Final 2021 Small Schools Top 25 national high school football rankings

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Florida’s Chaminade-Madonna is a small school that plays a big-time national high school football schedule. The Lions, who won the Sunshine State’s 3A state championship in December, is the No. 1 team in the 2021 High School Football America Small Schools Top 25, powered by NFL Play Football.

All of our national rankings are created with our proprietary algorithm that we’ve been using since 2013.

Chaminade-Madonna, which has won four state titles in the last five years, beat seven teams ranked in the HSFA 200 national rankings during the 2021 season, including two state champs from other states. The Lions beat Georgia 7A champ Buford in mid-September and Arizona 6A champ Highland in the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series before the holidays.

C-M’s only loss in 2021 came at the hands of American Heritage (Plantation, Florida), a 6A school that finished No. 61 in the High School Football America 100 national rankings.

In our national Top 100, covering schools of all sizes, Chaminade-Madonna finished No. 18 in America.

Greenville Christian from Mississippi finishes No. 2. The Saints only suited-up 36 players on the way to winning the school’s second straight Midsouth Association of Independent Schools 3A championship.

GC finished No. 65 in the HSFA 100.

Seven-time defending Tennessee state champ Alcoa is No. 3 in the Small Schools Top 25. The Class 3A champs’ only loss of the year was against arch-rival Maryville, a 6A school that was ranked No. 68 in the national Top 100. The Tornadoes finished a notch behind Maryville at No. 69 nationally.

Florida 2A champ Trinity Christian Academy from Jacksonville finished No. 4. Like Chaminade-Madonna, TCA plays one of the toughest schedules in the nation. The Conquerors won their ninth overall state championship in 2021.

Rounding-out the Top 5 is Louisiana’s St. Charles Catholic. The Comets won the state’s Division III title by beating four-time defending state champ Lafayette Christian Academy, which finishes No. 7 in the Small Schools Top 25.

Florida leads the way in the Small School rankings with five teams. Joining Chaminade-Madonna and Trinity Christian are Berkeley Prep (No. 6), Champagnat Catholic (No. 9) and Madison County (No. 18).

Pennsylvania and Texas make a strong showing with four teams each in the Top 25.

Central Valley, Pennsylvania’s two-time AAA champs, is the highest ranked team from the Keystone State at No. 10. Aliquippa, a 1A school enrollment-wise that won a AAAA title, is ranked No. 12, followed by Wyomissing at No. 15.

Pennsylvania AA champ Southern Columbia, which won our first three Small School national championships, finishes No. 17 in 2021. The Tigers did win their fifth straight state title in December.

Leading the way from Texas is three-time state champ Shiner at No. 11. Three other Lone Star 2021 state champs find themselves in the Top 25. 3A Division II champ Franklin is ranked No. 16, followed by 2A Division II champ Stratford at No. 22 and Class 3A Division I champ Lorena at No. 23.

In all, twelve different states are represented in this year’s final national rankings.

High School Football America Small Schools Top 25 powered by NFL Play Football

Ranking/School/State2021 Record
No. 1 Chaminade-Madonna (Florida)(12-1)
No. 2 Greenville Christian (Mississippi)(12-1)
No. 3 Alcoa (Tennessee)(14-1)
No. 4 Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Florida)(10-4)
No. 5 St. Charles Catholic (Louisiana)(11-0)
No. 6 Berkeley Prep (Florida)(12-1)
No. 7 Lafayette Christian Academy (Louisiana)(10-2)
No. 8 Joliet Catholic (Illinois)(14-0)
No. 9 Champagnat Catholic (Florida)(10-3)
No. 10 Central Valley (Pennsylvania)(15-0)
No. 11 Shiner (Texas)(16-0)
No. 12 Aliquippa (Pennsylvania)(13-1)
No. 13 Gray Collegiate (South Carolina)(14-1)
No. 14 McClymonds (California)(12-1)
No. 15 Wyomissing (Pennsylvania)(15-1)
No. 16 Franklin (Texas)(16-0)
No. 17 Southern Columbia (Pennsylvania)(15-1)
No. 18 Madison County (Florida)(11-3)
No. 19 Trinity Christian (Sharpsburg, Georgia)(14-0)
No. 20 Marion Local (Ohio) (16-0)
No. 21 Brooks County (Georgia)(12-2)
No. 22 Stratford (Texas)(15-1)
No. 23 Lorena (Texas)(14-2)
No. 24 Riverheads (Virginia)(14-0)
No. 25 Versailles (Ohio)(14-1)

Editor’s Note: The High School Football America national, regional and state rankings are developed using our proprietary algorithm. The Small Schools rankings are based on enrollment numbers below 700 and can be affected by schools that “play up.”

Past High School Football America Small Schools National Champs

2021 – Chaminade-Madonna (Florida)

2020-21 (Fall & Spring Seasons) – Southern Columbia (Pennsylvania)

2019 – Southern Columbia (Pennsylvania)

2018 – Southern Columbia (Pennsylvania)

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