SBLive Power 25: Dominant display in Texas moves Mater Dei (Calif.) to No. 1 in national high school football rankings

Mater Dei moves into the top spot in the SBLive Power 25 national high school football rankings this week after the Monarchs’ impressive 45-3 victory over Duncanville (Texas) on Friday.

Elsewhere around the country, Treasure Coast (Fla.) pulled off a huge upset of American Heritage (Fla.) and makes its Power 25 debut this week at No. 24. Also new to the Power 25 this week are No. 12 North Shore (Texas) and No. 23 Miami Central (Fla.). Miami Central was No. 18 in the preseason rankings, and moves back in because its 35-12 road loss to St. John Bosco looks better than it did a week ago after Mater Dei dominated in Texas. Mater Dei and St. John Bosco play in the same league and are very similar in terms of talent and Power 25 ranking.

Read more on this week’s Power 25 teams below.


The SBLive Power 25 rankings are compiled by SBLive reporter Connor Morrissette based on observations and conversations with an extensive network of coaching and media sources across the country. The rankings will be released every Monday throughout the fall 2021 season.


Aug. 30, 2021

1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (1-0)

Next game: Sept. 10 @ Liberty (Henderson, Nev.)

Last result: 45-3 win over Duncanville (Texas)

Last week’s ranking: 2

Ranking rationale: Mater Dei went to Texas and dominated from the opening kickoff en route to a 45-3 win over Duncanville, last week’s No. 10 team. USC commit Domani Jackson had a pick-six on Duncanville’s first pass attempt and on the Monarchs first play on offense, Oklahoma running back commit Raleek Brown scored a 75-yard touchdown.

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) (2-0)

Next game: Sept. 3 vs. Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.)

Last result: 24-3 win over Alemany (Mission Hills, Calif.)

Last week’s ranking: 1

Ranking rationale: Through two games, St. John Bosco’s defense has been elite, but their offense hasn’t been up to their usual high standards, so they drop to No. 2. With so many Division 1 recruits on the roster, expect the Braves offense to improve.

3. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) (1-0)

Next game: Sept. 3 @ La Salle (Cincinatti, Ohio)

Last result: 58-0 win over Bishop Sycamore (Columbus, Ohio)

Last week’s ranking: 3

Ranking rationale: IMG played their opener against Bishop Sycamore, an online charter school that appeared to lie about their talent level in order to play on ESPN. The game didn’t go well for the Centurions and ended up making national headlines.

Here’s IMG’s roster breakdown: 2022 Florida State QB commit AJ Duffy leads the team under center. The Ascenders have five of the top ten 2022 football recruits in Florida, per They also have four of the top ten in the Class of 2023.

4. Westlake (Austin, Texas) (1-0)

Next game: Sept. 3 vs. Trinity (Euless, Texas)

Last result: 54-13 win over Temple (Texas)

Last week’s ranking: 4

Ranking rationale: Following last year’s 6A Division 1 championship, Westlake enters this season as the No. 1 team in Texas. 2022 Clemson QB commit Cade Klubnik is a big reason why. In Westlake’s opener, Klubnik threw for 226 yards and three TDs. He also rushed for a fourth touchdown.

5. Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.) (2-0)

Next game: Sept. 3 @ Tuscaloosa County (Northport Ala.)

Last result: 55-0 win vs. Sparkman (Harvest, Ala.)

Last week’s ranking: 5

Ranking rationale: Thompson has won their first two games by a combined 110-0 score. Star quarterback Conner Harrell is now a senior after leading last year’s state title team and Thompson has also added some key transfers, which gives them a chance to be even better than last year’s undefeated team.

6. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (1-0)

Next game: Sept. 3 @ Plantation (Fla.)

Last result: 38-23 win over No. 8 St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.)

