Stadium Talk Top 25 High School Football Rankings 2022: Week 10
The Stadium Talk Top 25 High School Football Rankings went pretty much chalk across the board, as the top schools in the country closed in on finishing out their regular-season schedules, and some geared up for their playoff openers.
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California) continued its hold on the No. 1 spot in the rankings for the ninth consecutive week after a 52-7 win over Santa Margarita. Miami Central (Miami, Florida) moved up one spot to No. 3 after its 42-35 win over Columbus (Miami, Florida) in a battle of unbeaten teams.
Bixby (Bixby, Oklahoma) remained at No. 21 and continued its offensive onslaught with a 73-6 win over Westmoore — the fourth straight game the Spartans have scored over 70 points. Bixby is trying to win its fifth consecutive state championship, but first since moving up to Class 6A Division I after winning the last four in Class 6A Division II.
Thirteen different states are represented in this week's poll. Texas leads the way with five teams, followed by Florida and California with four teams each.
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25. Archbishop Moeller High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Previous ranking: 25
Last game: Defeated Detroit Martin Luther King 30-14
Next game: Oct. 28 vs. Hamilton (3-7)
Bottom line: Archbishop Moeller closed out the regular season with a win over defending state champion Detroit Martin Luther King, holding five-star quarterback and Oregon recruit Dante Moore to just 133 passing yards and one touchdown.
Moeller opens the state playoffs with a home game against Hamilton on Friday.
24. Long Beach Poly High School (Long Beach, California)
Previous ranking: 24
Last game: Defeated Compton 56-0
Next game: Oct. 28 vs. Long Beach Jordan (6-3)
Bottom line: Long Beach Poly's defense continued its devastating run with a fifth consecutive shutout win — the Jackrabbits' defense hasn't been scored on since a 42-6 win over Lakewood on Sept. 16.
Poly quarterback Darius Curry was also sharp, going 13-of-19 passing for 265 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. Poly closes out the regular season on Friday with a home game against Long Beach Jordan.
23. Belleville High School (Belleville, Michigan)
Previous ranking: 23
Last game: Defeated Brighton 42-3
Next game: Oct. 28 vs. Woodhaven (6-3)
Bottom line: Belleville closed out the regular season with a blowout win against previously unbeaten Brighton and will begin its Division state title defense this Friday in their playoff opener against Woodhaven.
Belleville sophomore quarterback Bryce Underwood had another big game, going 19-of-28 passing for 240 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while rushing for one touchdown.
22. Grayson High School (Loganville, Georgia)
Previous ranking: 22
Last game: Defeated Brookwood 56-14
Next game: Oct. 28 vs. Archer (2-6)
Bottom line: Grayson blew open the game midway through the third quarter, turning a seven-point lead into a 28-point victory against Brookwood.
Grayson got a big boost from running back Joe Taylor, who scored two touchdowns in the second half. Grayson's defense was also key to the win, as Brookwood finished with just -3 rushing yards while Grayson finished with 249 rushing yards.
21. Bixby High School (Bixby, Oklahoma)
Previous ranking: 21
Last game: Defeated Westmoore 73-6
Next game: Oct. 27 at Moore (4-4)
Bottom line: Bixby won its 56th consecutive game and continued its offensive onslaught, scoring over 70 points for the fourth consecutive game in a blowout win over Westmoore. Senior quarterback Connor Kirby had another big game with two passing touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns. Senior Cole Fugate led Bixby with four receptions for 170 yards and three touchdowns.
Bixby faces Moore this week before a high-profile showdown against Jenks in the regular-season finale. Bixby is trying to win its first state championship on the Class 6A Division I level after four consecutive titles in Class 6A Division II.
20. Cherry Creek High School (Greenwood Village, Colorado)
Previous ranking: 20
Last game: Defeated Arapaho 42-7
Next game: Oct. 28 vs. Grandview (7-2)
Bottom line: Cherry Creek won its sixth straight game as it continued its march toward the postseason and pursuit of a fourth consecutive state championship.
Cherry Creek was led by a pair of 100-yard rushers — junior Jordan Herron had 106 rushing yards and one touchdown on seven carries, and Carlson Tann had 106 rushing yards and one touchdown on 12 carries. Herron also had one receiving touchdown on a 78-yard catch.
