2017 Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25, Oct. 4, 2017
- Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (5-0)
Previous rank: 1.
In the Huddle: Idle. The Monarchs had a much-deserved weekend off and refocus starting with a string of five straight Trinity League games. Next up is Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita) on Friday at Laguna Hills High School.
- St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (4-0)
Previous rank: 3.
In the Huddle: Idle. The Hawks are back after a bye to face archrivals Roman Catholic (Philadelphia) on Saturday.
- St. Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio (6-0)
Previous rank: 4.
In the Huddle: QB Wisconsin-commit QB Chase Wolf threw TD passes of 5 and 8 yards to Cameron Specht as the Bombers beat league rivals Elder (Cincinnati), 14-6. Coach Steve Specht’s team will wrap up the Greater Cincinnati League South title with a win Friday versus La Salle (Cincinnati).
- St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (3-1)
Previous rank: 2.
In the Huddle: The Raiders played twice last week, topping Stranahan (Fort Lauderdale), 44-0, before traveling out west, losing to Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.), 12-0. Centennial is Arizona’s top-ranked Class 5A team. Friday the Raiders entertain Deerfield Beach.
- St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (4-1)
Previous rank: 5.
In the Huddle: Idle. The quest for a Trinity League title begins Friday against Orange Lutheran. The Braves cannot look past this weekend’s game with the dream regular season matchup with No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) on Oct. 13.
- DeMatha Catholic, Hyattsville, Md. (4-1)
Previous rank: 6.
In the Huddle: Idle. That bye week came at a great time as Friday the Stags play archrivals Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) in a key Washington Catholic Athletic Conference showdown.
- St. Ignatius, Cleveland, Ohio (6-0)
Previous rank: 7.
In the Huddle: QB Dan Alexander hit Sam Snyder for three TD receptions in the first quarter (34, 24 and 24 yards) and the Wildcats rolled to a 38-7 win over Mississauga (Ontario, Canada) North Prep/Clarkson Secondary. Snyder had seven receptions for 129 yards. The Wildcats are back at it Saturday hosting Glen Oak (Canton, Ohio).
- Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, Nev. (4-2)
Previous rank: 8.
In the Huddle: The Gaels have scored 121 points in the last two games, the latest total was a 63-0 pasting of Spring Valley (Las Vegas). Amod Cianelli and Zavien Ragsdale each ran for two TDs and QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for three scores.
- Cathedral Prep, Erie, Pa. (6-0)
Previous rank: 9.
In the huddle: The Ramblers pitched their second shutout of the campaign, beating St. Francis (Athol Springs, N.Y.), 48-0. Next up is road trip to De La Salle (Warren, Mich.) on Friday.
- De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (4-1)
Previous rank: 10.
In the Huddle: RB Henry To’oto’o scored two TDs for the Spartans during a 45-24 victory over Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland).
- Archbishop Rummel, Metairie, La. (4-0)
Previous rank: 11.
In the Huddle: QB Chandler Fields threw for 171 yards and four TDs, including a 69-yard score to Jermie Walker on the first play from scrimmage in a 56-10 win over Archbishop Shaw (Marrero) in a the District 9-5A opener. RBs Jaelen Sturgis and Logan Diggs scored two TDs apiece. It was the seventh straight year the Raiders won the Megaphone Game, upping their lead in the all-time series to 30-23.
- Saint Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (6-0)
Previous rank: 12.
In the Huddle: The Crusaders defeated Kamehameha School (Honolulu), 23-12. They close out the regular season Saturday against Punahou (Honolulu). QB Chevan Cordeiro has thrown for 1,679 yards and 15 TDs in six games. WR Mitchell Quinn has seven TD receptions.
- St. Edward, Lakewood, Ohio (6-0)
Previous rank: 13.
In the Huddle: Tylan Rice and Jordan Castleberry scored on short runs in the final 10 minutes when the Eagles rallied to stop Illinois powerhouse Naperville Central, 34-24. The backfield pair teamed for 215 yards rushing and four TDs. Next up is another road trip over state lines this time to Cathedral (Indianapolis, Ind.) on Saturday.
- Trinity, Louisville, Ky. (7-0)
Previous rank: 14.
In the Huddle: QB Nick Bohn brought his A-game; tossing four TD passes to four teammates in a 28-0 shut out of rivals St. Xavier (Louisville) before more than 24,000 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Trinity leads the all-time series 44-37-2 that dates back to 1956. Three games remain in the regular season starting with Eastern (Louisville).
