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, State Record Last Week Next Week
#1 Mater Dei (California) 14-0 1 Idle
#2 IMG Academy (Florida) 8-0 2 Season completed
#3 Allen (Texas) 13-0 3 #54 Euless Trinity (TX)
#4 Trinity (Kentucky) 15-0 4 Season completed
#5 South Pointe (South Carolina) 15-0 5 Season completed
#6 American Heritage (Plantation, Florida) 12-0 6 Baker County (FL)
#7 St. Joseph’s Prep (Pennsylvania) 13-0 7 #20 Pine-Richland (PA)
#8 Ben Davis (Indiana) 14-0 8 Season completed
#9 Northwestern (Miami, Florida) 11-2 9 #21 Armwood (FL)
#10 St. Frances Academy (Maryland) 12-0 10 Season completed
#11 Brentwood Academy (Tennessee) 12-0 12 Season completed
#12 Bishop Gorman (Nevada) 12-2 14 Season completed
#13 De La Salle (California) 11-1 15 Idle
#14 Bingham (Utah) 13-0 16 Season completed
#15 Katy (Texas) 11-0 18 North Shore (TX)
#16 Miami Central (Florida) 9-3 13 Season completed
#17 St. John Bosco (California) 11-3 11 Season completed
#18 St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC) 10-2 19 Season completed
#19 Bergen Catholic (New Jersey) 10-2 21 Season completed
#20 Pine-Richland (Pennsylvania) 15-0 23 #7 St. Joseph’s Prep (PA)
#21 Armwood (Florida) 14-0 24 #9 Northwestern (FL)
#22 Dutch Fork (South Carolina) 13-1 27 Season completed
#23 Westlake (Texas) 13-0 30 Cibolo Steele (TX)
#24 John Curtis (Louisiana) 11-1 28 Catholic (Baton Rouge, LA)
#25 Archbishop Wood (Pennsylvania) 11-2 31 Gateway (PA)
#26 Erie Cathedral Prep (Pennsylvania) 12-0 31 Imhotep Charter (PA)
#27 Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) 15-0 46 Season completed
#28 Owasso (Oklahoma) 12-1 40 Season completed
#29 Pickerington Central (Ohio) 14-1 38 Season completed
#30 Venice (Florida) 13-1 55 #89 Bartram Trail (FL)
#31 Corona Centennial (California) 10-2 22 Season completed
#32 Denton Ryan (Texas) 13-0 32 Lubbock Coronado (TX)
#33 DePaul Catholic (New Jersey) 8-3 35 Season completed
#34 Chandler (Arizona) 12-2 36 Season completed
#35 Aledo (Texas) 13-0 35 Abilene Cooper (TX)
#36 Lake Travis (Texas) 11-2 37 Los Fresnos (TX)
#37 St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey) 9-3 28 Season completed
#38 Centennial (Arizona) 12-1 58 Season completed
#39 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) 11-3 20 Season completed
#40 Union (Oklahoma) 12-1 17 Season completed
#41 Mission Viejo (California) 12-1 33 Season completed
#42 West Point (Mississippi) 15-0 43 Season completed
#43 Wake Forest (North Carolina) 14-0 42 #57 Mallard Creek (NC)
#44 Pearl (Mississippi) 16-0 45 Season completed
#45 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, New Jersey) 8-4 29 Season completed
#46 Fort Dorchester (South Carolina) 13-1 41 Season completed
#47 Cocoa (Florida) 11-1 44 Raines (FL)
#48 Mentor (Ohio) 13-2 39 Season completed
#49 Archbishop Hoban (Ohio) 14-1 50 Season completed
#50 Prairie Ridge (Illinois) 14-0 47 Season completed
#51 Lincoln-Way East (Illinois) 14-0 48 Season completed
#52 Hoover (Alabama) 10-3 51 #65 McGill-Toolen (AL)
#53 Manvel (Texas) 12-0 52 Temple (TX)
#54 Pulaski Academy (Arkansas) 14-0 54 Season completed
#55 Euless Trinity (Texas) 11-2 62 #3 Allen (TX)
#56 Duncanville (Texas) 11-1 63 Season completed
#57 Mallard Creek (North Carolina) 14-0 76 #43 Wake Forest (NC)
#58 Folsom (California) 14-0 77 Fresno Central (CA)
#59 St. Ignatius (Ohio) 11-2 51 Season completed
#60 East (Utah) 10-3 52 Season completed
#61 St. Xavier (Ohio) 10-2 53 Season completed
#62 St. Edward (Ohio) 10-2 54 Season completed
#63 Saint Louis (Hawaii) 10-0 66 Season completed
#64 Midway (Texas) 13-0 67 Southlake Carroll (TX)
#65 McGill-Toolen (Alabama) 13-0 68 #52 Hoover (AL)
#66 Thompson (Alabama) 12-1 69 Season completed
#67 Narbonne (California) 10-3 73 Paraclete (CA)
#68 North Gwinnett (Georgia) 13-1 81 #76 Colquitt County (GA)
#69 Central (Phenix City, Alabama) 11-1 71 Season completed
#70 Liberty (Nevada) 11-2 72 Season completed
#71 Maryville (Tennessee) 14-1 80 Season completed
#72 Saguaro (Arizona) 11-2 74 Season completed
#73 Phillips Academy (Illinois) 14-0 88 Season completed
#74 North Little Rock (Arkansas) 13-0 79 Season completed
#75 Chaminade-Madonna (Florida) 10-2 82 Oxbridge Academy (FL)
#76 Colquitt County (Georgia) 10-3 93 #68 North Gwinnett (GA)
#77 Cardinal Gibbons (Florida) 10-2 84 Season completed
#78 Archer (Georgia) 12-1 64 Season completed
#79 Grayson (Georgia) 10-2 65 Season completed
#80 Oakland (Tennessee) 13-1 83 Season completed
#81 Maine South (Illinois) 12-2 85 Season completed
#82 Longview (Texas) 12-1 NR Lufkin (TX)
#83 Rome (Georgia) 14-0 NR Warner Robins (GA)
#84 Klein Collins (Texas) 11-1 53 Season completed
#85 Plant (Florida) 12-2 56 Season completed
#86 Judson (Texas) 10-2 86 Season completed
#87 Carol City (Florida) 8-4 87 Season completed
#88 Kahuku (Hawaii) 11-2 88 Season completed
#89 Bartram Trail (Florida) 11-3 NR #30 Venice (FL)
#90 Marist (Georgia) 14-0 NR #94 Blessed Trinity (GA)
#91 Viera (Florida) 8-2 90 Season completed
#92 Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 8-4 91 Season completed
#93 Good Counsel (Maryland) 8-3 92 Season completed
#94 Blessed Trinity (Georgia) 12-2 NR #90 Marist (GA)
#95 Winton Woods (Ohio) 13-2 78 Season completed
#96 Buford (Georgia) 10-2 49 Season completed
#97 Cartersville (Georgia) 11-1 100 Season completed
#98 Chaminade (California) 9-2 95 Season completed
#99 Colerain (Ohio) 11-3 97 Season completed
#100 Miramar (Florida) 9-2 98 Season 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.

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