Where the Top 100 plays – November 16-18, 2017

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Playoff football is in full swing across the country meaning many teams are getting the chance for a rematch against opponents they are all too familiar with.

Meeting for the second time this season is No. 13 Northwestern and No. 14 Miami Central who will battle it out this Friday in Florida’s 6A region semifinals. Central remembers this Bulls team vividly as it was Northwestern that put an end to the Rockets four-year title run last season when they beat Central in a 45-44 double overtime win. If that didn’t leave enough of a sour taste for Central, it was Northwestern again who got the better of the two rivals when the teams met earlier this year where the Bulls pulled off an impressive 21-7 victory. It’s been that shutout defense that has shined all season for Northwestern, as they are giving up just 7.3 points per game, but with the Rockets strong run game led by senior James Cook will be a test. The winner of this game will likely go on to face the reigning 6A District champions Carol City – a team both squads have already beaten.

In the title game for Utah’s Class 6A Championship, No. 17 Bingham and No. 31 East will also face off for the second time this year. The Miners will be looking for their second consecutive perfect season with a win this Friday, as they have not dropped a game since their playoff loss in 2015. One of the many wins in that streak came this past August at the hands of the Leopards, who fell to the state’s top team 48-17 in Week 2. However, its been almost three months since these teams last met, and East is hoping that enough has changed in that time to ensure the outcome this weekend ends in its favor.

For the first time in six years, No. 91 Gonzaga are playing for the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship.  On Saturday, the Eagles will be facing-off against No. 22 St. John’s College High School for the title. It’s been an unexpected run for the Eagles, who managed to earn the third seed in playoff seating after finishing with a 3-2 conference record with freshman Caleb Williams at quarterback. Gonzaga got revenge last week against Good Counsel, beating the same Falcons team that took them down just weeks ago and they will look to do the same thing this week as they try to knock off a Cadets team that beat the Eagles 32-14 in the final game of the regular season. St. John’s also ended the first round on a high note, beating the same DeMatha team who defeated the Cadets in the 2016 title game. In their second consecutive championship appearance, St. John’s hopes to leave this time around with the win.

Set to meet for the first time this season in Alabama is No. 43 Hewitt-Trussville and No. 86 Hoover in the state’s class 7A quarterfinals. The last time these two teams met was in a 2015 regular season game, where Hoover dominated in a 38-0 blowout over a Huskies squad who are certainly a much different team now in 2017. Hewitt-Trussville has won 22 of its last 23 games and has done so with a high-powered offense highlighted by quarterback Paul Tyson. The Buccaneers will be looking to shut down Tyson and the rest of the Huskies star power as they try to defend their 2016 state title and move on to the semifinal round.

Facing each other for third time in the past 13 months is No. 72 Lincoln-Way East and No. 77 Maine South, who will match up in Illinois’s Class 8A semifinals. In route to its state title last year, Maine South knocked the Griffins out of the playoffs in a quarterfinal game that ended 34-31 in the Hawks favor thanks to a late drive and a game-winning field goal. But, Lincoln-Way East got its revenge earlier this season when it took down the Hawks in a close Week 2 game when it beat the Hawks 28-26. Maine South looks to flip the fortune back on its side this week, while Lincoln-Way East is hoping to remain undefeated and go for that perfect season.

Two familiar faces in the state of Hawaii also find themselves reuniting as No. 73 Kahuku takes on No.76 Saint Louis in the Division I Open Championship for the third consecutive year. It was Saint Louis that got the job done last season and took home the state title, but Kahuku is primed for the rematch. The Red Raiders have only lost one game this year to No. 17 Bingham (Utah), but they have been blowing-out the rest of their opponents all season long. Aside from giving-up 31 points to Mililani, Kahuku has kept the rest of their competition from scoring more than seven points in each game. Saint Louis has continued its dominance since winning the title last year and sits at a perfect 9-0 entering Saturday’s matchup.

We round out this week’s top 100 matchups right where we started back in the state of Florida where No. 82 Viera will take on No. 85 Plant in the Class 7A regional semifinals.

It’s a rematch of last year’s playoff game where Plant handedly took care of Viera, ending the Hawks season with a 35-7 victory. However, each of the Brevard County teams enters this week’s showdown looking about evenly matched. Each team has just one loss on their record this season, both of which came against ranked opponents. Both teams are also coming off blowout wins in the opening round of the postseason as Viera defeated Gaither 56-0 and Plant took down East River 43-0, thanks to both squads stacked defenses. With things looking equally set on both sides, the game this weekend is likely to be a close one.

