Stadium Talk Top 25 High School Football Rankings: Week 6
Two new teams joined the Stadium Talk Top 25 High School Football Rankings as Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, California) remained in the No. 1 spot for the fifth consecutive week.
Mill Creek (Hoschton, Georgia) jumped into the rankings at No. 19 after a 40-17 win over Parkview (Lilburn, Georgia) while Bixby High School (Bixby, Oklahoma) made its debut at No. 24 following a 63-7 win over Norman North (Norman, Oklahoma).
One new team entered the Top 10 as Duncanville High School (Duncanville, Texas) moved up two spots to No. 10 following a 59-28 win over Cedar Hill High School (Cedar Hill, Texas).
Texas leads the way with five schools represented in the Top 25, while Florida has four teams, and California and Georgia have three teams each. In all, 13 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. Grayson High School (Loganville, Georgia)
Previous ranking: 13
Last game: Lost to Lowndes 24-14
Next game: Sept. 30 at Newton (3-2)
Bottom line: Lowndes handed Grayson its first loss of the season by shutting down its running game, holding Grayson to just 30 rushing yards. Grayson quarterback Jeff Davis did his best to keep his team in the game, going 27-of-36 passing for 307 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
24. Bixby High School (Bixby, Oklahoma)
Previous ranking: NR
Last game: Defeated Norman North 63-7
Next game: Sept. 30 at Southmoore (1-3)
Bottom line: Bixby jumped into the rankings with another blowout win, scoring over 60 points for the second game in a row and over 50 points for the third week in a row via a 63-7 win over Norman North.
Six different players scored touchdowns for Bixby led by senior quarterback Connor Kirby, who rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns while also throwing for 107 yards and one touchdown.
23. Kahuku High School (Kahuku, Hawaii)
Previous ranking: 25
Last game: Defeated Kapolei 35-0
Next game: Sept. 30 vs. No. 5 St. Frances Academy (4-0)
Bottom line: Kahuku bounced back from its loss at No. 1 Mater Dei (Calif.) with a 35-0 blowout win over Kapolei in its return to Hawaii. Kahuku scored touchdowns on defense and special teams in the win thanks to a 28-yard interception return by Brock Fonoimoana and an 81-yard kickoff return by Aiden Manutai to open the second half.
Kahuku now prepares for its second top 10 opponent in three weeks as No. 5 St. Frances Academy (Maryland) travels to Hawaii to face the Red Raiders.
22. Cherry Creek High School (Greenwood Village, Colorado)
Previous ranking: 24
Last game: Defeated Regis Jesuit 42-14
Next game: Sept. 29 vs. Cherokee Trail (3-2)
Bottom line: Cherry Creek racked up almost 600 yards of total offense in a blowout win over Regis Jesuit for its third consecutive win.
Two running backs for Cherry Creek rushed for over 100 yards as junior Jordan Herron had 156 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries while senior Bubba Tann had 145 rushing yards on 17 carries and one touchdown.
Senior wide receiver Ismael Cisse had his first 100-yard receiving game of the season with 110 yards on four receptions and one touchdown.
21. St. Edward High School (Lakewood, Ohio)
Previous ranking: 23
Last game: Defeated Rock Creek Christian Academy 37-6
Next game: Oct. 1 at St. Ignatius (4-1)
Bottom line: St. Edward bounced back from its loss to Massillon Washington with a blowout win over an out-of-state opponent, taking down Rock Creek Christian Academy (Maryland) 37-6.
Seniors Andrew Haas and Wyatt Gedeon came up big on defense for St. Edward with four tackles for loss each, including two sacks each.
The win sets up another big game for St. Edward this week against St. Ignatius in an Ohio top 10 showdown.
20. Centennial High School (Corona, California)
Previous ranking: 19
Last game: Defeated Temecula Valley 58-15 (Sept. 16)
Next game: Sept. 30 at Chaparral (2-3)
Bottom line: Centennial is coming off a bye week, with its only loss of the season coming against No. 1 Mater Dei on Sept. 2. The Huskies have won back-to-back games by over 40 points since the loss.
Centennial junior running back Cornell Hatcher is in the midst of a breakout season with 690 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns through five games.