- St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md. (5-0)
Previous rank: 15.
In the Huddle: Blanked Loyola Blakefield (Towson), 65-0. The competition stiffens over the next two weeks with McDonogh (Owings Mills) on Friday and Gilman School (Baltimore) on Oct. 13.
- Chaminade, West Hills, Calif. (5-1)
Previous rank: 16.
In the huddle: RB Andrew Van Buren had a career night with 312 yards and five TDs in a 37-32 victory over Serra (Gardena). The Eagles head into the bye week sitting atop the Mission League.
- St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (3-1)
Previous rank: 21.
In the Huddle: Brothers Jayson and Justin Ademilola, both Notre Dame recruits, combined for five sacks in a 23-14 win over Paramus Catholic. QB Maasai Maynor rushed for two TDs. The run through the gauntlet continues Friday with No. 21 DePaul Catholic (Wayne).
- Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines, Iowa, (6-0)
Previous rank: 23.
In the Huddle: The Maroons are an offensive juggernaut, hammering Lincoln (Des Moines), 62-21. In the last three games they have scored 47, 77 and 62 points, averaging 52 points per game.
- Archbishop Wood, Warminster, Pa. (4-1)
Previous rank: 22.
In the Huddle: Crushed Archbishop Ryan (Philadelphia), 42-6. The Vikings have put up a combined 80 points over the last two weekends. The league schedule continues with Father Judge (Philadelphia) on Friday.
- Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J. (3-2)
Previous rank: Not ranked.
In the Huddle: The Crusaders handled then-No. 17 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale), 41-30. The offense tallied 31 points in the middle two quarters for a 38-23 lead after three. The punishing running attack sparked by Josh McKenzie (102 yards, two TDs) and Rahmir Johnson (95 yards, one TD) churned out a second straight win. Following a whirlwind opening five weeks, BC is off until Oct. 14 when they host No. 17 St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City).
- De Paul Catholic, Wayne, N.J. (3-1)
Previous rank: 23.
In the Huddle: Junior QB Ta’Quan Roberson tossed three TDs, including two to Teddy Harper (from 82 and 5 yards) in a 48-7 thrashing of Hudson Catholic (Jersey City). The Spartans play at No. 17 St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City) on Friday.
- St. John Vianney, Kirkwood, Mo. (7-0)
Previous rank: 24.
In the huddle: Missouri’s top-ranked Class 5 squad thumped Saint Louis University High (St. Louis), 48-7. The regular season closes with two local games against Vashon (St. Louis) on Saturday and Christian Brothers College (St. Louis) on Oct. 13. The latter is for the Metro Catholic League championship.
- JSerra Catholic, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (5-0)
Previous rank: Not ranked.
In the Huddle: The Lions are averaging 42 points per game with a high-water mark of 59 points earlier this season. They open the Trinity League season Friday with Servite (Anaheim) and will eventually face CAC Top 25 teams Mater Dei (Santa Ana) and St. John Bosco (Bellflower).
- McGill-Toolen Catholic, Mobile, Ala. (5-0)
Previous rank: Not ranked.
In the Huddle: The Yellow Jackets peeled off their 20th consecutive regular season victory, topping Blount (Eight Mile), 22-7. RB Bryan Hill (132 yards, one TD) tied the game at 7 with an 11-yard TD run in the second period. A safety gave the Yellow Jackets the lead for good at 9-7, and a pair of field goals from Chase Mahler and 40-yard TD gallop by QB Sheldon Layman sewed up the game.
- St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (2-2)
Previous rank: 25.
In the Huddle: Idle. The Cadets start league play with Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) on Friday.
Dropped out: No. 17 St. Joseph Regional, Montvale, N.J.; No. 18 St. Xavier, Louisville, Ky.; and No. 20 Central Catholic, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Others to Consider: Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); Roncalli, (Indianapolis, Ind.); Marist (Chicago, Ill.); Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.); Covington (Ky.) Catholic; Bishop McGuinness Catholic (Oklahoma City, Okla.); O’Dea (Seattle, Wash.); Marist (Atlanta, Ga.); La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.); Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.); Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.); Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.); St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.); St. Pius X (Houston, Texas); Bishop Lynch (Dallas, Texas); and La Salle (Cincinnati, Ohio).