Big shuffle with eight new teams entering the High School Football America Top 100

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To say it’s been a wild couple of weeks in the High School Football America Top 100 would be an understatement. Aside from the fact that there were supposed to be 37 games between Top 100 teams in the last two weeks, hurricanes Harvey and Irma have really impacted communities and families, plus our proprietary algorithm that is used to create the national rankings.

It’s important to point-out that our thoughts and prayers are with those that are dealing with Irma now and those that are still recovering from Harvey. Our rankings are secondary to the devastation that has taken place over the last week weeks.

Both hurricanes led the cancellation of Top 100 match-ups, which impacts a team’s strength of schedule.  An excellent example of this would be Katy (Texas), which continues to fall in the latest rankings, because A) the Tigers haven’t played yet and B) both of their cancelled games were against teams that are ranked in the Top 100 – Westlake (Texas) and Klein Collins (Texas). The Tigers, who began the season ranked No. 19 in the nation, dropped four spots this week to No. 26.  This week, Katy will open against No. 60 The Woodlands (Texas).

Again, high school football games are minor compared to what communities are dealing with, but I know their are some that are going to want to understand the impact of the cancellations on our algorithm.

Teams in New Jersey and Pennsylvania had a major impact on this week’s rankings.

Former No. 6 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, New Jersey) lost to St. John’s in Washington D.C.  The Cadets, who last week lost a heartbreaker to No. 11 De La Salle (California), jump from No. 30 to No. 16 this week.  St. Joe’s drops to No. 31 this week.

SJC was hoping to improve that ranking this weekend against No. 2 IMG Academy (Florida), however, that game has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.

Defending Pennsylvania Class 6A champ St. Joseph’s Prep beat former No. 9 St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey) 28-21, which brings the Hawks into the Top 25 at No. 18.  The Hawks entered the game ranked No. 43 in the nation.  St. Peter’s drops to No. 27.

Former No. 13 Bergen Catholic (New Jersey) lost to former No. 60 Archbishop Wood (Pennsylvania) 28-21 and former No. 26 Paramus Catholic (New Jersey) lost to former No. 89 DePaul Catholic (New Jersey), which has caused a logjam from No. 34 through No. 37 between the four teams.  The four are separated by seven one-thousandths of a percentage point.


In Week 1, Bergen Catholic beat DePaul, while Paramus Catholic beat Archbishop Wood. Add-in this week’s results and you’ll see why these four are so close.

After beating New Jersey foes over the weekend, No. 18 St. Joseph’s Prep and No. 36 Archbishop Wood will turn their focus on each other as they will battle against each other this week.

The St. Joe’s/Wood game will be one of seven Top 100 match-ups this week — Bergen Catholic will travel to Southern California to face No. 1 Mater Dei (California), No. 10 South Pointe (South Carolina) will face No. 67 Buford (Georgia); No. 11 De La Salle will try to hand No. 15 Bishop Gorman its third loss in-a-row when the Gaels host the Spartans; SoCal powers No. 32 Mission Viejo and No. 41 Long Beach Poly will play each other Friday night along with the aforementioned No. 26 Katy against No. 60 The Woodlands in Texas.

There are eight new teams in the rankings this week — Lawrence Central (Indiana) at No. 68, Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) at No. 74, Pearl (Mississippi) at No. 82, St. Xavier (Kentucky) at No. 91, Mansfield (Texas) at No. 92, Montgomery Bell Academy (Tennessee) at No. 93, Lincoln-Way East (Illinois) at No. 96 and Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) at No. 99.