19. Centennial High School (Corona, California)
Previous ranking: 19
Last game: Defeated Murrieta Valley 50-7
Next game: Oct. 27 vs. Norco (6-3)
Bottom line: All three Centennial quarterbacks who played — Izzy Carter, Emiliano Villareal and Carson Conklin — threw touchdown passes in a blowout win over Murrieta Valley. Carter, the starter, also added two rushing touchdowns.
Centennial's defense was also sharp with three interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns by Tayten Beyer and Samarai Anderson. The Huskies close out their regular season this week against Norco.
18. St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Previous ranking: 18
Last game: Defeated Father Judge 48-14 (Oct. 14)
Next game: Oct. 28 at Roman Catholic (7-1)
Bottom line: St. Joseph's Prep had a week off before a huge game this week against another one-loss team when they hit the road to face Roman Catholic.
St. Joseph's Prep, the No. 1 team in Class 6A, will face a Roman Catholic team that suffered its only loss of the season to Malvern Prep, 10-0, on Sept. 23. Roman Catholic is led by a pair of Top 20 recruits from the Class of 2023 in the state of Pennsylvania with defensive end Jameial Lyons, a Penn State commit, and offensive tackle Austin Ramsey, a Kentucky commit.
17. St. Edward High School (Lakewood, Ohio)
Previous ranking: 17
Last game: Defeated Archbishop Hoban 41-20
Next game: Oct. 28 vs. Stow-Munroe Falls (1-9)
Bottom line: Few teams can say they survived the two-week gauntlet during the regular season that St. Edward just did, taking down its second consecutive unbeaten opponent by handing Archbishop Hoban its first loss of the season following a win over No. 25 Archbishop Moeller the previous week.
St. Edward, the defending Division I state champions, opens the playoffs against Stow-Munroe Falls on Friday. St. Edward did most of its damage on the ground against Hoban — senior Marvin Bell had 137 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries, and junior quarterback Casey Bullock added 136 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.
16. Katy High School (Katy, Texas)
Previous ranking: 16
Last game: Defeated Cinco Ranch 56-28
Next game: Oct. 27 vs. Seven Lakes (1-7)
Bottom line: Katy improved to 8-0 with another big helping of its ground game, rushing for 338 yards in a 56-28 win over Cinco Ranch.
Katy had a pair of running backs pass 100 rushing yards for the second consecutive game — senior Dallas Glass rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, and senior Seth Davis rushed for 159 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries.
15. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)
Previous ranking: 15
Last game: Defeated American Collegiate Academy 55-0 (Oct. 14)
Next game: Oct. 28 at Middletown (4-3)
Bottom line: IMG Academy had one week off following its win over American Collegiate Academy on Oct. 14 before it returns to action on Friday against Middletown (Del.).
The big news with IMG this week centered around junior cornerback Desmond Ricks, the No. 2 overall recruit in the Class of 2024, after he decided to reclassify to the Class of 2023 and holds offers from all of the major Power Five programs.
14. Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Previous ranking: 14
Last game: Defeated Foothill 75-0
Next game: Oct. 27 vs. Faith Lutheran (6-3)
Bottom line: Bishop Gorman continued its dismantling of in-state competition, posting its fifth consecutive shutout by blanking Faith Lutheran 75-0 — the Gaels have outscored their five Nevada opponents by a combined score of 335-0.
Bishop Gorman quarterback Micah Alejado was 13-of-16 passing for 256 yards and five touchdowns. Senior wide receiver and USC commit Zachariah Branch had five receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
13. Lipscomb Academy (Nashville, Tennessee)
Previous ranking: 13
Last game: Defeated Christ Presbyterian Academy 43-21
Next game: Oct. 28 at Battle Ground Academy (1-8)
Bottom line: Lipscomb Academy rallied from a 21-7 second quarter deficit for the win over Christ Presbyterian Academy in the rematch of the 2021 Class AA Division II state championship game.
Lipscomb Academy came out blazing in the second half after trailing 21-13 at halftime, scoring 16 unanswered points on a field goal and a pair of long touchdown passes from quarterback Hank Brown to Tennessee commit Nate Spillman and Vanderbilt commit Junior Sherrill for a 29-21 lead headed into the fourth quarter.
