2014 Scout Top 50 HS Football Rankings

Another High School Football season kicks off all over the country this weekend, including some games featuring Scout Top 50 matchups. Here is a look at the Top 50 High School Football teams in the country.

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It may only be Week 0, but several of the Scout Top 50 are hitting the ground running in key matchups that will help shape the rankings for the next four months. Here are just a few of the key matchups this weekend.

No. 2 Allen vs. No. 10 Denton Guyer (Texas)
No. 8 Trinity Christian (Fla.) @ No. 46 Buford (Ga.)
No. 12 Hoover (Ala.) vs. No. 15 Miami Central (Fla.)

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St. Thomas Aquinas (0-0) Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Even by Aquinas standards, this team is loaded. The Raiders have averaged 8.5 D1 signees the last 10 years, and they'll probably beat that number this year. Aquinas will need to replace quarterback Wade Freeback (Vanderbilt), but newcomer Jordan Scarlett (Miami), Scout's No. 4 running back nationally, will pick up the slack and then some. Aquinas always plays a difficult schedule and 2014 is no exception with regular season games against in state powers Miramar and a first game against American Heritage as well as a date with East power Don Bosco (N.J.).

Last: 10-3, Lost to Dwyer, State Quarterfinals
Next: 8/29 American Heritage

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Allen (0-0) Allen, Texas

Allen must replace just about everyone on defense, but the Eagles are going to be able to put up a ton of points. Kyler Murray (Texas A&M), Scout's No. 5 ranked college prospect at quarterback, might be the best high school player in the nation. As Allen led his team to a State Championship, he accounted for nearly 5,000 yards of offense (3,669 passing, 1,328 rushing) and 64 touchdowns (46 passing, 18 rushing). As long as Murray is playing, Allen can beat anyone in the country, but the young defense is going to have to grow up fast. Allen hits the ground running with a big test against Denton Guyer.

Last: 16-0 State Champions
Next: 8/29 No. 10 Denton Guyer
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St. John Bosco (0-0) Bellflower, CA 

Look at the write up for No. 2 Allen, and paste it for Bosco. The Braves are coming off an undefeated season and lost virtually their entire defense. Like Allen, Bosco also returns one of the best quarterbacks in the nation in Josh Rosen (UCLA). Rosen is the No. 1 ranked college quarterback prospect in the nation. Running back Sean McGrew returns as well, and no one tackled him last season. The Bosco schedule is going to be brutal this season with the typical Trinity League gauntlet as well as Bishop Gorman of Nevada and a trip to Hawaii this weekend to take on St. Louis. 

: 16-0 Open Division Bowl Champion
Next: 8/22 @ St. Louis (Hawaii)

St. Edward (0-0) Lakewood, Ohio

St. Edward has seen their season ended two years in a row by Mentor by a combined score for 98-94. 2014 might be the year the Eagles get over the hump, but the schedule is going to be brutal. Moeller, St. Ignatius, and Glenville highlight the in state slate, and the Eagles take on Gilman (Md.), St. Joseph (N.J.), and Bergen Catholic (N.J.) among others out of state. The Eagles should be dynamic on offense with USF commitment Brett Kean leading the offense and his favorite target in Alex Stump (Kentucky) returning.

Last: 11-2, Lost to Mentor, State Semi-Finals
Next: 8/31 vs Gilman (Md.)
Cedar Hill (0-0) Cedar Hill, Texas

High scores have become more and more common in high school football these days, and the trend will continue as Cedar Hill is another State Champion who returns a ton of offense, but graduated a lot of defense.  The Longhorns stunned Katy in the State Championship, and they return nearly everyone on offense including quarterback Justin McMillan (LSU), receiver DaMarkus Lodge (Texas A&M), and running back Aca'cedric Ware (USC). With games against De Soto, Coppell and Skyline, the Longhorns will once again enter the playoffs well tested.

Last: 14-2 State Champions
Next: 8/29 @ South Oak Cliff
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Washington (0-0) Miami, Fla.

Scout's 2013 National Champion suffered heavy losses to graduation including the heart and soul of the team in quarterback Treon Harris (Florida), but as usual, the Tornadoes reload rather than rebuild. Maurice Alexander takes over for Harris (FIU), and he's a D1 guy in his own right. Running backs Davante Davis and Mark Walton will make sure the ground attack is in good hands. Scared of no one, Washington hits the road to defend their National Title this weekend at Oscar Smith (Va.), in two weeks against Tucker (Ga.), before returning home for the showdown with Miami Central.

