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High school football: Mater Dei, St. John Bosco head into showdown atop HIGHSCORE Top 25 California rankings - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Mater Dei, St. John Bosco head into showdown atop MaxPreps Top 25 California rankings
Like a Thanksgiving table, it's all arranged, neat and pretty, with all the fixings. Top-ranked Mater Dei and No. 2 St. John Bosco prevailed handily last week in tuneups and now meet Saturday for the unofficial 2021 spring California high school football championship.

The No. 1 Monarchs rolled a very good Santa Margarita team 49-13 on Friday behind 291 yards passing and four touchdowns from freshman quarterback Elijah Brown and two rushing scores by Raleek Brown. Elijah Brown fired TD passes to four different receivers.

Bosco led 48-0 at halftime en route to a 55-0 victory over Orange Lutheran. According to the Press-Telegram, sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson threw three touchdown passes on his first three attempts and the Braves scored six touchdowns on their first 22 plays while sharpening up for the Monarchs.

Bosco has outscored five opponents 266-91, while the Monarchs have a 174-40 margin over their four foes. The two national powers have split their last 10 meetings, including their last two to decide the Southern Section Division I title. The combined scores of those two games: St. John Bosco 52, Mater Dei 51.

Saturday's showdown is set for 7 p.m. at Santa Ana Stadium.

CALIFORNIA SPRING COMPUTER RANKINGS: Compare to human rankings below

The biggest movers in the rankings this week were No. 16 Serra (Gardena) and No. 21 Chaminade (West Hills).

Serra won its fourth straight, 38-17 over Bishop Amat, after a season-opening overtime loss to Long Beach Poly. Among those wins was a victory over Chaminade, which entered the rankings after beating previous No. 8 Alemany 34-27. Serra jumped seven spots this week.

Chaminade started 0-2 but has won three straight, getting a huge boost from starting quarterback Jaylen Henderson, who had planned to sit out the season. He returned in an overtime loss to Serra, but has since led his team to three straight wins.

In the win over Alemany, Henderson completed 15-of-20 for 244 yards and four touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 123 yards and another score. The highly-ranked dual threat has signed to Fresno State.

Another notable team performance last week was No. 8 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego), which moved up one spot after a 41-0 win over previous No. 23 Lincoln (San Diego). Lincoln had outscored its three previous opponents, 152-0. In Cathedral Catholic's win, Lucky Sutton rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns and the defense allowed just 65 total yards and three first downs.
Jaylen Henderson, Chaminade
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Jaylen Henderson, Chaminade
MaxPreps Top 25 California Football Rankings

Record: 4-0 | Last week: 1
Result: Beat Santa Margarita, 49-13
Next game: Saturday vs. St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower)
Record: 5-0 | Last week: 2
Result: Beat Orange Lutheran, 55-0
Next game: Saturday vs. St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium

3. De La Salle (Concord)
Record: 5-0 | Last week: 3
Result: Beat California (San Ramon), 48-10
Next game: Saturday at Clayton Valley Charter (Concord)

4. Servite (Anaheim)
Record: 3-2 | Last week: 4
Result: Beat JSerra, 52-0
Next game: Thursday vs. Santa Margarita at Santa Ana Stadium

5. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth)
Record: 4-1 | Last week: 5
Result: Beat Upland, 37-0
Next game: Friday vs. Paraclete

6. Mission Viejo
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 6
Result: Beat San Juan Hills, 49-14
Next game: Friday at San Clemente

7. Los Alamitos
Record: 5-0 | Last week: 9
Result: Beat Fountain Valley, 62-9
Next game: Friday vs. Newport Harbor

8. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 9
Result: Beat Lincoln (San Diego), 41-0
Next game: Friday vs. Madison (San Diego)

9. Norco
Record: 4-0 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat King Riverside, 42-0
Next game: Thursday at Roosevelt (Eastvale)

10. Centennial (Corona)
Record: 3-1 | Last week: 11
Result: Beat Roosevelt (Eastlake), 66-6
Next game: Thursday at Corona

11. Long Beach Poly
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 12
Result: Idle
Next game: Friday vs. Milliken (Long Beach) at Cabrillo (Long Beach)

12. Folsom
Record: 5-0 | Last week: 13
Result: Beat Lincoln, 41-14
Next game: Friday at Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills)

13. Loyola (Los Angeles)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 15
Result: Beat St. Paul, 31-0
Next game: Saturday vs. Crespi

14. Serra (San Mateo)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 16
Result: Beat Riordan (San Francisco), 26-3
Next game: Saturday at St. Ignatius (San Francisco)

15. San Clemente
Record:
4-0 | Last week: 18
Result:
Beat Tesoro (Rancho Santa Margarita), 35-17
Next game:
Friday vs. Mission Viejo 

16. Serra (Gardena)
Record:
4-1 | Last week: 23
Result:
Beat Bishop Amat, 38-17
Next game:
Friday at Alemany

17. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village)
Record:
4-1 | Last week: 17
Result: Beat Calabasas, 69-0
Next game: Idle