12. Guyer High School (Denton, Texas)
Previous ranking: 12
Last game: Defeated Allen 49-7
Next game: Oct. 27 at McKinney (6-2)
Bottom line: Guyer senior quarterback and Oklahoma commit Jackson Arnold threw for 339 yards and four touchdowns to go with 84 rushing yards and one touchdown, but five-star senior safety Peyton Bowen stole the show with a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown that ended up as No. 1 on Sportscenter's Top 10 Plays.
Bowen, a Notre Dame commit, wowed fans by breaking six tackles on his highlight-reel return — it was Bowen's first punt return for a touchdown this season.
11. Chaminade-Madonna High School (Hollywood, Florida)
Previous ranking: 11
Last game: Defeated Avante Garde Academy 63-0
Next game: Oct. 27 vs. St. John Paul II Academy (3-6)
Bottom line: Chaminade-Madonna remained unbeaten and posted its third straight shutout with a 63-0 win over Avante Garde Academy.
Chaminade-Madonna quarterback Cedrick Bailey had a big game in limited action, going 12-of-16 passing for 234 yards and three touchdowns — Bailey and backup quarterback Javarius Robinson threw a combined five touchdown passes to five different receivers.
Chaminade-Madonna's defense forced four turnovers and registered 7.5 sacks, led by 2.5 sacks from Johnoy Johnston and 2.0 sacks from Zach Crothers.
10. Duncanville High School (Duncanville, Texas)
Previous ranking: 10
Last game: Defeated Skyline 63-0
Next game: Oct. 28 at DeSoto (7-1)
Bottom line: Duncanville remained unbeaten by cruising to an easy victory over winless Skyline — it was the team's first shutout of the season. The Panthers' defense gave up just 15 yards of total offense in the win.
The win sets up a huge game for Duncanville in the penultimate game of the regular season against DeSoto (7-1), which has won six consecutive games since losing to No. 4 St. Frances Academy (Md.), 47-7 on Sept. 2.
9. Chandler High School (Chandler, Arizona)
Previous ranking: 9
Last game: Defeated Mountain View 49-6
Next game: Oct. 28 vs. Basha (6-1)
Bottom line: Chandler junior quarterback and Ohio State commit Dylan Raiola had arguably his best game of the season so far, going 13-of-20 passing for 267 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a win over Mountain View.
Chandler junior running back Ca'lil Valentine continued making his case for All-American honors, rushing for 133 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Valentine now has 1,152 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns through seven games, along with 16 receptions for 335 yards and four touchdowns.
8. Buford High School (Buford, Georgia)
Previous ranking: 8
Last game: Defeated Dacula 50-7
Next game: Oct. 28 at Mountain View (5-3)
Bottom line: Buford put its Top 25 win over Mill Creek quickly in the rearview mirror with a blowout win over Dacula to improve to 8-0, taking a 29-0 lead at halftime and cruising in the second half.
Buford running back and Alabama commit Justice Haynes had two rushing touchdowns — Buford rushed for five touchdowns. The real star of the game was Buford's defense, which held Dacula to -8 yards of total offense.
7. St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Previous ranking: 7
Last game: Defeated Monarch 37-6
Next game: Oct. 28 at Boyd Anderson (1-7)
Bottom line: St. Thomas Aquinas overcame a whopping 182 penalty yards in a win over Monarch thanks in large part to a big day from running back Jordan Lyle, who scored three touchdowns on runs of 91, 1 and 38 yards.
It was the 21st consecutive victory for St. Thomas Aquinas, which is trying to win its fourth consecutive state championship.
6. St. John Bosco High School (Bellflower, California)
Previous ranking: 6
Last game: Defeated Orange Lutheran 48-7
Next game: Oct. 28 vs. Santa Margarita (6-3)
Bottom line: St. John Bosco quarterback Pierce Clarkson had another big game, and the Braves' defense stole the show in a blowout win over Orange Lutheran, giving up just 125 yards of total offense.
Clarkson, a Louisville commit, was 8-of-15 passing for 161 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 131 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. St. John Bosco closes out the regular season on Friday with a home game against Santa Margarita.
5. North Shore High School (Houston, Texas)
Previous ranking: 5
Last game: Defeated Humble 56-14
Next game: Oct. 27 at Atascocita (7-1)
Bottom line: North Shore won its 21st game in a row and fourth game in a row without starting quarterback Kaleb Bailey — wide receiver David Amador has been filling in — to set up a showdown with Atascocita on Thursday.
