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Blue Star Media Elite 25 Football Rankings, Dec. 5, 2023

1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (12-1)

Previous rank: 1.

Recap: Idle.

Next: Saturday vs. No. 23 Serra (San Mateo) in CIF Open Bowl game to be played at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo.

2. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas (12-0)^*

Previous: 2.

Recap: Won Class 5A, Division 1 state championship. Season complete.

3. IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla. (9-0)

Previous: 3.

Recap: Season complete.

4. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (11-2)

Previous: 4.

Recap: Advanced to CIF-Southern Section Division 1 final. Won Trinity League title. Season complete.

5. Chaminade-Madonna College Prep, Hollywood, Fla. (13-0)

Previous: 5.

Recap: Defeated Archbishop Carroll (Miami), 47-7, in Class 1M semifinals.

Next: Thursday vs. Clearwater Central Catholic in Class 1M final to be played at Ken Riley Field at Bragg Memorial Stadium in Tallahassee.

6. DeSoto, Texas (13-0)

Previous: 6.

Recap: Defeated Cedar Hill, 59-16, in Class 6A, Division II, Region 2 final. QB Darius Bailey hit on 17 of 20 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns. Deondrae Riden Jr., Jaden Trawick and Marvin Duffey all rushed for scores.

Next: Saturday vs. Southlake Carroll in Class 6A, Division II semifinals.

7. North Shore, Galena Park, Texas (14-0)

Previous: 7.

Recap: Defeated Humble Atascocita, 34-28, in Class 6A, Division I Region 3 final.

Next: Saturday vs. No. 10 Westlake (Austin) in Class 6A, Division I semifinals in Pflugerville.

8. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (13-1)

Previous: 8.

Recap: Defeated Gaither (Tampa), 50-14, in Class 3M semifinals.

Next: Saturday vs. Homestead in Class 3M final to be played at Ken Riley Field at Bragg Memorial Stadium in Tallahassee.

9. St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia (12-1)

Previous: 9.

Recap: Defeated Central Bucks South (Warrington), 49-0, in Class AAAAAA semifinals

Next: Saturday vs. North Allegheny (Wexford) in Class AAAAAA final to be played at Chapman Field in Mechanicsburg.

10. Westlake, Austin, Texas (14-0)

Previous: 10.

Recap: Defeated Lake Travis (Austin), 21-14, in Class 6A, Division I, Region 4 final.

Next: Saturday vs. No. 7 North Shore (Galena Park) in Class 6A, Division I semifinals in Pflugerville.

11. Duncanville, Texas (12-1)

Previous: 11.

Recap: Defeated Spring Westfield, 70-28, in Class 6A, Division I, Region II final. Caden Durham ran for three TDs as the Panthers racked up 56 points by halftime. This weekend they meet an undefeated opponent.

Next: Friday vs. North Crowley (Fort Worth) in Class 6A, Division I semifinals at Mesquite’s Memorial Stadium.

12. Walton, Marietta, Ga. (14-0)

Previous: 12.

Recap: Defeated Camden County (Kingsland), 41-25, in Class AAAAAAA semifinals. The Raiders have weekend off before going for the hardware.

Next: Dec. 13 vs. Milton (Alpharetta) in Class AAAAAAA final to be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

13. Bixby, Okla. (13-0)*

Previous: 13.

Recap: Won the second straight Class 6A-I state championship, defeating Jenks, 49-21, in the final. It was the Spartans ninth state title over 10 years. Season complete.

14. Corner Canyon, Draper, Utah (13-1)*

Previous: 16.

Recap: Won Class 6A state championship. Season complete.

15. Norland, Miami (14-0)

Previous: 17.

Recap: Defeated Bolles School, 28-7, (Jacksonville) in Class 2M state semifinals.

Next: Saturday vs. Berkeley Prep (Tampa) in Class 2M final to be played at Ken Riley Field at Bragg Memorial Stadium in Tallahassee.

16. Massillon (Ohio) Washington (16-0)*

Previous: 18.

