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Texas high school football: Defending 6A champ Austin Westlake releases 2021 schedule - HIGHSCORE
Texas high school football: Defending 6A champ Austin Westlake releases 2021 schedule
With the 2021 high school football season less than 100 days away, schools are beginning to release their schedules. Westlake (Austin, Texas), the defending 6A Division 1 state champs, are the latest to do so. Excitement is builds for the Chaps after a 14-0 season in which they grabbed their second straight state title.

They took out the two-time reigning 6A D1 state champs, North Shore (Houston), in the semifinals with a 24-21 win. Clemson-bound quarterback Cade Klubnik scored the game-winning touchdown on fourth down with just under two minutes remaining from 1-yard out.

The following week, Westlake beat Quinn Ewers and Southlake Carroll (Southlake) 52-34 to claim the state title in Texas' largest classification. That win propelled the Chaps to a spot at No. 3 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 high school football rankings and the top-ranked team from the Lone Star State.

Klubnik was named to the MaxPreps Junior All-America first team and four-star wide receiver Jaden Greathouse was a first-team selection on the MaxPreps Sophomore All-America squad. Legendary head coach Todd Dodge was named the 2020 Football Coach of the Year.

Dodge led Westlake to a 15-1 record in 2019, beating Guyer (Denton) 24-0 in the 6A Division 2 state championship and the Chaparrals begin the 2021 season riding a 24-game winning streak.

This upcoming season will be Dodge's eighth year as head coach for the Chaps and he has gone 88-11 during his tenure and expect the two-time state champs to be ranked in the Top 5 when we release our preseason MaxPreps Top 25 rankings on June 23.

After the two largest classifications in Texas (5A, 6A) pushed back the high school football season last year because of the pandemic, football returns to its normal fall start as most Texas schools in the middle spring practice gearing up for the 2021 season.

Earlier this week the Chaps announced their schedule with the first game Aug. 27 against Temple.

The marquee matchups include a Sept. 3 showdown with Ollie Gordon and Trinity (Euless), which went 11-2 last season and made it to the 6A Division 1 quarterfinals. The following week Westlake takes on Mansfield Summit (Arlington) as the Jaguars are coming off a 5A Division 1 semifinal appearance.

After a bye week, the Chaps face their first district foe — Del Valle, which made a huge offseason splash bringing in former IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) head coach Bobby Acosta. He led the Ascenders to an 8-0 season in his only year in Bradenton and they went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the country.

The biggest game is at the end of the regular season against rival Lake Travis (Austin). The two didn't play last year as the Cavaliers had to cancel their final two regular-season games because of a positive coronavirus test in the program. Lake Travis is the last team to beat Westlake when Hudson Card led the Cavaliers to a 26-25 win on Oct. 11, 2019.
Cade Klubnik, Austin Westlake
File photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Cade Klubnik, Austin Westlake
2021 Austin Westlake football schedule

Aug. 27 — at Temple

Sept. 3 — vs. Trinity (Euless)

Sept. 10 — vs. Mansfield Summit (Arlington)
*At Mary Hardin-Baylor's Crusader Stadium (Belton)

Sept. 24 — at Del Valle

Oct. 1 — vs. San Marcos

Oct. 8 — vs. Bowie (Austin)

Oct. 14 — at Hays (Buda)

Oct. 22 — vs. Akins (Austin)

Oct. 29 — at Austin

Nov. 5 — vs. Lake Travis (Austin)
Final HIGHSCORE Top 25 national high school football rankings: St. John Bosco finishes year at No. 1 - HIGHSCORE
Final MaxPreps Top 25 national high school football rankings: St. John Bosco finishes year at No. 1
Video: Top 25 high school football rankings
The final rankings of the 2019 season.

The St. John Bosco Braves end the 2019 season as the MaxPreps National Champions.

They finished 13-1 and moved into the top spot after beating then No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship. They followed that with a 49-28 win against No. 12 De La Salle (Concord) to win the school's first CIF Open Division state title since 2016.

Bosco's resume is one of the strongest in the country with other notable wins over DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), Liberty (Henderson, Nev.), Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.), Servite (Anaheim, Calif.), JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Calabasas (Calif.) and Corona Centennial (Calif.).