Last: Scout.com National Champions
Next: 8/23 @ Oscar Smith (Va.)
Archbishop Wood (0-0) Warminster, Pa.

The Vikings return virtually their entire 2013 State Championship team, a scary proposition for opponents. Penn State is well represented by the Vikings with a pair of commitments in offensive lineman Ryan Bates and linebacker Jake Cooper. Running back Jarrett McClenton returns to lead the offense. The Vikings' regular season schedule isn't among the nation's toughest, but an opening tilt with DeMatha (Md.) is no walk in the park. 

Last: State Champions
Next: 8/29 DeMatha (Md.)
Trinity Christian Academy (0-0) Jacksonville, Fla. 

From one of the smaller classifications in Florida (3A), there is nothing small about the amount of talent Trinity Christian will put on the field in 2014. The defense is stacked with senior D1 talent including defensive backs Kevin Toliver (LSU) and Ben Edwards, linebackers Jeffery Holland, Victor Alexander (UCLA), and Andre Smith (North Carolina), and defensive lineman Kendrick Norton. The Conquerors won't be tested often in the regular season, but they'll get all they want from Georgia powerhouse Buford this weekend.

Last: State Champions
Next: 8/23 @ No. 46 Buford (Ga.)
McEachern (0-0) Powder Springs, Ga.

What the Indians lack in quantity of returning starters, they make up for in quality. Running back Taj Griffin (Oregon) is one of the most explosive players in the country, and his top blocker Chuma Edoga (USC) returns as well. Quarterback Bailey Hockman led the Indians to an 11-3 record last year, and now he's a grizzled veteran as a sophomore. We'll find out early if McEachern is for real. The Indians open with North Gwinnett this weekend with games at Buford, Peachtree Ridge and at Lovejoy in the next month.

Last: 11-3, Lost to North Gwinnett in Semi-Finals
Next: 8/23 North Gwinnett
Guyer (0-0) Denton, Texas

While everyone else seems to be returning loads of offense, Guyer and Trinity Christian may be the only teams in the Top 10 capable of stopping anyone. The Wildcats gave up just over two touchdowns per game in 2013 and return Carl Thompson (Kansas), Jordan Wallace (Iowa State), and Derek Watson on defense. Jerrod Heard (Texas) left huge shoes to fill at quarterback, but transfer Kevin Dillman (Nebraska) doesn't need to be Heard for Guyer and their defense to win and win big. That defense is going to be tested right away with a Top 10 matchup with Kyler Murray and No. 2 Allen.

Last: State Champions
Next: 8/29 No. 2 Allen
Archbishop Moeller (0-0) Cincinnati, Ohio

Moeller ran the gauntlet last year with one of the nation's toughest schedules to claim their State Championship in Ohio's largest division with an epic 55-52 win over Mentor. Moeller will have to find a replacement for their offensive leader in quarterback Gus Ragland (Miami (OH)), but scoring points has rarely been a problem for the Fighting Crusaders. Elijah Taylor (Notre Dame) anchors the defensive line. Moeller plays another bone crushing schedule with games lined up against St. Xavier, St. Edward, St. Ignatius, and Louisville Trinity.

Last: State Champions
Next: 8/29 Pickerington North
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Hoover (0-0) Hoover, Ala.

The Bucs lost dynamic playmaker Marlon Humphrey (Alabama) to graduation, but they return players in key positions from their 2013 State Championship squad. Linebackers Darrell Williams (Auburn) and R.J. Arnold lead the defense along with defensive lineman Christian Bell (Alabama). On offense, Bradrick Shaw leads the charge while Justin Johnson (Mississippi State) and Leonard Wood provide the big plays at receiver. The young Bucs will grow up fast with an opener against Miami Central this weekend.  

Last: State Champions
Next: 8/23 No. 15 Miami Central
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De La Salle (0-0) Concord, Calif.

De La Salle was finally beaten in the Open Division by St. John Bosco last year in their Bowl Game (California doesn't do State Championships), but the Spartans will return strong, they always do. De La Salle lost a lot to graduation, and the No. 1 prospect in the country Kahlil McKenzie to a transfer, but the Spartans are always strong on their front seven on defense. Linebacker Simba Short (Northwestern) will be asked to spearhead the defense.  De La Salle will challenge themselves with their out of league schedule with tilts against SoCal power Servite and southern power Byrnes (S.C.).

