2017 Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25, Oct. 11, 2011
Presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football
- Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (6-0)
Previous rank: 1.
In the Huddle: QB J.T. Daniels made it look easy, throwing for five touchdowns in the Monarchs’ 70-35 victory over Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita). WR Amon-Ra St. Brown caught a pair of TDs. Coach Bruce Rollinson’s team is in for a humdinger this weekend against No. 5 St. John Bosco (Bellflower) for Trinity League supremacy. The two could meet again in the playoffs.
- St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (5-0)
Previous rank: 2.
In the Huddle: QB C.J. Duell threw for a TD and run for another as six different Hawks found the end zone in a 49-0 thrashing of archrivals Roman Catholic (Philadelphia). The Hawks swoop into Northeast Philly for a Saturday night date with Father Judge (Philadelphia).
- St. Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio (7-0)
Previous rank: 3.
In the Huddle: The Bombers are Great Cincinnati League South champions after crushing La Salle (Cincinnati), 42-7. It was 28-0 after one quarter and 14 more points in the second quarter ultimately took the suspense out of the game. Next up is an independent game against Mississauga (Ontario, Canada) North Prep/Clarkson Secondary on Friday.
- St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (4-1)
Previous rank: 4.
In the Huddle: The Raiders record a quality win over Deerfield Beach. 14-0. Nikolas Bonitto had a 10-yard, pick-six and Daniel Carter ran 5 yards for the second TD both in the second quarter. Coach Roger Harriott’s team returns home to face Fort Lauderdale High on Friday.
- St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (4-1)
Previous rank: 5.
In the Huddle: The Braves defeated Orange Lutheran, 42-21. RB D.J. Uiagalelei rushed for 159 yards and three TDs. Rivalry week is here as they face top-ranked Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.).
- St. Ignatius, Cleveland, Ohio (7-0)
Previous rank: 7.
In the Huddle: Matthew Trickett’s school-record 59-yard field goal helped the Wildcats take a 34-10 lead after three quarters in a 34-20 victory over GlenOak (Canton, Ohio). Trickett’s Intercontinental Missile was the fourth longest in Ohio prep history and second of the game – he also hit from 42. QB Dan Alexander passed for three TDs and sped 2 yards for another. The Cats are off to Otterbein University in Columbus, where they face Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati) on Friday for a neutral site contest.
- Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, Nev. (5-2)
Previous rank: 8.
In the Huddle: The Gaels scored 35 points in the first quarter en route to shutting down Clark (Las Vegas), 56-0. Since returning to instate competition the Gaels have produced 177 points in three games allowing zero. QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson tossed two TDs passes to Jalen Nailor, who also had a 21-yard pick-six on defense. Next is Desert Oasis (Las Vegas) on Friday’s Homecoming Night.
- Cathedral Prep, Erie, Pa. (7-0)
Previous rank: 9.
In the huddle: The Ramblers took their show on the road and crossed state lines to knock off Michigan powerhouse De La Salle Collegiate (Warren, Mich.), 33-23. QB Joe Mischler threw for 236 yards and two scores, pushing his career totals to 6,314 yards and 83 TDs – both marks are second all-time in PIAA District 10. Prep is back home to entertain Canadian team West Toronto Prep on Friday.
- De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (6-1)
Previous rank: 10.
In the Huddle: Blanked California (San Ramon), 42-0. The Spartans scored 35 points in the first half. Kairee Robinson and George King scored two TDs apiece. They will travel to Foothill (Pleasanton) on Friday.
- Saint Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (7-0)
Previous rank: 12.
In the huddle: QB Chevan Cordeiro accounted for four TDs, two in the air and two on the ground, lifting the Crusaders over Punahou (Honolulu), 40-20. The defense stepped up with sophomore LB Jordan Botelho making three of the five sacks and forcing a fumble on the opening drive that led to a TD. The win means coach Cal Lee’s team is in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu championship game.
- St. Edward, Lakewood, Ohio (7-0)
Previous rank: 13.
In the Huddle: The Eagles defeated Cathedral (Indianapolis, Ind.), 38-10. Now it’s an international home date with Canada Prep Academy (St. Catharines, Ontario) on Saturday afternoon.
- Trinity, Louisville, Ky. (8-0)
Previous rank: 14.
In the Huddle: The Shamrocks scored early and often before settling for a comfortable 45-0 victory over Eastern (Louisville). Next is Seneca (Louisville) on Friday in the regular season’s penultimate game.
- St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md. (6-0)
Previous rank: 15.
In the Huddle: Maryland’s top-ranked team recorded a fourth shutout in a 28-0 win over McDonogh (Owings Mills). The Panthers’ stingy defense did not let their opponents inside the red zone. Next up is Gilman School (Baltimore) Friday in a key
- Chaminade, West Hills, Calif. (5-1)
Previous rank: 16.
In the huddle: Idle. After a week off, the Eagles play at Mission League rival Loyola (Los Angeles) on Friday.
