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2020-21 OFFICIAL Freshman All-America Team: Derik Queen headlines high school basketball's best from the Class of 2024 - OFFICIAL
2020-21 MaxPreps Freshman All-America Team: Derik Queen headlines high school basketball's best from the Class of 2024
Our look at high school basketball's best from the 2020-21 season continues with the MaxPreps Freshman All-America Team, highlighted by National Freshman of the Year Derik Queen of St. Frances Academy (Baltimore.).

Queen, a 6-foot-8 forward regarded as one of the top prospects in the Class of 2024, averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists per game. He pumped in a season-high 56 points in a 99-55 victory over Annapolis Area Christian.

The promising Baltimore post player joins a list of past winners that includes Marvin Bagley III, LaMelo Ball and Onyeka Okongwu. See the full list of past MaxPreps Freshmen of the Year below.

Selections are based on team success, individual production and local, regional and state honors from the recently completed season. Potential at the college or professional level is not a primary consideration. Players in post-graduate or non-scholastic programs are not eligible for inclusion.
Second team selection Jahseem Felton has already received a handful of college offers, including Florida and Tennessee.
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Second team selection Jahseem Felton has already received a handful of college offers, including Florida and Tennessee.
First Team

6-foot-2 | Guard
Big North Conference All-United Division first team selection averaged 11.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists contest.

6-6 | Forward
District 3-A first team selection averaged 16.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest to help the Blue Devils to a 22-5 mark.

6-6 | Wing
Highly-touted prospect averaged 12 points, 9 rebounds, two assists and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 62 percent from the field.

6-0 | Guard
Philadelphia native averaged 11.8 points, 5.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 54 percent from the field, 42 percent from the 3-point range and 92 percent from the line to help the Mustangs to their first state championship.

MAXPREPS NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
6-8 | Forward
Georgetown, LSU, Maryland and Virginia Tech have already extended offers to our pick as the nation's top frosh.

Second Team

6-6 | Wing
Key cog in Class 5A state quarterfinal run averaged 12.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent from the field.

6-6 | Wing
All-Skyland Conference honorable mention selection averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest to help lead the Knights to a 7-4 mark.

6-4 | Guard
Elite guard prospect averaged 12 points and 3.5 assists to help the Knights advance to the NCISAA quarterfinals.

6-5 | Guard
Mid-Penn Commonwealth Conference first team selection averaged 12.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists as the Rams advanced to the District III Class 6A semifinals.

6-5 | Forward
All-Shore Conference second team selection averaged 13.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

Third Team

6-8 | Center
Elite post prospect averaged 10 points and eight rebounds per contest while shooting 60 percent from the field.

Curtis Givens, Memphis University
6-0 | Guard
Difference-making guard averaged nine points, four assists and three rebounds to help the Owls advance to the District II-AA state quarterfinals.

Dink Pate, Pinkston (Dallas)
6-6 | Guard
Dallas Morning News Newcomer of the Year averaged 17.7 points per contest.

6-2 | Guard
After making his varsity debut as a seventh-grader, already has 2,199 career points after averaging 27.1 points per game this season.

6-7 | Forward
Highly-regarded forward prospect was key in championship game run.

Past MaxPreps Freshmen of the Year
2020 — Mikey Williams, San Ysidro (San Diego)
2019 — Emoni Bates, Lincoln (Ypsilanti, Mich.)
2018 — Zion Harmon, Adair County (Columbia, Ky.)
2017 — Kyree Walker, Moreau Catholic (Hayward, Calif.)
2016 — LaMelo Ball/Onyeka Okongwu, Chino Hills (Calif.)
2015 — Marvin Bagley III, Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.)
2014 — Cody Riley, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
2013 — Harry Giles, Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.)
2012 — Malik Newman, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.)
2011 — Trey Lyles, Arsenal Tech (Indianapolis)
2010 — Aquille Carr, Patterson (Baltimore)
High school basketball: Social media post suggests Bronny James has been cleared to play...but will he? - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Social media post suggests Bronny James has been cleared to play...but will he?
Like father, like son. Bronny James, the national Top 25 sophomore boys basketball recruit and son of LeBron James, is recovered from injury and ready to go just before the playoffs, according to a report.

