The high school football season is winding down and the MaxPreps National Championship picture is becoming more clear. No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) controls its own destiny and is now one win away from going to wire-to-wire as the top-ranked team in the country after beating No. 4 Servite (Anaheim) 27-7 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship.
After Elijah Brown
threw an interception on his first pass of the night that resulted in the Friars only score the Monarchs scored the final 27 points. Mater Dei's defense dominated and held Servite to just over 100 total yards and Oklahoma-bound running back Raleek Brown
had a monster night rushing for 162 yards and a score. Quincy Craig
and Ajon Bryant
both added rushing scores and Brown connected with C.J. Williams
on a 27-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to ice the game.
Senior four-star linebacker David Bailey
and sophomore linebacker Tanner Williams
both had huge performances and contained one of the best offenses in the nation.
With St. Francis (Mountain View) and Rocklin losing tonight the Monarchs will most likely face De La Salle (Concord) in the CIF Open Division championship on Dec. 11 at Saddleback College (Mission Viejo).
No. 2 Westlake (Austin, Texas) is in the best position if Mater Dei loses as Todd Dodge tries to lead the Chaparrals to their third consecutive state title. They beat Pharr-San Juan-Alamo North (Pharr) 56-0 in the third round of the UIL 6A Division 2 playoffs to extend their win streak to 36. It was the Chaparrals fourth shutout of the season and they have outscored the opposition 753-100.
No. 7 Katy (Texas) is in the same playoff bracket and was the first MaxPreps Top 25 team to play this week. The defending 6A Division 2 state champs won their 21st consecutive game with a 41-24 win over King (Houston) to advance to the quarterfinals. Junior running back Seth Davis
rushed for 165 yards and a score to go with a touchdown pass. Oklahoma-bound wide receiver Nic Anderson
accounted for nearly 150 total yards and two touchdowns.
No. 3 Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.) is in the mix to finish the year at No. 1, especially if Mater Dei (Santa Ana) and Westlake (Austin) lose. They have dominated all season, winning every game by double-digits and just beat Lowndes (Valdosta) in the state quarterfinals. Five-star Travis Hunter
had two touchdown receptions and an interception in the 49-7 victory. The AAAAAAA Georgia postseason bracket is one of the toughest in the country
and up next for the Eagles is the defending AAAAAAA state champs Grayson (Loganville) in the semifinals.
In the same playoff bracket, No. 21 Milton's (Ga.) five-star edge-rusher LT Overton
had a huge night on both sides of the ball and led the Eagles to a 36-27 win over Mill Creek (Hoschton) to advance to the AAAAAAA semifinals. They face Walton (Marietta) on Dec. 3 with a spot in the state championship game on the line.
No. 10 Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) has a chance to make a huge leap in the MaxPreps Top 25 if the Dragons can win their first state title since 2011. The 6A Division 1 bracket was listed as the second-toughest postseason tournament in high school football and the Dragons get Lewisville in the third round on Saturday.
No. 6 Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) finished undefeated for the first time since 1998 capping off the 2021 season with a dominant 28-7 win over Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey) in the Non-Public Group A championship. It was the seventh time this year the Crusaders defense held their opponent to seven points or less. This was the 18th state title for Bergen Catholic and first since 2017.
No. 9 Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) won its second consecutive 6A state title at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday knocking off Westfield 27-21. Sophomore linebacker Owen Bright
made the play of the game intercepting Maximus Webster in the final two minutes to seal the victory. The Trojans became the first team to win consecutive 6A state titles and extended their win streak to 28 to close out the 2021 season.
MaxPreps Top 25 National Scoreboard
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