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What we're watching: Power 25 national high school football games of the week: (Nov. 30-Dec. 3)

Here’s a closer look at a few of the country's elite and who they'll take on with an emphasis on how the result could influence our final Power 25 rankings

We released our final regular season SBLive Power 25 of 2022 earlier this month — our weekly look at the top 25 high school football teams in the country. Once the football playoffs have wrapped up in every state, we will release our final end-of-season Power 25 rankings on Monday, Dec. 19.

This week, quarterfinal showdowns in Texas and big time semifinal matchups in Georgia take center stage. 

Here’s a closer look at some of the country's elite and who they'll take on with an emphasis on how the result could influence our end-of-year Power 25 rankings.

WEDNESDAY

Auburn-Ala. (12-1) vs. Thompson-Alabaster, Ala. (10-3) - 7A state championship - Neutral site

Of the two teams, Auburn is the only one who could make the final Power 25 with a win, since Thompson already has three losses. Auburn avenged a regular season defeat to Central in the semifinals, so a victory over Thompson would most likely warrant an end-of-year Power 25 berth. Auburn's top ranked senior recruit is Bradyn Joiner, a University of Auburn offensive lineman commit. 

FRIDAY

Carrollton-Ga. (13-0) at No. 18 Colquitt County-Norman Park, Ga. (13-0) - 7A semifinals

If this game is close, both teams have a shot at making the end-of-year Power 25 — the winner will definitely be in. Colquitt County's top players are running back Charlie Pace, a Georgia Southern commit, safety Jack Luttrell (Tennessee), linebacker Kamal Bonner (Georgia Tech), tight end Landen Thomas (Georgia) and wide receiver Ny Carr (Georgia). Carrollton's top ranked recruit is junior tight end Caleb Odom. 

No. 19 North Shore-Houston (13-0) vs. Atascocita-Humble, Texas (11-2) - 6A Division 1 quarterfinals

This game is a rematch of a regular season contest North Shore won 16-13. The winning team will stay on our Power 25 radar and the loser will be eliminated from Power 25 contention. 

Rome-Ga. (12-1) at No. 25 Langston Hughes-Fairburn, Ga. (13-0) - 6A semifinals

If Langston Hughes is as good as we think, they'll win their next two to claim a 6A state championship. The Panthers are led by 2023 Ohio State tight end commit Jelani Thurman, 2023 Georgia offensive lineman commit Bo Hughley and 2024 quarterback Air Noland. Rome's top ranked recruits are senior defensive lineman Stephiylan Green, a Clemson commit, and junior athlete Martavious Collins, an Alabama commit. 

St. Edward-Lakewood, Ohio (13-1) vs. Springfield-Ohio (14-1) - Division 1 state championship - Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium

If St. Edward wins, they'll be Power 25 bound. The Eagles did lose a regular season game against Washington (Massillon, Ohio), but wins over Central Catholic (Toledo, Ohio), Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Colo.), Elder (Cincinnati), Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati), Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio) and Springfield in the state championship would be enough to get back into our rankings. On the other side, Springfield would most likely be in with a win. 

SATURDAY

No. 10 Westlake-Austin, Texas (13-0) vs. Brennan-San Antonio (12-1) - 6A Division 1 quarterfinals) - Neutral site

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CalPreps ranks Westlake as the No. 5 team in Texas and Brennan at No. 29. The Chaparrals have won 53 games in a row. This doesn't seem like the week that streak ends. 

No. 11 Guyer-Denton, Texas (13-0) vs. Carroll-Southlake, Texas (13-0) - 6A Division 2 quarterfinals) - Northwest ISD Stadium

Similarly to Carrollton at Colquitt County, this is another game of the week contender. It's also a game where both teams could end the season ranked if it's tight. For Guyer, senior quarterback Jackson Arnold is committed to Oklahoma, senior safety Peyton Bowen is a Notre Dame pledge and senior safety Ryan Yaites is committed to LSU. Senior Carroll QB Kaden Anderson is committed to Wyoming. 

No. 14 Duncanville-Texas (13-0) vs. Westfield-Houston (12-1) - 6A Division 1 quarterfinals) - Neutral site

This feels like a mismatch. No team has come close to beating Duncanville in the playoffs while Westfield has squeaked by in their last two postseason games. Duncanville has arguably the best defense in Texas and the program has a laundry list of top recruits including junior edge rusher Collin Simmons, senior receiver Lontrell Turner, senior safety Deldrick Madison, senior corner Lamodrick Spencer, senior tackle Benjamin Whitfield (TCU), junior tailback Caden Durham, junior safety Ka'Davion Dotson, junior defensive lineman Alex January, sophomore receiver Dakorien “Rook” Moore and freshman receiver Zach Turner.

Saguaro-Scottsdale, Ariz. (8-3) at No. 16 Liberty-Peoria, Ariz. (11-0) - Open Division semifinals

Liberty has been the clear No. 1 team in Arizona high school football since beating Basha-Chandler 35-7 in October. Junior quarterback Navi Bruzon was named the Arizona Cardinals High School Player of the Year earlier this week. 

Saguaro won the Open Division crown last season and is certainly capable of an upset here, but this feels like Liberty's year. 

Chandler (9-2) at No. 21 Basha-Chandler,Ariz. (10-1) - Open Division semifinals

This is a rematch of a regular season game Basha won 14-7. The winning team will stay on our Power 25 radar. 

Prosper-Texas (12-1) vs. Lewisville-Texas (13-1) - 6A Division 1 quarterfinals - McKinney ISD Stadium

The victorious team in this quarterfinal will get a shot at the Duncanville-Westfield winner. Both Prosper and Lewisville would need to win its next two games to warrant Power 25 consideration. The top ranked senior recruit in this game is Lewisville cornerback Caden Jenkins, a Baylor pledge. 

Garnet Valley-Glen Mills, Pa. (13-0) at St. Joseph's Prep-Philadelphia (10-1) - 6A semifinals

CalPreps ranks St. Joseph's Prep as the No. 1 team in Pennsylvania and Garnet Valley at No. 9. St. Joseph's Prep's roster features four upperclassmen with at least one Division 1 offer. Garnet Valley's roster has none, according to 247Sports.com.