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Texas high school football championships: No. 4 Westlake takes down No. 10 Southlake Carroll as father beats son for 6A Division I title - OFFICIAL
Texas high school football championships: No. 4 Westlake takes down No. 10 Southlake Carroll as father beats son for 6A Division I title
Saturday's Texas 6A Division I high school football championship game was a back-and-forth flurry for 18 minutes. After that, No. 4 Westlake (Austin) dominated, scoring 31 unanswered points en route to its second straight title and third overall with a 52-34 victory over No. 10 Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The game had it all in terms of storylines. It was the first Texas state championship game pitting father and son head coaches — Westlake's Todd Dodge and son Riley at Carroll. It also had a compelling quarterback matchup with junior Cade Klubnik of Westlake outdueling junior Ohio State pledge Quinn Ewers, the nation's No. 1 Class of 2022 prospect.

Klubnik, a fleet and poised 6-foot-3, 185-pounder, was nearly flawless, completing 18 of 20 passes for 220 yards while rushing for 97 more. He accounted for three touchdowns.
Westlake junior quarterback Cade Klubnik celebrates a first-half touchdown during his team's 52-34 victory over Southlake Carroll at AT&T Stadium.
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Westlake junior quarterback Cade Klubnik celebrates a first-half touchdown during his team's 52-34 victory over Southlake Carroll at AT&T Stadium.
Zane Minors (12 carries, 137 yards) set the tone with a 75-yard touchdown run on Westlake's first play from scrimmage. The Chaparrals never really slowed down from there, piling up 528 yards of offense – including 308 on the ground.

Grey Nakfoor added 74 yards rushing including touchdown runs of 39, 4 and 5 yards as the Chaps (14-0) flipped a 2006 championship game result versus the same Southlake Carroll program.

The Dragons won that 5A Division I title game 43-29 when Todd Dodge was the coach and Riley was his quarterback. It was Dodge's fourth championship as coach for the Dragons and after the game he went the college route before landing at Westlake in 2014. He's gone 84-12 since and is now 218-70 overall with six state crowns.

In his third season as head coach, Riley (38-4) was hoping to lead the Dragons (12-2) to their ninth state title and first since 2011. Instead he got a bear hug from his dad afterward and a second-place trophy in Texas' largest classification.

"I told him I loved him," Todd Dodge said in a postgame interview on Fox Southwest TV. "I told him I was so proud of him. I told him he had one heck of a football team. ... It was a slug-fest. Our defense answered the bell the second half. That was one for the ages right there."

It was especially tight and entertaining in the first 18 minutes with the game tied at 21-21.

But that's when the Chaps caught fire, scoring the game's next 31 points to go up 52-21 late in the third quarter, the last score on a 5-yard run by Nakfoor, his 20th of the season. It's just what Todd Dodge asked for at halftime, "to keep scoring," because of the Ohio State-bound Ewers and the Dragons' how powered offense.

The 57-year-old Dodge still feared Carroll would comeback and they did with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Ewers to R.J. Maryland, a recovered onside kick and a second short touchdown run by sophomore Owen Allen.
Westlake head coach Todd Dodge proudly hoists the state championship trophy amongst his players.
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Westlake head coach Todd Dodge proudly hoists the state championship trophy amongst his players.
But it was too little too late for the Dragons, who last week upset a Duncanville that had eliminated them the last two seasons in the playoffs. 

They simply couldn't match Westlake's power up front or the balance on offense, orchestrated beautifully by Klubnik, rated the seventh best pro-style quarterback in the country. Judging from his speed and elusiveness — Todd Dodge calls him "twitchy" — Klubnik looks more of a dual threat than strictly a pocket passer.

The Chaps averaged 7.9 yards per carry, compared to 2.1 for Carroll, plus Klubnick was precise on his passes. "That's the best game we've played offensively all year," Todd Dodge said.

The first four possessions of the game produced four touchdowns and it took less than nine minutes.

Allen capped a 75-yard, 10-play drive with a 3-yard touchdown to give Southlake Carroll a 7-0 lead. But it took just one play and 12 seconds for Westlake to respond as the speedy Minors zipped around right end 75 yards for a score to tie it at seven.

Back came Ewers, firing a 49-yard touchdown bomb to Minnesota-bound wideout Brady Boyd, making it 14-7. Undaunted, the Chaps drove 79 yards, finished off with a 39-yard touchdown run by Nakfoor, tying the score at 14-14 with 3:07 left in the first quarter.

Westlake finally got a stop and then took its first lead, when impressive 6-foot-3, 210-pound sophomore receiver Jaden Greathouse (five catches, 103 yards) hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Klubnik, making it 21-14 with 10:51 left in the half.
Southlake Carroll quarterback Quinn Ewers threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns.
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Southlake Carroll quarterback Quinn Ewers threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns.
Figuring stops were at a premium, Riley Dodge went for it on a 4th-and-1 call from his own 34 and Ewers delivered with a 26-yard completion to tight end Maryland. That set up Ewers' second TD connection with Boyd (12 catches, 189 yards), this one from 28 yards, tying the game at 21-21 with 6:44 left in the second quarter.

