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High school baseball: Jesuit, IMG Academy, Buford among Florida, Georgia squads dominating OFFICIAL Top 25 - OFFICIAL
High school baseball: Jesuit, IMG Academy, Buford among Florida, Georgia squads dominating MaxPreps Top 25
The first national high school baseball rankings of the season find Florida and Georgia dominating the MaxPreps Top 25 as the Sunshine State logs seven teams, including three of the top four while the Peach State is next with five.

With a pair of season-opening wins Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) holds on to the top spot while IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) started 3-0. The two teams are expected to meet April 20.

The Top 25 rankings only include teams that expect to begin play in the next month. As a result, several teams not expected to begin play until April have been dropped despite holding a spot in the preseason Top 25 rankings.

Dropped out: No. 3 JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.); No. 6 Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.); No. 10 Thousand Oaks (Calif.); No. 11 Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.); No. 14 Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.); No. 18 American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.); Ronald Reagan (Pfafftown, N.C.).

Game of the Week: Buford 3, Parkview 0. In a game between Georgia's best, Buford pulled out the win over Parkview behind the pitching of MaxPreps Underclass All-American Dylan Lesko, who had nine strikeouts.

Player of the Week: Jackson Ferris, IMG Academy. Ferris tossed a five-inning no-hitter with 12 strikeouts against Palmetto.

Recruit Watch: Brady House, Winder-Barrow. Considered one of the top 10 players in the nation, House opened his senior year with five RBI in his first three games to boost Winder-Barrow into the rankings.

Game to Watch: IMG Academy vs. Southlake Carroll. The Florida-based school is scheduled to head to Texas this week to take on the Dragons, who have won two Class 6A state championships over the past three years.

Streaks: Webster (Wisc.), led by former MLB pitcher Jarrod Washburn, did not get to play a single game last year, but it has the nation's longest active win streak at 37 games dating back to the 2018 season. Webster is not scheduled to begin play until April 18.
Jackson Ferris, IMG Academy
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Jackson Ferris, IMG Academy
MaxPreps Top 25 Baseball Rankings

1.  Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Largo, 9-1; Def. Osceola, 10-3
Stats: Bradke Lohry was 3-for-4 with a double and a triple against Largo while Jake Kulikowski had a home run. Wade Woodaz homered against Osceola while BJ Graham was 3-for-4 with a double.
Next: Friday vs. Tampa Catholic.

Record: 3-0 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. Lakewood Ranch, 2-1; Palmetto, 10-0; and Lakeland, 7-0.
Stats: Jackson Ferris pitched a five-inning no-hitter with 12 strikeouts against Palmetto and Brady Neal had a home run. Drew Gray had 10 strikeouts against Lakeland.
Next: Thursday at Southlake Carroll (Texas), Friday at Flower Mound

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 4
Next: Season opens on March 12

4. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Flanagan (Pembroke Pines), 15-5; def. Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood), 4-0.
Stats: Rene Lastres hit a home run against Flanagan while Irving Carter and Andrew Painter combined for a 1-hitter as each struck out six against Chaminade-Madonna.
Next: Saturday vs. Hialeah Educational Academy.

5. Buford (Ga.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Parkview, 3-0; def. Lambert, 7-2; def. Mill Creek, 2-0.
Stats: Dylan Lesko got the win against Parkview, striking out nine. Treyton Rank struck out eight in the win over Mill Creek.
Next: Friday vs. Shiloh.

6. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 8
Next: State begins play March 24

7. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 9
Next: Saturday vs. West Monroe

8. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Fivay, 6-1; def. Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate, 10-0; def. River Ridge, 5-4.
Stats: Jack Cebert struck out 11 in the win over Fivay.
Next: Tues. vs. Tarpon Springs; Sat. vs. Lakeland Christian.

9. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 13
Next: Feb. 25 vs. Southlake Carroll and Flower Mound

10. Jackson Prep (Jackson, Miss.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. Starkville Academy, 1-0; def. Hartfield Academy; def. Heritage Academy, 3-0.
Stats: Will Gibbs struck out 7 against Starkville Academy while Mason Nichols struck out 8 against Hartfield Academy and 8 more against Heritage.
Next: Tues. vs. Starkville Academy; Thurs. vs. Canton Academy.

11. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 16
Results: Def. Belen Jesuit, 7-1; def. American Heritage (Plantation), 1-0; def. St. Thomas Aquinas, 3-2
Stats: Jake Clemente homered against Belen Jesuit. Christian Rodriguez struck out 11 against American Heritage. Santiago Ordonez walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to beat St. Thomas Aquinas.
Next: Tues. vs. Coral Reef; Thurs. vs. Taravella.

12. Spruce Creek (Port Orange, Fla.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Deltona 11-1, def. Seabreeze, 7-0.
Stats: Jarrett Maresco struck out 7 against Deltona while Preston Wetherell struck out six against Seabreeze.
Next: Tues. vs. Olympia; Wed. vs. Viera.

13. Carrollton (Ga.)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Woodland, 3-2; def. Locust Grove, 3-1; def. North Paulding, 8-4; def. Blessed Trinity, 1-0.
Stats: Bear Madliak had three RBI against North Paulding while Colton Cosper struck out six against Blessed Trinity.
Next: Wed. vs. St. Pius X Catholic; Sat. vs. Ola.

14. North Paulding (Dallas, Ga.)
Record: 3-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Rome 5-1, def. Blessed Trinity, 8-2; def. Locust Grove, 11-2; lost to Carrollton, 8-4.
Stats: Mitchell Heer struck out 14 against Blessed Trinity.
Next: Friday vs. Cedartown, Saturday vs. Pope.

15. Venice (Fla.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Palmetto, 1-0; def. Fort Myers, 13-4, 9-4.
Stats: Cole Schumaker had three hits in the 13-4 win over Fort Myers.
Next: Thurs. Vs. Braden River; Friday vs. Sarasota.

16. Vestavia Hills (Ala.)
Record: 6-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Briarwood Christian, 8-2, 8-1; Def. Madison Academy, 7-3, 9-3
Stats: Grayson Dobbins had three RBI in the 8-2 win over Briarwood Christian while Christopher Johnston and Pierce Hanna each had three RBI against Madison Academy.
Next: Thurs. Vs. Oak Mountain, Sat. vs. Austin (Decatur), Sat. vs. Huntsville.

17. Houston County (Warner Robins, Ga.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Walton, 17-3; def. North Cobb Christian, 5-2; def. East Paulding, 6-2.
Stats: Gage Harrelson had three hits and three RBI against Walton. Brodie Chestnutt struck out 10 against North Cobb Christian.
Next: Friday vs. Hartselle, Locust Grove

18. Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)
Record: 03-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Archer, 7-3; def. Evans, 6-4; def. Lakeside, 10-0.
Stats: All-America candidate Brady House had two RBI against Archer and three against Lakeside.
Next: Wed. vs. Peachtree Ridge

19. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 17
Next: March 8 vs. Livermore.

20. Prosper (Texas)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 19
Next: Thurs. at Rangers National Showcase

21. Reagan (San Antonio)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 20
Next: Tues. vs. Lee; Thurs. Round Rock Invitational.

22. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 21
Next: Schedule TBA

23. Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 22
Next: Season opener March 2 vs. Carl Albert

24. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 24
Next: March 16-18 Grand Slam Tournament

25. (25) Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, N.C.), 0-0
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 25
Next: March 4 vs. Combine Academy
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Texas high school football: Allen hires former Arkansas coach Chad Morris - OFFICIAL
Texas high school football: Allen hires former Arkansas coach Chad Morris
Allen (Texas), one of the most prominent high school football programs in the nation, found its next head coach, announcing Wednesday that former Arkansas coach Chad Morris will lead the Eagles. The hire comes two weeks after Terry Gambill announced his retirement following a five-year tenure that saw the Eagles go 65-4 with a 2017 6A Division 1 state title.

"I am honored to join Allen ISD and the Allen Eagles football program," Morris said in a statement. "My roots run deep in Texas high school football, and I am excited for the opportunity to get back to coaching young student-athletes and making an impression on their lives."

