There are two games Thursday night featuring match-ups within our Top 100.
Defending Michigan Division 1 champ Cass Tech, ranked No. 56 in the latest High School Football America Top 100, takes-on Ohio’s Pickerington Central, which is ranked No. 79 in our rankings that are created with our proprietary algorithm.
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Cass Tech, which has won three state titles in the last six years, needs to replace nearly its entire offense. Last year, Pickerington Central advanced to the Division 1 state semifinals before losing to eventual state champ St. Xavier.
In Florida, No. 63 Miami Central will face No. 67 Chaminade-Madonna. After four straight state titles, Miami Central missed the 2016 state playoffs. The Rockets will be led by running back James Cook, who is considered the No. 35 overall college recruit in the nation by the 247Sports’ composite rankings. Cook is the brother of Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook. Chaminade-Madonna is led by junior running back Jacob Baptiste.
And, in Ohio No. 23 St. Ignatius, coming-off its runner-up finish in Division 1 last year, opens on the road against two-time Division III state champ Archbishop Hoban. Hoban, which is just outside of the Top 100 at No. 103, is moving-up to Division II this year.