Last: Lost to St. John Bosco, Open Bowl
Next: 8/29 Jesuit
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DeSoto (0-0) De Soto, Texas

DeSoto saw a magical 2013 season come to an end with a Kyler Murray led comeback by Allen to knock them out of the playoffs in what was a de facto State Championship game. Quarterback Desmon White (TCU)  and his 5,000 yards of offense must be replaced. Junior Tristen Wallace has a big future at quarterback, and running back Jatory Sparks-Brown looks ready to take on a bigger load. The schedule backs off a little from the 2013 campaign, but the Eagles still must contend with Cedar Hill and Cibolo Steele.

: Lost to Allen, State Semi-Finals
Next: 8/29 James Martin

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Miami Central (0-0) Miami, Fla.

After their early season loss for what amounted to a National Championship game with Booker T. Washington, Central ran roughshod over the rest of their schedule en route to a State Championship. Central had heavy losses to their running game including Dalvin Cook (Florida State) and Joseph Yearby (Miami), but the Rockets still return plenty of talent including Da'Vante Phillips at receiver and defensive back Calvin Brewton (Florida State). Central plays another brutal opening schedule including three consecutive road trips at No. 12 Hoover, at Stephenson (Ga.), before their payback game with Washington.

Last: State Champions
: 8/23 @ No. 12 Hoover
Centreville (0-0) Clifton, Va.

The Wildcats return the bulk of their 15-0 State Championship team including a duo of 1200 yard running backs in A.J. Turner (South Carolina) and Taylor Boose (Cincinnati). Quarterback Scott Walter must be replaced, but Joe Ferrick returns with some experience. Centreville opens their schedule with their toughest opponent in Gonzaga of D.C.

Last: State Champions
: 9/5 No. 22 Gonzaga (D.C.)
St. Joseph's Prep (0-0) Philadelphia, Pa.

They might be the Hawks, but big offensive lineman John Runyan (Michigan) will make sure St. Joseph's Prep does the bulk of their damage on the ground. The Hawks went 13-3 in 2013 before claiming a State Championship over Central Catholic. Runyan will open up the holes for running back Olamide Zaccheaus (Virginia). The Hawks have a schedule that will crisscross a lot of states including Mount Carmel (Ill.), Don Bosco (N.J.), and St. Ignatius (Ohio). Mt. Carmel will test the Hawks early.

Last: State Champions
: 8/31 @ Mount Carmel (Ill.)
Punahou (0-0) Honolulu, Hawaii

Punahou had one of the best defenses I saw all last season, and that was when star defensive lineman Canton Kaumatule was injured. Kaumatule is back in 2014 along with most of the starters from the unit that gave up less than 10 points per game in 2013. We may not find out just how good Punahou is this season as they're not scheduled to play anyone outside of fellow Hawaiians, a group they dominated in '13.

Last: State Champions
Next: 8/29 St. Louis
Male (0-0) Louisville, Ky.

Trinity has been the team the last few seasons, including being named 2011 Scout National Champion, but Male is historically another power in Louisville. With 16 starters returning from a 12-2 team, Male is ready to build on a win over Trinity and win a State Championship that eluded them last year after a loss to Scott County.

Last: State Championship - runner up
Next: 8/22 Floyd Central
St. Peter's Prep (0-0) Jersey City, N.J.

The Marauders were a dangerous squad in 2013 advancing to the Non-Public Group 4 Championship before falling to Paramus Catholic. St. Peter's Prep returns a lot of talent including dynamic quarterback Brandon Wimbush (Penn State) and do-everything athlete Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama). A trip to IMG Academy (Fla.) in September looms large along with an always tough regulars season slate that includes Bergen Catholic.

Last: Non-Public Group 4 runner up
Next: 9/6 Wise (Md.)
Franklin (0-0) Reisterstown, Md.

The Indians make their debut in the Scout Top 50 with their 2014 team. Franklin put up a ton of offense in 2013, rushing and passing for nearly 3,000 yards... each. Most of those players are back including quarterback Jacquez Adams (West Virginia) and running back Darius Hinton. Steven Smothers is only a junior, yet he had over 1,000 yards receiving last year. Anchoring the lines of scrimmage is Pat Allen (Georgia). 

Last: State Champions
Next: 8/23 Harrisburg (Pa.)
Gonzaga (0-0) Washington, D.C.