Morris was Auburn's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last year and was the head coach at Arkansas from 2018-19. He was 4-18 as Razorbacks coach. He last coached in Texas from 2015-17 as the head coach at SMU. He went 14-22 in three years with the Mustangs. He also was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Clemson under Dabo Swinney from 2011-14 and spent a year at Tulsa the year prior.

Before his college coaching career started in 2010, Morris was one of the best high school football coaches in the Lone Star State.

He spent two years at Texas power Lake Travis (Austin) as the head coach from 2008-09 and led the Cavaliers to back-to-back 4A Division 1 state titles going 32-0 in his two years. Garrett Gilbert was his quarterback during the 2008 season when he was named the Gatorade Athlete of the Year after throwing for 4,851 yards and 55 touchdowns.

Morris is 169-38 during his 16 years high school level and also had previous stops at Stephenville (Texas), Bay City (Texas), Elysian Fields (Texas) and Eustace (Texas).

This was one of the most sought-after coaching jobs in the nation. The Eagles have won five state titles since 2008, led by a three-peat with Kyler Murray under center from 2012-14. Allen has the largest enrollment in the state and a $60 million stadium in which they've never lost.

The Texas high school football power has won at least 10 games in 15 consecutive seasons and return a lot of talent next fall led by three-star offensive lineman Neto Umeozulu, junior running back Jaylen Jenkins and 2022 Harvard commit Jackson Newville.
Chad Morris was announced Wednesday as Allen's new football coach. Prior to coaching at the University of Arkansas and other collegiate stops, Morris was Lake Travis' head coach for two seasons.
File photo by Jim Redman
Chad Morris was announced Wednesday as Allen's new football coach. Prior to coaching at the University of Arkansas and other collegiate stops, Morris was Lake Travis' head coach for two seasons.

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MaxPreps Top 25 high school football rankings

Allen has the nation's best player, one of the most impressive winning streaks in state history, and now, a national title.

The Eagles' dominant victory in the Class 6A-I title game, combined with a decisive De La Salle victory over Centennial in California, is enough to boost Allen to the No. 1 spot, just past Bishop Gorman.

Bishop Gorman enjoyed a dominant season, emerging from a very challenging early-season schedule unscathed.

Allen, conversely, proved its mettle down the stretch, defeating DeSoto, Arlington Martin, Euless Trinity and Skyline in consecutive weeks leading up the 6A-I title game. Of course, it helps when reigning MaxPreps Player of the Year (and one of the greatest Texas high school football players ever) Kyler Murray lines up behind center.

De La Salle and Folsom check in at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, after dominant victories in CIF Bowl Games.

Final rankings are subject to change following the State Champions Bowl Series on Dec. 27, involving several ranked teams.

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Allen has finished the season as the top squad in the nation.
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Allen has finished the season as the top squad in the nation.

1. (2) Allen (Texas), 16-0
Allen defeated Cypress Ranch to take home the Class 6A-I state title.

2. (1) Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 15-0

Season over; Division I state champion.

3. (3) De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), 13-0

De La Salle downed Corona Centennial in the CIF Open Division Bowl Game, 63-42.

4. (5) Folsom (Calif.), 16-0

Folsom dominated Oceanside 68-7 to win the CIF Division I title game.

5. (4) Washington (Miami), 14-0


High school football rankings: Mater Dei zooms to No. 1 in California OFFICIAL Top 25 after 49-point opening win - OFFICIAL
High school football rankings: Mater Dei zooms to No. 1 in California MaxPreps Top 25 after 49-point opening win
This isn't the first time a worthy squad has tried to upend the season-ending Southern California high school football celebration that is Mater Dei vs. St. John Bosco.

Over the last five seasons, as the Monarchs and Braves have ascended to the top of the national football food chain, several talented squads have met the Trinity League juggernauts head on, only to be soundly defeated.

In a COVID-19 shortened season where most California teams are playing four to six games, one of the biggest contests is Friday when second-ranked St. John Bosco takes on No. 3 Servite in what's the California Game of the Week.