18. Buchanan (Clovis)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 19
Result: Beat Clovis North, 51-3
Next game: Friday vs. Clovis East

19. Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 20
Result: Beat San Jacinto, 42-0
Next game: Saturday vs. Heritage

20. La Habra
Record: 5-0 | Last week: 25
Result: Beat Troy, 41-0
Next game: Friday vs. Sunny Hills

21. Chaminade (West Hills)
Record: 3-2 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat Alemany, 34-27
Next game: Friday vs. Cathedral (Los Angeles)

22. Alemany (Mission Hills)
Record: 3-1 | Last week: 8
Result: Lost to Chaminade, 34-27
Next game: Friday vs. Serra (Gardena)

23. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita)
Record: 2-2 | Last week: 14
Result: Los to Mater Dei, 49-13
Next game: Thursday vs. Servite at Santa Ana Stadium

24. Carlsbad
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 21
Result: Beat La Costa Canyon, 49-0
Next game: Friday vs. Granite Hills

25. Edison (Huntington Beach)
Record: 4-1 | Last week: 24
Result: Beat Corona del Mar, 44-41 (5 OTs)
Next game: Friday at Huntington Beach

Dropped out: Lincoln (San Diego)

MaxPreps National Football editor Zack Poff contributed to this report.
Jessica Carrothers named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Indiana High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Jessica Carrothers named 2020-21 MaxPreps Indiana High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Jessica Carrothers of Crown Point is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Indiana High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-7 junior guard led the Bulldogs to a 25-1 record and the Class 4A championship. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 24 nationally in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Carrothers averaged 23.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. She also hit 43 percent of her 3-point attempts and had a 2.0 assist/turnover ratio. She tallied 25 points, seven rebounds and five steals against Brownsburg in the state title game.

Carrothers scored in double figures in all 26 games for Crown Point this season and 33 straight going back to 2019-20.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
High school football: After fight with cancer, St. Frances Academy standout Aaron Wilson passes away at age 17 - HIGHSCORE
High school football: After fight with cancer, St. Frances Academy standout Aaron Wilson passes away at age 17
Aaron Wilson of St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.) has passed away at the age of 17, according to 247Sports recruiting analyst Brian Dohn. Rasheda Mayse, the mother of the promising defensive end prospect started a GoFundMe page in March when it was announced he had developed a high grade midline glioma. He underwent brain surgery to remove some of the mass and was undergoing radiation therapy on his spine.

Wilson had a bright future in football and was regarded as great leader and teammate with a positive attitude.

A testament to his talent on the field, Wilson had 18 offers that included the likes of Florida, Georgia, Miami, Penn State, Tennessee and Texas, according to 247Sports.

During his sophomore season he had 43 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles while playing at Ocoee (Fla.). He transferred to the Baltimore power in the spring of 2020 and was selected to the MaxPreps Preseason Junior All-America team before Maryland announced the fall season would be canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.
Aaron Wilson (No. 4) chases down a ballcarrier during a game in September 2019.
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Aaron Wilson (No. 4) chases down a ballcarrier during a game in September 2019.

2021 NFL Draft: Trey Lance leads Top 10 under-the-radar high school players selected - HIGHSCORE
2021 NFL Draft: Trey Lance leads Top 10 under-the-radar high school players selected
Dozens of high school football players every year miss the attention of experts and recruiters and eventually go on to productive college careers. But those surprise kids or late bloomers making it all the way the the NFL are extremely rare.

Here are 10 of the biggest surprise under-the-radar recruits who were selected in last week's 2021 NFL Draft.

1. Trey Lance
Marshall (Minn.) | Quarterback
Third pick (first round) | San Francisco 49ers

Though clearly recognized as a top athlete, Lance was projected more of a running back or safety, or even basketball player, coming out of Marshall. He had a late growth spurt. He played in a run-oriented offense and once attempted more than 20 passes in a game. One Big Ten school even offered him a scholarship as a linebacker.

He was ranked the No. 49 dual-threat quarterback in the country as a senior by 247Sports composite after throwing for 3,026 career yards and 33 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,177 yards and 18 more scores. The then 6-foot-4, 195-pounder (he's now listed at 224) had seven college offers, the biggest one from Boise State, before signing at North Dakota State, which produced Carson Wentz and Easton Stick.

"We always thought he'd be a running back," Longtime Marshall coach Terry Bahlmann told CBS Sports. "But in terms of athletes I had over the years, he'll go right to the top. He played strong safety for us, returned punts, returned kicks. I remember his freshman year, I told my wife, Jan, he was a special athlete. I just didn't know what he was gonna do yet."

2. Zaven Collins
Hominy (Okla.) | Linebacker
16th pick (first round) | Cardinals

A three-star recruit, Collins had one college offer and took it at the University of Tulsa. From the Class of 2017, he ranked 2,142nd overall by 247Sports, and the 148th best athlete. He obviously leaped over many on the way to 16th overall selection.