Ewers finished 23 of 39 for 350 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw a pair of picks, both by the defensive Player of the Game, Michael Taaffe. One led to a touchdown, the other prevented one.

Klubnik and Chaps showed some determination on their next drive, fighting off three key penalties, one nullifying a touchdown, to take a 28-21 halftime lead on a 75-yard scoring drive. Klubnik finished it off with a 1-yard keeper with 1:12 left in the second.

Ewers was intercepted by Taaffe right before halftime to keep Westlake in front. By that time, Westlake had piled up 298 total yards, including 171 on the ground. Carroll had 250 yards.

Westlake struck twice quick in the third quarter.
Zane Minors, Westlake running back
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Zane Minors, Westlake running back
Nakfoor finished off a 75-yard drive with his second touchdown, a 4-yard run, making it 35-21. A 44-yard scamper by Klubnik keyed the drive.

Klubnik rushed for his second touchdown less than three minutes later on a 4-yard run, giving the Chaps a 42-21 lead. That score was set up by Taafee's second interception, a tremendous, leaping one-handed grab, that gave Westlake the ball at the Carroll 24. Four plays later the Chaps had a three-touchdown edge with 6:48 left in the third quarter. They were on their way from there.

Taafee said the Chaps won it for their coach, but said "He tells us to do it for each other. I wish I could put into words how much we put into this."

They had to put in even more after the Dragons piled up 250 of their 399 total yards in the first half.

"That quarterback they have is one hell of a player and frankly I was a little nervous," Taafee said. "They kicked us in the mouth with those first couple drives. We had to ask ourselves 'do we want them to keep it up or our we going to stop them?' We did a better job the second half."

Said Todd Dodge: "We had to will our way to this win. We survived a shootout early."

The game was the last of 12 state championship contests in Texas, which delayed its season for large schools by six weeks due to the pandemic. Riley Dodge missed his team's 34-27 semifinal victory over Duncanville after a positive test for the virus.

"Obviously we're super disappointed in the outcome tonight," Riley Dodge told the Dallas Morning News after the game. "I'm proud of the way our kids fought, they never gave up. I thought our kids had great character tonight."

Before the game, Elizabeth Dodge, Todd's wife and Riley's mom told Fox Southwest, "This is the most awesome moment of my life. It's overwhelming really. I just want both teams to play well."

Clearly, the Chaparrals played a little better, though they were flagged 13 times for 117 yards. Three of those penalties nullified three touchdowns, including a scintillating 62-yard touchdown run down the left sideline by Klubnik in the third quarter.

Westlake shook off the penalties and persevered when it needed to most. Much like when it dethroned two-time defending 6A-1 champion North Shore (Houston) 24-21 last week. North Shore took its first lead of that game with 4:30 remaining — Westlake's first deficit of the entire season — only for the Chaps to drive 69 yards for the game-winning touchdown three minutes later on a touchdown run by Klubnik.

"Collectively this group loves football more than any team I've ever seen," Todd Dodge said. "Like every team in American, they've had so many things to overcome this season. I can't tell you how proud of them I am. That was one hell of a game tonight."
Brady Boyd, Carroll receiver
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Brady Boyd, Carroll receiver
Cade Klubnik, Westlake quarterback
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Cade Klubnik, Westlake quarterback
Westlake running back Greg Nakfoor leaps over a Southlake Carroll defender.
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Westlake running back Greg Nakfoor leaps over a Southlake Carroll defender.
Westlake cornerback Michael Taaffe was selected the game's defensive MVP after intercepting two passes and recording five tackles.
Photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Westlake cornerback Michael Taaffe was selected the game's defensive MVP after intercepting two passes and recording five tackles.
Westlake players celebrate winning their second consecutive state championship trophy.
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Westlake players celebrate winning their second consecutive state championship trophy.
2020 Utah OFFICIAL All-State high school football team - OFFICIAL
2020 Utah MaxPreps All-State high school football team
Corner Canyon (Draper) has been the best team in Utah for the past three years and the Chargers are well represented on the 2020 MaxPreps All-State high school football team.

They lead the way with seven selections, including five first-team picks. The Chargers dominated the Beehive State this season behind the record-setting year of quarterback Jaxson Dart, wide receiver Noah Kjar and Oregon-bound lineman Jackson Light.

Utah was the first state to begin playing this fall and the eyes of the nation watched as teams navigated through the COVID-19 pandemic, but also saw the state has a slew of talented teams from Salt Lake City to Ogden and St. George.

Timpview (Provo) had the second most selections with five while Bingham (South Jordan) and Lone Peak (Highland) each had four. In total, 26 different schools had at least one player selected with 10 having multiple selections.

Thirty-one seniors were selected, 17 juniors and two sophomores represent the 50 players featured on the Utah all-state high school football team.

The Chargers finished the year winning their third consecutive state title and have won 40 consecutive games over the last three years and finished 2020 as the No. 1 team in the state.

