American Heritage and IMG move-up in National Top 25

IMG Academy football

by Jeff Fisher, High School Football America

Another week, another nationally-ranked New Jersey team beaten and another move-up in the latest High School Football America National Top 25 for IMG Academy.  IMG’s 24-12 win over former #15 St. Joseph Regional Friday night, pushed the Ascenders  from #16 to #12 this week.

The other upward mover this week is American Heritage from Plantation, Florida which moves up one notch to #21.

Mainland, which hadn’t moved out of its #17 position in our preseason poll, slipped a notch to #18 in our rankings, based on our proprietary algorithm that is based on twelve criteria.  This week, the Buccaneers will have a chance to win the spot back and possibly move higher when they face the team that leaped over them — St. Edward from Ohio on Saturday.  The Eagles are #17 this week.

The only other Florida team in the Top 25, St. Thomas Aquinas, was idle and held at #6.

High School Football America Top 25

#1 Allen Eagles (Texas)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #1

Rewind: beat Lewisville (Texas) 52-7

Fast Forward: at Hebron (Texas), Friday

#2 Bishop Gorman Gaels (Nevada)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #2

Rewind: beat Shadow Ridge (California) 70-7

Fast Forward: vs. Durango (Nevada), Friday

#3 Corona Centennial Huskies (California)

Record: (5-0)

Previous Rank: #3

Rewind: beat Valencia (California) 59-7

Fast Forward: at King (California), Friday

#4 DeMatha Stags (Maryland)

Record: (5-0)

Previous Rank: #4

Rewind: beat St. John’s (Washington, DC)  40-0

Fast Forward: at Bishop McNamara (Maryland), Saturday

#5 St. John Bosco Braves (California)

Record: (5-0)

Previous Rank: #5

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: at Santa Margarita (California), Friday

#6 St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (Florida)

Record: (5-0)

Previous Rank: #6

Rewind: beat Idle

Fast Forward: at Deerfield Beach (Florida), Friday

#7 Euless Trinity Trojans (Texas)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #7

Rewind: beat Haltom (Texas) 68-0

Fast Forward: at Bell (Texas), Thursday

#8 Colquitt County Packers (Georgia)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #8

Rewind: beat Lowndes (Georgia) 42-20

Fast Forward: at Lee County (Georgia), Friday

#9 La Salle Lancers (Ohio)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #10

Rewind: beat Archbishop Moeller (Ohio) 13-7 OT

Fast Forward: at St. Xavier (Ohio), Friday

#10 Katy Tigers (Texas)

Record: (5-0)

Previous Rank: #9

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: vs. Seven Lakes (Texas), Saturday

#11 De La Salle Spartans (California)

Record: (4-1)

Previous Rank: #11

Rewind: beat Granite Bay (California) 37-0

Fast Forward: vs. San Ramon Valley (California), Friday

#12 IMG Academy Ascenders (Florida)

Record: (5-0)

Previous Rank: #16

Rewind: beat #15 St. Joseph Regional (New Jersey) 24-12

Fast Forward: vs. Southern Lab (Louisiana), Friday

#13 Mater Dei (California)

Record: (5-0)

Previous Rank: #13

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: at Orange Lutheran (California), Friday

#14 South Panola Tigers (Mississippi)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #14

Rewind: beat Olive Branch (Mississippi) 47-29

Fast Forward: at Hernando (Mississippi), Friday

#15 Cedar Hill Longhorns (Texas)

Record: (5-0)

Previous Rank: #12

Rewind: beat Midlothian (Texas) 52-13

Fast Forward: vs. Duncanville (Texas), Friday

#16 St. Joseph Regional Green Knights (Montvale, New Jersey)

Record: (4-1)

Previous Rank: #15

Rewind: lost to #16 IMG Academy (Florida) 24-12

Fast Forward: at St. Joseph’s Prep (Pennsylvania), Friday

#17 St. Edward Eagles (Ohio)

Record: (5-1)

Previous Rank: #19

Rewind: beat Cocoa (Florida) 24-14

Fast Forward: vs. #18 Mainland (Florida), Saturday

#18 Mainland Buccaneers (Florida)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #17

Rewind: beat Deltona (Florida) 42-14

Fast Forward: at #17 St. Edward (Ohio), Saturday

#19 Center Grove Trojans (Indiana)

Record: (7-0)

Previous Rank: #18

Rewind: beat Pike (Indiana) 59-14

Fast Forward: vs. Lawrence North (Indiana), Friday

#20 Male Bulldogs (Kentucky)

Record: (7-0)

Previous Rank: #20

Rewind: beat Pleasant Ridge Park (Kentucky) 44-0

Fast Forward: Idle

#21 American Heritage Patriots (Plantation, Florida)

Record: (5-1)

Previous Rank: #21

Rewind: beat Stranahan (Florida) 42-7

Fast Forward: Idle

#22 Clay-Chalkville Cougars (Alabama)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #21

Rewind: beat Center Point (Alabama) 56-0

Fast Forward: vs. Shades Valley (Alabama), Friday

#23 Spartanburg Vikings (South Carolina)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #23

Rewind: beat Byrnes (South Carolina) 17-7

Fast Forward: vs. Dorman (South Carolina), Friday

#24 Colerain Cardinals (Ohio)

Record: (5-1)

Previous Rank: #24

Rewind: beat Fairfield (Ohio) 35-0

Fast Forward: vs. Lakota West (Ohio), Friday

#25 Bergen Catholic (New Jersey)

Record: (3-2)

Previous Rank: #27

Rewind: beat Paramus Catholic (New Jersey) 27-21

Fast Forward: at DePaul (New Jersey), Friday

Dropping out – #25 Byrnes (South Carolina)

2015 National Top 25 Archives

Jeff Fisher’s Editor’s Note: For the third straight year, High School Football America is using its propriety algorithm for its in-season Top 25 national rankings.

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.