SBLive Power 25: Dutch Fork (South Carolina) makes first appearance in 2021 national football rankings

One new team enters this week’s SBLive Power 25 national high school football rankings: No. 25 Dutch Fork (Irmo, South Carolina). The Silver Foxes beat Chapin 69-21 last week to improve to 6-0. They have won all six of their games by at least 29 points so far this season.

Corner Canyon (Utah) dropped out of the rankings after losing 41-16 to Lone Peak.

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. 11, 2021

1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (5-0)

Next game: Oct. 15 vs. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)

Last result: 55-16 win over Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)

Last week’s ranking: 1

Ranking rationale: In one of the best games of the high school football regular season two weeks ago, 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 cementing Mater Dei’s place at No. 1.

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.) (6-1)

Next game: Oct. 15 @ Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)

Last result: 44-7 win over JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, 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 two weeks ago, 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) (6-0)

Next game: Oct. 14 @ Hays (Buda, Texas)

Last result: 35-0 win over Bowie (Austin, 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 one TD and ran for a second in Westlake’s 35-0 victory over Bowie last week.

5. Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.) (8-0)

Next game: Oct. 15 vs. Oak Mountain (Birmingham, Ala.)

Last result: 41-7 win over Gadsden City (Gadsden, Ala.)

Last week’s ranking: 5

Ranking rationale: Thompson has allowed 26 points in eight 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 41-7 win over Gadsden City (Gadsden, Ala.).

6. Katy (Texas) (7-0)

Next game: Oct. 16 vs. Cinco Ranch (Katy, Texas)

Last result: 65-7 win over Mayde Creek (Houston, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: 6

Ranking rationale: Katy beat up previously undefeated district rival Tompkins 56-21 two weeks ago. Tompkins was the team Katy lost to in the regular season a year ago to end their 75 game district win streak. In the game two weeks ago, 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. This past week, Katy beat Mayde Creek 65-7.

7. Carroll (Southlake, Texas) (7-0)

Next game: Oct. 22 @ V.R. Eaton (Fort Worth, Texas)

Last result: 63-7 win over Keller Central (Texas)

Last week’s ranking: 7

Ranking rationale: 2023 QB Kaden Anderson threw three TD’s in Carroll’s 63-7 win over Keller Central. 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 two weeks ago, 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.) (6-0)

Next game: Oct. 16 vs. St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.)

Last result: 63-0 win over Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.)

Last week’s ranking: 9

Ranking rationale: Bergen Catholic’s defense shutout their opponent for the third 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.) (7-0)

Next game: Oct. 14 @ JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)

Last result: 48-21 win over Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, 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 two weeks ago and then senior running back Houston Thomas dominated in Servite’s 48-21 win over Santa Margarita last week scoring three touchdowns. Fifita threw five TDs with three going to McMillan two weeks ago. Fifita is committed to Arizona and McMillan is committed to Oregon. Servite is the No. 3 team in California.

11. Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) (8-0)

Next game: Oct. 15 @ No. 23 Cathedral (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Last result: 43-19 win over Lawrence North (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Last week’s ranking: 11

Ranking rationale: 2021 Center Grove might be better than 2020 14-0 Center Grove. In their Week 8 win, the Trojans dominated Lawrence North winning 43-19. Their top players are 2022 Tennessee QB commit Tayven Jackson and 2022 defensive lineman Caden Curry.

12. Chandler (Ariz.) (6-0)

Next game: Oct. 22 @ Queen Creek (Ariz.)

Last result: 49-3 win over Perry (Gilbert, Ariz.)

Last week’s ranking: 12

Ranking rationale: Chandler beat Perry 49-3. The Wolves got double digit transfers eligible to play last week 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. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) (6-0)

Next game: Oct. 15 vs. Desert Vista (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Last result: 35-32 win over Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

Last week’s ranking: 14

Ranking rationale: Hamilton survived a stiff test from Chaparral to win 35-32 last week. 2022 West Virginia QB commit Nicco Marchiol tossed three TD passes in the victory. He also rushed for a fourth score. The Huskies are 5-0 against teams from Arizona and they beat No. 16 Bishop Gorman 25-24 earlier this season.

14. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) (6-0)

Next game: Oct. 15 @ Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.)

Last result: 35-21 win over Clearwater Central Catholic (Clearwater, Fla.)

Last week’s ranking: 15

Ranking rationale: Jesuit scored one of the upsets of the season when they beat No. 15 St. Thomas Aquinas 24-21 last month. In their 35-21 win over Clearwater Central Catholic this past week, the Tigers’ defense had five sacks.

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

Next game: Oct. 16 @ Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Last result: 62-0 win over South Plantation (Plantation, Fla.)

Last week’s ranking: 16

Ranking rationale: St. Thomas Aquinas blanked South Plantation 62-0. The Raiders have two very good wins against No. 18 St. Frances Academy (Md.) and American Heritage this season. 2022 running back Anthony Hankerson is STA’s top player.

16. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) (6-1)

Next game: Oct. 15 vs. Palo Verde (Las Vegas, Nev.)

