SBLive Power 25: Mater Dei solidifies top spot, Westfield (Texas) debuts in national football rankings

One new team enters this week’s SBLive Power 25 national high school football rankings: No. 25 Westfield (Houston, Texas) after starting the season 5-0 and emerging as a top five team in the Lone Star state.

In one of the biggest high school football games of the regular season last week, No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) beat St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), last week’s No. 2 team, 42-21 to keep hold of the top spot. St. John Bosco drops to No. 3 this week.

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

Oct. 4, 2021

1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (4-0)

Next game: Oct. 8 @ Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)

Last result: 42-21 win over No. 3 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)

Last week’s ranking: 1

Ranking rationale: In one of the best games of the high school football regular season, Mater Dei pitched a second half shutout to beat No. 3 St. John Bosco 42-21. Sophomore quarterback Elijah Brown threw five touchdowns and senior receiver and Notre Dame commit CJ Williams caught two of them.

2. 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: 2

Ranking rationale: The Ascenders beat up Central (Springfield, Mass.) 49-0 two weeks ago. Kaytron Allen and Stacy Gage combined 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.

3. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) (5-1)

Next game: Oct. 8 @ JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)

Last result: 42-21 loss to No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)

Last week’s ranking: 3

Ranking rationale: St. John Bosco went into the locker room at halftime tied 21-21 with No. 1 Mater Dei, but two failed fourth down conversions and some punting errors in the second half resulted in a 42-21 defeat. Prior to losing to Mater Dei, St. John Bosco had rolled through their non-league schedule which included three of the top teams in the country in No. 20 Central (Fla.), East (Ill.) and Oscar Smith (Va.)

4. Westlake (Austin, Texas) (5-0)

Next game: Oct. 8 vs. Bowie (Austin, Texas)

Last result: 56-0 win over San Marcos (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 and they’ve been playing like it. Senior QB Cade Klubnik threw three touchdowns and rushed for two more in Friday’s 56-0 win over San Marcos.

5. Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.) (7-0)

Next game: Oct. 8 vs. Gadsden City (Gadsden, Ala.)

Last result: 49-7 win over Vestavia Hills (Ala.)

Last week’s ranking: 5

Ranking rationale: Thompson has allowed 19 points in seven games and they’re getting great quarterback play from 2022 North Carolina commit Conner Harrell. He threw three touchdowns and rushed for a fourth in Thompson’s 49-7 win over Vestavia Hills.

6. Katy (Texas) (6-0)

Next game: Oct. 8 @ Mayde Creek (Houston, Texas)

Last result: 56-21 win over Tompkins (Katy, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: 6

Ranking rationale: Katy beat up previously undefeated district rival Tompkins 56-21 last week. Tompkins was the team Katy lost to in the regular season a year ago to end their 75 game district win streak. In Friday’s game, Seth Davis rushed for a 50-yard TD. Junior Caleb Koger also connected with Nic Anderson for two touchdowns in the air. Anderson is committed to Oregon.

7. Carroll (Southlake, Texas) (6-0)

Next game: Oct. 8 vs. Keller Central (Texas)

Last result: 49-13 win over Keller (Texas)

Last week’s ranking: 7

Ranking rationale: Boston College commit R.J. Maryland caught three touchdown passes in Carroll’s 49-13 win. The Dragons lost in last season’s 6A Division 1 state championship to Westlake. Carroll is once again very talented and may go on to win that crown this season.

8. Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.) (7-0)

Next game: Oct. 14 @ North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.)

Last result: 63-0 win over Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, Ga.)

Last week’s ranking: 8

Ranking rationale: Collins Hill rolled to a 63-0 win over Peachtree Ridge, but they unfortunately lost star receiver and cornerback Travis Hunter to a leg injury in the game. He’ll be out for four to six weeks, but may end up sitting out the rest of the season. That’s a huge loss for the Eagles, but they do still have 2022 Missouri QB commit Sam Horn in the fold.

9. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) (5-0)

Next game: Oct. 8 @ Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.)

Last result: 41-0 win over Pope John XXIII (Sparta, N.J.)