3. Payton Turner

Westside (Houston) | Defensive end
28th pick (first round) | Saints

Like Collins, he had one offer and he took it at the University of Houston. A two-star recruit, Turner was ranked the 272nd best player out of Texas from the Class of 2017 and 117th best defensive end in the country. His overall national recruiting rank: 2,548.

4. Richie Grant
Choctawhatchee (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) | Safety
40th pick (second round) | Falcons

Another player with one offer, the two-star recruit signed at the University of Central Florida where he arrived as a wide receiver. From the Class of 2016, Grant's 247Sports Composite rankings: Florida (352), national receiver (357) and overall national (2,520).

5. Dillon Radunz
Becker (Minn.) | Offensive tackle
53rd pick (second round) | Titans

Without an FBS offer, Radunz instead attended FCS power North Dakota State where he starred with Lance. Radunz earned a national recruiting ranking, but it was at 3,828 and No. 165 as a defensive end. He found his calling on offensive side, plus he put on 36 pounds of muscle from high school.

6. Spencer Brown
Lenox (Iowa) | Offensive tackle
93rd pick (third round) | Bills

One of at least two who played 8-man football in high school, Brown did it all at Lenox, where he racked up 24 catches for 388 yards and seven touchdowns as a receiver. He also lettered in basketball and baseball, earning first-team all-conference in all sports. He had no stars or no offers out of high school, but grew to 6-9, 311 pounds by his third season at Northern Iowa. He entered at 6-8, 238.

7. Quinn Meinerz

Hartford (Wis.)| Offensive line
98th pick (third round) | Broncos

No recruiting stars as a prep, Meinzerz found his way to Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater. In high school, he earned All-State honors honorable mention, while also competing in wrestling, and track and field. He was attracted to Wisconsin-Whitewater's business program and glad they had a football squad.

8. Elerson Smith
Minneapolis South (Minneapolis) | Defensive end
116th pick (fourth round) | Giants
A teammate of Brown in college, Smith was a no-star recruit out of high school and Northern Iowa was his only offer. He entered at 6-6, 205 and left at 6-7, 245. He hasn't played since 2019.

9. Robert Rochell
Fair Park (Shreveport, La.) | Cornerback
130th pick (fourth round) | Rams

Another recruit with no stars, Rochell signed at the only FCS school that offered, Arkansas State. At Fair Park, he earned All-District and All-Shreveport honors in 2016 when he rushed for 922 yards and had 25 catches for 465 yards, but no interceptions (three pass breakups). He had speed, however, finishing third in the state 100 meters (10.8 seconds).

10. Jacob Harris
Palm Harbor University (Fla.) | Wide receiver
141st pick (fourth round) | Rams

The Rams went for back-to-back longshots, and a soccer player to boot. Harris didn't play football until his senior year at Palm Harbor and was recruited as a soccer player. He had five goals in 14 games as a senior. On the gridiron, he rushed for 231 yards, had 46 tackles at safety and 215 more yards as a returner. With no recruiting stars or offers, Harris walked on at Western Kentucky before transferring to UCF, where he didn't see significant playing time until he was a senior.
High school football: Valdosta board will reconsider firing of embattled coach Rush Propst - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Valdosta board will reconsider firing of embattled coach Rush Propst
Rush Propst, the well-traveled and embattled former high school football coach at Valdosta (Ga.), might get a second chance, media reports indicate. The Valdosta City Schools will revisit the coach's April 27 firing Monday after a board member who supported Propst motioned for the special meeting, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Wednesday.

The school board voted 5-3 to dismiss the coach amid allegations of the coach illegally recruiting five players to Valdosta, including Californian Jake Garcia. However, Warren Lee, one of the three to back Propst, called for the board to reconsider the decision. An announcement post on the school board website read "Revisit non-renewal of head football coach at VHS - Mr. Warren Lee - action required."

That means the board could reinstate Propst, even after the Georgia High School Association upheld the $7,500 fine levied on the program in addition to forcing the school to forfeit seven wins in 2020 and banning the team from the 2021 playoffs.

In February, Propst was the subject of a lengthy deposition that alleged he was involved in recruiting, mishandling money and even interfering in the hiring process that brought him to the program to begin with. Michael Nelson, who has been involved with the Valdosta Touchdown Club booster organization for many years, said in his sworn deposition that Propst, among other things, paid for housing for two transfers, facilitated recruiting of players with the help of college coaches, asked for a "funny money" slush fund and meddled in his own hiring process.

Propst owns a career record of 299-92 – including 7-5 in his lone season at Valdosta – and has won seven state titles during a high-profile, 30-year career. He garnered national attention while at Hoover (Ala.), which was featured on MTV's popular "Two-A-Days" reality show. He resigned there in 2007 and was dismissed at Colquitt County (Norman Park, Ga.) in 2019 after being charged with lack of compliance, improper conduct with students, dishonesty and misuse of public funds and property.

The AJC reported Propst remains under investigation by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, which can deny teaching certificates. The commission pulled Propst's credential after his Colquitt County dismissal, but regained in on appeal, leading to his hiring at Valdosta.
Former Valdosta coach Rush Propst
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Former Valdosta coach Rush Propst