Stadium Talk Top 25 High School Football Rankings: Week 5
The Top 10 teams in the Stadium Talk Top 25 High School Football Rankings held their places following a week in which ranked teams went 18-2 against the competition.
In the only Top 25 game of the week, No. 2 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, California) defeated visiting, No. 18 Kahuku (Kahuku, Hawaii), 34-7 in the Trinity League vs. USA Showcase in California. Top-ranked Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California) held onto its spot for the fourth week in a row with a 42-14 win over Mililani (Mililani, Hawaii).
Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Florida) entered the Top 25 at No. 21 after a win over No. 22 American Heritage (Plantation, Florida), which dropped out of the Top 25 after the loss.
Texas and Florida led the way with four teams each in the Top 25, while California was just behind them with three teams. In all, 14 states were represented in the Top 25.
The Stadium Talk Top 25 High School Football Rankings are released every Tuesday morning throughout the regular season with a national champion crowned following the final state championship games across the country.
25. Kahuku High School (Kahuku, Hawaii)
Previous ranking: 18
Last game: Lost to No. 2 St. John Bosco (Calif.) 34-7
Next game: Sept. 23 at Kapolei (5-0)
Bottom line: Defending Hawaii Open Division state champion Kahuku won't have much time to lick its wounds after traveling to California for a 34-7 loss to No. 2 St. John Bosco. That's because they return home this week to play another road game at unbeaten Kapolei.
The game against Bosco was the first loss for Kahuku dating back to 2019 and snapped a 15-game winning streak.
Reigning Hawaii Gatorade Player of the Year and Utah commit Kainoa Carvalho continues to sit out with a high ankle sprain. Carvalho had 79 receptions for 1,129 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in 2021 to go with three kickoff returns and two punt returns for touchdowns.
24. Cherry Creek High School (Greenwood Village, Colorado)
Previous ranking: 24
Last game: Defeated Arvada West 62-21
Next game: Sept. 22 vs. Regis Jesuit (2-2)
Bottom line: Senior linebacker and Kansas commit Logan Brantley returned two interceptions for touchdowns and six different Cherry Creek players scored in a blowout win over Arvada West.
Senior running back Bubba Tann added 135 yards of total offense and two touchdowns.
23. St. Edward High School (Lakewood, Ohio)
Previous ranking: 13
Last game: Lost to Massillon Washington 31-28
Next game: Sept. 24 vs. Rock Creek Christian Academy (2-2)
Bottom line: Massillon Washington shocked defending state champion St. Edward, handing the visiting Eagles their first loss of the year.
St. Edward led 28-25 with just 16 seconds left in the game before it lost a fumble to Massillon deep in its own territory, setting up the game-winning, 24-yard touchdown pass from Jalen Slaughter to Braylyn Toles. St. Edward still had a chance to tie, but Benjamin Lavelle missed a 42-yard field-goal attempt as time expired.
Slaughter finished 18-of-32 passing for 295 yards and three touchdowns.
22. Archbishop Moeller High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Previous ranking: 25
Last game: Defeated St. Xavier 20-17
Next game: Sept. 23 at La Salle (2-3)
Bottom line: Archbishop Moeller scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to rally for a road win over St. Xavier in front of a sellout crowd of 7,500 fans at RDI Stadium in Cincinnati.
Moeller was led by four-star junior running back Jordan Marshall, who had 134 rushing yards and caught a 29-yard touchdown pass for the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.
21. Chaminade-Madonna High School (Hollywood, Florida)
Previous ranking: NR
Last game: Defeated No. 22 American Heritage 42-34
Next game: Sept. 22 at Gulliver Prep (0-2)
Bottom line: Chaminade-Madonna jumped into the Stadium Talk Top 25 High School Football Rankings with a 42-34 win over No. 22 American Heritage behind a big game from junior quarterback Cedrick Bailey, who was 17-of-31 passing for 304 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Junior running back Davion Gause had 36 carries for 268 yards for Chaminade-Madonna but also lost two fumbles.