Servite, behind dynamic 5-foot-11, 180-pound junior dual threat quarterback Noah Fifita (offers from Arizona and Cal), has outscored two opponents, 113-19.

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Fifita threw for almost 2,900 yards and 37 touchdowns as a sophomore when the Friars went 7-4. He nearly led Servite to an upset of the eventual national champs, dropping a 27-26 Trinity League thriller.

The Braves are loaded again, though they did lose current Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei to graduation and replaced him with two dynamic young arms in sophomore Pierce Clarkson and junior Katin Houser. Both have looked good in the early going, combining for 492 passing yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions in two wins.

Servite could spoil the season-ending contest between Bosco and Mater Dei, which opened its season last week with a 52-3 throttling of JSerra Catholic behind three touchdown passes from freshman quarterback Elijah Brown in his first varsity game.

There are plenty of other terrific matchups this weekend including No. 11 Oaks Christian at No. 7 Sierra Canyon, No. 8 Alemany at No. 10 Bishop Amat and No. 21 Edison at No. 9 Los Alamitos. In San Diego Section play, No. 23 St. Augustine travels to No. 17 Cathedral Catholic.
Noah Fifita, Servite quarterback
File photo by Jann Hendry
Noah Fifita, Servite quarterback
MaxPreps Top 25 California Football Rankings

Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat JSerra Catholic, 52-3
Next game: Friday at Orange Lutheran

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Santa Margarita, 65-28
Next game: Friday vs. Servite

3. Servite (Anaheim)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Orange Lutheran, 69-13
Next game: Friday at St. John Bosco

4. Centennial (Corona)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat King, 50-0
Next game: Thursday at Santiago

5. De La Salle (Concord)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Monte Vista (Danville), 63-27
Next game: Saturday vs. San Ramon Valley (Danville)

6. Mission Viejo
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Oak Hills, 55-6
Next game: Saturday at Upland

7. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth)
Record: 1-1 | Last week: Beat St. Bernard, 56-0
Next game: Friday vs. Oaks Christian

8. Alemany (Mission Hills)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks), 21-9
Next game: Friday at Bishop Amat

9. Los Alamitos
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Corona del Mar, 52-28
Next game: Friday vs. Edison

10. Bishop Amat (La Puente)

Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Cathedral, 21-6
Next game: Friday vs. Bishop Alemany

11. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village)
2-0 | Last week: Beat Westlake, 30-16
Next game: Friday at Sierra Canyon

12. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Lakewood, 41-0
Next game: Friday vs. Long Beach Wilson

13. Folsom
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Granite Bay 35-25
Next game: Friday vs. Del Oro

14. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita)

Record: 1-1 | Last week: Lost to St. John Bosco 65-28
Next game: Thursday vs. JSerra at Santa Ana Bowl

15. Loyola (Los Angeles)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: idle
Next game: Friday at St. Bernard

16. Serra (San Mateo)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Valley Christian (San Jose), 33-27
Next game: Saturday vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral

17. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)

Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Steele Canyon, 49-0
Next game: Friday vs. St. Augustine

18. San Clemente

Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Capistrano Valley, 34-24
Next game: Friday vs. Aliso Niguel

19. Central (Fresno)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Clovis 35-31
Next game: Friday vs. Buchanan (Clovis)

20. Grace Brethren (Simi Valley)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: Idle
Next game: April 3 at Calabasas

21. Edison (Huntington Beach)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Newport Harbor, 47-14
Next game: Friday at Los Alamitos

22. Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat JW North, 41-0
Next game: Saturday at Heritage

23. St. Augustine (San Diego)

Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Madison, 24-7
Next game: Friday at Cathedral Catholic

24. Serra (Gardena)
Record: 1-1 | Last week: Beat Chaminade, 12-6 (OT)
Next game: Friday vs. Cathedral at El Camino College

25. Carlsbad

Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Torrey Pines, 42-0
Next game: Friday at San Marcos

MaxPreps National Football editor Zack Poff contributed to this report.