Last week’s ranking: 9

Ranking rationale: Bergen Catholic’s defense shutout their opponent for the second straight week last week. Their secondary is loaded thanks to 2022 cornerback Jaeden Gould, a USC commit and Jayden Bellamy, a Notre Dame commit. Expect Bergen Catholic to finish the season undefeated. They’re the best team in New Jersey and there isn’t a particularly close No. 2.

10. Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) (6-0)

Next game: Oct. 7 vs. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)

Last result: 56-12 win over Orange Lutheran (Orange Calif.)

Last week’s ranking: 10

Ranking rationale: Seniors Noah Fifita and Tetairoa McMillan put on a show in the Friars’ 56-12 win over Orange Lutheran. Fifita threw five TDs with three going to McMillan. “They might be once in a career type guys,” Servite head coach Troy Thomas said after the game. Fifita is committed to Arizona and McMillan is committed to Oregon.

11. Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) (7-0)

Next game: Oct. 8 vs. Lawrence North (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Last result: 49-6 win over Pike (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Last week’s ranking: 11

Ranking rationale: 2021 Center Grove might be better than 2020 14-0 Center Grove. In their Week 7 win, the Trojans dominated Pike 49-6. Their top players are 2022 Tennessee QB commit Tayven Jackson and 2022 defensive lineman Caden Curry.

12. Chandler (Ariz.) (5-0)

Next game: Oct. 8 @ Perry (Gilbert, Ariz.)

Last result: 35-19 win over Pinnacle (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Last week’s ranking: 12

Ranking rationale: Chandler beat Pinnacle 35-19. The Wolves will now get double digit transfers eligible to play after they had to sit out the first five games of the season. 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) (8-0)

Next game: Oct. 7 vs. Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)

Last result: 56-0 win over Westlake (Saratoga Springs, Utah)

Last week’s ranking: 13

Ranking rationale: 2022 USC QB commit Devin Brown completed 19 of 24 passes for 406 yards and five touchdowns in their 56-0 win over Westlake. The Chargers have won 48 games in a row.

14. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) (5-0)

Next game: Oct. 8 @ Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

Last result: 42-7 win over Perry (Gilbert, Ariz.)

Last week’s ranking: 15

Ranking rationale: Hamilton beat Perry 42-7. 2022 West Virginia QB commit Nicco Marchiol tossed four TD passes in the victory. He also rushed for a fifth score. The Huskies are 4-0 against teams from Arizona and they beat No. 17 Bishop Gorman 25-24 earlier this season.

15. 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: 16

Ranking rationale: Jesuit scored one of the upsets of the season when they beat No. 16 St. Thomas Aquinas 24-21 last month. In their 35-13 win over Plant City two weeks ago, junior running back Joquez Smith rushed for 110 yards and four TDs. He’s received six scholarship offers, per 247Sports.com.

16. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (5-1)

Next game: Oct. 8 @ South Plantation (Plantation, Fla.)

Last result: 69-0 win over Cooper City (Fla.)

Last week’s ranking: 17

Ranking rationale: St. Thomas Aquinas blanked Cooper City 69-0. The Raiders have two very good wins against No. 19 St. Frances Academy (Md.) and American Heritage this season. 2022 running back Anthony Hankerson is STA’s top player.

17. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) (5-1)

Next game: Oct. 8 @ Legacy (North Las Vegas, Nev.)

Last result: 51-0 win over Canyon Springs (North Las Vegas, Nev.)

Last week’s ranking: 18

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 beat up Canyon Springs 51-0 last week. Junior running back Will Stallings rushed for two scores in the win.

18. Guyer (Denton, Texas.) (6-0)

Next game: Oct. 8 vs. Braswell (Little Elm, Texas)

Last result: 35-7 win over Prosper (Texas)

Last week’s ranking: 19

Ranking rationale: Star 2023 Guyer QB Jackson Arnold passed for 258 yards and a score and running back BJ Phillips added 95 yards and two scores on the ground in Guyer’s 35-7 win over Prosper. The Wildcats are the No. 4 team in Texas.

19. St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.) (3-1)

Next game: Oct. 9 @ Academy of the New Church (Bryn Athyn, Pa.)

