National Top 25 welcomes two new teams, plus plenty of shifting in Top 10

Top 25

At this point in the season, strength of schedule (SOS) really starts shaping our national and regional rankings that are produced using our proprietary algorithm.  However, beyond SOS and our other algorithm criteria, the biggest “shaper” of the rankings is something that isn’t in our formula…an upset.

This past weekend, three Top 25 teams lost, with two of them — #5 DeMatha (Maryland) and #21 Spartanburg (South Carolina) — being of the upset variety.  Former #11 Mater Dei (California) lost, but the Monarchs dropped a 42-21 decision to former #4 St. John Bosco (California).  The loss drops Mater Dei to #20.

For the second straight week, St. John Bosco climbs a notch to currently sit at #3 in the nation.  The Braves’ strength of schedule flip-flops them with fellow Southern California Corona Centennial, which falls to #4.  The Bosco/Centennial debate should be settled later this year in the CIF-SS Pac-5 playoffs.

DeMatha’s 24-14 loss to Gonzaga, which was #9 in our Mid-Atlantic Region Top 10 last week, drops the Stags out of the national championship chase.  DeMatha falls from #5 to #22 this week, which is one spot below where the Stags were in our preseason poll.  Gonzaga, one of two teams to enter the poll this week, is ranked one notch ahead of DeMatha at #21.

With DeMatha’s exit from the Top 5, Euless Trinity (Texas) moves-up from #6 to #5, followed by Colquitt County (Georgia) at #6 and IMG Academy (Florida) at #7.

The biggest climber of the week is St. Edward (Ohio), which goes from #13 to #8, followed by De La Salle (California), which moves two spots from #10 to #9.  Katy (Texas) rounds-out the Top 10.

Our second new entrant is Tennessee’s Maryville at #25.

We’ll release our The Other 25 — teams #26 through #50 — on Monday.

High School Football America Top 25

#1 Allen Eagles (Texas)

Record: (7-0)

Previous Rank: #1

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: at Flower Mound (Texas)

#2 Bishop Gorman Gaels (Nevada)

Record: (8-0)

Previous Rank: #2

Rewind: beat Legacy (Nevada) 63-7

Fast Forward: vs. Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey), Friday

#3 St. John Bosco Braves (California)

Record: (7-0)

Previous Rank: #4

Rewind: beat Mater Dei (California) 42-21

Fast Forward: vs. JSerra (California), Friday

#4 Corona Centennial Huskies (California)

Record: (7-0)

Previous Rank: #3

Rewind: beat Roosevelt (Eastvale, California) 59-7

Fast Forward: vs. Corona Santiago (California), Friday

#5 Euless Trinity Trojans (Texas)

Record: (8-0)

Previous Rank: #6

Rewind: beat Southlake Carroll (Texas) 37-35

Fast Forward: at Coppell (Texas), Friday

#6 Colquitt County Packers (Georgia)

Record: (8-0)

Previous Rank: #7

Rewind: beat Valdosta (Georgia) 49-14

Fast Forward: Idle

#7 IMG Academy Ascenders (Florida)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #8

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: vs. Paramus Catholic (New Jersey), Friday

#8 St. Edward Eagles (Ohio)

Record: (7-1)

Previous Rank: #13

Rewind: beat Canada Prep Football Academy (Canada) 42-10

Fast Forward: vs. Archbishop Moeller (Ohio), Saturday

#9 De La Salle Spartans (California)

Record: (6-1)

Previous Rank: #10

Rewind: beat Long Beach Poly (California) 52-6

Fast Forward: vs. Del Oro (California), Friday

#10 Katy Tigers (Texas)

Record: (7-0)

Previous Rank: #9

Rewind: beat Morton Ranch (Texas) 55-0

Fast Forward: vs. Strake Jesuit (Texas), Saturday

#11 South Panola Tigers (Mississippi)

Record: (8-0)

Previous Rank: #12

Rewind: beat Tupelo (Mississippi) 35-0

Fast Forward: vs. Southaven (Mississippi), Thursday

#12 Cedar Hill Longhorns (Texas)

Record: (7-0)

Previous Rank: #14

Rewind: beat Grand Prairie (Texas) 35-7

Fast Forward: vs. DeSoto (Texas), Friday

#13 Male Bulldogs (Kentucky)

Record: (8-0)

Previous Rank: #15

Rewind: beat St. Xavier (Kentucky) 27-24

Fast Forward: vs. Dupont Manual (Kentucky), Friday

#14 American Heritage Patriots (Plantation, Florida)

Record: (6-1)

Previous Rank: #16

Rewind: beat Cardinal Gibbons (Florida) 21-14

Fast Forward: vs. Jackson (Florida), Friday

#15 Center Grove Trojans (Indiana)

Record: (9-0)

Previous Rank: #17

Rewind: beat Indianapolis Cathedral (Indiana) 7-0

Fast Forward: Playoffs at Columbus North (Indiana), Friday

#16 Colerain Cardinals (Ohio)

Record: (7-1)

Previous Rank: #18

Rewind: beat Lakota East (Ohio) 34-0

Fast Forward: vs. Hamilton (Ohio), Friday

#17 La Salle Lancers (Ohio)

Record: (7-1)

Previous Rank: #19

Rewind: beat St. Charles (Ohio) 42-20

Fast Forward: vs. Winton Woods (Ohio), Friday

#18 Gilman Greyhounds (Maryland)

Record: (7-1)

Previous Rank: #20

Rewind: beat Archbishop Spalding (Maryland) 48-7

Fast Forward: vs. Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, DC), Friday

#19 Clay-Chalkville Cougars (Alabama)

Record: (8-0)

Previous Rank: #22

Rewind: beat Woodlawn (Alabama) 72-6

Fast Forward: at Gardendale (Alabama), Friday

#20 Mater Dei Monarchs (California)

Record: (6-1)

Previous Rank: #11

Rewind: lost to #4 St. John Bosco (California) 42-21

Fast Forward: vs. Servite (California), Friday

#21 Gonzaga Eagles (Washington, DC)

Record: (7-0)

Previous Rank: Not ranked in Top 50, but #9 in Mid-Atlantic Region Top 10

Fast Forward: at Good Counsel (Maryland), Friday

#22 DeMatha Stags (Maryland)

Record: (6-1)

Previous: #5

Rewind: lost to Gonzaga 24-14

Fast Forward: at Archbishop Carroll (Washington, DC), Saturday

#23 Bergen Catholic Crusaders (New Jersey)

Record: (4-2)

Previous Rank: #23

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: vs. St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, New Jersey), Saturday

#24 St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (Florida)

Record: (6-1)

Previous Rank: #25

Rewind: beat Fort Lauderdale (Florida) 41-13

Fast Forward: Idle

#25 Maryville Rebels (Tennessee)

Record: (8-0)

Previous Rank: #28

Rewind: beat William Blount (Tennessee) 42-0

Fast Forward: vs. Bradley Central (Tennessee), Friday

Dropping-out: #21 Spartanburg (South Carolina), #24 St. Xavier (Ohio)

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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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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