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California's Trinity League Ranked Toughest in America in 2021

Southern California's Trinity League ranked as the toughest high school football league in America in 2021, according to High School Football America's proprietary algorithm.

Five of the six teams were ranked in the HSFA Top 200 national rankings, powered by NFL Play Football. Mater Dei closed out the 2021 season with the school's third HSFA national championship in the last five years, while Servite (No. 6) and St. John Bosco (No. 8) also cracked the top 10.

The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference finished a close second, with three teams finish in the Top 100, led by conference champ St. John's College High School (Washington, D.C.) at No. 19. Good Counsel (Maryland) finished the season ranked No. 79, and arch-rival DeMatha (Maryland) finished at No. 84.

The United Red League in the North Jersey Super Conference was the third-toughest league in America last year, with four teams ranked in the Top 200 led by Non-Public A champ Bergen Catholic at No. 3.

The first public league in the HSFA rankings is Alabama's Region 3 in Class 7A. Three-time defending champ Thompson finished No. 14 in America last season, followed by Hoover at No. 31 and Hewitt-Trussville at No. 100.

Rounding out the top 5 is Cincinnati's Greater Catholic League South. Three of the league's four teams were nationally ranked, led by Archbishop Moeller at No. 78.

No. 1 - Trinity League (California)

  • No. 1 Mater Dei
  • No. 6 Servite
  • No. 8 St. John Bosco
  • No. 91 Orange Lutheran
  • No. 144 Santa Margarita

No. 2 - Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (Maryland & Washington D.C.)

  • No. 19 St. John's College HS (Washington, DC)
  • No. 79 Good Counsel (Maryland)
  • No. 84 DeMatha (Maryland)

No. 3 - North Jersey Super Conference, United Red League (New Jersey)

  • No. 3 Bergen Catholic
  • No. 99 Don Bosco Prep
  • No. 138 St. Peter's Prep
  • No. 141 Seton Hall Prep

No. 4 - Alabama Region 3-7A

  • No. 14 Thompson
  • No. 31 Hoover
  • No. 100 Hewitt-Trussville

No. 5 - Greater Catholic League South (Ohio)

  • No. 78 Archbishop Moeller
  • No. 142 St. Xavier
  • No. 173 La Salle

No. 6 - Texas Region 3, District 21-6A

  • No. 4 North Shore
  • No. 56 Atascocita
  • No. 160 C.E. King

No. 7 - Texas Region 2, District 11-6A

  • No. 9 Duncanville
  • No. 73 DeSoto
  • No. 171 Cedar Hill

No. 8 - Texas Region 4, District 26-6A

  • No. 2 Westlake
  • No. 53 Lake Travis

No. 9 - I-MECK 4A Conference (North Carolina)

  • No. 40 Chambers
  • No. 42 Hough

No. 10 Georgia Region 8-7A

  • No. 26 Collins Hill
  • No. 117 Mill Creek

Honorable Mention: Big VII (Southern California), Catholic High School League (Michigan), Chicago Catholic League, Blue Division (Illinois), East Bay Athletic League-Mountain (Northern California), Florida District 2-8A, Florida District 6-8A, Florida District 12-8A, Florida District 10-6A, Georgia Region 3-7A, Georgia Region 5-7A, Greater Miami Conference (Ohio), Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (Indiana), Mission League (California), North Jersey Super Conference, United White League (New Jersey), Philadelphia Catholic League, Red Division (Pennsylvania), 6A Premier League (Arizona), Quad County Conference (Pennsylvania), Serra League (Southern California), Sunset League (California) Texas Region 1, District 4-6A, Utah Region 4-6A, West Catholic Athletic Association (Northern California).

Featured Photo: Mater Dei, AP/Ashley Landis


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