Pittsburgh Central Catholic finished #24 in the nation

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by Jeff Fisher

Pittsburgh Central Catholic, which started the season ranked #22 in the preseason High School Football America National Top 25, but dropped-out after losing to North Allegheny in September, returned to the national rankings Sunday when we released our final poll of the season.  The Vikings finish the season ranked #24 in the nation.

Saturday, the Vikings beat Parkland 21-18 for the state’s 4A championship.   It was PCC’s fourth overall state title and first since 2007.

High School Football America Top 25

#1 Colquitt County Packers (Georgia)

Record: (15-0)

Previous Rank: #3

Rewind: 2X Georgia AAAAAA champs

Preseason Rank: #9

#2 De La Salle Spartans (California)

Record: (13-1)

Previous Rank: #7

Rewind: beat former #1 Corona Centennial (California) 28-21 for CIF Open Division Championship

Preseason Rank: #1

#3 Katy Tigers (Texas)

Record: (16-0)

Previous Rank: #5

Rewind: beat former #15 Lake Travis (Texas) 34-7 for Texas Class 6A Division II title

Preseason Rank: #11

#4 Bishop Gorman Gaels (Nevada)

Record: (15-0)

Previous Rank: #2

Rewind: 7X Nevada Division I champs

Preseason Rank: #3

#5 Corona Centennial Huskies (California)

Record: (14-1)

Previous Rank: #1

Rewind: lost to former #7 De La Salle (California) 28-21 in CIF Open Division championship

Preseason Rank: #6

#6 St. Edward Eagles (Ohio)

Record: (14-1)

Previous Rank: #5

Rewind: 2X Ohio Division I champs

Preseason Rank: Not Ranked

#7 IMG Academy Ascenders (Florida)

Record: (9-0)

Previous Rank: #6

Rewind: Doesn’t compete for Florida state championship

Preseason Rank: #20

#8 St. John Bosco Braves (California)

Record: (13-1)

Previous Rank: #9

Rewind: CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 Division runner-up

Preseason Rank: #10

#9 Allen Eagles (Texas)

Record: (14-1)

Rewind: Texas Class 6A Division I state semifinalist

Preseason Rank: #2

#10 Center Grove Trojans (Indiana)

Record: (14-0)

Previous Rank: #11

Rewind: Indiana Class 6A champs

Preseason Rank: Not Ranked

#11 Male Bulldogs (Kentucky)

Record: (15-0)

Previous Rank: #12

Rewind: Kentucky Class 6A champs

Preseason Rank: #36

#12 St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (Florida)

Record: (13-1)

Previous Rank: #13

Rewind: 2X Florida 7A champs

Preseason Rank: #8

#13 DeMatha Stags (Maryland)

Record: (11-1)

Previous: #14

Rewind: Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champs

Preseason Rank: #21

#14 Mission Viejo Diablos (California)

Record: (16-0)

Previous Rank: #22

Rewind: beat Bellarmine (California) 24-0 for CIF Division I-AA championship

Preseason Rank: Not Ranked

#15 La Salle Lancers (Ohio)

Record: (13-2)

Previous Rank: #17

Rewind: 2X Ohio Division II champs

Preseason Rank: #12

#16 Gilman Greyhounds (Maryland)

Record: (10-1)

Previous Rank: #16

Rewind: MIAA champs

Preseason Rank: Not Ranked

#17 Wayne Warriors (Ohio)

Record: (14-1)

Previous Rank: #18

Rewind: Ohio Division I runner-up

Preseason Rank: Not Ranked

#18 Colerain Cardinals (Ohio)

Record: (12-2)

Previous Rank: #19

Rewind: Ohio Division I state semifinalist

Preseason Rank: #32

#19 Starkville Yellowjackets (Mississippi)

Record: (14-1)

Previous Rank: #20

Rewind: Mississippi 6A champs

Preseason Rank: Not Ranked

#20 Don Bosco Prep Ironmen (New Jersey)

Record: (9-3)

Previous Rank: #21

Rewind: New Jersey Non-Public Group 4 champs

Preseason Rank: #30

#21 Loyola Academy Ramblers (Illinois)

Record: (14-0)

Previous Rank: #23

Rewind: Illinois 8A champs

Preseason Rank: Not Ranked

#22 Miami Central Rockets (Florida)

Record: (12-2)

Previous Rank: #24

Rewind: 4X Florida 6A champs

Preseason Rank: #4

#23 Eastside Catholic Crusaders (Washington)

Record: (13-0)

Previous Rank: #25

Rewind: 2X Washington Class 3A champs

Preseason Rank: #37

#24 Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings (Pennsylvania)

Record: (15-1)

Rewind: beat Parkland 21-18 for 4A championship

Preseason Rank: #22

#25 Euless Trinity Trojans (Texas)

Record: (10-1)

Previous Rank: #26

Rewind: Undefeated regular season.  Beat #2 De La Salle (California)

Preseason Rank: #23

Dropped-out: #8 Westlake (Texas), #15 Lake Travis (Texas)

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.