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IMG Academy closes the season with a win over No. 2 St. Frances Academy

If there was one high school game that college football fans should be paying close attention to this weekend — and perhaps throughout the season — it was the duel between No. 2 St. Frances Academy (Md.) and of IMG Academy No. 11 (Fl.).

In the show of star power, IMG Academy took home the 27-16 victory and closed their season with an 8-1 record.

Although IMG was ranked lower, it wouldn’t be entirely accurate to call this a fuss. Both schools are historically dominant and have carried that into this year. The game started with the SFA 8-0 and victories against very good schools across the country including East St. Louis, Illinois, DeSoto, Texas, Venice, Florida, Dutch Fork, Irmo, SC, and Kahuku ( Hawaii). Meanwhile, IMG was 7-1 with four straight shutouts for a 254-0 aggregate score.

Teams and their fans were dying to win, but college football fans could just enjoy it as a high school excellence and also get a glimpse of players who could wear their favorite team’s jerseys in the future.

Ohio State’s Carnell Tate, a 6ft 2 receiver for IMG, finished the game with two touchdowns:

Sophomore Winston Watkins Jr. retired from Texas A&M on the morning of the game, giving college programs an argument as to why they should be the next school he’s offered. The 5ft 10 receiver, ranked 13th on the 247Sports composite, scored a Fourth quarter touchdown.

It was his tenth touchdown of the season ScorebookLive.

One of the most important plays of the game came in the second quarter. Jordan Johnson-Rubell started the game with an interception He returned for a touchdown near the five-yard line and gave the Ascenders a second-half cushion.

Johnson-Rubell, who is ranked as a four-star safety player and No. 86 on the composite, has 26 offers, according to 247Sports.

The Athletic ran an intriguing recruiting article in March titled Johnson-Rubell but more generally about recruiting at IMG’s colleges in general. While playing in Florida, he could also be considered a high school contender in Texas.

That’s meaningless to IMG fans, but for college fans paying attention to these games, it adds another level of opportunity to these players.

During this game, there were many high-ranking recruits to watch out for. In the end, the stars of IMG won out over those of St. Frances Academy.

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