A relatively calm week in Top 100

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If you haven’t had a chance to watch top-ranked Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California) in-person or on television, you’re missing what may be one of the top high school football teams of all-time. At least that’s what some are saying, and I’ve jumped on that bandwagon — the Monarchs ARE impressive with a high-powered offense and a defense that swarms and hits.

Mater Dei, which enters its bye week before starting Trinity League play on October 6, has a solid grip on the top-spot midway through the regular season after a 52-14 win over St. Mary’s (Stockton, California) at Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers Saturday night.  The Monarchs’ Trinity League foes own a non-league record of 23-2.  Those two loses were against nationally-ranked teams — St. John Bosco (Bellflower, California) to No. 5 St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) and Santa Margarita to Mission Viejo (California), which moves-up one notch to No. 25 in the latest High School Football America Top 100 that is created with our proprietary algorithm.

Mater Dei’s showdown with No. 6 St. John Bosco is set for October 13.  The Braves picked-up an impressive come-from-behind win over former No. 17 St. John’s (Washington, DC) on Saturday, which dropped the Cadets to No. 27 this week.

Related: Top 100 scoreboard September 21-23, 2017  

IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida) remains a solid No. 2 after coming-from-behind to beat former No. 11 Miami Central on Friday.  The Ascenders, who have won 32 straight, will test themselves against another Miami-foe this week in the Northwestern Bulls, who climb six spots this week to No. 44 after beating No. 75 Booker T. Washington (Miami, Florida) 14-7 over the weekend.  Miami Central drops three spots to No. 14 this week.

The IMG/Northwestern match-up is one of five Top 100 games this week.

In Louisville, Kentucky, No. 8 Trinity and St. Xavier will renew their intense rivalry in-front of 30,000-plus fans. In Oklahoma, No. 29 Union (Tulsa) takes-on No. 67 Owasso (Owasso) and in New Jersey No. 28 St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City) plays No. 51 Paramus Catholic (Paramus) and No. 31 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, New Jersey) faces No. 45 Bergen Catholic (Oradell, New Jersey).

There are two new teams in this week’s national rankings — defending Illinois 8A champ Maine South at No. 97 and two-time defending Ohio Division III champ Archbishop Hoban at No. 99.