Graphic by Ryan Escobar
First Team Offense

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 210
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
Threw for 4,691 yards and 67 touchdowns — most in the nation thus far this season — and added 1,195 yards rushing and 12 scores for the 6A state champs.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 195
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
Rushed for nearly 1,692 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 190
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Sophomore (2023)
Helped Leopards to the 6A state semifinals, rushing for 1,516 yards and 12 touchdowns.

WR Noah Kjar, Corner Canyon (Draper)
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 180
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
Leads the nation in receiving yards (1,918) and has the third-most receiving touchdowns (22).

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 185
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
Finished his senior year with 67 receptions for 1,442 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 235
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
The state's top-rated tight end helped the Thunderbirds to a 5A runner-up finish.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 280
Status: Committed to Oregon | Class: Senior (2021)
Checks in as the No. 1 player in the state and helped the Tigers to a fourth consecutive title.

OL Jackson Light, Corner Canyon (Draper)
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 285
Status: Committed to Oregon | Class: Senior (2021)
The leader on the offensive line for the No. 8 team in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 290
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
The top-rated offensive lineman in Utah from his class has landed double-digit offers.

OL Luke Sampson, Corner Canyon (Draper)
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 250
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
One of the most underrated offensive linemen in the country played a huge role for the three-time defending state champs.

OL James Aloisio, Timpview (Provo)
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 270
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Checks in as the top-rated offensive tackle in Utah among juniors.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 180
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Had 74 receptions for 1,142 yards and 19 touchdowns and added six interceptions on defense.

Height: 5-9 | Weight: 220
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Has one of the strongest legs in the country and connected on two field goals from 50-plus this year.

First Team Defense

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 215
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
Posted a state-best 22 sacks and racked up 38 tackles-for-loss for the 6A runners-up.

DL Voi Tunuufi, East (Salt Lake City)
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 280
Status: Committed to Washington | Class: Senior (2021)
The future Husky led the Leopards in tackles (124), tackles-for-loss (15) and sacks (14).

DL Logan Fano, Timpview (Provo)
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 230
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
A nightmare for opposing quarterbacks who posted nearly 20 sacks.

DL Viliami Pouha, Bingham (South Jordan)
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 230
Status: Committed to Utah | Class: Senior (2021)
Led the Miners with 10 sacks and was the defensive leader for one of the top 6A teams.

LB Harrison Taggart, Corner Canyon (Draper)
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 200
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Talented underclassmen was the leader on defense for the 6A state champs and finished his junior year with a team-high 140 tackles.

LB Luke Durfey, Lone Peak (Highland)
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 225
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Led the 6A runners-up in tackles (116) and rushing touchdowns (13).

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 205
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
State's top-rated linebacker finished his junior season with 123 tackles, 12.5 tackles-for-loss, five sacks and two interceptions.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 200
Status: Committed to Oregon | Class: Senior (2021)
Made an impact on all three phases of the game for one of the best teams in Utah.

DB Raider Damuni, Timpview (Provo)
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 190
Status: Committed to BYU | Class: Senior (2021)
Flies around on defense and makes big-time plays. Also an impact player on offense and special teams.

Height: 5-9 | Weight: 160
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Sophomore (2023)
The talented sophomore had a team-high six interceptions.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 160
Status: Committed to Utah State | Class: Senior (2021)
Helped Bobcats to their second consecutive 4A state title and was a dynamic player in all three phases.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 170
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
One of the top punters in the country when it comes to pinning the opposition deep in their own territory and limiting return opportunities.

Second Team Offense

QB Maddux Madsen, American Fork
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 175
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Threw for 628 yards and nine touchdowns in a game this season and finished his junior year with 4,044 yards passing and 48 touchdowns.

RB Tanaki Leha, Kearns
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 185
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Rushed for 1,196 yards and 15 touchdowns.

RB Targhee Lambson, Timpview (Provo)
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 215
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
Despite missing time he still made a major impact and helped lead Timpview to a 5A runner-up finish and played his best in the playoffs.

WR Cody Hagen, Corner Canyon (Draper)
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 175
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Scored a touchdown in each game this season, finishing with 1,184 yards receiving, 18 touchdowns and more than 20 yards per reception.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 160
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Finished second in the state in with 1,719 receiving yards and helped the Panthers to a 4A runner-up finish.

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 230
Status: Committed to Utah | Class: Senior (2021)
The state's top-rated tight end is one of the best all-around players in Utah.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 280
Status: Committed to Washington State | Class: Senior (2021)
The future Cougar was one of the most dominant players in the trenches on both sides of the ball in 2020.

OL Loimata Mauga, Alta (Sandy)
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 275
Status: Committed to Idaho State | Class: Senior (2021)
Made an impact on the offensive and defensive line during his senior season.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 265
Status: Committed to Stanford | Class: Senior (2021)
One of the most athletic offensive linemen in the game will play fullback for the Cardinal.

OL Weylin Lapuaho, Bingham (South Jordan)
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 270
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
One of two Miners O-linemen selected to the all-state team, expect Lapuaho and Maile to lead one of the top rushing attacks in Utah next season.

