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2017 Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25
High School Football Week Three Rankings
Presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football
Sept. 20, 2017

The nation’s consensus No. 1 team played like the best and then some at the weekend.

Mater Dei of Santa Ana, Calif., top-ranked in the Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25 High School Football rankings, unleashed a high-octane offense and smash-mouth defense that left onlookers amazed and appreciative.

Final score: Mater Dei 62, No. 19 Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) 14.  That East meets West competitive matchup never materialized instead morphing into a round trip of futility.

So all that remains is: Who can beat the Mater Dei Monarchs?

Following an opening four games that included two teams from the CAC 25, presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football, the Monarchs have dusted the competition with one nonleague game left, Saturday vs. St. Mary’s (Stockton, Calif.) at Levi’s Stadium (home to the San Francisco 49ers), before entering the Trinity League portion of their schedule.  There is a huge game with No. 5 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) on Oct. 13, but that’s for another day.

This week one team enters the CAC 25—No. 20 St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.).  The Tigers are one of Kentucky’s top teams and unbeaten in four games.

Find the full #CACTop25 ranking and a look back at the first two weeks of action at

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Player of the Week: Now that the regular season is gaining momentum there were several outstanding individual performances in the CAC 25 rankings, however this week’s honor goes to pass catcher rather than a quarterback such was the case in the first two weeks.  Senior WR Amon-Ra St. Brown of No. 1 Mater Dei earns the honor this week after a game-changing effort during a 62-14 victory over then-No. 17 Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.).

St. Brown, who missed three games with a finger injury, showed by why he is one of the nation’s most coveted receivers.  He had 9 receptions for 147 yards (16.6 yard-average) and three touchdowns of 25, 6 and 30 yards – all in the first half when the Monarchs were up 41-7.  St. Brown’s latter two scores were leaping grabs, showing his extreme athleticism.

Games of the Week: There are no shortage of meaningful games among the CAC Top 25 that deliver impact and importance.  This week’s menu features four games, all of which can easily rearrange the #CACTop25 order.  Two of these games involve Ohio schools. Here a look:

No. 4 St. Xavier (Cincinnati) at Moeller (Cincinnati), Friday: The Greater Cincinnati League South kicks off this weekend at Lockland Stadium.  St. X has won 10 straight dating back to last year’s Division I state title run and is fueled by Wisconsin-bound QB Chase Wolf.  Moeller is 3-1 after beating Lafayette (Lexington, Ky.), 55-6.

No. 22 Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) at Pine-Richland (Gibsonia, Pa.), Friday: The top two teams from Class AAAAAA teams in will meet in a mouthwatering WPIAL clash

No. 7 St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio) at Elder (Cincinnati, Ohio), Saturday: Anytime you visit the vaunted stadium (known as The Pit) in the Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati, Elder (3-1) is a serious player.  Last week, the Panthers were drilled, 40-7, at No. 13 St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio), but undefeated St. Ignatius is undeterred.  The last meeting was in 2008 when the Wildcats prevailed in the Division I state final.

No. 5 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) at No. 16 St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.), Saturday: The last time St. John Bosco traveled to the East Coast resulted in a 9-3 loss at No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in August.  St. John’s loves to throw the ball and put points on the scoreboard.

Honors: Back in southern California, No. 1 Mater Dei’s OG Chris Murray (6-3, 285 pounds), WR Amon-Ra St. Brown and LB Solomon Tuliaupupu have been named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game on Jan. 6, 2018 in San Antonio’s Alamodome.  They will be given their game jerseys on Thursday in a ceremony on campus.

The CAC Top 25 rankings will return on Sept. 27.  There’s lots of football left so check out a game this weekend.  God Bless and enjoy the games. – Christopher Lawlor

Fans are encouraged to follow the CAC Top 25 through social media at and on Twitter @CACTop25. The CAC Top 25 rankings will return on Sept. 20.

