Week 9: Nov. 1

2017 Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25, Nov. 1, 2017
Presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football

  1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (8-0)
    Previous rank: 1.
    In the Huddle: The Monarchs clinched their first back-t-back Trinity League titles since 2007 and ’08, crushing Orange Lutheran, 51-21.  Junior QB J.T. Daniels completed 24 of 33 passes for 336 yards and five TDs.  WR Amon-Ra St. Brown caught seven balls for 114 yards and three scores.  The regular season closes this Friday with a home fixture versus Servite (Anaheim).  Coach Bruce Rollinson’s team is seeking their first back-to-back unbeaten regular seasons since 1996 and ’97.
  1. St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (8-0)
    Previous rank: 2.
    In the Huddle: The Hawks closed out a perfect regular season in the Philadelphia Catholic League Red Division with a 42-6 victory over Archbishop Ryan (Philadelphia).  The road to the Pennsylvania’s Class AAAAAA starts this Friday when the Hawks play Father Judge (Philadelphia) in the league semifinals.
  1. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (7-1)
    Previous rank: 3.
    In the Huddle: The Raiders captured the District 14-7A, defeating Ely (Pompano Beach), 35-6.  RB Daniel Carter scored three TDs.  This weekend is the season finale at Miramar.  The playoffs start on Nov. 10.
  1. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, Nev. (8-2)
    Previous rank: 4.
    In the Huddle: The Gaels blanked a sixth straight local opponent, Sierra Vista (Las Vegas), 43-0.  The Gaels went 2-2 in the national portion of their schedule and 6-0 against the locals, outscoring Sunset Regional teams, 342-0.  Next is the Class 4A regional playoffs against Palo Verde (Las Vegas) this Friday.
  1. Cathedral Prep, Erie, Pa. (10-0)
    Previous rank: 5.
    In the huddle: The Ramblers scored 14 points in each of the first two quarters en route to 31-20 win at Canisius (Buffalo).  QB Joe Mischler threw for TDs of 46 and 27 yards and ran for one from 4 yards.
  1. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (8-1)
    Previous rank: 6.
    In the Huddle: Idle. The Spartans wrap up the regular season with San Ramon Valley (Danville) on Friday.  The CIF-North Coast Section playoffs begin the weekend of Nov. 10.
  1. Trinity, Louisville, Ky. (10-0)
    Previous rank: 8.
    In the Huddle: Idle. The Shamrocks open their Class 6A state title defense on Nov. 3 hosting Seneca (Louisville).  It takes five more victories to win it all in the Bluegrass State.
  1. St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md. (9-0)
    Previous rank: 9.
    In the Huddle: The Panthers went 6-0 in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Conference play with a 37-22 win over Mount St. Joseph (Baltimore).  They are the top seed in the A Conference playoffs.
  1. Saint Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (8-0)
    Previous rank: 10.
    In the huddle: Idle. Coach Cal Lee’s team has a two-week bye before playing in the Division I-Open Division on Nov. 10 at Aloha Stadium.
  1. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (7-2)
    Previous rank: 11.
    In the Huddle: Junior RB George Holani, who missed time with a sore ankle, regained his form rushing for 209 yards and a TD in a 42-17 thrashing of Servite (Anaheim).
  1. Chaminade, West Hills, Calif. (8-1)
    Previous rank: 12.
    In the huddle: Christopher Rankins’ pick-six was the difference in a 40-35 win over league rivals Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks).  The Eagles are unbeaten at 5-0 in the Mission League and face Bishop Amat (La Puente) this Friday for the league championship.
  1. St. Ignatius, Cleveland, Ohio (9-1)
    Previous rank: 13.
    In the Huddle: QB Dan Alexander’s 2-yard TD run with 1:13 left in the game propelled the Wildcats over archrival then-No. 7 St. Edward (Lakeland), 17-10.  The Wildcats are the top seed in Region 1 and open the playoffs on Friday against Perry (Massillon).
  1. St. Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio (9-1)
    Previous rank: 13.
    In the Huddle: Chris Payne ran for 105 yards and an eight-yard TD in the fourth quarter on 21 carries in a 16-14 win over St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.).  Donny Stock kicked a 40-yard field goal and Chase Wolf flipped an eight-yard TD in the second quarter.  The Bombers host Fairfield (Cincinnati) Friday in the Division I, Region 4 first round.
