Mater Dei captures back-to-back “mythical” national championships

Mater Dei Monarchs

For the second straight year, Mater Dei is the High School Football America 100 “mythical” national champ.

The Monarchs, who won the CIF Open Division title, played one of the toughest schedules in America, which included victories over No. 3 St. John Bosco (California), No. 5 IMG Academy (Florida), No. 11 De La Salle (California), No. 16 Corona Centennial (California), No. 42 Bishop Gorman (Nevada), No. 87 Mission Viejo (California) and No. 90 Orange Lutheran (California). The Bosco victory avenged a regular season defeat in the Trinity League.

Ten California teams finished in our Top 100 that is created with our proprietary algorithm. Florida led the way with 14 teams in the national rankings, followed by Georgia and Texas with 13 teams each.

The other California teams in our Top 100 are:

No. 3 St. John Bosco

No. 11 De La Salle

No. 12 Folsom

No. 16 Corona Centennial

No. 39 Oaks Christian

No. 40 JSerra

No. 87 Mission Viejo

No. 90 Orange Lutheran

No. 100 Cathedral Catholic

FINAL 2018 High School Football America 100

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

Dropped-out: No. 94 West Brook (Texas)

*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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