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