19. Mill Creek High School (Hoschton, Georgia)
Previous ranking: NR
Last game: Defeated Parkview 40-17
Next game: Sept. 30 vs. Central Gwinnett (5-0)
Bottom line: Junior running back Cameron Robinson rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries as Mill Creek improved to 5-0 and jumped into the Stadium Talk Top 25 High School Football Rankings for the first time this season.
Robinson was one of two players to run for over 100 yards for Mill Creek as senior Kevin Mitchell had 102 rushing yards and one touchdown on just seven carries.
Mill Creek's win set up a huge showdown this week against fellow unbeaten Central Gwinnett.
18. Archbishop Moeller High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Previous ranking: 22
Last game: Defeated La Salle 47-14
Next game: Sept. 30 vs. Cincinnati Elder (5-1)
Bottom line: Archbishop Moeller cruised past La Salle to set up a huge game this week against fellow Cincinnati football powerhouse Elder High.
Against La Salle, Archbishop Moeller scored on seven of its 10 possessions and jumped out to a 21-0 lead before La Salle got on the board.
Moeller quarterback Luke Dunn was 13-of-19 passing for 212 yards in limited action.
17. St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Previous ranking: 20
Last game: Defeated Gonzaga College High (Washington, D.C.) 31-21
Next game: Oct. 1 vs. Archbishop Wood (1-2)
Bottom line: St. Joseph's Prep picked up a tough road win, traveling to Washington, D.C., for a 31-21 win over Gonzaga College High.
St. Joseph's has now won three straight games since its season-opening defeat against No. 6 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida).
St. Joseph's Prep, the No. 1 team in Pennsylvania's Class 6A, led 24-6 after three quarters before holding off a late push by Gonzaga.
16. Chaminade-Madonna High School (Hollywood, Florida)
Previous ranking: 21
Last game: Defeated Gulliver Prep 28-0
Next game: Sept. 30 vs. Treasure Coast (1-4)
Bottom line: Chaminade-Madonna picked up its first shutout of the year with a 28-0 win over Gulliver Prep behind a big game from quarterback Cedrick Bailey, who was 17-of-23 passing for 205 yards and three touchdowns.
Chaminade-Madonna's defense was stellar, racking up 10 tackles for loss in the win, including three sacks and forcing two turnovers.
15. Katy High School (Katy, Texas)
Previous ranking: 18
Last game: Defeated Mayde Creek 59-3
Next game: Sept. 29 at Jordan (3-1)
Bottom line: Katy stayed unbeaten and improved to 3-0 in district play with a blowout win over Mayde Creek in which senior Dallas Glass rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns and fellow senior Seth Davis rushed for 127 yards and one touchdown.
Katy racked up a staggering 458 rushing yards against Mayde Creek.
Davis, a Mississippi State commit, is on track to pass 2,000 rushing yards for the second consecutive season. After rushing for 2,422 yards in 2021, Davis already has 860 rushing yards through five games and should pass the 1,000-yard mark in this week's game against Jordan.
14. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)
Previous ranking: 15
Last game: Defeated Phenix City Central (Alabama) 41-26
Next game: Sept. 30 vs. Orlando Jones (2-2)
Bottom line: IMG Academy went on the road and rallied for a big win over Phenix City Central (Ala.), last year's Class 7A state runner-up in Alabama.
Central went up 12-0 in the first quarter and 19-6 in the second quarter. IMG Academy wide receiver and Ohio State commit Carnell Tate had two receiving touchdowns and a 47-yard punt return to set up another score in the win.
IMG's biggest hurdle to overcome against Central may have been itself. The Ascenders racked up an astounding 210 penalty yards on 20 penalties in the win.
13. Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Previous ranking: 16
Last game: Defeated Arbor View 63-0
Next game: Sept. 30 at Canyon Springs (2-3)
Bottom line: Bishop Gorman's defense picked up its second shutout in three games with a blowout win over previously unbeaten Arbor View.
Junior quarterback Micah Alejado was particularly effective for Gaels, throwing for 214 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 110 yards and one touchdown on just five carries.
