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    CAC Top 25 High School Football Rankings (November 3, 2021)

    November 3, 2021, 9:36 am

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — There was minimal movement in the Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25 High School football rankings presented by Global Football.

    The season has reached November and we’re either advancing in the postseason, about to play in the postseason or the regular season is down to a final weekend. Last weekend, Louisiana made news with forfeits and an upset loss by two teams and in California, we cannot punish a team that play in the nation’s toughest league, having lost to the top-two squads in the CAC Top 25.

    Let’s start out in Louisiana.

    It was confirmed later last week that No. 9 Brother Martin (New Orleans) was docked five forfeitures for the of an academically ineligible student-athlete and a second was also in question. The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) ruled on this following a recent audit of eligibility paperwork.

    The Crusaders (2-5) should be 7-0 and near the top of the Division I power points as the playoffs are ready to get underway next week, but they tumbled to No. 11 and will have a much tougher road to a state championship game at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. Until the Crusaders lose on the field, they will remain in the CAC Top 25.

    Teams that benefitted from Brother Martin’s situation include East Ascension (Gonzalez), Jesuit (New Orleans), St. Augustine (New Orleans), Archbishop Rummel (Metairie) and Archbishop Shaw (Marrero) with all gaining a victory.

    No. 16 Catholic (Baton Rouge) suffered a shock upset to Woodlawn (Baton Rouge), 35-28, and were dumped 11 spots with one game left in the regular season. The Bears (8-1) still the No. 1 seed in the power ratings but Byrd (Shreveport) is right there in second. The playoff bracket will be revealed this weekend.

    No. 7 Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) slipped four after a 24-10 loss to No. 2 St. John Bosco (Bellflower). The Friars (8-2) have lost in back-to-back games to No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) and now Bosco in Trinity League play. There’s a strong chance they will face Bosco in the playoffs and Mater Dei in the sectional final barring any crazy results.

    Speaking of the Trinity League do follow the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division 1 playoffs. The five of the eight teams are from the supercharged Trinity and four are nationally ranked. The Division 1 quarterfinals won’t be played until Nov. 12 with these matchups: Norco at No. 1 Mater Dei, Mission Viejo at Corona Centennial, Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita) at Servite and Los Alamitos at St. John Bosco. Mater Dei, Servite, SJB and Santa Margarita are members of the Trinity and the sixth is Orange Lutheran, which plays this weekend in the Division 2 first round against Simi Valley. The Division 1 semifinals are Nov. 19 and the final is Nov. 26 at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Long Beach.

    This week seven teams earned a one slot bump, five moved up two spots and 11 remained the same. There are eight teams playing regular season games this weekend, 10 are ready to open the postseason starting on Friday or Nov. 12 and seven are currently active in the have the state playoffs.

    It’s on to the Triple Option section before revealing the latest CAC Top 25 rankings.

    Triple Option

    The Triple Option identifies a student-athlete, coach and the upcoming weekend’s must-see games. Once again, the CAC is going with co-players of the week, one from Pennsylvania and the other from our Nation’s Capital. Heading to New England, there’s a veteran coach who knows a thing or two about winning and making the correct decisions. Additionally, we have handpicked seven games of national and local interest. There four playoff games from Ohio, Illinois and two in Pennsylvania. Plus, there is a rivalry game from Florida, a league game from Maryland (or suburban Washington) and a league title game in Northern California.

    Players of the Week: Running back Jamar Curtis of No. 10 St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.) and quarterback Carter Barnes of Cathedral Prep (Erie, Pa.).

    Everyone familiar with the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference knows the level of competition is among the best in the nation. This season the St. John’s College Cadets (8-0) are the best in the WCAC with three wins with one game remaining in the regular season.

    Last Saturday, Curtis, an undersized running back (he’s listed around 5 feet 8 inches, 165 pounds), proved his worth when the game and the WCAC No. 1 seed for the upcoming playoffs was in the balance.

    Curtis scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter when the Cadets rallied to beat Good Counsel (Olney, Md.), 34-21. The Cadets exploded for 20 points in the final frame to lock up the top seed in the WCAC playoffs.

