Rant Sports Official National High School Football Final Rankings
Final Top 25 Rankings For High School Football
Boy did that go fast or what?
It seems like just yesterday that I was giving a preseason top 25 rankings, and now here I am doing the last one.
As I say after ever football season: It's been a good year.
And this year was no different. There were some truly remarkable games throughout the country during this season, one which provided many highlights The year started out with a bang, at least in my eyes, with the Good Counsel versus Bishop Gorman slobberknocker (which BG won 27-22). Two nationally recognized programs squaring off on national television. What a way to get the ball rolling.
And things didn't die down after that.
Throughout the regular season there were constantly excellent match ups in large markets as well as small.
And the state championship tournaments didn't disappoint either.
If anyone watched or at least followed the Texas 5A Division I and II playoffs this year, you now have a richer football soul than those who didn't, because that was as good of high school football that's been played in a long time. Those were the kinds of games that make you realize how important high school football is to an awful lot of people.
Granted, the Texas teams beat themselves up too much to be ranked as the number one team overall, which could disappoint some people. But don't worry, they're very well represented on the overall top 25 list.
The team that finished number one isn't a total surprise. They're a team that's consistently a top 15 high school team, and this year they just took it to another level with their dominance on the field. I don't think anybody can dispute that.
So enough talk, here's the list...
#25- Whitmer High School- Toledo (OH)
The Panthers were undefeated until they faced off with Bishop Moeller in the OHSAA Division 1 State Finals, which they lost 20-12. Somewhat of a surprise team this year.
#24- Skyline High School- Sammamish (WA)
The Spartans are a national powerhouse, and this year was no different. Max Browne starred at quarterback all year as the Spartans went 14-0, beating Bellarmine Prep in the 4A State Finals, 49-24.
#23-Archbishop Moeller High School- Cincinnati (OH)
Moeller had a monstrous schedule, which helps explain their 12-3 record. They got it done when they needed to, however, and beat #25 Whitmer in the OHSAA Division 1 Championship.
#22- Centennial High School- Compton (CA)
The Huskies finished a respectable 14-2. Unfortunately for them, they were outmatched by #2 De La Salle in the California State Finals 48-28.
#21- St. Thomas Aquinas High School- Fort Lauderdale (FL)
The Raiders went 13-2 this year. To cap off their excellent season, St. Thomas beat powerhouse Lincoln High School 41-25 in the Florida 7A state finals.
#20- Whitehaven High School- Memphis (TN)
Whitehaven capped off a perfect 15-0 season with a 36-35 victory over Maryville in the Tennessee 6A State Championship. A one point victory in the state finals? Perfect ending to a perfect season.
#19- South Panola High School- Batesville (MS)
South Panola is truly a legendary high school in terms of football history. After starting 2-2, the Tigers won 11 in a row en route to winning the 6A State Championship over Brandon, 31-23. This is their tenth state championship in the last twenty years.
#18- Our Lady Of Good Counsel High School- Olney (MD)
The Falcons went 11-1 with their only loss coming in the first week of the season against #12 Bishop Gorman. After that opening week loss, the Falcons rattled off 11 in a row, finishing the season with a 26-14 win over DeMatha for the Maryaland WCAC Championship.
#17- Trinity High School- Louisville (KY)
Trinity went 13-1 this season, which is only slightly disappointing because some had them number one overall. Trinity won 67-7 over Pleasure Ridge Park for the Kentucky 6A State Championship.
#16- Steele High School- Cibolo (TX)
Steele went 14-1. Their lone loss came in a thrilling 45-33 loss to Katy in the semifinals of the Texas State 5A Division 2 tournament. This kind of matchup in the semi's? Texas football is awesome.
#15- Goose Creek High School- Goose Creek (SC)
Goose Creek capped a perfect 13-0 season with a 35-25 win over Bluffton for the 4A South Carolina Championship. Tons of talent as usual on this team.
#14- Booker T. Washington High School- Miami (FL)
Washington finished their impressive season at 13-1. They beat Bolles High School in the Florida 4A State Finals 35-7. There's some kids on this team that will be playing on Sundays (here's looking at you, Matthew Thomas).
#13- The Ensworth School- Nashville (TN)
Ensworth won the Tennessee Division II-AA State Championship by beating Memphis University School 31-14. Don't you just love when high schools won't put 'High School' in their name? Like 'The Ensworth School' and not 'Ensworth High School'? Is it too juvenile for them? I don't know. I always find that humorous- sorry for the rant.
#12- Bishop Gorman High School- Las Vegas (NV)
Bishop Gorman has better facilities than 70% of all college football programs, so a #12 ranking is almost a disappointment. BG finished 13-1 and won the Nevada Division 1 State Finals against Liberty, 63-10.
#11- DeSoto High School- DeSoto (TX)
The Eagles went 14-1, with their only loss coming in the semifinals of the Texas 5A Division 1 State tourney . Who'd they lose to? Why, it's the next team on our list...
#10- Allen High School- Allen (TX)
Allen capped off a 14-1 season with a 35-21 win over Lamar for the 5A Division 1 State Championship. Most think the championship was won in the semifinals against DeSoto. Once again, Texas football is awesome.
#9- Bellevue High School- Bellevue (WA)
Bellevue finished a perfect 14-0 season with a 35-3 win over Eastside Catholic in the Washington 3A State Finals.
#8- University High School- Fort Lauderdale (FL)
University High School, which has the most incredibly original and unique school name in the country, finished 13-0. A 24-17 win over Madison County gave UHS the Florida 3A State Championship.
#7- Hoover High School- Hoover (AL)
Hoover is one of the most recognizable football programs of all time, and this year they didn't disappoint. The Bucs finished 16-0 and beat Opelika 31-0 in the Alabama 6A State Championship.
#6- Butler High School- Matthews (NC)
Butler went 15-0 this year and capped it off with a state title. Butler beat Jack Britt High School 56-28 for the North Carolina 4A State Championship.
#5- North Allegheny High School- Wexford (PA)
N.A. had an excruciatingly tough schedule, and came out unscathed, 16-0. A 63-28 win over Coatesville gave N.A. the 4A state championship in Pennsylvania.
#4- Norcross High School- Norcross (GA)
Norcross capped a perfect 15-0 season with a 21-14 win over Lovejoy for the Georgia 5A State Championship.
#3- Katy High School- Katy (TX)
Katy finished their brutal season 16-0 with a 35-24 win over Cedar Hill for 5A Division II State Championship. This marks Katy's 7th state title.
#2- De La Salle High School- Concord (CA)
De La Salle is sort of like the Notre Dame of high school football. Legendary is one of the few words to accurately describe their program. De La Salle finished their season 15-0 and beat #22 Centennial 48-28 for the California State Championship.
#1- John Curtis Christian High School- River Ridge (LA)
John Curtis capped a 14-0 season with a 35-13 win over Evangel Christian for the Louisiana 2A State Championship. How dominant were they? In the postseason alone, they scored on 36 of 41 first half possessions. On the season, they outscored their opponents 677-60.