Bishop Gorman junior tight end Elija Lofton continued to make his case as one of the nation's best tight ends with three receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns. It was Lofton's third 100-yard receiving game of the season.
12. Lipscomb Academy (Nashville, Tennessee)
Previous ranking: 14
Last game: Defeated Franklin Road Academy 41-12 (Sept. 16)
Next game: Sept. 30 vs. Davidson Academy (2-3)
Bottom line: Lipscomb Academy puts its 5-0 record on the line against Davidson Academy this week following a bye week.
Since taking over as Lipscomb's head coach before the 2019 season, former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Trent Dilfer is 36-10, including an 18-2 record over its last 20 games.
11. Guyer High School (Denton, Texas)
Previous ranking: 12
Last game: Defeated Little Elm 49-21
Next game: Sept. 30 vs. Boyd (0-5)
Bottom line: Guyer remained unbeaten with a convincing win over Little Elm in district play, salting the game away in the first half with a 42-7 halftime lead.
Guyer senior quarterback and Oklahoma commit Jackson Arnold was sharp in limited action, going 7-of-12 passing for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
Arnold added 29 yards rushing on two carries, both of which went for touchdowns.
10. Duncanville High School (Duncanville, Texas)
Previous ranking: 11
Last game: Defeated Cedar Hill 59-28
Next game: Oct. 7 vs. Waxahachie (4-1)
Bottom line: Duncanville improved to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in district play with a 59-28 win over winless Cedar Hill.
Senior wide receiver Lontrell Turner had nine receptions for 101 yards and one touchdown for Duncanville while four-star running back Caden Durham added 99 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
9. Buford High School (Buford, Georgia)
Previous ranking: 8
Last game: Defeated Marietta 14-0
Next game: Sept. 30 vs. Collins Hill (2-3)
Bottom line: Buford's first shutout of the season came at an opportune time. The Wolves survived a scare from Marietta with a 14-0 win in their final test before region play starts this week with a showdown against defending Class AAAAAAA state champion Collins Hill.
Buford entered averaging almost 40 points per game and scored both of its touchdowns in the first half on a 57-yard touchdown run by Justice Haynes and a 7-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Wittke to K.J. Bolden.
8. Chandler High School (Chandler, Arizona)
Previous ranking: 10
Last game: Defeated Saguaro 31-21
Next game: Sept. 30 vs. Red Mountain (3-1)
Bottom line: Chandler avenged its upset loss to Saguaro in last year's Open Division state championship game with a 31-21 win behind another big game from junior running back Ca'lil Valentine.
Valentine, who holds offers from Arizona and Arizona State, racked up 243 yards of total offense and two touchdowns against Saguaro with 168 rushing yards and 75 receiving yards, running for one score and catching a pass for another score.
Valentine has rushed for over 100 yards in each of Chandler's four games this season, and it was his third consecutive game with over 150 rushing yards.
7. Miami Central High School (Miami, Florida)
Previous ranking: 9
Last game: Defeated Dillard 43-7
Next game: Sept. 30 at North Miami Beach (2-2)
Bottom line: Miami Central battled adverse weather for the second consecutive week and once again came out with a win, improving to 4-0 with a 43-7 win over Dillard.
Star defensive end Rueben Bain returned to Miami Central's lineup against Dillard after sitting out the previous game due to injury precautions, and notched a sack in the first half.
Dillard and Miami Central were tied at 7-7 with 1:22 left in the first quarter, and Miami Central led just 14-7 at halftime before scoring 29 unanswered points in the second half.
6. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Previous ranking: 5
Last game: Defeated Treasure Coast 21-7
Next game: Sept. 30 vs. Miramar (3-1)
Bottom line: St. Thomas Aquinas stayed unbeaten after it survived a scare from Treasure Coast. Tied 0-0 at halftime, the Raiders scored all 21 of its points in the second half.
Sophomore quarterback Andrew Indorf was the key for St. Thomas Aquinas, throwing for two touchdowns to Chance Robinson and running for another score in the second half.
5. St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Maryland)
Previous ranking: 6
Last game: Defeated Dutch Fork (South Carolina) 26-7
Next game: Sept. 30 at No. 23 Kahuku (5-1)
Bottom line: St. Frances Academy picked up another impressive win, this time going on the road and handing South Carolina powerhouse Dutch Fork its first loss of the year in convincing fashion.