A Tik Tok post by WhosNextHS indicated the 6-foot-2, 165-pound shooting guard from Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) has been "cleared to start hoopin' " after suffering a torn meniscus in early February.

Sierra Canyon, which had won two straight California Interscholastic Federation Open Division championships before the pandemic ended its 2019-20 season one game short of a possible third consecutive crown, will open the Southern Section playoffs next week.

A text Friday morning to Sierra Canyon coach Andre Chevalier to confirm James' health status or his plans to play for the Trailblazers was not immediately returned.

Sierra Canyon (10-0) is expected to be a top seed in the Open Division, which begins May 28. If it advances, Sierra Canyon would play in the Southern Regional, which takes place June 15-19. For a second straight year, there will be no CIF state basketball championships.

Ranked the No. 25 prospect in the Class of 2023 according to 247Sports, James came off the bench for Sierra Canyon's Southern California championship team last season. He figured to be a starter on the 2020-21 squad, which like the rest of the state had its season delayed until the spring only.
Bronny James has missed Sierra Canyon's shortened 2020-21 spring season due to a knee injury.
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Bronny James has missed Sierra Canyon's shortened 2020-21 spring season due to a knee injury.
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, James was competing for a Sierra Canyon club team, California Basketball Club, when the injury occurred.

LeBron James returned to the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday in a 103-100 win over the Golden State Warriors and delivered a triple-double along with making the game-winning 3-pointer. He had missed 25 of the team's final 30 games due to an ankle injury before Wednesday and is waiting for the Lakers' series opener Sunday with the Phoenix Suns.

Sierra Canyon has maintained an unbeaten record despite numerous other setbacks besides Bronny's. At the top of the list is four-star guard Chance Westry, a Pennsylvania native who returned home earlier this month due to personal reasons. The No. 34 overall prospect from the Class of 2022, Westry averaged 14.2 points per outing in five appearances this season.

Max Allen, a 6-foot-8 post player, left the team before the regular season officially got underway April 22 and 7-foot-3 center Harold Yu, who lives in China, also did not join the team.

MaxPreps national basketball editor Jordan Divens contributed to this report.
High school basketball: Lonzo Ball leads list of players with most triple-doubles since 2014 - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Lonzo Ball leads list of players with most triple-doubles since 2014
Russell Westbrook set a NBA record Monday when he recorded a triple-double in a loss to Atlanta. The 182nd triple-double of his career, the Washington Wizards guard passed Oscar Robertson on the list for the most triple-doubles in NBA history.

Also on the floor last night was Daniel Gafford, a first-year center out of Arkansas who played high school basketball at El Dorado (Ark.). He finished the game with 2 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist. Naturally, that leads to the question is, which of the two players – Westbrook or Gafford – had more triple-doubles their senior year of high school?

The answer, of course, is Gafford, who posted 11 triple-doubles in 2017 at El Dorado. All of his 11 triple-doubles were via points/rebounds/blocked shots. Westbrook, who averaged 25 points per game as a senior at Leuzinger (Lawndale, Calif.), reportedly had 14 double-doubles, but there is no mention of triple-doubles.

Gafford's 11 triple-doubles made our list of prep players who have accomplished the feat most often over the past eight years.

Westbrook's record prompted a check of the MaxPreps leaderboards to see what players have racked up the most triple-doubles. MaxPreps has tracked the stat (for those players who have complete stats on the site) since the 2013-14 season. While career triple-doubles are not necessarily available, the MaxPreps double-doubles tool allows fans to track players who have the most double-doubles, triple-doubles and quadruple-doubles in a season.
Lonzo Ball's 25 triple-doubles as a senior led Chino Hills to state and national titles.
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Lonzo Ball's 25 triple-doubles as a senior led Chino Hills to state and national titles.
Current New Orleans Pelican guard Lonzo Ball leads the list with 25 triple-doubles during Chino Hills' 2015-16 season when MaxPreps ranked the team No. 1 in the nation. Ball also had a quadruple-double during the season and finished with an average of 23.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 11.5 assists per game. Ball's career triple-doubles are not available.

