2017 Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25, Nov 22, 2017
Presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football
- Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (12-0)
Previous rank: 1.
In the Huddle: The Monarchs trounced Poly (Long Beach), 55-13, in the CIF-Southern Section Division I quarterfinals. USC-bound QB J.T. Daniels accounted for five touchdowns, three in the air and two on the ground. Daniels threw for 299 yards and tossed a pair of scores to WR Amon-Ra St. Brown. Next up is a showdown at unbeaten Mission Viejo in the CIF-Southern Section Division I semifinals
- St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (11-0)
Previous rank: 2.
In the Huddle: The Hawks moved into the PIAA Class AAAAAA quarterfinals after defeating Northeast (Philadelphia), 31-0, in the District 12 final. Kolbe Burrell scored on runs of 5 and 8 yards, Dejuan Dandridge returned a fumble 32 yards for a score and James Cherry took it to the house from 62 yards on a punt return. Next up is unbeaten Parkland (Allentown) in the quarterfinals this Saturday.
- Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, Nev. (11-2)
Previous rank: 3.
In the Huddle: The Gaels Rolled past previously unbeaten Arbor View (Las Vegas), 42-7, in the Class 4A, Sunset Region final. The game was tied at 7 through one quarter when the Gaels exploded for 28 points in the second quarter. The running game won it as Amod Cianelli rumbled for 105 yards and two TDs on 11 carries and QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson rushed for 121 yards and a score on 11 carries and tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Cedric Tillman. Next up is local rival Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) in the Class 4A semifinals to be played at Rancho High School in Las Vegas this Friday.
- Cathedral Prep, Erie, Pa. (11-0)
Previous rank: 4.
In the huddle: Idle. The Ramblers play Thomas Jefferson (Jefferson Hills) on Friday in the Class AAAA state quarterfinals.
- De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (10-1)
Previous rank: 5.
In the Huddle: The Spartans scored three TDs from their first six plays from scrimmage during a 45-7 victory over Clayton Valley Charter (Concord) in the CIF-North Coast Section Open Division semifinals. Kairee Robinson totaled 127 yards rushing and two scores and Shamar Garrett had 117 yards and a pair of TDs. The Spartans won’t play again until the final against Pittsburg on Dec. 2 in Dublin.
- Trinity, Louisville, Ky. (13-0)
Previous rank: 6.
In the Huddle: Defeated Simon Kenton (Independence), 49-17, in the Class 6A quarterfinals. QB Nick Bohn fired four TD passes in the first half, finishing 21 of 27 for 246 yards, and the Shamrocks moved their win streak to 28 games. Bohn threw a pair of TD passes to both Texas-bound WR Rondale Moore and Nick Strothman. The run to a record 25th state title is down to two games, continuing Friday against Central Hardin (Cecelia) in the 6A semifinals.
- St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md. (12-0)*
Previous rank: 7.
In the Huddle: Won a second straight MIAA A Conference championship, beating Gilman School (Baltimore), 44-7. The Panthers led 9-7 at halftime but scored 28 points in the third quarter. Junior RB Joachim Bangda ran for three of his four TDs in the second half and finished with 148 yards on 16 carries. Season complete.
- Saint Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (10-0)*
Previous rank: 8.
In the huddle: The Crusaders completed their first undefeated season since 1996 beating Kahuku, 31-28, in the Division I-Open Division final before 22,000 at Aloha Stadium. Leading 24-7 in the second half, Kahuku stormed back taking a 28-24 edge midway through the fourth quarter. Undeterred QB Chevan Cordeiro rallied his team and won it by firing a 53-yard TD to Jonah Panoke with 37 seconds left. Cordeiro delivered the fifth state title and finished with 440 yards and three scores in the final and threw for 3,130 yards and 29 TDs in 10 games. Season complete.
- St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (10-2)
Previous rank: 9.
In the Huddle: The Braves rolled by Rancho Cucamonga, 55-28, in the CIF-Southern Section Division I quarterfinals. With the score tied at 7, the Braves tallied 20 points in the second quarter as Keith Savage ran for two scores and George Holani added one for a 27-7 lead at the intermission. The Braves have a tall order this weekend when they play nationally ranked Corona (Calif.) Centennial in the sectional semifinals.
- St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (10-2)
Previous rank: 12.
In the Huddle: Daniel Carter’s TD runs from 50 and 26 yards in the first two quarters paced the Raiders over West Broward (Pembroke Pines), 38-7, in the Class 7A, Region 4 semifinals. It was their 17th consecutive playoff win. Next up is Doral Academy in the regional final this Friday.
- Archbishop Wood, Warminster, Pa. (10-2)
Previous rank: 13.
In the Huddle: The Vikings cruised to their ninth PIAA Class AAAAA District 12 title, toppling Simon Gratz (Philadelphia), 36-6. Now it’s a date with Wyoming Valley West (Plymouth) in the PIAA Class AAAAA state quarterfinals this Saturday at Northern Pocono High School in Slatington.
- Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J. (9-2)
Previous rank: 14.
In the huddle: The Crusaders will be playing for state championship for the first time since 2012 after beating Delbarton (Morristown), 41-16, in the Non-Public Group 4 semifinals. Boston College-bound QB Johnny Langan threw four TD passes, including three to Dylan Classi in the first half to build a 34-7 lead. The Crusaders next play on Dec. 1 against No. 22 St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City) for the state title at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
- Bishop Lynch, Dallas, Texas (11-0)
Previous rank: 15.