Dutch Fork was held to just 121 yards of total offense in the loss, including 18 rushing yards on 36 carries.
St. Frances gets another big test this week when it travels to face reigning Hawaii Open Division state champion No. 23 Kahuku. It will be the fifth consecutive road game in the fifth different state for St. Frances to start the season.
4. North Shore High School (Houston, Texas)
Previous ranking: 4
Last game: Defeated Beaumont United 62-0
Next game: Sept. 29 vs. Houston King (3-1)
Bottom line: North Shore kept its foot on the pedal in district play with a 62-0 shutout win over Beaumont United, going up 26-0 after the first quarter and 41-0 at halftime.
Sophomore quarterback Kaleb Bailey was sharp once again with a pair of touchdown passes in the first half of the win. Bailey, 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, was the offensive MVP of the 2021 Class 6A Division I state championship game as a freshman and already has offers from Auburn, TCU and Purdue, among others.
3. Westlake High School (Austin, Texas)
Previous ranking: 3
Last game: Defeated Lake Travis 35-0
Next game: Sept. 30 at Del Valle (1-4)
Bottom line: Westlake held off Lake Travis 35-20 in its first real test of the season. Westlake had won its previous three games by an average of 37 points.
Westlake's defense was key against Lake Travis, forcing three turnovers on fumbles with senior defensive end and Oklahoma commit Colton Vasek coming up big with two sacks in the win.
Junior running back Jack Kayser also had a big game for Westlake with 243 yards of total offense, including 205 rushing yards and two touchdowns,
2. St. John Bosco High School (Bellflower, California)
Previous ranking: 2
Last game: Defeated Modesto Central Catholic 65-0
Next game: Sept. 30 at Servite (1-4)
Bottom line: St. John Bosco made short work of Modesto Central Catholic, picking up its second shutout of the year with a 65-0 win.
St. John Bosco senior quarterback and Louisville commit Pierce Clarkson was sharp in limited action, going 6-of-10 passing for 149 yards and three touchdowns.
Senior wide receiver DeAndre Moore, another Louisville commit, had three receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns.
1. Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, California)
Previous ranking: 1
Last game: Defeated Mililani (Hawaii) 42-14 (Sept. 16)
Next game: Sept. 30 at JSerra Catholic (3-2)
Bottom line: Mater Dei comes off a bye week to face JSerra Catholic and is trying — like every other high school football fan in the country — not to look to next week's possible 1-2 showdown against visiting St. John Bosco on Oct. 7.
In a somewhat controversial decision, Mater Dei declined an invitation to play the game against St. John Bosco at 70,000-seat SoFi Stadium, the home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. The game will be played at Mater Dei's home stadium, the 9,000-seat Santa Ana Stadium.
Mater Dei won last year's matchup against St. John Bosco 42-21.
Stadium Talk Top 25 High School Football Rankings: Week 6
- 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. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.), Previous Ranking: 6
- St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Previous Ranking: 5
- Miami Central (Miami, Fla.), Previous Ranking: 9
- Chandler (Chandler, Ariz.), Previous Ranking: 10
- Buford (Buford, Ga.), Previous Ranking: 8
- Duncanville (Duncanville, Texas), Previous Ranking: 11
- Guyer (Denton, Texas), Previous Ranking: 12
- Lipscomb Academy (Nashville, Tenn.), Previous Ranking: 14
- Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.), Previous Ranking: 16
- IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), Previous Ranking: 15
- Katy (Katy, Texas), Previous Ranking: 18
- Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.), Previous Ranking: NR
- St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.), Previous Ranking: 20
- Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio), Previous Ranking: 22
- Mill Creek (Hoschton, Georgia), Previous Ranking: NR
- Centennial (Corona, Calif.), Previous Ranking: 19
- St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio), Previous Ranking: 23
- Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Colo.), Previous Ranking: 24
- Kahuku (Kahuku, Hawaii), Previous Ranking: 25
- Bixby (Bixby, Oklahoma), Previous Ranking: NR
- Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Previous Ranking: 13