We released our last regular season, SBLive Power 25 of 2022 three weeks ago – our weekly look at the top 25 high school football teams in the country. Once the soccer playoffs are complete in all states, we will release our final season-ending Power 25 rankings on Monday, December 19th.
This week, No. 1 Mater Dei will take on No. 4 St. John Bosco in the Division 1 Southern Section Rose Bowl championship game in California. Elsewhere, other states will host semifinals and championship games, which will help determine which Power 25 teams marginally make the cut for our final December rankings.
Here’s a closer look at some of the country’s elite and who they’ll be taking in, with a focus on how the result could impact our year-end Power 25 rankings.
No. 1 Mater Dei-Santa Ana, Calif. (12-0) vs. No. 4 St. John Bosco-Bellflower, Calif. (11-1) – Division 1 CIF Southern Section Championship from Rose Bowl Stadium
The winner will be the country’s No. 1 team in December.
Cardinal Newman-West Palm Beach, Fla. (11-0) at No. 2 Chaminade-Madonna-Hollywood, Fla. (10-0) – 1M Regional Final
Both teams are unbeaten but expect Chaminade-Madonna to show why they are in the top five teams in the country.
Cardinal Gibbons-Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (11-1) at No. 6 American Heritage-Plantation, Fla. (11-1) – 2M Regional Final
When these teams met in the regular season, American Heritage won 21-2. Cardinal Gibbons is a very good team and will test the Patriots again.
Blanche Ely-Pompano Beach, Fla. (10-0) at No. 12 St. Thomas Aquinas-Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (11-0) – 3M Regional Final
Much like Chaminade-Madonna, St. Thomas Aquinas plays against an undefeated team, but they are still expected to win big.
Walton-Marietta, Georgia (10-2) vs. Carrollton-Ga. (12-0) – 7A Playoffs Quarterfinals, neutral venue
Even with two losses, Walton is able to work its way into the Power 25 thanks to the win over Buford, our No. 9 regular-season-ending team last week. A few more wins and Walton should be considered for our year-end rankings. A win for Carrollton will keep the Trojans firmly on our radar.
Archbishop Moeller-Cincinnati (13-1) vs. Springfield-Ohio (12-1) – Division 1 Semifinals from Piqua Alexander Stadium
Whoever wins must win next week’s state title game to justify Power 25 consideration.
St. Edward-Lakewood, Ohio (13-1) vs. Lincoln-Gahanna, Ohio (13-1) – Division 1 Semifinals from Mansfield Arlin Field
Expect St. Edward to win, then play a “Win and you’re in the Power 25” State Championship Game next week.
Archbishop Hoban-Akron, Ohio (13-1) vs. Washington-Massillon, Ohio (12-1) – Division 2 Semifinals from Akron InfoCision Stadium
Washington is the only team to have beaten St. Edward this season. If Washington wins two more games to capture a D2 state title in Ohio, it would be difficult to argue against including the Tigers in the Power 25.
Edna Karr-New Orleans (7-3) at Baton Rouge Catholic (10-1) – Division 1 pick playoffs
Edna Karr did not lose on the field (they lost three games because they played an ineligible player). A state championship for the Cougars would warrant serious Power 25 consideration.
Center Grove-Greenwood, Indiana (11-2) vs. Carroll-Fort Wayne, Indiana (13-0) – 6A State Championship from Lucas Oil Stadium
This game will determine Indiana’s best team. The winner might make it to the final Power 25, but it’s unlikely.
Kahuku-Hawaii (11-2) vs. Punahou-Honolulu, Hawaii (9-1) – Mililani High School Division I OPEN Championship
Kahuku lacks a signature national win, but the Red Raiders have gone head-to-head with some of the best teams in the country. When Kahuku hits Punahou, they stay firmly on our Power 25 radar.
Roswell Ga. (11-1) at Thomas County Central-Thomasville, Georgia (12-0) – 6A Quarterfinals
A win keeps Thomas County Central on our year-end Power 25 radar, but from a Power 25 perspective, it’s state or bust for the Yellow Jackets.
Harlingen-Texas (12-0) at Dripping Springs-Texas (11-1) – 6A Division 2 Playoffs
It’s relatively early in the Texas High School football playoffs. The winning team will keep their Power 25 hopes alive.
Byron Nelson-Trophy Club, Texas (11-1) vs. #11 Guyer-Denton, Texas (12-0) – 6A Division 2 Playoff Game by The Star
Guyer has had a fantastic season and it doesn’t look like Jackson Arnold’s team is slowing down anytime soon.
Chicago-Mount Carmel-Ill. (13-0) against Batavia-Ill. (10-3) – 7A Championship, neutral site
East St. Louis is probably Illinois’ best team, but a state title win and an unbeaten season for Chicago-Mount Carmel would certainly warrant a Power 25 consideration.
Prosper-Texas (11-1) vs. North Crowley-Fort Worth, Texas (12-0) – 6A Division 1 Playoff Game from Choctaw Stadium
It’s relatively early in the Texas High School football playoffs. The winning team will keep their Power 25 hopes alive, much like the matchup between Harlingen and Dripping Springs in Lone Star State.
Loyola-Wilmette, Illinois (12-1) vs. Lincoln-Way East-Frankfort, Illinois (13-0) – 8A Championship from Champaign (Memorial Stadium)
An undefeated state championship season by Lincoln-Way East would result in a Power 25 consideration. However, East St. Louis is arguably the best team in Illinois high school football. Lincoln-Way East is in a nearly identical situation to Chicago-Mount Carmel from Power 25’s point of view.
Belleville-Mich. (13-0) vs. Caldedonia-Mich. (12-1) – Ford Field Division 1 Championship
Belleville can keep its Power 25 hopes alive if the Tigers win a championship to end the year undefeated.