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Gonzaga, St. John's top high school football rankings for week of Nov. 4

Gonzaga, St. John's top high school football rankings for week of Nov. 4

St. John’s defeated DeMatha in a nailbiter. Quince Orchard and Wise rolled over their opponents. And Gonzaga stays on top of this week's top 25 rankings.

1. Gonzaga (8-1) | Last: IDLE | Next: vs. St.John’s, 11/9
The Gonzaga Eagles were idle as they prepare for a rivalry game versus St. John’s

2. St. John’s (5-4) | Last: Win (24-20) vs. DeMatha | Next: vs. Gonzaga, 11/9
The St. John’s Cadets won their third consecutive game by outlasting the DeMatha Stags. Sol-Jay Maiva connected with Rakim Jarrett for a first-quarter score. Colby McDonald's third-quarter touchdown put the game out of reach.

3. Quince Orchard (9-0) | Last: Win (47-7) at Walter Johnson | Next: vs Gaithersburg, 11/8
The Cougars scored 21 unanswered in the 3rd en route to a 47-7 shellacking of Walter Johnson. Quince Orchard’s defense held Walter Johnson to a total of 4 yards passing while the Cougars offense rushed for 250.

4. DeMatha (6-3) | Last: Loss (24-20) at St. John's  | Next: IDLE
The DeMatha Stags fell to the St. John’s Cadets 24-20. DeMatha led 13-7 off the strength of two Daniel Holbrook field goals and a fumble return for a touchdown by Cozziah Izzard. Trailing 24-20 in the fourth, the Stags were stopped twice inside the St. John’s 30.

5. Good Counsel (7-3) | Last: Win (52-7) at McNamara | Next: IDLE
Good Counsel dominated Bishop McNamara, leading 21-0 at the half. The Falcons finished WCAC conference play 2-2 and are awaiting playoff seeding.

6. Wise (9-0) | Last: Win (51-0) vs. Oxon Hill | Next: vs. Northwestern, 11/8
Jayden Sauray completed 8 of 10 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns as the Pumas shut out Oxon Hill. Tracey White added two sacks and Rodney Gainous led Wise with 10 tackles. 

7. Freedom (9-0) | Last: Win (61-7) vs. Gar-Field | Next: vs. Colgan, 11/8
Freedom rushed for 316 and passed for 152 yards while routing Garfield. Their defense forced two turnovers and only allowed 8 yards on the ground.

8. Westfield (9-0) | Last: Win (41-0) at West Potomac | Next: vs Chantilly, 11/8
Sophomore Mikal Legall ran for two touchdowns helping the Bulldogs amass 269 yards on the ground as they defeated West Potomac 41-0.

9. Stone Bridge (9-0) | Last: Win (41-0) vs. Potomac Falls | Next: vs. Broad Run, 11/8
Stone Bridge led Potomac Falls 21-0 after the 1st quarter and 35-0 at half.  The 41-0 victory was the Bulldogs first shut out of the season.

10. Broad Run (9-0) | Last: Win (24-7) vs. Briar Woods | Next: at Stone Bridge, 11/8
Broad Run smothered Briar Woods in a 24-7 victory. Cameron Chambers started the scoring for the Spartans and a Brett Griffis touchdown put the game away.

Here’s how the rest of the top 25 fared:

11. Damascus (7-2) | Last: Win (58-0) at Blair | Next: vs. Magruder, 11/8
12. South County (9-0) | Last: Win (44-6) vs. Fairfax | Next: at Lake Braddock, 11/8
13. Friendship (7-3)| Last: Win (11-8) vs. Life Christian | Next: vs. Royalty Institute, 11/9
14. Northwest (8-1) | Last: Win (57-6) vs. Wooton | Next: vs. Clarksburg, 11/8
15. Tuscarora (8-1) | Last: Win (35-0) vs. Loudon Valley | Next: vs. Dominion, 11/8
16. Georgetown Prep (7-2) | Last: Win (31-10) vs. St.Stephen’s & St.Agnes | Next: vs. Bullis, 11/9
17. Dunbar (8-1) | Last: Win (36-18) vs. Wilson | Next: vs. H.D. Woodson, 11/8
18. Lake Braddock (8-1) | Last: Win (49-35) vs. West Springfield | Next: vs.South County, 11/8
19. Douglass (9-0) | Last: Win (38-16) vs. Crossland | Next: vs. Crossland, 11/9
20. Carroll (7-2) | Last: Win (67-7) at Bishop Ireton | Next: vs. Ryken, 11/9
21. Huntingtown (9-0) | Last: Win (47-6) at Great Mills | Next: vs. J.M. Bennett, 11/8
22. Natl Christian Aca (7-3) | Last: Loss (36-14) at St. Edward | Next: IDLE
23. Flowers (7-2) | Last: Win (43-0) at Duval | Next: vs. Parkdale, 11/8
24. Paint Branch (9-1) | Last: Win (42-0) vs. Kennedy | Next: vs. Dulaney, 11/8
25. Linganore (8-1) | Last: Win (20-10) vs. Urbana | Next: vs. Frederick, 11/8

