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Week 15: Dec 13

2017 Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25, Dec 13, 2017
Presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football

  1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (14-0)
    Previous rank: 1.
    In the Huddle: Idle. Next up is Saturday versus No. 4 De La Salle (Concord) in the CIF Open Division final to be played at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium.
  1. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, Nev. (13-2) *
    Previous rank: 3.
    In the Huddle: Won a ninth straight state championship by capturing the Class 4A title.  Season complete.
  1. Cathedral Prep, Erie, Pa. (14-0) *
    Previous rank: 4.
    In the huddle: The Ramblers won the PIAA Class AAAA state championship for the second straight season, defeating Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia), 38-28.  Ohio-bound QB Joe Mischler passed for 198 yards and a TD, pushing his career totals to 7,719 yards and 98 scores – both district records.  Season complete.
  1. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (11-1)
    Previous rank: 5.
    In the Huddle: Idle. The Spartans have a tall order on Saturday when they face top-ranked Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) for the CIF Open Division championship in Sacramento.
  1. Trinity, Louisville, Ky. (15-0) *
    Previous rank: 6.
    In the Huddle: Won the Class 6A state championship while compiling their second straight 15-0 record. Season complete.
  1. St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md. (12-0) *
    Previous rank: 7.
    In the Huddle: Won a second straight MIAA A Conference championship.  The Panthers were invited to play in the GEICO High School Bowl Series on Dec. 23 against nationally ranked Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) in Phoenix, Ariz.
  1. Saint Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (10-0) *
    Previous rank: 8.
    In the huddle: The Crusaders completed their first undefeated season since 1996, capturing the in Division I-Open Division.  Season complete.
  1. St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (13-1)
    Previous rank: 2.
    In the Huddle: Lost to No. 10 Pine-Richland (Gibsonia), 41-21, in the Class AAAAAA final.  Sophomore RB Kolbe Burrell ran 13 times for 158 yards, including a 56-yard TD jaunt, but it wasn’t enough for the Hawks – the Philadelphia Catholic League champions.  Season complete.
  1. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (11-3)
    Previous rank: 9.
    In the Huddle: Advanced to CIF-Southern Section Division I final.  Two of the Braves’ losses were to No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.).  Season complete.
  1. Archbishop Wood, Warminster, Pa. (12-2) *
    Previous rank: 10.
    In the Huddle: The Vikings returned to the winner’s circle for a second straight season, taking home the PIAA Class AAAAA state championship following a 49-14 victory over Gateway (Monroeville).  Virginia Tech-bound RB Nasir Peoples paced a punishing running attack with 266 yards and four TDs on 26 carries.  The Vikings were up 42-0 at halftime, the most lopsided score in state final history after one half.  Season complete.
  1. Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J. (10-2) *
    Previous rank: 11.
    In the huddle: Won the Non-Public Group 4 state championship.  Season complete.
  1. Covington Catholic, Park Hills, Ky. (15-0) *
    Previous rank: 13.
    In the Huddle: Won the Class 5A state championship.  Season complete.
  1. St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (9-2) *
    Previous rank: 16.
    In the Huddle: Won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship for the first time since 1989.  Season complete.
  1. Marist, Atlanta, Ga. (14-0)
    Previous rank: 17.
    In the huddle: The Class AAAA final against rivals Blessed Trinity (Roswell) was postponed last weekend due to Winter Storm Benji.  The makeup date is Friday at Marist, 7:30 p.m.
  1. Christian Brothers College, St. Louis, Mo. (13-1) *
    Previous rank: 18.
    In the Huddle: Won the Class 6 state championship.  Season complete.
  1. Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines, Iowa, (12-1) *
    Previous rank: 19.
    In the huddle: Won a fifth straight Class 4A state championship.  Season complete.
  1. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (11-3)
    Previous rank: 10.
    In the Huddle: Advanced to the Class 7A state semifinals.  Season complete 
  1. Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic (16-0) *
    Previous rank: 22.
    In the Huddle: RB Milan Howard rushed for 160 yards and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player as the Cougars beat Havelock, 28-14, in the Class 3A state championship.  Lamagea McDowell was the team’s Offensive MVP after running for 63 yards and two TDs.   QB Christopher Walton passed and rushed for scores.  It was Charlotte Catholic’s fourth overall state title and first since 2015.  Season complete.
  1. St. Ignatius, Cleveland, Ohio (11-2)
    Previous rank: 19.
    In the Huddle: Advanced to the Division I, Region 1 final.  Season complete.
  1. Archbishop Hoban, Akron, Ohio (14-1) *
    Previous ranked: 20.
    In the Huddle: Won the Division II state championship.  The Knights had previously won the last two Division III titles before moving up a division.  Season complete.
  1. McGill-Toolen Catholic, Mobile, Ala. (13-1)
    Previous rank: 12.
    In the Huddle: Lost to Hoover, 48-20, in the Class 7A final.  Season complete.
  1. St. Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio (11-2)
    Previous rank: 21.
    In the Huddle: Advanced to the Division I, Region 4 final.  Season complete.
  1. De La Salle, Warren, Mich. (12-2) *
    Previous rank: 23.
    In the Huddle: Won the Division 2 state championship.  Season complete.
  1. Bishop Miege, Shawnee Mission, Kan.(13-0) *
    Previous ranked: Not ranked.
    In the Huddle: Won the Class 4A-Division I state championship.  The Stags have won four consecutive state crowns.  Season complete.
  1. Chaminade, West Hills, Calif. (9-2)
    Previous rank: 25.
    In the Huddle: Lost in the CIF-Southern Section Division I first round.  Season complete.

Dropped out: No. 24 St. Pius X (Houston, Texas).

Others to Consider: Catholic (Baton Rouge, La.)*; DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.)*; St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.); Bishop Carroll Catholic (Wichita, Kan.)*; Columbus (Miami, Fla.); 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.); St. Peter’s Prep, (Jersey City, N.J.); Bishop Lynch (Dallas, Texas); St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.); St. Pius X (Houston, Texas); Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.), and Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.)*.

* Won state, sectional or conference/league postseason championship