OL Trevor Pay, Lone Peak (Highland)
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 255
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Played a major role in the trenches for the 6A runner-up.

AP Isaiah Glasker, Bingham (South Jordan)
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 195
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
Had nearly 700 yards receiving and six touchdowns in a run-heavy offense and added three interceptions on defense.

K Benjamin Miller, Lone Peak (Highland)
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 175
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
One of the most dependable kickers in the state connected on 13-of-16 field goals.

Second Team Defense

DL Paxton Skipps, Orem
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 230
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
Racked up 15.5 sacks for the 5A state champs.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 205
Status: Committed to Eastern Washington | Class: Senior (2021)
Finished his senior year with 114 tackles, 25 tackles-for-loss and 10 sacks to go with an interception and two forced fumbles.

DL Ricky Wolfgramm, East (Salt Lake City)
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 255
Status: Committed to BYU | Class: Senior (2021)
Posted nearly 100 tackles, 10 tackles-for-loss and five sacks for the 6A state semifinalist.

DL Stone Mulitalo, Skyridge (Lehi)
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 280
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
Made everyone's job easier by taking on double teams and eating up space.

LB Jayden Ah You, Orem
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 215
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
Led the four-time defending state champs in tackles (85), tackles-for-loss (20) and sacks (16).

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 220
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
His 185 total tackles are tied for most in the country.

LB Micah Wilson, Corner Canyon (Draper)
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 195
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Played a major role on defense for the 6A state champs and finished second on the team with 133 tackles.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 165
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
One of the best all-around players in the state accounted for over 800 yards of total offense, 18 touchdowns, seven interceptions and was a huge threat as a return specialist.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 180
Status: Committed to BYU | Class: Senior (2021)
Gets it done at a high level on all three phases.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 205
Status: Committed to Nevada | Class: Senior (2021)
Helped lead the Golden Eagles to the 5A state semifinals and made plays no matter where he lined up on the field.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 160
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
His seven interceptions were tied for the fourth most in the state.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 150
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Wrapped up his junior season averaging 42.4 yards per punt, good for third-best in the state. Half of his punts land inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
Boys National Athlete of the Year: Terrelle Pryor - OFFICIAL
Boys National Athlete of the Year: Terrelle Pryor

By Dave Krider

MaxPreps.com

 

Terrelle Pryor can thank his football coaches at Jeannette, Pa., for his selection as MaxPreps’ 2007-08 Boys National Athlete of the Year.

 

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound superstar always had pictured himself as a basketball player first, with football definitely in the background. The summer before his sophomore year, in fact, he was oh-so-close to leaving home to specialize in basketball at Jacksonville, Fla., powerhouse Arlington Country Day.

 

“I was probably a couple days from flying down,” Pryor told MaxPreps.

 

That’s when Jeannette head football coach Ray Reitz and quarterback coach Roy Hall came up with their best sales pitch. There was no pressure, but Reitz said simply, “We don’t care if you play basketball, but give yourself a chance in football.”

 

Pryor admits, “If they wouldn’t have said (talked to him), I probably wouldn’t be here now.”

 

Even though Pryor was convinced to stay and play both sports, he made a basketball commitment to the University of Pittsburgh midway through his sophomore year.

 

The rest is history as Reitz noted happily, “His junior year he exploded and his senior year was incredible.”

 

Last fall the brilliant quarterback was named the nation’s No. 1 offensive player by every major publication, including MaxPreps. His statistics were mind boggling. He ran 143 times for 1,899 yards (13.3 average) and 33 touchdowns. He completed 87-of-130 passes for 1,889 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also scored on one pass reception and one interception return of 100 yards. Roughly, he accounted for a touchdown once every four times he ran or completed a pass.

 

The bottom line is that the 2007 Jayhawks won Pennsylvania’s Class AA state championship with a perfect 16-0 record and set an all-time state record with 860 points for a staggering 55.0 average. His very presence drew fans from far away and enabled Jeannette to sell out every home game at 8,000 capacity.

 

Pryor joined – and perhaps passed – such Western Pennsylvania legends as Tony Dorsett, Joe Namath, Dan Marino, Joe Montana and Tom Clements. He stands alone today as the only player in state history to run and pass for over 4,000 yards in a career – even though he sat out large chunks of many runaway games. He finished with 4,340 passing and 4,238 rushing. He accounted for 125 touchdowns as the Jayhawks went 38-4 during his final three campaigns.

 

Asked where Pryor ranks in state history, Reitz replied quickly, “Remember Frank Merriwell (legendary fictional hero)? He (Pryor) had a story-book career. The way he matured and became a leader was so special. Not only does he have the ability, but he puts the time in, too. The greatest thing is that he’s very unselfish and for the total team. He’s one of the best athletes ever to come out of Western Pennsylvania. I’m 52 and he’s the best I’ve seen.”

 

Reitz stresses that Pryor is a true quarterback – not just a great athlete playing quarterback. But he also used him at times at linebacker, defensive end, safety and receiver. He also could see him starring in track as a sprinter (he has run 40 yards in a blazing 4.35 seconds and ran 200 meters in 22.4 seconds as a freshman), high jumper, long jumper or triple jumper. Reitz added, “He could be a great volleyball player. I don’t think there’s any sport he couldn’t be great at.”

