2017 Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25, Oct. 25, 2017
Presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football
- Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (8-0)
Previous rank: 1.
In the Huddle: Defeated then No. 19-raned JSerra (San Juan Capistrano), 45-3. Junior QB JT Daniels was an efficient 16 of 21 for 224 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for two more scores. The Monarchs have two games left for a perfect regular season, including Friday’s Trinity League contest with Orange Lutheran.
- St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (7-0)
Previous rank: 2.
In the Huddle: Pennsylvania’s top-ranked Class AAAAAA club defeated La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.), 28-14. Kolbe Burrell’s 1-yard TD in the third quarter gave the Hawks a 14-7 lead and clinched the Philadelphia Catholic League Red Division title. The season wraps up Saturday at Archbishop Ryan (Philadelphia) and then they head into the district playoffs.
- St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (6-1)
Previous rank: 4.
In the Huddle: The Raiders trailed 7-3 in the first quarter but rallied for an easy 38-14 victory over Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes), 38-14. Junior RB Daniel Carter ran for TDs of 5 and 51. Next up is Friday at Ely (Pompano Beach).
- Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, Nev. (7-2)
Previous rank: 5.
In the Huddle: The Gaels trounced Durango (Las Vegas), 55-0. UCLA-bound QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson was perfect completing all nine passes for 275 yards and five TDs and RB Amod Cianelli ran for a pair of scores. The Gaels close out the regular season and host Senior Night on Thursday versus Sierra Vista (Las Vegas).
- Cathedral Prep, Erie, Pa. (9-0)
Previous rank: 6.
In the huddle: The Ramblers rolled past Fort LeBoeuf (Waterford), 49-14. The regular season concludes Saturday afternoon at Canisius (Buffalo, N.Y.).
- De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (8-1)
Previous rank: 7.
In the Huddle: The Spartans made quick work of Monte Vista (Danville), 45-7. They have a bye week before hosting San Ramon Valley (Danville) on Nov. 3. The CIF-North Coast Section playoffs begin the following weekend.
- St. Edward, Lakewood, Ohio (9-0)
Previous rank: 8.
In the Huddle: The Eagles avoided a trap game, beating Moeller (Cincinnati), 31-7. RB Tylan Rice’s 13-yard TD run in the first quarter opened the scoring and Zach Kincaid’s 59-yard aerial to Quintel Kentel (two TDs) doubled the lead at 14 points. Devon Maddox found the end zone on 63-yard punt return midway through the third quarter. Next up is No. 13 St. Ignatius (Cleveland) in a storied rivalry game on Saturday.
- Trinity, Louisville, Ky. (10-0)
Previous rank: 9.
In the Huddle: The Shamrocks closed out the regular season with a district championship and a fourth straight shutout in a 49-0 win over Ballard (Louisville).
- St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md. (8-0)
Previous rank: 10.
In the Huddle: The Panthers trailed 7-0 in the first but rattled off the game’s final 42 points during a 42-7 hammering of Archbishop Spalding (Severn). The stingy defense has allowed only 23 points in eight games. RB Joachim Bagda scored on three times on short runs. Next up is Mount St. Joseph (Baltimore) on Friday.
- Saint Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (8-0)
Previous rank: 11.
In the huddle: It was another convincing win for coach Cal Lee’s group, a 38-2 thrashing of Kamehameha School (Honolulu) for their third-straight Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division I championship. QB Chevan Cordeiro threw for 255 yards and four TDs. Now comes the hard part – the Crusaders don’t play again until Nov. 10 in the Division I-Open Division semifinals at Aloha Stadium.
- St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (6-2)
Previous rank: 12.
In the Huddle: After a tough loss to top-ranked Mater Dei (Santa Ana) two weeks ago, the Braves rebounded in beating Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita), 40-38. Sophomore QB DJ Uiagalelei threw for two to Kristopher Hudson TDs. Junior WR Joshua Delgardo caught 5 balls or 123 yards. This weekend the Braves play Servite (Anaheim) Friday at Cerritos College in Norwalk.
- Chaminade, West Hills, Calif. (7-1)
Previous rank: 13.
In the huddle: RB Andrew Van Buren ran for 163 yards and two scores on 24 carries when the Eagles improved to 4-0 on the Mission League with a 45-0 silencing of Alemany (Mission Hills). LB Blake Antzoulatas spearheaded the defense with 12 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery. The Eagles fly into league rival Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) this Friday.
