California’s Corona Centennial takes over #1 spot in Top 25

Top 25

by Jeff Fisher

For the first time since we began our national rankings in 2012, there will be a new national champ.  Three-time “mythical” national champ Allen saw its incredible three year run come to an end Friday night when it lost to Westlake 23-17 in the Texas Class 6A Division I semifinals.

The loss drop the Eagles to #10 in our new Top 25 and allowed Corona Centennial (California) to move in position to win this year’s national title.  The Huskies will play #7 De La Salle on Saturday in California’s Open Division Bowl Championship Game.

A victory over the defending state champs should wrap-up the “mythical” national title for the Southern California power.  A Corona Centennial loss would open the door for #2 Bishop Gorman (Nevada) and #3 Colquitt County (Georgia).  Both teams moved-up in the latest rankings.

Gorman moved from #3 to #2, while Colquitt County, which won its second straight Georgia Class AAAAAA Saturday night, jumps from #5 to #3.

A Corona Centennial loss on Saturday, could also open the door for Katy, which moved up three spots from #8 to #5.  The Tigers’ Strength of Schedule in our proprietary algorithm that is used to create our national rankings, could improve in the final rankings next Sunday, if they beat #15 Lake Travis in the Texas Class 6A Division II championship game.  Lake Travis moved-up ten spots after beating former #30 Mansfield in the state semis.

Westlake’s upset of Allen moves the Chaparrals up 18 spots to #8.  Saturday, Westlake will play North Shore for the Class 6A Division I title.

High School Football America Top 25

#1 Corona Centennial Huskies (California)

Record: (14-0)

Previous Rank: #2

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: vs. #7 De La Salle in CIF State Bowl Open Division Championship

#2 Bishop Gorman Gaels (Nevada)

Record: (15-0)

Previous Rank: #3

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#3 Colquitt County Packers (Georgia)

Record: (15-0)

Previous Rank: #5

Rewind: beat Roswell (Georgia) 30-13 for Georgia AAAAAA championship

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#4 St. Edward Eagles (Ohio)

Record: (14-1)

Previous Rank: #4

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#5 Katy Tigers (Texas)

Record: (15-0)

Previous Rank: #8

Rewind: beat #16 Cibolo Steele (Texas) 38-0

Fast Forward: vs. #15 Lake Travis  (Texas), Class 6A Division I championship, Saturday

#6 IMG Academy Ascenders (Florida)

Record: (9-0)

Previous Rank: #6

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#7 De La Salle Spartans (California)

Record: (12-1)

Previous Rank: #7

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: vs. #1 Corona Centennial (California), CIF State Bowl Open Division Championship, Saturday

#8 Westlake Chaparrals (Texas)

Record: (14-1)

Rewind: beat #1 Allen (Texas) 23-17

Fast Forward: vs. North Shore (Texas), 6A Division I championship, Saturday

#9 St. John Bosco Braves (California)

Record: (13-1)

Previous Rank: #9

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#10 Allen Eagles (Texas)

Record: (14-1)

Rewind: lost to #26 Westlake (Texas) 23-17

Fast Foward: Season Completed

#11 Center Grove Trojans (Indiana)

Record: (14-0)

Previous Rank: #10

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#12 Male Bulldogs (Kentucky)

Record: (15-0)

Previous Rank: #11

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#13 St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (Florida)

Record: (13-1)

Previous Rank: #12

Rewind: beat Viera (Florida) 45-10 for Florida 7A championship

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#14 DeMatha Stags (Maryland)

Record: (11-1)

Previous: #13

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#15 Lake Travis Cavaliers (Texas)

Record: (15-0)

Previous Rank: #25

Rewind: beat Mansfield (Texas) 49-21

Fast Forward: vs. #5 Katy (Texas), 6A Division II championship, Saturday

#16 Gilman Greyhounds (Maryland)

Record: (10-1)

Previous Rank: #14

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#17 La Salle Lancers (Ohio)

Record: (13-2)

Previous Rank: #15

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#18 Wayne Warriors (Ohio)

Record: (14-1)

Previous Rank: #17

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#19 Colerain Cardinals (Ohio)

Record: (12-2)

Previous Rank: #18

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#20 Starkville Yellowjackets (Mississippi)

Record: (14-1)

Previous Rank: #19

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#21 Don Bosco Prep Ironmen (New Jersey)

Record: (9-3)

Previous Rank: #20

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#22 Mission Viejo Diablos (California)

Record: (15-0)

Previous Rank: #21

Rewind: beat Helix (California) 32-28

Fast Forward: vs. Bellarmine (California), CIF Division IAA championship, Friday

#23 Loyola Academy Ramblers (Illinois)

Record: (14-0)

Previous Rank: #22

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#24 Miami Central Rockets (Florida)

Record: (12-2)

Previous Rank: #24

Rewind: beat Armwood (Florida) 48-13

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#25 Eastside Catholic Crusaders (Washington)

Record: (13-0)

Previous Rank: #23

Fast Forward: Season Completed

Dropped-out: #16 Cibolo Steele (Texas)

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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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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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