  1. St. Edward, Lakewood, Ohio (9-1)
    Previous rank: 7.
    In the Huddle: Lost to then-No. 13 St. Ignatius (Cleveland), 17-10.  The Eagles play Canton McKinley this Friday in the Division I, Region 1 quarterfinals.  Coach Tom Lombardo’s team could see St. Ignatius again in the regional final on Nov. 24.
  1. Archbishop Wood, Warminster, Pa. (7-2)
    Previous rank: 15.
    In the Huddle: The Vikings toppled La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.), 31-17.  Florida-bound DE Kyle Pitts had two sacks and a pick-six.  RB Nasir Peoples, a Virginia Tech pledge, ran for 167 yards and two TDs.  It’s a week off for Wood before facing Archbishop Carroll (Radnor) or Archbishop Ryan (Philadelphia) in the Class AAAAA Catholic League final on the weekend of Nov. 10.
  1. Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J., (6-2)
    Previous rank: 17.
    In the huddle: WR Anthony D’Addetta became a folk hero in the 69th version of a North Jersey rivalry, capping a last-minute eight-play, 87-yard drive with a 32-yard TD catch, propelling the Crusaders over Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey), 29-26.  The win stopped Bosco’s three-game win streak in the series but they still lead it 38-29-2.  The regular season closes Saturday at Seton Hall Prep (West Orange).
  1. Bishop Lynch, Dallas, Texas (8-0)
    Previous rank: 18.
    In the Huddle: The Friars edged Liberty Argyle Christian, 7-0.  Charles Crawford’s 13-yard run in the first quarter accounted for the lone score of the game and it held up.  This Friday the Friars travel to Nolan Catholic (Fort Worth).
  1. McGill-Toolen Catholic, Mobile, Ala. (9-0)
    Previous rank: 19.
    In the Huddle: Bryan Hill and Sheldon Layman ran for scores and the Yellow Jackets blanked Theodore, 20-0.  Chase Mahler kicked a pair of field goals.  The win sets up a Class 7A Region 1 showdown with Fairhope, which will determine the champion.
  1. Covington Catholic, Park Hills, Ky. (10-0)
    Previous rank: Not ranked.
    In the Huddle: Kentucky’s top-ranked Class 5A squad defeated Campbell County (Alexandria), 49-13.  The Colonels will host Bullitt East (Mount Washington) in the Class 5A first round this Friday after outscoring opponents from three states, 433-75, in 10 games.
  1. Christian Brothers, Memphis, Tenn. (10-0)
    Previous rank: 20.
    In the Huddle: The Purple Wave stopped Memphis University School, 17-6.  They will receive a first-round bye in the Division II Class AAA playoffs and play next on Nov. 10.
  1. St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (7-2)
    Previous rank: 21.
    In the Huddle: The Cadets rolled over Archbishop Carroll (Washington), 49-6.  Next up is Gonzaga (Washington) in a league showdown on Saturday.
  1. Marist, Atlanta, Ga. (9-0)
    Previous rank: 22.
    In the huddle: The War Eagles beat Chestatee  (Gainesville), 48-30, moving to 3-0 in Region 7-AAAA play.  Chase Abshire was 9 of 12 for a season-high 202 yards and two TDs.  The season concludes this Friday at White County (Cleveland).
  1. Christian Brothers College, St. Louis, Mo. (10-1)
    Previous rank: 24.
    In the Huddle: RB Bryan Bradford rushed for 139 yards and three TDs on runs of 22, 1 and 2 yards in a 49-0 win over Marquette (Chesterfield) in the Class 6 District 2 semifinals.  The Cadets play Hazelwood Central (St. Louis) in the district final this Friday.
  1. Eastside Catholic, Sammamish, Wash. (8-0)
    Previous rank: Not ranked.
    In the Huddle: The Crusaders are Washington’s unanimous top-ranked Class 3A team and are 3A Metro Mountain champions as the playoffs begin next week.
  1. St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (6-2)
    Previous rank: 25.
    In the Huddle: RB Anthony Summey ran for two TDs and QB Maasai Maynor threw for 145 yards and a score to defeat Lincoln (Jersey City), 44-20.  The Marauders travel to Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey) for the regular season finale.

Dropped out: No. 23 JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and No. 25 Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.).

Others to Consider: Benedictine Military School (Savannah, Ga.); Holy Cross (New Orleans, La.); Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); Good Counsel (Olney, Md.); Marist (Chicago, Ill.); Bishop McGuinness Catholic (Oklahoma City, Okla.); Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.); 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.); and Aquinas Institute (Rochester, N.Y.).