Like Gafford, five of the players make the list for double-figures in points, rebounds and blocked shots. A total of six players averaged a triple-double for the season and one player, Reece Beekman of Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.), makes the list twice.

Beekman, coming off a promising freshman campaign at the University of Virginia, is one of several players on the list who have gone on to excel at the next level. Tilquan Rucker led all junior college players in scoring at 31.9 points per game in 2020. Theo Akwuba was the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2021 while at the University of Louisiana.

In addition to Ball and Gafford, Mitchell Robinson of Chalmette (La.) is also in the NBA as a member of the New York Knicks. Travis Jay of Madison County (Madison, Fla.) has gone a different route. He is a member of the Florida State football team.

Unfortunately MaxPreps doesn't have statistics for some of the NBA's all-time triple-double standouts like Westbrook, Robertson, Magic Johnson and Jason Kidd.

Kidd averaged 25 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds and 7 steals as a senior while leading St. Joseph's (Alameda, Calif.) to the second of back-to-back championships in 1992. He finished his career as the state's all-time leader in assists and steals, according to the Cal-Hi Sports Record Book. He is known to have close to a quadruple-double in a win over Bishop O'Dowd that year, getting 30 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 8 steals.

Robertson's rebound and assist totals are unavailable as scoring totals were usually the only numbers reported by the media in 1956. Johnson, meanwhile, averaged 25.8 points per game as a senior on an Everett (Lansing, Mich.) team that won the 1977 Michigan state championship. According to the Lansing State Journal, Johnson averaged 17 rebounds and 9 assists per game as a senior.

Single season triple-double leaders

Lonzo Ball
Total triple-doubles: 25
School: Chino Hills (Calif.)
Year: 2015-16
Per game averages: 23.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 11.5 assists
Best game: vs. Seattle Prep, 33 points, 10 rebounds, 14 assists, 10 steals

Reece Beekman
Total triple-doubles: 18
School: Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.)
Year: 2018-19
Per game averages: 21.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, 10.2 assists
Best game: vs. East Ascension, 39 points, 12 rebounds, 15 assists

James Moore
Total triple-doubles: 15
School: South Creek (Robersonville, N.C.)
Year: 2015-16
Per game averages: 15.1 points, 15.7 rebounds, 10.6 blocked shots
Best game: vs. Columbia, 22 points, 22 rebounds, 13 blocked shots

Reece Beekman
Total triple-doubles: 15
School: Scotlandville
Year: 2019-20
Per game averages: 19.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 9.2 assists
Best game: vs. Live Oak, 40 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists

Tilquan Rucker
Total triple-doubles: 15
School: South Bronx Prep (Bronx, N.Y.)
Year: 2016-17
Per game averages: 36.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 10.2 assists
Best game: vs. Bronx Early College Academy, 61 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists

Mike Kozlowski
Total triple-doubles: 14
School: Redeemer Classical Christ (Kingsville, Md.)
Year: 2015-16
Per game averages: 25.2 points, 13.5 rebounds, 10.6 blocked shots
Best game: vs. Arlington Baptist, 29 points, 20 rebounds, 17 blocked shots

Theo Akwuba
Total triple-doubles: 14
School: Brewbaker Tech (Montgomery, Ala.)
Year: 2017-18
Per game averages: 11.7 points, 14.1 rebounds, 10.4 blocked shots
Best game: vs. Lee, 18 points, 17 rebounds, 22 blocked shots

Mitchell Robinson
Total triple-doubles: 11
School: Chalmette (La.)
Year: 2015-16
Per game averages: 16.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, 7.9 blocked shots
Best game: vs. Holy Cross, 20 points, 10 rebounds, 20 blocked shots

Daniel Gafford
Total triple-doubles: 11
School: El Dorado (Ark.)
Year: 2016-17
Per game averages: 17.4 points, 16.0 rebounds, 7.7 blocked shots
Best game: vs. Pine Bluff, 33 points, 18 rebounds, 15 blocked shots

Travis Jay
Total triple-doubles: 11
School: Madison County (Madison, Fla.)
Year: 2017-18
Per game averages: 13.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists
Best game: vs. Lee, 25 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists

High school football: Historic win moves Norco to No. 10 in OFFICIAL Top 25 California rankings - OFFICIAL
High school football: Historic win moves Norco to No. 10 in MaxPreps Top 25 California rankings
In recent memory, some things just don't happen in Southern Section football.