 

You can add baseball (where he used to hit long home runs in Little League) and golf (where he can drive the ball 280 yards with little practice).

 

Coach Reitz then paused and acted as if he had found a single flaw: “He might have trouble with bocce.” Asked what that is, he answered, “Italian bowling.”

 

Despite his huge success in football, Pryor continued to star in basketball. During his senior year, he averaged 21.9 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Jayhawks posted a 25-4 record and won the Class AA state title. He finished his career with 2,285 points – No. 8 in Western Pennsylvania history – and helped Jeannette post a 98-18 record.

 

Basketball coach Jim Nesser told MaxPreps, “I call him a point forward. He handles the ball and passes like a guard, but rebounds like a forward. As a senior he really matured and did whatever it took to be successful. He became very well rounded. He never worried about his stats – only about winning. He is one of the most competitive people I ever have been around. He’s really smart and mentally sharp about athletics. He is one of the athletes who lived up to the hype and really surpassed it.

 

“He’s a legend performance-wise. He was like a rock star, man. The media. Fans. Autographs before games. We sold out most of our home games (capacity 1,500). One playoff game they turned away 1,000 people at Sharon. Some of them had pre-sold tickets.”

 

Asked if playing dual sports helped or hurt Pryor. Nesser replied, “I think it helped him. The weight room really helped him (he can bench press 320 pounds). It was a good 1-2 punch for him. Could he have been better (in basketball) if he had been in the gym 12 months a year? Sure.”

 

When he was asked the same question, Pryor said, “Of course, it can make you better if you play only one. But basketball helped my legs (for football) and football (competitiveness) helped me in basketball when we were down 10 points in the fourth quarter.”

 

Pryor’s amazing career has been chronicled closely by veteran Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports writer Mike White, who started covering prep sports in 1979. He believes that Pryor’s all-around ability can best be compared to Tom Clements, who graduated from Pittsburgh Canevin in 1971. He chose Notre Dame football (quarterback) over University of North Carolina basketball (point guard). He also was a superb baseball shortstop.

 

There were other great multi-sport athletes, such as Dan Marino (Pittsburgh Central Catholic) and Lavar Arrington (Pittsburgh North Hills), but White is convinced that “From a high school standpoint, I’d put him (Pryor) No. 1. I talked to a Division I college coach and he said if he wanted to, he could play in the NBA. He has enough size, athletic ability and talent.

 

“He’s one of those guys who, when you go see them play, there are moments that you just go, “What?” And your jaw drops, both in football and basketball.”

 

White still is amazed by Pryor’s performance in the district championship against Beaver Falls when he exploded for 39 points, 24 rebounds and 10 blocks. He apparently plays his best on the big stage because he had over 400 yards in a wild 73-49 district semifinal football victory against Aliquippa.

 

Because White wrote so much about the Jeannette superstar, he became closely linked to him from a public perception. “It became a zoo at the end of this year,” he described. “I never saw a recruiting saga quite like his. It got so ridiculous that everywhere I went, people would come up and ask, ‘Where’s Pryor going?’ My own personal opinion: it was Ohio State for a long time. I think his dad just wanted him to look at some things.”

 

Pryor’s maturity is quite evident. He admitted, “I didn’t really work hard except last year and this year. I just woke up, went out and played (on pure athletic ability).”

 

So, Terrelle Pryor – who will play no more basketball – studies the Ohio State playbook and views film of future Buckeye opponents every week. “The plays aren’t really hard,” he feels. “There are 13 offensive concepts in passing. I’ve got that down pretty well. But I look at the defenses a lot more. I’m watching a lot of film.”

 

Asked if he’ll ever see another Terrelle Pryor, coach Reitz quipped, “Maybe if I live to be 150. I hope I don’t have to coach against someone like him.”

 

Coach Nesser, who is going to miss those electric dunks the most, predicted, “I don’t think in my lifetime there will be an all-around athlete like him. I’ll be honest – he hasn’t reached his full potential yet. It’s going to be scary.”

Best high school baseball team from all 50 states - OFFICIAL
Best high school baseball team from all 50 states
While the West Coast is beginning its football season and basketball is wrapping up in other portions of the country, high school baseball has also begun in a large section of the Deep South. And as winter turns to spring more and more states will begin action on the diamond.

As it did for football, boys and girls basketball, and volleyball, MaxPreps is identifying the top high school baseball team in each state as well as the District of Columbia.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Alabama
Vestavia Hills

Alabama looks to be very competitive this year with no team among the expected favorites off to a strong start. The Rebels reached the quarterfinals in 2019 and are off to a 6-1 start in 2021.

Alaska
Wasilla

The 2019 state champions return eight players from that team, including the state's top prospect in Clayton Boyett and 2019 tournament player of the game Eli Malave.