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), North Shore (Houston) and Marietta (Ga.) all moved up in the final rankings.

The Raiders went from five to three after snapping a 38-game winning streak by St. Louis (Honolulu). They won 35-19 Saturday in the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series in Las Vegas. They wrapped up their first undefeated season since 2010, finishing 15-0, but St. Thomas Aquinas' resume didn't stack up with the Braves or Monarchs.

The Mustangs moved up to No. 4 after repeating as 6A Division 1 Texas state champs. They handed Duncanvilles its first loss of the season with a 31-17 win. Dematrius Davis Jr. was named Offensive MVP for the second consecutive year.

After the Blue Devils won their first Georgia state title since 1967 they answered that with a one-sided 53-14 win over Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.) in the opener of the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series. 2020 Tennessee signee Harrison Bailey threw for 410 yards and six touchdowns without playing a minute in the second half. He finished his senior season throwing for 4,671 yards and 50 scores.

The only new team to join the rankings was the Kentucky 5A champs Covington Catholic (Park Hills). They went 15-0 and jumped into the Top 25 after No. 23 Denton Guyer (Texas) lost in the 6A Division 2 championship.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Final MaxPreps Top 25 national high school football rankings

Record: 13-1

Record: 12-1

Record: 15-0
Last week: Beat St. Louis (Honolulu) 35-19

Record: 15-1
Last week: Beat Duncanville (Texas) 31-17

Record: 11-1

Record: 15-1
Last week: Lost to North Shore (Houston) 31-17

Record: 14-2
Last week: Beat Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.) 53-14

Record: 9-1

Record: 14-0-1

Record: 13-0

Record: 14-1

Record: 12-2

Record: 14-1

Record: 12-1
Last week: Lost to St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 35-19

15. (15) Katy (Texas)
Record: 12-1

Record: 12-2

Record: 14-0

Record: 9-3

Record: 13-0

Record: 13-1

21. (21) Mentor (Ohio)
Record: 12-1

Record: 13-2

Record: 11-1

Record: 12-1

Record: 15-0

Next Five

Record: 16-0
Last week: Beat Ryan (Denton) 28-22

Record: 13-2

Record: 15-1
Last week: Beat Guyer (Denton) 24-0

Record: 13-0

Record: 13-2
Todd Dodge of Austin Westlake named HIGHSCORE National High School Football Coach of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Todd Dodge of Austin Westlake named MaxPreps National High School Football Coach of the Year
Todd Dodge is doing at Westlake (Austin, Texas) what he did from 2000-2006 at Southlake Carroll – turning a program into a dynasty. The architect of six Texas high school football championships, Dodge led the Chaparrals to their second consecutive state title in 2020, a 6A Division 1 crown one season after winning the 6A Division 2 bracket.

Dodge is the 2020 MaxPreps National High School Football Coach of the Year after leading the Chaps to an undefeated season and banner in the nation's toughest postseason tournament.

Prior to Dodge's 2014 hire, Westlake's only title came in 1996 with Drew Brees under center. In his sixth season at the Austin school, the Chaps went 15-1 and won the 6A Division 2 title before adding a 14-0 year in 2020 and No. 3 ranking in the final MaxPreps Top 25.

In this year's semifinals, Dodge guided Westlake to a 24-21 win over two-time defending 6A Division 1 champ North Shore. (Houston). The championship game provided another fascinating storyline as he faced his son Riley, who is now the head coach at Southlake Carroll.

Father taught son a lesson in that contest as Westlake rolled to a 52-34 victory.

Since taking over as at Westlake, Dodge's teams are 88-11 and the Chaparrals will ride a 24-game win streak into the 2021 season. Dodge is 218-72 overall, having won six state championships (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2019 and 2020) with a playoff mark of 66-7.

Eric Kjar of Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah), Adam Carter of Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Bobby Acosta of IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and newly-retired Bob Beatty of Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) were among the other names considered for COY honors.