1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) and St. John Bosco (Bellflower) don't get threatened — unless they play each other.

2. Centennial (Corona) doesn't lose — unless it's to Mater Dei or Bosco.

3. Teams don't enter the MaxPreps Top 25 rankings in the Top 10.

All those "never-happens" happened last week.  

CALIFORNIA SPRING COMPUTER RANKINGS: Compare to human rankings below

• For the second straight game, No. 4 Servite (Anaheim) gave one of the two national juggernauts a heck of a game, losing 24-17 to No. 1 Mater Dei. The Monarchs needed a pick-six from junior cornerback Cameron Sidney and a strip-sack on the game's final play to eek out the win. The previous week, Servite (2-2) played toe-to-toe with No. 2 Bosco, losing 38-28.

• Previous No. 3 Centennial was stunned by unranked Norco 38-36, ending the Huskies' 57-game Big VIII league win streak. Junior quarterback Kyle Crum accounted for 265 yards and three touchdowns leading the Cougars to their first win over perennial national power Centennial since 2009.

• With the victory, Norco (3-0), which outscored its first two opponents by a cumulative score of 116-12, jumped from unranked to No. 10, just ahead of the Huskies and behind No. 9 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego).

Speaking of, Cathedral Catholic (3-0) hosts No. 22 Lincoln (San Diego) on Friday in the state Game of the Week that will decide the supremacy of the San Diego Section. Cathedral Catholic is coming off a bye while Lincoln won its third straight blowout, 52-0 over Madison (San Diego), giving the Hornets a 152-0 season edge over all opponents.
Cathedral Catholic junior running back Lucky Sutton leads the team with 463 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Ninth-ranked Cathedral Catholic hosts No. 22 Lincoln on Friday.
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Cathedral Catholic junior running back Lucky Sutton leads the team with 463 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Ninth-ranked Cathedral Catholic hosts No. 22 Lincoln on Friday.
MaxPreps Top 25 California Football Rankings

1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 1
Result: Beat Servite, 24-17
Next game: Friday vs. Santa Margarita at Santa Ana Stadium

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 2
Result: Beat JSerra, 66-14
Next game: Saturday vs. Orange Lutheran

3. De La Salle (Concord)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 4
Result: Beat Jesuit (Carmichael), 42-7
Next game: Saturday at California (San Ramon)

4. Servite (Anaheim)
Record: 2-2 | Last week: 5
Result: Lost to Mater Dei, 24-17
Next game: Friday at JSerra

5. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth)
Record: 3-1 | Last week: 6
Result: Beat Garces (Bakersfield), 42-0
Next game: Friday at Upland

6. Mission Viejo
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 7
Result: Beat Tesoro, 44-13
Next game: Friday vs. San Juan Hills

7. Los Alamitos
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 9
Result: Beat Huntington Beach, 63-14
Next game: Thursday vs. Fountain Valley at Huntington Beach

8. Alemany (Mission Hills)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 8
Result: Beat Cathedral (Los Angeles), 21-7
Next game: Saturday at Chaminade

9. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 17
Result: Idle
Next game: Friday vs. Lincoln (San Diego)

10. Norco
Record: 3-0 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat Centennial (Corona), 38-36
Next game: Thursday vs. King (Riverside)

11. Centennial (Corona)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 3
Result: Lost to Norco, 38-36
Next game: Thursday vs. Roosevelt (Eastvale)

