Considering that St. John Bosco, Mater Dei, Chaminade-Madonna and Miami Central have been fixtures at the top of our SBLive/Sports Illustrated Top 25 all season, we decided to make a mock High School Football Playoff.
The semifinals feature the two California teams and the two Florida teams playing each other, and the winner advances to the mock championship.
St. John Bosco still has a championship game remaining this weekend against Serra-San Mateo, but that result won't affect the Braves' eligibility for our mock national championship.
TCU has shown us you can lose one championship game and still be eligible for another.
Vote in the poll below to decide whether No. 1 seed St. John Bosco or No. 4 seed Mater Dei advances to our mock High School Football National Championship Game. Capsules on each team are below the poll.
The voting will end Monday, Dec. 12, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.
St. John Bosco (1)
St. John Bosco (12-1) has won four Division 1/PAC-5 titles, all under head coach Jason Negro, and the Braves will play Serra San Mateo on Saturday in the Open Division state title game. After suffering a concussion in St. John Bosco's loss to Mater Dei earlier this season, quarterback Pierce Clarkson also suffered an injury scare in Game 2 but bounced back to lead his team to victory. Braves senior receiver DeAndre Moore is arguably St. John Bosco's best offensive weapon, but defense is their No. 1 strength, led by edge rusher Matayo Uiagalelei, who's also a big target for Clarkson on offense.
Mater Dei (4)
Mater Dei (12-1) has won 12 CIF championships, with coach Bruce Rollinson winning eight Division 1 crowns. Junior quarterback Elijah Brown steers the offense and has a 29-1 record in his high school career, with the only loss coming last month to St. John Bosco. Sophomore running back Jordon Davison is a fleet and strong 6-foot-2, 210-pound running back who's lived up to his five-star rating. Other than the two great games this season against St. John Bosco, Mater Dei's other classic was a three-point win over Bishop Gorman (Nevada), the best team in the country this season that's not in California or Florida.