Last result: 62-0 win over Legacy (North Las Vegas, Nev.)

Last week’s ranking: 17

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 Legacy 62-0 last week earning their second straight shutout.

17. Guyer (Denton, Texas.) (7-0)

Next game: Oct. 15 vs. Allen (Texas)

Last result: 35-7 win over Braswell (Little Elm, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: 18

Ranking rationale: Star 2023 Guyer QB Jackson Arnold has had a great start to the year for Guyer. The Wildcats are the No. 4 team in Texas thanks to recording wins over Ryan and Atascocita.

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

Next game: Oct. 15 @ Life Christian Academy (Chester, Va.)

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

Last week’s ranking: 19

Ranking rationale: St. Frances Academy picked up an impressive away win against De La Salle, one of the top teams in Northern California, two weeks ago. 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.

19. Central (Miami, Fla.) (4-2)

Next game: Oct. 15 vs. Edison (Miami, Fla.)

Last result: 56-0 win over Hialeah-Miami Lakes (Hialeah, Fla.)

Last week’s ranking: 20

Ranking rationale: After starting the year 0-2 but hanging tough against No. 3 St. John Bosco and No. 16 Bishop Gorman, the Rockets have won four in a row including last week’s 56-0 demolition over Hialeah-Miami Lakes. Central’s top player is 2022 linebacker Wesley Bissainthe.

20. Bixby (Okla.) (6-0)

Next game: Oct. 14 vs. Page (Sand Springs, Okla.)

Last result: 70-7 win over Choctaw (Okla.)

Last week’s ranking: 21

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

21. Catholic (Baton Rouge, La.) (6-0)

Next game: Oct. 15 vs. McKinley (Baton Rouge, La.)

Last result: 48-29 win over East Ascension (Gonzales, La.)

Last week’s ranking: 22

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.). In last week’s win over East Ascension, running back Corey Singleton rushed for two touchdowns.

22. Oakland (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) (8-0)

Next game: Oct. 15 vs. Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)

Last result: 27-24 win over Christ Presbyterian Academy (Nashville, Tenn.)

Last week’s ranking: 23

Ranking rationale: Oakland senior Korey Smith sacked Christ Presbyterian Academy quarterback Cade Law on the last play of the game to clinch a 27-24 Patriot win on Thursday night.

“For those that did not see this one you missed one heck of a football game”, Oakland head coach Kevin Creasy told wgnsradio.com postgame. “Our guys fought back and found a way against a great team. This was a total team effort and we really responded in the second half. It was a great statement for Oakland football.”

Oakland’s top player is 2022 running back Jordan James, a Georgia commit.

23. Cathedral (Indianapolis, Ind.) (8-0)

Next game: Oct. 15 vs. No. 11 Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) (8-0)

Last result: 45-21 win over Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory

Last week’s ranking: 24

Ranking rationale: 2024 QB Danny O’Neil continued his strong season in Cathedral’s 35-7 win over La Salle two weeks ago. He threw for 347 yards and four touchdown passes. Last week, he threw four more TD passes in a 45-21 win over Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory. The Fighting Irish finished the 2020 high school football season ranked No. 23 in the Power 25 and for the third straight week they’re back in the rankings in 2021.

24. Westfield (Houston, Texas) (6-0)

Next game: Oct. 14 @ MacArthur (Houston, Texas)

Last result: 54-6 win over Nimitz (Houston, Texas)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Ranking rationale: Westfield debuted last week. They’re the No. 5 team in Texas after starting 6-0 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.

25. Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.) (6-0)

Next game: Oct. 15 vs. River Bluff (Lexington, S.C.)

Last result: 69-21 win over Chapin (S.C.)

Last week’s ranking: NR

Ranking rationale: Dutch Fork lost a lot of talent to graduation coming into the season, but the Silver Foxes have won all six of their games by at least 29 points so far this year. Dutch Fork’s top player is 2022 receiver Antonio Williams. He’s one of the top players nationally in the 2022 recruiting class.

DROPPED OUT

No. 13 Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah) (8-0)

MOVED IN

No. 25 Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.)

NEXT 10 BEST TEAMS (Alphabetical order)

Archbishop Spalding (Severn, Md.) (7-0)

Centennial (Corona, Calif.) (7-0)

East (St. Louis, Ill.) (6-1)

Hoover (Ala.) (8-0)

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

Rockwall Heath (Texas) (6-1)

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

St. John’s (District of Columbia) (6-0)

Warner Robins (Ga.) (6-0)

Venice (Fla.) (5-0)

OTHER TEAMS IN THE MIX

Colorado: Valor Christian

Florida: Bolles, Dillard, Gulliver Prep

Georgia: Buford, Milton, North Cobb, Cartersville

Illinois: Loyola Academy

Kentucky: Male

Louisiana: Brother Martin, Edna Karr, Madison Prep Academy, University Lab, Zachary

North Carolina: Hough

Texas: Atascocita, Aledo, Duncanville, Highland Park, Ryan, North Shore

Washington: Graham-Kapowsin

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