For the third time in five years, (Mater Dei Santa Ana, California) is our national champion. It was a wire-to-wire run for the Monarchs, who started the No. 1 ranking year in our pre-season national rankings.
In a perfect 12-0 season, Mater Dei, who also won back-to-back national titles in 2017 and 2018, defeated No. 7 Servit (twice), No. 8 St. John Bosco, No. 9 Duncanville, No. 20 Corona Centennial, No. 81 Best (San Mateo) No. 91 Orange Lutheran, No. 143 Narco, No. 144 Santa Margarita and No. 188 Liberty.
That means 10 of MD’s 12 wins came against the top 200 teams.
Westlake, the three-time Texas High School football champion, finished just behind Mater Dei. The Chaparrals ended a perfect 16-0 season on Saturday night with a 40-21 win over No. 30 Denton Gair for the Class 6A Division II title. Like Mater Dei, the Chaps never deviated from their Precision No. 2 ranking.
The championship wrapped up the legendary coaching career of Todd Dodge, who retired with seven Texas High School Football Championships. Dodge leaves the game with a 40-game winning streak.
Bergen Catholic in New Jersey finished a solid No. 3 in our national rankings created with our proprietary algorithm. The Crusaders won the state non-public A championship behind a defense that allowed only 94 points in a dozen games.
North Shore is the second team from Top Texas. Mustang finished No. 4 on Saturday night, beating No. 9 Duncanville to win the school’s third state title in the last four years in Lone Star State’s largest division.
The Florida 6A Champion Jesuit finished No. 2021 at No. 5. The Tigers finished with a perfect 15-0 mark, winning the school’s first state title since 1968.
In addition to the Jesuit Championship Game win, the last-minute win against St. Thomas Aquinas at No. 6 on September 3 was a highlight of the season for the Tigers. The loss could serve as a wake-up call for the Jesuits, who won their third consecutive 7A championship on Friday.
Mater dei followed arch-rivals Servit (No. 7) and St. John Bosco (No. 8) behind St. Thomas Aquinas, followed by Duncanville. Two-time Tennessee state champion Oakland has dropped out of the top 10.
Florida dominates the top 25 with seven teams. California had four top 25 teams, followed by Texas with three teams.
Sunshine State leads the top 100 with 17 teams. Texas ranked 15 teams in the top 100, followed by California with 10.
Altogether, 23 different states, plus the District of Columbia are represented in the HSFA 100.