SBLive Power 25: Five new teams enter national high school football rankings led by No. 16 Rockwall (Texas)

A whopping five SBLive Power 25 teams lost last week – which means five new teams are making their fall 2021 debuts in SBLive’s national high school football rankings. The new additions include No. 16 Rockwall (Texas), No. 17 Buford (Ga.) and No. 23 Atascocita (Texas).

Get the complete breakdown of the latest SBLive Power 25 rankings below.

SBLIVE POWER 25: WEEK 1 | WEEK 2 | WEEK 3 | WEEK 4

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. 13, 2021

1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (2-0)

Next game: Sept. 24 vs. La Mirada (Calif.)

Last result: 49-7 win over Liberty (Henderson, Nev.)

Last week’s ranking: 1

Ranking rationale: Mater Dei is 2-0 against out of state opponents so far this season. They’ve beaten Duncanville (Texas) and Liberty (Nevada) by a combined score of 94-10. In their 49-7 win over Liberty, sophomore QB Elijah Brown completed 15 of 16 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns.

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) (4-0)

Next game: Sept. 17 @ Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.)

Last result: 42-26 win over East (St. Louis, Ill.)

Last week’s ranking: 2

Ranking rationale: St. John Bosco led 35-0 against East, but the Braves struggled in the third quarter and went on to win 42-26. When the Braves were rolling, Pierce Clarkson ran for two touchdowns in the second quarter, including one from over half the field. Chedon James also ran for a touchdown in the second quarter off of a trick play, and then Rayshon Luke ran for a touchdown exactly a minute into the second half. 

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

Next game: Sept. 17 vs. Jones (Orlando, Fla.)

Last result: 52-21 win over Northwestern (Miami, Fla.)

Last week’s ranking: 3

Ranking rationale: The Ascenders beat up a good Northwestern team 52-21. Penn State commit Kaytron Allen rushed for four TDs in the win.

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) (3-0)

Next game: Sept. 24 vs. Del Valle (Texas)

Last result: 59-21 win over Mansfield Summit (Arlington, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: 4

Ranking rationale: Following last year’s 6A Division 1 championship, Westlake is still the No. 1 team in Texas. 2022 Clemson QB commit Cade Klubnik is a big reason why. He’s thrown 10 TD passes in three games so far this season.

5. Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.) (4-0)

Next game: Sept. 17 vs. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)

Last result: 49-3 win over Spain Park (Hoover, Ala.)

Last week’s ranking: 5

Ranking rationale: Thompson has allowed three points in four 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. Their schedule gets a little tougher this week as they play a good Hewitt-Trussville team.

6. Katy (Texas) (3-0)

Next game: Sept. 17 vs. The Woodlands (Texas)

Last result: 28-21 win over Dickinson (Texas)

Last week’s ranking: 6

Ranking rationale: Dickinson’s record is 1-2, but they’re still a very good team in Texas so Katy’s one score win isn’t too surprising. With 1:28 to play Friday night, Katy quarterback Caleb Koger rushed for a one-yard TD to secure the win. The Tigers have one of the top defenses in the country.

7. Carroll (Southlake, Texas) (3-0)

Next game: Sept. 17 vs. Martin (Arlington, Texas)

Last result: 31-0 win over Prosper (Texas)

Last week’s ranking: 7

Ranking rationale: Junior running back Owen Allen rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns and the Carroll defense snagged three interceptions in their 31-0 win over Prosper. Last year’s 6A runners up have started this season very strong.

8. Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.) (3-0)

Next game: Sept. 17 vs. Alpharetta (Ga.)

Last result: 34-0 win vs. Rome (Ga.)

Last week’s ranking: 9

Ranking rationale: Collins Hill dominated Rome winning 34-0. 2022 Missouri commit Sam Horn passed for 344 yards on 25 of 29 throws with three touchdowns. 2022 Florida State commit Travis Hunter, the consensus No. 1 player in the country, hauled in nine catches for 182 yards and a score.

9. 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: 10

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.

10. Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) (3-0)

Next game: Sept. 17 @ Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)

Last result: 58-7 win over Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.)

Last week’s ranking: 16

Ranking rationale: The Friars have one of the best offenses in the country and that was on full display in their win against Bishop Amat, but their defense and special teams also played extremely well last Thursday. Servite is a complete team and moves into the top ten this week. Quarterback Noah Fifita is committed to Arizona.

11. Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) (4-0)

Next game: Sept. 17 @ North Central (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Last result: 45-21 win over Ben Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Last week’s ranking: 11

Ranking rationale: 2021 Center Grove might be better than 2020 14-0 Center Grove. In their Week 4 win, the Trojans rushed for four TDs and 2022 Tennessee commit Tayven Jackson added two more touchdowns in the air.

12. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) (3-0)

Next game: Sept. 17 @ Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)

Last result: 35-7 win over Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)

Last week’s ranking: 12

Ranking rationale: Bishop Gorman impressively beat a good Lone Peak team 35-7 Saturday night. 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.) (2-0)

Next game: Sept. 17 @ O’Connor (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Last result: 17-7 win over Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Colo.)

Last week’s ranking: 13

Ranking rationale: Chandler beat a very good Cherry Creek team showing that they’re one of the top teams in the country. Senior quarterback Ethan Moore completed 21 of 28 passes for 231 yards and a TD in the win.

14. Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah) (5-0)

Next game: Sept. 17 vs. American Fork (Utah)

Last result: 52-7 win over Lehi (Utah)

Last week’s ranking: 14

Ranking rationale: In Corner Canyon’s 52-7 win over Lehi, 2022 USC QB commit Devin Brown passed for two TDs. 2024 QB Isaac Wilson, one of the top signal callers in his class, came in in relief of Brown and completed all three passes he threw with two coming for TDs.

