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Terry Jack

Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) returned to action on Friday and cruised to a 49-7 win over Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) at the Polynesian Football Classic, cementing its status as the No. 1 team in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school football rankings. The Monarchs are one of three teams from Southern California's Trinity League in this week's rankings.

Sophomore quarterback Elijah Brown completed 15 of 16 passes for 213 yards and accounted for three touchdowns while Oklahoma-bound running back Raleek Brown rushed for nearly 100 yards and four scores in Mater Dei's win.

Mater Dei's rival, No. 3 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), improved to 4-0 with another impressive win Friday, beating Illinois power East St. Louis 42-26. Checking in at No. 9, Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) is the third Trinity League squad in the top 10. Servite haven't trailed at any point this season and has outscored opponents, 398-86, so far.

Three new teams joined this week's MaxPreps Top 25 to replace De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), North Shore (Houston) and St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia), all of which dropped out.

Saint Francis (Mountain View) scored a touchdown with 16 seconds remaining to knock off De La Salle 31-28, becoming the first Northern California team to beat the Spartans since 1991 –- a span of 318 games.

Catholic (Baton Rouge, La.) joins the rankings at No. 20 after adding another quality win, beating the back-to-back Class 5A state champs Acadiana (Lafayette) 20-0. The Bears opened the 2021 season with a dominant 38-10 win over Good Counsel (Olney, Md.).

North Cobb (Kennesaw) is the third team from Georgia to join the rankings. The Warriors have won two straight after a season-opening 35-27 loss to Buford. North Cobb's 40-21 win over Milton looks even more impressive after the Eagles snapped St. Joseph's Prep's (Philadelphia) 18-game win streak Saturday.

Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.) checks in at No. 25 after outscoring its first two opponents, 126-33. The Silver Foxes have won five consecutive Class 5A state titles in South Carolina and haven't lost a game in their last 52 outings.

Here's a look at the entire rankings for this week:

MaxPreps Top 25 High School Football Rankings

1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 1
Last week: Beat Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) 49-7
Next week: Idle

2. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 2
Last week: Beat Northwestern (Miami) 52-21
Next week: Sept. 17 vs. Jones (Orlando)

3. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 3
Last week: Beat East St. Louis (Ill.) 42-26
Next week: Sept. 17 at Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.)

4. Westlake (Austin, Texas)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 4
Last week: Beat Mansfield Summit (Arlington) 59-21
Next week: Idle

5. Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 5
Last week: Beat Spain Park (Hoover) 49-3
Next week: Sept. 17 vs. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville)

6. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 6
Last week: Idle
Next week: Sept. 18 vs. Delbarton (Morristown)

7. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 7
Last week: Beat Lone Peak (Highland, Utah) 35-7
Next week: Sept. 17 at Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)

8. Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 8
Last week: Beat Rome 34-0
Next week: Sept. 17 vs. Alpharetta

9. Servite (Anaheim, Calif.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 11
Last week: Beat Bishop Amat (La Puente) 58-7
Next week: Sept. 17 at Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth)

10. Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 10
Last week: Beat Ben Davis (Indianapolis) 45-21
Next week: Sept. 17 at North Central (Indianapolis)

11. Katy (Texas)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 13
Last week: Beat Dickinson 28-21
Next week: Sept. 17 vs. The Woodlands

12. Chandler (Ariz.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 14
Last week: Beat Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Colo.) 17-7
Next week: Sept. 17 at O'Connor (Phoenix)

13. St. Xavier (Cincinnati)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 16
Last week: Beat Penn (Mishawaka, Ind.) 41-10
Next week: Sept. 17 at Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati)

14. Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 17
Last week: Beat Prosper 31-0
Next week: Sept. 17 vs. Martin (Arlington)

15. Buford (Ga.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 19
Last week: Beat Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.) 44-17
Next week: Sept. 17 vs. Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.)

16. Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 18
Last week: Beat Lehi 52-7
Next week: Sept. 17 at American Fork

17. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 20
Last week: Beat Bloomingdale (Valrico) 32-14
Next week: Sept. 17 at Hillsborough (Tampa)

18. Centennial (Corona, Calif.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 21
Last week: Beat JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano) 49-0
Next week: Sept. 17 vs. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach)

19. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 22
Last week: Beat American Heritage (Plantation) 24-16
Next week: Sept. 17 vs. Monsignor Pace (Miami)

20. Catholic (Baton Rouge, La.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: NR
Last week: Beat Acadiana (Lafayette) 20-0
Next week: Sept. 17 at West Monroe

21. Bixby (Okla.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 23
Last week: Idle
Next week: Sept. 17 at Stillwater

22. St. Frances Academy (Baltimore)
Record: 1-1 | Last week: 24
Last week: Beat Franklin (Reisterstown) 47-6
Next week: Sept. 17 vs. Good Counsel (Olney)

23. Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 25
Last week: Beat St. Mary's Ryken (Leonardtown, Md.) 19-0
Next week: Sept. 17 at St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia)

24. North Cobb (Kennesaw, Ga.)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: NR
Last week: Beat Alpharetta 43-7
Next week: Sept. 17 at Etowah (Woodstock)

25. Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: NR
Last week: Idle
Next week: Sept. 17 at Greenwood