Two California showdowns to shape high school football national championship chase

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All eyes will be on Southern California this weekend as two games in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs will shape the stretch run for the High School Football America national championship.

Top-ranked Mater Dei, which won HSFA national titles in 2017 and 2018, will face No. 22 Corona Centennial in one of the Division 1 semifinal games. These two had been scheduled to meet in the first week of the regular season, but that game was cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols.

The winner of the Mater Dei/Corona Centennial game will face the winner in the other semifinal between No. 3 St. John Bosco and No. 18 Servite. On October 29, Bosco beat the Friars 24-10.

Defending national champ IMG Academy (Florida) will try to keep its back-to-back dreams alive when it plays No. 19 St. Frances Academy (Maryland). This will be the all-time third meeting between the national powers.

IMG, which enters the game ranked No. 4 in the High School Football America 100 powered by NFL Play Football, won the first match-up 38-0 in 2016. In 2019, SFA beat IMG 35-7.

NFL Legend Pepper Johnson, who won two Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants, is in his first year as the head coach of the Ascenders.

Shaping this week’s national rankings is Hamilton’s big win 21-14 over arch-rival Chandler in Arizona. The Huskies move-up two spots to No. 14 in the latest rankings, while Chandler drops from No. 11 to No. 33.

The win snapped Chandler’s 45-game win streak.

Hamilton and Chandler may have a Part II in the Arizona Open Division playoffs. The two are on the opposite sites of the bracket and could meet in the state championship game. Chandler has won five straight state titles.

At the bottom of Top 100, there are six new entrants. Half of those teams hail from Ohio.

Defending Division II champ Archbishop Hoban re-enters the HSFA 100 at No. 91, followed by Massillon Washington at No. 93. Medina, which checks-in at No. 98 this week, will face No. 24 St. Edward in the Division I state quarterfinals this weekend.

Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer has led Lipscomb Academy (Tennessee) to its first-ever appearance in the Top 100 at No. 92.

Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey), which started the season ranked No. 123, cracks the Top 100 at No. 94.

Also making its first appearance in the HSFA 100 this year is Gaffney (South Carolina) at No. 97.

