2017 Catholic Athletes for Christ Week 1 Top 25, Sept. 6, 2017
Presented by Siena Heights University & Global Football
1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (2-0)
Previous rank: 2.
In the Huddle: USC-bound QB JT Daniels completed 19 passes for 315 yards and two TDs as the Monarchs knocked off preseason top-ranked Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.), 35-21. Mater Dei led 28-7 before Gorman closed to within seven points (28-21) but Shakobe Harper’s 2-yard TD run midway through the fourth quarter sealed it.
2. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (2-0)
Previous rank: 3.
In the Huddle: The defense has yielded just three points in two victories. It was impressive in a 9-3 win over ranked St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) and pitched a shutout in a 40-0 triumph over Piper (Sunrise, Fla.) last Friday. The Raiders’ defense scored three TDs against Piper. This week’s game against Flanagan (Pembroke Pines) will be played tonight due to concerns over Hurricane Irma.
3. St. Joseph Regional, Montvale, N.J. (1-0)
Previous rank: 6.
In the Huddle: The Green Knights were impressive in a 44-21 win over Deerfield Beach (Fla.). Boston College-commit Evan Stewart returned two interceptions for scores and made 11 tackles.
4. Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J. (1-0)
Previous rank: 7.
In the Huddle: Boston College-bound QB Johnny Langan passed for 306 yards and five TDs and caught a pass for another score during a 48-27 win over DePaul Catholic (Wayne).
5. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, Nev. (1-1)
Previous rank: 1.
In the Huddle: The Gaels finally lost after reeling off 55 straight wins. UCLA-bound QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson passed for 334 yards and two scores in a 35-21 setback to then-No. 2 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.). Gorman had not lost since Oct. 4, 2013 and included in the win streak were 18 victories versus out-of-state foes, including 12 from California.
6. St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (1-0)
Previous rank: 8.
In the Huddle: The Hawks traveled south to Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit and came away with a 22-7 win. Johnny Freeman caught a 21-yard TD from Marquez McCray and RB Phil O’Connor sped 50 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter.
7. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (2-0)
Previous rank: 9.
In the Huddle: Trailing 31-14 in the third quarter, the Spartans pulled out a 35-31 victory over ranked St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.). QB Erich Storti scored from 1 and 11 yards; the latter score gave his team the lead for good with 9:14 left.
8. St. Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio (2-0)
Previous rank: 10.
In the Huddle: The Bombers defeated Hinsdale (Ill.) Central, 43-14, and Colerain (Cincinnati), 20-17, in overtime. QB Chase Wolf’s 1-yard scamper in overtime rallied the Bombers, who trailed 17-14, against Colerain last weekend.
9. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (1-1)
Previous rank: 4.
In the Huddle: It was a disappointing performance on opening night during a 9-3 overtime-loss at No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) but the Braves showed they are resilient in a 63-0 drubbing of Garces Memorial (Bakersfield).
10. DeMatha Catholic, Hyattsville, Md. (1-1)
Previous rank: 5.
In the Huddle: The Stags lost on the opening weekend to previous top-ranked Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.), but returned home to dismantle Avalon (Gaithersburg, Md.), 28-0.
11. St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (1-0)
Previous rank: 11.
In the Huddle: Junior QB Maasai Maynor tossed a pair of TDs and ran for another, and Zamie Mickens rushed for two scores to topple Union City, 48-0. It was the 117th straight win for the Marauders over Hudson County competition.
12. St. Ignatius, Cleveland, Ohio (2-0)
Previous rank: 16.
In the Huddle: The Wildcats displayed solid defense in one win and an offensive explosion in the other, stopping Archbishop Hoban (Akron), 17-3, and Mentor, 41-31. Against Mentor, QB Kyle Hall passed for 291 yards and three TDs.
13. Cathedral Prep, Erie, Pa. (2-0)
Previous rank: Not ranked.
In the huddle: The Ramblers crushed then-ranked Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and followed that up with a 38-0 rout of Erie. The pitch-and-catch combo of QB Joe Mischler and WR Henry Fessler hooked up for three TD passes. Mischler passed for 218 yards and four TDs vs. Erie.
