What we’re watching: Power 25 National High School Football Games of the Week: (November 10-12)

We released our final SBLive Power 25 regular season of 2022 on Monday — our weekly look at the top 25 high school football teams in the country. Once the football playoffs are complete in each state, we’ll post our final end-of-season Power 25 rankings on Monday, December 19.

This week, three of California’s Division 1 Southern Section quarterfinals are on our national Game of the Week list, led by Long Beach Poly against Los Alamitos. In Arizona, Hamilton hosts number 22 Chandler in another monumental matchup on Thursday night.

Here’s a look at some of the nation’s elite and the people they’ll be up against with a focus on how the result could influence next week’s Power 25 rankings.

Thursday

No. 22 Chandler-Arizona. (8-1) at Hamilton-Chandler, Ariz. (7-2)

How good is Chandler? Heading into the season, Wolves were considered the favorites to win the Open Division crown in Arizona. But two weeks ago Chandler fell to Basha (Chandler, Arizona) 14-7 and now the team is playing on the road against rival Hamilton with his Power 25 status on the line. Chandler needs a big win to solidify themselves as one of the best teams in the country. Anything short of a two-point win will most likely end Wolves’ time in the Power 25.

Of course, the Arizona Open Division State Champion will make the Power 25 at the end of the season, so if Chandler loses this week, they’ll have a chance to move up the rankings in six weeks.

Prediction on the impact of gambling on Power 25: Class of 2024 quarterback Dylan Raioloa shows why he’s the best caller in his class and leads Wolves to an impressive win by keeping Chandler in the Power 25 heading into the playoffs.

Friday

JSerra-San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (6-5) at No. 1 Mater Dei-Santa Ana, Calif. (10-0) – Division 1 CIF Southern Section playoffs

This game makes the list because when JSerra faced No. 1 Mater Dei in the regular season, the Monarchs took a 21-13 victory. The following week, Mater Dei played No. 4 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), so it’s possible the Monarchs were caught outplaying the Lions.

This week, we’ll find out what the JSerra looks like against a focused Mater Dei side thanks to two weeks of preparation after a first-round bye. If the Lions give the Monarchs a hard time for the second time, it will be a major story.

Prediction on the impact of gambling on Power 25: Mater Dei wins big to retain his national number one rank.

Mission Viejo-California. (9-1) at No. 13 Corona Centennial-California. (9-1) – Division 1 CIF Southern Section Playoffs

When these teams met in this game last year, Corona Centennial took a 62-16 victory. Can the Diablos, with a large group of senior returners, offer more resistance against a nationally ranked foe this time around?

Prediction on the impact of gambling on Power 25: Corona Centennial wins by 20 points to retain its spot in the Power 25.

No. 24 Lehi-Utah (12-0) vs. Stansbury-Stansbury Park, Utah (12-0) — Playoffs 5A (neutral site)

Lehi is on high alert because the Pioneers weren’t at their best in last week’s 28-21 5A quarterfinal win over Box Elder (Brigham City, Utah). Class of 2023 quarterback Jackson Brousseau, a Colorado State pawn, threw three interceptions. Lehi is ranked in the Power 25 because of the best resume of any team in Utah. Another lackluster performance could see the Pioneers miss the year-end Power 25…

Prediction on the impact of gambling on Power 25: Lehi bounces back to register a three-point win keeping his year-end Power 25 hopes alive.

Long Beach Poly-California. (10-0) at Los Alamitos-California. (8-2) – Division 1 CIF Southern Section Qualifiers

Both of these teams are on the outside looking for the Power 25. Whoever wins will likely have to push Mater Dei or St. John Bosco to the semis to warrant serious Power 25 consideration, but this game will still be fun.

Both teams have fantastic attacks. For Los Alamitos, quarterback Malachi Nelson and wide receiver Makai Lemon, both USC draftees, are two of the most electrifying players in California high school football. Senior running back Damian Henderson (Colorado State) was arguably the best running back in the state.

Long Beach Poly is led by junior quarterback Darius Curry, junior wide receiver Jason Robinson Jr. (USC) and senior halfback Devin Samples.

Prediction on the impact of gambling on Power 25: The winner increases their chances of appearing in the end-of-year Power 25 rankings but will still have work to do.

