High School Games of the Week

Posted by Jacob Plunkett on 11/2/17 5:44 PM

Playoffs have already begun in a few states, and important regional matchups are in abundance in others. Plus, any time you have the oppurtunity to watch the most talented team in the country, IMG Academy, you know it's going to be a good week.

Preview these top matchups and tune in LIVE for another incredible weekend of high school football on the NFHS Network:

1. #3 Hoover (AL) vs. #1 IMG Academy (FL)

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The list of teams willing to take on IMG is a short one. The Bradenton-based Academy is known across the country as a football factory, but casual fans probably don't fully comprehend just how talented this team is. Among their Junior and Senior classes, IMG Academy has TWENTY four or five star recruits - ten on offense and ten on defense. Most schools would be ecstatic to have one such talent, and IMG has twenty... But you'd better believe Hoover won't show up scared. They're one of the premier football programs in the country, and the current #3 team in Alabama. They've played under the brightest of lights before, and they'll do so again Friday night.

Players to watch...

Hoover:

Shedrick Jackson / Class of 2018 / Auburn Commit - #3 rated WR in Alabama

Mike Maye / Class of 2018 / Georgia Tech Commit - #2 rated OG in Alabama

George Pickens / Class of 2019 / Auburn Commit - #1 rate WR in Alabama

IMG Academy:

(inhales deeply)

Xavier Thomas / Class of 2018 / Clemson Commit - #1 rated Strong-Side DE in the COUNTRY (#3 player overall)

Brendan Radley-Hiles / Class of 2018 / Uncommitted - #7 rated CB in the COUNTRY (#49 player overall)

TJ Pledger / Class of 2018 / Oklahoma Commit - #3 rated All-Purpose RB in the COUNTRY (#53 player overall)

Houston Griffith / Class of 2018 / Florida State Commit - #10 rated CB in the COUNTRY (#60 player overall)

Ayodele Adeoye / Class of 2018 / Texas Commit - #4 rated ILB in the COUNTRY (#110 player overall)

Artur Stikowski / Class of 2018 / Rutgers Commit - #5 rated Pro-Style QB in the COUNTRY (#113 player overall)

Stephon Wynn / Class of 2018 / Alabama Commit - #5 rated Strong-Side DE in the COUNTRY (#114 player overall)

Brian Hightower / Class of 2018 / Miami Commit - #26 rated WR in the COUNTRY (#132 player overall)

Verdis Brown / Class of 2018 / Florida State Commit - #4 rated C in the COUNTRY (#203 player overall)

Mike Jones Jr. / Class of 2018 / Clemson Commit - #15 rated OLB in the COUNTRY (#207 player overall)

Curtis Dunlap / Class of 2018 / Florida Commit - #6 rated OG in the COUNTRY (#208 player overall)

Reuben Unije / Class of 2018 / Uncommitted - #15 rated OT in the COUNTRY (#242 player overall)

Nolan Smith / Class of 2019 / Georgia Commit - #3 rated Weak-Side DE in the COUNTRY (#6 player overall)

Noah Cain / Class of 2019 / Uncommitted - #1 rated RB in the COUNTRY (#12 player overall)

Trey Sanders / Class of 2019 / Alabama Commit - #3 rated RB in the COUNTRY (#28 player overall)

Deyavie Hammond / Class of 2019 / Alabama Commit - #4 rated OG in the COUNTRY (#48 player overall)

Evan Neal / Class of 2019 / Uncommitted - #5 rated OG in the COUNTRY (#74 player overall)

Cameron Coleman / Class of 2019 / Uncommitted - #15 rated WR in the COUNTRY (#77 player overall)

Mikel Jones / Class of 2019 / Uncommitted - #13 rated OLB in the COUNTRY (#187 player overall)

Charles Thomas / Class of 2019 / Michigan Commit - #9 rated ILB in the COUNTRY (#317 player overall)

Game Time: Friday, November 3rd at 7:00 pm CT

Watch #3 Hoover vs. #1 IMG Academy

 

2. #14 Servite (CA) vs. #1 Mater Dei (CA)

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Every week, we've asked if this is the week top-ranked Mater Dei slips up. Every week, the answer has been no. They've won each of their games in convincing fashion, with their closest game being a 10-point win at the #5 team in the country, St. John Bosco. Servite will look to shock the California high school world Friday night, as they face the Monarchs on a neutral field.

