Mater Dei closes-in on High School Football America national championship

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Mater Dei (California) is now one win away from winning the 2017 High School Football America “mythical” national championship.  In two weeks, the top-ranked Monarchs will play No. 13 De La Salle (California) for the CIF Open Division championship.  If Mater Dei wins, the school will clinch the No. 1 overall ranking that is created with our proprietary algorithm.

On Saturday, Mater Dei topped Trinity League foe St. John Bosco (California) for the second time this season with an impressive 49-24 romp against the Braves, who were the defending Open Division champs.  SJB drops from No. 11 last week to No. 17 after the loss.

The week ahead features eight games with Top 100 head-to-head match-ups and most of them are for state championships.

In Pennsylvania, No. 7 St. Joseph’s Prep will be looking for back-to-back 6A state titles when it faces No. 19 Pine-Richland.

Two of the Florida state championship games will feature all-Top 100 match-ups. The 7A title game features No. 30 Venice playing No. 89 Bartram Trail, while the 6A championship has No. 9 Northwestern playing No. 21 Armwood.

Georgia also has two Top 100 title match-ups. In the AAAAAAA title game, No. 68 North Gwinnett goes against No. 76 Colquitt County.  The Class AAAA game features two new Top 100 teams — No. 90 Marist taking-on No. 94 Blessed Trinity. It’s a rematch of the regular season game between the two that was won by Marist 25-24.  Defending 5A champ Rome enters the rankings this week at No. 83 after taking-down former No. 89 Buford in a rematch of last year’s title game.

In Alabama, No. 52 Hoover will look to win its second straight 7A title when it faces No. 65 McGill-Toolen.

The North Carolina Class 4AA title comes-down to No. 43 Wake Forest, the defending champs, taking-on No. 57 Mallard Creek.

The only non-championship head-to-head in the Top 100 is in the Texas Class 6A Division I quarterfinals where No. 3 Allen meets No. 55 Euless Trinity.

Overall there are five new teams in the Top 100 this week aside from the three Georgia teams — Blessed Trinity, Marist and Rome.  Texas’ Longview comes in at No. 82 after knocking-off former No. 53 Klein Collins and Bartram Trail enters at No. 89 after beating former No. 56 Plant in Florida’s 7A semis.