    Down 21-14 entering the fourth, Curtis pulled the Cadets even at 21 with a 20-yard TD run and then ripped off a 75-yard scoring run with 5:48 left to give his team a 28-21 lead. On the next possession, SJC converted a pick-six to ice it. Through three quarters, Curtis had rushed for only 34 yards on 11 carries but it’s not how you start but how you finish.

    Curtis holds offers from Marshall, Buffalo, Navy and Temple. St. John’s closes out the season at Gonzaga (Washington) Saturday afternoon and then a week host the same opponent in the WCAC semifinals. Good Counsel and DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) are the other semifinal matchup.

    In the northwestern tip of Pennsylvania, where the commonwealth touches Lake Erie, Barnes is doing some special things for the Prep Ramblers (8-1). Prep, ranked No. 4 in Class 5A, typically plays games against out-of-state opponents to bolster their schedule and prepare for the PIAA playoffs. Last weekend, Barnes emerged as a star dual-threat junior QB when Prep toppled St. Francis (Athol Springs, N.Y.), 44-38, in suburban Buffalo.

    Trailing 38-29 midway through the fourth quarter, Barnes revved up his engine and led his team on a pair of scoring drives for the win. Prep pulled within two points (38-36) with 5:27 left. Prep then regained possession when St. Francis fumbled with 2 minutes to go. With time running out, Barnes tucked it, rumbling 19 yards for the decisive score with 1:44 left and then tacked on his second two-point conversion to make it happy bus ride home down I-90.

    For the game, the 6-4, 225-pound Barnes hit on 9-of-17 passes for 192 yards and three TDs. He also carried 22 times for 119 yards and the game-winning score. Barnes threw and run for two-point conversions as Prep closed the regular season with three straight wins. Prep hosts Brashear (Pittsburgh) Friday in a 5A subregional playoff game.

    Coach of the Week: John DiBiaso of Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury, Mass.).

    The great ones never panic. If you know DiBiaso, he’s a winner and when trailing never he worries but makes the necessary adjustments. He simply counters what the opposing coaches throw at his team. Well, last Friday Boston’s top-ranked team was on the ropes early but rallied to stop rivals Xaverian Brothers (Westwood, Mass.), 41-10, that assured the Knights at least a share of the Catholic Conference title.

    CM (8-0 overall, 4-0 league) trailed by seven points late in the second quarter but quickly dialed up 21 points and carried a 14-point lead (24-10) at halftime.

    DiBiaso told The Boston Globe afterwards: “I’m very proud of the whole team and the way they responded. We hadn’t been pressured, or been behind like that all year, and I wanted to see how they would respond, and they responded great.”

    The Knights, No. 1 in Massachusetts’s Division 2 rankings, open the playoffs this weekend but still have a conference game with Boston College High on Thanksgiving.

    Games of the Week (All times are local and subject to change): Moving forward we’ll have mostly a playoff-theme with the top games. There three regular season games in Northern California, Florida and Maryland with postseason ramifications and a league title at stake. There are playoff games, with the loser done, in Philadelphia, Chicago and Cincinnati.

    Philadelphia Catholic League Red Division semifinals, Friday and Saturday: The PCL is down to three games, including next week’s title game in Class 6A, Division 12. The action starts Friday night at 7:30 p.m. with No. 25 St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.) vs. Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) to be played at Cardinal O’Hara High School in suburban Springfield. On Saturday, it’s No. 24 La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.) hosting Roman Catholic (Philadelphia), a 1p.m., at Springfield Township High School.

    No. 23 DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) at Good Counsel (Olney, Md.), Friday, 7 p.m.: The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference regular season concludes with a whopper of a game. Oddly, the same two teams meet next weekend in the conference semifinals at the winner of this game’s home field. DeMatha, which has its game cancelled last week, is 6-2. Good Counsel checks in at 6-3.