Arizona
Hamilton (Chandler)

The Huskies finished the 2020 season with an 8-0 record and the No. 1 ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25 when the season ended. Hamilton has won seven state titles under coach Mike Woods, including three in the past four seasons.

Arkansas
Bentonville

The Tigers return two of the state's top players in twins Keegan and Payton Allen. Both have committed to play at Big 12 schools next year with Keegan going to Oklahoma and Payton headed to Kansas.

California
JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano)

A strong senior class that includes potential first-round draft pick Gage Jump along with shortstop Cody Schrier and pitcher Eric Silva put the Lions at No. 3 in the MaxPreps Top 25 preseason rankings. They finished 11-1 last year, but will have an extremely tough Trinity League to navigate in order to finish high in the national rankings.

Colorado
Fairview (Boulder)

The Knights won eight games in 2019, but they could have one of the top rosters in Colorado this year. Greysen Carter ranks as one of the state's top pitchers, according to Prep Baseball Report, while center fielder Adam Moser is one of the state's top outfielders.

Connecticut
Amity Regional (Woodbridge)

Amity has three players who saw substantial time on the varsity back in 2019, including first baseman Sebastian Holt and catcher Jacob Crow. The Spartans went 19-12 two years ago and didn't take the field in 2020.

Delaware
Sussex Tech (Georgetown)

Sussex lost in the second round of the playoffs to Appoquinimink in 2019 and didn't play in 2020. Catcher Jason Shockley returns as one of the top players in the state after making the all-state team as a sophomore.

District of Columbia
St. John's

The Cadets went 30-3 in 2019 while winning the Washington Catholic League championship. Unfortunately the team will be without standout James Triantos, who has transferred to Madison (Va.)

Florida
Jesuit (Tampa)

The Tigers were ranked No. 2 in the nation with a 9-0 record when COVID hit last March and begin the 2021 season as the No. 1 team in the nation in the MaxPreps Top 25 baseball rankings. While the team doesn't have any superstars, it is has plenty of depth with the likes of catcher Cole Russo, pitcher Alden Segui, pitcher Dominic Castellano and outfielder BJ Graham.

Georgia
Buford

An outstanding junior class, led by one of the top 2022 pitchers in the nation in Dylan Lesko, puts Buford at the top of the list in Georgia. Buford has nine players expected to play Division I ball at some point, led by Lesko who will play at Vanderbilt.

Hawaii
'Iolani (Honolulu)

The Raiders were 13-7 in 2019 and 2-2 in 2020 when their season ended. 'Iolani should have one of the top shortstops in the state in University of Hawaii commit Kody Watanabe.

Idaho
Eagle

Eagle went 16-13 in 2019, but it returns two of its top players from that team in Chase Hilde and Ben Ford. Both all-conference picks, Hilde batted .417 while Ford batted .378 with two home runs.

lllinois
Brother Rice (Chicago)

Although the team never took the field last year, Brother Rice returns 20 players from that squad, including outfielder Cameron Hill, who is ranked by Prep Baseball Report as one of the state's top players.

Indiana
Columbus East (Columbus)

During a 25-5 season in 2019, Columbus East had five sophomores finish among the team's top 11 hitters. Pitchers Kaden Wise and Clayton Wilder combined for 15 wins on the 2019 team as sophomores.

Iowa
Johnston

Johnston returns three all-district players from last summer's Class 4A state championship team. The top two include first team picks Gabe Swansen and Ben Wilmes.

Kansas
Blue Valley (Stilwell)

Blue Valley has four of the state's top eight ranked players by Prep Baseball Report. Leading the way is pitcher Cameron Liggett, shortstop Jackson Nicklaus, outfielder Chase Jans and first baseman Jack Tinberg.

Kentucky
Danville

The pitching staff should be outstanding this year with Ethan Wood and Christian Howe on the mound. Wood is a former MaxPreps Underclass All-America and earned all-state honors as a sophomore in 2019.

Louisiana
Barbe (Lake Charles)

The Buccaneers expect Jack Walker, an all-state pitcher as a sophomore to be fully recovered from an arm injury that would have kept him out of action for the entire 2020 season. Speed in the outfield could be Barbe's best attribute with Kameron Edwards, Ethan Medlin and Donovan LaSalle all returning.

Maine
Ellsworth

Ellsworth was the top team in Class B in 2019, going 19-1 with a win over Freeport in the championship game. A total of 10 players return from that squad, making Ellsworth one of the more experienced teams in the state.

Maryland
DeMatha (Hyattsville)

Although it doesn't play in the Maryland state playoffs, DeMatha is annually one of the top programs in the state. The Stags lost to St. John's in 2019 in the District of Columbia area playoffs.

Massachusetts
Phillips Academy (Andover)

Look for Phillips to have one of the top outfields in the Northeast with Duke commit Jonathan Santucci leading the way. The pitching staff should also be outstanding with one of the nation's top sophomores, Thomas White, anchoring a deep staff.

Michigan
St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake)

The Eaglets have three of the state's top prospects in shortstop Alex Mooney, pitcher Brock Porter and outfielder Nolan Schubart. Mooney also ranks as one of the nation's top infielders and could go high in the 2021 MLB draft. St. Mary Prep went unbeaten in its final 29 games to win a state championship in 2019, but did not play at all in 2020.