High School Football America 100 powered by NFL Play Football

Rank/School/StateRecordLast Week
No. 1 Mater Dei (California)(9-0)1
No. 2 Westlake (Austin, Texas)(11-0)2
No. 3 St. John Bosco (California)(10-1)3
No. 4 IMG Academy (Florida)(9-0)4
No. 5 Southlake Carroll (Texas) (11-0)5
No. 6 Bergen Catholic (New Jersey)(10-0)6
No. 7 Katy (Texas)(11-0)7
No. 8 Center Grove (Indiana)(12-0)8
No. 9 Hoover (Alabama)(12-0)9
No. 10 Oakland (Tennessee)(12-0)10
No. 11 Dutch Fork (South Carolina)(10-0)12
No. 12 Jesuit (Florida)(11-0)13
No. 13 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida)(10-1)14
No. 14 Hamilton (Arizona)(10-0)16
No. 15 Thompson (Alabama)(11-1)15
No. 16 Bishop Gorman (Nevada)(11-1)17
No. 17 Collins Hill (Georgia)(11-0)18
No. 18 Servite (California)(9-2)19
No. 19 St. Frances Academy (Maryland)(7-1)20
No. 20 Miami Central (Florida)(8-2)21
No. 21 St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC)(10-0)22
No. 22 Corona Centennial (California)(11-024
No. 23 Bixby (Oklahoma)(11-0)23
No. 24 St. Edward (Ohio)(12-1)25
No. 25 Chaminade-Madonna (Florida)(7-1)26
No. 26 Cathedral (Indiana)(12-1)27
No. 27 Buford (Georgia) (10-1)28
No. 28 North Cobb (Georgia)(10-1)29
No. 29 Duncanville (Texas)(9-1)30
No. 30 Venice (Florida)(10-1)31
No. 31 Milton (Georgia)(10-1)32
No. 32 Male (Kentucky)(11-0)35
No. 33 Chandler (Arizona)(9-1)11
No. 34 Jenks (Oklahoma)(10-1)34
No. 35 Hough (North Carolina)(12-0)36
No. 36 Seminole (Sanford, Florida)(10-1)37
No. 37 Cocoa (Florida)(8-1)38
No. 38 Denton Guyer (Texas)(10-1)39
No. 39 Denton Ryan (Texas)(10-1)40
No. 40 Edna Karr (Louisiana)(9-0)41
No. 41 Cardinal Gibbons (Florida)(7-2)42
No. 42 Highland Park (Texas)(10-1)43
No. 43 Westfield (Texas)(11-0)44
No. 44 Aledo (Texas)(11-0)45
No. 45 Chambers (North Carolina)(11-1)46
No. 46 Treasure Coast (Florida)(8-1)47
No. 47 North Shore (Texas)(10-1)48
No. 48 Warner Robins (Georgia)(10-1)49
No. 49 East St. Louis (Illinois)(10-2)51
No. 50 Lee County (Georgia)(10-1)50
No. 51 Maryville (Tennessee)(12-0)52
No. 52 St. Francis (Mountain View, California)(10-0)53
No. 53 Edgewater (Florida)(10-1)54
No. 54 De La Salle (California)(9-2)55
No. 55 Euless Trinity (Texas)(10-1)56
No. 56 Northwestern (Miami, Florida)(8-3)57
No. 57 Catholic (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)(9-1)58
No. 58 American Heritage (Plantation, Florida)(6-3)59
No. 59 Cartersville (Georgia)(11-0)60
No. 60 Atascocita (Texas)(9-2)61
No. 61 St. Joseph’s Prep (Pennsylvania)(8-2)63
No. 62 Allen (Texas)(9-2)64
No. 63 Jones (Orlando, Florida)(9-2)65
No. 64 Lake Travis (Texas)(9-2)66
No. 65 Pickerington Central (Ohio)(12-1)68
No. 66 Arlington Martin (Texas)(9-2)67
No. 67 Springfield (Ohio)(11-1)72
No. 68 Good Counsel (Maryland)(7-4)75
No. 69 Lakota West (Ohio)(12-1)74
No. 70 Greenville Christian (Mississippi)(11-1)70
No. 71 Imhotep Charter (Pennsylvania)(7-1)69
No. 72 DeMatha (Maryland)(7-3)71
No. 73 Loyola Academy (Illinois)(12-0)73
No. 74 Martin Luther King (Detroit, Michigan)(11-1)76
No. 75 Alcoa (Tennessee)(11-1)77
No. 76 Archbishop Moeller (Ohio)(10-3)78
No. 77 Valor Christian (Colorado)(11-0)79
No. 78 Buchholz (Florida)(10-1)80
No. 79 Lowndes (Georgia)(9-2)81
No. 80 Corner Canyon (Utah)(12-1)88
No. 81 Mill Creek (Georgia)(10-1)83
No. 82 Niceville (Florida)*(10-1)84
No. 83 Christian Brothers College HS (Missouri)(11-1)86
No. 84 Rockwall-Heath (Texas)(10-1)89
No. 85 Bryant (Arkansas)(10-1)91
No. 86 McCallie (Tennessee)(11-0)92
No. 87 Los Alamitos (California)(9-2)87
No. 88 Hewitt-Trussville (Alabama)(9-3)90
No. 89 Buchanan (Clovis, California)(10-1)96
No. 90 Central (Phenix City, Alabama)(12-0)94
No. 91 Archbishop Hoban (Ohio)(10-3)101
No. 92 Lipscomb Academy (Tennessee)(11-1)106
No. 93 Massillon Washington (Ohio)(11-2)103
No. 94 Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey)(7-4)105
No. 95 DePaul Catholic (New Jersey)(8-2)97
No. 96 Bolles School (Florida)(6-2)93
No. 97 Gaffney (South Carolina)(12-0)108
No. 98 Medina (Ohio)(13-0)115
No. 99 Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Florida)(6-4)98
No. 100 Cherry Creek (Colorado) (9-2)100
Editor’s Note: The High School Football America national, regional and state rankings are developed using our proprietary algorithm.
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The Other 100 powered by NFL Play Football