    Elder (Cincinnati, Ohio) at No. 21 St. Xavier (Cincinnati), Friday, 7 p.m.: It’s the renewal of a Greater Catholic League South of Cincinnati at RDI Stadium & Ballaban Field in the Division I, Region 4 quarterfinals. St. X (9-2) won easily last weekend in the opening round their Division I title defense won’t be cakewalk this weekend with a familiar foe. The Bombers won the regular season matchup, 52-14, on Sept. 24. Elder (6-5) won last week in overtime over Colerain (Cincinnati), 55-48, for coach Doug Ramsey’s 200th win. His son, WR Drew Ramsey, was named the GCL South Player of the Year.

    Batavia (Ill.) at Mount Carmel (Chicago, Ill.), Friday, 7 p.m.: Batavia (10-0) is the top seed in the Class 7A states make the 50-mile trek to Chicago should be interesting. No. 17-seeded Mount Carmel (7-3) hosts this second round game and has the tradition (13 state championships) to pull off an upset.

    Tampa (Fla.) Catholic at No. 5 Jesuit (Tampa), Friday, 7:30 p.m.: One of Florida’s top rivalries is a prelude to the Florida High School Athletic Association playoffs that kick off the following weekend. TC (6-2) has won three straight games, including last week’s 63-0 pasting of Halifax Academy (Daytona Beach). Jesuit (9-0) is Florida’s top-ranked Class 6A squad.

    No. 14 St. Francis (Mountain View, Calif.) at No. 13 Serra (San Mateo, Calif.), Saturday, 2:30 p.m.: There’s nothing like playoff-like football even before the playoff brackets are set. The winner in this battle of unbeatens claims the West Catholic Athletic League championship. Only presale tickets can be purchased online for entry to Brady Family Stadium. The following weekend both are headed to the CIF-Central Coast playoffs.

    We enter the month of November when dreams can be realized. We’ll bring you all the results and state champions for the CAC eligible teams in our annual Honor Roll section. However, we have a note about a player from California and our weekly reminder.

    The 2022 All-American Bowl will continue the Road to the Dome tour on Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports YouTube channel, honoring six All-Americans in the eight installment of a 15-episode weekly digital series.

    In this week’s episode, presented by GEICO, the All-Americans will be virtually presented with their exclusive All-American jerseys provided by adidas, there is an interview with No. 3 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) standout WR Rayshon Luke.

    Only 100 football players receive the honor of wearing the All-American Bowl jersey each year. Each player selected to participate will culminate their high school careers during the 22nd edition of the annual East vs. West matchup. NBC will present live coverage of the 2022 All-American Bowl from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

    Now here’s a reminder and a plug for the worthwhile travel opportunity.

    So, you don’t have to have Irish ancestry to enjoy a trip to Emerald Island … with American football as a bonus next summer.

    You ask might ask how? If you like high school and college football here’s your opportunity.

    In conjunction with the 2022 Big Ten Conference opening game is the fifth High School Football Showcase organized by Global Football. The showcase game features Northwestern and Nebraska as part of the Aer Lingus College Football Series on Aug. 27, 2022, at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.  

    So, here’s what you need to know.

    High school football athletic directors and coaches are invited to travel overseas with their teams for a competitive game against an American opponent. Schools are encouraged to bring their high school bands, cheerleaders and teams from other sports such as field hockey, rugby and lacrosse. It will be a memorable trip and cultural experience.

    For more information contact Patrick Steenberge (817) 219-7274 or email him Also visit this site for additional details, 2022 Kildare High School Showcase PPT.

    It’s never too early to plan for the future and some schools already have.

    We encourage fans, players, parents and coaches to follow the CAC Top 25 through social media at and on Twitter @CACTop25. If there is a team, coach, player or story idea that we may have overlooked, we need to hear from you. Our readers are our greatest resource. Thank you.

    The CAC Top 25 rankings will return on November 10.

    Stay safe and get out and attend a high school game in your town or area. The season is down to a few precious weeks and we’ll start highlighting the CAC eligible teams that annex state or conference championships in our Honor Roll section.

    Until next week, God Bless. —




    Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25 High School Football Rankings, Nov. 3, 2021 

    1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (7-0)

    Previous rank: 1.

