Two new teams enter this week’s SBLive Power 25 national high school football rankings: No. 17 Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) and No. 22 Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.). Both teams recorded impressive victories to enter the SBLive Power 25. Those two teams replace Ryan (Denton, Texas) and St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.).
Get the complete breakdown of the Power 25 rankings 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.
SBLIVE POWER 25 NATIONAL FOOTBALL RANKINGS
Sept. 6, 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: 1
Ranking rationale: Mater Dei went to Texas and dominated from the opening kickoff en route to a 45-3 win over Duncanville in their opener. 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. The Monarchs did suffer some bad news this week: Jackson will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, the school announced.
2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) (3-0)
Next game: Sept. 10 vs. East (St. Louis, Ill.)
Last result: 47-7 win over Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.)
Last week’s ranking: 2
Ranking rationale: St. John Bosco’s elite defense is giving up 7.3 points per game.
3. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) (2-0)
Next game: Sept. 10 vs. Northwestern (Miami, Fla.)
Last result: 58-7 win over La Salle (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Last week’s ranking: 3
Ranking rationale: The Ascenders have won their opening two games by a a combined 116-7 score.
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 247Sports.com. They also have four of the top ten in the Class of 2023.
4. Westlake (Austin, Texas) (2-0)
Next game: Sept. 3 vs. Mansfield Summit (Arlington, Texas)
Last result: 34-14 win over Trinity (Euless, 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. He’s thrown four TD passes so far this season.
5. Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.) (3-0)
Next game: Sept. 10 vs. Spain Park (Hoover, Ala.)
Last result: 58-0 win vs. Tuscaloosa County (Northport Ala.)
Last week’s ranking: 5
Ranking rationale: Thompson hasn’t allowed a point in three games. 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. Katy (Texas) (2-0)
Next game: Sept. 10 @ Dickinson (Texas)
Last result: 42-7 win over Cypress Woods (Texas)
Last week’s ranking: 7
Ranking rationale: Last year’s 6A Division 2 Texas champions bring back a loaded defense as well as junior quarterback Caleb Koger this season. Through two games, the Tigers have given up 14 total points.
7. Carroll (Southlake, Texas) (2-0)
Next game: Sept. 10 @ Prosper (Texas)
Last result: 36-35 win over Rockwall-Heath (Texas)
Last week’s ranking: 9
Ranking rationale: Carroll needed to block a field goal late to secure their win over Rockwall-Heath. They scored 19 unanswered points in the the victory. Kaden Anderson connected with senior wideout Landon Sampson, a South Carolina football commit, on a huge 70-yard touchdown pass on third and long for Carroll’s first touchdown of the night. He was terrific in crucial third and fourth-down situations, routinely finding Allen, Sampson and tight end RJ Maryland — a Boston College commit — to extend drives and chip away at Heath’s lead.
8. North Shore (Houston, Texas) (2-0)
Next game: Sept. 10 @ Westfield (Houston, Texas)
Last result: 34-7 win over Klein Collins (Spring, Texas)
Last week’s ranking: 12
Ranking rationale: North Shore is once again one of the top teams in Texas. Senior Kent Battle had a pick-six in the Mustangs’ win over Klein-Collins.
9. Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.) (2-0)
Next game: Sept. 10 @ Rome (Ga.)
Last result: 37-22 win vs. Greenville Christian (Miss.)
Last week’s ranking: 8
Ranking rationale: Collins Hill and Greenville Christian (Mississippi) were neck and neck until Collins Hill outscored them 21-8 in the fourth quarter and remained undefeated. 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.
10. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) (2-0)
Next game: Sept. 18 vs. Delbarton (Morristown, N.J.)
Last result: 52-6 win over Smyrna (Del.)
Last week’s ranking: 16
Ranking rationale: Bergen Catholic is loaded with talent and they’ve showed it through their first two games. 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 threw five TDs against Smyrna.
11. Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) (3-0)
Next game: Sept. 10 vs. Ben Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Last result: 41-14 win over Carmel (Ind.)
Last week’s ranking: 14
Ranking rationale: 2021 Center Grove might be better than 2020 14-0 Center Grove. In their Week 3 win, the Trojans rushed for five TDs. Drew Wheat and Daniel Weems each rushed for two scores each.
12. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) (2-0)
Next game: Sept. 11 vs. Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
Last result: 21-20 win over No. 25 Miami Central
Last week’s ranking: 17
Ranking rationale: Bishop Gorman went to Florida and beat No. 25 Miami Central 21-20. Sophomore QB Micah Alejado led the Gaels on an 80 yard TD drive in four plays to secure the victory. He hit Zachariah Branch for a 37-yard touchdown pass to give Gorman a 21-20 lead with 4:02 to play.
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.
13. Chandler (Ariz.) (1-0)
Next game: Sept. 10 vs. Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Colo.)
Last result: 28-7 win over Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.)
Last week’s ranking: 13
Ranking rationale: Chandler opened its season beating Centennial by three scores. Wolves QB Blaine Hipa threw three TD passes in the win.
14. Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah) (4-0)
Next game: Sept. 10 vs. Lehi (Utah)
Last result: 70-7 win over Jordan (Sandy, Utah)
Last week’s ranking: 15
Ranking rationale: In Corner Canyon’s 70-7 win over Jordan, 2022 USC QB commit Devin Brown passed for four more TDs bringing his season total to 19.
15. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) (2-0)
Next game: Sept. 10 @ St. Francis (Mountain View, Calif.)
Last result: 68-6 win vs. Monterey Trail (Elk Grove, Calif.)
Last week’s ranking: 20
Ranking rationale: De La Salle’s win streak against Northern California opponents is now up to 318 games following their 68-6 win against Monterey Trail.
16. 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: 21
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.
17. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) (2-0)
Next game: Sept. 10 @ Rockwall (Rockwall, Texas)
Last result: 52-20 win vs. Judson (Converse, Texas)
Last week’s ranking: 21
Ranking rationale: Lake Travis debuts this week thanks to an impressive 52-20 win over Judson. The Cavaliers dominated the line of scrimmage in the win despite a ferocious Judson pass rush. Lake Travis was able to gain a greater and greater push off the line as the game progressed, which opened up the rushing attack for sophomore back Nico Hamilton.
18. St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio) (3-0)
Next game: Sept. 10 @ Penn (Mishawaka, Ind.)
Last result: 49-0 win vs. Olentangy Liberty (Powell, Ohio)
Last week’s ranking: 18
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. They led Olentangy Liberty 42-0 in the first half on Friday which led to a running clock.
19. St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.) (1-0)
Next game: Sept. 11 vs. Milton (Ga.)
Last result: 40-0 win over St. Mary’s Ryken (Leonardtown, Md.)
Last week’s ranking: 19
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. Choctaw (Okla.) (2-0)
Next game: Sept. 10 @ Dallas Jesuit (Texas)
Last result: 63-6 win over Springdale (Ark.)
Last week’s ranking: 22
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. Through two games, Choctaw is outscoring opponents 129-3.
21. Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.) (1-0)
Next game: Sept. 10 vs. American Leadership Academy (Queen Creek, Calif.)
Last result: 63-0 win vs. McClintock (Tempe, Ariz.)
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. Tristan Monday, an Arizona commit, recorded a sack and four tackles in Saguaro’s 63-0 win against McClintock.
22. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) (2-0)
Next game: Sept. 10 vs. Bloomingdale (Valrico, Fla.)
Last result: 24-21 win vs. No. 23 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Last week’s ranking: NR
Ranking rationale: Jesuit scored the upset of the week beating St. Thomas Aquinas, last week’s No. 6 team, 24-21. Junior running back Joquez Smith rushed for 171 yards and a TD in the win. He’s received five Division 1 scholarship offers.
23. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (1-1)
Next game: Sept. 10 @ American Heritage Plantation (Fla.)
Last result: 24-21 loss to No. 22 Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Last week’s ranking: 6
Ranking rationale: St. Thomas Aquinas is loaded with Division 1 talent but the Raiders were upset by Jesuit a week after beating a very good St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.) team 38-23.
24. Treasure Coast (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) (1-0)
Next game: Sept. 17 @ Bishop More (Orlando, Fla.)
Last result: 29-21 win vs. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Last week’s ranking: 24
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, a preseason top 10 Power 25 team, two weeks ago.
25. Central (Miami, Fla.) (0-2)
Next game: Sept. 10 @ Booker T. Washington (Miami, Fla.)
Last result: 21-20 loss to No. 12 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Last week’s ranking: 23
Ranking rationale: Central is 0-2 but they’ve played two of the best teams in the country in No. 2 St. John Bosco and No. 12 Bishop Gorman and hung tough so they stay in this week’s rankings.
No. 10. Ryan (Denton, Texas) (1-1)
No. 11 St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.) (0-1)
No. 17 Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) (2-0)
No. 22 Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) (2-0)
NEXT 12 BEST TEAMS (Alphabetical order)
Aledo (Texas) (2-0)
American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) (1-1)
Bixby (Okla.) (2-0):
Buford (Ga.) (2-0)
Cathedral (Indianapolis, Ind.) (3-0)
Catholic (Baton Rouge, La.) (1-0)
Creekside (Fairburn Ga.) (2-0)
Gonzaga (District of Columbia) (2-0)
Oakland (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) (3-0)
Pickerington Central (Ohio) (3-0)
St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.) (0-1)
St. John’s (District of Columbia) (2-0)
OTHER TEAMS IN THE MIX
Alabama: Hewitt-Trussville, Hoover
California: Corona Centennial, Folsom
Colorado: Valor Christian
Florida: Cardinal Gibbons, Bartram Trail, Chaminade-Madonna, Gulliver Prep, Northwestern, Venice
Georgia: Grayson, Milton
Hawaii: St. Louis
Illinois: East St. Louis (Ill.)
New Jersey: St. Peter’s Prep
Louisiana: Acadiana, Edna Karr, Madison Prep Academy, John Curtis Christian
North Carolina: Chambers
South Carolina: Dutch Fork
Texas: Bridgeland, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Humble Atascocita, Rockwall, Rockwall Heath, Ryan
Virginia: Oscar Smith