High School Football America Top 100

Rank, Team, StateRecordLast WeekNext Week
#1 Mater Dei (California)3-01#34 Bergen Catholic (NJ)
#2 IMG Academy (Florida)2-02Idle
#3 Allen (Texas)2-03Coppell (TX)
#4 Grayson (Georgia)2-05Idle
#5 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida)2-04Stranahan (FL)
#6 St. John Bosco (California)2-18Dorsey (CA)
#7 DeSoto (Texas)2-010Midland (TX)
#8 Trinity (Kentucky)4-011Champagnat Catholic (FL)
#9 St. Xavier (Ohio)3-014Cathedral (IN)
#10   South Pointe (South Carolina)3-015 #67 Buford (GA)
#11 De La Salle (California)3-016#15 Bishop Gorman (NV)
#12 St. Ignatius (Ohio)3-017Detroit Catholic Central (MI)
#13 Miami Central (Florida)3-034Edison (FL)
#14 American Heritage (Plantation, Florida)2-0Tied 27Coconut Creek (FL)
#15 Bishop Gorman (Nevada)1-27#11 De La Salle (CA)
#16 St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC)2-130Idle
#17 DeMatha (Maryland)2-120McDonogh (MD)
#18 St. Joseph’s Prep (Pennsylvania)2-043#36 Archbishop Wood (PA)
#19 Corona Centennial (CA)2-118 #54 Narbonne (CA)
#20 Brentwood Academy (Tennessee)4-021Idle
#21 Ben Davis (Indiana)4-029 #73 Warren Central (IN)
#22 St. Edward (Ohio)3-025Elder (OH)
#23 Colquitt County (Georgia)4-0Tied 27Brookwood (GA)
#24 Hoover (Alabama)2-123Spain Park (AL)
#25 Bingham (Utah)4-032Pleasant Grove (UT)
#26 Katy (Texas)0-022 #60 The Woodlands (TX)
#27 St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey)1-19Idle
#28 Union (Oklahoma)3-033Idle
#29 Fort Dorchester (South Carolina)3-035Wando (SC)
#30 Denton Ryan (Texas)2-036Wylie East (TX)
#31 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, New Jersey)1-16Delbarton (NJ)
#32 Mission Viejo (California)3-037#40 Long Beach Poly (CA)
#33 John Curtis (Louisiana)1-112Parkview Baptist (LA)
#34 Bergen Catholic (New Jersey)1-113#1 Mater Dei (CA)
#35 DePaul Catholic (New Jersey)1-189Idle
#36 Archbishop Wood (Pennsylvania)2-160#18 St. Joseph’s Prep
#37 Paramus Catholic (New Jersey)1-126Seton Hall Prep (NJ)
#38 Cocoa (Florida)2-031Everglades Prep Academy (FL)
#39 St. Frances Academy (Maryland)2-038#52 Don Bosco Prep (NJ)
#40 La Salle (Ohio)3-039Scott County (KY)
#41 Long Beach Poly (California)2-040#32 Mission Viejo (CA)
#42 Judson (Texas)2-049San Antonio Roosevelt (TX)
#43 Pine-Richland (Pennsylvania)3-051Penn Hills (PA)
#44 Aledo (Texas)2-050Mansfield Legacy (TX)
#45 East (Utah)3-152Taylorsville (UT)
#46 Byrnes (South Carolina)4-053Broome (SC)
#47 Armwood (Florida)1-044Chamberlain (FL)
#48 Lake Travis (Texas)1-162Dallas Jesuit (TX)
#49 Cibolo Steele (Texas)1-147O’Connor (TX)
#50 Chaminade (California)2-146Bakersfield (CA)
#51 Mountain Pointe (Arizona)2-159Mountain View (AZ)
#52 Chandler (Arizona)2-224O’Connor (AZ)
#53 Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey)1-155#38 St. Frances Academy (MD)
#54 Narbonne (California)2-148 #19 Corona Centennial (CA)
#55 Northwestern (Miami, Florida)2-056Hialeah-Miami Lakes (FL)
#56 Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL)2-157The Bolles School (FL)
#57 Dutch Fork (South Carolina)1-158River Bluff (SC)
#58 Evangel Christian (Louisiana)1-141Macon East Academy (AL)
#59 Cartersville (Georgia)4-064Idle
#60 The Woodlands (Texas)0-062 #26 Katy (TX)
#61 Erie Cathedral Prep (Pennsylvania)3-067Benedictine (OH)
#62 Wake Forest (North Carolina)4-063Southern Nash (NC)
#63 Hewitt-Trussville (Alabama)2-068Grissom (AL)
#64 West Point (Mississippi)3-065Noxubee County (MS)
#65 East St. Louis (Illinois)2-169Belleville East (IL)
#66 Central (Phenix City, Alabama)3-070Kathleen (FL)
#67 Buford (Georgia)2-075#10 South Pointe (SC)
#68 Lawrence Central (Indiana)4-0NRPike (IN)
#69 Valor Christian (Colorado)3-072Idle
#70 Owasso (Oklahoma)3-073Idle
#71 Westlake (Texas)2-074Pflugerville (TX)
#72 Manvel (Texas)0-071Pearland (TX)
#73 Warren Central (Indiana)2-219 #21 Ben Davis (IN)
#74 Trotwood-Madison (Ohio)3-0NRTippecanoe (OH)
#75 Lowndes (Georgia)3-076Newton (GA)
#76 Pickerington Central (Ohio)2-142Groveport-Madison (OH)
#77 Booker T. Washington (Miami, Florida)1-183Columbus (FL)
#78 Cass Tech (Michigan)2-166Idle
#79 Lamar (Houston, Texas)0-077#78 Klein Collins (TX)
#80 Klein Collins (Texas)0-078#77 Lamar (Houston, TX)
#81 Edna Karr (Louisiana)2-095De La Salle (LA)
#82 Pearl (Mississippi)4-0NRMadison Central (MS)
#83 Plant (Florida)2-081Idle
#84 Dudley (North Carolina)4-092Southeast Guilford (NC)
#85 Liberty (Nevada)2-193Legacy (NV)
#86 Venice (Florida)2-085Lakewood Ranch (FL)
#87 Kahuku (Hawaii)4-184Kaiser (HI)
#88 Pulaski Academy (Arkansas)2-0Tied 96Parkway (LA)
#89 Starkville (Mississippi)3-1Tied 96Meridian (MS)
#90 Prairie Ridge (Illinois)3-098Crystal Lake South (IL)
#91 St. Xavier (Kentucky)3-0NRLouisville Central (KY)
#92 Mansfield (Texas)2-0NRFlower Mound Marcus (TX)
#93 Montgomery Bell Academy (Tennessee)4-0NRFather Ryan (TN)
#94 Deerfield Beach (FL)1-188Coral Springs (FL)
#95 Carol City (Florida)0-190Norland (FL)
#96 Lincoln-Way East (Illinois)3-0NRSanburg (IL)
#97 North Shore (Texas)0-094Westfield (TX)
#98 Punahou (Hawaii)4-0Tied 99St. Louis (HI)
#99 Harrisburg (Pennsylvania)2-0NRPottsville (PA)
#100 Center Grove (Indiana)2-245North Central (IN)

Dropped-out: No. 54 Cedar Hill (Texas), No. 79 Norman North (Oklahoma), No 80 Good Counsel (Maryland), No. 82 Parkway (Louisiana), No. 87 Kirkwood (Missouri), No. 87 Denton Guyer (Texas), No. 91 Landry-Walker (Louisiana), No. 99 Fayetteville (Arkansas)

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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.

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