Stadium Talk Top 25 High School Football Rankings: Week 15
The Stadium Talk Top 25 High School Football Rankings have a new No. 1 team, with Westlake (Austin, Texas) moving into the top spot after No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California) fell to No. 3 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), 24-22, in the CIF Southern Section Division I final.
It was a rematch of the Oct. 7 game between St. John Bosco and Mater Dei, which Mater Dei won 17-7. St. John Bosco moved up to No. 2 in the Top 25 following its win and will now face Serra (San Mateo, Calif.) in the CIF Open Division state championship game on Dec. 10.
In the Michigan Division I state championship game, No. 19 Belleville (Belleville, Mich.) closed out a 14-0 season and won its second consecutive state title with a 35-17 win over Caledonia (Caledonia, Mich.).
Two new teams entered the rankings this week with No. 20 Colquitt County (Norman Park, Georgia) and No. 21 Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas), while Buford (Buford, Ga.) and Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio) fell out of the rankings.
Thirteen different states are represented in this week's Top 25, with Florida and Texas leading the way with six teams each.
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25. Frederick Douglass High School (Lexington, Kentucky)
Previous ranking: 25
Last game: Defeated Owensboro 14-2
Next game: Dec. 3 vs. Bowling Green (12-2)
Bottom line: Frederick Douglass rode the back of its defense to a win over Owensboro in the Class 5A state semifinals and advanced to play Bowling Green on Saturday in the Class 5A state championship game at the University of Kentucky's Kroger Field.
Douglass, which opened in 2017, is 0-2 in state championship games, losing to Covington Catholic in 2019 and South Warren in 2021. Bowling Green has won seven state championships, with the last coming in 2020.
24. Langston Hughes High School (Fairburn, Georgia)
Previous ranking: 24
Last game: Defeated Woodward Academy 56-28
Next game: Dec. 2 vs. Rome (12-1)
Bottom line: Langston Hughes was tied with Woodward Academy 21-21 at halftime before blowing the game open in the second half to advance to the Class 6A semifinals for the second consecutive year.
Hughes junior quarterback Air Noland went 22-of-30 passing for 302 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while also rushing for a touchdown. Senior running back Jekail Middlebrook added 201 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, and senior wide receiver Jalen Barnes had eight receptions for 217 yards and one touchdown.
Hughes junior linebacker Justin Bond had a monster game with 17 tackles, including 3.0 sacks — part of a team defensive effort that racked up 16 tackles for loss.
23. Liberty High School (Peoria, Arizona)
Previous ranking: 22
Last game: Defeated O'Connor 56-26
Next game: Dec. 3 vs. Saguaro (8-3)
Bottom line: Liberty quarterback Navi Bruzon racked up over 322 yards of total offense — 282 passing and 40 rushing — and threw for three touchdowns in a blowout win over O'Connor in the opening round of the Open Division state playoffs.
Liberty junior linebacker Keaton Stam led his team with 11 tackles.
22. St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Maryland)
Previous ranking: 21
Final Record: 8-1
Last game: Lost to No. 14 IMG Academy 27-16 (Nov. 18)
Bottom line: St. Frances Academy's season ended with a 27-16 loss to then-No. 14 IMG Academy on Nov. 18 in Baltimore, Maryland.
St. Frances Academy was ranked No. 4 in the nation and unbeaten entering the game against IMG, which it had defeated in their previous two meetings.
21. Southlake Carroll High School (Southlake, Texas)
Previous ranking: NR
Last game: Defeated McKinney 42-35
Next game: Dec. 3 vs. No. 12 Denton Guyer (13-0)
Bottom line: Texas football power Southlake Carroll entered the Stadium Talk Top 25 for the first time this season following a 42-35 win over McKinney to advance to the Class 6A Division II quarterfinals, where the Dragons will face No. 12 Denton Guyer.
Southlake Carroll senior running back Owen Allen led his team against McKinney with 221 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 34 carries, including the game-winning score on a 13-yard touchdown run with under one minute left in the game.
20. Colquitt County High School (Norman Park, Georgia)
Previous ranking: NR
Last game: Defeated North Gwinnett 52-17
Next game: Dec. 2 vs. Carrollton (13-0)
Bottom line: Colquitt County's blowout win over North Gwinnett set up a showdown between two of the nation's best teams and a pair of 13-0 squads when they face Carrollton this week in the Class 7A state semifinals.
