Video: De La Salle wins state championship
Led by a historically great defense, Katy rises to the No. 1 spot in the final MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings presented by the Army National Guard.
With a 34-7 victory in the Class 6A-II title game over Lake Travis (Austin, Texas), Katy capped its meteoric rise up the rankings to claim the national title. A loss by No. 1 Centennial to De La Salle helped solidify Katy's place at the top. It narrowly leapfrogged Georgia AAAAAA state champion and No. 2 Colquitt County, which enjoyed a superb season.
Katy was ranked outside of the Top 5 for most of the season, but it closed with a flurry, beating Manvel, Steele and Lake Travis (who had a combined two losses prior to playing Katy) by a combined score of 107-24.
On the season, Katy outscored opponents by a staggering margin of 778-62. Its defense recorded shutouts in 10 of its 16 games, while its offense averaged nearly 49 points. By defeating Lake Travis, Katy capped off its eighth state title. It also secured the program's first Xcellent 25 national title.
MaxPreps Final Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings presented by the Army National Guard
1. (3 last week) Katy (Texas), 16-0
The Tigers dominated previously unbeaten Lake Travis 34-7 to claim a Texas Class 6A-II crown.2. (2) Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.), 15-0
Season complete. Class AAAAAA state champion.3. (8) De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), 13-1
The Spartans handed Centennial its first defeat, 28-21, to capture yet another CIF Bowl Game crown.4. (4) Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 15-0
Season complete. Division I state champion.5. (1) Centennial (Corona, Calif.), 14-1
Centennial lost to De La Salle 28-21 in the CIF Open Division final.6. (6) St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), 13-1
Season complete.7. (7) IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), 8-0
Season complete.8. (9) St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio), 14-1
Season complete. Division 1 state champion.9. (5) Lake Travis (Austin, Texas), 15-1
Lake Travis struggled offensively in a 34-7 loss to Katy.10. (NR) North Shore (Houston), 13-3
North Shore outlasted Westlake 21-14 in overtime to capture a state title in Texas' largest classification.11. (10) Westlake (Austin, Texas), 14-2
Westlake was knocked off by North Shore, 21-14.12. (11) Allen (Texas), 14-1
Season complete.13. (12) Male (Louisville, Ky.), 15-0
Season complete. Class 6A state champion.14. (13) Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.), 14-0
Season complete. Class 3A state champion.15. (14) St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 13-1
Season complete. Class 7A state champion.16. (15) DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), 11-1
Season complete. WCAC champion.17. (16) Gilman (Baltimore), 10-1
Season complete.18. (17) Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.), 14-0
Season complete. Class 8A state champion.19. (18) Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.), 14-0
Season complete. Class 6A state champion.20. (25) Mission Viejo (Calif.), 16-0
Mission Viejo dominated Bellarmine College Prep in the CIF Bowl Games, 24-0.21. (19) Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.), 13-0
Season complete. Class 3A state champion.22. (20) Roswell (Ga.), 14-1
Season complete.23. (21) Spanish Fort (Ala.), 15-0
Season complete. Class 6A state champion.24. (22) Jenks (Okla.), 11-1
Season complete. Class 6A state champion.25. (23) Central (Miami), 12-2
Season complete. Class 6A state champion.