In the Huddle: The Friars rushed for five TDs, three from Jacob Lewis, and the defense recorded a pair of pick-sixes to knock out Monsignor Kelly Catholic (Beaumont), 55-14, in the TAPPS Division I first round. Daniel Packard and Jeremy Harris each returned interceptions for scores in the second quarter for a 48-0 lead. The Division I quarterfinals are slated for Saturday versus Parish Episcopal (Dallas).
- McGill-Toolen Catholic, Mobile, Ala. (12-0)
Previous rank: 16.
In the Huddle: Bryan Hill rushed for three TDs and 49 yards as the Yellow Jackets toppled Auburn, 31-13, in the Class 7A quarterfinals. DB Eric Garror set up two TDs with an interception and blocked field goal attempt. Next up is a road trip to Phoenix City Central for the 7A semifinals.
- Covington Catholic, Park Hills, Ky. (13-0)
Previous rank: 17.
In the Huddle: The Colonels continued their dominance, crushing South Oldham (Crestwood), 49-7, in the Class 5A quarterfinals. In three playoff games, they have outscored the opposition, 154-21. Coach Eddie Eviston’s team plays South Warren (Bowling Green) in the 5A semifinals this Friday.
- St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (9-2)*
Previous rank: 19.
In the Huddle: The Cadets are the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champions for the first time in a generation – actually, since 1989. Quinten Johnson ran for two TDs and Rafael Checa kicked three field goals during a 30-7 victory over rivals Gonzaga (Washington) in the WCAC final. Coach Joe Casemento’s club led 10-7 at halftime but scored 13 points in the fourth quarter to record the monumental win. Season complete.
- Marist, Atlanta, Ga. (12-0)
Previous rank: 20.
In the huddle: Kyle Hamilton’s 85-yard kickoff return for a score gave the War Eagles a 21-12 lead en route to a 31-18 victory over Cedartown in the Class AAAA second round. Chris Zowine’s 5-yard TD had given them a 7-6 lead at the break. The bracket was thrown into chaos when top-seeded Cartersville was upset last Friday. The Wars Eagles play Burke County (Waynesboro) in the state quarterfinals this weekend.
- Christian Brothers College, St. Louis, Mo. (13-1)*
Previous rank: 21.
In the Huddle: Bryan Bradford’s three-TD, 129-yard effort paced the Cadets past Blue Springs, 31-16, to annex the Class 6 state championship. It was the program’s second title and 12th straight victory to close out the schedule. Season complete.
- Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines, Iowa, (12-1)*
Previous rank: Not ranked.
In the huddle: The Maroons return to the CAC Top 25 after capturing their fifth straight Class 4A state championship in a 35-21 win over previously unbeaten Iowa City West. Leading 28-14, Matt Moore’s 52-yard TD jaunt iced the game in the fourth quarter. Along the way, the Maroons averaged 47 points per game and avenged their only regular loss by hammering Ankeny Centennial, 44-7, in the semifinals. Season complete.
- St. Ignatius, Cleveland, Ohio (11-2)
Previous rank: 10.
In the Huddle: Upended by Mentor, 23-13, in the Division I Region 1 final. Season complete.
- St. Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio (11-2)
Previous rank: 11.
In the Huddle: Lost to Colerain (Cincinnati), 21-14, in the Division I, Region 4 final. Season complete.
- St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (9-2)
Previous rank: 23.
In the Huddle: The Marauders advanced to the state final, crushing Paramus Catholic, 42-19, in the Non-Public Group 4 semifinals. QB Maasai Maynor tossed three TD passes and ran 6 yards for another. Ayir Asante’s returned a kickoff 91 yards for score in the second quarters for a 21-7 lead. Next up is the final against No. 12 Bergen Catholic (Oradell) on Dec. 1 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
- Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic (13-0)
Previous rank: 24.
In the Huddle: Junior QB Chris Walton passed for two TDs and RB Milan Howard scored two TDs and rushed for 92 yards as the Cougars dismantled Stuart Cramer (Belmont), 42-7, in the Class 3A second round. Now the Cougars are back at it on Friday when they host reigning state champion Weddington (Matthews).
- Columbus, Miami, Fla. (10-1)
Previous rank: Not ranked.
In the Huddle: The Explorers enter the CAC Top 25 after beating South Dade 28-14, in the Class 8A, Region 4 semifinal. Anthony Arguelles accounted for 233 yards, passing for 133 yards and a score and running for another 100. Sophomore RB Henry Parrish, Jr. rushed for a 178 yards and one score. Next up is Miami High in the regional final this Friday.
- Chaminade, West Hills, Calif. (9-2)
Previous rank: 10.
In the huddle: Lost in the CIF-Southern Section Division I first round. Season complete.
Dropped out: No. 18 Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.) and No. 22 Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.).
Others to Consider: St. Pius X (Houston, Texas); St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.); De La Salle Collegiate (Warren, Mich.); Benedictine Military School (Savannah, Ga.); Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); O’Dea (Seattle, Wash.); Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.); Bishop McGuinness Catholic (Oklahoma City, Okla.); Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.); Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.); 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); Catholic Central (Grand Rapids, Mich.); Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.); Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio); Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.), and Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.).
* Won state, sectional or conference / league postseason championship