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High School Football Super 25 Regional Football Watchlist: Southeast

The 2023 high school football season is here, with teams starting across the country in August.

That means the first USA TODAY Sports Super 25 is fast approaching, marking another start for a legendary franchise that began way back in 1982.

Last year’s Super 25 was one of the closest races of all time, as St. John Bosco (California) edged out Mater Dei (California) and Bishop Gorman (Nevada) and Texan leaders Duncanville and Miami Central (Fla.).

How will things continue this season? Ahead of the opening of Super 25, USA TODAY HSS looks around the country for the five regions we use to create the national rankings:

  • East
  • South East
  • Middle West
  • southwest
  • west

Next is the Southeast region, which includes schools from the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, TennesseeAnd South Carolina.

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Central started last season with a win over fellow Florida stalwarts IMG Academy and have never looked back. In the end, the undefeated Rockets secured their fourth straight state championship with a 38-31 win over American Heritage. Their dominance within the state now has a long tradition. 2022 was the school’s ninth state title in the past 12 years.

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Also in 2022, the Raiders are undefeated (14-0) and will miss some key figures from last season, namely quarterback Hezekiah Harris and pass rusher Keyshawn Johnson. However, they will still have four-star wide receiver Chance Robinson. Last season he averaged 45 yards per game and 13 touchdowns. As his senior year begins, Robinson commits to Miami.

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Last year, the Ascenders went 8-1, their only loss coming in the first game of the season against Central Miami. Their last game was a 27-16 win over Baltimore heavyweight team St. Frances Academy (Md.). This year, IMG have another strong roster, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. They are led by five-star DT David Stone and blue-chip cornerbacks Jordon Johnson-Rubell and Ellis Robinson IV, the highest-ranked cornerback in the class of 2024.

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The Lions also only lost one game last season and finished the game 13-1, with the only L against long-term rival Bishop Gorman (Nev.). While they are talented all round, Chaminade-Madonna is particularly blessed at the wide receiver position this year. Jeremiah Smith and Joshisa Trader are both five-star wideouts, both ranked among the top five recruits for their positions in the country.

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Gary Cosby Tuscaloosa News

The Mustangs had a perfect 13-0 season in 2022, ending with a 42-0 shutout win over Christ Presbyterian Academy (Tenn.). Now coached by Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Tennessee Titans center Kevin Mawae, Lipscomb has plenty of talent this year. That includes Tennessee State’s top-ranked overall recruit, cornerback Kaleb Beasley.

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Lake led 14-0 last season, which included narrow victories over Bartow, George Jenkins, Kathleen and Lakewood. However, the Dreadnaughts lost a lot of star power in the offseason, including cornerback Cormani McClain who switched to the University of Colorado after a chaotic recruitment process. Top pass rushers Larry King III and Idris King also graduated. However, they suffered their biggest defeat on the sidelines. Eight-time state champion Bill Castle has retired after serving as Lakeland’s head coach for the past 52 years.

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The Panthers had a perfect 15-0 season in 2022, culminating in the school’s first state championship with a 35-28 win over Gainesville. Langston will begin his title defense without starting quarterback Air Noland – who is en route to Ohio State. Their first game of the season is on August 18 against Carrollton (Ga.).

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The Hawks recorded a near-perfect 14-1 record last year, with their only loss of the season coming in Week 9 to the impressive Buford (Ga.). Mill Creek will bring back several promising prospects, including linebacker Josh Anglin, who totaled 13 tackles for a loss last season. Mill Creek visits North Gwinnett on Saturday, August 19 for the season opener.

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Last season, the Patriots went 13-2, suffering their two losses to Florida superpowers Chaminade-Madonna and Miami Central, all by just one touchdown. Top receiver Brandon Inniss has moved to Ohio State. However, they may have another star wideout in Malachi Toney, who had 35 catches, 621 yards and eight touchdowns as a freshman.

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Megan Mendoza – USA TODAY NETWORK

Already one of the top high school football teams in the area, Buford could be the biggest draw in the country this year. The country’s top-ranked quarterback and top overall contender in the Class of 2024 is Dylan Raiola, who switched from Arizona to Buford for his senior season and is preparing to play at the next level for Georgia. Buford led 11-1 in 2022 and opens the new season on the 18th at home against St. Frances Academy (Md.).

Others: Edgewater (Fl), Carrollton (Ga.)

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(Mickey Welsh, Montgomery Advertiser)

Thompson provided the AHSAA Class 7A State Championship last season, giving the Warriors their fourth straight championship. And when you look back at the 49-24 win over Auburn, one thing stands out: the underclassmen who starred in the game, including quarterback Trent Seaborn, who was only in the eighth grade—yes: EIGHT. The QB already has offers from Nick Saban and Crimson Tide. So rest assured that the Warriors could easily return to the Super 25 after being eliminated in 2023.

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