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Blue Star Media Elite 25 Football Rankings, Dec. 12, 2023

1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (13-1)*

Previous rank: 1.

Recap: Won the CIF Open Bowl game for the fourth time since 2017, defeating then-No. 23 Serra (San Mateo), 35-0, in the final. Stanford-bound QB Elijah Brown closed out his illustrious four-year career with a sparkling 42-2 record and hit on 17 of 22 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers. Brown finished his career with 9,277 passing yards and 115 TDs. Season complete.

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: The Ascenders do not compete for a state title. 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. (14-0)*

Previous: 5.

Recap: Won a third consecutive state championship, shutting out Clearwater Central Catholic, 56-0, in the Class 1M final. It took the Lions only 30 seconds to find the end zone and the rout was on. North Carolina State-bound QB Cedrick Bailey passed for four TDs and caught and WR Jermiah Trader, who headed to Ohio State, hauled in a pair of scores. Season complete.

6. DeSoto, Texas (14-0)

Previous: 6.

Recap: Defeated Southlake Carroll, 45-38, in Class 6A, Division II semifinals. RB Deondrae Riden Jr. ran for 254 yards and two TDs on 34 carries and QB Darius Bailey threw for 189 yards and two more scores.

Next: Saturday vs. Summer Creek (Humble) in Class 6A, Division II final to be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

7. North Shore, Galena Park, Texas (15-0)

Previous: 7.

Recap: Defeated then-No. 10 Westlake (Austin), 23-14, in Class 6A, Division I semifinals.

Next: Saturday vs. No. 10 Duncanville in Class 6A, Division I final to be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

8. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (14-1)*

Previous: 8.

Recap: Won the Class 3M state championship, defeating Homestead, 31-28, in the final. It was the fifth straight state crown for the Raiders who closed the season on a 13-game winning streak. Season complete.

9. St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia (13-1)*

Previous: 9.

Recap: Won the Class AAAAAA state championship, defeating North Allegheny (Wexford), 45-23, in the final. Cincinnati-bound quarterback Samaj Jones contributed to five TDs and the Hawks won their eighth state title in 10 appearances, all since 2013. Season complete.

10. Duncanville, Texas (13-1)

Previous: 11.

Recap: Defeated North Crowley (Fort Worth), 52-10, in Class 6A, Division I semifinals. RB Caden Durham was a one-man wrecking ball, running for 226 yards and scored five TDs.

Next: Saturday vs. No. 7 North Shore (Galena Park) in Class 6A, Division I final to be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

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

Previous: 12.

Recap: Idle. The Raiders have a rare midweek title game on Georgia’s biggest stage.

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

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

Previous: 13.

Recap: Won the second straight Class 6A-I state championship and ninth in 10 years. Season complete.

13. Westlake, Austin, Texas (14-1)

Previous: 10.

Recap: Lost to No. 7 North Shore (Galena Park), 23-14, in Class 6A, Division I semifinals. The Chaps run at a state title fell two games short but it was a great campaign. Season complete.

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

Previous: 14.

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

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

Previous: 16.

Recap: Won OHSAA Division II state championship. Season complete.

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

Previous: 17.

Recap: Won OHSSA Division I state championship for the third straight year. Season complete.

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

Previous: 18.

Recap: Won third straight Non-Public A state championship. Season complete.

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

Previous: 19.

Recap: Won Arizona Open Division state championship. Season complete.

19. Aledo, Texas (15-0)

Previous: 20.

Recap: Defeated Forney, 45-7, in Class 5A, Division I semifinals. Hawk  Patrick-Daniel rushed for 203 yards and two TDs on 29 attempts and Davhon Keys ran for four more scores.

Next: Friday vs. Smithson Valley (Spring Branch) in Class 5A, Division I final to be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

20. Central, Phenix City, Ala. (13-0)*

Previous: Not ranked.

Recap: Won Class 7A state championship, beating Thompson (Alabaster), 21-19, in the final. Auburn-bound WR Cam Coleman had four receptions for 143 yards, including a clutch 73-yard reception early in the fourth quarter when the Red Devils were up 14-13, and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. It was the program’s third state title and first since 2018, and halted Thompson’s four-year reign atop Alabama’s largest classification. Season complete.

21. Buford, Ga. (11-2)

Previous: 21.

Recap: Advanced to Class AAAAAAA quarterfinals. Season complete.

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

Previous: 22.

Recap: Advanced to Class AAAAAAA quarterfinals. Season complete.

23. Corona (Calif.) Centennial (9-3)

Previous: 25.

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

24. Berkeley Prep, Tampa, Fla. (13-2)*

Previous: Not ranked.

Recap: Won Class 2M state championship, beating then-No. 15 Norland (Miami), 28-20, in the final. RB Dallas Golden carried 24 times for 162 yards and a TD and QB Cooper Hayes completed four passes for 67 yards and two scores of 7 and 26 yards. Hayes also ran for a scored from 1 yard in the fourth quarter to give the Buccaneers a 28-13 lead. They closed the season beating Elite 25 teams on back-to-back weekends. Season complete.

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

Previous: 24.

Recap: Advanced to Class 2M semifinals. Season complete.

Dropped: No. 15 Norland (Miami) and No. 23 Serra (San Mateo, Calif.).

High-Fives by Region


  1. Imhotep Institute Prep, Philadelphia (15-0)*
  2. Good Counsel, Olney, Md. (10-1)*
  3. Freedom, Woodbridge, Va. (14-0)*
  4. Christian Brothers Academy, Syracuse, N.Y. (14-0)*
  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. (14-0)*
  2. Milton, Alpharetta, Ga. (12-2)
  3. Ruston, La. (14-0)*
  4. Mill Creek, Hoschton, Ga. (12-1)
  5. Norland, Miami (14-1)

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

Far West

  1. Mission Viejo, Calif. (13-3)*
  2. Central Catholic, Portland, Ore. (13-0)*
  3. Kahuku, Hawaii (11-2)^*
  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 Saturday’s games.

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