USA Today Super 25 Preview: Week 12
Most of the teams ranked in the last USA Today Super 25 kicked off the action in the playoffs, but the stakes are higher for the No.12 Corner Canyon than anyone entering Week 12....

Most of the teams ranked in the last USA Today Super 25 kicked off the action in the playoffs, but the stakes are higher for the No.12 Corner Canyon than anyone entering Week 12.

Corner Canyon will face Lone Peak High School for the Utah 6A State Title on Friday night. Corner Canyon has been dominant throughout 2020 and has one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the country at Jaxson Dart, but Lone Peak will pose a tough test for the defending State 6A champions.

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With that said, let's see what's in store for every USA Today Super 25 team this weekend.

No.1 IMG Academy (Florida) vs. TRU Prep Academy

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IMG Academy concludes its 2020 season against TRU Prep Academy on Friday night.

No 2 Duncanville (Texas) vs. Lake Ridge

John F. Rhodes / Dallas Morning News

Duncanville hosts Lake Ridge High School without a win on Friday night.

No 3 St. Joseph's Prep (Pennsylvania) v Souderton

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St. Joseph's Prep will face Souderton High School 7-0 in the PIAA Class 6A playoff semifinals on Friday night.

No. 4 North Shore (Texas) 47, King 21


North Shore played a little earlier than usual in Week 12, beating King High School, 47-21, on Thursday night.

No. 5 Grayson (Ga.) Against - BYE

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No 6 Chandler (Arizona) vs. Hamilton

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Chandler welcomes Hamilton, who was previously ranked in the USA Today Super 25, on Friday night to close out the regular season.

# 7 Saint Thomas Aquinas (Florida) @ Lehigh

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St. Thomas Aquinas will face High School 5-4 Lehigh in the FHSAA Class 7A playoff quarterfinals on Friday night.

No.8 Miami Northwestern vs. American Heritage

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Miami Northwestern hosts American Heritage in a high-profile third round playoff game in Florida 6A on Friday night.

# 9 Austin Westlake (Texas) vs. Austin

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7-0 Austin Westlake hosts 4-2 Austin High School in a local rivalry game on Friday night.

# 10 Thompson (Ala.) Vs. Hoover


Thompson continues his march towards a state championship against rival Hoover in the Alabama 7A playoff semifinals on Friday night.

No 11 Colquitt County - BYE

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No. 12 Corner Canyon (Utah) vs. Lone Peak

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Corner Canyon will play for the Utah 6A State Championship against Lone Peak High School on Friday night.

No 13 Center Grove (Ind.) Vs Ben Davis

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Center Grove faces Ben Davis High School in the IHSAA Class 6A playoff semifinals on Friday night.

N ° 14 Trinity (Ky.) - Goodbye

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No 15 Ryan (Texas) 63, Heritage 20

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No 16 Orlando Jones (Florida) v Hernando

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Orlando Jones will face Hernando High School 7-1 in the FHSAA Class 5A playoff on Friday night.

No.17 De Smet Jesuit (Mo.) vs. Fox

The 10-1 Fox High School is next for De Smet Jesuit in the Missouri State Playoffs on Friday night.

No 18 Oakland (Tenn.) Vs Riverdale

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Oakland is set to play a playoff game with rival Riverdale High School on Friday night.

# 19 Allen (Texas) @ McKinney

Vernon Bryant / Dallas Morning News

Allen makes his return to USA Today Super 25 against McKinney High School on Friday night.

No.20 Dutch Fork (SC) v Carolina Forest

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Dutch Fork faces Carolina Forest High School 8-1 in the CMHC AAAAA class playoffs on Friday night.

No 21 Cherry Creek (Colorado) vs. Regis Jesuit

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Cherry Creek starts the playoffs against Regis Jesuit on Friday night.

No.22 Bixby (Okla.) Vs. Del City

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Bixby hosts Del City High School in the OSSAA Class 6A-II playoffs on Friday night.

No 23 St. Peter's Prep (NJ) @ Seton Hall Prep

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St. Peter's Prep returns to the field against Seton Hall Prep on Monday. The Marauders haven't played since October 24 due to COVID-19.

Cathedral n ° 24 (Ind.) Against Castle

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Cathedral returns to USA Today Super 25 this week and will face Castle High School in the IHSAA Class 5A semifinals on Friday night.

No. 25 St. Xavier (Ohio) - Full season

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Last weekend, St. Xavier overcame Pickerington Central by a final score of 44-3 to secure a state championship.

Understanding what it takes to becoming a successful athlete, is important. Although, there are centaines de milliers of factors that contribute to this, so we have put together our top 5 tips to becoming a successful athlete ! The reason behind this article came from an conversation between myself and a young athlete desperate for success. So, hopefully, this article will help similar athletes asking the same type of questions.

First of all, commitment is defined as the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause ( your team ) or activity ( your sport ). Although, commitment isn’t tangible and you can’t quantify it, the levels of commitment are ever changing. So, thats the task, understand what level you need to reach and smash it !

A locker room full of teammates who are willing to work and work together every day at practice, even when not under the coach’s eye, is important to having a successful season. Realise that a good teammate doesn’t try to be the best player on the team; they focus on being the best player for the team, though at times this can be difficult – stick with it !

Spending 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after practice working on your game will give you an advantage over the competition. Some players choose to talk about their day while they slowly lace up their shoes, or duck out of practice as quickly as possible. Realise that being different is just one level away from being great. Twenty minutes of additional practice six days in a row adds up to another full practice during your week. Although its more about quality practice rather then quantity of practice, if you are adding 120 more minutes of practice to your week, make sure its worth while !

to become a successful athlete you need to know Your Teammates. How you work with your teammates when things are going wrong, strongly influences how successful you will be. Also influencing how far you will go as an athlete. So, great teammates are positive, supportive, understanding, forgiving and passionate about helping those around them achieve greatness. Learn about your teammates. Enjoy being around them away from practices and games. Sit with different teammates on road trips. Strike up conversations to learn about what motivates them. The time, effort and energy you put into reaching out to your teammates will come back to you many times over. Being a good teammate isn’t a big thing; it’s a million little things, so get working !

Realise that regardless of whether you are playing in a friendly fixture, a tournament, or been invited to international trials, certainly adopt the motion that people are watching. You are a brand, and you want to be seen in a positive light. You have to become a brand worth investing in, because your worth investing in.

Finally, “When you are not getting better, you are getting worse” is a cliché that may intimidate many athletes. Improve just one rep each day, and push yourself outside your comfort zone. If you are lucky enough to be around a coach who pushes you, holds you accountable, and may even be demanding at times, consider it a gift. Although it may be stressful, they probably see something in you that you don’t yet see in yourself.

Stay positive and believe in the process. No successful athlete ever started out that way. They all found it in themselves to make their bad days better and draw confidence from the days when they did well. You are never as bad as your worst day, and you are never as good as your best. Find it in yourself to stay level-headed and hungry to become more for your coaches, teammates, family and yourself.


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