Last week’s ranking: 7

Ranking rationale: In a game featuring 30 prospects with at least one FBS scholarship offer, St. Thomas Aquinas took down No. 11 St. Frances Academy 38-23 thanks to forcing five turnovers. St. Thomas Aquinas QB Zion Turner completed 22 of 32 pass attempts for a career-high 298 yards and two touchdowns in the game. He added another 42 yards and a score on the ground as well.

7. Katy (Texas) (1-0)

Next game: Sept. 4 vs. Cypress Woods (Texas)

Last result: 40-7 win over Clear Springs (League City, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: 9

Ranking rationale: Last year’s 6A Division 2 Texas champions bring back a loaded defense as well as junior quarterback Caleb Koger this season. Koger threw one TD in Katy’s opener, but it was junior running back Seth Davis who stole the show rushing for 147 yards and a touchdown.

8. Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.) (1-0)

Next game: Sept. 3 vs. Greenville Christian (Miss.)

Last result: 36-10 win vs. Brookwood (Snellville, Ga.)

Last week’s ranking: 11

Ranking rationale: Collins Hill has the most electric QB/WR combo in the nation in Sam Horn, a Missouri commit, and Travis Hunter, a Florida State commit. Hunter is the unanimous No. 1 player in the 2022 class and he put on quite a show in the Collins Hill opener catching 13 passes for 232 yards and two scores.

9. Carroll (Southlake, Texas) (1-0)

Next game: Sept. 2 @ Rockwall-Heath (Texas)

Last result: 45-21 win over Highland Park (Dallas, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: 12

Ranking rationale: Last year’s Carroll QB Quinn Ewers opted to skip his senior high school season to play at Ohio State a year early, so on paper the Dragons had a void to fill under center. Kaden Anderson got the start at quarterback Thursday night and silenced all doubters completing 16 of 24 passes for 261 yards and three TDs. He added a rushing touchdown as well.

10. Ryan (Denton, Texas) (1-0)

Next game: Sept. 3 vs. Guyer (Denton, Texas)

Last result: 40-7 win over Longview (Texas)

Last week’s ranking: 13

Ranking rationale: Ryan brings back 14 starters from last year’s 15-0 state title team and their experience showed in a 40-7 win against Longview. Junior running back Kalib Hicks rushed for 139 yards and three scores in the win.

11. St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.) (0-1)

Next game: Sept. 11 @ Franklin (Reisterstown, Md.)

Last result: 38-23 loss to No. 6 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Last week’s ranking: 8

Ranking rationale: After not playing last season due to COVID-19, St. Frances has returned to its place among the nation’s best teams. They fell to No. 6 St. Thomas Aquinas 38-23 in their opener, but they competed in defeat. The Panthers play in the trenches was impressive led by defensive lineman Derrick Moore, an Oklahoma commit. Five of the top six 2022 football recruits from Maryland attend St. Frances, per The top-ranked recruit in the 2022 class at St. Frances is linebacker Jaishawn Barham.

12. North Shore (Houston, Texas) (1-0)

Next game: Sept. 3 @ Klein Collins (Spring, Texas)

Last result: 33-10 win over Shadow Creek (Pearland, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Ranking rationale: North Shore is once again one of the top teams in Texas. In their opener, Jayven Anderson and Jacoby Davis each had pick-sixes. Both players are Division 1 prospects.

13. Chandler (Ariz.) (0-0)

Next game: Sept. 3 vs. Centennial

Last result: 23-21 win over Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) (Open Division championship)

Last week’s ranking: 14

Ranking rationale: Chandler once again comes in as the top team in Arizona to start the season. The Wolves have won five straight state titles and although they have to replace their quarterback and top two running backs, they’re deep, fast and athletic at every position.

14. Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) (2-0)

Next game: Sept. 3 @ Carmel (Ind.)

Last result: 56-7 win over Decatur Central (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Last week’s ranking: 15

Ranking rationale: 2021 Center Grove might be better than 2020 14-0 Center Grove. In their Week 2 win, five different Trojans scored TDs. 2022 Tennessee QB commit Tayven Jackson completed six of his ten passes for 103 yards and three TDs. He also rushed for a touchdown.

15. Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah) (3-0)

Next game: Sept. 3 vs. Jordan (Sandy, Utah)

Last result: 35-7 win over Bingham (South Jordan, Utah)

Last week’s ranking: 16

Ranking rationale: In Corner Canyon’s 35-7 win over a good Bingham team, 2022 USC QB commit Devin Brown completed 17 of 25 passes for 428 yards and four TDs.

16. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) (1-0)

Next game: Sept. 4 vs. Smyrna (Del.)

Last result: 42-7 win over Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio)

Last week’s ranking: 17

Ranking rationale: Bergen Catholic is loaded with talent and they showed it in their opener. Their top players are 2022 cornerback Jaeden Gould, a USC commit, 2022 cornerback Jayden Bellamy, a Notre Dame commit, and 2022 QB Steve Angeli, a Notre Dame commit. Angeli completed 14 of 16 passes for 195 yards and two TDs against Archbishop Hoban.

17. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) (1-0)

Next game: Sept. 4 @ No. 23 Miami Central (Fla.)

Last result: 42-21 win over St. Louis (Hawaii)

Last week’s ranking: 18

Ranking rationale: Boston College commit Cam Barfield scored five touchdowns in Bishop Gorman’s win over St. Louis.

There are 29 two-star or better recruits in Nevada in the Class of 2022, according to 247Sports, and Bishop Gorman has 11 of them on its roster, with four-star edge rusher Cyrus Moss leading the way.

18. St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio) (2-0)

Next game: Sept. 3 @ Olentangy Liberty (Powell, Ohio)

Last result: 42-7 win vs. Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Last week’s ranking: 19

Ranking rationale: St. Xavier won the Division 1 title in Ohio last season and the Bombers are the top-ranked team in the state to begin the 2021 season. In their win against Colerain, St. Xavier forced a running clock in the first half.

19. St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.) (0-0)

Next game: Sept. 3 vs. St. Mary’s Ryken

Last result: 62-13 win over Central York (Pa.) (6A championship)

Last week’s ranking: 20

Ranking rationale: St. Joe’s lost a lot of talent from last year’s undefeated state title team, but they’re still the No. 1 team in Pennsylvania, led by 2023 linebacker Josiah Trotter. 2022 safety Keenan Nelson, a South Carolina commit, is another player to watch.

20. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) (1-0)

Next game: Sept. vs. Monterey Trail (Elk Grove, Calif.)

Last result: 52-16 win vs. St. Mary’s (Stockton, Calif.)

Last week’s ranking: 21

Ranking rationale: De La Salle’s win streak against Northern California opponents is now up to 317 games following their 52-16 win over Stockton St. Mary’s. The Spartans scored 35 unanswered second half points in the win. Junior running back Charles Greer rushed for three scores.

21. Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) (2-0)

Next game: Sept. 9 @ Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.)

Last result: 44-7 win vs. Mission Viejo (Calif.)

Last week’s ranking: 22

Ranking rationale: The Friars have one of the best offenses in the country and that was on full display in their win against Mission Viejo, but their defense also played extremely well last Thursday. Corner Mike Hurst had an interception in the win.

22. Choctaw (Okla.) (1-0)

Next game: Sept. 3 vs. Springdale (Arkansas)

Last result: 66-0 win vs. Beacon Hill Home School (Richmond, Va.)

Last week’s ranking: 23

Ranking rationale: 2023 QB Steele Wasel is a star in the making for Choctaw. The Yellowjackets finished last season as the No. 2 team in Oklahoma, but this year they should end the season at No. 1 thanks to bringing back a lot of impact players. In their opener, they routed Beacon Hill 66-0.