- St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (4-1)
Previous rank: 17.
In the Huddle: The Marauders scored the game’s final 15 points, including a two-point conversion with 2:26 left to knock off then-No. 21 DePaul Catholic (Wayne), 22-21, in a North Jersey thriller. Trailing 21-7 early in the fourth quarter, QB Maasai Maynor threw his second TD pass to make it 21-14 and then Dominic Meleo’s 1-yard TD whittled to the deficit to one. Maynor’s two-pointer gave the Marauders their first lead and DePaul’s last ditch 28-yard field goal fell short. No rest for the weary with a league road game Saturday at No. 19 Bergen Catholic (Oradell).
- Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines, Iowa, (7-0)
Previous rank: 18.
In the huddle: Coach Tom Wilson’s crew kept the scoreboard operator on their toes last week in a 69-6 lopsided win at Lincoln (Council Bluffs). Two games remain in the regular season beginning with Ankeny Centennial on Friday.
- Archbishop Wood, Warminster, Pa. (5-1)
Previous rank: 19.
In the Huddle: The Vikings hammered Father Judge, 49-19. Next up is league rival Archbishop Carroll (Radnor) on Friday and following that is a late season bye before winding up with La Salle College (Wyndmoor) on Oct. 27.
- Gonzaga, Washington, D.C. (6-1)
Previous rank: Not ranked.
In the Huddle: The Eagles recorded a huge victory over their Washington Catholic Athletic Association archrivals, topping then-No. 6 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), 26-20. The score was 19-0 after one quarter and eventually ballooned to 26-0 before DeMatha stormed back late. Freshman QB Caleb Williams passed for 200 yards and two TDs. If you are looking ahead, the Zags need to beat No. 25 St. John’s College (Washington) for the regular season title on Nov. 4, but the reset button is hit in the playoffs.
- Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J., (3-2)
Previous rank: 20.
In the huddle: The Crusaders were off but face the daunting task of No. 15 St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City) at home.
- DeMatha Catholic, Hyattsville, Md. (4-2)
Previous rank: 6.
In the Huddle: Lost to archrival Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), 26-20, in a key Washington Catholic Athletic Conference showdown.
- Bishop Lynch, Dallas, Texas (5-0)
Previous rank: Not ranked.
In the Huddle: The Friars enter the CAC Top 25 as Texas’ top TAPPS team. Last weekend, they defeated Trinity Christian (Addison), 28-7. RB Jacob Lewis ran wild for 253 yards and three TDs – averaging 13.3 yards a carry. Coach Chuck Faucette’s team plays at Prestonwood Christian (Plano) on Friday for the top spot in the District 1.
- St. John Vianney, Kirkwood, Mo. (8-0)
Previous rank: 22.
In the Huddle: The Griffins beat Vashon (St. Louis), 63-12, and are averaging nearly 49 points per game. So it comes down to Friday at Christian Brothers College (St. Louis) to determine the Metro Catholic League champion. Missouri’s top-ranked Class 5 thumped Saint Louis University High, 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, which is for the Metro Catholic League championship.
- JSerra Catholic, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (6-0)
Previous rank: 23.
In the Huddle: In an offensive shootout, the Lions outlasted Servite (Anaheim), 52-36. Senior RB A.J. Fisher rushed for 300 yards and two scores and Matt Fisher connected on two TD passes. The Lions enter the bye week knowing they will play CAC Top 25 powers Mater Dei (Santa Ana) and St. John Bosco (Bellflower) in the their remaining four contests.
- McGill-Toolen Catholic, Mobile, Ala. (6-0)
Previous rank: 24.
In the Huddle: The Yellow Jackets stung Bryant (Irvington), 55-7. The intrigue of this Region 1 game ended early when Eric Garror’s 93-yard punt return for a score led the way for a 41-0 lead at halftime. Junior signal-caller Sheldon Layman completed 12 passes for 191 yards and three TDs in his team’s 21st straight regular season triumph. The Jackets host Montgomery (Semmes) this weekend.
- St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (3-2)
Previous rank: 25.
In the Huddle: Fully rested following an off week and ready to push forward, the Cadets opened the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference docket stopping Good Counsel (Olney), 31-9. The Cadets host Bishop McNamara (Forestville) on Saturday.
Dropped out: No. 11 Archbishop Rummel, Metairie, La.; and No. 21 DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.)
Others to Consider: Holy Cross (New Orleans, La.); Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); Marist (Chicago, Ill.); Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.); Covington Catholic, (Park Hills, Ky.); Bishop McGuinness Catholic (Oklahoma City, Okla.); Marist (Atlanta, Ga.); Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.); La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.); Catholic Central (Toledo, Ohio); Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.); Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.); St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.); St. Pius X (Houston, Texas); Columbus (Miami, Fla.); Jesuit (Portland, Ore.); Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic; and Christian Brothers College (St. Louis, Mo.).