. 43 Chandler (Arizona) at Basha (Arizona), Thursday

No. 44 Northwestern (Florida) vs. No. 2 IMG Academy (Florida), Saturday

No. 45 Bergen Catholic vs. No. 31 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, New Jersey), Saturday

No. 46 DePaul Catholic (New Jersey) vs. Hudson Catholic (New Jersey), Friday

No. 47 Archbishop Wood (Pennsylvania) vs. Archbishop Ryan (Pennsylvania), Friday

No. 48 Erie Cathedral Prep (Pennsylvania) vs. St. Francis (New York), Friday

No. 49 Long Beach Poly (California) vs. Long Beach Wilson (California), Friday

No. 50 Armwood (Florida) vs. Blake (Florida), Friday

No. 51 Paramus Catholic (New Jersey) at No. 29 St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey), Friday

No. 52 Trinity Christian Academy (Florida) at Columbus (Florida), Friday

No. 53 Dutch Fork (South Carolina) at Blythewood (South Carolina), Friday

No. 54 Cartersville (Georgia) at Central (Georgia), Friday

No. 55 The Woodlands (Texas) – Idle

No. 56 Hewitt-Trussville (Alabama) vs. Center Point (Alabama), Friday

No. 57 Evangel Christian (Louisiana) vs. Haughton (Louisiana), Friday

No. 58 Wake Forest (North Carolina) – Idle

No. 59 West  Point (Mississippi) vs. Center Hill (Mississippi), Friday

No. 60 East St. Louis (Illinois) at Belleville West (Illinois), Saturday

No. 61 Buford (Georgia) vs. Clarke Central (Georgia), Friday

No. 62 Central (Alabama) vs. Opelika (Alabama), Friday

No. 63 Westlake (Texas) vs. Vandegrift (Texas), Friday

No. 64 Lowndes (Georgia) at Ware County (Georgia), Friday

No. 65 Manvel (Texas) vs. Willowridge (Texas), Friday

No. 66 Valor Christian (Colorado) vs. Cherry Creek (Colorado), Friday

No. 67 Owasso (Oklahoma) at. No. 29 Union (Oklahoma), Friday

No. 68 Colquitt County (Georgia) vs. Bishop Sullivan (Virginia), Saturday

No. 69 Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) at West Carrolton (Ohio), Friday

No. 70 Klein Collins (Texas) at Houston Memorial (Texas), Thursday

No. 71 Pulaski Academy (Arkansas) at Beebe (Arizona), Friday

No. 72 Pearl (Mississippi) vs. Meridian (Mississippi), Friday

No. 73 Pickerington Central (Ohio) at Lincoln (Ohio), Friday

No. 74 Booker T. Washington (Florida) at Edison (Florida), Wednesday

No. 75 Cass Tech (Michigan) vs. Cody (Michigan), Friday

No. 76 Starkville (Mississippi) vs. Northwest Rankin (Mississippi), Friday

No. 77 Prairie Ridge (Illinois) at McHenry (Illinois), Friday

No. 78 St. Xavier (Kentucky) at No. 8 Trinity (Kentucky), Friday

No. 79 Plant (Florida) vs. Sickles (Florida), Thursday

No. 80 Dudley (North Carolina) vs. Southwest Guilford (North Carolina), Friday

No. 81 Liberty (Nevada) at Green Valley (Nevada), Thursday

No. 82 Venice (Florida) at Braden River (Florida), Thursday

No. 83 Kahuku (Hawaii) at Campbell (Hawaii), Friday

No. 84 Midway (Texas) at Copperas Cove (Texas), Friday

No. 85 Montgomery Bell Academy (Tennessee) vs. White Station (Tennessee), Thursday

No. 86 Lincoln-Way East (Illinois) at Homewood-Flossmoor (Illinois), Friday

No. 87 Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) vs. Hershey (Pennsylvania), Saturday

No. 88 Duncanville (Texas) vs. Irving (Texas), Thursday

No. 89 Saint Louis (Hawaii) vs. Kamehameha (Hawaii), Friday

No. 90 McDonogh (Maryland) at Archbishop Spaulding (Maryland), Friday

No. 91 Lamar (Texas) – Idle

No. 92 Lawrence Central (Indiana) at North Central (Indiana), Friday

No. 93 Deerfield Beach (Florida) vs. Taravella (Florida), Thursday

No. 94 Carol City (Florida) vs. Hialeah-Miami Lakes (Florida), Wednesday

No. 95 Saguaro (Arizona) at Marcos de Niza (Arizona), Thursday

No. 96 Warren Central (Indiana) at Lawrence North (Indiana), Friday

No. 97 Maine South (Illinois) at Niles North (Illinois), Friday

No. 98 Oakland (Tennessee) vs. Coffee County Central (Tennessee), Friday

No. 99 Archbishop Hoban (Ohio) at Lake Catholic (Ohio), Saturday

No. 100 Narbonne (California) – Idle

Kathryn Gallo


by Kathryn Gallo
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