14. Jesuit, Portland, Ore. (1-0)
Previous rank: 20.
In the Huddle: Washington-bound RB Trey Lowe sparked the Crusaders to a 34-28 overtime-win over Tigard. Lowe rushed for 237 yards and five TDs, including the game-winner from 25 yards in the extra session.
15. Archbishop Rummel, Metairie, La. (1-0)
Previous rank: 21.
In the Huddle: In New Orleans, the Raiders shut down Gulfport (Miss.), 31-0, after forcing three turnovers. QB Chandler Field completed 18 passes for 228 yards and two TDs to WR JaMarr Chase.
16. Paramus Catholic, Paramus, N.J. (1-0)
Previous rank: .25
In the Huddle: Transfer eligible QB Shelton Applewhite threw for four TDs in his debut in a 34-14 rout at then-No. 13 Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) last Saturday night.
17. Saint Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (3-0)
Previous rank: Not ranked.
In the huddle: Hawaii’s top-ranked team overwhelmed rival Kamehameha (Honolulu), 44-0. Coach Cal Lee’s squad is off until Sept. 16 when they meet Punahou School (Honolulu) at Aloha Stadium.
18. St. Edward, Lakewood, Ohio (2-0)
Previous rank: 22.
In the Huddle: The Eagles flew past McDowell (Erie, Pa.), 40-10, and Glenville (Cleveland, Ohio), 41-6.
19. Trinity, Louisville, Ky. (3-0)
Previous rank: 23.
In the Huddle: The Shamrocks defeated a pair of Indianapolis-area powerhouses before rallying to beat Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio), 38-30, last weekend. QB Nick Bohn had a career day completing 39 of 48 passes for 490 yards and four TDs. Rondale Moore, a Texas recruit, set school records for receptions (22) and receiving yards (304).
20. St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md. (2-0)
Previous rank: 24.
In the Huddle: The Panthers recorded two quality wins, including a 29-8 win over Bishop Sullivan Catholic (Virginia Beach, Va.). This weekend’s stiff test is at nationally ranked IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.).
21. Chaminade, West Hills, Calif. (2-0)
Previous rank: Not ranked.
In the huddle: The Eagles have scored 39 and 47 points in two wins. Now they have their hands full Friday at nationally ranked St. John Bosco (Bellflower).
22. La Salle, Cincinnati, Ohio (2-0)
Previous rank: Not ranked.
In the huddle: The Lancers have allowed only three points this season. That defense gets another test this weekend against West Clermont (Cincinnati, Ohio).
23. St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (1-1)
Previous rank: 18.
In the Huddle: Defeated Jones (Orlando, Fla.), 49-30, and lost then-No. 9 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), 35-31. The Cadets blew a 17-point lead second half lead at De La Salle last weekend.
24. Archbishop Wood, Warminster, Pa. (1-1)
Previous rank: 13.
In the Huddle: The Vikings defeated Oxbridge Academy (West Palm Beach), Fla.), 14-13, and lost to No. 16 Paramus (N.J.) Catholic, 34-14. There is no let-up in the schedule.
25. Central Catholic, Pittsburgh, Pa. (1-1)
Previous rank: 14.
In the Huddle: In spite of a setback to Cathedral Prep (Erie, Pa.), 40-7, the Vikings rebounded last Friday to blank Shaler (Pittsburgh), 40-0.
Dropped out: No. 12 Loyola Academy, Wilmette, Ill.; No. 15 Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.; No. 17 Christian Brothers College, St. Louis, Mo.; and No. 19 Bishop Sullivan Catholic, Virginia Beach, Va.
Others to Consider: Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); De Paul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.); Dowling Catholic (West Des Moines, Iowa); McGill-Toolen Catholic (Mobile, Ala.); St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.); Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.); St. Francis (Mountain View, Calif.); St. Mary’s (Stockton, Calif.) and Totino-Grace (Fridley, Minn.).
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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.