2017 Catholic Athletes for Christ Week 3 Top 25, Sept. 20, 2017
Presented by Siena Heights University & Global Football

  1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (4-0)
    Previous rank: 1.
    In the Huddle: Junior QB JT Daniels carved up the Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) defense last Saturday during a 62-14 victory.  Daniels clicked on 19 of 25 passes for 300 yards and five touchdowns, including three to Amon-Ra St. Brown (9 receptions, 147 yards).  The Monarchs led 41-7 at the break and never looked back.  The Monarchs travel to northern California for a tricky neutral site game against state-ranked St. Mary’s (Stockton) on Saturday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
  1. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (2-0)
    Previous rank: 2.
    In the Huddle: The Raiders are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
  1. St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (3-0)
    Previous rank: 3.
    In the Huddle: In a Philadelphia Catholic League Red Division showdown, the Hawks passed with flying colors in a 27-7 victory over then-No. 17 Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.).  The score was level at 7 early when senior K Anthony Tigano booted a 25-yard FG and later added one from 40 yards for a 20-7 lead in the third period.  Junior Marcus Mason added a late 1-yard TD—his second of the game—to salt it away.  Next up is Friday at Archbishop Carroll (Radnor).
  1. St. Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio (4-0)
    Previous rank: 5.
    In the Huddle: Coach Steve Specht’s team toppled Cathedral (Indianapolis), 31-7.  QB Chase Wolf completed 21 of 30 passes for 284 yards and four TDs, including three to WR Andrew Wittrock (5 receptions, 166 yards).  The Bombers enter league play as they travel to rival Moeller (Cincinnati) Friday in the Greater Cincinnati League South.
  1. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (3-1)
    Previous rank: 6.
    In the Huddle: Leading 35-0 after one quarter the Braves rolled to a 69-14 blowout of Dorsey (Los Angeles) at the Brother In Arms Classic.  QB Re-al Mitchell tossed three TDs in the first and Kourt Williams added a defensive score.  For the second time within a month, the Braves fly to the East Coast, this time to Washington, D.C., to face No. 16 St. John’s College for a CAC 25 feature game.
  1. DeMatha Catholic, Hyattsville, Md. (3-1)
    Previous rank: 7.
    In the Huddle: The Stags beat McDonogh (Owings Mills), 17-14.  Trailing 14-7 at the break, DeMatha rallied with 10 points in the second half, including a FG in the fourth to break a 14-14 tie.  DeMarcco Hellams and Dominic Lyles snagged TD passes.  Another challenges lies ahead Friday with Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.).
  1. St. Ignatius, Cleveland, Ohio (4-0)
    Previous rank: 8.
    In the Huddle: Coach Chuck Kyle’s squad continued their dominance defeating out-of-state Detroit Central Catholic (Novi, Mich.), 38-7.  Friday’s trip to Elder (Cincinnati) will be played at “The Pit” considered the nation’s top home-field advantage venue.
  1. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, Nev. (2-2)
    Previous rank: 9.
    In the Huddle: The Gaels halted a modest two-game slide last Saturday, waxing then-No. 4 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), 34-7.  QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s 50-yard TD strike to Jalen Nailor early in the second gave Nevada squad the lead for good.  The Gaels finish out the schedule with in-state games, beginning Friday at Bonanza (Las Vegas).
  1. Cathedral Prep, Erie, Pa. (4-0)
    Previous rank: 10.
    In the huddle: The Ramblers humbled Benedictine (Cleveland, Ohio), 62-28.  Next up is General McLane (Edinboro, Pa.) Friday in a District 10 game.
  1. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (3-1)
    Previous rank: 4.
    In the Huddle: After taking an early seven-point lead, then-No. 9 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) pitched a shutout the rest of the way in a 34-7 triumph over the Spartans.  The all-time series is tied 1-1 and resumes next year back in the East Bay.  The Spartans entertain Fresno Central this weekend.
  1. Archbishop Rummel, Metairie, La. (2-0)
    Previous rank: 11.
    In the Huddle: The Raiders came back to top Riverside Academy (Reserve), 38-34,
    QB Chandler Field came out firing with two TDs passes to Koy Moore in the first half for a 21-7 lead.  Field wound with four scoring tosses.  Friday’s contest at Teurlings Catholic (Lafayette) is the final non-district fixture before embarking six straight in Class 5A, District 9 or the meaty portion of the slate.
  1. Saint Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (4-0)
    Previous rank: 12.
    In the huddle: The Crusaders beat Punahou School (Honolulu), 49-13.  QB Chevan Cordeiro accounted for five TDs, including four aerials.  The schedule picks up with Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.), a visitor from the mainland, on Saturday at Aloha Stadium.
  1. St. Edward, Lakewood, Ohio (4-0)
    Previous rank: 13.
    In the Huddle: Zach Kincaid rushed for TDs of 1 and 2 yard(s) and threw for another to junior Quintel Kent to shut out Elder (Cincinnati, Ohio), 26-0.  The Eagles host Butchel (Akron) on Saturday.