High School Football America Top 100

Rank, Team, StateRecordLast WeekNext Week
#1 Mater Dei (California)5-01Idle
#2 IMG Academy (Florida)3-02#44 Northwestern (FL)
#3 Allen (Texas)3-03Boyd (TX)
#4 Grayson (Georgia)3-04Ramsay (AL)
#5 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida)2-05Stranahan (FL) – Monday
#6 St. John Bosco (California)4-16Idle
#7 DeSoto (Texas)3-07Cedar Hill (TX)
#8 Trinity (Kentucky)6-08#78 St. Xavier (KY)
#9 St. Xavier (Ohio)5-09Elder (OH)
#10   South Pointe (South Carolina)5-010Ridge View (SC)
#11 St. Ignatius (Ohio)5-012Clarkson Football N (Canada)
#12 American Heritage (Plantation, Florida)3-013Idle
#13 St. Joseph’s Prep (Pennsylvania)4-014Idle
#14 Miami Central (Florida)3-111Norland (FL)
#15 Bishop Gorman (Nevada)3-215Spring Valley (NV)
#16 De La Salle (California)4-116Bishop O’Dowd (CA)
#17 DeMatha (Maryland)4-118Idle
#18 Ben Davis (Indiana)6-020Carmel (IN)
#19 Corona Centennial (CA)3-119Idle
#20 Brentwood Academy (Tennessee)5-021Baylor (TN)
#21 St. Edward (Ohio)5-022Naperville Central (IL)
#22 Hoover (Alabama)4-123Idle
#23 Bingham (Utah)6-024Lone Peak (UT)
#24 Katy (Texas)2-025Katy Taylor (TX)
#25 Mission Viejo (California)5-026El Toro (CA)
#26 St. Frances Academy (Maryland)4-027Loyola Blakefield (MD)
#27 St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC)2-217Idle
#28 St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey)2-128#51 Paramus Catholic (NJ)
#29 Union (Oklahoma)4-029#67 Owasso (OK)
#30 Fort Dorchester (South Carolina)5-030Stratford (SC)
#31 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, New Jersey)2-131#45 Bergen Catholic (NJ)
#32 Denton Ryan (Texas)4-032Denton (TX)
#33 John Curtis (Louisiana)3-133Easton (LA)
#34 Judson (Texas)4-035Cibolo Steele (TX)
#35 Pine-Richland (Pennsylvania)5-036Pittsburgh Central Catholic (PA)
#36 Cocoa (Florida)3-037Int. School of Broward (FL)
#37 Chaminade (California)4-144Serra (Gardena, CA)
#38 Aledo (Texas)3-038Chisholm Trail (TX)
#39 East (Utah)5-139Cooper Hills (UT)
#40 Byrnes (South Carolina)5-040Spartanburg (SC)
#41 Lake Travis (Texas)3-141Hays (TX)
#42 Mountain Pointe (Arizona)4-146Desert Vista (AZ)
#43 Chandler (Arizona)4-247Basha (AZ)
#44 Northwestern (Miami, Florida)3-050#2 IMG Academy (FL)
#45 Bergen Catholic (New Jersey)2-256#31 St. Joseph Regional (NJ)
#46 DePaul Catholic (New Jersey)2-143Hudson Catholic (NJ)
#47 Archbishop Wood (Pennsylvania)3-253Archbishop Ryan (PA)
#48 Erie Cathedral Prep (Pennsylvania)5-049St. Francis (NY)
#49 Long Beach Poly (California)3-142Long Beach Wilson (CA)
#50 Armwood (Florida)2-048Blake (FL)
#51 Paramus Catholic (New Jersey)2-245#28 St. Peter’s Prep (NJ)
#52 Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL)4-151Columbia (FL)
#53 Dutch Fork (South Carolina)3-152Blythewood (SC)
#54 Cartersville (Georgia)5-054Central (GA)
#55 The Woodlands (Texas)1-155Idle
#56 Hewitt-Trussville (Alabama)4-057Center Point (AL)
#57 Evangel Christian (Louisiana)2-158 (tied)Haughton (LA)
#58 Wake Forest (North Carolina)6-058 (tied)Idle
#59 West Point (Mississippi)5-060Center Hill (MS)
#60 East St. Louis (Illinois)4-161Belleville West (IL)
#61 Buford (Georgia)2-162Clarke Central (GA)
#62 Central (Phenix City, Alabama)4-063Opelika (AL)
#63 Westlake (Texas)4-064Vandegrift (TX)
#64 Lowndes (Georgia)5-065Ware County (GA)
#65 Manvel (Texas)2-066Willowridge (TX)
#66 Valor Christian (Colorado)4-067Cherry Creek (CO)
#67 Owasso (Oklahoma)4-068#29 Union (OK)
#68 Colquitt County (Georgia)5-169Bishop Sullivan (VA)
#69 Trotwood-Madison (Ohio)5-070West Carrollton (OH)
#70 Klein Collins (Texas)2-071Houston Memorial (TX)
#71 Pulaski Academy (Arkansas)4-072Beebe (AR)
#72 Pearl (Mississippi)6-073Meridian (MS)
#73 Pickerington Central (Ohio)3-174Lincoln (OH)
#74 Booker T. Washington (Florida)1-275Miami Edison (FL)
#75 Cass Tech (Michigan)3-176Cody (MI)
#76 Starkville (Mississippi)4-177Northwest Rankin (MS)
#77 Prairie Ridge (Illinois)5-078McHenry (IL)
#78 St. Xavier (Kentucky)4-079#8 Trinity (KY)
#79 Plant (Florida)3-080Sickles (FL)
#80 Dudley (North Carolina)4-081Southwest Guilford (NC)
#81 Liberty (Nevada)2-183Green Valley (NV)
#82 Venice (Florida)3-084Braden River (FL)
#83 Kahuku (Hawaii)5-185Campbell (HI)
#84 Midway (Texas)3-086Copperas Cove (TX)
#85 Montgomery Bell Academy (Tennessee)6-087White Station (TN)
#86 Lincoln-Way East (Illinois)5-088Homewood-Flossmoor (IL)
#87 Harrisburg (Pennsylvania)4-089Hershey (PA)
#88 Duncanville (Texas)3-090Irving (TX)
#89 Saint Louis (Hawaii)5-091Kamehameha (HI)
#90 McDonogh (Maryland)2-192 (tied)Archbishop Spalding (MD)
#91 Lamar (Houston, Texas)1-194Idle
#92 Lawrence Central (Indiana)5-195North Central (IN)
#93 Deerfield Beach (FL)2-196Taravella (FL)
#94 Carol City (Florida)1-197 (tied)Hialeah-Miami Lakes (FL)
#95 Saguaro (Arizona)4-297 (tied)Marcos de Niza (AZ)
#96 Warren Central (Indiana)3-399 (tied)Lawrence North (IN)
#97 Maine South (Illinois)4-1NRNiles North (IL)
#98 Oakland (Tennessee)5-099 (tied)Coffee County Central (TN)
#99 Archbishop Hoban (Ohio)4-1NRLake Catholic (OH)
#100 Narbonne (California)2-392 (tied)Idle

Dropped-out No. 34 La Salle (Ohio), No. 82 Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey)

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