High School Football America Top 100

Rank, Team, StateRecordLast WeekNext Week
#1 Mater Dei (California)14-01Idle
#2 IMG Academy (Florida)8-02Season completed
#3 Allen (Texas)13-03#54 Euless Trinity (TX)
#4 Trinity (Kentucky)15-04Season completed
#5 South Pointe (South Carolina)15-05Season completed
#6 American Heritage (Plantation, Florida)12-06Baker County (FL)
#7 St. Joseph’s Prep (Pennsylvania)13-07#20 Pine-Richland (PA)
#8 Ben Davis (Indiana)14-08Season completed
#9 Northwestern (Miami, Florida)11-29#21 Armwood (FL)
#10 St. Frances Academy (Maryland)12-010Season completed
#11 Brentwood Academy (Tennessee)12-012Season completed
#12 Bishop Gorman (Nevada)12-214Season completed
#13 De La Salle (California)11-115Idle
#14 Bingham (Utah)13-016Season completed
#15 Katy (Texas)11-018North Shore (TX)
#16 Miami Central (Florida)9-313Season completed
#17 St. John Bosco (California)11-311Season completed
#18 St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC)10-219Season completed
#19 Bergen Catholic (New Jersey)10-221Season completed
#20 Pine-Richland (Pennsylvania)15-023#7 St. Joseph’s Prep (PA)
#21 Armwood (Florida)14-024#9 Northwestern (FL)
#22 Dutch Fork (South Carolina)13-127Season completed
#23 Westlake (Texas)13-030Cibolo Steele (TX)
#24 John Curtis (Louisiana)11-128Catholic (Baton Rouge, LA)
#25 Archbishop Wood (Pennsylvania)11-231Gateway (PA)
#26 Erie Cathedral Prep (Pennsylvania)12-031Imhotep Charter (PA)
#27 Trotwood-Madison (Ohio)15-046Season completed
#28 Owasso (Oklahoma)12-140Season completed
#29 Pickerington Central (Ohio)14-138Season completed
#30 Venice (Florida)13-155#89 Bartram Trail (FL)
#31 Corona Centennial (California)10-222Season completed
#32 Denton Ryan (Texas)13-032Lubbock Coronado (TX)
#33 St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey)9-328Season completed
#34 Chandler (Arizona)12-236Season completed
#35 Aledo (Texas)13-035Abilene Cooper (TX)
#36 Lake Travis (Texas)11-237Los Fresnos (TX)
#37 DePaul Catholic (New Jersey)8-335Season completed
#38 Centennial (Arizona)12-158Season completed
#39 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida)11-320Season completed
#40 Union (Oklahoma)12-117Season completed
#41 Mission Viejo (California)12-133Season completed
#42 West Point (Mississippi)15-043Season completed
#43 Wake Forest (North Carolina)14-042#57 Mallard Creek (NC)
#44 Pearl (Mississippi)16-045Season completed
#45 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, New Jersey)8-429Season completed
#46 Fort Dorchester (South Carolina)13-141Season completed
#47 Cocoa (Florida)11-144Raines (FL)
#48 Mentor (Ohio)13-239Season completed
#49 Archbishop Hoban (Ohio)14-150Season completed
#50 Prairie Ridge (Illinois)14-047Season completed
#51 Lincoln-Way East (Illinois)14-048Season completed
#52 Hoover (Alabama)10-351#65 McGill-Toolen (AL)
#53 Manvel (Texas)12-052Temple (TX)
#54 Pulaski Academy (Arkansas)14-054Season completed
#55 Euless Trinity (Texas)11-262#3 Allen (TX)
#56 Duncanville (Texas)11-163Season completed
#57 Mallard Creek (North Carolina)14-076#43 Wake Forest (NC)
#58 Folsom (California)14-077Fresno Central (CA)
#59 St. Ignatius (Ohio)11-251Season completed
#60 East (Utah)10-352Season completed
#61 St. Xavier (Ohio)10-253Season completed
#62 St. Edward (Ohio)10-254Season completed
#63 Saint Louis (Hawaii)10-066Season completed
#64 Midway (Texas)13-067Southlake Carroll (TX)
#65 McGill-Toolen (Alabama)13-068#52 Hoover (AL)
#66 Thompson (Alabama)12-169Season completed
#67 Narbonne (California)10-373Paraclete (CA)
#68 North Gwinnett (Georgia)13-181#76 Colquitt County (GA)
#69 Central (Phenix City, Alabama)11-171Season completed
#70 Liberty (Nevada)11-272Season completed
#71 Maryville (Tennessee)14-180Season completed
#72 Saguaro (Arizona)11-274Season completed
#73 Phillips Academy (Illinois)14-088Season completed
#74 North Little Rock (Arkansas)13-079Season completed
#75 Chaminade-Madonna (Florida)10-282Oxbridge Academy (FL)
#76 Colquitt County (Georgia)10-393#68 North Gwinnett (GA)
#77 Cardinal Gibbons (Florida)10-284Season completed
#78 Archer (Georgia)12-164Season completed
#79 Grayson (Georgia)10-265Season completed
#80 Oakland (Tennessee)13-183Season completed
#81 Maine South (Illinois)12-285Season completed
#82 Longview (Texas)12-1NRLufkin (TX)
#83 Rome (Georgia)14-0NRWarner Robins (GA)
#84 Klein Collins (Texas)11-153Season completed
#85 Plant (Florida)12-256Season completed
#86 Judson (Texas)10-286Season completed
#87 Carol City (Florida)8-487Season completed
#88 Kahuku (Hawaii)11-288Season completed
#89 Bartram Trail (Florida)11-3NR#30 Venice (FL)
#90 Marist (Georgia)14-0NR#94 Blessed Trinity (GA)
#91 Viera (Florida)8-290Season completed
#92 Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)8-491Season completed
#93 Good Counsel (Maryland)8-392Season completed
#94 Blessed Trinity (Georgia)12-2NR#90 Marist (GA)
#95 Winton Woods (Ohio)13-278Season completed
#96 Buford (Georgia)10-249Season completed
#97 Cartersville (Georgia)11-1100Season completed
#98 Chaminade (California)9-295Season completed
#99 Colerain (Ohio)11-397Season completed
#100 Miramar (Florida)9-298Season completed

Dropped-out: No. 70 Lamar (Houston, TX), No. 89 Mission Hills (California), No. 94 Westfield (Texas), No. 96 Mountain Pointe (Arizona), No. 100 Deerfield Beach (Florida)

Editor’s Note: The High School Football America national, regional and state rankings are developed using our proprietary algorithm.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America.Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet.Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.

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