Pickerington Central entered Friday night as a resounding favorite to repeat as the Ohio Division 1 State Champions.
And then St. Xavier arrived.
The Bombers dominated from kick-off to the final whistle, shocking Pickerington Central, ranked No. 17 in USA Today's Super 25, 44-3, for their fourth state title and first since 2016. The Wrath of St. Xavier over Pickerington Central wasn't the only standout result in Week 11, as Duncanville's No.5 defense stepped up to limit Cedar Hill's No.8 offense to just 14 points in a 28 win. -14.
Here's a recap of how each Super 25 team fared in Week 11.
N ° 1 IMG Academy (Florida) - BYE
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No 2 North Shore (Texas) 58, Summer Creek 0
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North Shore kicked off their first shutout of 2020 on Friday night, beating Midway High School, 58-0.
No. 3 St. Joseph's Prep (Pennsylvania) - BYE
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N ° 4 Grayson 37, Newton 0
Grayson won a dominant 37-0 victory over Newton High School on Friday night.
No 5 Duncanville (Texas) 28, No 8 Cedar Hill (Texas) 14
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No.8 Cedar Hill had his chance to pull off the surprise against No.5 Duncanville, but in the end Duncanville's defense held their ground and propelled the Panthers to their fifth victory of 2020.
Duncanville and Cedar Hill played a game with one possession for 45 minutes, but junior running back Malachi Medlock put things on the ice for the Panthers with a 59-yard touchdown with just over three minutes to go. Medlock finished with 182 rushing yards and three total touchdowns.
“This is what we live for,” Duncanville and SMU linebacker Jadarius Thursdayby said by Joseph Hoyt of the Dallas Morning News. “We wanted to show that we were the better team defensively and that we could stop strong attacks like Cedar Hill.”
No 6 Chandler (Arizona) 42, Highland 16
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Chandler earned a 42-16 victory over Highland High School on Friday night.
No. 7 Saint Thomas Aquinas (Florida) - BYE
No.9 Miami Northwestern (Florida) 28, Key West 20
Miami Northwestern adopted the mantra of survival and advancement in the first round of the FHSAA Division 3 playoffs on Friday night, winning a 28-20 victory over Key West High School.
Things are only getting worse for the Bulls from now on, as they are set to fight American Heritage next weekend.
No. 10 Austin Westlake 45, Bowie 7
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Junior quarterback Cade Klubnik threw for 183 yards and three touchdowns as Austin Westlake hit the road to defeat Bowie High School, 45-7, on Friday night.
Sophomore wide receiver Jaden Greathouse had six passes for 111 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
No 11 Thompson (Ala.) 42, Hewitt-Trussville 16
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Thompson toppled Hewitt-Trussville in the second round of the Alabama 7A State Playoffs to stage a semi-final rematch with rival Hoover High School next weekend.
No. 12 Colquitt County 41, Tift County 0
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Colquitt County defeated Tift County 41-0 in their first ranked game as a USA Today Super 25 team in 2020.
No. 13 Corner Canyon (Utah) 45, East 30
Corner Canyon secured their place in the Utah State Championship 6A game with a 45-30 victory over East High School.
Senior quarterback Jaxson Dart broke Cammon Cooper's one-season touchdown record, throwing his 59th touchdown pass in the first quarter. Dart finished with five touchdowns in the air to go with one down.
N ° 14 Trinity (Ky.) - Goodbye
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No.15 Center Grove (Ind.) 38, Warren Central 0
Center Grove dominated from start to finish against Warren Central, beating a 38-0 victory on Friday night.
No.16 DeSoto (Texas) 63, Midway 14
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DeSoto rebounded from his narrow loss to Cedar Hill, blowing up Midway High School, 63-14, on Friday night.
St. Xavier (Ohio) 44, # 17 Pickerington Central (Ohio) 3
No.17 Pickerington Central was denied a state championship on Friday night, as St. Xavier shocked the Tigers with a broken 44-3 win.
The victory gives the Bombers their fourth state title in school history and the first since 2016.
No. 18 Orlando Jones (Florida) - BYE
Orlando Jones will face the winner of Tarpon Springs and Hernando in the FHSAA Division 3 playoff quarterfinals on November 20.
N ° 19 De Smet Jésuite 28, Howell 7
De Smet's offense Jesuit didn't shoot all cylinders Friday night, but still did enough to defeat Howell High School by a final score of 28-7 in the Missouri State playoffs.
No 20 Oakland (Tennessee) 49, Mont Juliette 17
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Oakland beat Mount Juliet, 49-17, on Friday night to advance to the Tennessee State playoffs.
# 21 Tompkins (Texas) - Goodbye
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No. 22 Dutch Fork (SC) 42, Summerville 7
Dutch Fork settled things offensively against Summerville High School on Friday night, scoring 42 points in their last win.
# 23 Cherry Creek 50, Eaglecrest 0
Cherry Creek delivered a statement performance on Saturday afternoon, beating previously undefeated Eaglecrest by a final score of 50-0.
# 24 Bixby (Okla.) Cons - BYE
No. 25 St. Peter's Prep (NJ) - BYE
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