The Eagles are another team to make their first ever appearance in the Scout Top 50 on the strength of 17 returning starters. The 2013 squad finished a mediocre 6-5, but several of the losses were to perennial powerhouses like DeMatha and St. Peter's Prep. The young Eagles also had key wins against Good Counsel and Cocoa (Fla.). Quarterback Nick Johns (Virginia) is one of the key returners as is big offensive lineman Richie Petitbon (Alabama). Gonzaga warms up with Neshaminy before their second game showdown with Centreville (Va.).

Last: 6-5, Lost in Playoffs to St. John's 
Next: 9/5 No. 16 Centreville (Va.)
Jenks (0-0) Jenks, Okla.

Quarterback Cooper Nunley led his team to an undefeated season and State Championship as a sophomore last year. He's back along with personal protector Marquise Overton (Oklahoma) on the offensive line. Jenks usually plays a solid out of state schedule, but this year the Trojans will be content to stay home and take care of business.

Last: State Champions
Next: 9/5 Bixby
Lee's Summit West (0-0) Lee's Summit, Mo.

Lee's Summit annihilated the competition in 2013. The Titans won their State Championship game by 37 points over Parkway Central. The Titans lose their starting quarterback from last season, so running back Ryan Williams (Missouri) will be asked to carry more of the load. 

Last: State Champions
Next: 8/22 Liberty
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Katy (0-0) Katy, TX

Katy destroyed much of their schedule in 2013, and by the time they faced another top team, they were overwhelmed in the State Championship by Cedar Hill. The Tigers are still bringing back a lot of firepower including running back Rodney Anderson (Oklahoma). It will be a big surprise if the Tigers don't finish the regular season undefeated again.

Last: State Champion - runner up
Next: 8/29 @ Kingwood
Ensworth (0-0) Nashville, Tenn.

The Tigers are a mainstay in the Top 50, even if they're not accustomed to playing a tough schedule. They had a young team last year and were upset for one of the few times, but with 14 starters returning, the Tigers will once again be favorites to go undefeated. First though, The Tigers face one of their toughest tests in years in Louisville Trinity. This might not be the Shamrocks' best team in recent years, but they're still a significant step up in competition for Ensworth.

Last: 11-1
Next: 8/22 Louisville Trinity
Oak Grove (0-0) Hattiesburg, Miss.

The 2013 State Champions are poised for another run with running back Mikel Anderson ready to assume a leadership role. Junior receiver Jordan Duncan is a big play waiting to happen, and Cameron Myers (Mississippi State) is another receiver who will give the new quarterback a lot of dynamic weapons.

Last: State Champions
Next: 8/29 @ Wayne County

Aledo (0-0) Aledo, TX

The bad news, Aledo loses 16 starters. The good news, with an average score of 64 to 9, the backups are quite experienced. The 2013 team was in dire need of a challenge and never got one. This year the Tigers will get several teams better than anyone they played last year including Cedar Park and Bishop Amat of California.   

Last: State Champions
Next: 8/29 @ Cedar Park
Coppell (9-2) Coppell, TX

As far as we know, Coppell could have been a Top 10 team in the nation last year. The Cowboys' only two losses came to team ranked in the Top 10, DeSoto and Allen. The Cowboys are going to put up a lot of points this year with Connor Williams returning to lead the offensive line. With games against Hebron, Eastern Christian Football Academy (Md.), Cedar Hill, Southlake Carroll, and Euless Trinity, Coppell doesn't have many weeks off.

Last: 9-2
Next: 8/29 Hebron
Servite (0-0) Anaheim, Calif.

A young Servite team played arguably the toughest schedule in the country last year. Including the Trinity League gauntlet of Bosco, Mater Dei, Santa Margarita, and JSerra, the Friars added De La Salle and Bishop Gorman to their non-league slate. It's a big jump from 6-6 to Top 50, but quarterback Travis Waller (Oregon) looks ready to take his team to the next level. We'll find out quickly as the Friars take on Bishop Gorman next week.

Last: 6-6
Next: 8/29 No. 37 Bishop Gorman (Nev.)
Pearland (0-0) Pearland, Texas

There are some teams in Texas who return a lot on offense and some who return a lot on defense. Pearland is one of the few who bring nearly everyone back on both sides of the ball. Of the nine returning starters on offense though, the Oilers must find a replacement for quarterback Kalen Johnson. With every skill player back and four of five offensive linemen, the Oilers shouldn't have trouble putting up points.