    In the Huddle: The Monarchs are Trinity League champions for the second consecutive season. Last weekend, they defeated JSerra (San Juan Capistrano), 56-14. The damage was done early and quickly as it was 42-7 by halftime. Sophomore quarterback Elijah Brown threw for two touchdowns in the first quarter and RB Ajon Bryant rushed for two TDs. The section playoffs kick off next weekend the Monarchs are the clear-cut No. 1 seed. The Monarchs entertain Norco on Nov. 12 in CIF-Southern Section, Division 1 quarterfinals.

    2. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (9-1)

    Previous rank: 2.

    In the Huddle: The Braves stopped then-No. 3 Servite (Anaheim), 24-10. The Braves took leads of 7-0 in the first quarter and 14-10 at halftime. Junior QB Pierce Clarkson tossed a 49-yard TD to Colin Chase in the first and then 51 yards to RB Jabari Bates in the second. Leading 17-10 late in the fourth, Michigan State-bound QB Katin Houser threw a 37-yard scoring strike to WR Chedon James on fourth down to seal it. The Braves are off this week before hosting Los Alamitos on Nov. 12 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinals.

    3. Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J. (9-0)

    Previous rank: 4.

    In the Huddle: The Crusaders shut out St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City). 21-0. Junior RB Saaed St. Fleur scored from 31 yards in the first quarter and the Crusaders’ defense did the rest. RB Ryan Butler rushed for 171 yards and two scores. The Crusaders received a first-round bye in the state playoffs and play again at home on Nov. 13 against Donovan Catholic (Toms River) or Notre Dame (Lawrenceville) in the Non-Public A quarterfinals.

    4. Loyola Academy, Wilmette, Ill. (10-0)

    Previous rank: 6.

    In the Huddle: Blanked Downers Grove South, 44-0, in Class 8A first round. The Ramblers are back at in the second round at Naperville Central on Saturday afternoon.

    5. Jesuit, Tampa, Fla. (9-0)

    Previous rank: 7.

    In the Huddle: The Tigers beat King (Tampa), 56-0. The Tigers head into this weekend’s rivalry game with Tampa Catholic on a high note. RB Joquez Smith opened the scoring from 28 yards after two plays and Junior Vandeross returned a punt 50 yards for a TD. Vandeross collected his second TD off a punt return, going 51 yards for a 22-0 lead in the first quarter. Caleb Williams added a 25-yard, pick-six and the rout was on. The Tigers move into their regular-season finale versus Tampa Catholic on Friday.

    6. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (9-1)

    Previous rank: 8.

    In the Huddle: Defeated Nova (Davie), 49-7. The Raiders are off this weekend and then they will look to defend their state championship. They will next play on Nov. 12 vs. TBA in Class 7A, Region 4 quarterfinals.

    7. Servite, Anaheim, Calif. (8-2)

    Previous rank: 3.

    In the Huddle: Lost at No. 2 St. John Bosco (Bellflower), 24-10. The Friars carried a 10-7 lead into the second quarter. Arizona-bound QB Noah Fifita threw a TD pass to WR Mikey Welsh with 22 seconds left in the first but the Braves scored the game’s final 21 points. The Friars have a week off and will prepare for a league opponent in the playoffs. Next is Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita) on Nov. 12 in the CIF-Southern Section, Division 1 quarterfinals.

    8. St Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md. (6-1)

    Previous rank: 9.

    In the Huddle: The Panthers defeated West Toronto Prep (Etobicoke, Ontario), 54-6. They host St. Thomas More (Oakdale, Conn.) on Friday.

    9. Brother Martin, New Orleans, La. (2-5) #

    Previous rank: 11.

    In the Huddle: After being docketed five wins for the use of an ineligible player, the Crusaders bounced Holy Cross (New Orleans), 42-0. The Crusaders are 1-4 in District 9-5A or the New Orleans Catholic League, including the four league forfeits. Junior RB Torey Lambert carried 16 times for 150 yards and three TDs. RB Jordan Thomas scored on runs of 1 and 13 yards. The Crusaders racked up 374 rushing yards and six scores. Next is John Curtis Christian (River Ridge) Friday in the regular-season finale.