Players to watch...

Servite:

Julius Irvin / Class of 2018 / Uncommitted - #20 rated S in the COUNTRY (#275 player overall)

KJ Trujillo / Class of 2019 / Uncommitted - #32 rated CB in the COUNTRY (#299 player overall)

Mater Dei:

Amon-Ra St. Brown / Class of 2018 / Uncommitted - #2 rated WR in the COUNTRY (#11 player overall)

Solomon Tuliaupupu / Class of 2018 / Uncommitted - #3 rated ILB in the COUNTRY (#61 player overall)

Tommy Brown / Class of 2018 / Alabama Commit - #1 rated OT in California

Nikko Remigio / Class of 2018 / Cal Commit - #10 rated WR in California

JT Daniels / Class of 2019 / USC Commit - #1 rated QB in the COUNTRY (#9 player overall)

Bru McCoy / Class of 2019 / Uncommitted - #1 rated ATH in the COUNTRY (#19 player overall)

Keyon Ware-Hudson / Class of 2019 / Uncommitted - #3 rated DE in California

Mase Funa / Class of 2019 / Uncommitted - #3 rated OLB in California

Game Time: Friday, November 3rd at 7:00 pm PT

Watch #14 Servite vs. #1 Mater Dei

 

3. Hillcrest (AL) vs. #1 Thompson (AL)

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Thompson comes in as the top ranked team in Alabama and a top 50 team in the country. None of that matters in this game, however, as both teams are undefeated in region. Playoff seeding is at stake, so tune in to see how things shake out in Alabama's top class.

Players to watch...

Hillcrest:

Jacquez Jones / Class of 2018 / Ole Miss Commit - #3 rated OLB in Alabama

Thompson:

Mackie McNeal / Class of 2018 / Uncommitted - #7 rated DT in Alabama

KJ Robertson / Class of 2018 / Troy Commit - #7 rated OLB in Alabama

Amari Kight / Class of 2019 / Uncommitted - #15 rated OT in the COUNTRY (#131 player overall)

Taulia Tagovailoa / Class of 2019 / Uncommitted - #7 rated Dual-Threat QB in the COUNTRY (#309 player overall)

Game Time: Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm CT

Watch Hillcrest vs. #1 Thompson

 

4. Troup (GA) vs. #2 Cartersville (GA)

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One of the top players in the country, quarterback Trevor Lawrence, leads his Cartersville Canes into Troup for an important regional game. Cartersville hasn't lost in three seasons, and they currently sit at #2 in the Georgia rankings. Lawrence alone is worth the price of admission (especially for Clemson Tigers fans looking for a sneak peak of their future star), but this should be an entertaining game, as well.

Players to watch...

Troup:

King Mwikuta / Class of 2019 / Uncommitted - #5 rated OLB in the COUNTRY (#70 player overall)

Cartersville:

Trevor Lawrence / Class of 2018 / Clemson Commit - #1 rated Pro-Style QB in the COUNTRY (#2 player overall)

EJ Turner / Class of 2018 / Uncommitted - #9 rated WR in Georgia

Game Time: Friday November 3rd at 7:00 pm ET

Watch Troup vs. #2 Cartersville

 

5. #5 Homewood-Flossmoor (IL) vs. #12 Naperville Central (IL)

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It's the second round of the playoffs in Illinois, and this is a good one. Two top 15 teams meeting with everything on the line. Watch this one, plus many more IHSA playoff games this weekend on the NFHS Network

Game Time: Friday, November 3rd at 7:00 pm CT

Watch #5 Homewood-Flossmoor vs. #12 Naperville Central 

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