2017 Catholic Athletes for Christ Week 2 Top 25, Sept. 13, 2017
Presented by Siena Heights University & Global Football
- Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (3-0)
Previous rank: 1.
In the Huddle: The Monarchs posted a 42-0 win over La Mirada. Junior QB JT Daniels tossed three touchdown passes to WR Nikko Remegio in the first half when they scored all 42 points to clinch it. Fast forward to Saturday, it’s East vs. West when No. 19 Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) makes the transcontinental trip to Orange County.
- St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (2-0)
Previous rank: 2.
In the Huddle: Idle. The game with Flanagan (Pembroke Pines) was postponed as Hurricane Irma hit south Florida. Broward County officials hope to reschedule the game.
- St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (2-0)
Previous rank: 6.
In the Huddle: The Hawks recorded a 28-21 win over then-No. 11 St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) as QB Marquez McCray threw two TDs passes to TE Phil O’Connor and sophomore RB Kolbe Burrell rushed for 114 yards and a 5-yard TD to give the Hawks a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.
- De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (3-0)
Previous rank: 7.
In the Huddle: The Spartans ran away from St. Francis (Mountain View), 31-7. Junior DT Michael Puckett’s 56-yard fumble recovery return for a TD snapped a 7-7 tie in the second quarter and RB Kairee Robinson rushed for two TDs. Now it’s off to Las Vegas for a Saturday date with No. 9 Bishop Gorman.
- St. Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio (3-0)
Previous rank: 8.
In the Huddle: The Bombers stretched their win streak to nine games following a 50-7 thumping of Walnut Hills (Cincinnati). Matthew Fox and Kellen Newman each scored two TDs in the rout.
- St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (2-1)
Previous rank: 9.
In the Huddle: After an opening night loss in Florida, the Braves are headed in the right direction following a win over Chaminade (West Hills), 31-17. S Jaiden Woodbey, an Ohio State commit, had an 83-yard interception return for a TD to give the Braves a 7-0 lead at the break. The running attack triumvirate of QB Re-al Mitchell, Demetrious Flowers and George Holani carried the load for nearly 250 rushing yards. Holani dashed 37 yards for a TD in the fourth and the Iowa State-bound Mitchell ran and passed for scores.
- DeMatha Catholic, Hyattsville, Md. (2-1)
Previous rank: 10.
In the Huddle: A stout defense again allowed zero points for a second consecutive game after a 36-0 triumph over Franklin (Reisterstown, Md.). The Stags have a tricky game this Friday against McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.).
- St. Ignatius, Cleveland, Ohio (3-0)
Previous rank: 12.
In the Huddle: A second half surge allowed the Wildcats to overtake Euclid, 34-20. RB Mark Bobinski rushed for two TDs and sophomore Jett Elad had a pick-six in the first quarter.
- Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, Nev. (1-2)
Previous rank: 5.
In the Huddle: For the first week in more than a decade, the Gaels dropped back-to-back game during a 24-20 home setback to Central (Miami, Fla.). UCLA-bound QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for two TDs before suffering an injury late in the game. No. 4 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) comes to town this weekend.
- Cathedral Prep, Erie, Pa. (3-0)
Previous rank: 13.
In the huddle: Coach Mike Mischler’s squad dispatched crosstown rival McDowell, 63-7. Though the Ramblers have dominated three opponents, unbeaten Benedictine (Cleveland, Ohio) pays a visit Friday.
- Archbishop Rummel, Metairie, La. (1-0)
Previous rank: 15.
In the Huddle: Idle. The Raiders play Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.) on Saturday.
- Saint Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (3-0)
Previous rank: 17.
In the huddle: The Crusaders were idle, but return to league play Saturday against Punahou School (Honolulu) at Aloha Stadium.
- St. Edward, Lakewood, Ohio (3-0)
Previous rank: 18.
In the Huddle: Three different players ran for TDs in a 45-20 win over H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.). Tylan Rice rushed for scores of 1, 1 and 5 yard(s). This Saturday the Eagles play Elder (Cincinnati, Ohio), a traditional Division I powerhouse from the Greater Cincinnati League.
