Thursday, November 15, 2012

High School Football America Top 25

By Jeff Fisher
High School Football America
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Three of our teams suffered surprising losses over the weekend, which has shuffled the deck in the lastest High School Football America Top 25.

Falling-out are Camden County (Georgia), St. Edward (Ohio) and St. Joseph's Prep (Pennsylvania).  All three suffered their first loses of the season over the weekend.

New this week, Bentonville (Arkansas), St. John Bosco (California) and Allen (Texas). 

Bosco is interesting because they have four losses, but all four are forfeits from using an ineligible player earlier this year.  The Braves are undefeated on the field and won the extremely tough Trinity League title.

Allen is back-in after climbing as high as #11 before losing to current #20 Coppell.

High School Football America Top 25

1. Manatee (Bradenton, FL) 10-0
Manatee closes out an unbeaten regular season with a 49-6 win over Lakewood Ranch. Next up: Northeast in first round of Florida 7A playoffs on Friday. Last Week: #1

2. DeSoto (Texas) 10-0
The Eagles avoided an upset by scoring 15 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to beat Manfield 37-23 Next up: Harker Heights (5-6) in first round of Texas 5A Division I playoffs on Saturday. Last week #2

3. John Curtis (River Ridge, LA) 10-0
The Patriots’ defense continues to roll with fourth straight shutout and sixth in the last seven games. JC beat Pope John Paul II 64-0 in opening round of Louisiana’s 2A playoffs. Next up: North Webster (7-4) on Friday. Last Week: #3

4. Bellevue (Washington) 11-0

The Wolverines win streak now 37 straight after 28-0 win over Ferndale. Next up: Peninsula (9-2) in 3A quarterfinals on Friday. Next Week: #4

5. De La Salle (Concord, CA) 10-0
Idle. Next up: Pittsburg (9-2) on Friday in CIF North Coast playoffs. Last Week: #6

6. Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, CA) 11-0
Broncos’ star Su’a Cravens didn’t play in the first round of the postseason in 34-6 win over South Hills. Next up: Norco (7-4) in quarterfinals of CIF Inland Division playoffs on Friday Last Week: #7

7. Hoover (Alabama) 12-0

Bucs advanced to 2nd round of Alabama 6A playoffs with a 38-7 victory over Shades Valley. Next up: Pell City (7-5) in 2nd Round of 6A playoffs on Friday. Last Week: #8

8. Ensworth (Nashville, TN) 11-0
No problems for the Tigers in 37-7 win over McCallie that moves them to within two wins of a Tennessee Division II-AA state championship. Next up: Montgomery Bell Academy in Division II AA semifinals on Friday. Last Week: #9

9. Katy (Texas) 10-0
The finish a perfect regular season with a 41-6 win over Memorial. Katy averaged over 49 points a game during the regular season . Next up: Westbury (3-7) in the Texas 5A Division II first round on Thursday. Last Week: #10

10. Butler (Matthews, NC) 12-0
Bulldogs beat arch-rival Independence for the second time this year. Friday’s 55-26 over the Patriots moves the Bulldogs into the NCHSAA 4-AA quarterfinals. Next up: East Forsyth (13-0) on Friday. Last Week: #12

11. Narbonne (Harbor City, CA) 11-0

Gauchos’ appear primed to win back-to-back Los Angeles City Section Division I titles after 57-14 win over Locke. Next up: Garfield (6-5) on Friday in CIF-City Section quarterfinals. Last Week: #11

12. University (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) 7-0

Did not play. Next up: Cardinal Newman (9-1) in Florida Class 3A opening round. Last Week: #13

13. Colerain (Cincinnati, OH) 12-0
Cardinals’ are now in the Ohio Division 1 quarters after a 35-34 overtime win over Elder. Next up: Archbishop Moeller (9-3) on Saturday. Last Week: #14

14. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nevada) 10-1
Gaels top 70 points for third straight game in 71-28 win over Palo Verde. Next up: Nevada 4A Championship vs. Centennial (9-2) on Friday. Last Week: #15

15. North Allegheny (Wexford, PA) 11-0
Tigers beat Bethel Park 42-14 to advance to the WPIAL 4A semis. Next up: Seneca Valley (10-1) on Friday. Last Week: #16

16. Good Counsel (Maryland) 10-1
Good Counsel earned a rematch with arch-rival DeMatha for the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference with a 21-7 win over St. Johns. Next up: DeMatha (9-2) on Sunday. Last Week: #17

17. Steele (Cibolo, TX) 10-0

The Knights finish a perfect 10-0 in the regular season with a 42-14 win over Southwest. Next up: Marshall (5-5) in Texas 5A Division II playoffs. Last Week: #19

18. Grayson (Loganville, GA) 9-1
Defending AAAAA champs beat Brookwood 42-13. Next up: Wheeler (6-4) in 1st Round of Georgia AAAAAA playoffs. Last Week: #20

19. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NY) 7-1
The Ironmen beat Hackensack 42-8. Next up: St. Augustine Prep (7-1) on Friday in NJSIAA Non-Public Group 4 quarterfinals. Last Week: #20

20. Coppell (Texas) 10-0
The Cowboys move into the postseason with a perfect 10-0 record after a 41-3 win over Lewisville. Next up: MacArthur (7-3) in the opening round of the Texas Class 5A Division I playoffs. Last Week: #22

21. St. Ignatius (Cleveland, OH) 11-1
The defending Division 1 champs are back in the state quarters after shutting-out North Royalton 56-0. Next up: Mentor (11-1) on Saturday Last Week: #24

22. Trinity (Louisville, KY) 10-1
The Shamrocks are seeking their 10th title in 12th year. Trinity moved to the state quarters with a 62-8 win over Madison Central. Next up: St. Xavier (8-4) on Friday. Last Week: $25

23. Bentonville (Arkansas) 10-0
New to the poll after being idle last week. Next up: West Memphis (8-3) in Arkansas 7A quarterfinals. Last Week: NR

24. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA) 7-4
The Braves four losses were by forfeit for using an ineligible player otherwise a perfect 11-0 on the field. Next up: Notre Dame-Sherman Oaks (8-3) in CIF Pac-5 quarterfinals. Last Week: NR  

25. Allen (Texas) 9-1
The Eagles return to the Top 25 after beating Plano 35-34. Only loss is to #20 Coppell in overtime. Next up: Richardson (5-5) in Texas 5A Division I first round. Last Week: NR

#5 Camden County (GA), #13 St. Edward (OH), #22 St. Joseph’s Prep (PA)

Others receiving consideration in alphabetical order:
Abilene (Texas), American Heritage (Florida), Archbishop Moeller (OH), Byrnes (SC), Camden County (Georgia), Glenbard West (Illinois),  Goose Creek (South Carolina), Lassiter (Georgia), Jordan (Utah), Mission Viejo (California), Norcross (Georgia), Santa Margarita (California) Southlake Carroll (Texas), Whitmer (Ohio)

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