Mater Dei (California) named national champ in final 2021 high school football rankings

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For the third time in five years, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California) is our national champion. It was a wire-to-wire run for the Monarchs, who began the year ranked No. 1 in our preseason national rankings powered by NFL Play Football.

During a perfect 12-0 season, Mater Dei, which won also won back-to-back national titles in 2017 and 2018, beat No. 7 Servite (twice), No. 8 St. John Bosco, No. 9 Duncanville, No. 20 Corona Centennial, No. 81 Serra (San Mateo) No. 91 Orange Lutheran, No. 143 Norco, No. 144 Santa Margarita and No. 188 Liberty.

That means that 10 of MD’s twelve wins came against Top 200 teams.

Finishing right behind Mater Dei is three-time Texas high school football state champ Westlake. The Chaparrals wrapped-up a perfect 16-0 season Saturday night with a 40-21 win over No. 30 Denton Guyer for the Class 6A Division II title. Like Mater Dei, the Chaps never moved from their preseason No. 2 ranking.

The championship wrapped-up the legendary coaching career of Todd Dodge, who retires with seven Texas high school football championships. Dodge leaves the game with a 40-game win streak.

New Jersey’s Bergen Catholic finishes a solid No. 3 in our national rankings that are created with our proprietary algorithm. The Crusaders captured the state’s Non-Public A championship behind a defense that only allowed 94 points in a dozen games.

North Shore is the second Texas team in the Top 5. The Mustangs finish at No. 4 after beating No. 9 Duncanville Saturday night for the school’s third state title in the last four years in the biggest classification in the Lone Star State.

Florida 6A champ Jesuit finishes 2021 at No. 5. The Tigers end with a perfect 15-0 mark, winning the school’s first state title since 1968.

In addition to Jesuit’s championship game win, a last minute win over No. 6 St. Thomas Aquinas on September 3, was a highlight of the season for the Tigers. That loss to Jesuit may have served as a wake-up call for STA, which won its third straight 7A championship on Friday.

Mater Dei arch-rivals Servite (No. 7) and St. John Bosco (No. 8) fall-in behind St. Thomas Aquinas, followed by Duncanville. Two-time Tennessee state champ Oakland rounds-out the Top 10.

Florida dominates the Top 25 with seven teams. California had four Top 25 teams, followed by Texas with three teams.

The Sunshine State also led the Top 100 with 17 teams. Texas placed 15 teams in the Top 100, followed by California with 10.

In all, 23 different states, plus the District of Columbia are represented in the HSFA 100.