Minnesota
Mounds View (Arden Hills)

Led by catcher Will Rogers, one of the top prospects in the Midwest, Mounds View went 16-9 in 2019 and won the consolation championship over Eden Prairie.

Mississippi
Jackson Prep (Jackson)

The Patriots have an All-America candidate in shortstop Riley Maddox and seven other starters are back from a team that was 12-4 when COVID hit. Jackson Prep won the MAIS state championship over Madison Ridgeland in 2019.

Missouri
Westminster Christian (St. Louis)

The Wildcats reached the state finals of the Class 4 playoffs in 2019 and they return three of the top players from that team in pitchers Zach Dantuono and Nick Moten and shortstop Adam Ebling.

Nebraska
Elkhorn

Drew Christo, possibly the state's top player, leads the way for Elkhorn on the mound, but he's not the team's only standout. Prep Baseball Report has three Elkhorn players ranked among the state's top eight players, including Kyler Randazzo at third base and Malakai Vetock at pitcher.

Nevada
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)

Two years ago the Gaels went 21-10 with six freshmen and sophomores seeing significant playing time. Those players, including catcher Gavin Mez, could put Bishop Gorman back in championship contention.

New Hampshire
Bedford

Bedford reached the finals of the 2019 Division 1 playoffs, falling to Londonderry 1-0 in the championship game. One of the top players from that team, pitcher Michael Pratte, returns after earning second team all-district honors as a sophomore.

New Jersey
Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey)

One of the top programs in New Jersey the past decade, the Ironmen didn't take the field in 2020 and went 14-11 in 2019. Don Bosco Prep expects to have a deep lineup in 2021 with nine players headed to the Division I level over the next few seasons.

New Mexico
La Cueva (Albuquerque)

The Bears have won 10 state championships since 2003 and were a favorite in 2020 with a 5-0 record to start the season. A total of seven lettermen return from last year's squad.

New York
Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn)

Poly Prep is one of the premier programs in New York with 42 Ivy Prep League championships and 10 NYSAIS crowns. It has also been ranked among the top 100 teams in the country six of the past eight seasons. Greg Becil is one of the top players, recently signing a letter of intent to play at Lehigh.

North Carolina
Ronald Reagan (Pfafftown)

The presence of Josh Hartle, a potential MLB first day draft pick, makes Ronald Reagan a strong contender against any opponent. Reagan was expected to be a state contender in 2020 despite having a junior-dominated lineup. Those juniors are now seniors.

North Dakota
Sheyenne (West Fargo)

The West Fargo team finished sixth in the 2019 Class A state playoffs, but Sheyenne is expected to be the favorite this year thanks to the return of Alex Urlaub, who was on the all-tournament team in 2019 as a sophomore.

Ohio
Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls)

Walsh Jesuit always seems to be knocking on the door of a championship in Ohio and this could be the year. Led by Michigan-bound shortstop Henry Kaczmar, son of coach Chris Kaczmar, and 2019 All-Ohio middle infielder Jake Armsey, Walsh Jesuit should be strong up the middle.

Oklahoma
Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City)

With Jackson Jobe and Gray Thomas on the mound, Heritage Hall has perhaps the top 1-2 punch in the nation. Heritage Hall is a 4A school, but should be able to compete with 6A powerhouses like Owasso thanks to Jobe and Thomas, each of whom throw over 95 mph.

Oregon
Lakeridge (Lake Oswego)

The Pacers have two of the top players in the state in 2020 in Cam Clayton and Derek Seneker. Clayton was honorable mention all-state as a sophomore in 2019 and has signed to play at the University of Washington.

Pennsylvania
Malvern Prep (Malvern)

Always one of the top programs in Pennsylvania, Malvern Prep went 32-7 two years ago and won the Inter-Academic Conference. Outfielder Lonnie White, the No. 2 player in the state according to Prep Baseball Report, leads the way.

Rhode Island
Bishop Hendricken (Warwick)

The last time the Hawks walked off the field they were the Division 1 champions, posting a 22-2 record in 2019. After not playing at all in 2020, Bishop Hendricken returns five players from the 2019 championship team.

South Carolina
Summerville

Summerville has had one of the top baseball programs in the state over the past half-decade and this year they sport one of the state's best power hitters in catcher Cole Messina. He batted .434 with 12 home runs as a sophomore in 2019.

South Dakota
O'Gorman (Sioux Falls)

The Knights won the state championship in 2019 and they return one of the ace pitchers from that squad in all-state pick Reece Arbogast.

Tennessee
Baylor (Chattanooga)

The Red Raiders played one game last year before their season ended. Baylor sports one of the best infields in the nation in first baseman Vito Valincias, second baseman Cooper Kinney and shortstop Daniel Corona. Baylor had won two straight state championships prior to the incomplete 2020 season.