Last result: 42-28 win over De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)

Last week’s ranking: 20

Ranking rationale: St. Frances Academy picked up an impressive away win against De La Salle, one of the top teams in Northern California, last week. In their 42-28 win, sophomore quarterback Michael Van Buren threw four first half TDs. He finished the night with 241 yards on 16-of-19 passing. De La Salle fought back in the second half, but St. Frances Academy was too tough.

20. Central (Miami, Fla.) (4-2)

Next game: Oct. 7 vs. Hialeah-Miami Lakes (Hialeah, Fla.)

Last result: 24-21 win over Northwestern (Miami, Fla.)

Last week’s ranking: 21

Ranking rationale: After starting the year 0-2 but hanging tough against No. 3 St. John Bosco and No. 17 Bishop Gorman, the Rockets have won four in a row including last week’s 24-21 win against a tough Northwestern team. Central’s top player is 2022 linebacker Wesley Bissainthe.

21. Bixby (Okla.) (5-0)

Next game: Oct. 8 @ Choctaw (Okla.)

Last result: 81-6 win over Putnam City West (Oklahoma City, Okla.)

Last week’s ranking: 22

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 5-0 start. Bixby went 11-0 and won the 6A-II state championship in Oklahoma last season.

22. Catholic (Baton Rouge, La.) (5-0)

Next game: Oct. 8 vs. East Ascension (Gonzales, La.)

Last result: 38-7 win over Lafayette Christian Academy (Lafayette, La.)

Last week’s ranking: 23

Ranking rationale: Catholic has recorded five impressive wins to begin the season against Our Lady of Good Counsel (Md.), Acadiana (La.), West Monroe (La.), Easton (New Orleans, La.) and Lafayette Christian Academy (La.) over the weekend. Daniel Beale completed 13 of 24 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns in Friday’s win over Lafayette Christian Academy. Shelton Sampson caught four passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns.

23. Oakland (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) (7-0)

Next game: Oct. 7 vs. Christ Presbyterian Academy (Nashville, Tenn.)

Last result: 63-36 win over Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)

Last week’s ranking: 24

Ranking rationale: Oakland had some issues with turnovers and penalties, but beat Blackman 63-36. Miami commit Isaiah Horton caught a 36-yard pass for a score in the game. He finished with 160 receiving yards. Georgia commit Jordan James added three rushing touchdowns. The Patriots play 7-0 Christ Presbyterian Academy next week.

24. Cathedral (Indianapolis, Ind.) (7-0)

Next game: Oct. 8 @ Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Last result: 35-7 win over La Salle (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Last week’s ranking: 25

Ranking rationale: 2024 QB Danny O’Neil continued his strong season in Cathedral’s 35-7 win over La Salle. He threw for 347 yards and four touchdown passes. The Fighting Irish finished the 2020 high school football season ranked No. 23 in the Power 25 and for the second straight week they’re back in the rankings in 2021.

25. Westfield (Houston, Texas) (5-0)

Next game: Oct. 7 vs. Nimitz (Houston, Texas)

Last result: 31-21 win over Spring (Texas)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Ranking rationale: Westfield debuts this week. They’re the No. 5 team in Texas after starting 5-0 with impressive wins against North Shore and Spring. 2022 Tulsa QB commit Cardell Williams is playing like one of the top QB’s in Texas.

DROPPED OUT

No. 14 St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio) (6-1)

MOVED IN

No. 25 Westfield (Houston, Texas) (5-0)

NEXT 10 BEST TEAMS (Alphabetical order)

Centennial (Corona, Calif.) (6-0)

Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.) (5-0)

East (St. Louis, Ill.) (5-1)

Folsom (Calif.) (6-0)

Hoover (Ala.) (7-0)

Mill Creek (Hoschton, Ga.) (6-0)

St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) (7-0)

St. John’s (District of Columbia) (5-0)

Warner Robbins (Ga.) (6-0)

Venice (Fla.) (5-0)

OTHER TEAMS IN THE MIX

Colorado: Valor Christian

Florida: Bolles, Dillard, Gulliver Prep, Seminole

Georgia: Buford, Milton, North Cobb, Cartersville

Illinois: Loyola Academy

Kentucky: Male

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

Maryland: Archbishop Spalding

North Carolina: Hough

Oklahoma: Choctaw

Pennsylvania: La Salle College

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

Washington: Graham-Kapowsin

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