SBLive Power 25: Oakland (Tennessee) and Cathedral (Indiana) debut in national high school football rankings

Two new teams enter this week’s SBLive Power 25 national high school football rankings: No. 24 Oakland (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and No. 25 Cathedral (Indianapolis, Ind.).

No. 1 Mater Dei and No. 2 St. John Bosco continue to hold the top two spots in our rankings as they prepare to play each other Friday in what is the national game of the week – and arguably the biggest game of the year.

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

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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. 27, 2021

1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (3-0)

Next game: Oct. 1 @ No. 2 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)

Last result: 58-7 win over La Mirada (Calif.)

Last week’s ranking: 1

Ranking rationale: Mater Dei is 2-0 against out of state opponents and 3-0 overall. 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. Last week, the Monarchs rolled over La Mirada 58-7. This week, they travel to take on No. 2 St. John Bosco.

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) (5-0)

Next game: Oct. 1 vs. No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)

Last result: 49-0 win over Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.)

Last week’s ranking: 2

Ranking rationale: St. John Bosco dominated Oscar Smith 49-0 on the road to improve to 5-0. They’ve beaten three of the top teams in the country in No. 21 Miami Central, East St. Louis and Oscar Smith.

3. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) (5-0)

Next game: Oct. 15 vs. St. Thomas More (Oakdale, Conn.)

Last result: 49-0 win over Central (Springfield, Mass.)

Last week’s ranking: 3

Ranking rationale: The Ascenders beat up Central (Springfield, Mass.) 49-0. Kaytron Allen and Stacy Gage combine for five rushing touchdowns 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) (4-0)

Next game: Oct. 1 vs. San Marcos (Texas)

Last result: 63-6 win over Del Valle (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 threw six TD passes against Del Valle on Friday night.

5. Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.) (6-0)

Next game: Oct. 1 @ Vestavia Hills (Ala.)

Last result: 51-0 over Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.)

Last week’s ranking: 5

Ranking rationale: Thompson has allowed 12 points in six 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. Harrell threw two TD passes in the Warriors’ 51-0 win over Mountain Brook.

6. Katy (Texas) (5-0)

Next game: Oct. 1 vs. Tompkins (Katy, Texas)

Last result: 45-3 win over Seven Lakes (Katy, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: 6

Ranking rationale: As they’ve done for most of the season, Katy used good defense and their strong running game to beat Seven Lakes 45-3. The Tigers have one of the top defenses in the country led by Texas A&M defensive lineman commit Malick Sylla. Katy has had to deal with a fair share of injuries so far this season though.

7. Carroll (Southlake, Texas) (5-0)

Next game: Sept. 30 @ Keller (Texas)

Last result: 68-7 win over Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: 7

Ranking rationale: Carroll junior running back Owen Allen accounted for the first four touchdowns in Friday’s win over Byron Nelson and the Dragons’ secondary intercepted four passes in the game. Carroll, last year’s 6A runners up, has started this season very strong.

8. Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.) (6-0)

Next game: Oct. 1 vs. Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, Ga.)

Last result: 34-0 win over East Coweta (Sharpsburg, Ga.)

Last week’s ranking: 8

Ranking rationale: Collins Hill dominated East Cowetta winning 34-0. 2022 Missouri commit Sam Horn was surgical completing 30 of 36 passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns. 2022 Florida State commit Travis Hunter, the consensus No. 1 player in the country, caught one of the TDs. Collins Hill is the No. 1 ranked team in Georgia.

9. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) (4-0)

Next game: Oct. 2 vs. Pope John XXIII (Sparta, N.J.)

Last result: 17-0 win over Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)

Last week’s ranking: 9

Ranking rationale: Bergen Catholic is loaded with talent and they’ve showed it through their first four 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. Gould intercepted a pass in Bergen Catholic’s 17-0 win over Don Bosco Prep. The Crusaders held Don Bosco Prep to only 157 yards of offense in the game.

10. Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) (5-0)

Next game: Sept. 30 vs. Orange Lutheran (Orange Calif.)

Last result: 42-7 win over Helix (La Mesa, Calif.)

Last week’s ranking: 10

Ranking rationale: In Servite’s 42-7 win over Helix, senior Oregon commit Tetairoa McMillan had seven catches for 185 yards and three touchdowns. He caught all three of the TDs in the first quarter.

11. Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) (6-0)

Next game: Oct. 1 vs. Pike (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Last result: 48-0 win over Lawrence Central (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Last week’s ranking: 11

Ranking rationale: 2021 Center Grove might be better than 2020 14-0 Center Grove. In their Week 6 win, the Trojans rushed for five TDs and pitched a shutout defensively. Their top players are 2022 Tennessee QB commit Tayven Jackson and 2022 defensive lineman Caden Curry. Curry rushed for two of the touchdowns in Friday’s victory in addition to playing defense.

12. Chandler (Ariz.) (4-0)

Next game: Oct. 1 @ Pinnacle (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Last result: 41-21 win over Liberty (Peoria, Ariz.)

Last week’s ranking: 12

Ranking rationale: Chandler beat Liberty 41-21. Senior QB Blaine Hipa threw three TDs in the win. Chandler won the Open Division championship in Arizona last season and are once again the No. 1 team in the state.

13. Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah) (7-0)

Next game: Oct. 1 @ Westlake (Saratoga Springs, Utah)

Last result: 38-23 win over Skyridge (Lehi, Utah)

Last week’s ranking: 13

Ranking rationale: Corner Canyon picked up their best win of the season, 38-23 over Skyridge on Friday. 2022 USC QB commit Devin Brown threw four TDs, but was intercepted twice and completed just 49% of his passes. Skyridge is the No. 2 team in Utah and they competed with Corner Canyon for most of the night, but in the end the Chargers won their 47th straight game.

14. St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio) (6-0)

Next game: Oct. 1 vs. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)

Last result: 52-14 win over Elder (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Last week’s ranking: 14

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. Last week they beat Elder 52-14.

15. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) (4-0)

Next game: Oct. 1 @ Perry (Gilbert, Ariz.)

Last result: 33-15 win over Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.)

Last week’s ranking: 16

Ranking rationale: Hamilton followed up last week’s remarkable comeback win against Bishop Gorman with a 33-15 victory against Centennial. West Virginia QB commit Nicco Marchiol had a great night completing 17 of 25 passes for 254 yards and three TDs.

16. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) (5-0)

Next game: Oct. 8 @ Clearwater Central Catholic (Clearwater, Fla.)

Last result: 35-13 win over Plant City (Fla.)

Last week’s ranking: 17

Ranking rationale: Jesuit scored one of the upsets of the season when they beat No. 18 St. Thomas Aquinas 24-21 earlier this month. In last week’s 35-13 win over Plant City, junior running back Joquez Smith rushed for 110 yards and four TDs. He’s received six scholarship offers, per 247Sports.com.

17. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (4-1)

Next game: Oct. 1 vs. Cooper City (Fla.)

Last result: 31-21 win over Western (Davie, Fla.)

Last week’s ranking: 18

Ranking rationale: St. Thomas Aquinas is loaded with Division 1 talent. They have two very good wins against No. 20 St. Frances Academy (Md.) and American Heritage this season. The Raiders primarily used their ground game to take down Western last week. QB Zion Turner rushed for two scores and Anthony Hankerson added a third.

18. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) (4-1)

Next game: Oct. 1 vs. Canyon Springs (North Las Vegas, Nev.)

Last result: 52-0 win over Arbor View (Las Vegas, Nev.)

Last week’s ranking: 19

Ranking rationale: 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. The Gaels have a lot of talent and bounced back from their shocking defeat to No. 15 Hamilton last week with a 52-0 demolition of Arbor View. William ‘Bubba’ Proctor IV rushed for two TDs in the win.

19. Guyer (Denton, Texas.) (5-0)

Next game: Oct. 1 vs. Prosper (Texas)

Last result: 44-26 win over McKinney (Texas)

Last week’s ranking: 20

Ranking rationale: 2023 QB Jackson Arnold, one of the top signal callers in Texas, accounted for 369 yards of offense and three TDs in Guyer’s 44-26 win over McKinney. McKinney pushed Guyer for 36 minutes in the game, but ultimately came up short against the No. 4 team in Texas.