Past MaxPreps Coaches of the Year
2008 — Mike Alberghini, Grant (Sacramento, Calif.)
2009 — Mike Newsome, Butler (Matthews, N.C.)
2010 — Tony Heath, Pearland (Texas)
2011 — Hal Wasson, Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
2012 — Bob Ladouceur, De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
2013 — Jason Negro, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
2014 — Tom Westerberg, Allen (Texas)
2015 — Gary Joseph, Katy (Texas)
2016 — Kenny Sanchez, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
2017 — Bruce Rollinson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2018 — Jon Kay, North Shore (Houston, Texas)
2019 — Jason Negro, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
Graphic by Ryan Escobar






Texas high school football: Defending 6A champ Austin Westlake releases 2021 schedule - HIGHSCORE
Texas high school football: Defending 6A champ Austin Westlake releases 2021 schedule
With the 2021 high school football season less than 100 days away, schools are beginning to release their schedules. Westlake (Austin, Texas), the defending 6A Division 1 state champs, are the latest to do so. Excitement is builds for the Chaps after a 14-0 season in which they grabbed their second straight state title.

They took out the two-time reigning 6A D1 state champs, North Shore (Houston), in the semifinals with a 24-21 win. Clemson-bound quarterback Cade Klubnik scored the game-winning touchdown on fourth down with just under two minutes remaining from 1-yard out.

The following week, Westlake beat Quinn Ewers and Southlake Carroll (Southlake) 52-34 to claim the state title in Texas' largest classification. That win propelled the Chaps to a spot at No. 3 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 high school football rankings and the top-ranked team from the Lone Star State.

Klubnik was named to the MaxPreps Junior All-America first team and four-star wide receiver Jaden Greathouse was a first-team selection on the MaxPreps Sophomore All-America squad. Legendary head coach Todd Dodge was named the 2020 Football Coach of the Year.

Dodge led Westlake to a 15-1 record in 2019, beating Guyer (Denton) 24-0 in the 6A Division 2 state championship and the Chaparrals begin the 2021 season riding a 24-game winning streak.

This upcoming season will be Dodge's eighth year as head coach for the Chaps and he has gone 88-11 during his tenure and expect the two-time state champs to be ranked in the Top 5 when we release our preseason MaxPreps Top 25 rankings on June 23.

After the two largest classifications in Texas (5A, 6A) pushed back the high school football season last year because of the pandemic, football returns to its normal fall start as most Texas schools in the middle spring practice gearing up for the 2021 season.

Earlier this week the Chaps announced their schedule with the first game Aug. 27 against Temple.

The marquee matchups include a Sept. 3 showdown with Ollie Gordon and Trinity (Euless), which went 11-2 last season and made it to the 6A Division 1 quarterfinals. The following week Westlake takes on Mansfield Summit (Arlington) as the Jaguars are coming off a 5A Division 1 semifinal appearance.

After a bye week, the Chaps face their first district foe — Del Valle, which made a huge offseason splash bringing in former IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) head coach Bobby Acosta. He led the Ascenders to an 8-0 season in his only year in Bradenton and they went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the country.

The biggest game is at the end of the regular season against rival Lake Travis (Austin). The two didn't play last year as the Cavaliers had to cancel their final two regular-season games because of a positive coronavirus test in the program. Lake Travis is the last team to beat Westlake when Hudson Card led the Cavaliers to a 26-25 win on Oct. 11, 2019.
Cade Klubnik, Austin Westlake
File photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Cade Klubnik, Austin Westlake
2021 Austin Westlake football schedule

Aug. 27 — at Temple

Sept. 3 — vs. Trinity (Euless)

Sept. 10 — vs. Mansfield Summit (Arlington)
*At Mary Hardin-Baylor's Crusader Stadium (Belton)

Sept. 24 — at Del Valle

Oct. 1 — vs. San Marcos

Oct. 8 — vs. Bowie (Austin)

Oct. 14 — at Hays (Buda)

Oct. 22 — vs. Akins (Austin)

Oct. 29 — at Austin

Nov. 5 — vs. Lake Travis (Austin)
Most visited HIGHSCORE player pages during the 2019-20 school year - HIGHSCORE
Most visited MaxPreps player pages during the 2019-20 school year
Video: Bronny James highlights
Sierra Canyon freshman in action during 2019-20 season.

