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California high school football: Defending HIGHSCORE National Champion St. John Bosco doubles up Sierra Canyon in season opener - HIGHSCORE
California high school football: Defending MaxPreps National Champion St. John Bosco doubles up Sierra Canyon in season opener
It had been 455 days since defending MaxPreps National Champion St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) took the field in a high school football game that counted. No worries as the Braves cruised to a 42-21 win Saturday night over Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) to begin the 2021 spring season.

The Trailblazers scored on their opening drive as Daniel Duran found Virginia Tech signee DJ Harvey for a 26-yard score but the Braves would answer with three straight touchdowns to take a 21-7 lead. Rayshon Luke, Michael Hayes and sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson all rushed for a score in the first half.

Clarkson and junior Katin Houser alternated possessions under center and both played well. Replacing DJ Uiagalelei at quarterback is a steep hill, but both showed why FBS offers are starting to pile up.

Sierra Canyon cut the deficit to 21-14 in the final minutes of the opening half when Duran found tight end Henry Deakins from 19-yards out for his second scoring strike.
Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco quarterback
Photo by Louis Lopez
Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco quarterback
Those would be the final points the Braves defense allowed outside of a late, fourth-quarter touchdown with the reserves playing.

St. John Bosco dominated the second half as Luke rushed for a 67-yard score on the opening possession after Clarkson found sophomore standout Matayo Uiagalelei on a third-down conversion. DJ's younger brother stood out on both sides of the ball and showed why he's the fifth-rated recruit in California from the Class of 2023.

Houser made a big-time play alluding pressure and rolling outside the pocket to find Chedon James for a 21-yard touchdown that increased the Braves lead to 35-14 with 4:28 left in the third quarter. The pair connected on a 41-yard touchdown late in the fourth.

Sierra Canyon freshman quarterback Alonzo Contreras connected with Jason Jones for the final score of the night with seven seconds remaining.

Jason Negro's squad dominated in the trenches. Four-star junior Earnest Greene, USC signee Maximus Gibbs and senior Edward Riley created huge holes for the running game while also allowing Houser and Clarkson plenty of time in the pocket.

The Brave's defense forced three turnovers and shined on all three levels.

The Braves next face Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita) on March 20 while Sierra Canyon looks to bounce back March 19 against St. Bernard (Playa del Rey).
Rayshon Luke, St. John Bosco running back
Photo by Louis Lopez
Rayshon Luke, St. John Bosco running back
Two St. John Bosco defenders smother a Sierra Canyon ballcarrier.
Photo by Louis Lopez
Two St. John Bosco defenders smother a Sierra Canyon ballcarrier.

High school football: 100 days to kickoff, preseason HIGHSCORE Top 25 set to be released June 23 - HIGHSCORE
High school football: 100 days to kickoff, preseason MaxPreps Top 25 set to be released June 23
While adjusted spring seasons due to the pandemic are just wrapping up in some pockets of the country, high school football is expected to return to its normal time slot this fall. Here's to hopes that all the things that make prep football a community event on Friday nights can return along with it – bands, cheerleaders, student sections and of course fans.

Kickoff is 100 days away in many states and we will officially begin counting down to what may be the most highly-anticipated high school football season in history with the release of our preseason MaxPreps Top 25 on June 23.

A look at the nation's elite programs will be followed by breakdowns of the top team in every state, biggest games, toughest schedules and top players at every position. Our 2021 preview will conclude in late July with the release of our preseason All-America teams.

Most states have confirmed start dates for the 2021 season. The earliest scheduled thus far is Hawaii on Aug. 6, followed by Alaska and Utah the following week. The season will really pick up steam Aug. 20-21 with more than a dozen states kicking off that weekend.

Last year, Utah kicked off first Aug. 13 and was one of 35 states to complete seasons in the fall. Of those, 31 eventually crowned state champions.
High school football teams around the country can't wait to take the field again this fall.
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High school football teams around the country can't wait to take the field again this fall.
Previewing the 2021 football season

June 23: Preseason MaxPreps Top 25
June 29: Highlighting the nation's top 100 teams
July 1: Best team in all 50 states
July 5: Top 10 biggest games
July 7: Top 10 toughest schedules
July 9: Top 10 quarterbacks
July 12: Top 10 running backs
July 14: Top 10 wide receivers
July 16: Top 10 defensive linemen
July 19: Top 10 linebackers
July 21: Top 10 defensive backs
July 23: Top 10 players
July 26: Preseason Sophomore All-America Team
July 28: Preseason Junior All-America Team
July 30: Preseason All-America Team
Poll: Who was better as a prep, Clayton Kershaw or Madison Bumgarner? - HIGHSCORE
Poll: Who was better as a prep, Clayton Kershaw or Madison Bumgarner?
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Many baseball fans will tune in to tonight's Dodgers vs. Giants game because, well, it's the Dodgers and Giants. It's one of the game's great rivalries - and one of the bes in all of sports.