Colquitt County junior quarterback Neko Fann was 15-of-20 passing for 352 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions in the win over North Gwinnett. Junior wide receiver Ny'Quavion Carr had 182 receiving yards and two touchdowns on five receptions.
Colquitt County senior safety Jack Luttrell led his team with 14 tackles to go with 102 all-purpose yards on two punt returns and a kickoff return.
19. Belleville High School (Belleville, Michigan)
Previous ranking: 19
Final record: 14-0 (Division I State Champion)
Last game: Defeated Caledonia 35-17
Bottom line: Belleville capped off a perfect season and its second state title with a 35-17 win over Caledonia in the Division I state championship game.
Belleville led just 21-17 in the fourth quarter before sophomore quarterback Bryce Underwood broke off a 48-yard touchdown run, then connected with Michael Yharbrough on a 25-yard touchdown pass for the final score. Underwood, 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, finished with 304 yards of total offense and three touchdowns and made his case to be the No. 1 player in the nation for the Class of 2025.
The win for Belleville was especially dramatic because it came after head coach Jermain Crowell was fired for recruiting violations. Interim head coach Dejuan Rogers stepped in for Belleville in the state championship game.
18. Lehi High School (Lehi, Utah)
Previous ranking: 18
Final Record: 14-0 (Class 5A State Champion)
Last game: Defeated Timpview 29-23, 3OT
Bottom line: Lehi High's season came to a close with a triple-overtime win over Timpview in the Class 5A state championship game on Nov. 18.
The win capped a 14-0 season for Lehi and was the school's second consecutive state title.
17. American Heritage High School (Plantation, Florida)
Previous ranking: 17
Last game: Defeated Cardinal Gibbons 31-20
Next game: Dec. 2 vs. Jacksonville Bolles (9-4)
Bottom line: American Heritage defeated Cardinal Gibbons for the second time this season to advance to the Class 2M state semifinals.
American Heritage senior running back Mark Fletcher rushed for two touchdowns as did sophomore running back Byron Louis, who already has offers from Georgia, Auburn, Florida State and Colorado, among others.
16. St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Previous ranking: 16
Last game: Defeated Parkland 52-21
Next game: Dec. 3 vs. Garnet Valley (13-0)
Bottom line: St. Joseph's Prep advanced to the Class 6A semifinals with a blowout win over Parkland and setting up a showdown against unbeaten Garnet Valley. St. Joseph's Prep scored touchdowns on each of its first seven possessions.
St. Joseph's Prep junior quarterback Samaj Jones had another big game with 300 yards of total offense — 207 passing yards and two touchdowns to go with 93 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
St. Joseph's Prep, last year's Class 6A state runner-up, defeated Garnet Valley 49-13 in the 2021 Class 6A state semifinals.
15. Lakeland High School (Lakeland, Florida)
Previous ranking: 15
Last game: Defeated Lake Minneola 41-6
Next game: Dec. 2 vs. Osceola (10-3)
Bottom line: Lakeland senior running back Don'Ares Johnson had 117 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries as his team improved to 12-0 and rolled into the Class 4S state semifinals with a blowout win over Lake Minneola.
Lakeland's defense was the star of the show in the state quarterfinals with four interceptions and a whopping 13.5 tackles for loss, including four sacks.
14. St. Edward High School (Lakewood, Ohio)
Previous ranking: 14
Last game: Defeated Gahanna Lincoln 31-7
Next game: Dec. 2 vs. Springfield (13-1)
Bottom line: St. Edward will get a shot at defending its Division I state championship after a blowout win over Gahanna Lincoln in the state semifinals.
St. Edward's defense was sharp in the win, forcing three turnovers. St. Edward quarterback Casey Bullock threw for 131 yards and two touchdowns to go with 65 rushing yards.
St. Edward will face Springfield in the state finals in a rematch of last year's championship game, which St. Edward won 23-13.
13. Katy High School (Katy, Texas)
Previous ranking: 13
Last game: Defeated Summer Creek 35-7
Next game: Dec. 3 vs. Houston King (9-4)
Bottom line: Katy advanced to the Class 6A Division II quarterfinals thanks to a big game from senior running back and Mississippi State commit Seth Davis, who had 224 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries.
It was the second consecutive game with over 200 rushing yards for Davis, who has 1,617 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns in just 11 games.