North Shore is the defending Class 6A Division I state champion, and Atascocita's only loss of the season came to No. 16 Katy, 35-28, on Sept. 2.
4. St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Maryland)
Previous ranking: 3
Last game: Defeated No. 23 Kahuku 22-15 (Sept. 30)
Next game: Oct. 28 at Arundel (6-1)
Bottom line: St. Frances Academy returns to action this Friday with a big test against Arundel (6-1) following a month without games — they last played in a thrilling, 22-15 win over then-No. 23 Kahuku in Hawaii.
After one month away from games, St. Frances now has four consecutive games on its schedule against teams from Maryland, Connecticut and Canada and caps its season off with a home game against No. 15 IMG Academy that could have national title implications. St Frances Academy won last year's game, 34-24.
3. Miami Central High School (Miami, Florida)
Previous ranking: 4
Last game: Defeated Miami Columbus 42-35
Next game: Oct. 28 vs. Monsignor Pace (4-4)
Bottom line: Three-time defending state champion Miami Central held off a furious comeback by Columbus in a battle of unbeaten teams, watching its 35-7 halftime lead dissipate until pulling out a 42-35 victory.
Miami Central quarterback Keyone Jenkins was crucial in the win, with four touchdown passes, including 52- and 47-yard scoring strikes to Lamar Seymore in the first half as well as a 65-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, capped by a 5-yard touchdown pass to Lawayne McCoy that proved to be the game-winner. Miami Central defensive end Rueben Bain led the Rockets' defense with four sacks.
2. Westlake High School (Austin, Texas)
Previous ranking: 2
Last game: Defeated Stephen F. Austin 70-0
Next game: Oct. 27 at Austin Bowie (7-1)
Bottom line: Westlake won its 48th consecutive game as its defense posted its first shutout of the season with a big road win over Stephen F. Austin. Senior wide receiver and Notre Dame commit Jaden Greathouse led the Chaps with five receptions for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
Westlake junior running back Jack Kayser scored three touchdowns in the first half — two rushing and one receiving — while his team staked a 49-0 halftime lead. The win clinched Westlake's 36th consecutive appearance in the state playoffs, and the defending state champions close out the regular season Thursday at Bowie.
1. Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, California)
Previous ranking: 1
Last game: Defeated Santa Margarita 52-7
Next game: Oct. 28 at Servite (1-8)
Bottom line: Mater Dei quarterback Elijah Brown was almost perfect in a blowout win over Santa Margarita, going 13-of-14 passing for 301 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Sophomore running back Jordon Davison also put up big numbers, rushing for 131 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries, including a 99-yard touchdown run.
Mater Dei wide receiver Marcus Harris had two receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns while the Monarchs' defense gave up just 59 rushing yards. Mater Dei closes out the regular season on Friday with a road game at Servite.
Stadium Talk Top 25 High School Football Rankings: Week 10
- Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), Previous Ranking: 1
- Westlake (Austin, Texas), Previous Ranking: 2
- Miami Central (Miami, Fla.), Previous Ranking: 4
- St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.), Previous Ranking: 3
- North Shore (Houston, Texas), Previous Ranking: 5
- St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), Previous Ranking: 6
- St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Previous Ranking: 7
- Buford (Buford, Ga.), Previous Ranking: 8
- Chandler (Chandler, Ariz.), Previous Ranking: 9
- Duncanville (Duncanville, Texas), Previous Ranking: 10
- Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.), Previous Ranking: 11
- Guyer (Denton, Texas), Previous Ranking: 12
- Lipscomb Academy (Nashville, Tenn.), Previous Ranking: 13
- Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.), Previous Ranking: 14
- IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), Previous Ranking: 15
- Katy (Katy, Texas), Previous Ranking: 16
- St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio), Previous Ranking: 17
- St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.), Previous Ranking: 18
- Centennial (Corona, Calif.), Previous Ranking: 19
- Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Colo.), Previous Ranking: 20
- Bixby (Bixby, Oklahoma), Previous Ranking: 21
- Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Previous Ranking: 22
- Belleville (Belleville, Mich.), Previous Ranking: 23
- Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, California), Previous Ranking: 24
- Archbishop Moeller High School (Cincinnati, Ohio), Previous Ranking: 25
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