12. Long Beach Poly
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 11
Result: Beat Compton, 45-0
Next game: April 16 vs. Milliken (Long Beach)

13. Folsom
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 12
Result: Beat Whitney (Rocklin), 40-7
Next game: Friday vs. Rocklin

14. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 13
Result: Idle
Next game: Friday vs. Mater Dei at Santa Ana Bowl

15. Loyola (Los Angeles)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 15
Result: Beat St. Francis (La Canada), 41-14
Next game: Friday at St. Paul

16. Serra (San Mateo)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 16
Result: Beat St. Francis (Mountain View), 49-7
Next game: Saturday at Riordan (San Francisco)

17. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village)
Record:
3-1 | Last week: 17
Result: Beat Upland, 27-16
Next game: Saturday at Calabasas

18. San Clemente

Record: 3-0 | Last week: 18
Result: Beat San Juan Hills (San Juan Capistrano), 35-7
Next game: Friday at Tesoro (Rancho Santa Margarita) 

19. Buchanan (Clovis)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 19
Result: Beat Clovis, 45-38
Next game: Friday vs. Clovis North

20. Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 20
Result: Beat Elsinore, 56-2
Next game: Thursday vs. San Jacinto

21. Carlsbad
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 21
Result: Beat Oceanside, 30-12
Next game: Friday vs. La Costa Canyon

22. Lincoln (San Diego)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 22
Result: Beat Madison (San Diego), 52-0
Next game: Friday at Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)

23. Serra (Gardena)
Record: 3-1 | Last week: 23
Result: Beat Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks), 29-14
Next game: Friday at Bishop Amat

24. Edison (Huntington Beach)
Record: 3-1 | Last week: 24
Result: Beat Fountain Valley, 40-0
Next game: Friday vs. Corona del Mar at Huntington Beach

25. La Habra
Record: 4-0 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat Buena Park, 62-0
Next game: Friday at Troy

Dropped out: Bishop Amat (La Puente), Pacifica (Oxnard)

MaxPreps National Football editor Zack Poff contributed to this report.
High school football: Mater Dei-St. John Bosco rivalry features impressive stats, rich history - OFFICIAL
High school football: Mater Dei-St. John Bosco rivalry features impressive stats, rich history
As vastly different as the 2020 California high school football season has been, the ending point is quite familiar. Even if it is in April 2021.

All eyes, computer screens, binoculars, smart phones and TV cameras will be focused on Santa Ana Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday when Mater Dei (Santa Ana) and St. John Bosco (Bellflower) tangle to unofficially decide which is the best team not only in Southern California, but also the state and perhaps even the nation.

Just like it's been the last five years. Only no one is Christmas shopping.

The two national elites have been sparring, jabbing and throwing haymakers since 2016 to officially decide the Southern Section's Division I champion, which has parlayed into national ramifications, rankings and even championships.

St. John Bosco was crowned 2019 MaxPreps National Champion, while Mater Dei won it in 2017 and was second in 2018 and 2019. Heading into the fall of 2020, MaxPreps football editor Zack Poff had the Monarchs ranked No. 2 in the country and the Braves No. 3.
St. John Bosco takes the field before its season opener with Sierra Canyon.
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St. John Bosco takes the field before its season opener with Sierra Canyon.
But California was one of 15 states to move football to 2021 due to the pandemic, erasing both programs from national-title consideration. Evaporation of the entire season in the state also seemed a distinct possibility, but politicians, health officials, coaching organizations, youth sports advocates and the California Interscholastic Federation finally were able to agree on a six-week campaign with no playoffs. 

Nothing in the short spring sample of nine games — five from Bosco and four by Mater Dei — has lessened their reputation nationally, according to Poff. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) and Westlake (Austin, Texas) finished 1-2-3 in the final fall rankings.

"They (Mater Dei and Bosco) would both be right there in the mix no doubt," Poff said. "And with so many top young players on both sides, whoever wins Saturday has a real good shot to open the fall as preseason No. 1."

Which team will it be?