- St. Ignatius, Cleveland, Ohio (8-1)
Previous rank: 14.
In the Huddle: QB Dan Alexander took over in the third quarter, running for TDs from 10 and 3 yards, powering the Wildcats past then-No. 3 St. Xavier (Cincinnati), 28-14. Alexander also threw a scoring pass in the second quarter for a 14-6 lead at the break.
- St. Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio (8-1)
Previous rank: 3.
In the Huddle: Lost to then-No. 14 St. Ignatius (Cleveland), 28-14. The Bombers fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter and were down 14-6 by halftime. QB Chase Wolf ran and passed for a TD. The two teams could meet again in the Division I state playoffs. Next: Friday at St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.).
- Archbishop Wood, Warminster, Pa. (6-2)
Previous rank: 15.
In the Huddle: Idle. The Vikings carry a four-game win streak into Friday’s game with La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.) that will be played at William Tennent High School in Warminster, Pa.
- Gonzaga, Washington, D.C. (7-1)
Previous rank: 16.
In the Huddle: Idle. The regular season is winding down with a league rivalry game at Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) this Friday
- Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J., (5-2)
Previous rank: 17.
In the huddle: Michael Kearney’s 36-yard field goal – his second of the game – midway through the third quarter gave the Crusaders the lead for good in a 20-19 victory over Pope John XXIII (Sparta). Two games remain in the regular season, but none more important than Friday’s rivalry at Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey). BC assistant Greg Toal was unceremoniously let go after last season at Don Bosco, which just adds more passion fueling this annual encounter.
- Bishop Lynch, Dallas, Texas (7-0)
Previous rank: 18.
In the Huddle: The Friars shut out Pope John II (Plano), 49-0. RB Jacob Lewis poured it on, rushing for 199 yards and four TDs on 11 carries. There are three games left in the regular season as Liberty Argyle Christian comes to town on Friday.
- McGill-Toolen Catholic, Mobile, Ala. (8-0)
Previous rank: 20.
In the Huddle: Junior QB Sheldon Layman hit on 11 of 15 passes for 154 yards and three scores, including a pair to Bryan Hill, in a 48-6 victory over Baker. The Yellow Jackets play Theodore this weekend before facing Fairhope for the region title on Nov. 3.
- Christian Brothers, Memphis, Tenn. (9-0)
Previous rank: 21.
In the Huddle: The Purple Wave is riding high after thumping Wooddale (Memphis), 37-6. They conclude the regular season with Memphis University School on Friday in a Division II Class AAA West Region rivalry.
- St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (5-2)
Previous rank: 22.
In the Huddle: The Cadets shredded DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), 38-22. Ron Cook scored three TDs. Next up is Archbishop Carroll (Washington) on Saturday and then the regular season finale on Nov. 4 against No. 16 Gonzaga (Washington).
- Marist, Atlanta, Ga. (8-0)
Previous rank: 23.
In the huddle: The War Eagles essentially clinched the Region 7-AAAA championship, pulling out a thrilling 25-24 win over archrivals Blessed Trinity (Roswell). QB Chase Abshire engineered the game-winning drive capped by his 2-yard TD run and the ensuing two-point conversion pass to Kyle Hamilton with 53 seconds left.
- JSerra Catholic, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (7-1)
Previous rank: 19.
In the Huddle: Lost to No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 45-3. Now coach Pat Harlow’s squad tries to bounce back Friday hosting Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita).
- Christian Brothers College, St. Louis, Mo. (9-1)
Previous rank: 24.
In the Huddle: The Cadets defeated McCluer North (Florissant), 55-8, in the Class 6, District 2 first round. They meet Marquette (Chesterfield) in the district semifinals.
- St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (5-2)
Previous rank: 25.
In the Huddle: QB Maasai Maynor threw a 50-yard TD pass to Mark Walker with 4:53 left, rallying the Marauders past St. Joseph Regional (Montvale), 21-7. Prep trailed 17-7 in the third, but chipped away and sealed it late when Notre Dame-bound S Shayne Simon intercepted a pass. This weekend coach Rich Hansen’s team will be a heavy favorite against Lincoln (Jersey City).
Dropped out: None.
Others to Consider: Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.); Covington Catholic, (Park Hills, Ky.); Holy Cross (New Orleans, La.); Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); Marist (Chicago, Ill.); 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. 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, Ind.); St. John Vianney (Kirkwood, Mo.); Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.); and Aquinas Institute (Rochester, N.Y.).