While powerhouse high school football teams and Friday nights in the fall generate major audience interest on MaxPreps.com, on an individual level it's all about the stars on the hardwood.

Basketball players occupy 20 of the 25 most visited player pages on MaxPreps from Aug. 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

Fans and site users are particularly interested in the Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) hoops team, which claims five of the Top 10 spots and seven of the Top 25. That means two players who came off the bench for the Southern California program are among the most recognizable names in high school sports.

Leading the way for Sierra Canyon is the freshman son of LeBron James — Bronny James, who piled up over twice as many player page visits as any other athlete on MaxPreps over the past 12 months. Teammates Zaire Wade, Harold Yu, Brandon Boston Jr. and Ziaire Williams also made the Top 10.

In addition to current prep stars, our list includes big names like Patrick Mahomes and Derrick Henry, who are still generating major interest on the site years after their respective high school careers came to an end.

See an expanded list of the high school athletes that are driving traffic below, along with a brief explanation of what made them compelling in 2019-20.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
1. Bronny James, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) basketball
His appeal isn't much of a mystery. He's the son of the world's most famous basketball player on one of the most high-profile teams at the prep level.

MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year moves the needle on social media and on the court, where he led San Ysidro to its first section title in school history.

Dwyane Wade's son was a key contributor for the Trailblazers, who finished the season ranked No. 15 nationally by MaxPreps.

Newman continued to draw attention thanks in part to the "Hello Newmans" web series produced by Overtime.

At 7-foot-3, the native of China stands out in a unique way even on a star-studded Sierra Canyon roster.

Headed to Kentucky, Boston transferred from Georgia to spend his senior season in SoCal.

A Stanford signee, the 6-8 forward hit a last-second shot in March that sent Sierra Canyon to California's Open Division state championship game.

8. Myzel Miller, Judson (Converse, Texas) football
"Friday Night Tykes" alum was a contributor at defensive back for a 12-2 Judson team last fall. Moving to Cornerstone Christian (San Antonio) next year.

Elite hoops prospect had a monster senior season and then elected to bypass college to play in the G-League.

10. Omar Cooper, Walker (Marietta, Ga.) basketball
Twin brother of 2018-19 MaxPreps National Player of the Year Sharife Cooper and a pretty good baller in his own right, averaging 13.1 points, 5.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game as a senior.

He's big on Instagram with nearly 415,000 followers. Played junior varsity basketball in 2019-20 for storied Seattle program.

12. Madison Prewett, Lee-Scott Academy (Auburn, Ala.) basketball
Part of three state championship teams at Lee-Scott Academy from 2011-13, Prewett is better known as a contestant on "The Bachelor" alongside Peter Weber.

13. Tommy Murr, Lindsay Lane Christian Academy (Athens, Ala.) basketball
Led the nation in scoring (according to statistics submitted to MaxPreps) at 44.3 points per game.

Promising kicker made a name for himself last month with his voice on "America's Got Talent."

Overachieving guard graduated in 2019 and spent last season playing post-grad ball before landing a scholarship at Cleveland State.

Headed for start-up Ypsi Prep Academy next year, the 6-8 forward is regarded as the top high school prospect regardless of class.

The 2019-20 MaxPreps National Player of the Year in girls hoops is headed to UConn.

18. Shy Odom, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) basketball
Massachusetts native is a big time prospect in the Class of 2022.

Starred at Beverly Hills, the University of Oregon and in the NFL before producing "All American" on CW.

Top 10 Class of 2022 prospect is expected to be the go-to guy at Sierra Canyon next season.

Another "Friday Night Tykes" star that looks primed for big things over the next two seasons at East Central.

High school football's all-time leading rusher became a certified NFL star in 2019, rushing for over 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Small school Indiana star is on pace to challenge state's all-time scoring record.

Featured in the Netflix series "Basketball or Nothing" along with Chinle teammates, scored over 2,000 career points and is headed to Pima Community College in the fall.

One of the top freshman hoops prospects in the Buckeye State.

Next 25

44. Joseph Girard III, Glens Falls (N.Y.) football/basketball
47. Patrick Mahomes, Whitehouse (Texas) football/baseball/basketball