Lots of changes in Top 25; Gilman (MD) & St. X (OH) enter the party

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For the first time since we released our first in-season poll over the Labor Day holiday weekend, there’s been significant upheaval in the High School Football America National Top 25.

And, if you’re looking for a reason why our algorithm was put to the test this week, you don’t have to look any further than the state of Ohio where a handful of really good teams are taking turns beating each other.  St. Xavier‘s take-down of former #9 La Salle is the biggest reason for last week’s Top 25 being tossed around like a salad.

Related: Listen to La Salle head coach Jim Hilvert talk about the Lancers

The Bombers, who own two overtime losses to Colerain and Elder, break into the Top 25 at #24 this week — up 26 spots from last week’s #50.  La Salle drops ten spots to #19.

Related: The Other 50, Week 5

In all, there are now four Ohio teams in the national rankings, matching Texas and California with the most teams in the Top 25.

St. Edward‘s Saturday win former #18 Mainland (Florida), moves the Eagles from #17 to #12.  Colerain, whose only loss was by three points to La Salle, pops from #24 to #18.

Related: 2015 High School Football America Top 25 archives

In addition to La Salle, #6 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) suffered its first defeat of the season, which came on the heels of a come-from-behind win the win against Hallandale (Florida) two weeks ago.  The Raiders barely hang-in the Top 25 as they tumble to #25.

So with two Top 10 teams losing, we see plenty of movement there, starting with St. John Bosco (California) moving from #5 to #4.  This Friday, the Braves will square-off with #11 Mater Dei (California) in a Trinity League showdown for bragging rights — this week — in SoCal.

St. John Bosco’s move up pushed DeMatha (Maryland) down to #5, while Euless Trinity (Texas), Colquitt County (Georgia) and Katy (Texas) slide-up a notch to #6, #7 and #9 respectively this week.

IMG Academy‘s (Florida) Ascenders continue to ascend with a four place jump from #12 to #8.  American Heritage (Plantation, Florida) had a five spot jump from #21 to #16.

Male (Kentucky), one its bye week, also climbed five positions to #15 this week.

Aside from St. X, the only other new team to enter the poll is Gilman (Maryland) at #20.  The Greyhounds only loss this year was by one point to #12 St. Edward.

Monday we’ll release our The Other 25 (teams #26 through #50), which also has plenty of movement.

High School Football America Top 25

#1 Allen Eagles (Texas)

Record: (7-0)

Previous Rank: #1

Rewind: beat Hebron (Texas) 45-13

Fast Forward: Idle

#2 Bishop Gorman Gaels (Nevada)

Record: (7-0)

Previous Rank: #2

Rewind: beat Durango (California) 69-7

Fast Forward: at Legacy (Nevada), Friday

#3 Corona Centennial Huskies (California)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #3

Rewind: beat King (California) 47-14

Fast Forward: at Roosevelt (Eastvale, California), Friday

#4 St. John Bosco Braves (California)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #5

Rewind: beat Santa Margarita (California) 62-14

Fast Forward: at #11 Mater Dei (California), Friday

#5 DeMatha Stags (Maryland)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #4

Rewind: beat Bishop McNamara (Maryland)  52-47

Fast Forward: vs. Gonzaga (Washington, DC), Friday

#6 Euless Trinity Trojans (Texas)

Record: (7-0)

Previous Rank: #7

Rewind: beat Bell (Texas) 56-17

Fast Forward: vs. Southlake Carroll (Texas), Friday

#7 Colquitt County Packers (Georgia)

Record: (7-0)

Previous Rank: #8

Rewind: beat Lee County (Georgia) 54-17

Fast Forward: vs. Valdosta (Georgia), Friday

#8 IMG Academy Ascenders (Florida)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #12

Rewind: beat Southern Lab (Louisiana) 42-0

Fast Forward: Idle

#9 Katy Tigers (Texas)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #10

Rewind: beat Seven Lakes (Texas) 40-8

Fast Forward: vs. Morton Ranch (Texas), Saturday

#10 De La Salle Spartans (California)

Record: (5-1)

Previous Rank: #11

Rewind: beat San Ramon Valley (California) 48-0

Fast Forward: vs. Long Beach Poly (California), Friday

#11 Mater Dei (California)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #13

Rewind: beat Orange Lutheran (California) 49-35

Fast Forward: vs. #4 St. John Bosco (California), Friday

#12 South Panola Tigers (Mississippi)

Record: (7-0)

Previous Rank: #14

Rewind: beat Hernando (Mississippi) 32-7

Fast Forward: at Tupelo (Mississippi), Friday

#13 St. Edward Eagles (Ohio)

Record: (6-1)

Previous Rank: #17

Rewind: beat #18 Mainland (Florida) 47-28

Fast Forward: vs. Canada Prep Football Academy (Canada), Saturday

#14 Cedar Hill Longhorns (Texas)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #15

Rewind: beat Duncanville (Texas) 41-18

Fast Forward: at Grand Prairie (Texas), Friday

#15 Male Bulldogs (Kentucky)

Record: (7-0)

Previous Rank: #20

Rewind: Idle

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

#16 American Heritage Patriots (Plantation, Florida)

Record: (5-1)

Previous Rank: #21

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: at Cardinal Gibbons (Florida), Friday

#17 Center Grove Trojans (Indiana)

Record: (8-0)

Previous Rank: #19

Rewind: beat Lawrence North (Indiana) 17-7

Fast Forward: at Indianapolis Cathedral (Indiana), Friday

#18 Colerain Cardinals (Ohio)

Record: (6-1)

Previous Rank: #24

Rewind: beat Lakota West (Ohio) 48-28

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

#19 La Salle Lancers (Ohio)

Record: (6-1)

Previous Rank: #9

Rewind: lost to St. Xavier (Ohio) 24-14

Fast Forward: vs. St. Charles (Ohio), Friday

#20 Gilman Greyhounds (Maryland)

Record: (6-1)

Previous Rank: #26

Rewind: beat St. Frances Academy (Maryland) 63-12

Fast Forward: vs. Archbishop Spalding (Maryland), Friday

#21 Spartanburg Vikings (South Carolina)

Record: (7-0)

Previous Rank: #23

Rewind: beat Dorman (South Carolina) 41-31

Fast Forward: at Boiling Springs (South Carolina), Friday

#22 Clay-Chalkville Cougars (Alabama)

Record: (7-0)

Previous Rank: #22

Rewind: beat Shades Valley (Alabama) 52-14

Fast Forward: at Woodlawn (Alabama), Friday

#23 Bergen Catholic (New Jersey)

Record: (4-2)

Previous Rank: #25

Rewind: beat DePaul (New Jersey) 15-13

Fast Forward: Idle

#24 St. Xavier Bombers (Ohio)

Record: (5-2)

Previous Rank: #50

Rewind: beat #9 La Salle (Ohio) 24-14

Fast Forward: at Warren Central (Indiana), Friday

#25 St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (Florida)

Record: (5-1)

Previous Rank: #6

Rewind: lost to Deerfield Beach (Florida) 6-3

Fast Forward: vs. Fort Lauderdale (Florida), Friday

Dropping-out: #16 St. Joseph Regional (New Jersey), #18 Mainland (Florida)

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.

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