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2020 Georgia OFFICIAL All-State high school football team - OFFICIAL
2020 Georgia MaxPreps All-State high school football team
Grayson went wire-to-wire as the top-ranked team in the Peach State and the Rams are well represented on the 2020 Georgia MaxPreps All-State high school football team. They beat Collins Hill 38-14 in the AAAAAAA championship to finish 14-0 and grab the school's first state title since 2016.

The Rams are No. 3 in the MaxPreps Top 25 and lead the Peach State with six All-State selections, including Clemson-bound running back Phil Mafah, wideout Jamal Haynes and defensive lineman Victoine Brown.

Collins Hill (Suwanee), Carrollton, Lee County (Leesburg), Lowndes (Valdosta), Mill Creek (Hoschton), Warner Robins, West Forsyth (Cumming) and Westlake (Atlanta) all had multiple selections. In total, 38 different schools had at least one selection.

Thirty-four seniors were selected, 14 juniors and four sophomores represent the 52 players featured on the 2020 MaxPreps All-State high school football team.

Georgia Final Top 25 Rankings: Grayson crowned 2020 MaxPreps Champion
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
First Team Offense

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 205
Status: Signed with Georgia | Class: Senior (2021)
Led the state with 4,169 yards passing and 46 touchdowns. Added over 500 yards rushing and 17 scores while leading the Wolverines to their first state title.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 215
Status: Signed with Clemson | Class: Senior (2021)
Accounted for 1,300 total yards and 20 touchdowns in 10 games playing against the best competition in Georgia.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 215
Status: Signed with Tennessee | Class: Senior (2021)
Battled through injuries during his senior year and still rushed for over 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 170
Status: Committed to Florida State | Class: Junior (2022)
One of the best all-around players in the country finished his junior season with 137 receptions for 1,746 yards and 24 touchdowns to go with 51 tackles and eight interceptions on defense.

WR Jamal Haynes, Grayson (Loganville)
Height: 5-9 | Weight: 175
Status: Signed with Georgia Tech | Class: Senior (2021)
Made big-time plays for the No. 3 team all season. In the Rams 38-14 title win over Collins Hill he hauled in six receptions for a game-high 114 yards and a touchdown.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 210
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
The top-rated tight end in the Class of 2022 had nearly 1,000 yards receiving and led the Warriors to AAA runner-up finish.

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 315
Status: Signed with Georgia | Class: Senior (2021)
Checks in as a Top 10 prospect overall and is one of the most dominant offensive lineman in the country.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 315
Status: Signed with Georgia | Class: Senior (2021)
The 10th-rated offensive tackle in the Class of 2021 matched up against some of the best competition in Georgia and dominated.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 300
Status: Signed with Alabama | Class: Senior (2021)
The second-rated offensive guard on 247Sports composite rankings will be a huge addition for the Crimson Tide.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 300
Status: Signed with Georgia | Class: Senior (2021)
Helped lead the Wolverines to the AAAAAAA quarterfinals and is also a standout wrestler. Went 46-0 as a junior and won the Class 7A heavyweight state title.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 305
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Checks in as a Top 100 prospect overall in the Class of 2022 and has 30 FBS offers that includes Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Florida and Ohio State.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 220
Status: Committed to South Carolina | Class: Junior (2022)
Put up video-game numbers during his junior year. Threw for 3,128 yards and 45 touchdowns to go with 1,581 yards rushing and 26 scores.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 180
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Connected on 15-of-17 field goals and averaged over 41 yards per punt.

First Team Defense

Height: 6-3.5 | Weight: 245
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Sophomore (2023)
The top-rated player in the Class of 2023 finished his sophomore season as the state leader with 21.5 sacks.

DL Victoine Brown, Grayson (Loganville)
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 230
Status: Signed with Louisville | Class: Senior (2021)
The leader for one of the best defenses in the country dominated in the trenches.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 255
Status: Signed with Georgia | Class: Senior (2021)
Racked up 10 sacks and 19 tackles-for-loss to close out his high school career.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 250
Status: Signed with Liberty | Class: Senior (2021)
Finished his senior year with 21 sacks and racked up over 30 tackles-for-loss.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 220
Status: Signed with Clemson | Class: Senior (2021)
Expect the five-star linebacker to make an immediate impact at Clemson after a standout career for the Bulldogs.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 240
Status: Signed with Florida | Class: Senior (2021)
Flies around on defense and is one of the hardest-hitting linebackers in the country. Broke the school record racking up 163 tackles during his senior season.