Texas
Lake Travis (Austin)

The Cavaliers have been a constant threat for the Class 6A championship for the past five seasons, winning over 30 games each season (except 2020). Lake Travis reached the semifinals in 2019 before falling to eventual champion Southlake Carroll. Coach Mike Rogers is one of the winningest coach in state history with over 700 wins. He has a pair of strong pitchers returning in Alec Grossman and Ethan Roark.

Utah
Maple Mountain (Spanish Fork)

The Golden Eagles field two of the top 5A pitchers in Tyler Nelson, an all-state pick as a sophomore, and Wally Averett, an honorable mention selection.

Vermont
Champlain Valley Union (Hinesburg)

The Redhawks went 25-1 in 2019, winning a Division I state championship. Champlain Valley is 41-3 since the 2018 season. The Redhawks had nine players make the all-league team in 2019.

Virginia
Hanover (Mechanicsville)

Hanover went 22-3 in 2019, losing to Great Bridge in the playoffs. Hanover has been one of the more successful teams in Virginia the past five seasons, going 21-3 in 2017 as well.

Washington
Bainbridge (Bainbridge Island)

Bainbridge got an invite to play in the National High School Invitational this year, but COVID has nixed the event for a second straight season. The Spartans have three pitchers throwing over 90 mph in seniors Nathan Deschryver and Kai Francis and junior Ian Ritchie Jr.

West Virginia
Jefferson (Shenandoah Junction)

Led by one of the winningest coaches in the nation in John Lowery, Jefferson won back-to-back state titles as recently as 2015-16. Lowery has won 12 state titles and was expected to coach his 50th season last year before COVID kept him from fielding a team. He'll take to the field this year for his 50th season that includes 1,313 career wins.

Wisconsin
Sun Prairie

The left side of the infield may be unequaled in the state with Carson Shepard at shortstop and Liam Moreno at third base. Sun Prairie came within a run of winning a state title in 2019 and it returns all-state pick Josh Caron at catcher.
High school sports: Southern California regionals announced; No NorCal regionals, state track and field meet - OFFICIAL
High school sports: Southern California regionals announced; No NorCal regionals, state track and field meet
The California Interscholastic Federation announced Wednesday its plan to hold one-week Southern California regional playoffs in seven sports, including basketball, baseball and softball, starting June 5 and ending June 26. The other sports include soccer, tennis, boys volleyball and golf.

Because only two of six Northern California sections — Central Coast and Oakland — are even holding playoffs, there will be no Northern California regionals. That also means for a second straight year there will be no state track and field or state swimming and diving championships.

The 2021 state track and field meet, scheduled for Buchanan High school in Clovis, would have been the 102nd in history. 

The CIF, which only takes over playoffs at the regional and state level, had no choice. The organization's hands were tied. Section champions feed into the regional playoffs and with no champs to advance, regionals were impossible. 

"Ultimately with only CCS and Oakland offering playoffs, regional playoffs in the North weren't feasible," CIF Executive Director Ron Nocetti said. "We wanted to wait as long as possible to make sure there were no update or changes (with the sections)."

Though disappointed that his athletes can't move on, CCS commissioner Dave Grissom said he's heard no complaints.

"This pandemic has been absolutely life changing and life altering for so many families," he said. "In the big scheme of things, for there not to be Northern California championships is OK. It's completely OK. It's just one of those things. It was impossible to pull off. I haven't heard one coach, athletic director or school be upset about it."
San Diego Section powers Mater Dei Catholic and Cathedral Catholic figure to reach the Southern California championships, which conclude June 26. Mater Dei Catholic is ranked 19th nationally by MaxPreps.
File photo by Rudy Schmoke
San Diego Section powers Mater Dei Catholic and Cathedral Catholic figure to reach the Southern California championships, which conclude June 26. Mater Dei Catholic is ranked 19th nationally by MaxPreps.
All four Southern California sections — the Southern, San Diego, Los Angeles and Central — will finish up their playoffs in late May or early June and then enter a one-week regional playoff.

The section playoffs must be completed by the following dates in these respective sports: boys and girls soccer (May 29), boys and girls team tennis (May 29), boys volleyball (June 5), boys and girls golf (June 12), boys and girls basketball (June 12), baseball (June 19) and softball (June 19).

The last date for regional championships for each sport: boys and girls soccer (June 5), boys and girls team tennis (June 5), boys volleyball (June 12), boys and girls golf (June 15), boys and girls basketball (June 19), baseball (June 26) and softball (June 26).

With just one week to complete tournaments, each bracket will be no more than eight teams. That will create many more brackets than normally, especially in basketball.

Teams and student athletes will likely be faced with many conflicts, concerning both graduation and club teams. Nocetti is hoping for flexibility in all cases.

"We understand that section championships are top priority," Nocetti said. "But we hope those teams communicate as soon as possible their plans on participation at regionals."

The Southern California baseball and softball regionals should be very interest. Currently, three SoCal teams are in the MaxPreps Top 25 national baseball rankings and four SoCal softball squads are among the nation's 25 best.
CIF's announcement and schedule released Wednesday about Southern and Northern California playoffs.
CIF's announcement and schedule released Wednesday about Southern and Northern California playoffs.