    10. St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (8-0)

    Previous rank: 11.

    In the Huddle: The Cadets tallied 20 fourth-quarter points in beating Good Counsel (Olney, Md.), 34-21, in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference showdown. Next is a District rivalry game at Gonzaga (Washington) Saturday afternoon and a 4-0 WCAC record heading into the playoffs.

    11. Archbishop Spalding, Severn, Md. (9-0)

    Previous rank: 13.

    In the Huddle: Idle. The Cavaliers play Mount St. Joseph (Baltimore) Friday for the MIAA A Conference regular-season title. Both teams are 4-0 in conference play.

    12. Chaminade-Madonna College Prep, Hollywood, Fla. (7-1)

    Previous rank: 13.

    In the Huddle: The Lions close out the regular season walloping previously-unbeaten Lakewood (St. Petersburg), 37-6. Next up for the defending Class 3A state champions are the Region 4 playoffs.

    13. Serra, San Mateo, Calif. (8-0)

    Previous rank: 14.

    In the Huddle: The Padres crushed Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep (San Francisco), 36-7. Next is No.14 St. Francis (Mountain View) for the West Catholic Athletic League championship Saturday afternoon.

    14. St. Francis, Mountain View, Calif. (8-0)

    Previous rank: 15.

    In the Huddle: This one was over in hurry as the Lancers blanked Archbishop Mitty (San Jose), 45-0. Next is No. 13 Serra (San Mateo) Saturday in a showdown that will determine the league champion.

    15. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas (9-1)

    Previous rank: 16.

    In the Huddle: The Gaels defeated Faith Lutheran (Las Vegas), 51-0, in Class 5A Southern Region quarterfinals. Sophomore QB Micah Alejado hit on 10-for-13 passes for 165 yards and a score and rushed 27 yards for another one. This weekend the Gaels play Foothill (Henderson) Friday in the region semifinals.

    16. Catholic, Baton Rouge, La. (8-1)

    Previous rank: 5.

    In the Huddle: The Bears were upset by Woodlawn (Baton Rouge), 35-28, in a District 5-5A shocker. The regular season ends Friday at Dutchtown (Geismar) and then the Division I playoffs.

    17. St. Edward, Lakewood, Ohio (10-1)

    Previous rank: 17.

    In the Huddle: The Eagles scored 28 points in the first quarter and rolled over Lorain, 49-0, in the Division I, Region 1 first round. RB Danny Enovitch ran for two scores in the first quarter. Next is Berea-Midpark Friday in the Region 4 quarterfinals.

    18. Cathedral, Indianapolis, Ind. (10-1)

    Previous rank: 18.

    In the Huddle: Sophomore QB Danny O’Neill continues to light up the opposition. Last Friday, he ran for TDs from 5 and 4 yards and passed for 213 yards and two more scores in a 54-7 pasting of Plainfield in the Class 5A, Sectional 13 semifinals. The Fighting Irish travel to Decatur Central (Indianapolis) Friday in the sectional final.

    19. Central Catholic, Pittsburgh, Pa. (8-2)

    Previous rank: 19.

    In the Huddle: The Vikings beat Canon-McMillan (Canonsburg), 54-14. RB Gannon Carothers rushed for two TDS and sophomore QB Payton Wehner accounted for three scores, throwing for two and running for another. After a second-place finish in the WPIAL Class 6A Quad County Conference (behind Mount Lebanon), the Vikings will play Seneca Valley (Harmony) in the WPIAL 6A semifinals on Nov. 12 at Baldwin High School in Pittsburgh.

    20. De La Salle Collegiate, Warren, Mich. (9-0)

    Previous rank: 20.

    In the Huddle: For this second straight week, the Pilots dispatch Detroit Catholic High School League opponent, University of Detroit Jesuit (Detroit) following a 44-0 thrashing in the Division 2, District 2 semifinals. The Pilots face Grosse Pointe (Mich.) South in the District 2 final on Friday.