What makes this late-April tilt so big is the pitchers: reigning two-time Cy Young Award winner and league MVP Clayton Kershaw vs. reigning World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner.

It is the first time in MLB history the reigning league and World Series MVPs have met on the mound.

So, we at MaxPreps — a place (relatively) divided between Giants and Dodgers fans — present the million-dollar question: Who was a better prep player, Kershaw or Bumgarner?

As a senior at Highland Park (Dallas) in 2006, Kershaw posted a 13-0 record with a 0.77 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 64 innings. He pitched a perfect game, striking out all 15 batters in a playoff win shortened due to the mercy rule. He was the Gatorade National Player of the Year his senior year.

Bumgarner was 23-4 over his last two seasons for South Caldwell (Hudson, N.C.), leading his team to state 4A title games both years and winning in 2007. He had a 1.00 ERA and struck out 263 in 170 innings in that span and capped his prep career with a walk-off two-run homer to win the state title. He hit .424 with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs in those two seasons and was the Gatorade North Carolina Player of the Year his senior year.

OK fans, please vote below for who was a better as a prep. A friendly lunch wager is on the line.
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
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Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers



Senior project: Memories from Class of 2020 high school athletes - HIGHSCORE
Senior project: Memories from Class of 2020 high school athletes
Video: Congratulations 2020 Seniors
A tribute to this year's resilient high school graduates.

Gabby Hansard anticipated an emotional finish, but not quite like this.

The senior at Live Oak Classical (Waco, Texas) helped her basketball team win on Senior Night and afterward the squad "shared very kind words," before presenting Hansard with a basketball signed by all her teammates. 

"Of course I began to cry during this extremely bittersweet moment," Hansard said. "And then all of my teammates wrapped me in a giant group hug. I think my coach may have even shed a tear."

She called it her favorite moment of a rich and memorable three-sport prep career.

Hansard was one of more than 400 student surveyed by MaxPreps to reveal their most cherished high school memory that was featured in the above video entitled "Congratulations 2020 Seniors."

MaxPreps video editor Michelle Gaudy produced a lively video that captured pictures, video and words supplied by the student athletes, many of whose senior seasons were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

But high school kids, especially prep athletes, are a resilient group. Life lessons they learned on the field can be applied immediately. Like never giving up or giving in.

Kenneth Munoz, a baseball player from Orange Vista (Perris, Calif.) said his life was forever changed with a memorable rally that was his favorite high school sports memory.

"We came back in the last inning with a nine-run rally with two out to walk it off right before sunset," he wrote.
Kenneth Munoz, Orange Vista
File photo by Tom Houston
Kenneth Munoz, Orange Vista
Here are other favorite moment responses broken down by categories:

Travel bonds

"Getting to travel with your teammates to different fields. It would bring everyone closer as a team, even our coaches. The only way you win is being one with your team." Adam Sanchez of Warren (San Antonio) baseball, tennis

"Being on all the late night bus rides heading home from games, laughing at the fun times we had during games and tournaments." Bryce Hamlin of Sands (Ackerly, Texas) football, basketball, track, tennis

"All the bus rides to games in basketball we would all sing and bond." Elbreha Drayden of York County Tech (York, Pa.) basketball, field hockey

Friday nights

"Our pep rallies in the afternoon and going on to our school bonfire behind our football stadium as the football team dances to the school band." Jose Jimenez of Nogales (Ariz.) football, track

"Pep rallies." Madison Blue of Van (Texas) soccer, basketball

"Friday Night Lights." Carson Baker of Skyline (Lehi, Utah) football

Game night

"The atmosphere on game days. I loved getting ready to go to battle with my brothers. No other feeling like it." Cade Lewis of Highland (Hardy, Ark.) basketball, basketball, cross country

"Every time I got on the court." Charles Ward of Fairdale (Ky.) basketball

Personal and triumphant

"Getting my first tackle of the season as a female football player" Vivian Harris of Mira Mesa (San Diego)

"Hitting a walk-off right after finishing my AP research exam presentation." Kyle Wu of Mercer Island (Wash.) baseball

"Scoring a winning goal with 34.5 seconds left." Mac Casper of Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury, Mass.) ice hockey, lacrosse

History lesson

"Kicking a 42-yard field goal in our first win against a rival school in 21 years . ... on my birthday." Rob Myrick of Pinellas Park (Largo, Fla.) football, soccer

"When our class won our first playoff game in 10 years and first one at home in nearly 20 years." Dom Oto of East Allegheny (North Versailles, Pa.) football

"Being the first girl on my high school football team to score a point in a game." Sawyer Mohney of Warren (Pa.) football, soccer, bowling

