America’s Toughest High School Football Districts/Conferences/Leagues in 2021


Southern California’s Trinity League is America’s toughest high school football league, according to High School Football America’s proprietary algorithm. Five of the six teams have made it to our National Top 200 Rankings, powered by NFL play football.

Santa Ana’s Mater Dei closed the 2021 season with the school’s third national championship in the past five years. Behind the top-ranked monarchs were Servite at No. 6 and St. John Bosco at No. 8.

In addition to the Mater Dei Open Division Championship, No. 91 Orange Lutheran finished second in Division I-AA.

The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference finished second behind the Trinity League. The Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area conference saw three teams finish in the Top 100, led by conference champion St. John’s College High School (Washington, D.C.) at No. 19.

Good Counsel (Maryland) finished the season ranked 79th with rival DeMatha ranked 84th.

The North Jersey Super Conference’s United Red League was the third toughest league in America last year with four teams ranked in our Top 200. Non-Public A champion Bergen Catholic led the way with an overall #3.

The top public league in our rankings is Class 7A Alabama Region 3. Three-time defending champion Thompson finished No. 14 in America last season, followed by Hoover at No. 31 and Hewitt-Trussville at No. 100.

The Top 5 is completed by the Greater Catholic League South of Cincinnati. Three of the four teams in the league were in our national rankings. Archbishop Moeller paved the way for No. 78.

In the bottom half of the Top 10, Texas has three districts. Georgia and North Carolina each have a region.

Surprisingly, Florida does not have a Top 10 district. Florida led the 2021 High School Football America 100 with seventeen teams in the Top 100.

No. 1 Trinity League (Southern California)

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

Other teams – JSerra

Washington Catholic Athletic Conference #2 (Maryland and DC)

  • No. 19 St. John’s College HS (Washington, D.C.)
  • No. 79 Good Advice (Maryland)
  • No. 84 DeMatha (Maryland)

Other teams

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

  • No. 3 Bergen Catholic
  • No. 99 Don Bosco Preparation
  • No. 138 Preparation of John Dory
  • No. 141 Seton Hall Prep

No. 4 Alabama Region 3-7A

  • No. 14 Thompson
  • No. 31 Vacuum Cleaner
  • No. 100 Hewitt-Trussville

No. 5 Greater Catholic League South (Cincinnati, Ohio)

  • No. 78 Bishop Moeller
  • No. 142 St. Xavier
  • No. 173 The Hall

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

  • No. 4 North Shore
  • No. 56 Atascocite
  • No. 160 CE King

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

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

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

  • #2 Westlake
  • #53 Lake Travis

Lecture No. 9 I-MECK 4A

  • No. 40 Rooms
  • 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, Western Catholic Athletic Association (Northern California)


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