23. Central (Miami, Fla.) (0-1)

Next game: Sept. 4 vs. No. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)

Last result: 35-12 loss to No. 2 St. John Bosco

Last week’s ranking: NR

Ranking rationale: Central’s defense played solidly in their opening 35-12 defeat to No. 2 St. John Bosco. They now face another tough test against No. 17 Bishop Gorman at home. Seven Central players are ranked in the top 150 of 247Sports’ 2022 Florida recruiting rankings. Wesley Bissainthe leads the way at No. 17. He hold offers from some of the top schools in the country, including Miami, Penn State and Alabama.

24. Treasure Coast (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) (1-0)

Next game: Sept. 3 @ Jensen Beach (Fla.)

Last result: 29-21 win vs. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Ranking rationale: Eden James, the son of Edgerrin James, rushed for 267 yards and two touchdowns leading his Treasure Coast team to a huge upset over American Heritage, last week’s No. 6 team. The win propels Treasure Coast into the Power 25 where they will stay if they continue to have that kind of success on the ground.

25. Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.) (0-0)

Next game: Sept. 3 @ McClintock

Last result: 57-0 win vs. Gilbert

Last week’s ranking: 25

Ranking rationale: Saguaro will be a surprise team in Arizona this season. The Sabercats have a shot at unseating five-time reigning state champion Chandler thanks to six impact transfers. 2023 wideout Deric English is one of the premier pass-catchers in Arizona.


No. 6 American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)

No. 10 Duncanville (Texas)

No. 24 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.)


No. 12 North Shore (Houston, Texas)

No. 23 Central (Miami, Fla.)

No. 24 Treasure Coast (Port St. Lucie, Fla.)


Aledo (Texas) (1-0): Aledo took down Weatherford (Texas) 47-7 in their opener. 2022 Nevada QB commit Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi completed 10 of 12 passes for 124 yards and two TDs.

American Heritage (0-1): American Heritage allowed Treasure Coast running back Eden James to rush for 267 yards and two touchdowns in a 29-21 defeat. The Patriots may be 0-1, but they have too much talent to move off of our Power 25 radar. Mark Fletcher, Brandon Inniss, Marvin Jones Jr., Earl Little Jr. and Jacolby Spells are all high level Division 1 recruits.

Bixby (Okla.) (1-0): We rank Bixby as the No. 2 team in Oklahoma. Senior running back Braylin Presley is one of the most electric players in the country. In the first half of Bixby’s 69-14 blowout win against Mansfield-Timberview (Texas), he had seven carries for 54 yards and six receptions for 78 yards and a TD.

Gonzaga (District of Columbia (1-0): Gonzaga beat Friendship Collegiate Academy (District of Columbia) 37-0 in their opener. We rank the Eagles as the No. 1 team in Washington DC.

St. John’s (District of Columbia) (1-0): St. John’s picked up a marquee Week 1 win beating New Jersey’s Don Bosco Prep 27-6. Quarterback Wyatt Hagan played well in the victory. We rank St. John’s as the No. 2 team in Washington DC.


Alabama: Hewitt-Trussville, Hoover

Arizona: Hamilton

Arkansas: Bryant

California: Corona Centennial, Folsom

Colorado: Valor Christian

Florida: Cardinal Gibbons, Columbus, Chaminade-Madonna, Deerfield Beach, Gulliver Prep, Northwestern , Venice

Georgia: Buford, Creekside, Grayson, Milton

Hawaii: St. Louis

Illinois: East St. Louis (Ill.)

Indiana: Cathedral

Maryland: DeMatha, Our Lady of Good Counsel, McDonogh

Missouri: De Smet Jesuit

New Jersey: St. Peter’s Prep

Ohio: Pickerington Central

Louisiana: Acadiana, Catholic, Edna Karr, St. Thomas More

South Carolina: Dutch Fork

Tennessee: Oakland

Texas: Allen, Cedar Hill, Converse Judson, Duncanville, Euless Trinity, Humble Atascocita, Lake Travis

Virginia: Oscar Smith

Washington: Graham-Kapowsin

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