26. South River (9-0) | Win (47-9) at North County | Next: vs. Annapolis, 11/8
27. North Point (7-2) | Last: Won (41-20) at Northern | Next: vs. Northeast
28. Bullis (7-2) | Last: Win (41-14) at Landon | Next: at Georgetown Prep, 11/9
29. McNamara (5-3) | Last: Loss (52-7) vs. Good Counsel | Next: IDLE
30. Pallotti (10-1) | Last: Win (14-13) at Concordia Prep | Next: IDLE

Gonzaga QB Caleb Williams commits to play in 2021 All-American Bowl

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Gonzaga QB Caleb Williams commits to play in 2021 All-American Bowl

Gonzaga quarterback Caleb Williams has committed to play in the 2021 All-American Bowl.

Williams, a 5-star recruit, is largely considered the No. 1 ranked dual-threat QB in the nation. The 2018-19 Gatorade State Player of the Year (D.C.) is no stranger to big games. He led Gonzaga to the WCAC championship game as a freshman before helping the Eagles win the title as a sophomore. He’s had his eyes set on testing his talents in the bowl for some time now.

“I’ve always watched the game,” said Williams. “I always saw people like Trevor [Lawrence]. I always watched the highlights -- like Adrian Peterson being there -- so being able to join that family means a lot.”

Williams and his father attended the lead-up to the 2020 All-American Bowl earlier this month, where he had the opportunity to meet current and future participants. While there, he witnessed fellow DMV 5-star standout Bryan Bresee be honored as the national defensive student athlete of the year. Williams and others in his class then took in the game and all of its festivities from field-level. With the option of committing to play in any of the major all-star events, Williams chose the All-American Bowl because he feels participants were able to separate themselves from the competition.

“I chose the All-American Bowl because NBC and Adidas provided a stellar experience when I showed up.” said Williams. “Both sides were real professional, and I want to be a part of that.”

Williams was chosen for the game by the All-American Bowl selection committee and 247Sports. Only 100 of the top student athletes nationally will have such an opportunity. But for Williams, playing in the game has a meaning that stretches far past the white lines that outline even the largest of stadiums. He hopes his accomplishments affect more than just the game -- he wants to help the next wave of student athletes here at home.

“I believe success opens up doors for others and that’s really all I’m here for,” said Williams. “I’m here to have a successful career and open up doors for other kids in the DMV, because we don’t get as much credit as we really should.”

The twenty-first edition of the All-American Bowl will be played on January 2, 2021 in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Tristan Leigh of Robinson Secondary earns MVP honors at National Combine

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Tristan Leigh of Robinson Secondary earns MVP honors at National Combine

Offensive tackle Tristan Leigh, of Robinson Secondary School, earned MVP honors at the National Combine in San Antonio on January 3.

The National Combine is an annual event held to showcase the talent and abilities of the top underclassmen in the country. Participants are run through a gambit of drills testing their speed, agility and power, amongst other things, before competing in position specific 1-on-1’s.

With college scouts watching each rep and recruiting services measuring every movement, the process is daunting for some, but Leigh chose to embrace the moment.

“I wasn't nervous. I was really excited,” said Leigh. “The last time I had competition in football was the end of the season in October -- so my overall feeling was excitement to get out there and compete.”

Sharing the platform with over 600 student athletes, Leigh was head and shoulders above his peers. Standing at 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, he used his length, strength and athleticism to dominate the competition.

“When plays start, I flip a switch and go full speed 'til the whistle blows,” said Leigh. “I like to play really physical. In football, if you’re really physical when you go at someone, 75% of the time, they won’t want to play with you anymore.”

Leigh was so impressive, the combine selection committee unanimously chose him as their overall No. 1, a distinction not lost on the Fairfax student athlete.

“I feel very blessed and thankful,” said Leigh. “I was excited when they named me MVP. I appreciate the committee for selecting me from that big group of people. I’m going to just work harder from here.”

As a 4-star student athlete, Leigh entered the weekend a highly touted recruit, holding offers from powerhouse programs such as Alabama, LSU and Penn State. As a result of his performance at the National Combine, he has picked up five additional offers, raising his total to 24, and an invite to play in next year's All-American Bowl on NBC.

“This is definitely a dream come true. This is what I’ve wanted since elementary school,” said Leigh. “Football has always been my first love. I’m excited to go through this process and figure out where I want to go.”

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