Rank/School/StateRecordLast Week
No. 101 Oscar Smith (Virginia)(9-1)102
No. 102 Auburn (Alabama)(10-2)107
No. 103 St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey)(8-3)110
No. 104 Westfield (Indiana)(11-1)109
No. 105 Orange Lutheran (California)(8-4)123
No. 106 Sierra Canyon (California)(7-4)125
No. 107 St. Xavier (Louisville, Kentucky) (11-1)132
No. 108 Rockwall (Texas)(9-2)113
No. 109 St. Ignatius (Ohio)(7-5)82
No. 110 Bartram Trail (Florida)(9-2)116
No. 111 DeSoto (Texas)(9-2)117
No. 112 Saguaro (Arizona)(9-1)118
No. 113 Northwestern (South Carolina)(11-1)120
No. 114 Seton Hall Prep (New Jersey)(7-4)99
No. 115 St. Xavier (Ohio)(10-3)33
No. 116 Lone Peak (Utah)(9-2)136
No. 117 Longview (Texas) (8-3)124
No. 118 Apopka (Florida)(9-2)126
No. 119 Serra (San Mateo, California)(9-1)127
No. 120 Killian (Florida)(11-0)129
No. 121 Iona Prep (New York)(9-1)133
No. 122 Spring (Texas)(10-1)135
No. 123 Dillard (Florida)(10-1)134
No. 124 Central (Fresno, California)(8-1)130
No. 125 Columbus (Miami, Florida)(7-3)137
No. 126 Palmetto (Miami, Florida)(8-2)138
No. 127 Tompkins (Katy, Texas)(10-1)140
No. 128 Merritt Island (Florida)(10-1)141
No. 129 Westlake (Atlanta, Georgia)(9-2)142
No. 130 Deerfield Beach (Florida)(9-2)143
No. 131 Carlsbad (California)(11-0)144
No. 132 Norco (California)(8-3)119
No. 133 La Salle College HS (Pennsylvania)(9-2)62
No. 134 Santa Margarita (California)(6-5)121
No. 135 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, New Jersey)(6-4)104
No. 136 Cibolo Steele (Texas)(11-0)148
No. 137 Rockledge (Florida)(9-2)150
No. 138 Shadow Creek (Texas)(9-2)151
No. 139 Lake Mary (Florida)(10-1)154
No. 140 South Pointe (South Carolina)(9-1)155
No. 141 Lake Gibson (Florida)(7-3)159
No. 142 Mission Viejo (California)(9-2)95
No. 143 Brookwood (Georgia)(9-2)158
No. 144 Lakeland (Florida)(9-2)111
No. 145 Carthage (Texas)(10-0)145
No. 146 Pulaski Academy (Arkansas)(10-1)152
No. 147 Christ Presbyterian Academy (Tennessee)(10-2)160
No. 148 Riverside (Jacksonville, Florida)(10-1)165
No. 149 Skyridge (Utah)`(11-2)122
No. 150 Liberty (Nevada)(9-2)128
No. 151 La Salle (Ohio)(7-6)139
No. 152 Vero Beach (Florida)(7-2)161
No. 153 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, California)(9-2)169
No. 154 Cardinal Gibbons (North Carolina)(10-2)163
No. 155 Gulliver Prep (Florida)(7-1)156
No. 156 Lafayette Christian Academy (Louisiana)(8-1)164
No. 157 Brownsburg (Indiana)(9-3)147
No. 158 Acadiana (Louisiana)(9-2)166
No. 159 Archbishop Spalding (Maryland)(10-1)114
No. 160 Carmel (Indiana)(9-2)149
No. 161 Dickinson (Texas)(9-2)167
No. 162 Tampa Bay Tech (Florida)(11-0)168
No. 163 De La Salle Collegiate (Michigan)(11-0)170
No. 164 St. Charles Catholic (Louisiana)(8-0)171
No. 165 Joliet Catholic (Illinois)(12-0)168
No. 166 C.E. King (Texas)(9-2)172
No. 167 Edison (Miami, Florida)(7-4)174
No. 168 Brother Rice (Illinois)(10-2)175
No. 169 University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)(10-0)176
No. 170 Marysville (Ohio)(12-0)177
No. 171 Lakewood (Florida) (8-2)178
No. 172 Cedar Hill (Texas)(7-4)179
No. 173 Alemany (California)(7-3)180
No. 174 Zachary Broncos (Louisiana)(11-0)181
No. 175 Fort Dorchester Patriots (South Carolina)(11-0)182
No. 176 Ware County (Georgia)(9-1)183
No. 177 Berkeley Prep (Florida)(9-0)184
No. 178 St. Augustine (New Jersey)(9-1)185
No. 179 Clay-Chalkville (Alabama)(12-0)186
No. 180 West Orange (Florida)(10-1)187
No. 181 C.E. Byrd (Louisiana)(9-1)188
No. 182 Roswell (Georgia)(9-2)189
No. 183 Lincoln (Tallahasee, Florida)(9-2)191
No. 184 Rocklin (California)(11-0)194
No. 185 Lovejoy (Texas)(10-1)195
No. 186 Naples (Florida)(10-0)196
No. 187 Woodward Academy (Georgia)(11-0)197
No. 188 Frisco (Texas)(10-1)198
No. 189 Creekside (Georgia)(9-2)199
No. 190 Liberty (Frisco, Texas)(10-1)200
No. 191 Langston Hughes (Georgia)(10-1)HM
No. 192 Etiwanda (California)(12-0)HM
No. 193 Jesuit (Louisiana)(8-0)HM
No. 194 Edison (Huntington Beach. California)(8-4)153
No. 195 Starkville (Mississippi)(10-1)HM
No. 196 Corona del Mar (California)(9-3) 157
No. 197 Madison Central (Mississippi)(10-1)HM
No. 198 Walton (Georgia)(7-3)HM
No. 199 Adams (Michigan) (12-0)HM
No. 200 Summit (Tennessee)(12-0)HM
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 (4 teams)
Liberty Lions (8-2)
Queen Creek Bulldogs(8-2)
Red Mountain Mountain Lions(9-2)
Williams Field Black Hawks(8-2)
Arkansas (3 teams)
Conway Wampus Cats(8-2)
Fayetteville Bulldogs(8-2)
North Little Rock Charging Wildcats(9-2)
California (12 teams)
Bishop Amat Lancers(8-4)
Folsom Bulldogs(8-3)
Inglewood Sentinels (11-0)
Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits(9-3)
Loyola Cubs(8-4)
Mission Hills Grizzlies(8-3)
Modesto Central Catholic (10-1)
Pittsburg Pirates(8-1)
Serra Cavaliers (Gardena)(7-4)
St. Mary’s Rams (Stockton)(10-2)
Vista Murrieta Broncos(9-3)
Warren Bears(8-1)
Florida (13 teams)
Champagnat Catholic Lions(7-2)
Clearwater Academy International Knights(8-2)
Columbia Tigers(6-5)
Gainesville Hurricanes(8-3)
Hillsborough Terriers(9-2)
Miramar Patriots(7-3)
Osceola Kowboys(9-2)
Palm Beach Central Broncos(9-0)
Raines Vikings(8-2)
Riverview Sarasota Rams(9-2)
St. Augustine Yellow Jackets(6-3)
Vanguard Knights(11-0)
Western Wildcats(9-2)
  