- Trinity, Louisville, Ky. (4-0)
Previous rank: 19.
In the Huddle: After putting on an offense display a week ago, the Shamrocks unleashed a stout defense to take down crosstown rival Male, 22-0. That’s 54 straight wins for coach Bob Beatty’s program.
- La Salle, Cincinnati, Ohio (3-0)
Previous rank: 22.
In the huddle: The Lancers defense is supreme having allowed only three points in three games, including a second straight shutout in a 30-0 victory over West Clermont (Cincinnati). QB Griffin Merritt accounted for two TDs, one rushing and one passing.
- St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (2-1)
Previous rank: 23.
In the Huddle: The Cadets scored 14 points in the first and fourth quarters to put away then-No. 3 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.), 42-25. QB Kevin Doyle had long TD throws of 81 and 58 yards and Charles Briscoe had a game-changing 97-yard kick return for a score in the first quarter. The Cadets have an unscheduled bye because a game in Florida was cancelled after Hurricane Irma pummeled southwest Florida.
- Archbishop Wood, Warminster, Pa. (2-1)
Previous rank: 24.
In the Huddle: The Vikings posted a highly impressive 27-21 win over then-No. 4 Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.). Virginia Tech-commit Nasir Peoples ran for 119 yards, including a 49-yard TD dash, on 22 tries.
- St. Joseph Regional, Montvale, N.J. (1-1)
Previous rank: 3.
In the Huddle: QB Nick Patti ran for scores of 11 and 1 yard(s) but it wasn’t enough in a 42-25 loss at No. 16 St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.). The Green Knights will try to regroup Saturday at Delbarton (Morristown, N.J.).
- Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J. (1-1)
Previous rank: 4.
In the Huddle: That marquee matchup at top-ranked Mater Dei took a major hit when the Crusaders absorbed a home loss to No. 17 Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.), 27-21. QB Johnny Langan, last week’s CAC 25 National Player of the Week, ran for a score and passed 25 yards to Rahmir Johnson for another in the first quarter.
- St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md. (2-0)
Previous rank: 20.
In the Huddle: Last weekend’s game with nationally ranked IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) was cancelled over Hurricane Irma concerns. The Panthers will gear up for a road trip to Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.).
- Chaminade, West Hills, Calif. (2-1)
Previous rank: 21.
In the huddle: Lost to No. 6 St. John Bosco (Bellflower), 31-17. Coach Ed Croson’s team plays Bakersfield on Friday night.
- St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (1-1)
Previous rank: 11.
In the Huddle: Miscues on special teams doomed the Marauders during a 28-21 loss at No. 3 St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.). Coach Rich Hansen takes his squad into the bye week and then plays at Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, N.J.) on Sept. 23.
- Central Catholic, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2-1)
Previous rank: 25.
In the Huddle: After a 14-7 win over North Allegheny (Wexford), the Vikings sit atop the WPIAL Class AAAAAA Northern Seven Conference standings. This week is a nonconference road game at Hempfield on Friday.
- Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines, Iowa, (3-0)
Previous rank: Not ranked.
In the huddle: Iowa’s top-ranked Class 4A team coasted to a 42-12 win over Valley (West Des Moines) and have now captured 55 of 57 games dating back to the 2013 season. The Maroons’ quest for a fifth straight state title continues Friday at Waukee.
- De Paul Catholic, Wayne, N.J. (1-1)
Previous rank: Not ranked.
In the huddle: The Spartans bounced then-No. 16 Paramus (N.J.) Catholic, 35-14. They enter the CAC Top 25 rankings and will play at least five ranked teams before the schedule concludes in December with the state playoffs. They lost opening weekend to No. 19 Bergen Catholic and enter a bye week.
Dropped out: No. 14 Jesuit (Portland, Ore.) and No. 16 Paramus (N.J.) Catholic.
Others to Consider:
JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.); Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); McGill-Toolen Catholic (Mobile, Ala.); St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.); Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.); Roncalli, (Indianapolis, Ind.); St. Francis (Mountain View, Calif.); Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.); St. John Vianney (Kirkwood, Mo.) and Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.)