Short answers, wide scope

"Being part of a team." Zoie Harrison of Colonial Heights (Va.) basketball

"Meeting new people while playing basketball." — Lavon Moore of Samuell (Dallas, Texas) basketball

"Making my first varsity team." Daniel Patino of Mater Academy Charter (Hialeah Gardens, Fla.) soccer

"Playing soccer with my friends."Camryn Garcia of Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial (Corpus Christi, Texas) soccer

"Team dinners." Braden Zickuhr of Arroyo Grande (Calif.) baseball

"Making new friendships on and off the court." Neveah Fernandez of Venture Academy (Stockton, Calif.) basketball, softball, track

Long answers, family ties

"Being part of a football team because we were a real close brotherhood and it shaped me to not just be a great player, but also a respectful man." Hunter Adolph of Philo (Duncan Falls, Ohio), football

"Going through all loses and defeats together as a whole and bonding as a whole team, as brothers." Humberto Sanabria of Far Northeast Warriors (Denver) soccer

"An overall feeling of being a family. Being a part of the softball team was always fun since everything we did, we did tougher. I always felt part of something bigger than just a player on a field playing a game." Kennedy Michewicz of Northridge (Greeley, Colo.) softball

"All the practices that I never really wanted to go to because they all made me so much better and opened my eyes to the hard work that creates greatness."Daryn Batts of Skyline (Dallas) basketball, track
Daryn Batts, Skyline
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Daryn Batts, Skyline
"I have had my best friends playing with me for our school team since the seventh grade." Abby Hornbuckle of Grissom (Huntsville, Ala.) softball

"Being able to play football and basketball all four years with teams I call my family no matter what." Isaiah Cardenas of Maxwell (Calif.) football

"Playing the game I love with friends that lasts a lifetime, and given the opportunity to represent my school and play in front of all my family and friends." Madisen Duryea of Bradshaw Mountain (Prescott Valley, Ariz.) softball

Saving best until last

"Pitching a perfect game in my last high school game." Northwood (Pittsboro, N.C.) baseball pitcher Tyler Johnson

"Hitting a home run in my last at-bat of my high school career before the pandemic canceled my season." Joseph Galindo of Quartz Hill (Calif.) baseball

"I'm a goalkeeper so I usually don't get to play the field or score, but during my final high school game I was able to do both. ... and I helped my team win. It was a good way to end my high school career." Andy Rapp of Clark (San Antonio, Texas) soccer

"Playing our last game and hearing all the fans cheering for us. It was super crazy and loud." Lauren Wilson of Terry Sanford (Fayetteville, N.C.) lacrosse

"My favorite high school memory was senior night for basketball. It was everything I was hoping it would be." Brandy Thompson-Ruiz of Moon Valley (Phoenix) basketball, softball
North Carolina high school football: Schedule, scores for NCHSAA state championship games - HIGHSCORE
North Carolina high school football: Schedule, scores for NCHSAA state championship games
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will host eight football state championship games featuring 10 undefeated teams beginning Thursday at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University.

Four title games — 1A, 2AA, 3A, 4AA — will be hosted at North Carolina State's Finley Stadium starting Thursday with the 2AA contest between Salisbury (8-2) and St. Pauls (8-0). It concludes Saturday with the 4AA tilt between Rolesville (9-0) and the state's No. 1 ranked team, Zebulon B. Vance (9-1).

The other four championship games — 1AA, 2A, 3AA, 4A — will be played at North Carolina's Kenan Stadium, starting Thursday with the 3AA contest between a pair of 10-0 squads, Mount Tabor and Cleveland. Two Saturday games finish off the championships, concluding with the 2A game between Mountain Heritage (7-1) and Reidsville (9-0).

In all, the 16 teams have combined for records of 140 wins and just eight defeats. All eight games with be broadcast on the NFHS Network.

The NCHSAA was one of 15 states to bypass traditional fall football due to the pandemic. Of the 11 states that played football in the spring, only three opted for playoffs and to crown state champions. Virginia did so last week and North Carolina and Rhode Island wrap up football championships for the 2020-21 season this week.

Among the many standouts in the championship games is Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds, a 5-foot-11, 227 pound senior who has rushed for 916 yards and 15 touchdowns in eight games. He's ranked the No. 16 senior in the state by 247Sports and headed to North Carolina.

Also a basketball star who averaged over 30 points per game this year, Reidsville senior wide receiver Breon Pass is ranked the state No. 28 senior recruit overall after catching 83 passes for more than 1,400 yards and 27 touchdowns in his career heading into this season.
Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds has signed to the University of North Carolina.
File photo by Carin-Goodall Gosnell
Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds has signed to the University of North Carolina.
NCHSAA Football Championships

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Full bracket can be found here - 2020-2021 Football Championships 1A