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What we’re watching: SBLive Power 25 high school football games of the week (Week 19)

Every week, SBLive reporter Connor Morrissette previews the country’s top high school football games with an emphasis on what their results mean for the Power 25. Here’s what we’re watching this week.
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On Sunday we released our 20th Power 25 of the 2020 high school football season, a weekly look at the top high school football teams in the country.

Every week, SBLive reporter Connor Morrissette previews the country’s top high school football games with an emphasis on what their results mean for the Power 25. One or two of the teams involved in each game is on our Power 25 radar. Here’s what we’re watching this week.

Jan. 8: Rider (Wichita Falls, Texas) (10-2) vs. Aledo (Texas) (11-1) (5A Division 2 semifinals)

If Aledo wins out and finishes the season with a 5A Division 2 title, they'll have a strong Power 25 resume. Their top player is senior wide receiver JoJo Earle, an Alabama signee.

Jan. 8: Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial (Texas) (13-0) vs. Cedar Park (Texas) (13-0) (5A Division 1 playoffs)

The winner of this game will stay undefeated and most likely face No. 10 Ryan (Denton, Texas) in the 5A Division 1 state championship. The team that comes out on top in that game will finish the year ranked.

Jan. 9: No. 9 Westlake (Austin Texas) (12-0) vs. No. 2 North Shore (Houston, Texas) (14-0) (6A Division 1 playoff semifinals)

North Shore’s top player is 2021 QB Dematrius Davis, an Auburn signee. He's trying to win his third state title in a row. Westlake has beaten every team they've played this season by at least four scores, but they've played an easy schedule. North Shore is their first real test of the season. This game will tell us a lot about the Chaparrals.

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