LB Chaz Chambliss, Carrollton
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 240
Status: Signed with Georgia | Class: Senior (2021)
Filled the stat sheet once again during his senior year posting 83.5 tackles, 27.5 tackles-for-loss, 12.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pick-six.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 185
Status: Signed with Georgia | Class: Senior (2021)
One of the best all-around players in Georgia can single-handedly shut down one side of the field.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 180
Status: Signed with Georgia | Class: Senior (2021)
Lines up everywhere on the field and plays at a high level on both sides of the ball.

DB Jayvian Allen, Grayson (Loganville)
Height: 5-8 | Weight: 180
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
One of the most underrated players in the Class of 2021 led the Rams in tackles (103) and interceptions (four). In Grayson's 38-14 win over Collins Hill he rushed for three scores and added an interception.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 170
Status: Signed with Clemson | Class: Senior (2021)
Has the talent to play cornerback, safety or wide receiver at Clemson. Very skilled athlete who makes a huge impact at any position.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 190
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Had nearly 1,000 yards receiving on offense and flies around on defense making big-time plays.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 190
Status: Signed with Stanford | Class: Senior (2021)
The future Cardinal is the third-rated punter in the Class of 2021 and averaged 41.5 yards per punt during his senior season.

Second Team Offense

QB Sam Horn, Collins Hill (Suwanee)
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 190
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Led the Eagles to their first state title game appearance and finished his junior year with 3,910 yards passing and 41 touchdowns.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 185
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Sophomore (2023)
The talented sophomore rushed for nearly 1,600 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Height: 5-8 | Weight: 180
Status: Signed with South Carolina | Class: Senior (2021)
Helped lead the Trojans to AAAAAA runner-up finish. Rushed for 1,350 yards and accounted for 32 total touchdowns.

WR Dacari Collins, Westlake (Atlanta)
Height: 6-3.5 | Weight: 200
Status: Signed with Clemson | Class: Senior (2021)
Finished his senior year with nearly 1,000 yards receiving and eight scores.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 195
Status: Signed with Notre Dame | Class: Senior (2021)
A matchup nightmare for opposing defenses and should make an immediate impact for the Fighting Irish.

TE Oscar Delp, West Forsyth (Cumming)
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 220
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Recently added an offer from LSU to his list of many and finished his junior season with 730 yards receiving and nine touchdowns.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 310
Status: Signed with Georgia Tech | Class: Senior (2021)
Will be a great addition for the Yellow Jackets and is good in both run and pass blocking.

OL Griffin Scroggs, Grayson (Loganville)
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 290
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Paved the way in the trenches for one of the best rushing attacks in the country.
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 280
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
The second-rated offensive tackle in the state from the Class of 2022 dominated the opposition.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 290
Status: Committed to Army | Class: Senior (2021)
Played a major role for the AAAAAA state champs. 

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 280
Status: Signed with Tennessee | Class: Senior (2021)
Made a huge impact on both sides of the ball for the Lions as they made the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 205
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Threw for over 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns while adding another 1,100-plus yards rushing and 16 scores.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 170
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
Made 13 field goals and averaged 39.5 yards per punt.

Second Team Defense

DL James Smith, Collins Hill (Suwanee)
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 245
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
One of the most underrated prospects in the Class of 2021 finished his senior year with 17 sacks and 61 tackles-for-loss.

DL Thomas Davis, Lowndes (Valdosta)
Height: 6-0.5 | Weight: 235
Status: Signed with Miami | Class: Senior (2021)
Impacts the game on the defensive line and linebacker at a high level.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 255
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Sophomore (2023)
Finished with double-digit sacks and 20-plus tackles-for-loss while leading the Demons to their first state title since 2004.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 255
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
The fourth-rated defensive tackle in his class racked up 17 sacks and 19 tackles-for-loss.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 200
Status: Committed to Houston | Class: Senior (2021)
Finished his senior year with 142 tackles, 28 tackles-for-loss, six sacks and forced five fumbles.

LB Baron Hopson, Lee County (Leesburg)
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 220
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
Has been starting on defense since his freshman year and had at least 124 tackles in each of the last three seasons.

LB Ahmad Walker, Warner Robins
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 215
Status: Signed with Liberty | Class: Senior (2021)
Four-year starter and the leader on defense for the AAAAA champs.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 185
Status: Committed to Kent State | Class: Senior (2021)
Led one of the best defenses in the state with five interceptions and also had 38 tackles, a forced fumble, blocked two punts and a field goal.
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 180
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Sophomore (2023)
One of the best prospects from the Class of 2023 finished his sophomore season with 60-plus tackles and four interceptions.

DB Josh Moore, Marist (Atlanta)
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 195
Status: Signed with UCLA | Class: Senior (2021)
Gets it done at a high level on both sides of the ball while leading War Eagles to AAAA state title.