20. St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Previous ranking: 22
Last game (Sept. 9): Defeated Erasmus Hall (New York) 14-7
Next game: Sept. 24 at Gonzaga (3-1)
Bottom line: St. Joseph's Prep had a bye week after a 14-7 win over New York's Erasmus Hall.
The extra week of practice could help as they travel to Washington, D.C., to face another powerhouse East Coast program in Gonzaga on Sept. 24.
19. Centennial High School (Corona, California)
Previous ranking: 19
Last game: Defeated Temecula Valley 58-15
Next game: Sept. 30 at Chaparral (2-3)
Bottom line: Centennial rolled to a blowout win over Temecula Valley despite racking up 116 penalty yards on 14 penalties.
It was the second time Centennial has surpassed 50 points in a game this season, and the Huskies have scored over 40 points in each of their four wins.
18. Katy High School (Katy, Texas)
Previous ranking: 20
Last game: Defeated Morton Ranch 41-20
Next game: Sept. 22 vs. Mayde Creek (2-2)
Bottom line: Katy stayed unbeaten with a three-touchdown victory over Morton Ranch behind 164 rushing yards and one touchdown on just 12 carries from senior running back and Mississippi State commit Seth Davis.
Through four games, Davis has 733 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
17. Skyridge High School (Lehi, Utah)
Previous ranking: 19
Last game: Defeated Westlake 62-6
Next game: Sept. 23 vs. Corner Canyon (4-2)
Bottom line: Skyridge followed up a thrilling win against Timpview last week in a 1-2 battle between the top teams in Utah with a 62-6 blowout win over Westlake. It was the third time this season that Skyridge has topped 50 points.
Junior quarterback Trent Call made his first start of the year, filling in for injured Utah State commit McCae Hillstead, and went 16-of-21 passing for 183 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.
Skyridge's defense was the star against Westlake, forcing six turnovers, including four interceptions by four different players.
16. Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Previous ranking: 17
Last game: Defeated Brookwood (Georgia) 70-10
Next game: Sept. 23 at Arbor View (4-0)
Bottom line:Georgia's Brookwood traveled outside its state for a game for the first time in school history, and Bishop Gorman gave them a quick lesson in how the top level of football in the nation is played. The end was a 60-point win for Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas.
After a punt on its first possession, Bishop Gorman scored touchdowns on 10 straight possessions.
15. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)
Previous ranking: 16
Last game (Sept. 9): Defeated Salt Lake City East (Utah) 63-13
Next game: Sept. 23 at Phenix City Central (3-1)
Bottom line: IMG Academy got a much-needed bye week after it made the 2,400-mile trek west for a 63-13 win over Salt Lake City East (Utah) on Sept. 9. It was the second straight game IMG scored over 50 points.
IMG travels to Alabama to play Phenix City Central this week. Central won the 2018 Class 7A state championship and finished as Class 7A state runner-up in 2019 and 2021.
14. Lipscomb Academy (Nashville, Tennessee)
Previous ranking: 15
Last game: Defeated Franklin Road Academy 41-12
Next game: Sept. 30 at Davidson Academy (2-2)
Bottom line: Lipscomb Academy senior wide receiver and Vanderbilt commit Junior Sherill had a game for the ages in a 41-12 win over Franklin Road Academy with nine receptions for 239 yards and six touchdowns in a battle of unbeaten teams.
Lipscomb improved to 5-0 with the victory and in one stunning sequence, Lipscomb's final three plays of the first half were all touchdown receptions by Sherrill for 43, 65 and 76 yards. Lipscomb is trying to win back-to-back Division II-AA state championships.
13. Grayson High School (Loganville, Georgia)
Previous ranking: 14
Last game (Sept. 9): Defeated Spartanburg (South Carolina) 51-24
Next game: Sept. 23 at Lowndes (2-2)
Bottom line: Grayson had a bye week after a blowout win over South Carolina's Spartanburg on Sept. 9. Grayson returns to action on Sept. 23 against Lowndes.
Grayson junior quarterback Jeff Davis is 43-of-57 passing for 524 yards, six touchdowns and one interception through the first four games.
