||Manatee (9-0) Bradenton, FL
At this point, Manatee is just tuning up for the playoffs. The last team Manatee played that belonged on the field with them was Miami Central on September 14th.
Last: Def Sarasota 51-9
Next: 11/9 Lakewood Ranch (5-4)
||John Curtis (9-0) River Ridge, LA
Speaking of needing a new challenge, Curtis won fifth out of six games by 50+ to zero shutouts. Playing in 2A though, I'm not sure Curtis will be challenged in Louisiana's playoffs either.
Last: Def South Plaquemines 50-0
Next: 11/9 Pope John Paul (3-6)
||Vista Murrieta (10-0) Murrieta, CA
Vista Murrieta ran roughshod through its league schedule including a convincing 38-0 win over playoff bound Chaparral. California doesn't play state playoffs. They play region playoffs, and The Bronco's first opponent is in for a beating.
Last: Def Chaparral 38-0
Next: 11/9 South Hills (6-4)
||St. Edward (11-0) Lakewood, OH
St. Edward had little trouble with its opening playoff opponent in Mayfield. However Mentor is capable of beating any team on any night.
Last: Def Mayfield 50-27
Next: 11/10 Mentor (10-1)
||Katy (9-0) Katy, TX
Katy expected a fight from Cinco Ranch, and the Tigers got one in its 35-21 victory. A trip to Memorial this week will be difficult as well as Katy looks to close out its regular season 10-0.
Last: Def Cinco Ranch 35-21
Next: 11/9 Memorial (7-2)
||Bellevue (10-0) Bellevue, WA
Bellevue closed out its perfect regular season with another blowout. Ferndale brings a 9-1 record into the playoffs this week.
Last: Def Lincoln 45-0
Next: 11/9 Ferndale (9-1)
||DeSoto (9-0) DeSoto, TX
The Eagles beat Grand Prairie without much difficulty, but the game with Mansfield should be a little more of a challenge this week.
Last: Def Grand Prairie 76-35
Next: 11/8 @ Mansfield (6-3)
||University (8-0) Ft. Lauderdale
University finished its regular season with a 56-0 win over Eagle's View. With teams such as American Heritage and Madison County looming in the 3A playoffs, University still has tests to face.
Next: 11/9 Playoffs
||North Allegheny (10-0) Wexford, PA
North Allegheny kicked off its playoff run by kicking Altoona to the curb 42-14. Bethel Park will be a bit more of a challenge, but one the Tigers should handle.
Last: Def North Hills 42-0
Next: 11/9 Bethel Park (7-3)
||Butler (11-0) Matthews, NC
We expected an easy win for Butler in the opening round of the playoffs, and we weren't disappointed. Next up a rematch with Independence who Butler beat 33-14 just two weeks ago.
Last: Def West Forsyth 49-0
Next: 11/9 Independence (10-2)
||St. Ignatius (10-1) Cleveland, OH
St. Ignatius bounced back from its loss to St. Edward two weeks ago with a gut check win over a tough Austintown-Finch team. It seems like only the best teams in Ohio make the playoffs as the Wildcats have another tough matchup with North Royalton this week.
Last: Def Austintown-Finch 35-26
Next: 11/9 North Royalton (10-1)
||Good Counsel (9-1) Olney, MD
Good Counsel deserved a couple of cupcakes after its brutal opening schedule. St. John's is a better opponent, but one Good Counsel should beat with relative ease.
Last: Def Archbishop Carroll 48-0
Next: 11/9 St. John's (5-5)
Colerain (11-0) Cincinnati, OH
||Camden County (9-0) Kingsland, GA
Camden County aced the first half of its final exam with a sold 24-7 win at Lowndes last week. A trip to Colquitt County is the second half.
Last: Def Lowndes 24-7
Next: 11/9 @ Colquitt County (6-3)
||De La Salle (10-0) Concord, CA
De La Salle must have been surprised when the other team showed up this week. California High School is an improving team and one that De La Salle enjoyed the challenge of beating.
Last: Def California 27-14
Next: 11/9 Bye
||Grayson (8-1) Loganville, GA
Throw out their week three loss to Parkview as an anomaly, and Grayson looks like the best team in the nation. Unfortunately, when winning a mythical national championship, every week counts. The Rams just posted their fourth straight shutout in Georgia's largest classification.