Westfield-Ind. (8-3) at Hamilton Southeastern-Fishers, Ind. (11-0) – playoff 6A

For 11 weeks, Hamilton-Southeastern was Indiana’s top high school football team, led by running back Jalen Alexander, who averaged 115 yards per game rushing. CalPreps ranks Hamilton-Southeastern No. 1 in the state and Westfield No. 6. Westfield’s highest-rated recruit is senior safety Dillon Thieneman, a Purdue commitment.

Prediction on the impact of gambling on Power 25: Hamilton Southeastern wins to keep its year-end Power 25 hopes alive.

Cathedral-Indianapolis (9-1) at Brownsburg-Ind. (10-1)- Playoffs 6A

CalPreps ranks Brownsburg and Cathedral just behind Hamilton-Southeastern at No. 2 and No. 3 in Indiana respectively — that’s a massive regional championship.

Cathedral quarterback Danny O’Neil, a junior, threw for 31 touchdowns while averaging 241 yards per game through the air. Brownsburg’s top-ranked rookies are senior offensive lineman Leighton Jones, a draftee from Iowa, senior quarterback Jayden Whitaker (Western Illinois) and senior tight end Brady Probst (Ball State).

Prediction on the impact of gambling on Power 25: The winning team keeps their Power 25 hopes alive.

Elder-Cincinnati (10-2) vs. Lakota West-West Chester, Ohio (12-0) – Region 4 Playoffs (neutral site)

Elder should be a tough test for the undefeated Lakota West. Elder’s two lost games this season came against Ohio powerhouses St. Edward and Archbishop Moeller. St. Edward’s loss was just three points, 17-14.

Lakota West is one of the best high school football teams in Ohio thanks to its defense. Senior safeties Malik Hartford (Ohio State) and Ben Minich (Notre Dame) are two of the best defensive backs in the country.

Prediction on the impact of gambling on Power 25: Lakota West wins to stay on our Power 25 radar.

Dorman-Roebuck, SC (9-2) at Dutch Fork-Irmo, SC (10-1) – AAAAA Playoffs

CalPreps ranks Dutch Fork as the No. 1 team in South Carolina and Dorman at No. 3. Dutch Fork’s top senior recruit is Landon Danley, a safety officer from the University of Virginia. Dorman has three committed players on his roster among senior offensive linemen Markee Anderson (South Carolina) and DJ Geth (North Carolina). Senior cornerback DJ Porter is an Appalachian State pawn.

Prediction on the impact of gambling on Power 25: If Dutch Fork wins, they will remain on our Power 25 radar. If Dorman wins, no South Carolina team will appear in our year-end Power 25 because Dorman already has two in state losses.

Hewitt-Trussville-Ala. (8-3) against Hoover-Ala. (10-1) – Playoffs 7A (neutral site)

If Hoover can continue to win a 7A state title in Alabama, they’ll have a decent shot at making our last Power 25 in December. The Buccaneers have won ten straight since falling to Auburn (Alabama) 17-14 to start the season. Auburn and Central (Phenix City, Alabama) are the other two Alabama Class 7A teams with chances to make the Power 25.

Players to watch in the Hewitt-Trussville vs. Hoover showdown are senior defensive linemen Hunter Osborne and Connor Knight (South Florida) for Hewitt-Trussville as well as senior cornerback Rickey Gibson (Tennessee). For Hoover, senior offensive tackle Ethan Hubbard (Duke) and senior running back Jordan Norman are the names to know.

Prediction on the impact of gambling on Power 25: Hoover wins to stay on our Power 25 radar.

Saturday

Lowndes-Valdosta, Georgia (5-5) at Carrollton-Ga. (10-0) 7A playoffs

This game makes the list because Lowndes has played some of the elite soccer teams in the country and we want to see how undefeated Carrollton stacks up against those teams. Lowndes was down 38-20 in Week 1 against No. 6 American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.). Last month, Lowndes lost to No. 18 Colquitt County (Norman Park, Georgia) 42-14. Lowndes beat Grayson (Loganville, Georgia) 24-14 in September when the Rams were ranked in the Power 25. We’ll learn a lot about Carrollton’s Power 25 credentials on Saturday.

Prediction on the impact of gambling on Power 25: Carrollton wins, but only by a score or two, keeping the Trojans out to watch the Power 25.

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