Where the Top 100 plays – October 19-21, 2017

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The stakes in Top 100 continue to heat-up this week as the regular season nears its end and playoffs loom. There are seven featuring head-to-head meetings in our national rankings created with our proprietary algorithm.

Coming-off a shutout win over Hialeah- Miami Lakes, No. 8 Miami Central moves up further in the rankings as they switch gears to focus on a much greater opponent in No. 37 Northwestern. The Bulls finished last Friday night with a win over No. 81 Carol City in a game where their defense shined, pulling-off some key stops against the Chiefs to hold their rivals to just 100 total yards with 28 passing. Both Central and Northwestern have a loss on their records at the hands of No. 2 IMG Academy and will head into Friday night’s matchup with the hopes of keeping that as their only loss of the season.

IMG has had plenty of success against in-state opponents lately, but this week they travel west to Utah to play No. 36 East. This isn’t the first time the Ascenders are making the cross-country trip, and they have proven they know how to win on either coast. To open up the season, IMG beat No. 45 Chandler (Arizona) and followed that up with a win over No. 14 Corona Centennial (California).

East has been waiting for their opportunity to try and take down the Ascenders all season long, and it seems to come at a time where the Leopards are playing at their best. The team came up big last Friday night, shutting-out West Jordan to secure the Division 3 Championship thanks to a strong showing by the defense, which only allowed the Jaguars to generate four first downs in the entire game. East hopes to mimic that lights out performance this weekend in order to get the upset and knock off one of the country’s biggest perennial powerhouse programs.

In a rematch of the 2016 Ohio Division I state title game, No. 6 St. Xavier (8-0) will take on No. 38 St. Ignatius (7-1). St. X remains is the top team in the state after yet another dominating victory last Friday against Clarkson Football North. The Bombers will look to keep their unbeaten record against an Ignatius team that finds itself trying to pick up the pieces after suffering a stunning 41-20 upset defeat to Archbishop Moeller. With playoffs nearing, Ignatius will need the win this week in order to earn some redemption and to prevent itself from slipping any further in state and national rankings.

Another team trying to get things back on track is No. 93 DeMatha (Maryland) that faces-off against No. 24 St. John’s College High School (Washington, D.C.). The Stags have lost two straight regular season games for the first time in head coach Elijah Brooks seven year-run at the top of the program, Last week’s overtime loss came at the hands of rival, No. 92 Good Counsel, making DeMatha 0-2 in Washington Catholic Athletic Conference play. St. John’s has a couple losses this season as well, but both came against top ranked California teams in No. 12 De La Salle and No. 22 St. John Bosco, and thus, their conference record remains at 2-0 in the WCAC. With the remaining games of the season for the Stags considered must-wins, DeMatha hopes to pull-off the upset this week to ensure they’ll make the postseason to defend try to defending their run of four straight WCAC championships.

While DeMatha tries to get its first win in three weeks, No. 31 Bergen Catholic (New Jersey) is looking to build on its three-game win streak this Saturday against No. 99 Pope John XXIII (New Jersey). The Crusaders had one of their best performances of the season last Friday, with a convincing 41-14 defeat of No. 34 St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey). They got that victory with the help of a stout defense, racking up six sacks and keeping St. Peter’s to just 90 total rushing yards. Pope John was hoping to continue on their 5-0 start, but could not get it done, losing a close 20-14 decision to No. 39 St. Joseph’s Regional (Montvale, New Jersey). The Lions will have another chance to knock off one of New Jersey’s top schools this week in their battle against the Crusaders who sit atop the Northern New Jersey Super United Red Division standings.

The two teams that played against Bergen Catholic and Pope John XXIII last week will meet up this Saturday night as No. 34 St. Peter’s Prep and No. 39 St. Joseph Regional go head-to-head. Both teams head into the game evenly matched, having accumulated overall records of 4-2 and 1-1 in conference play. They both sit just below Bergen Catholic in the North Jersey Super Football Conference United Red Division. Stakes will be high between these two squads as they battle it out for the No. 2 spot in the division knowing they have just two games left in the regular season to make an impression before playoff seeding.