Last: Def Archer 48-0
Next: 11/9 Brookwood (6-3)
||Steele (9-0) Cibolo, Texas
Steele has to be looking forward to the playoffs as no one has played the Knights within four scores since Labor Day. Southwest probably won't this week either.
Last: Def Carroll (Corpus Christi) 38-0
Next: 11/9 Southwest (6-3)
||Mission Viejo (10-0) Mission Viejo, CA
El Toro was undefeated, but untested in its match up with Diablo. El Toro has been tested now; they failed. Mission Viejo dominated the fool's gold Chargers and take on a down but not out Westlake team to open its Pac-5 playoff push.
Last: Def El Toro 49-7
Next: 11/9 Westlake (6-4)
||Trinity (9-1) Louisville, KY
The contrast between Ohio and Kentucky playoffs couldn't be more clear as St. Ignatius (OH) opened up with and trinity opened with a 1-10 team. Yes, Trinity pushed them to 1-11. Combined record of Trinity's 1st two round opponents 8-15.
Last: Def Clark 56-7
Next: 11/9 Madison Central (7-4)
||Bishop Gorman (9-1) Las Vegas, NV
Bishop Gorman blew out Shadow Ridge to open its inevitable State Championship run. They'll blow out Palo Verde on Friday.
Last: Def Shadow Ridge 78-13
Next: 11/9 Palo Verde (7-4)
||Don Bosco Prep (6-1) Ramsey, NJ
It worked out that Don Bosco had a hole in its schedule because its game against Hackensack needed to be on 11/9 instead of last week during the Hurricane.
Next: 11/9 @ Hackensack (5-2)
American Heritage (9-0) Delray Beach, FL
||Lincoln (8-0) Tallahassee, FL
It's possible both teams got caught in look-ahead mode as Lincoln barely beat a bad Forest team and Godby lost to Wakulla. That takes some of the luster off of this week's battle for Tallahassee.
Last: Def Forest 35-28
Next: 11/8 @ Godby (8-1)
||Byrnes (10-1) Duncan, SC
Byrnes went about its business dispatching Wade Hampton to close out its regular season. The Rebels open their playoff push against a good Spring Valley team.
Last: Def Wade Hampton 48-21
Next: 11/9 Spring Valley (8-3)
||Miami Central (6-2) Miami, FL
Central took it relatively easy on Belen Jesuit only beating them by 56. North Miami is looking at a similar score this week.
Last: Def Northwestern 35-17
Next: 11/8 North Miami (5-5)
Another road trip for Allen? No problem. Allen has played four of its last five games on the road, but the Eagles are used to it, and no one knows that better than McKinney. Allen heads home this week; if they remember where it is.
Last: Def McKinney 67-14
Next: 11/9 Plano (5-4)
||McGill-Toolen (10-0) Mobile, AL
McGill-Toolen tuned up for the playoffs by crushing Sumter Central. Enterprise will provide a little more resistance this week.
Last: Def Sumter Central 51-0
Next: 11/9 Enterprise (7-3)
||Washington (8-1) Miami, FL
Washington enjoyed its trip to Monsignor Pace last week, and odds are the Tornadoes will find little trouble at Southridge this week.
Last: Def Monsignor Pace 68-17
Next: 11/9 @ Southridge (3-6)
||Maine South (11-0) Park Ridge, IL
Maine South won a tough game against Conant last week, and they'll have their hands full with Glenbard North in the third round of the playoffs.
Last: Def Conant 27-13
Next: 11/9 Glenbard North (10-1)
||Hoover (10-0) Hoover, AL
Hoover closed out its perfect regular season with a win over a solid Opelika team. The Bucs should cruise by its first round playoff opponent Shades Valley.
Last: Def Opelika 30-7
Next: 11/9 Shades Valley (5-5)
||Skyline (10-0) Sammamish, WA
I'm not sure the playoffs in Washington will offer Skyline a worthy opponent this year. It certainly wasn't Puyallup.
Last: Def Puyallup 59-17
Next: 11/9 Lake Stevens (8-2)
(10-0) Bentonville, AR
Bentonville earned an opening week bye with its perfect season. Fayetteville game Bentonville all it wanted last week, a nice primer for the playoffs.
Last: Def Fayetteville 24-17
(8-1) Dallas, TX
Skyline is still a couple of weeks away from playing any meaningful football after hanging 70 on White.
Last: Def White 70-14
Next: 11/9 Berkner (4-5)
(10-0) Nashville, TN
Ensworth took a week off to get ready for McCallie who won its first round game in the playoffs.