Last: 12-2
Next: 8/29 @ College Park
Oakland (0-0) Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Oakland gave up less than 10 points per game last year, and they're going to be better this season with eight starters returning including linebacker Josh Smith (Vanderbilt) and defensive back Tyler Black. Offensive lineman Jack Jones will lead the offense from last year's 12-1 team. 

Last: 12-1, Lost in Quarter-finals to Blackman
Next: 8/22 Riverdale
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John Curtis (0-0) River Ridge, La.

Curtis suffered losses to some key positions last year including receiver Malachi Dupre (LSU), but Myles Washington looks ready to be the team leader at quarterback. As always there will be talent on defense including defensive back Hunter Dale and linebacker Bo Wallace. 

Last: State Champions
Next: 9/5 @ Mansfield
Ben Davis (0-0) Indianapolis, Ind.

Kyle Castner will lead the Giants on offense after passing for nearly 2000 yards last year. Leading rusher Jamie Akin graduated, but it was really a three headed rushing attack for the Giants and junior Chris Evans and senior Doran Tate are ready for a bigger load. Ben Davis plays all of Indiana's top teams in '14 including Cathedral, Warren Central, Carmel, and Lawrence Central among others.

Last: 8-3
Next: 8/22 Indianapolis Cathedral

Northwestern (0-0) Rock Hill, S.C.

Northwestern returns a solid nucleus of players from their 15-0 2013 campaign. They'll need a team effort as Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State) accounted for nearly 5000 yards of offense and 80 touchdowns. The junior class could carry the Trojans on offense including quarterback Harper Woods and running back Julian Shockley. Senior receiver Dupree Hart and his 1700 yards receiving will also be heavily counted on. We'll get an early sense of who the team to beat in South Carolina is as the Trojans take on Byrnes this week.

Last: State Champions
Next: Next 8/22 Byrnes
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Bellevue (0-0) Bellevue, Wash.

Bellevue was another team in dire need of a scheduling upgrade last year. It's too late to challenge the 2013 team, but the 2014 team will at least get two games this year when they take on Serra (Calif.) and Alta (Utah) to open the season. Bellevue's closest game in '13 was a 21 point playoff game at Peninsula. 

Last: State Champions
Next: 9/6 @ Serra (Calif.)
Bishop Gorman (0-0) Las Vegas, Nev.

As the go to private school in Nevada, Bishop Gorman isn't judged by State Championships, those are a given. They're judged by their out of conference results. The 2013 team wasn't one of the Gaels' best with home losses to Mountain Pointe (Ariz.), National Champion Booker T. Washington (Fla.), and a nail biting victory over a mediocre Santa Margarita (Calif.) squad. The '14 team has a wicked out of state slate this year including Brophy Prep (Ariz.), at Servite (Calif.), Bingham (Utah), at Corona Centennial (Calif.), Santa Margarita (Calif.) and St. John Bosco (Calif.). Call the Gaels an honorary member of California's Trinity League playing three of its five members. If Gorman runs the table with this schedule, they'll be a Top 5 team.

Last: State Champions
Next: 8/22 Brophy College Prep (Ariz.)
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Mentor (0-0) Mentor, Ohio

Mentor lost a heartbreaker to Archbishop Moeller in the State Championship 55-52. They'll have to replace their leader on offense in Conner Krizancic (Minnesota), but the Cardinals rarely have trouble putting up points. Big defensive tackle Nico Lautanen (Bowling Green) is hoping to shore up a defense that gave up half a hundred in the State Final.

Last: State Runner-Up: Archbishop Moeller 55-52
Next: 8/29 @ Boardman

Chandler (0-0) Chandler, Ariz.

A young Chandler team came up short in the State Semi-Finals against Hamilton, but the Wolves are bringing back a lot of experience including big play threat Bryce Perkins at quarterback. Perkins ran for over 800 yards and 18 touchdowns and passed for over 2200 and 24 touchdowns. Leading rusher Chase Lucas is back after a terrific sophomore season. Chandler has an incredibly tough road schedule early in the season with September dates at State Champion Valor Christian (Colo.), at State Champion Mountain Pointe, and at State runner up Hamilton. 

Last: Lost Semi-Finals to Hamilton
Next: 8/29 @ Centennial
Blue Springs (0-0) Blue Springs, MO

No one played Blue Springs within 17 points in 2013. The Wildcats might not be that dominant in 2014, but they still look ready to defend their State Championship. They'll be stout up front with a pair of Nebraska commitments on the defensive line in Carlos Davis and Khalil Davis. An October date with Lee's Summit West could determine the best team in Missouri.