High School Football America 100 powered by NFL Play Football

Rank/School/StateRecordPreseason Ranking
No. 1 Mater Dei (California)(12-0)1
No. 2 Westlake (Austin, Texas)(16-0)2
No. 3 Bergen Catholic (New Jersey)(12-0)14
No. 4 North Shore (Texas)(15-1)20
No. 5 Jesuit (Florida)(15-0)96
No. 6 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida)(14-1)4
No. 7 Servite (California)(10-3)55
No. 8 St. John Bosco (California)(10-2)7
No. 9 Duncanville (Texas)(13-2)16
No. 10 Oakland (Tennessee)(15-0)25
No. 11 Center Grove (Indiana)(14-0)11
No. 12 St. Frances Academy (Maryland)(8-1)33
No. 13 IMG Academy (Florida)(9-1)5
No. 14 Thompson (Alabama)(13-1)3
No. 15 Bishop Gorman (Nevada)(12-1)89
No. 16 Miami Central (Florida)(12-2)22
No. 17 St. Edward (Ohio)(15-1)51
No. 18 Chaminade-Madonna (Florida)(12-1)46
No. 19 St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC)(11-0)80
No. 20 Corona Centennial (California)(11-1)HM
No. 21 Buford (Georgia) (14-1)49
No. 22 Venice (Florida)(14-1)91
No. 23 Bixby (Oklahoma)(13-0)52
No. 24 Cardinal Gibbons (Florida)(11-2)28
No. 25 Saguaro (Arizona)(12-1)35
No. 26 Collins Hill (Georgia)(15-1)66
No. 27 Cocoa (Florida)(11-2)92
No. 28 Cathedral (Indiana)(14-1)37
No. 29 Warner Robins (Georgia)(14-1)68
No. 30 Denton Guyer (Texas)(14-2)76
No. 31 Hoover (Alabama)(12-1)36
No. 32 Southlake Carroll (Texas) (14-1)6
No. 33 Jenks (Oklahoma)(12-1)54
No. 34 Cardinal Gibbons (North Carolina)(14-2)175
No. 35 Catholic (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)(12-1)65
No. 36 McCallie (Tennessee)(13-0)152
No. 37 Hamilton (Arizona)(11-1)62
No. 38 Gaffney (South Carolina) (15-0)146
No. 39 Katy (Texas)(14-1)10
No. 40 Chambers (North Carolina)(14-2)26
No. 41 Milton (Georgia)(13-2)48
No. 42 Hough (North Carolina)(14-1)94
No. 43 Chandler (Arizona)(11-2)21
No. 44 Martin Luther King (Detroit, Michigan)(13-1)174
No. 45 St. Xavier (Kentucky)(14-1)NR
No. 46 South Oak Cliff (Texas)(15-1)NR
No. 47 Apopka (Florida)(12-3)161
No. 48 Westfield (Texas)(14-1)HM
No. 49 Northwestern (Miami, Florida)(10-4)32
No. 50 Graham-Kapowsin (Washington) (15-0)NR
No. 51 Lipscomb Academy (Tennessee)(13-1)NR
No. 52 Bryant (Arkansas)(13-1)39
