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SBLive’s Southern Section Top 25 Football Rankings: St. John Bosco preseason No. 1 with Mater Dei close behind

St. John Bosco got the edge over Mater Dei for our No. 1 spot due to having better depth, but both teams are stacked.
Pierce-Clarkson

The fall 2021 high school football season kicks off this week in the CIF Southern Section with several big games, including St. John Bosco vs. Florida powerhouse Miami Central. Ahead of the first games, here are SBLive’s preseason Southern Section football rankings. The rankings span all CIFSS divisions and are compiled by reporter Connor Morrissette. They will be released every Monday throughout the fall 2021 season.

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SBLIVE’S SOUTHERN SECTION TOP 25 FOOTBALL RANKINGS

August 16, 2021

1. St. John Bosco (0-0)

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St. John Bosco returns 10 starters on defense and eight on offense. The Braves not only have incredible talent, they also have great depth, which is why they start the year at No. 1. The Braves' top ranked recruit on offense is four star lineman Earnest Greene. On defense, it's 2023 defensive end Matayo Uiagalelei, who also plays tight end.

"We want to win our league, our Section championship and a state championship to be in that conversation for a mythical national championship," Braves' head coach Jason Negro told SBLive. "That's what we're expecting and want to be a part of."

2. Mater Dei (0-0)