2017 Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25, October 18, 2017
Presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football
- Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (7-0)
Previous rank: 1.
In the Huddle: The Monarchs rule for now after topping then-No. 5 St. John Bosco (Bellflower), 31-21. The ballyhooed matchup started out fast at 28-21 but only three points were scored after halftime. WR Amon-Ra St. Brown caught eight balls for 201 yards and two touchdowns and returned a punt 51 yards for another score. Junior QB JT Daniels threw for 321 yards and two TDs. Next up is JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) on Friday
- St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (6-0)
Previous rank: 2.
In the Huddle: The Hawks pounded Father Judge (Philadelphia), 42-7. In four league games, they are averaging 39 points with no let up. However, this weekend’s matchup with La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.) will likely settle the Philadelphia Catholic League Red Division title race.
- St. Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio (8-0)
Previous rank: 3.
In the Huddle: The Bombers opened with a 21-0 lead after one quarter en route to a 47-14 rout of Mississauga (Ontario, Canada) North Prep/Clarkson Secondary. Wisconsin-bound QB Chase Wolf completed 13 passes for 204 yards and two TDs, both to Matthew Fox in the first. Huge road game at No. 14 St. Ignatius (Cleveland) on Saturday. It is a rematch of the last year’s Division I state championship.
- St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (5-1)
Previous rank: 4.
In the Huddle: The Raiders were never threatened in a 49-7 victory over Fort Lauderdale. Junior RB Daniel Carter scored four TDs, including a 23-yarder on the first play from scrimmage. Nik Bonitto added a 10-yard pick six.
- Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, Nev. (6-2)
Previous rank: 7.
In the Huddle: The Gaels shut out Desert Oasis (Las Vegas), 64-0. UCLA-bound QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for 247 yards and three TDs, including a pair to Jalen Nailor. Next up is a road game at Durango (Las Vegas) on Friday.
- Cathedral Prep, Erie, Pa. (8-0)
Previous rank: 8.
In the huddle: QB Joe Mischler tossed four TD passes, clicking on 13 of 17 passes for 303 yards and the Ramblers blew out West Toronto (Ontario) Prep, 50-7. Mischler’s career 87 TD throws equaled the District 10 mark. Prep heads to Fort LeBoeuf (Waterford) on Friday in the penultimate game of the regular season.
- De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (7-1)
Previous rank: 9.
In the Huddle: For the second straight week, the Spartans recorded a 42-0 victory, this time blanking Foothill (Pleasanton). Kairee Robinson rushed for 151 yards and two scores. Early last Friday, the game was in jeopardy due to the wildfires in northern California, but the winds shifted taking the smoky skies out of the East Bay.
- St. Edward, Lakewood, Ohio (8-0)
Previous rank: 11.
In the Huddle: The Eagles defeated Canada Prep Academy (St. Catharines, Ontario), 31-7. Coach Tom Lombardo’s team took a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and coasted the rest of the way. The schedule takes a twist for the last two weeks of the regular season. The Eagles face Moeller (Cincinnati) on Saturday and No. 14 St. Ignatius (Cleveland) on Oct. 27. Last weekend, Moeller stunned St. Ignatius, 41-20. Word to the wise: Don’t sleep on Moeller.
- Trinity, Louisville, Ky. (9-0)
Previous rank: 14.
In the Huddle: The Shamrocks rolled to a 42-0 victory over Eastern (Louisville). Nick Strothman and Liam Gray each caught two scoring passes and Luke McGuire ran for two TDs. The Rocks end the regular season on Friday with Ballard (Louisville) and Class 6A, District 4 crown at stake.
- St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md. (7-0)
Previous rank: 13.
In the Huddle: The Panthers’ vaunted defense recorded its fifth shutout, beating Gilman School (Baltimore), 50-0. Next up is Archbishop Spalding (Severn) on Friday.
- Saint Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (7-0)
Previous rank: 10.
In the huddle: Idle. The Crusaders drew a playoff bye but face Kamehameha School (Honolulu) in the second round of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division I on Saturday.
- St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (5-2)
Previous rank: 5.
In the Huddle: Lost to top-ranked Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 31-21. The Braves played without QB Re-al Mitchell and must rebound this weekend against league rival Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita).
- Chaminade, West Hills, Calif. (6-1)
Previous rank: 16.