12. Guyer High School (Denton, Texas)
Previous ranking: 12
Last game: Defeated Byron Nelson 59-41
Next game: Dec. 3 vs. No. 21 Southlake Carroll (13-0)
Bottom line: Guyer senior quarterback and five-star recruit Jackson Arnold wreaked up 316 yards of total offense and three touchdowns to push his team to 13-0 and set up a mega-showdown between unbeaten teams against No. 21 Southlake Carroll in the Class 6A Division II quarterfinals.
Junior running back Trey Joyner added 134 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries for Guyer, which is trying to win its first state championship since 2013.
11. Chaminade-Madonna College Prep (Hollywood, Florida)
Previous ranking: 11
Last game: Defeated Cardinal Newman 49-16
Next game: Dec. 2 vs. True North Classical Academy (9-2)
Bottom line: Chaminade-Madonna came out on top in a battle of unbeatens against Cardinal Newman to advance to the Class 1M state semifinals.
Chaminade-Madonna was once again led by 6-foot-6, 195-pound junior quarterback Cedrick Bailey, who was 17-of-23 passing for 236 yards, three touchdowns and one interception to go with 58 rushing yards on three carries. Junior wide receiver Jeremiah Smith had 93 receiving yards and three touchdowns on six receptions.
Chaminade-Madonna's defense was stellar, racking up 8.5 sacks and led by 6-foot-4, 235-pound junior defensive lineman Zach Crothers, who had 7.0 tackles and 3.0 sacks.
10. Lipscomb Academy (Nashville, Tennessee)
Previous ranking: 10
Last game: Defeated Knoxville Webb 44-7 (Nov. 18)
Next game: Dec. 1 vs. Christ Presbyterian Academy (8-5)
Bottom line: Lipscomb Academy cruised to a 44-7 win over Knoxville Webb on Nov. 18 and will face Christ Presbyterian Academy on Thursday in the Division II Class AA state championship game.
Lipscomb senior linebacker Bryan Longwell had eight tackles in the semifinal win over Knoxville Webb, including 2.5 tackles for loss. Longwell, 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, has offers from Auburn, Army, Tulane and Memphis, among others.
Lipscomb is trying to win its second consecutive state title, and the game against CPA is a rematch of their Oct. 21 game, which Lipscomb won 42-21.
9. Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Previous ranking: 9
Final Record: 13-1 (Class 5A State Champion)
Last game: Defeated Bishop Manogue 70-6 (Nov. 18)
Bottom line: Bishop Gorman's season came to an end with a 70-6 win over Bishop Manogue on Nov. 18 in the Class 5A state championship game.
It was the Gaels' 13th state title in the last 15 years.
8. Duncanville High School (Duncanville, Texas)
Previous ranking: 8
Last game: Defeated The Woodlands 35-3
Next game: TBA vs. Westfield (12-1)
Bottom line: Duncanville cruised to a win over The Woodlands to advance to the Class 6A Division I quarterfinals against The Woodlands.The only loss for The Woodlands this season came against another Top 25 team, No. 7 North Shore, in a 55-25 defeat on Sept. 9.
Duncanville led just 7-3 at halftime against The Woodlands before opening the second half with back-to-back scores on offense and a fumble return for a touchdown.
7. North Shore High School (Houston, Texas)
Previous ranking: 7
Last game: Defeated Cinco Ranch 49-21
Next game: Dec. 2 vs. Atascocita (11-2)
Bottom line: North Shore rolled to an easy win over Cinco Ranch. North Shore's defense was the true star against Cinco Ranch, allowing just negative-1 yards of rushing and 166 yards of total offense.
With the win, the Mustangs advanced to the Class 6A Division I quarterfinals, where a rematch with Atascocita awaits. In the first meeting between the two schools on Oct. 27, North Shore rallied for a 16-13 win after trailing 13-3 in the second half.
North Shore is the defending Class 6A Division state champion.
6. St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Previous ranking: 6
Last game: Defeated Blanche Ely 35-7
Next game: Dec. 2 vs. Tampa Jesuit (9-4)
Bottom line: St. Thomas Aquinas' defense forced two turnovers and kept the pressure on Blanche Ely to advance to the Class 3M state semifinals.
The Raiders got big plays on defense with two sacks each from senior linebacker Keyshawn Johnson and 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior defensive end Zakiah Saez, who is committed to play for Oregon State. St. Thomas Aquinas junior running back Jordan Lyle, who has offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Kentucky, had 117 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
St. Thomas Aquinas' semifinal opponent, Tampa Jesuit, is the reigning Class 6A state champion and was the only team to beat Aquinas last season. The Raiders finished 15-1 and won the Class 7A state title.
5. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)
Previous ranking: 5
Final Record: 8-1
Last game: Defeated No. 4 St. Frances Academy 27-16 (Nov. 18)
Bottom line: IMG Academy closed out its season with a signature win on Nov. 18, going on the road to defeat then-No. 4 St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Maryland.
4. Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, California)
Previous ranking: 1
Final Record: 12-1
Last game: Lost to No. 3 St. John Bosco 24-22 (CIF Southern Section Division I final)
Bottom line: Mater Dei's 29-game winning streak came to an end with a heartbreaking loss to then-No. 3 St. John Bosco in the CIF Southern Section Division I championship game.
The loss also brought the career of head coach Bruce Rollinson to an end. Rollinson announced his retirement a few weeks ago after 34 seasons.
During Rollinson's tenure, he coached two Heisman Trophy winners, won seven CIF championships, three state titles and five national championships.
3. Miami Central High School (Miami, Florida)
Previous ranking: 4
Last game: Defeated Norland 34-20
Next game: Dec. 2 vs. Lakewood (9-4)
Bottom line: Miami Central survived a scare after Norland quarterback Ennio Yapoor racked up 505 yards of total offense and two touchdowns on 345 passing yards and 155 rushing yards.
Miami Central advanced to the Class 2M state semifinals with the win.
2. St. John Bosco High School (Bellflower, California)
Previous ranking: 3
Last game: Defeated No. 1 Mater Dei 24-22
Next game: Dec. 10 vs. Serra (13-0)
Bottom line: St. John Bosco avenged its only loss of the season with a 24-22 win over No. 1 Mater Dei in the CIF Southern Section Division I championship game. Bosco stopped a two-point conversion attempt by the Monarchs with 3:08 left in the fourth quarter in front of a crowd of almost 20,000 fans at the Rose Bowl.
It was the fourth championship for St. John Bosco head coach Jason Negro and snapped a 29-game winning streak by Mater Dei, dating back to a loss to the Braves in the 2019 championship game.
St. John Bosco senior quarterback and Louisville commit Pierce Clarkson threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns in the win. St. John Bosco will face CIF Central Coast Division I champion Serra on Dec. 10 in the CIF Open Division championship game.
1. Westlake High School (Austin, Texas)
Previous ranking: 2
Last game: Defeated San Benito 44-7
Next game: Dec. 3 vs. San Antonio Brennan (12-1)
Bottom line: Westlake junior running back Jack Kayser had another big game, rushing for 140 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in a win over San Benito as the Chaparrals extended their winning streak to 53 games and advanced to the Class 6A Division I quarterfinals.
It was Kayser's second consecutive playoff game with over 100 rushing yards. And all three of Kayser's touchdown runs came in the first half.
Westlake also got a big game from its defense, which didn't allow a touchdown. The Chaps are trying to win their fourth consecutive state championship.
Stadium Talk Top 25 High School Football Rankings: Week 15
- Westlake (Austin, Texas), Previous Ranking: 2
- St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), Previous Ranking: 3
- Miami Central (Miami, Fla.), Previous Ranking: 4
- Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), Previous Ranking: 1
- IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), Previous Ranking: 5
- St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Previous Ranking:6
- North Shore (Houston, Texas), Previous Ranking: 7
- Duncanville (Duncanville, Texas), Previous Ranking: 8
- Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.), Previous Ranking: 9
- Lipscomb Academy (Nashville, Tenn.), Previous Ranking: 10
- Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.), Previous Ranking: 11
- Guyer (Denton, Texas), Previous Ranking: 12
- Katy (Katy, Texas), Previous Ranking: 13
- St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio), Previous Ranking: 14
- Lakeland (Lakeland, Florida), Previous Ranking: 15
- St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.), Previous Ranking: 16
- American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), Previous Ranking: 17
- Lehi (Lehi, Utah), Previous Ranking: 18
- Belleville (Belleville, Mich.), Previous Ranking: 19
- Colquitt County (Norman Park, Ga.), Previous Ranking: NR
- Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas), Previous Ranking: NR
- St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.), Previous Ranking: 21
- Liberty (Peoria, Arizona), Previous Ranking: 22
- Langston Hughes High School (Fairburn, Georgia), Previous Ranking: 24
- Frederick Douglass High School (Lexington, Kentucky), Previous Ranking: 25
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