2017 Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25, Nov 15, 2017
Presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football
- Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (11-0)
Previous rank: 1.
In the Huddle: The Monarchs’ quest for their first sectional crown since 1999 got off to a rousing start after a 49-7 triumph over Vista Murrieta in the CIF-Southern Section Open Division first round. Junior QB J.T. Daniels passed for 220 yards and three TDs, including a pair to WR Amon-Ra Brown, who caught 4 balls for 106 yards. The second round assignment is dangerous this Friday at powerhouse Poly (Long Beach) in one of the nation’s top games.
- St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (10-0)
Previous rank: 2.
In the Huddle: In a gritty game in frigid weather, the Hawks beat La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.), 17-3, in the Class AAAAAA final. Kolbe Burrell’s 2-yard TD run with 3:32 left in the third quarter gave the Hawks a 10-3 lead and QB Marquez McCray’s 1-yard run early in the fourth wrapped up the scoring and the Philadelphia Catholic League AAAAAA championship. Prep moves on to the PIAA District 12 final against Northeast (Philadelphia) this Saturday.
- Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, Nev. (10-2)
Previous rank: 3.
In the Huddle: The Gaels crushed Faith Lutheran (Las Vegas), 51-6, in Class 4A, Sunset Region semifinals. After a span of 34 quarters without conceding, the Gaels’ defense finally allowed points. RB Amod Cianelli rushed for 125 yards and a score on 18 carries and TE Brevin Jordan on a pair of short TD runs. Next up is unbeaten Arbor View (Las Vegas) in the Sunset Regional final this Friday
- Cathedral Prep, Erie, Pa. (11-0)
Previous rank: 4.
In the huddle: Shut out University Prep (Pittsburgh) in the PIAA Class AAAA subregional final. The Ramblers won’t play again until Thanksgiving weekend in the Class AAAA state quarterfinals versus the WPIAL champion Thomas Jefferson (Jefferson Hills) or Montour (McKees Rocks).
- De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (9-1)
Previous rank: 5.
In the Huddle: Idle. Next up is Clayton Valley Charter (Concord) in the CIF-North Coast Section Open Division semifinals this Friday.
- Trinity, Louisville, Ky. (12-0)
Previous rank: 6.
In the Huddle: The Shamrocks trounced Campbell County (Alexandria), 51-13, in the Class 6A second round. Coach Bob Beatty’s team has racked up 121 points in two playoff games. Next up is Simon Kenton (Independence) in 6A quarterfinals this Friday.
- St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md. (11-0)
Previous rank: 7.
In the Huddle: QB Jalon Jones ran for two TDs and passed for another while RB Joachim Bagda rushed for two scores as the Panthers defeated McDonogh School (Owings Mills), 49-7, in the MIAA A Conference semifinals. Next up is Gilman School (Baltimore) on Sunday in the final.
- Saint Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (9-0)
Previous rank: 8.
In the huddle: WR Mitchell Quinn caught 8 balls for a tournament-record 307 yards and five TDs in a 47-23 win over Mililani in the Division I-Open Division semifinals. QB Chevan Cordeiro was also impressive throwing for a school-record 528 yards, clicking on 24-of-29 passing. The Crusaders meet Kahuku for the state championship on Saturday at Aloha Stadium.
- St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (9-2)
Previous rank: 9.
In the Huddle: Sophomore QB DJ Uiagalelei completed 18 of 23 passes for 307 yards and three scores and ran for another as the Braves took down Bishop Amat, 35-21, in the CIF-Southern Section Division I first round. Coach Jason Negro’s team moves into the second round this Friday against Rancho Cucamonga.
- St. Ignatius, Cleveland, Ohio (11-1)
Previous rank: 11.
In the Huddle: The Wildcats toppled Euclid, 45-22, in the Division I Region 1 semifinals. Leading 10-0 at the intermission, they scored 28 points in the third quarter to take a commanding 38-6 edge. Now it’s the region final this Friday against Mentor.
- St. Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio (11-1)
Previous rank: 12.
In the Huddle: Junior RB Chris Payne rushed for 125 yards and two TDs on 13 carries as the Bombers stopped Sycamore (Cincinnati), 37-7, in the Division I, Region 4 semifinals. The region final showdown is Friday against Colerain (Cincinnati).
- St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (8-2)
Previous rank: 14.
In the Huddle: The Raiders bounced back from last week’s loss to knock out South Miami, 56-0, in the Class 7A, Region 4 first round. This weekend they face West Broward (Pembroke Pines) in the region semifinals.
- Archbishop Wood, Warminster, Pa. (8-2)
Previous rank: 15.
In the Huddle: The Vikings are Class AAAAA Philadelphia Catholic League champions after wiping out Archbishop Ryan (Philadelphia), 48-0. They now play Simon Gratz (Philadelphia) in the PIAA Class AAAAA District 12 final this Saturday.
- Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J. (8-2)
Previous rank: 16.