In the huddle: The Eagles handled Loyola (Los Angeles), 37-14. They host Alemany (Mission Hills) on Friday in a Mission League fixture.
- St. Ignatius, Cleveland, Ohio (7-1)
Previous rank: 6.
In the Huddle: The Wildcats had three turnovers in a 41-20 upset loss to Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati). Now they must rebound this weekend against No. 3 St. Xavier (Cincinnati).
- Archbishop Wood, Warminster, Pa. (6-2)
Previous rank: 17.
In the Huddle: The Vikings continue to impress with a 49-7 win over Archbishop Carroll (Radnor). QB Jack Colyar threw for two scores and Nasir Peoples rushed for a TD and returned a punt 70 yards for another.
- Gonzaga, Washington, D.C. (7-1)
Previous rank: 18.
In the Huddle: The Eagles trounced Archbishop Carroll (Washington), 41-8. Next up is a bye week before a tricky road game at Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) on Oct. 27.
- Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J., (4-2)
Previous rank: 20.
In the huddle: After shaky start to the season, the Crusaders are rounding into an offensive juggernaut in defeating then-No. 15 St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City), 41-14.
- Bishop Lynch, Dallas, Texas (6-0)
Previous rank: 21.
In the Huddle: Colorado-bound RB Jarek Broussard rushed for 120 yards and two scores from 49 and 39 yards, lifting the Friars over Prestonwood Christian (Plano), 17-13. Leading 10-0 at halftime, Broussard’s second score from 39 yards gave the Friars some breathing room. Next is John Paul II (Plano) on Friday.
- JSerra Catholic, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (7-0)
Previous rank: 23.
In the Huddle: Coach Pat Harlow’s team cruised past Orange Lutheran, 52-21. The Lions have the unenviable task of traveling to No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) on Friday for a league clash.
- McGill-Toolen Catholic, Mobile, Ala. (7-0)
Previous rank: 24.
In the Huddle: The Yellow Jackets drubbed Montgomery (Semmes), 44-0. QB Sheldon Layman hit on 15 of 27 passes for 149 and two scores and Eric Garror returned a punt 49 yards for a TD.
- Christian Brothers, Memphis, Tenn. (8-0)
Previous rank: Not ranked.
In the Huddle: The Purple Wave rolled over St. Benedict (Memphis), 50-6. There are two weeks left in the regular season.
- St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (4-2)
Previous rank: 25.
In the Huddle: Shut out Bishop McNamara (Forestville), 49-0. The Cadets need to kick it up a notch this weekend for a date with defending league champion DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.).
- Marist, Atlanta, Ga. (7-0)
Previous rank: Not ranked.
In the huddle: The War Eagles enter the CAC Top 25 after thrashing West Hall (Oakwood), 42-6. Coach Alan Chadwick’s squad is ranked No. 3 in Georgia’s Class AAAA and visits archrival Blessed Trinity (Roswell) on Friday.
- Christian Brothers College, St. Louis, Mo. (8-1)
Previous rank: Not ranked.
In the Huddle: The Cadets are back in the CAC Top 25 after knocking off then-No. 22 St. John Vianney (Kirkwood, Mo.). Missouri’s top-ranked Class 6 team captured their eight consecutive Metro Catholic Conference championship. They also won for the 32nd straight time in the MCC, dating back to 2009. Junior QB Blake Gabbert threw four TD passes to Cameron Brown and rushed for the decisive score, a 44-yarder with 2:41 left in the contest for a 42-28 lead. The Cadets play this weekend in the district playoffs versus McCluer North (Florissant).
- St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (4-2)
Previous rank: 15.
In the Huddle: Lost at then-No. 20 Bergen Catholic (Oradell), 41-14. The Marauders are teetering on the brink of dropping out. It doesn’t get any easier this weekend when St. Joseph Regional (Montvale) pays a visit to Caven Point
Dropped out: No. 16 Dowling Catholic (West Des Moines, Iowa); No. 20 DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.); No. 22 St. John Vianney (Kirkwood, Mo.)
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.); Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.); La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.); Catholic Central (Toledo, Ohio); DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.); 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; Dowling Catholic (West Des Moines, Iowa); Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.); Cathedral (Indianapolis, Id.); Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.); and St. John Vianney (Kirkwood, Mo.)