12. Guyer High School (Denton, Texas)
Previous ranking: 12
Last game: Defeated Prosper 23-6
Next game: Sept. 23 at Little Elm (1-3)
Bottom line: Denton Guyer racked up 259 rushing yards in a win over Prosper to improve to 4-0 in the district opener for both teams.
Prosper did what no team had been able to do so far this season in holding Guyer quarterback and Oklahoma commit Jackson Arnold to just 72 yards passing as he threw his first interception of the season.
Guyer's defense was more than up to the task, holding Prosper to just 102 yards of total offense.
11. Duncanville High School (Duncanville, Texas)
Previous ranking: 12
Last game: Defeated Lake Ridge 44-6
Next game: Sept. 23 at Cedar Hill (0-4)
Bottom line: Duncanville jumped out to a 35-0 lead at halftime on the way to a rout of Lake Ridge to improve to 3-0 and open district play with a victory. It was the 34th consecutive district victory for Duncanville.
Duncanville quarterback Keelon Russell threw for two touchdowns in his second varsity start.
10. Chandler High School (Chandler, Arizona)
Previous ranking: 10
Last game: Defeated Notre Dame Prep 35-0
Next game: Sept. 23 vs. Saguaro (2-1)
Bottom line: Chandler's defense posted its second consecutive shutout with a 35-0 win over Notre Dame Prep to set up a rematch of last year's Arizona Open Division state championship game against Saguaro.
Chandler running back Ca'lil Valentine led his team with 213 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries while quarterback Dylan Raiola, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2024, was 13-of-21 passing for 186 yards and one touchdown.
A'mauri Washington and Donnovan Hamblin each had a pair of sacks for Chandler.
9. Miami Central High School (Miami, Florida)
Previous ranking: 9
Last game: Defeated Carol City 34-0
Next game: Sept. 24 vs. Dillard (2-1)
Bottom line: Miami Central scored 27 points in the second quarter on the way to a 34-0, weather-shortened win over Carol City that was called on account of lightning at halftime.
Miami Central quarterback and FIU commit Keyone Jenkins had two touchdown runs in the first half, as did running back Ean Pope. Miami Central is trying to win its fourth consecutive state championship.
8. Buford High School (Buford, Georgia)
Previous ranking: 8
Last game: Defeated Carver 44-16
Next game: Sept. 23 at Marietta (1-4)
Bottom line: Buford trailed at halftime but scored 29 unanswered points in the second half for a blowout win over Atlanta Carver behind a huge game from senior running back and Alabama commit Justice Haynes, who had three touchdowns of over 50 yards.
Haynes, 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, had a 66-yard touchdown reception in the first half and followed that with touchdown runs of 60 yards and 53 yards in the second half.
7. Bergen Catholic High School (Oradell, New Jersey)
Previous ranking: 7
Last game: Defeated Seton Hall Prep 35-14
Next game: Sept. 24 vs. Don Bosco Prep (2-2)
Bottom line: Senior running back Saeed St. fleur had 135 yards of total offense — 93 rushing and 43 receiving — as Bergen Catholic held off Seton Hall Prep to improve to 4-0.
Bergen Catholic's defense came up big once again, picking off three passes by Seton Hall Prep quarterback Liam Londergan and holding the Pirates to under 200 yards of total offense.
6. St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Maryland)
Previous ranking: 6
Last game: Defeated Venice (Florida) 34-17
Next game: Sept. 23 at Dutch Fork (5-0)
Bottom line: St. Frances Academy picked up yet another impressive road win, this time traveling to defending Florida Class 8A state champion Venice for the victory.
St. Frances racked up over 300 yards of rushing against Venice, including an 80-yard touchdown run by junior running back DeJuan Williams on the first play from scrimmage in the second half.
St. Frances hits the road again this week for another big game against unbeaten Dutch Fork from South Carolina.
5. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Previous ranking: 5
Last game: Defeated Western 38-0
Next game: Sept. 23 at Treasure Coast (1-3)
Bottom line: St. Thomas Aquinas improved to 4-0, and its defense picked up its second shutout of the year with a 38-0 road win over Western.
