Mater Dei closes in on back-to-back High School Football America national championships

High School Football America 100

Mater Dei is a step closer to back-to-back High School Football America “mythical” national championships after winning its second straight California Interscholastic Federation Open Division titles Saturday night by beating former No. 6 De La Salle.

the Monarchs have the the inside track after wins over eight teams currently in the HSFA 100 — No. 3 St. John Bosco (California), No. 6 De La Salle (California), No. 7 IMG Academy (Florida), No. 20 Corona Centennial (California), No. 40 JSerra (California), No. 45 Bishop Gorman (Nevada), No. 88 Mission Viejo (California) and No. 89 Orange Lutheran (California). The Monarchs only on-field loss was to St. John Bosco, a loss they avenged in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship game. The other loss was a forfeit loss to Bishop Amat in the season opener when Mater Dei self-reported using an ineligible player that didn’t affect the outcome of the on-field victory.

Allen (Texas), currently No. 2, still can pick-up two more victories this year. The Eagles face No. 28 Duncanville in next week’s Texas Class 6A Division I semifinals. A win in the semis would mean the Eagles would face the winner of the game between No. 8 North Shore and No. 32 Lake Travis in the state championship game. 

While a state championship would help Allen, it’s doubtful that it will be enough to push the Eagles ahead of Mater Dei. As a state, Texas has been strong this year, but Allen’s only win over a Top 100 team, so far, is against East High from Utah, which currently isn’t ranked in the HSFA 100. 

Also in Texas this coming week is the Class 5A Division I semi between two-time defending state champ Highland Park, which moves up three spot this week to No. 47, and No. 63 Denton Ryan.

Georgia will play its state championship games on Tuesday and Wednesday, due to the Major League Soccer championship game being played in Mercedes Benz Stadium Saturday night. The 7A title game will feature No. 4 Colquitt County squaring-off with No. 51 Milton on Wednesday night.

And, in California, No. 14 Folsom will play No. 100 Cathedral Catholic for the Division I-AA championship. 

High School Football America 100

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

Dropped-out: No. 64 Catholic (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

*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.
*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.
Dropped-out: No. 63 Muskegon (Michigan), No. 85 Plant (Florida), No. 86 Lufkin (Texas), No. 94 Liberty (Nevada), No. 97 Brother Rice (Illinois)

***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.

+Warner Robins (Georgia) forfeited its October 5 win against Harris County after self-reporting the use of an ineligible player.

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