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ESPN Announces Weeks 5-10 of GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcase


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Week 5
Friday, October 1 – Medina (Ohio) vs. Mentor (Ohio)
7 p.m. on ESPN2 from Mentor High School in Mentor, Ohio.

  • Medina looks to avenge a semifinal playoff loss to Mentor last season. They will do so behind No. 40 ranked senior Drew Allar (Penn State commit), who is the No. 3 ranked QB-PP in the country.
  • Mentor was state runner up in Ohio last season and they will look to slow down Allar with a top 40 ranked player of their own, No. 35 junior Brenan Vernon – DE (Notre Dame commit).

Friday, October 1 – St. Frances Academy (Md.) vs. De La Salle (Calf.)
10 p.m. on ESPN2 from De La Salle High School, in Concord, Calif.

  • Frances’ season was cancelled due to pandemic last year, but they return to a national schedule a leading defense that includes four ESPN 300 ranked seniors: No. 21 Derrick Moore – DE (OU commit), No. 70 Jaishawn Barham – OLB, No. 148 Cam Johnson – CB and No. 260 Nasir Pearce – DT.
  • De La Salle played a shortened, local spring season in California and will look forward to this national test, with No. 272 ranked junior Cooper Flanagan – TE (Notre Dame commit) one of many weapons returning on both sides of the ball.

Week 6
Friday, October 8 – St. Joseph Prep (Penn.) vs. Middletown (Del.)
5 p.m. on ESPNU from Middletown High School in Middletown, Del.

  • Joseph’s Prep is coming off three straight Pennsylvania state championships and return their talent on defense with No. 172 ranked senior Keenan Nelson Jr. (South Carolina) and No. 176 ranked junior Josiah Trotter – ILB.
  • Middletown was state runner-up in Delaware last season and they will try to capture a championship this year behind No. 108 ranked senior Braden Davis – QB (South Carolina).

Week 7
Thursday, October 14 – Collins Hill (Ga.) vs. North Gwinnett (Ga.)
8 p.m. on ESPN2 from North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Ga.

  • Collins Hill is coming off a 7A Georgia state finals appearance last season. They are one of the most talented teams in the state, with No. 3 ranked senior Travis Hunter (FSU commit) – the No. 1 CB in the class – and No. 168 ranked senior Sam Horn – QB-PP (Missouri) targeting No. 124 ranked junior Ethan Davis – TE
  • North Gwinnett is a household name in the Georgia 7A playoff each year. They have young talent in the junior class up front on defense with No. 273 Kayden McDonald – DT and No. 276 Grant Godfrey – OLB.

Week 8
Friday, October 22 – Berkeley Prep (Fla.) vs. Newman (La.)
9 p.m. on ESPNU from Newman School in New Orleans, La.

  • Newman suffered only one loss last season, which came in the Louisiana 2A state finals. Up front No. 288 senior OT Bo Bordelon – OT (LSU commit) protects Arch Manning, the No. 2 ranked junior overall and No. 1 ranked QB in the class.
  • Berkeley Prep advanced to the 3A semifinals in Florida. The offense returns plenty of talent in the skilled positions, while the defense features No. 165 ranked junior Keon Keeley – DE (Notre Dame commit) who will try to put pressure on Manning.

Week 9
Friday, October 29 – Clackamas (Ore.) vs. Central Catholic (Ore.)
10 p.m. on ESPNU from Hillsboro Stadium in Hillsboro, Ore.

  • Both schools played an abbreviated/local schedule in Oregon in 2020, with Central Catholic beating Clackamas by one score in their meeting last year. Central Catholic returns No. 289 ranked senior Emar’rion Winston – OLB (Oregon commit), as well as No. 187 ranked junior Riley Williams – TE.
  • Clackamas returns three 3-star recruits: Kaden Ludwick – LB (Colorado commit), Kage Casey – OT (Boise State commit) and Miles Williams – WR (Nevada, Oregon State, Eastern Washington).

Week 10
Thursday, November 4 – Frisco Liberty (Texas) vs. Lovejoy (Texas)
8 p.m. on ESPNU from Lovejoy High School in Lucas, Texas

  • Lovejoy was 13-1 last season, losing to state champion Aledo 52-48 in the 4th round of the Texas 5A Division II playoffs. They return No. 274 ranked junior Jaxson Lavender – ATH.
  • Liberty was a 5A playoff team last season and will aim to make a deeper playoff run this year featuring the No. 7 ranked senior Evan Stewart, the No. 1 overall ranked WR in the nation.


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1 hour ago, ngdawg said:

WHY IS NORTH GWINNETT ON HERE? Collins Hill torched us last year on TV and this year we are a worse team.

Seriously, ESPN has to do some research.

Georgia brings in the most views especially with the #1 player in the country. People do all that talking about who is #1 but Georgia is the only state everyone watches. 

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47 minutes ago, 181pl said:

Berkeley @ Newman will be fun. Neither team will be laying claim to a national title or anything, but excellent teams that would beat 95% of the teams in America.

Manning will complete some passes maybe even throw a couple TD passes, but Newman is Newman. Outside of 5 or 6 kids they're not very big or very athletic.

Just the way it is. It's why Peyton and Eli could never win state championships.

Berkeley Prep and Lafayette Christian Academy (real LCA) will work Newman pretty good this year...or should.


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1 hour ago, Atticus Finch said:

It's a shitty game so probably you.


It's not that bad. SJP is gonna roll but Middletown is the favorite to win state this year and is a good enough team they would be a title contender in most states vs schools their size. They just won't be as big upfront but the skills they have are talented Transfer rules in Delaware really prohibit teams from stacking or recruiting talent. It's such a small state everyone knows all the teams and players and what everyone is doing. lol  

It will be a great high school football scene as Middletown always packs the house and of course this game will be extra lit. Everyone in the state will be trying to go to it. Stadium holds a pretty large crowd as well as lots of standing room. They will probably start tailgating at noon and be nice and tuned up by game time.  Middletown fans are nutz anyways throw ESPN game into the mix and it's a powder keg ready to go off.. ESPN announcers may get a little annoyed with all the cowbells clanging and air horns going off though... lol

Stands go endzone to endzone and no track so the fans are right on top of the action..It will be filled to capacity and all the grass areas around the stadium will be a sea of people..


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40 minutes ago, pde769 said:

ESPN missing out on the SJB vs MD October 1, 2021, #1 vs #3 in the nation and #1 vs #2 in CA. Game will be shown and streaming on Bally Sports Socal. Hope see some of your guys there. 

Are there any D1 prospects in that game? 

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