The high school football playoffs continue this week, with more exciting action on the way.
Here’s a look at 10 of the top high school football headlines entering the weekend of Nov. 22-24:
1. Chandler advances with thrilling OT win
Chandler is the No. 1 seed in the Arizona 6A Conference playoffs, but it needed overtime to pull out its semifinal win.
The Wolves scored a game-winning two-point conversion on the final play of overtime to pull out a 36-35 win over Highland last Friday.
Highland scored first in OT, but Chandler answered and chose to go for the win, which proved to be a wise decision.
Chandler, which is ranked No. 19 in the USA Today Super 25 poll, will play No. 6-seeded Perry in the 6A championship game at Sun Devil Stadium on Dec. 1.
DeCarlos Brooks scores a 6-yd TD for Chandler, putting 1 point behind Highland 35-34…and they go for the 2-pt conversion… IT’S GOOD!!! THE GW-PLAY BY BRAYDEN LIEBROCK!! GAME OVER!! @chandlerwolves SURVIVE THE UPSET 36-35!!! They advance to the 6A Championship vs Perry #azhsfb pic.twitter.com/HoBkTkaGDT
— Dana Scott (@iam_DanaScott) November 17, 2018
2. University Lab moves into top 10
With a 48-14 win over St. Louis Catholic in the Louisiana Division II playoffs, University Lab moved into the top 10 in the USA Today Super 25 poll.
University Lab moved up one spot from No. 11 with the victory in its playoff opener, which improved it to 11-0. The Cubs had a first-round bye.
On Friday, University Lab, the No. 1 seed, faces No. 5-seeded De La Salle in the semifinals. The winner will face the winner of St. Charles Catholic-St. Thomas More on Dec. 7.
3. Three pick-sixes in one half
Elias Ricks got off to a strong start in Mater Dei’s 48-14 win over Centennial in the California Division 1 playoffs last Friday.
In fact, Ricks carried the team.
Ricks had three interception returns for touchdowns in the first half, helping to push Mater Dei to an 11-2 record and into the state championship game.
Mater Dei, ranked No. 2 in the USA Today Super 25 poll, plays No. 1 St. John Bosco in the Division 1 championship game on Friday.
In the history of the @NFL no one has had 3 pick sixes in a single game.@Eliasricks2020 just took home his 3rd of the first half 🙃@MDFootball | @CIFSS pic.twitter.com/3TedAPuScu
— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) November 17, 2018
4. Early signing period draws near
Although National Signing Day in February has always been known as the most popular day for recruits to sign with college programs, the early signing period has changed the landscape for commitments.
Last year, college football added a new early signing period. And that’s only a month away from happening again, as recruits can sign with programs from Dec. 19-21.
247sports recently looked at what to expect from the second-ever early signing period as it draws closer.
5. Rivalry game leads to food fight
Sometimes, rivalries continue after a football game, and that includes at the high school level.
After a Texas matchup between Clear Brook and Clear Lake last week, fans of both teams got into a food fight at a Houston-area Whataburger.
Clear Lake beat Clear Brook, 28-6, in a game that took place about three miles from the restaurant, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Post football games in Houston : pic.twitter.com/3r9AMBTWS6
— ibby (@ibbyhatamleh) November 10, 2018
6. Matchup of the Week: Mater Dei vs. St. John Bosco
It has to be the game of the week when two of the top teams in the country face off for a state championship.
St. John Bosco and Mater Dei, the top two teams in the USA Today Super 25 poll, respectively, will play for the California Division 1 state title on Friday.
This is a rematch from earlier in the season. St. John Bosco, which is 13-0, beat Mater Dei, 41-18, on Oct. 13.
IT’S ALMOST THAT TIME AGAIN. Basically the HSFB National Championship Nov. 23rd when these two meet again. #Bosco #MaterDei
The Rivalry: https://t.co/cOsjMCh5ng pic.twitter.com/jkktDpbGU6
— Football Recruit. (@FootballRecruit) November 17, 2018
7. Other big-time matchups
Two Arizona state championships will be decided on Friday. Here are the matchups that will take place:
3A: Yuma Catholic vs. Northwest Christian2A: Round Valley vs. Thatcher
The champions for the 6A and 5A Conferences will be decided on Dec. 1, while the 4A championship game is set for Nov. 30.
8. Incredible Play of the Week
This play appeared to be a touchdown — until the ball was knocked out of the receiver’s hands into the hands of a defender.
Kaleem Corbin of North Penn (Pa.) made a nice interception during his team’s 35-21 win over Downington West in the Pennsylvania Class 6A playoffs.
Corbin made a tip-drill interception while keeping his feet in bounds in the back of the end zone. His nice play helped North Penn stay undefeated while advancing to the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
#FOOTBALL: 2:22 3Q. Kaleem Corbin with an incredible interception, grabbing a ball knocked away for a receiver and keeping his feet inbounds in the back of the end zone. Shamar Edwards knocking the ball out of the receiver’s hands. pic.twitter.com/6ErBQONqMq
— Mike Cabrey (@mpcabrey) November 17, 2018
9. Top Performance of the Week
It’s impressive to score eight touchdowns in a game. It’s even more impressive to do it two weeks in a row.
Ray Leach rushed for 474 yards and eight touchdowns to lead Batavia to a 54-49 win over Skaneateles in the Class B New York playoffs this past Saturday.
A week earlier, Leach had 417 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.
Leach will look for another incredible performance when Batavia, which is 12-0, plays Glens Falls for the Class B championship on Saturday.
Ray Leach of Batavia talks about his huge 8 touchdown game and getting ready for next weeks game at the dome. #NYSPHSAA pic.twitter.com/15nxRDMPzR
— NYSPHSAA (@NYSPHSAA) November 17, 2018
10. Recent commitments
2019 running back John Emery (Destrehan High School, Destrehan, La.), a 5-star recruit per the 247sports composite rankings, committed to LSU on Nov. 13.
Proud to say I’m staying home. COMMITTED. 🐯 #God1st #GoTigers pic.twitter.com/Vol9YMzpV4
— John Emery (@Emery4____) November 13, 2018
2019 tight end Casey Clanton (Central High School, Phoenix, Ariz.), a 3-star recruit per the 247sports rankings, committed to Ohio on Nov. 14.
After my official visit and conversations with @RyanBainbridge0 @CoachSolich @BrianHainesb I’m will be proud to call Athen home #Bleedgreen19 pic.twitter.com/m4RUwT3E2r
— Casey Clanton (@CaseyClanton88) November 15, 2018
2019 guard Joshua Pena (Chandler High School, Chandler, Ariz.), a 2-star recruit per the 247sports composite rankings, committed to Navy on Nov. 15.
2019 defensive end Myron Warren (Many High School, Many, La.), a 3-star recruit per the 247sports composite rankings, committed to Texas on Nov. 19.
COMMITTED ❗️ Hookem🤘🏾💯 pic.twitter.com/StubqINsU3
— Myron Warren ⁶ (@M_warren99) November 19, 2018