Hoover (Alabama) makes its 2021 debut in the SBLive Power 25 after upsetting rival Thompson 24-21 on Friday. Thompson came into the game ranked No. 5 and riding a 27-game winning streak.
Hoover is now 10-0 and will almost certainly enter the postseason as the No. 1 team in Alabama in a few weeks. Quarterback Bennett Meredith had a big game, passing for 280 yards and three touchdowns – including the game-winning TD pass to Jabari Gaines with 14 seconds left.
St. John's (Washington D.C.) dropped out of the rankings this week despite beating DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 14-7. The Cadets lack a signature national win, but could certainly return to the rankings in the future.
Get the complete breakdown of the latest SBLive Power 25 national high school football rankings below.
The SBLive Power 25 rankings are compiled by SBLive reporter Connor Morrissette based on observations and conversations with an extensive network of coaching and media sources across the country. The rankings will be released every Monday throughout the fall 2021 season.
SBLIVE POWER 25 NATIONAL FOOTBALL RANKINGS
Oct. 25, 2021
1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (7-0)
Next game: Oct. 29. vs. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
Last result: 46-37 win over No. 4 Servite (Anaheim, Calif.)
Last week’s ranking: 1
Ranking rationale: Mater Dei firmed its grip on the No. 1 ranking with a 46-37 win over Servite on Saturday night.
2. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) (7-0)
Next game: Oct. 29 @ Auburn (Ala.)
Last result: 49-8 win over East St. Louis (Ill.)
Last week’s ranking: 2
Ranking rationale: The Ascenders beat a very talented East team 49-8. Senior Penn State commit Kaytron Allen rushed for 153 yards and three scores.
Here’s IMG’s roster breakdown: 2022 Florida State QB commit AJ Duffy leads the team under center. The Ascenders have five of the top ten 2022 football recruits in Florida, per 247Sports.com. They also have four of the top ten in the Class of 2023.
3. Westlake (Austin, Texas) (8-0)
Next game: Oct. 29 vs. Austin (Texas)
Last result: 55-6 win over Akins (Austin, Texas)
Last week’s ranking: 4
Ranking rationale: Even without senior QB Cade Klubnik, who picked up an injury three weeks ago, Westlake is still dominating in Texas. The Chaparrals move up to No. 3 this week.