Georgia (6 teams)
Archer Tigers(7-4)
Carver (Columbus) Tigers(9-1)
Colqutt County Packers(8-3)
Grayson Rams(8-3)
Marietta Blue Devils(7-4)
Marist War Eagles(9-1)
  
Illinois (2 teams)
Mount Carmel (Chicago) Caravan(8-4)
St. Rita Mustangs(10-2)
Indiana (1 team)
Merrillville Pirates(12-0)
Louisiana (7 teams)
Brother Martin Crusaders(4-5)
Captain Shreve Gators(10-1)
John Curtis Patriots(5-3)
Madison Prep Academy Chargers(10-1)
Neville Tigers(9-1)
Ruston Bearcats(9-2)
West Monroe Rebels(7-3)
 
Maryland (4 teams)
Calvert Hall Cardinals(8-2)
McDonogh Eagles(6-5)
Mount St. Joseph Gaels(7-4)
Rock Creek Christian Academy Eagles(7-1)
 
Massachusetts (1 team)
Catholic Memorial Knights (9-0)
 
Michigan (3 teams)
Belleville Tigers (11-1)
Detroit Catholic Central Shamrocks(8-3)
West Bloomfield Lakers(10-2)
 
Mississippi (4 teams)
Brandon Bulldogs(9-2)
Madison-Ridgeland Patriots(10-3)
Oak Grove Warriors(10-2)
Oxford Chargers (8-4)
New Jersey (1 team)
Delbarton Green Wave (5-6)
North Carolina (6 teams)
Grimsley Whirlies(11-1)
Leesville Road Pride (9-2)
Mallard Creek Mavericks(6-4)
Myers Park Mustangs(8-4)
Porter Ridge Pirates(8-2)
Richmond Raiders(10-2)
Ohio (3 teams) 
Chardon Hilltoppers(13-0)
Toledo Central Catholic Fighting Irish(11-2)
Upper Arlington Bears(13-0)
 
Oklahoma (1 team)
Union Football Team(10-1)
 
Pennsylvania (6 teams)
Cathedral Prep Ramblers(10-1)
Central York Panthers(11-1)
Governor Mifflin Mustangs(9-0)
Mount Lebanon Blue Devils(11-0)
Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings(9-2)
Wilson Bulldogs (West Lawn)(9-3)
 
Tennessee (1 team)
Montgomery Bell Academy Big Red(8-3)
 
Texas (15 teams)
A&M Consolidated Tigers(9-2)
College Station Cougars (11-0)
Colleyville Heritage Panthers(10-1)
Dallas Jesuit Rangers(10-1)
Ennis Lions(11-0)
Lewisville Farmers(10-1)
Lone Star Rangers(9-2)
Lubbock Cooper Pirates(10-1)
Mansfield Summit Jaguars(8-3)
Manvel Mavericks(9-2)
Montgomery Bears(11-0)
Ridge Point Panthers(10-1)
San Antonio Brennan Bears(11-0)
Tyler Legacy Raiders(6-5)
Veterans Memorial Eagles (Corpus Christi)(10-1)
Wichita Falls Rider Raiders(10-1)
Utah (2 teams)
American Fork Cavemen(7-4)
Lehi Pioneers(10-3)
 
Virginia (3 teams)
Highland Springs(8-3)
Stone Bridge Bulldogs(11-0)
Varina Blue Devils(9-1)
  
West Virginia (1 team)
Martinsburg Bulldogs(10-1)
Editor’s Note: The High School Football America national, regional and state rankings are developed using our proprietary algorithm.

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