20. St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.) (2-1)

Next game: Oct. 1 @ De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)

Last result: 50-7 win over Our Lady Of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)

Last week’s ranking: 21

Ranking rationale: St. Frances Academy returned to the Power 25 last week. They lost to No. 17 St. Thomas Aquinas 38-23 on August 28th, but have won two straight games in convincing fashion since. Five of the top six 2022 football recruits from Maryland attend St. Frances, per 247Sports.com. The top-ranked recruit in the 2022 class at St. Frances is linebacker Jaishawn Barham.

21. Central (Miami, Fla.) (3-2)

Next game: Oct. 1 vs. Northwestern (Miami, Fla.)

Last result: 49-28 win over North Miami Beach (Fla.)

Last week’s ranking: 23

Ranking rationale: After starting the year 0-2 but hanging tough against No. 2 St. John Bosco and No. 18 Bishop Gorman, the Rockets have won three in a row. Central’s top player is 2022 linebacker Wesley Bissainthe.

22. Bixby (Okla.) (4-0)

Next game: Oct. 1 @ Putnam City West (Oklahoma City, Okla.)

Last result: 71-0 win over Bartlesville (Okla.)

Last week’s ranking: 24

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 4-0 start. He rushed for 113 yards and two TDs in Bixby’s 71-0 win over Bartlesville last week. Bixby went 11-0 and won the 6A-II state championship in Oklahoma last season.

23. Catholic (Baton Rouge, La.) (4-0)

Next game: Oct. 1 @ Lafayette Christian Academy (Lafayette, La.)

Last result: 39-14 win over Easton (New Orleans, La.)

Last week’s ranking: 25

Ranking rationale: Catholic has recorded four impressive wins to begin the season against Our Lady of Good Counsel (Md.), Acadiana (La.), West Monroe (La.) and Easton (New Orleans, La.). Their top player is 2022 offensive lineman Emery Jones, an LSU commit. In Friday’s win, Corey Singleton rushed for 157 yards on just six carries and added a successful two point conversation. 

24. Oakland (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) (6-0)

Next game: Oct. 1 vs. Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)

Last result: 29-21 win over Lipscomb Academy (Nashville, Tenn.)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Ranking rationale: Oakland is the top team in Tennessee and debuts this week after beating the state’s No. 2 team, Lipscomb Academy, 29-21. Senior tailback Jordan James rushed for almost 200 yards in the win. He’s committed to Georgia.

25. Cathedral (Indianapolis, Ind.) (6-0)

Next game: Oct. 1 @ La Salle (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Last result: 51-0 win over Hammond-Morton (Hammond, Ind.)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Ranking rationale: Cathedral debuts this week following their 6-0 start. The Fighting Irish finished the 2020 high school football season ranked No. 23 in the Power 25. In 2021, Cathedral has recorded three shutouts and won every game they’ve played by at least two scores. 2024 QB Danny O’Neil has had a great start to the season for Cathedral throwing 11 TDs and zero interceptions.

DROPPED OUT

No. 15 Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

No. 22 Treasure Coast (Port St. Lucie, Fla.)

MOVED IN

No. 24 Oakland (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) (6-0)

No. 25 Cathedral (Indianapolis, Ind.) (6-0)

NEXT 5 BEST TEAMS (Alphabetical order)

East (St. Louis, Ill.) (4-1)

Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.) (4-0)

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

Warner Robbins (Ga.) (5-0)

Venice (Fla.) (4-0)

OTHER TEAMS IN THE MIX

Alabama: Hoover

California: Corona Centennial, Folsom

Colorado: Valor Christian

Florida: Cardinal Gibbons, Dillard, Gulliver Prep, Seminole, Trinity Christian Academy

Georgia: Buford, Mill Creek, Milton, North Cobb

Illinois: Loyola Academy

Kentucky: Male

Louisiana: Alexandria, Edna Karr, Madison Prep Academy, Zachary

Maryland: Archbishop Spaulding

New Jersey: St. Peter’s Prep

North Carolina: Hough

Ohio: St. Edward

Oklahoma: Choctaw

Pennsylvania: St. Joseph’s Prep

Texas: Atascocita, Aledo, Bridgeland, Duncanville, Highland Park, Rockwall Heath, Ryan, North Shore, Westfield

Washington: Graham-Kapowsin

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