15. St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio) (4-0)

Next game: Sept. 17 @ Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Last result: 41-10 win over Penn (Mishawaka, Ind.)

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 in 2021. Friday’s win was the fourth time in past five games that St. X had a running clock, which includes the 2020 Division I state final.

16. Rockwall (Texas) (3-0)

Next game: Sept. 17 @ Highland Park (Dallas, Texas)

Last result: 59-35 win over Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Ranking rationale: Rockwall has recorded three impressive wins against Cedar Hill, Dallas Jesuit and Lake Travis to propel into this week’s Power 25. Their offense is elite led by senior Mississippi State QB commit Braedyn Locke as well as 2023 wide out Noble Johnson. Johnson caught four TDs from Locke in Rockwall’s 59-35 win over Lake Travis last week.

17. Buford (Ga.) (3-0)

Next game: Sept. 17 vs. Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.)

Last result: 44-17 win over Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Ranking rationale: Buford debuts this week after starting 3-0. Their best win came in Week 1 when they beat North Cobb 35-27. Buford senior safety Jake Pope is committed to Alabama.

18. Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.) (2-0)

Next game: Sept. 17 @ Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

Last result: 20-14 win vs. American Leadership Academy (Queen Creek, Ariz.)

Last week’s ranking: 21

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, is one of the team’s top defensive players.

19. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) (3-0)

Next game: Sept. 17 @ Hillsborough (Tampa, Fla.)

Last result: 32-14 win vs. Bloomingdale (Valrico, Fla.)

Last week’s ranking: 22

Ranking rationale: Jesuit scored one of the upsets of the season when they beat No. 20 St. Thomas Aquinas 24-21 two weeks ago. The Tigers followed that up with a 32-14 win over Bloomingdale.

20. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (2-1)

Next game: Sept. 17 vs. Monsignor Pace (Miami, Fla.)

Last result: 24-16 win over American Heritage Plantation (Fla.)

Last week’s ranking: 23

Ranking rationale: St. Thomas Aquinas is loaded with Division 1 talent. They have two very good wins against St. Frances Academy (Md.) and American Heritage this season. The Raiders forced five turnovers in their win against American Heritage and QB Zion Turner tossed two TDs.

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

Next game: Sept. 13 @ Surge Academy (Hollywood, 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, three weeks ago.

22. Central (Miami, Fla.) (1-2)

Next game: Sept. 16 @ Miami Springs (Miami, Fla.)

Last result: 51-7 win against Booker T. Washington (Miami, Fla.)

Last week’s ranking: 25

Ranking rationale: After starting the year 0-2 but hanging tough against No. 2 St. John Bosco and No. 12 Bishop Gorman, the Rockets beat up on Booker T. Washington to record their first win. Running back Ghana Oboh was named MVP of the rivalry game.

23. Atascocita (Humble, Texas) (3-0)

Next game: Sept. 17 @ Guyer (Denton, Texas)

Last result:  43-21 win against Klein Oak (Spring, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Ranking rationale: 2022 QB Gavin Session has been a man on a mission so far this season. In Atascocita’s 41-20 upset win over Allen two weeks ago, he completed 17 of 29 passes for 318 yards and four TDs. Atascocita is currently the No. 5 ranked team in Texas.

24. Bixby (Okla.) (2-0)

Next game: Sept. 17 vs. Stillwater (Okla.)

Last result: 23-15 win against Jenks (Okla.)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Ranking rationale: Braylin Presley, an Oklahoma State commit, is one of the top running backs in the country and has led the Spartans to a 2-0 start. He rushed for 120 yards and a TD in Bixby’s win against Jenks two weeks ago.

25. Catholic (Baton Rouge, La.) (2-0)

Next game: Sept. 17 @ West Monroe (La.)

Last result: 20-0 win against Acadiana (Lafayette, La.)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Ranking rationale: Catholic has recorded two impressive wins to begin the season against Our Lady of Good Counsel (Md.) and Acadiana (La.). Their top player is 2022 offensive lineman Emery Jones, an LSU commit.

DROPPED OUT

No. 8 North Shore (Houston, Texas) 

No. 15 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)

No. 17 Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)

No. 19 St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.)

No. 20 Choctaw (Okla.)

MOVED IN

No. 16 Rockwall (Texas) (3-0)

No. 17 Buford (Ga.) (3-0)

No. 23 Atascocita (Humble, Texas) (2-0)

No. 24 Bixby (Okla.) (2-0)

No. 25 Catholic (Baton Rouge, La.)

NEXT 5 BEST TEAMS (Alphabetical order)

Cathedral (Indianapolis, Ind.) (4-0)

Gonzaga (District of Columbia) (3-0)

Oakland (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) (4-0)

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

St. John’s (District of Columbia) (3-0)

OTHER TEAMS IN THE MIX

Alabama: Hewitt-Trussville, Hoover

Arizona: Hamilton

Arkansas: Bryant

California: Corona Centennial, Folsom

Colorado: Valor Christian

Florida: Cardinal Gibbons, Gulliver Prep, Venice

Georgia: Grayson, Milton, North Cobb

Hawaii: St. Louis

Illinois: East St. Louis (Ill.)

Louisiana: Edna Karr, Madison Prep Academy, John Curtis Christian

New Jersey: St. Peter’s Prep

North Carolina: Chambers

Oklahoma: Choctaw

Pennsylvania: St. Joseph’s Prep

South Carolina: Dutch Fork

Texas: Aledo, Bridgeland, Duncanville, Rockwall Heath, Ryan, North Shore, Lake Travis

Virginia: Oscar Smith

Washington: Graham-Kapowsin, O’Dea

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