Where the Top 100 Plays This Week

No. 1 Mater Dei (California) vs. No. Long Beach Poly (California), Friday

No. 2 IMG Academy – Season Completed

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

No. 4 Trinity (Kentucky) vs. Simon Kenton (Kentucky), Friday

No. 5 South Pointe (South Carolina) vs. Eastside (South Carolina), Friday

No. 6 American Heritage (Florida) vs. Bishop Moore (Florida), Friday

No. 7 St. Joseph’s Prep (Pennsylvania) at Northeast (Pennsylvania), Saturday

No. 8 Ben Davis (Indiana) vs. Avon (Ohio), Friday

No. 9 Corona Centennial (California) vs. Murrieta Valley (California), Friday

No. 10 St. Ignatius (Ohio) vs. Mentor (Ohio), Friday

No. 11 St. Frances Academy (Maryland) vs. Gilman (Maryland), Sunday

No. 12 Brentwood Academy (Tennessee) vs. McCallie (Tennessee), Friday

No. 13 Northwestern (Florida) vs. No. 14 Miami Central (Florida), Friday

No. 14 Miami Central (Florida) vs. No. 13 Northwestern (Florida), Friday

No. 15 Bishop Gorman (Nevada) vs. Arbor View (Nevada), Friday

No. 16 De La Salle (California) vs. Charter Valley (California), Friday

No. 17 Bingham (Utah) vs. No. 31 East (Utah), Friday

No. 18 Katy (Texas) vs. Fort Bend Travis (Texas), Friday

No. 19 Union (Oklahoma) vs. Broken Arrow (Oklahoma), Saturday

No. 20 St. John Bosco (California) vs. Rancho Cucamonga (California), Friday

No. 21 Mission Viejo (California) vs. Orange Lutheran (California), Friday

No. 22 St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC) vs. No. 91 Gonzaga (Washington, DC), Saturday

No. 23 Fort Dorchester (South Carolina) vs. Spring Valley (South Carolina), Friday

No. 24 St Xavier (Ohio) vs. Colerain (Ohio), Friday

No. 25 Bergen Catholic (New Jersey) vs. Delbarton (New Jersey), Friday

No. 26 Grayson (Georgia) vs. North Gwinnett (Georgia), Friday

No. 27 Denton Ryan (Texas) vs. Brewer (Texas), Thursday

No. 28 John Curtis (Louisiana) vs. St. Paul’s (Louisiana), Friday

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

No. 30 Pine-Richland (Pennsylvania) vs. Pittsburgh Central Catholic (Pennsylvania), Saturday

No 31 East (Utah) No. 17 vs. Bingham (Utah), Friday

No. 32 Archer (Georgia) vs. Mill Creek (Georgia), Friday

No. 33 St. Joseph’s Regional (New Jersey) at Pope John XXIII (New Jersey), Saturday

No. 34 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) vs. West Broward (Florida), Friday

