2019 High School Football America Preseason 100 high school football rankings

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Two-time defending “mythical” national champ Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California) begins the season ranked No. 1 in the High School Football America Preseason 100 that is created with our proprietary algorithm. However, the road to a three-peat will be a long one for the Monarchs who have Trinity League foe St. John Bosco (Bellflower, California) nipping on their heels at No. 2 in the preseason national rankings.

Seven of Mater Dei’s ten regular season games will come against teams ranked in our Preseason Top 100 — No. 2 St. John Bosco, No. 3 St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC), No. 10 St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Maryland), No. 16 Corona Centennial (California), No. 40 JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, California), No. 44 Orange Lutheran (California) and No. 69 Centennial (Peoria, Arizona).

The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference matched the Trinity League with four teams in the national rankings, but the WCAC placed all four of its teams in the Top 25 — St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC) at No. 3, Gonzaga (Washington, DC) at No. 9, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Maryland) at No. 15 and Good Counsel (Olney, Maryland) at No. 25.

Florida leads the way with 13 teams in the Preseason 100, followed by California, Georgia and Texas with 12 teams each.

Related: 2019 On the Bubble (No. 101 through No. 125)

Related: 2019 Honorable Mention

In all, 28 states, plus the District of Columbia are represented in our Preseason 250.

2019 High School Football America Preseason 100

Rank, Team, StateRecordFinal 2018
#1 Mater Dei (California)(13-2)*1
#2 St. John Bosco (California)(13-1)3
#3 St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC)(9-1)6
#4 St. Joseph’s Prep (Pennsylvania)(13-0)4
#5 Duncanville (Texas)(14-1)17
#6 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, New Jersey)(10-2)15
#7 IMG Academy (Florida)(7-1)5
#8 North Shore (Houston, TX)(16-0)2
#9 Gonzaga (Washington, DC) (9-3)14
#10 St. Frances Academy (Maryland)(10-0)52
#11 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida)(13-2)34
#12 Colquitt County (Georgia)(14-1)27
#13 Corona Centennial (California)(12-1)16
#14 St. Edward (Ohio)(11-3)33
#15 DeMatha (Maryland) (8-3)36
#16 Allen (Texas)(14-1)21
#17 Miami Central (Florida)(9-3)22
#18 Bergen Catholic (New Jersey)(10-2)28
#19 Dutch Fork (South Carolina)(13-0)8
#20 John Curtis (Louisiana)(13-0)25
#21 Deerfield Beach (Florida)(12-2) 75
#22 Mallard Creek (North Carolina)(10-1) NR
#23 De La Salle (California)(12-1)11
#24 Northwestern (Miami, Florida)(10-5)47
#25 Good Counsel (Maryland)(6-4)58
#26 Hoover (Alabama)(9-4)66
#27 Highland Park (Texas)(16-0)35
#28 Carol City (Florida)(9-3)***26
#29 Bishop Gorman (Nevada)(11-3)42
#30 Saguaro (Arizona)(13-1)46
#31 Aledo (Texas)(15-0)19
#32 Folsom (California)(13-1)12
#33 McEachern (Georgia)(8-4)NR
#34 Lakeland (Florida)(15-0)31
#35 Carmel (Indiana)(11-3)NR
#36 Saint Louis (Hawaii)(11-0)32
#37 Parkview (Georgia)(11-1)73
#38 Central (Phenix City, Alabama)(14-0)10
#39 Pickerington Central (Ohio)(11-3)NR
#40 JSerra (California)(9-3)40
#41 Lake Travis (Texas)(13-2)56
#42 Broken Arrow (Oklahoma)(13-0)13
#43 Archer (Georgia)(11-3)69
#44 Orange Lutheran (California)(5-6)90
#45 Longview (Texas) (16-0)41
#46 Wake Forest (North Carolina)(15-0)37
#47 Archbishop Hoban (Ohio)(15-0)9
#48 Narbonne (California)(10-4)NR
#49 Katy (Texas)(11-2)51
#50  North Gwinnett (Georgia) (10-3)92
#51 Edna Karr (Louisiana)(14-0)30
#52 Lowndes (Georgia)(10-4)NR
#53 Colerain (Ohio)(14-1)43
#54 Oaks Christian (California)(12-1)39
#55 Milton (Georgia)(13-2)20
#56 Mandarin (Florida)(11-4)50
#57 Oakland (Tennessee)(14-1)24
#58 Christian Brothers College HS (Missouri)(12-1)45
#59 Armwood (Florida)(13-2)62
#60 Grayson (Georgia)(10-3)78
#61 Denton Ryan (Texas)(14-1)63
#62 Massillon Washington (Ohio)(14-1)63
#63 Southlake Carroll (Texas)(13-1)65
#64 Marietta (Georgia)(5-6)NR
#65 Warren Easton (Louisiana)(11-2)61
 #66 Cathedral Catholic (California)(12-2)100
#67 St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey) (7-4) 68
#68 Liberty (Nevada)(7-5)NR
#69 Centennial (Arizona)(14-1)79
#70 Venice (Florida)(12-2)NR
#71 Mission Viejo (California)(6-6)**87
#72 Hillgrove (Georgia)(12-1)71
#73 St. Ignatius (Ohio)(8-3)86
#74 Center Grove (Indiana)(9-4)NR
#75 Myers Park (North Carolina)(13-2)NR
#76 Owasso (Oklahoma)(7-5)NR
#77 Loyola Academy (Illinois)(11-3)94
#78 Lee County (Georgia)(15-1)60
#79 Male (Kentucky)(14-1)81
#80 Chaminade-Madonna (Florida)(12-2)48
#81 Warren Central (Indiana)(14-0)7
#82 American Heritage (Plantation, Florida)(10-2)****70
#83 Coatesville (Pennsylvania)(13-1)99
#84 Eastside Catholic (Washington)(13-1) 76
#85 Starkville (Mississippi)(11-2)NR
#86 Westlake (Austin, TX)(12-2)54
#87 Alcoa (Tennessee)(15-0)23
#88 Columbus (Florida)(14-1)*****53
#89 Charlotte Catholic (North Carolina)(15-1)NR
#90 Sierra Canyon (California)(12-4)NR
#91 Cartersville (Georgia)(14-1)NR
#92  Corner Canyon (Utah)(12-0)93
#93 Chandler (Arizona)(13-1)18
#94 Bryant (Arkansas)(11-2)98
#95 Highland Springs (Virginia)(15-0)NR
#96 Harrisburg (Pennsylvania)(14-1)97
#97 North Little Rock (Arkansas)(12-1)NR
#98 Phillips Academy (Illinois)(10-3)NR
#99 King (Detroit, Michigan)(12-2)NR
#100 Lone Star (Frisco, Texas)(10-3)NR

*Mater Dei (California) forfeited its opening game victory against Bishop Amat (California) for self-reporting using an ineligible player. However, because the player didn’t affect the on-field outcome, it is still calculated as a victory in our algorithm.

**Mission Viejo (California) forfeited its first four victories for self-reporting using an ineligible player. However, because the player didn’t affect the on-field outcomes, the four games are still calculated as victories in our algorithm.

***Carol City (Florida) forfeited its first two victories against nationally-ranked American Heritage (Plantation, FL) and Columbus (Florida) for using ineligible players, but it was determined those players didn’t affect the on-field outcomes. 

****American Heritage (Plantation, FL) awarded forfeit victory after loss against Carol City.

*****Columbus (Florida) awarded forfeit victory after loss against Carol City.

NR = not ranked in final 2018 Top 100

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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.