That's almost impossible to pick, just like it has been for the last 10 meetings since 2014, a year after Bosco, with quarterback Josh Rosen leading the charge, won its first state Open Division title.
Josiah Zamora (13) greets Cooper Barkarte (18) after a big catch.
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Josiah Zamora (13) greets Cooper Barkarte (18) after a big catch.
The teams have split the past 10 games, with the cumulative score being St. John Bosco 295, Mater Dei 287.
 
Since 2016, they've faced off twice each season with the Monarchs winning five of eight games total, but splitting the four section crowns — Bosco winning in 2016 and 2019 and Mater Dei claiming 2017 and 2018 titles. Each year those Southern Section champs went on to beat De La Salle (Concord) in the state Open Division title game.

Since 2004, Mater Dei has won 11 of the 20 meetings, but since Jason Negro took over Bosco in 2010, the Braves own a 9-6 edge. Mater Dei won six straight meetings starting in 2004 and the Braves won six straight starting in 2011.

History is simply a point of interest. Here are some more pertinent facts for the current season and Saturday's game.

• Bosco has outscored its opponents 266-91 (average score 53-18), Mater Dei's margin is 174-40 (44-10).

• Bosco averages 503 yards of offense per game (290 rushing, 213 passing), Mater Dei averages 418 (210 rushing, 208 passing).

• The teams have played four common Trinity League opponents with Mater Dei beating JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano), 52-3, Orange Lutheran, 49-7, Servite (Anaheim), 24-17 and Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita), 49-13. Bosco beat the same opponents in order: 66-14, 55-0, 38-28 and 65-28.

• After graduating generational quarterbacks in 2020 — MaxPreps 2019 co-National Players of the Year in Bosco's DJ Uiagalelei (now at Clemson) and Mater Dei's Bryce Young (Alabama) — both teams are led by remarkably young, but polished signal-callers.

The Monarchs start freshman Elijah Brown, who has completed 60-of-84 passes for 770 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception. Bosco has split time between sophomore Pierce Clarkson and junior Katin Houser with almost identical numbers, combining on 50-of-73 completions for 838 yards, 12 touchdowns and no interceptions. Both can run if nobody is open, combining for 258 yards and two scores.
St. John Bosco sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson has thrown for more than 400 yards and six touchdowns without an interception.
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St. John Bosco sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson has thrown for more than 400 yards and six touchdowns without an interception.
• Top rushers: St. John Bosco — Jabari Bates (324 yards, 8.5 average, four TDs) and Rayshon Luke (267, 14.8, 4). Mater Dei — Raleek Brown (301, 7.2, 5) and Marceese Yetts (276, 6.6, 2).

• Top receivers: St. John Bosco — Jode McDuffie (12 catches, 267 yards, 4 TDs) and Chedon James (11, 211, 4); Mater Dei — Josiah Zamora (14, 157, 3) and CJ Williams (13, 184, 3).

• Top tacklers: St. John Bosco — Sione Hala (25 tackles), Andrew Simpson (20) and freshman Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa (20). Mater Dei — Shoes Brinkley (15), Leviticus Su'a (12) and Sione Moa (12).

• Of all the numbers, none is more remarkable than this: 59.

That is the total number of players in Saturday's game who either have three-star recruiting rankings by 247Sports, or who have received an FBS scholarship offer. Of those, 31 belong to Bosco and 28 to Mater Dei. Only 14 of them are seniors.

3-STAR RANKING OR FBS OFFER: SEE ALL 59

When legendary Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson (314 wins, 85 losses, two ties according to Cal-Hi Sports record book) was asked this week to take in all that talent and how Saturday's game would shake out, he told Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times:

"It's their big men against my big men and their skills against my skills. … I think it's going to be like any other St. John Bosco-Mater Dei game in recent years. It's going to be a great high school football game."
Mater Dei's Elijah Brown is the fourth freshman to start at quarterback for the Monarchs, joining Todd Marinovich, Matt Barkley and JT Daniels.
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Mater Dei's Elijah Brown is the fourth freshman to start at quarterback for the Monarchs, joining Todd Marinovich, Matt Barkley and JT Daniels.