Southern California’s Trinity League is the toughest high school football league in America, according to High School Football America’s proprietary algorithm. Five of the six teams were ranked in our Top 200 national rankings, powered by NFL Play Football.
Santa Ana’s Mater Dei closed-out the 2021 season with the school’s third national championship in the last five years. Falling-in behind the top-ranked Monarchs was Servite at No. 6 and St. John Bosco at No. 8.
In addition to Mater Dei’s Open Division championship, No. 91 Orange Lutheran finished runner-up in Division I-AA.
The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference finishes a close second to the Trinity League. The Baltimore/Washington, DC-area conference had three teams finish in the Top 100, led by conference champ St. John’s College High School (Washington, DC) at No. 19.
Good Counsel (Maryland) finished the season ranked No. 79 with arch-rival DeMatha at No. 84.
The United Red League in the North Jersey Super Conference was the third toughest league in America last year with four teams ranked in our Top 200. Non-Public A champ Bergen Catholic led the way with a No. 3 overall ranking.
The first public league in our rankings is Alabama’s Region 3 in Class 7A. Three-time defending champ Thompson finished No. 14 in America last season, followed by Hoover at No. 31 and Hewitt-Trussville at No. 100.
Rounding-out the Top 5 is Cincinnati’s Greater Catholic League South. Three of the league’s four teams were in our national rankings. Archbishop Moeller led the way at No. 78.
In the bottom half of the Top 10, Texas has three districts. Georgia and North Carolina have one region each.
Surprisingly, Florida doesn’t have a district in the Top 10. Florida led the 2021 High School Football America 100 with seventeen teams in the Top 100.
No. 1 Trinity League (Southern California)
- No. 1 Mater Dei
- No. 6 Servite
- No. 8 St. John Bosco
- No. 91 Orange Lutheran
- No. 144 Santa Margarita
No. 2 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (Maryland & DC)
- No. 19 St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC)
- No. 79 Good Counsel (Maryland)
- No. 84 DeMatha (Maryland)
No. 3 North Jersey Super Conference, United Red League (New Jersey)
- No. 3 Bergen Catholic
- No. 99 Don Bosco Prep
- No. 138 St. Peter’s Prep
- No. 141 Seton Hall Prep
No. 4 Alabama Region 3-7A
- No. 14 Thompson
- No. 31 Hoover
- No. 100 Hewitt-Trussville
No. 5 Greater Catholic League South (Cincinnati, Ohio)
- No. 78 Archbishop Moeller
- No. 142 St. Xavier
- No. 173 La Salle
No. 6 Texas Region 3, District 21-6A
- No. 4 North Shore
- No. 56 Atascocita
- No. 160 C.E. King
No. 7 Texas Region 2, District 11-6A
- No. 9 Duncanville
- No. 73 DeSoto
- No. 171 Cedar Hill
No. 8 Texas Region 4, District 26-6A
- No. 2 Westlake
- No. 53 Lake Travis
No. 9 I-MECK 4A Conference
- No. 40 Chambers
- No. 42 Hough
No. 10 Georgia Region 8-7A
- No. 26 Collins Hill
- No. 117 Mill Creek
Honorable Mention: Big VII (Southern California), Catholic High School League (Michigan), Chicago Catholic League, Blue Division (Illinois), East Bay Athletic League-Mountain (Northern California), Florida District 2-8A, Florida District 6-8A, Florida District 12-8A, Florida District 10-6A, Georgia Region 3-7A, Georgia Region 5-7A, Greater Miami Conference (Ohio), Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (Indiana), Mission League (California), North Jersey Super Conference, United White League (New Jersey), Philadelphia Catholic League, Red Division (Pennsylvania), 6A Premier League (Arizona), Quad County Conference (Pennsylvania), Serra League (Southern California), Sunset League (California) Texas Region 1, District 4-6A, Utah Region 4-6A, West Catholic Athletic Association (Northern California)