In the huddle: QB Johnny Langan and RB Rahmir Johnson each rushed for three TDs but it was Jordan Morant’s pick-six in the third quarter that busted open a tight game during a 56-21 victory over St. Augustine (Richland) in the Non-Public Group 4 first round. The Crusaders host Delbarton (Morristown) in the semifinals this Saturday.
- Bishop Lynch, Dallas, Texas (10-0)
Previous rank: 17.
In the Huddle: The Friars made history, completing the program’s first-ever unbeaten regular season, thumping Parish Episcopal (Dallas), 42-19. RB Jacob Lewis rushed for 95 yards and three TDs. Next up is Monsignor Kelly Catholic (Beaumont) in the TAPPS Division I first round this Saturday.
- McGill-Toolen Catholic, Mobile, Ala. (11-0)
Previous rank: 18.
In the Huddle: The Yellow Jackets launched their bid for the Class 7A state championship topping Jeff Davis (Montgomery), 35-14, in the first round. They host Auburn this Friday in the 7A quarterfinals.
- Covington Catholic, Park Hills, Ky. (12-0)
Previous rank: 19.
In the Huddle: The Colonels defense pitched their third shutout of the campaign in defeating Bullitt East (Mount Washington), 49-0. Casey McGinness ran for three TDs in the first quarter when the score was 42-0. This weekend the Colonels play at South Oldham (Crestwood) in the 5A quarterfinals.
- Christian Brothers, Memphis, Tenn. (11-0)
Previous rank: 20.
In the Huddle: After receiving a first-round bye, the Purple Wave beat Father Ryan (Nashville), 22-14, in the Division II Class AAA quarterfinals. They will play Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville) in the semifinals this Friday.
- St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (8-2)
Previous rank: 21.
In the Huddle: Trailing by four points (14-10) in the third quarter, QB Kevin Doyle’s 34-yard TD pass to Rakim Jarrett was the difference in a 17-14 win over DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinals. It comes down to one game for the WCAC championship against rivals Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) this Saturday at University of Maryland’s Byrd Stadium.
- Marist, Atlanta, Ga. (11-0)
Previous rank: 22.
In the huddle: The War Eagles downed Madison County (Danielsville), 38-14, in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs. QB Chase Abshier ran for two scores and tossed a 28-yard TD to John Fitzpatrick. Chris Zowine added a 48-yard, pick-six. Next up is Cedartown in the second round this weekend.
- Christian Brothers College, St. Louis, Mo. (12-1)
Previous rank: 23.
In the Huddle: The Cadets are in the Class 6 state championship game for the third time in four years after dispatching Eureka, 42-7, in the semifinals. QB Brett Gabbert was sensational, hitting on 16 of 24 passes for 276 yards and three TDs and junior RB Bryan Bradford carried 25 times for 128 yards and a score and now has 13 TDs in the last three games. Next up is the state final versus Blue Springs on Saturday at Missouri State’s Plaster Stadium in Springfield.
- Eastside Catholic, Sammamish, Wash. (10-0)
Previous rank: 24.
In the Huddle: The defense scored 21 points and the Crusaders routed Edmonds-Woodway, 42-13, in the Class 3A. Next is Garfield/Lincoln in the quarterfinals this weekend.
- St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (8-2)
Previous rank: 25.
In the Huddle: Crushed Don Bosco Prep, 41-18, in the Non-Public Group 4 first round. Chase Jones caught three TDs passes and RB Dominic Meleo scored from the 1 and 2 in the first half, and the Marauders meet Paramus Catholic in the semifinals this weekend.
- Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic (12-0)
Previous rank: Not ranked.
In the Huddle: The Cougars trounced West Caldwell (Lenoir), 43-7, in the Class 3A first round. RB Milan Howard peeled off a 75-yard TD run on the second play from scrimmage and QB Chris Walton fired TDs from 34, 52 and 30 yards for a 43-0 lead at halftime. Next up is Stuart Cramer (Belmont) in the second round this Friday.
- Chaminade, West Hills, Calif. (9-2)
Previous rank: 10.
In the huddle: Lost to Orange Lutheran, 28-25, in the CIF-Southern Section Division I first round. Season complete.
Dropped out: No. 13 St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio).
Others to Consider: St. Pius X (Houston, Texas); Dowling Catholic (West Des Moines, Iowa); Columbus (Miami, Fla.); Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.); De La Salle Collegiate (Warren, Mich.); Benedictine Military School (Savannah, Ga.); La Salle (Cincinnati, Ohio); Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.); Bishop McGuinness Catholic (Oklahoma City, Okla.); Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.); Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.); Jesuit (Portland, Ore.); Mount Carmel (Chicago, Ill.); Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.); Cathedral (Indianapolis, Ind.); St. John Vianney (Kirkwood, Mo.); St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio); Juan Diego Catholic (Draper, Utah); and St. Anthony’s (Melville, N.Y.).