No. 35 Erie Cathedral Prep (Pennsylvania) – Idle

No. 36 Armwood (Florida) vs. Hillsborough (Florida), Friday

No 37 Aledo (Texas) vs. Rider (Texas), Thursday

No. 38 Archbishop Wood (Pennsylvania) vs. Simon Gratz (Pennsylvania), Saturday

No. 39 Duncanville (Texas) vs. Ellison (Texas), Friday

No. 40 DePaul Catholic (New Jersey) vs. St John-Vianney (New Jersey), Friday

No. 41 Westlake (Texas) vs. San Antonio MacArthur (Texas), Friday

No. 42 Cartersville (Georgia) vs. Blessed Trinity (Georgia), Friday

No. 43 Hewitt-Trussville (Alabama) vs. No. 86 Hoover (Alabama), Friday

No. 44 Mountain Pointe (Arizona) vs. Perry (Arizona), Friday

No. 45 Chandler (Arizona) vs. Red Mountain (Arizona), Friday

No. 46 DeSoto (Texas) vs. Copperas Cove (Texas), Friday

No. 47 Dutch Fork (South Carolina) vs. Summerville (South Carolina), Friday

No. 48 Judson (Texas) vs. Warren (Texas), Friday

No. 49 Lake Travis (Texas) vs. San Antonia Madison (Texas), Friday

No. 50 Owasso (Oklahoma) vs. Jenks (Oklahoma), Saturday

No. 51 The Woodlands (Texas) vs. Rockwall (Texas), Saturday

No. 52 Evangel Christian (Louisiana) vs. Archbishop Rummel (Louisiana), Friday

No. 53 Wake Forest (North Carolina) vs. Millbrook (North Carolina), Friday

No. 54 St. Edward (Ohio) – Season Completed

No. 55 West Point (Mississippi) vs. Grenada (Mississippi), Friday

No. 56 Buford (Georgia) vs. Jackson (Georgia), Friday

No. 57 Lowndes (Georgia) vs. McEachern (Georgia), Friday

No. 58 Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) vs. Chaminade-Julienne (Ohio), Friday

No. 59 Central (Phenix City, Alabama) vs. Lee (Alabama), Friday

No. 60 Cocoa (Florida) vs. Avon Park (Florida), Friday

No. 61 Chaminade (California) – Season Completed

No. 62 Manvel (Texas) vs. Houston Madison (Texas), Thursday

No. 63 Valor Christian (Colorado) vs. Grandview (Colorado), Friday

No. 64 Klein Collins (Texas) vs. Dekaney (Texas), Friday

No. 65 Pulaski Academy (Arkansas) vs. Harrison (Arkansas), Friday

No. 66 Pearl (Mississippi) vs. Hancock (Mississippi), Friday

No. 67 Pickerington Central (Ohio) vs. Pickerington North (Ohio), Friday

No. 68 Carol City (Florida) vs. Mainland (Florida), Friday

No. 69 Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) vs. Governor Mifflin (Pennsylvania), Saturday

No. 70 Prairie Ridge (Illinois) vs. Hoffman Estates (Illinois), Saturday

No. 71 Liberty (Nevada) vs. Green Valley (Nevada), Friday

No. 72 Lincoln-Way East (Illinois) vs. No. 77 Maine South (Illinois), Saturday

No. 73 Kahuku (Hawaii) vs. No. 76 Saint Louis (Hawaii), Saturday

No. 74 Archbishop Hoban (Ohio) vs. Barberton (Ohio), Friday

No. 75 Midway (Texas) vs. Grand Prairie (Texas), Friday

No. 76 Saint Louis (Hawaii) vs. No. 73 Kahuku (Hawaii), Saturday

No. 77 Maine South (Illinois) vs. No. 72 Lincoln-Way East (Illinois), Saturday

No. 78 Oakland (Tennessee) vs. Cookeville (Tennessee), Friday

No. 79 Thompson (Alabama) vs. Mountain Brook (Alabama), Friday

No. 80 Centennial (Arizona) vs. Liberty (Arizona), Friday

No. 81 Venice (Florida) vs. Braden River (Florida), Friday

No. 82 Viera (Florida) vs. No.85 Plant (Florida), Friday

No. 83 Lamar (Houston, Texas) vs. Cypress Falls (Texas), Friday

No. 84 Saguaro (Arizona) vs. Higley (Arizona), Friday

No. 85 Plant (Florida) vs. No. 82 Viera (Florida), Friday

No. 86 Hoover (Alabama) vs. No. 43 Hewitt-Trussville (Alabama), Friday

No. 87 Narbonne (California) vs. San Pedro (California), Friday

No. 88 Cardinal Gibbons (Florida) vs. Rockledge (Florida), Friday

No. 89 Columbus (Florida) vs. South Dade (Florida), Thursday

No. 90 Folsom (California) vs. Tracy (California), Friday

No. 91 Gonzaga (Washington, DC) vs. No. 22 St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC), Saturday

No. 92 Good Counsel (Maryland) – Season Completed

No. 93 North Little Rock (Arkansas) vs. Northside (Arkansas), Friday

No. 94 Mallard Creek (North Carolina) vs. North Mecklenburg (North Carolina), Friday

No. 95 Phillips Academy (Illinois) vs. Sterling (Illinois), Saturday

No. 96 Mission Hills (California) vs. Grossmont (California), Friday

No. 97 Eastside Catholic (Washington) vs. Garfield (Washington), Friday

No. 98 Winton Woods (Ohio) vs. La Salle (Ohio), Friday

No. 99 Miramar (Florida) – Season Completed

No. 100 Deerfield Beach (Florida) – Season Completed

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