    Michigan’s top-ranked Division 2 squad won the Catholic High School League A-B Division championship, hammering University of Detroit Jesuit (Detroit), 49-14. It was the Pilots fifth league title and first since 2018. Junior QB Brady Drogosh produced big plays all day, starting with a 62-yard scamper just 47 seconds into the contest. He accounted for four rushing TDs and fired a 54-yard bomb to WR Triston Nichols. Up next is a rematch with U-D Jesuit in the Division 2, District 2 semifinals on Friday.

    21. St. Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio (9-2)

    Previous rank: 21.

    In the Huddle: RB Charles Kellom ran for 130 yards and two TDs and the Bombers stopped Hamilton, 37-7, in the Division I, Region 4 first round. Kellom’s first score from 12 yards gave his team a 20-0 lead. He added a 26-yard score early in the third quarter for a 34-7 lead. QB Brogan McCaughey threw for 109 yards and a 27-yard TD to Robert Houston in the first frame. Alex Kempner had a 49-yard, pick-six. The defending state champions host GCL South rivals Elder (Cincinnati) Friday in the Region 4 quarterfinals.

    22. Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy (10-0)

    Previous rank: 22.

    In the Huddle: The Hilltoppers crushed Marengo, 48-0, in the Class 4A first round. The game got out of hand in a hurry after a 28-point first quarter. Vinny Iannantone scored a 1-yard run early in the first for all the points the Toppers would need. Next is Wheaton (Ill.) Academy on Friday in the 4A second round.

    23. DeMatha Catholic, Hyattsville, Md. (6-2)

    Previous rank: 23.

    In the Huddle: Game with Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.) was cancelled. The Stags close out the regular season at Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) Friday in a key Washington Catholic Athletic Conference game.

    24. La Salle College, Wyndmoor, Pa. (8-1)

    Previous rank: 24.

    In the Huddle: The Explorers are Philadelphia Catholic League Red Division champions for the first time since 2015. Ryan Moore scored two TDs from the Wildcat formation and defense pitched a shutout in a 20-0 victory over Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) in the regular-season finale. RB Sam Brown started out the third quarter with a 65-yard scoring scamper. The Explorers are back at it Saturday afternoon with the Class 6A, PCL Red Division (District 12) semifinals against Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.) to be played in Springfield, Pa.

    25. St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia (6-2)

    Previous rank: 25.

    In the Huddle: The Hawks held off Father Judge (Philadelphia), 21-13, in the regular-season finale. The game was knotted at 7 in the third quarter before Dane Picariello made it 14-7 on a 6-yard TD run. Kahseim Phillips’s 25-yard scoring jaunt gave the Hawks a commanding 21-7 lead with 2:01 left in the third. Next is Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) in the Class 6A, District 12 (or Philadelphia Catholic League Red Division) semifinals on Friday.

    Dropped out: None.

    Special Consideration: Iona Prep (New Rochelle, N.Y.); Cathedral Prep (Erie, Pa.); Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.); Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); Gonzaga Prep (Spokane, Wash.); Marist (Atlanta, Ga.); Central Catholic (Grand Rapids, Mich.); St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.); St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.); De La Salle (Concord, Calif.);Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury, Mass.); DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.); Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio); Roncalli (Indianapolis, Ind.);Catholic Memorial (Waukesha, Wis.); McQuaid Jesuit (Rochester, N.Y.); St Francis (Athol Springs, N.Y.); Good Counsel (Olney, Md.); Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.); Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio); St. Augustine Prep (Richland, N.J.); St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.); Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.); St. Thomas Academy (Mendota, Minn.); St. Joseph (Trumbull, Conn.); and Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.).

    # Denotes record includes five forfeits

    About: The Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25 High School Football Rankings, presented by Global Football are released on Wednesdays from late August until the conclusion of the high school season in January. Criteria include the quality of the team and its players, strength of schedule, tradition, and quality of the team’s league, conference, region or district. The rankings are compiled by Christopher Lawlor, who consults with Patrick Steenberge of Global Football in Granbury, Texas to coordinate the CAC Top 25. All Catholic high schools from the United States that feature only four-year players on 11-man teams are eligible for consideration. Fans are encouraged to follow the CAC Top 25 at and on Twitter @CACTop25.

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