  1. Trinity, Louisville, Ky. (5-0)
    Previous rank: 14.
    In the Huddle: QB Nick Bohn teamed up with Texas-bound WR for three of his TD passes in a 28-7 victory over Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, Fla.).  The Shamrocks shift their focus to district play with Jeffersontown on Friday.
  1. La Salle, Cincinnati, Ohio (4-0)
    Previous rank: 15.
    In the huddle: RB Cameron Porter paced the attack with 26 carries for 130 yards and TDs from 2 and 20 yards and QB Griffin Merritt passed for a score and ran for another in a 28-14 victory over Scott County (Georgetown, Ky.).
  1. St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (2-1)
    Previous rank: 16.
    In the Huddle: Idle.  Next up is No. 5 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
  1. St. Joseph Regional, Montvale, N.J. (2-1)
    Previous rank: 18.
    In the Huddle: Overwhelmed Delbarton (Morristown), 48-0.  QB Nick Patti completed 12 passes for four TDs (two to Matt Alaimo) and ran for another.  The Green Knights have a weekend off before returning to the field for a showdown with Bergen Catholic (Oradell) on Sept. 30.
  1. St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md. (3-0)
    Previous rank: 20.
    In the Huddle: Shut out Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), 27-0.  The Panthers defense was smashing and provided a pick-six in the second half for a commanding 21-0 lead and Osman Savage returned a fumble 16 yards for another score.
  1. Chaminade, West Hills, Calif. (3-1)
    Previous rank: 21.
    In the huddle: Michael Wilson caught TD passes of 18, 29 and 43 yards from QB Ryan Stevens in a 43-14 win over Bakersfield. Steven completed 10 of 19 passes for 153 as the Eagles rattled off 36 straight points to pull away from an early 7-all tie.  Next up is Crespi Carmelite (Encino) in the Mission League opener.
  1. St. Xavier, Louisville, Ky. (4-0)
    Previous ranked: Not ranked.
    In the huddle: Kentucky’s No. 2-ranked Class 6A team defeated Central (Louisville), 42-7.  The Tigers have a huge District 6 showdown at Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville) on Friday.
  1. St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (1-1)
    Previous rank: 22.
    In the Huddle: Idle.  The Marauders are back at it Saturday visiting Seton Hall Prep (West Orange).
  1. Central Catholic, Pittsburgh, Pa. (3-1)
    Previous rank: 23.
    In the Huddle: QB Troy Fisher accounted for 299 total yards and four TDs, including 232 in the air and three scores, to help defeat Hempfield, 42-14.  The Vikings can’t look ahead to their Sept. 29 massive WPIAL Class AAAAAA matchup at Pine-Richland (Gibsonia) until first dispatching Seneca Valley (Harmony) on Friday.
  1. Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines, Iowa, (4-0)
    Previous rank: 24.
    In the huddle: The Maroons beat Waukee, 48-21, scoring 14 points in the third quarter to break away from a 14-14 tie at the intermission.  They prepare for Sioux City West on Friday.
  1. Archbishop Wood, Warminster, Pa. (2-1)
    Previous rank: 17.
    In the Huddle: Lost to No. 3 St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia), 27-7, in a key Philadelphia Catholic League Red Division game.  Coach Steve Devlin needs to rally his team for Saturday’s game with Roman Catholic (Philadelphia).  The Vikings stay in the CAC Top 25 on the strength of a win at Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.).
  1. De Paul Catholic, Wayne, N.J. (1-1)
    Previous rank: 25.
    In the huddle: Idle.  The Spartans face Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey) on Friday.

Dropped out: No. 19 Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.).

Others to Consider: JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.); Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.); Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); McGill-Toolen Catholic (Mobile, Ala.); Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.); Roncalli, (Indianapolis, Ind.); Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.); St. John Vianney (Kirkwood, Mo.); Covington (Ky.) Catholic; Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.); and Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.)

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About: The Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25 High School Football Rankings, presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football are released on Wednesdays from September until the conclusion of the high school season in December. Criteria include the quality of the team and its players, strength of schedule, tradition, and quality of the team’s league, conference, region or district. The rankings are compiled by Christopher Lawlor, an award-winning writer, who is a voting committee member and advisor for several major national high school events, including the McDonald’s All-American Games and Gatorade Player of the Year.  All Catholic high schools from the United States that feature only four-year players on 11-man teams are eligible for consideration. Fans are encouraged to follow the CAC Top 25 at and on Twitter @CACTop25.