No. 53 Lake Travis (Texas)(12-3)81
No. 54 Dutch Fork (South Carolina)(12-1)19
No. 55 Male (Kentucky)(13-1)79
No. 56 Atascocita (Texas)(11-3)HM
No. 57 Jones (Orlando, Florida)(11-3)73
No. 58 Springfield (Ohio)(13-2)HM
No. 59 Allen (Texas)(11-3)38
No. 60 Treasure Coast (Florida)(10-2)HM
No. 61 American Heritage (Plantation, Florida)(6-4)18
No. 62 Mount Lebanon (Pennsylvania)(15-0)NR
No. 63 Zachary (Louisiana)(15-0)HM
No. 64 North Cobb (Georgia)(10-2)110
No. 65 Greenville Christian (Mississippi)(12-1)NR
No. 66 Christian Brothers College HS (Missouri)(13-1)117
No. 67 St. Joseph’s Prep (Pennsylvania)(11-3)9
No. 68 Maryville (Tennessee)(13-1)72
No. 69 Alcoa (Tennessee)(14-1)99
No. 70 Cherry Creek (Colorado) (12-2)97
No. 71 Katy Paetow (Texas)(15-1)NR
No. 72 Buchholz (Florida)(12-2)HM
No. 73 DeSoto (Texas)(11-3)53
No. 74 Seminole (Sanford, Florida)(11-2)71
No. 75 Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Florida)(10-4)45
No. 76 College Station (Texas)(15-1)NR
No. 77 Tampa Bay Tech (Florida)(14-1)HM
No. 78 Archbishop Moeller (Ohio)(11-4)NR
No. 79 Good Counsel (Maryland)(7-5)44
No. 80 Lakota West (Ohio)(12-2)70
No. 81 Serra (San Mateo, California)(11-2)145
No. 82 Imhotep Charter (Pennsylvania)(10-2)NR
No. 83 St. Francis (Mountain View, California)(11-1)NR
No. 84 DeMatha (Maryland)(7-3)30
No. 85 Lone Peak (Utah)(10-2)104
No. 86 De La Salle (California)(10-3)29
No. 87 Valor Christian (Colorado)(13-1)163
No. 88 South Pointe (South Carolina)(12-1)NR
No. 89 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, California)(12-2)107
No. 90 Lee County (Georgia)(11-2)83
No. 91 Orange Lutheran (California)(10-5)HM
No. 92 Pulaski Academy (Arkansas)(13-1)122
No. 93 Oscar Smith (Virginia)(13-1)98
No. 94 Winton Woods (Ohio)(13-3)168
No. 95 Central (Phenix City, Alabama)(13-1)HM
No. 96 Pickerington Central (Ohio)(12-2)59
No. 97 Euless Trinity (Texas)(11-2)64
No. 98 Los Alamitos (California)(9-2)HM
No. 99 Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey)(8-5)123
No. 100 Hewitt-Trussville (Alabama)(9-3)41
Editor’s Note: The High School Football America national, regional and state rankings are developed using our proprietary algorithm.

