SoCal Showdown as Defending National Champ Mater Dei to play IMG in 2018

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The No. 1 and No. 3 teams in the 2017 High School Football America Top 100 will square-off in Southern California in September.  Defending national champ Mater Dei will face IMG Academy on September 21.

Mater Dei finished a perfect 15-0 last season, winning the CIF Open Division championship.  IMG finished 8-0 with seven of those wins coming against teams in our national rankings. The Ascenders bring a 37-game win streak into this season.

This may be the only time these two teams meet because California’s governing body will vote on a new rule that will prohibit California high schools from playing schools like IMG.

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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.