DB Mumu Bin-Wahad, Grayson (Loganville)
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 180
Status: Committed to Cincinnati | Class: Junior (2022)
Finished with three interceptions and is one of the best shutdown cornerbacks in the Class of 2022.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 195
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Makes an impact on both sides of the ball at a high level. Rushed for over 1,500 yards and 24 touchdowns while racking up over 40 tackles and two interceptions on defense.

P Brock Pellegrino, Mill Creek (Hoschton)
Height: 5-8 | Weight: 170
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
Averaged nearly 40 yards per punt and connected on 14 field goals during his senior year.
High school basketball: Nearly 70,000 votes were cast to identify the best gym in Indiana – find out which storied facility won - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Nearly 70,000 votes were cast to identify the best gym in Indiana – find out which storied facility won
Now that the NCAA Tournament – played entirely in the state of Indiana this year – has wrapped up, locals can go back to focusing on more important things. Mainly, debating who has the best high school basketball gym.

VisitIndiana.com set out to finally settle the matter in recent weeks, allowing readers to cast their vote to identify the premier prep hoops palace in the state.

A testament to the passion that remains for the high school game in Indiana, over 67,000 votes poured in. Ultimately, the Spartan Bowl in Connersville emerged as the winner, upending storied facilities like the New Castle Fieldhouse (featured in the video above).
According to VisitIndiana.com readers, the Spartan Bowl is the state's premier high school basketball gym.
Courtesy of Connersville Athletics
According to VisitIndiana.com readers, the Spartan Bowl is the state's premier high school basketball gym.
See VisitIndiana.com's complete top 10 here.

The Spartan Bowl opened in 1958 and has a capacity of 5,134 fans. Matt Howard, who helped Butler reach the NCAA Tournament championship game in 2010 and 2011, is among the standouts that have taken the floor there for Connersville.

High school basketball: With COVID-19 guidelines limiting indoor activity, games in Washington's Pierce County being played in livestock arena - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: With COVID-19 guidelines limiting indoor activity, games in Washington's Pierce County being played in livestock arena
With local guidelines restricting indoor activity amid the pandemic, athletic directors, coaches and local businesses got creative to save the high school basketball season in Washington's Pierce County.

Games finally got underway Wednesday on the grounds of the Washington State Fair in Puyallup in a venue typically reserved for equestrian activities, livestock shows, auctions and swap meets.

The arena has a roof but opens on both ends, allowing the basketball games to be played and skirting the limit on indoor gatherings. Puyallup-based Looker Asphalt paved the arena floor in recent days in order to make it possible to lay down courts.
Curtis (University Place) athletic director Suzanne Vick told KJR 950 on Wednesday that nearly 400 games are scheduled to be played on three courts featuring boys and girls teams from the South Puget Sound League and Pierce County League.

Spectators aren't permitted this week but Vick said she hopes two guests per uniformed player will be allowed in the near future.

Thankfully, the area's unpredictable spring weather is doing its part to cooperate. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 70s through the weekend.
Two junior varsity girls games were the first to be played on the newly installed courts Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Vince Miller
Two junior varsity girls games were the first to be played on the newly installed courts Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Vince Miller
A Rogers player takes a shot during one of the two junior varsity girls games.
Photo by Vince MIller
A Rogers player takes a shot during one of the two junior varsity girls games.
Photo by Vince Miller
Dane Looker (right) of Looker Asphalt and Greg Barrett work to finish installing the courts in time for the first games that were held Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Vince Miller
Dane Looker (right) of Looker Asphalt and Greg Barrett work to finish installing the courts in time for the first games that were held Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Vince MIller


Jeriah Warren named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Louisiana High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Jeriah Warren named 2020-21 MaxPreps Louisiana 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.

Jeriah Warren of LaGrange (Lake Charles) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Louisiana High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot senior point guard helped the Gators win their second straight Class 4A state title.

Warren carried averages of around 17 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and three blocked shots into postseason play.

The University of Florida signee tallied 19 points, 14 boards rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals in a 49-42 win over Huntington in the state championship game earlier this month, earning MVP honors.

Warren helped LaGrange notch 13 postseason wins during her four years playing under head coach La'Keem Holmes. The Gators fell just short of the 2019 Class 5A final four before breaking through and winning the back-to-back 4A state titles. After averaging nearly 17 points a game as a junior, Warren earned first team Class 4A All-State honors by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
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.
File photo by Louis Lopez
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.
File photo by Heston Quan
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.
File photo by Louis Lopez
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.
File photo by Heston Quan
Mater Dei's Elijah Brown is the fourth freshman to start at quarterback for the Monarchs, joining Todd Marinovich, Matt Barkley and JT Daniels.