Top 100 Teams by State

17 – Florida

15 – Texas

10 – California

6 – Georgia, Ohio

5 – Tennessee

4 – Alabama

3 – Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina

2 – Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, Oklahoma

1 – District of Columbia, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Utah, Virginia, Washington

The Other 100 powered by NFL Play Football

No. 101 Iona Prep (New York)(11-1)
No. 102 Auburn (Alabama)(10-3)
No. 103 Lockport (Illinois)(13-1)
No. 104 Clay-Chalkville (Alabama)(15-0)
No. 105 Denton Ryan (Texas)(12-2)
No. 106 Merritt Island (Florida)(13-2)
No. 107 Walton (Georgia)(9-4)
No. 108 Lowndes (Georgia)(10-3)
No. 109 Corner Canyon (Utah)(12-2)
No. 110 Langston Hughes (Georgia)(13-2)
No. 111 Cartersville (Georgia)(11-1)
No. 112 Killian (Florida)(12-1)
No. 113 Sierra Canyon (California)(7-5)
No. 114 Aledo (Texas)(12-1)
No. 115 Edgewater (Florida)(10-2)
No. 116 Westfield (Indiana)(12-2)
No. 117 Mill Creek (Georgia)(11-2)
No. 118 Longview (Texas) (9-4)
No. 119 Archbishop Hoban (Ohio)(12-4)
No. 120 Columbus (Miami, Florida)(9-4)
No. 121 St. Charles Catholic (Louisiana)(11-0)
No. 122 Madison Central (Mississippi)(13-1)
No. 123 Westgate (Louisiana)(12-2)
No. 124 Palmetto (Miami, Florida)(9-3)
No. 125 Edna Karr (Louisiana)(11-1)
No. 126 Berkeley Prep (Florida)(12-1)
No. 127 Christ Presbyterian Academy (Tennessee)(11-3)
No. 128 Lake Gibson (Florida)(9-4)
No. 129 Medina (Ohio)(13-1)
No. 130 Folsom (California)(11-4)
No. 131 Rockwall-Heath (Texas)(11-2)
No. 132 Spring (Texas)(11-2)
No. 133 De La Salle Collegiate (Michigan)(13-0)
No. 134 Highland Park (Texas)(10-2)
No. 135 Tompkins (Katy, Texas)(11-2)
No. 136 St. Ignatius (Ohio)(7-5)
No. 137 Massillon Washington (Ohio)(11-3)
No. 138 St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey)(8-4)
No. 139 Northwestern (South Carolina)(11-2)
No. 140 DePaul Catholic (New Jersey)(9-3)
No. 141 Seton Hall Prep (New Jersey)(7-4)
No. 142 St. Xavier (Ohio)(10-3)
No. 143 Norco (California)(8-3)
No. 144 Santa Margarita (California)(6-5)
No. 145 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, New Jersey)(6-4)
No. 146 Arlington Martin (Texas)(9-3)
No. 147 University Lab (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)(13-0)
No. 148 Bolles School (Florida)(8-3)
No. 149 Belleville (Michigan)(13-1)
No. 150 Calhoun (Georgia)(12-3)
No. 151 Alemany (California) (8-4)
No. 152 Jesuit (Louisiana)(10-1)
No. 153 Pine Forest (Florida)(12-2)
No. 154 Lafayette Christian Academy (Louisiana)(10-2)
No. 155 Vandegrift (Texas)(12-2)
No. 156 Penn-Trafford (Pennsylvania)(13-2)
No. 157 Creekside (Georgia)(11-3)
No. 158 Serra (Gardena, California)(11-4)
No. 159 Summit (Tennessee)(14-1)
No. 160 C.E. King (Texas)(10-3)
No. 161 Grayson (Georgia)(10-4)
No. 162 Lakeland (Florida)(9-2)
No. 163 Rockwall (Texas)(9-3)
No. 164 Rockledge (Florida)(9-3)
No. 165 La Salle College HS (Pennsylvania)(9-2)
No. 166 Gulliver Prep (Florida)(9-2)
No. 167 Buchanan (Clovis, California)(10-2)
No. 168 Mission Viejo (California)(9-2)
No. 169 Roswell (Georgia)(10-3)
No. 170 Bartram Trail (Florida)(9-3)
No. 171 Cedar Hill (Texas)(8-5)
No. 172 East St. Louis (Illinois)(12-3)
No. 173 La Salle (Ohio)(7-6)
No. 174 Deerfield Beach (Florida)(9-3)
No. 175 Joliet Catholic (Illinois)(14-0)
No. 176 West Orange (Florida)(11-2)
No. 177 Rocklin (California)(12-1)
No. 178 Upper Arlington (Ohio)(14-1)
No. 179 Fort Dorchester (South Carolina)(12-1)
No. 180 Brookwood (Georgia)(10-3)
No. 181 Loyola Academy (Illinois)(12-1)
No. 182 Starkville (Mississippi)(12-2)
No. 183 Dillard (Florida)(10-3)
No. 184 Shadow Creek (Texas)(9-3)
No. 185 Lake Mary (Florida)(10-2)
No. 186 Lakewood (Florida)`(10-3)
No. 187 Brownsburg (Indiana)(9-3)
No. 188 Liberty (Nevada)(9-2)
No. 189 Niceville (Florida)(10-2)
No. 190 Archbishop Spalding (Maryland)(10-1)
No. 191 Carmel (Indiana)(9-2)
No. 192 Dickinson (Texas)(9-3)
No. 193 Adams (Michigan) (13-1)
No. 194 Carlsbad (California)(11-1)
No. 195 Avon (Ohio)(12-3)
No. 196 Red Bank Catholic (New Jersey)(11-1)
No. 197 Warren Easton (Louisiana)(9-3)
No. 198 Westlake (Atlanta, Georgia)(9-3)
No. 199 Riverside (Jacksonville, Florida)(10-2)
No. 200 Edison (Miami, Florida)(7-5)
Editor’s Note: The High School Football America national, regional and state rankings are developed using our proprietary algorithm.

