St. John Bosco, the No. 1 team in America since we began our Algorithm Rankings in 2013

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Since High School Football America began using its proprietary algorithm in 2013 to rank teams, only two teams — St. John Bosco (California) and Allen (Texas) — have finished every season in our Top 25. So, it stands to reason that they’re No. 1 and No. 2 in our compilation poll that looks at which teams have performed the best in our national rankings over the last six years.

St. John Bosco is No. 1 with 113 overall points. The poll awards points to a team on the basis of its ranking in each poll. For example, the No. 1 team receives 25 points, the No. 2 team receives 24 points and so forth.

The Braves have finished No. 2 twice (2013 and 2016), No. 3 last season, No. 13 in 2017 and No. 15 in 2014.

Two-time “mythical” national champ Allen has amassed 105 points. The Eagles also were co-champs in 2012 with John Curtis (Louisiana) when we did an opinion poll.

No. 3 De La Salle (California) and No. 4 Bishop Gorman (Nevada) are the only two teams to finish in five of our six algorithm Top 25’s. IMG Academy (Florida) rounds-out the Top 5.

High School Football America Top 25 (2013-2018)

Rank, Team, State201820172016201520142013Pts
1. St. John Bosco (California)31328152113
2. Allen (Texas)21217911105
3. De La Salle (California)1114X22992
4. Bishop Gorman (Nevada)X91432390
5. IMG Academy (Florida)5337XX86
6. Mater Dei (California)1114XXX62
7. Corona Centennial (California)16X10513X60
8. St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida)XX6129X51
9. Miami Central (Florida)22XX227449
10. St. Joseph’s Prep (Pennsylvania)4198XX2548
11. Colquitt County (Georgia)XXX14X47
12. Booker T. Washington (Florida)XXXX6343
13. (tie) American Heritage (Plantation, FL)X613XX2039
13. (tie) Trinity (Kentucky)X49XXX39
15. DeSoto (Texas)XX12X25536
16. Folsom (California)12XXX5X35
17. (tie) Cedar Hill (Texas)XXXX11734
17. (tie) DeMatha (Maryland)XX513XX34
17. (tie) St. Edward (Ohio)XXX612X34
20. St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, NJ)15X19XX1133
21. Hoover (Alabama)XX18XXX31
22. St. John’s College (Washington, DC)616XXXX30
23. Katy (Texas)XXX3X2227
24. North Shore (Houston, Texas)2XXXXX24
25. La Salle (Ohio)XX211520X22

Can Bosco finally claim a national championship?

The Braves begin the season ranked No. 2 in our national rankings, which means, the Bellflower, California school controls its own destiny with No. 1 Mater Dei (California) as the top teams in SoCal’s Trinity League.

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About the Author

Jeff Fisher
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.