Last: 1st Round Bye
Next: 11/9 McCallie (5-5)
Smith (9-1) Chesapeake, VA
King's Fork had been getting better every week, but Oscar Smith was still too good for them. A good Bayside team is up next.
Last: Def King's Fork 42-35
Next: 11/9 Bayside (9-2)
(10-0) Harbor City, CA
Narbonne capped a perfect regular season and the No. 1 seed in the Los Angeles City Section. No one in the City-Section can match up with Narbonne until they meet Crenshaw on December 1st in the finals (remember California doesn't play state playoffs, only regional).
Last: Def Gardena 53-7
Next: 11/9 Locke (4-6)
(8-1) Southlake, TX
Put Carroll in the "get us to the playoffs" camp as their local schedule is just awful. Since its week one loss to Allen, Carroll has outscored its opponents on average 57-4. That differential should actually increase this week against hapless Haltom.
Last: Def Fossil Ridge 70-7
Next: 11/9 @ Haltom (2-7)
(10-0) Mesquite, TX
The Skeeters capped an undefeated regular season with a 55-24 win over Rockwall. They'll take the week off to get ready for the playoff run.
Last: Def Rockwall 55-24
||St. John Bosco (6-4) Bellflower, CA
Bosco had a statement game as the Braves hammered Santa Margarita to win its league for the first time. Those four losses were forfeits for an ineligible player. The Braves are 10-0 on the field and will move to 11-0 after beating Tesoro who backed its way into the Pac-5 playoffs losing 3 of 4 but still getting selected as an at-large.
Def Santa Margarita 42-15
(7-2) Baltimore, MD
Gilman was off last week but gets McDonogh in the playoffs who the Greyhounds beat handily two weeks ago.
Last: Def McDonogh 48-12
Next: 11/10 McDonogh (3-7)
(9-0) Coppell, TX
Coppell handled Denton Ryan last week, and they'll handle Lewisville this week to cap a 10-0 regular season.
Last: Def Ryan 21-3
Next: 11/9 Lewisville (1-8)
Creek (11-0) Goose Creek, SC
Goose Creek had all season to get ready for its one tough game, and the Gators took care of business against Stratford. The good news, Goose Creek and Byrnes play in the same classification. The bad news, they play in different divisions and won't play eachother. What is it with these states and their watered down brackets?
Last: Def Stratford 31-23
Next: 11/9 Conway (5-6)
East (11-0) Frankfort, IL
Catholic was a dangerous opponent for Lincoln-Way East, but the Griffins
moved on to the third round of the playoffs to take on Edwardsville.
(9-0) Norcross, GA
Every team deserves a bye week, as it so happens, Norcross gets two in a row as the youngsters should get a lot of playing time this week.
Next: 11/9 Meadowcreek (0-9)
(9-1) Monroeville, PA
Gateway opened its playoff run with a win over Peters Township. This week's game against Woodland Hills will be Gateway's second toughest of the season behind North Allegheny earlier this year.
Last: Def Peters Township 35-19
Next: 11/9 Woodland Hills (8-2)
||Paramus Catholic (6-1) Paramus, NJ
With Sandy coming through the Northeast, it was a good week to have a bye. Paramus Catholic gets back to work this week and should handle Northern Highlands.
Next: 11/10 Northern Highlands (4-4)
||ThunderRidge (9-1) Highlands Ranch, CO
ThunderRidge wasn't challenged in its playoff opener. Cherry Creek
might not hold up against the Grizzlies either.
||New Bern (11-0) New Bern, NC
Pine Forest played like a typical first round sacrificial lamb. There has to be an argument that teams with losing records in league play shouldn't be in the playoffs.
Last: Def Pine Forest 48-7
Next: 11/9 Hoggard (9-2)
||Whitmer (11-0) Toledo, OH
Whitmer handled Avon Lake and will get Hudson this week. Taking a look at the upper half of Whitmer's playoff bracket, St. Ignatius and St. Edwards loom while Colerain mans the other side. Division 1 in Ohio is the best playoff in the nation.
Last: Def Avon Lake 28-0
Next: 11/10 Hudson (9-2)
(10-1) Muskegon, MI
Muskegon survived a good Lowell team and will face Midland in round three. At 11-0 Midland is looking for the respect it didn't get during the regular season. Win this one and Midland will have that respect.
Last: Def Lowell 15-13
Next: 11/9 @ Midland (11-0)
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