High School Football America National Rankings — Honorable Mention

Arizona (2 teams) Record
Chaparral Firebirds (9-5)
Highland Hawks (11-4)
Arkansas (3 teams)  
Conway Wampus Cats (9-3)
Fayetteville Bulldogs (10-3)
North Little Rock Charging Wildcats (10-3)
California (16 teams)  
Bishop Amat Lancers (8-4)
Corona del Mar Sea Kings (9-3)
Edison Chargers (Huntington Beach) (8-4)
Etiwanda Eagles (12-1)
Central Grizzlies (Fresno) (9-2)
Inglewood Sentinels  (11-1)
Liberty Patriots (Bakersfield) (11-3)
Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits (11-4)
Loyola Cubs (8-4)
Mater Dei Catholic Crusaders (13-0)
Mission Hills Grizzlies (8-3)
Modesto Central Catholic  (13-2)
Pittsburg Pirates (9-3)
St. Mary’s Rams (Stockton) (10-3)
Vista Murrieta Broncos (9-3)
Warren Bears (8-1)
Florida (18 teams)  
Champagnat Catholic Lions (9-3)
Clearwater Academy International Knights (10-2)
Columbia Tigers (6-5)
Gainesville Hurricanes (8-3)
Hillsborough Terriers (10-3)
Homestead Broncos (10-2)
Lincoln Trojans (Tallahassee) (9-3)
Miramar Patriots (7-4)
Naples Golden Eagles (10-1)
Osceola Kowboys (9-3)
Palm Beach Central Broncos (10-1)
Raines Vikings (8-3)
Riverview Sarasota Rams (9-3)
St. Augustine Yellow Jackets (6-3)
Vanguard Knights (12-1)
Vero Beach Indians (7-3)
Wakulla War Eagles (10-3)
Western Wildcats (9-3)
Georgia (8 teams)  
Archer Tigers (7-5)
Blessed Trinity Titans (9-5)
Benedictine Cadets  (13-2)
Carver (Columbus) Tigers (12-2)
Colqutt County Packers (8-3)
Marietta Blue Devils (7-5)
Ware County Gators (9-2)
Woodward War Eagles (11-1)
Illinois (4 teams)  
Brother Rice Crusaders (10-3)
Cary-Grove Trojans (14-0)
Mount Carmel (Chicago) Caravan (8-4)
Wheaton North Falcons (13-1)
Louisiana (6 teams)  
Acadiana Rams (11-3)
C.E. Byrd Yellow Jackets (9-2)
Destrehan Wildcats  (10-1)
Neville Tigers (11-2)
Ruston Bearcats (10-3)
West Monroe Rebels (8-4)
Maryland (3 teams)  
Calvert Hall Cardinals (9-3)
Loyola Blakefield Dons (9-3)
Mount St. Joseph Gaels (7-4)
Massachusetts (1 team)  
Catholic Memorial Knights  (12-0)
Michigan (2 teams)  
Detroit Catholic Central Shamrocks (8-3)
West Bloomfield Lakers (10-2)
Mississippi (3 teams)  
Brandon Bulldogs (11-3)
Madison-Ridgeland Patriots (11-3)
Oak Grove Warriors (11-3)
New Jersey (1 team)  
St. Augustine Hermits (9-2)
North Carolina (5 teams)  
Grimsley Whirlies (11-1)
Leesville Road Pride  (10-3)
Mallard Creek Mavericks (6-5)
Myers Park Mustangs (8-4)
Richmond Raiders (10-2)
Ohio (3 teams)  
Chardon Hilltoppers (16-0)
Marysville Monarchs (12-1)
Toledo Central Catholic Fighting Irish (11-3)
Oklahoma (1 team)  
Union Football Team (11-2)
Texas (17 teams)  
Carthage Mustangs (11-1)
China Spring Cougars (16-0)
Cibolo Steele Knights (11-1)
Colleyville Heritage Panthers (12-2)
Lewisville Farmers (11-2)
Lone Star Rangers (9-3)
Lovejoy Leopards (12-2)
Lubbock Cooper Pirates (13-2)
Mansfield Summit Jaguars (11-4)
Manvel Mavericks (10-3)
Prosper Eagles (9-5)
Ridge Point Panthers (11-2)
San Antonio Brennan Bears (13-1)
Stephenville Yellowjackets (16-0)
Tomball Cougars  (11-4)
Veterans Memorial Eagles (Corpus Christi) (12-2)
Wichita Falls Rider Raiders (12-2)
Utah (3 teams)  
American Fork Cavemen (7-4)
Lehi Pioneers (11-3)
Skyridge Falcons (11-2)
Virginia (3 teams)  
Highland Springs (10-4)
Stone Bridge Bulldogs (15-0)
Varina Blue Devils (13-1)
West Virginia (1 team)  
Martinsburg Bulldogs (13-1)

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