• J.T. Barrett, QB, Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider – The Raiders (10-2) have won 10 out of their last 11 – despite losing Barrett to injury midseason – and look to continue their season Saturday with a University Interscholastic League Class 4A Division II regional semifinal vs. El Paso Burges at Midland.
Burges (10-2) enters the game on and eight-game winning streak. They’re led by twin brothers Aaron and Alvin Jones, who combined for five touchdowns in the Mustangs’ 35-28 win last week against Hereford. Rider is led by rusher Domanic Thrasher, who has 1,117 yards on the second with 18 touchdowns.
• Joey Bosa, DE, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson will be the opponent for St. Thomas Aquinas in a Florida High School Athletic Association Class 7A regional final. Bosa will not play in his team’s home game, however, as he was suspended by the FHSAA for one game for committing a flagrant foul in the Raiders’ 38-7 win against Plantation last week.
St. Thomas Aquinas (10-2) will face a challenge against the visiting Cobras, who outdueled Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer in a defensive struggle last week. Boyd Anderson (9-2) won that game, 6-3, a week after earning a 13-7 victory against Delray Beach Atlantic.
While the Cobras have won tight games in the postseason, the Raiders have outscored their opponents 80-14.
• Cameron Burrows, CB, Trotwood (Ohio) Madison and Jayme Thompson, S, Toledo Central Catholic – A pair of OSU verbal commits will battle when the Rams battle the Fighting Irish Friday at Massillon in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II championship game.
Trotwood (12-2) hopes to win its second consecutive D-II title. The Rams are in their third straight championship game, having won 42-28 against Avon last season. Isreal Green leads Trotwood’s offense. He rushed for 220 yards on 26 carries last week in a 33-32 win over OSU commit Darron Lee and New Albany. Burrows recorded a tackle in the victory.
Central Catholic (13-1) is one of two Toledo schools to reach the championship round (Whitmer will play Cincinnati Moeller in Division I). The Irish earned their title game berth last week with a 20-13 win against Aurora. Amir Edwards provided the winning score on a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
• Tyquan Lewis, DE, Tarboro, N.C. – Another future Buckeye will battle for a state championship on Saturday when Lewis leads Tarboro (14-0) against Denver East Lincoln (15-0) in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A championship game at Wake Forest’s BB&T Stadium.
The Vikings’ defense will battle an East Lincoln spread offense that is averaging 410 yards per game. Tarboro, however, is more experienced in postseason play, having played in five straight state title games. The Vikings are led by rushers Quentin Roberson and Radja Bobbitt, who combine to have 1,857 yards and 40 touchdowns.
The Mustangs are led by quarterback Garrett Young. He has thrown for 3,409 yards and 43 touchdowns. They are back in the state title game for the first time since 2008.
• Eli Woodard, CB, Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern – The Vikings return to the field Friday when second-seeded Eastern hosts No. 6 Manahawkin Southern in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association South Jersey Group 5 semifinal.
Southern (7-2) earned its spot in the game thanks to a 33-32 win against Sewell Washington Township. The Rams blocked a PAT with a little more than three minutes remaining to seal the victory. Running back Abe Gonzalez led Southern with 214 yards on 38 carries with four touchdowns.
Woodard helped Eastern (7-3) win its spot in the semifinal by catching an 8-yard touchdown pass on offense. Quarterback Tom Flacco led the way in the 41-38 win over Toms River North by completing 18 of 31 passes for 330 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for another, a 5-yard score that provided the winning points with 1:11 remaining.
The following players have ended their seasons – Marcus Baugh, TE, Riverside (Calif.) North; Ezekiel Elliott, RB, St. Louis John Burroughs; Tim Gardner, OT, Indianapolis Lawrence Central; Michael Hill, DT, Pendleton, S.C.; Taivon Jacobs, WR, Forestville (Md.) Suitland; Evan Lisle, OT, Centerville, Ohio; Jalin Marshall, QB, Middletown, Ohio; Billy Price, DT, Austintown (Ohio) Fitch; Tracy Sprinkle, DE, Elyria, Ohio; Johnny Townsend, P, Orlando (Fla.) Boone.