Recap: Won OHSAA Division II state championship, defeating Archbishop Hoban (Akron), 7-2, in the final. RB Mylen Lenix’s six-yard TD run in the second quarter won it. Season complete.

17. St. Edward, Lakewood, Ohio (15-1)*

Previous: 19.

Recap: Won Division I state championship for the third straight ear, defeating Springfield, 31-21, in the final. The Eagles have won seven state titles in program history. RB Brandon White rushed for 243 yards on 32 carries and scored three TDs and QB Casey Bullock ran for 67 yards and a score. Season complete.

18. Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J. (11-1)*

Previous: 22.

Recap: Won third straight Non-Public A state championship, defeating Delbarton School (Morristown), 24-14. Rutgers-bound RB Kaj Sanders scored two TDs, including a run from 10 yards with 52 seconds left in the third quarter to snap a 14-all tie. Junior Guy Bartolomeo kicked a 20-yard field goal with 3:12 remaining to clinch it. Season complete.

19. Liberty, Peoria, Ariz. (12-1)*

Previous: Not ranked.

Recap: Won Arizona Open Division state championship, beating Centennial (Peoria), 33-21. QB Navi Bruzon threw for two TDs and ran for another and RB Jon Wilson scored on runs of 3 and 5 yards in the second half to help ice it. Season complete.

20. Aledo, Texas (14-0)

Previous: Not ranked.

Recap: Defeated Abilene, 56-21, in the Class 5A, Division I, Region I final. The Bearcats are two wins from a record-extending 12th state championship.

Next: Friday vs. Forney in Class 5A, Division I semifinals to be played in Midlothian ISD Stadium.

21. Buford, Ga. (11-2)

Previous: 20.

Recap: Advanced to Class AAAAAAA quarterfinals. Season complete.

22. Colquitt County, Norman Park, Ga. (12-1)

Previous: 21.

Recap: Advanced to Class AAAAAAA quarterfinals. Season complete.

23. Serra, San Mateo, Calif. (12-0)

Previous: 23.

Recap: Idle.

Next: Saturday vs. No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) in CIF Open Division Bowl game to be played at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo.

24. American Heritage, Plantation, Fla. (10-2)

Previous: 15.

Recap: Lost to Berkeley Prep (Tampa), 17-14, Class 2M semifinals. Season complete.

25. Corona (Calif.) Centennial (9-3)

Previous: 25.

Recap: Advanced to CIF-Southern Section Division 1 semifinals. Season complete.

Dropped: No. 14 Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Colo.) and No. 24 Sierra Canyon School (Chatsworth, Calif.).

High-Fives by Region


  1. Imhotep Institute Prep, Philadelphia (14-0)
  2. Good Counsel, Olney, Md. (10-1)*
  3. Freedom, Woodbridge, Va. (13-0)
  4. North Allegheny, Wexford, Pa. (13-1)
  5. Cardinal Hayes, Bronx, N.Y. (12-2)**

Geography: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.


  1. Loyola Academy, Wilmette, Ill. (14-0)*
  2. Mount Carmel, Chicago (13-1)*
  3. Southfield (Mich.) A&T (13-1)*
  4. Southeast Polk, Pleasant Hill, Iowa (13-0)*
  5. Ben Davis, Indianapolis (13-1)*

Geography: Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin.


  1. Clay-Chalkville, Pinson, Ala. (13-0)
  2. Milton, Alpharetta, Ga. (12-2)
  3. Ruston, La. (13-0)
  4. Mill Creek, Hoschton, Ga. (12-1)
  5. Central, Miami (8-4)

Geography: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

Far West

  1. Central Catholic, Portland, Ore. (13-0)*
  2. Kahuku, Hawaii (11-2)^*
  3. Mission Viejo, Calif. (12-3)
  4. Sierra Canyon School, Chatsworth, Calif. (11-1)
  5. Columbine, Littleton, Colo. (14-0)*

Geography: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

* Denotes a state or conference postseason champion [Note: a second asterisk indicates a team has multiple postseason titles.]

^ Includes forfeit victories

Records are through Sunday’s games.

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