Last: State Champions
Next: 8/22 Staley
Brother Rice (0-0) Bloomfield Hills, MI

Brother Rice has to survive heavy losses to graduation from their 2013 State Championship squad, but the Warriors haven't won three straight State Championships without knowing how to reload. A good start is quarterback Alex Malzone (Michigan) looking to get his third ring. They'll kick off their 2014 campaign against fellow Brother Rice out of Chicago.

Last: State Champions
Next: 8/30 Brother Rice (Ill.)
Maryville (0-0) Maryville, TN

Maryville returns a load of players on both sides of the ball from an undefeated 2013 squad, but the losses are at key positions including quarterback John Garrett. Dylan Jackson (Tennessee) will lead the defense from his defensive line spot. Alcoa represents Maryville's biggest threat during the regular season. They hook up on 8/29.

Last: State Champions
Next: 8/22 Webb
Warren Central (0-0) Indianapolis, Ind.

The Warriors won their eighth State Championship last year. They did it the hard way with three regular season losses before catching fire in the playoffs. Warren Central must replace quarterback Jeff George Jr., but running backs Tirone Young and Cliff Thomas are poised for huge seasons. 

Last: State Champions
Next: 8/22 @ Center Grove
Mater Dei (0-0) Santa Ana, Calif.

The Monarchs have been on the verge of a Championship the last two seasons, and they might be ready to take the next step. Mater Dei must replace quarterback Chase Forrest (Cal) and playmaker Jonathan Lockett (USC), but Jack Lowary has looked like a solid passer during the Spring and Summer Camp circuit. As always the schedule is brutal including Non League games with Corona Centennial, Upland, and Westlake.

Last: 11-3
Next: 8/30 Corona Centennial
Bentonville (0-0) Bentonville, Ark.

Kasey Ford took the reigns as a sophomore quarterback for one of the South's top programs and he led his team to a State Championship. He's back, but he has a young team surrounding him. Ean Pfeifer (Vanderbilt) will help protect Ford as he stretches the field with weapons like Cody Scroggins. Bentonville plays some interesting out of state games including Broken Arrow (Okla.) and Bergen Catholic (N.J.).

Last: State Champions
Next: 9/5 Rockhurst (Mo.)

Buford (0-0) Buford, Ga.

Buford has dominated every classification in Georgia as they keep climbing the alphabet from A to AA to AAA. Now they'll try their hand at AAAA, and if history is any indication, they'll add another classification State Championship trophy to the case. Buford's region schedule improves and the Wolves will also take on Trinity Christian this weekend.

Last: State Champions
Next: 8/23 No. 8 Trinity Christian (Fla.)
First Coast (0-0) Jacksonville, Fla. 

First Coast had a terrific run in 2013 before falling to Apopka in the playoffs. The Bucs return Deandre Johnson (Florida State), one of the best high school quarterbacks in the country as well as linebacker Sherrod Pittman and offensive lineman William Sweet (North Carolina). First Coast has talent and experience in every key position.

Last: Lost in Quarter-Finals: Apopka 42-20
Next: 8/29 Ribault
Acadiana (0-0) Lafayette, LA

Acadiana returns eight starters on defense from their 2013 State Championship team that gave up a little less than 17 per game. The defense will need to carry the offense early with only three returning starters on the offensive side of the ball. One of the returning players on each side of the ball is tight end/defensive end Bry'Kiethon Mouton (LSU). 

Last: State Champions
Next: 9/5 @ Northside

Folsom (0-0) Folsom, CA

Folsom had a great season going, right up until they ran into De La Salle. Folsom wasn't the first and they won't be the last team to be humbled by the Spartans. With 14 returning starters including quarterback Jake Browning, the Bulldogs bring back a lot of experienced players who were humbled last season. An early out of section game with San Diego Cathedral has had Folsom's attention during the offseason.

Last: Lost to De La Salle
Next: 8/29 @ Cathedral (San Diego)
Bothell (0-0) Bothell, Wash.

Bothell was eliminated by Bellarmine Prep in the playoffs last year, but with 16 starters returning, the Cougars are poised to make a run at a State Championship this year. Quarterback Ross Bowers (Cal) is a terrific athlete who can hurt a defense running or throwing. A 10/17 date with Skyline looms large.

Last: Lost in Quarterfinals: Bellarmine Prep
Next: 9/5 @ Eastlake

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