Senior Rashad Henry led the Aquinas defense with a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown. Aquinas quarterback Champ Harris was efficient on the offensive end, going 6-of-11 passing for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Chase Robinson had two receptions for 50 yards, with both catches going for touchdowns.
4. North Shore High School (Houston, Texas)
Previous ranking: 4
Last game (Sept. 9): Defeated Westfield 55-25
Next game: Sept. 23 at Beaumont United (1-2)
Bottom line: North Shore won its 16th consecutive game and avenged its last defeat with a blowout win over Westfield on Sept. 9 before its bye week. North Shore, the defending Class 6A Division I state champion, led 48-11 at halftime against Westfield and returns to action this week at Beaumont United.
North Shore scored touchdowns on six of its first seven possession against Westfield.
3. Westlake High School (Austin, Texas)
Previous ranking: 3
Last game (Sept. 8): Defeated Akins 56-6
Next game: Sept. 23 vs. Lake Travis (2-2)
Bottom line: Westlake is riding a 43-game win streak into its matchup with Lake Travis after a bye week.
In its first three games, Westlake has scored at least 44 points in every game and has not allowed more than 14 points in a game, outscoring opponents 147-34 with an average win margin of 37.6 points.
2. St. John Bosco High School (Bellflower, California)
Previous ranking: 2
Last game: Defeated No. 18 Kahuku (Hawaii) 34-7
Next game: Sept. 23 at Modesto Central Catholic (1-3)
Bottom line: St. John Bosco posted a convincing win in a battle of Top 25 teams with a 34-7 win over visiting No. 18 Kahuku, the reigning Open Division state champion in Hawaii. St. John Bosco led just 7-0 after the first quarter.
The game was part of the Trinity vs. The USA challenge hosted by St. John Bosco — one of two games after No. 1 Mater Dei defeated Mililani 42-14 on the previous night.
1. Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, California)
Previous ranking: 1
Last game: Defeated Mililani (Hawaii) 42-14
Next game: Sept. 30 at JSerra Catholic (3-2)
Bottom line: Mater Dei sophomore Jordon Davison rushed for 231 yards on just 10 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead his team to a 42-14 win over visiting Mililani (Hawaii). With the win, the Monarchs improved to 5-0 and kept a hold on the No. 1 ranking.
Mater Dei racked up 532 yards of total offense (338 rushing yards), and junior quarterback Elijah Brown was 17-of-29 passing for 194 yards and two touchdowns.
Davison, 5-foot-10 and 210 pounds, is already a five-star recruit for the Class of 2025.
Stadium Talk Top 25 High School Football Rankings: Week 5
- Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), Previous Ranking: 1
- St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), Previous Ranking: 2
- Westlake (Austin, Texas), Previous Ranking: 3
- North Shore (Houston, Texas), Previous Ranking: 4
- St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Previous Ranking: 5
- St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.), Previous Ranking: 6
- Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.), Previous Ranking: 7
- Buford (Buford, Ga.), Previous Ranking: 8
- Miami Central (Miami, Fla.), Previous Ranking: 9
- Chandler (Chandler, Ariz.), Previous Ranking: 10
- Duncanville (Duncanville, Texas), Previous Ranking: 11
- Guyer (Denton, Texas), Previous Ranking: 12
- Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Previous Ranking: 14
- Lipscomb Academy (Nashville, Tenn.), Previous Ranking: 15
- IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), Previous Ranking: 16
- Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.), Previous Ranking: 17
- Skyridge (Lehi, Utah), Previous Ranking: 19
- Katy (Katy, Texas), Previous Ranking: 20
- Centennial (Corona, Calif.), Previous Ranking: 21
- St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.), Previous Ranking: 22
- Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.), Previous Ranking: NR
- Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio), Previous Ranking: 25
- St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio), Previous Ranking: 13
- Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Colo.), Previous Ranking: 24
- Kahuku (Kahuku, Hawaii), Previous Ranking: 18