Where the Top 100 Play This Week

No. 1 Mater Dei (California) vs. JSerra (California), Friday

No. 2 IMG Academy (Florida) at No. 36 East (Utah), Friday

No. 3 Allen (Texas) at Denton Guyer (Texas), Friday

No. 4 Trinity (Kentucky) at Ballard (Kentucky), Friday

No. 5 St. Xavier (Ohio) at No. 38 St. Ignatius (Ohio), Saturday

No. 6 DeSoto (Texas) at Irving (Texas), Thursday

No. 7 South Pointe (South Carolina) at Richland Northeast (South Carolina), Friday

No. 8 Miami Central (Florida) vs. No. 37 Northwestern (Florida), Friday

No. 9 American Heritage (Plantation, Florida) vs. Jackson (Florida), Friday

No. 10 St. Joseph’s Prep (Pennsylvania) vs. La Salle (Pennsylvania), Friday

No. 11 Bishop Gorman (Nevada) at Durango (Nevada), Friday

No. 12 De La Salle (California) at Monte Vista (California), Friday

No. 13 Ben Davis (Indiana) – Idle

No. 14 Corona Centennial (California) vs. Corona (California), Friday

No. 15 Brentwood Academy (Tennessee) at Montgomery Bell Academy (Tennessee), Friday

No. 16 Bingham (Utah) – Idle

No. 17 St. Frances Academy (Maryland) at Archbishop Spalding (Maryland), Friday

No. 18 St. Edward (Ohio) vs. Archbishop Moeller (Ohio), Saturday

No. 19 Katy (Texas) at Morton Ranch (Texas), Friday

No. 20 Union (Oklahoma) vs. Southmoore (Oklahoma), Thursday

No. 21 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) at Boyd Anderson (Florida), Friday

No. 22 St. John Bosco (California) vs. Santa Margarita (California), Friday

No. 23 Mission Viejo (California) at Trabuco Hills (California), Friday

No. 24 St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC) vs. No. 93 DeMatha (Maryland), Saturday

No. 25 Fort Dorchester (South Carolina) at West Ashley (South Carolina), Friday

No. 26 Cocoa (Florida) at Bartram Trail (Florida), Friday

No. 27 Grayson (Georgia) at Newton (Georgia), Friday

No. 28 Hoover (Alabama) at Vestavia Hills (Alabama), Friday

No. 29 Denton Ryan (Texas) at Sherman (Texas), Friday

No. 30 John Curtis (Louisiana) at Holy Cross (Louisiana), Friday

No. 31 Bergen Catholic (New Jersey) vs. No. 99 Pope John XXIII (New Jersey), Saturday

No. 32 Judson (Texas) vs. Wagner (Texas), Friday

No. 33 Pine-Richland (Pennsylvania) vs. Butler (Pennsylvania), Friday

No. 34 St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey) vs. No. 39 St. Joseph Regional (New Jersey), Saturday

No. 35 Chaminade (California) vs. Alemany (California), Friday

No. 36 East (Utah) vs. No. 2 IMG Academy (Florida), Friday

No. 37 Northwestern (Florida) vs. No. 8 Miami Central (Florida), Friday

No. 38 St. Ignatius (Ohio) vs. No. 5 St. Xavier (Ohio), Saturday

No. 39 St. Joseph Regional (New Jersey) at No. 34 St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey), Saturday

No. 40 Aledo (Texas) vs. V.R. Eaton (Texas), Friday

No. 41 Erie Cathedral Prep (Pennsylvania) at Fort LeBoeuf (Pennsylvania), Friday

No. 42 Archbishop Wood (Pennsylvania) at Upper Darby (Pennsylvania), Friday

No. 43 Archer (Georgia) vs. Rockdale County (Georgia), Friday

No. 44 Mountain Pointe (Arizona) at Corona del Sol (Arizona), Friday

No. 45 Chandler (Arizona) at Brophy Prep (Arizona), Friday

No. 46 DePaul Catholic (New Jersey) vs. Seton Hall Prep (New Jersey), Friday

No. 47 Cartersville (Georgia) vs. Chapel Hill (Georgia), Friday

No. 48 Westlake (Texas) – Idle

No. 49 Long Beach Poly (California) vs. Long Beach Jordan (California), Friday

No. 50 Armwood (Florida) vs. Brandon (Florida), Friday

No. 51 Lake Travis (Texas) vs. Lehman (Texas), Friday

No. 52 Dutch Fork (South Carolina) vs. Spring Valley (South Carolina), Friday

No. 53 The Woodlands (Texas) at Oak Ridge (Texas), Friday

No. 54 Hewitt-Trussville (Alabama) at Huntsville (Alabama), Friday

No. 55 Evangel Christian (Louisiana) vs. Byrd (Louisiana), Friday

No. 56 Wake Forest (North Carolina) vs. Rolesville (North Carolina), Friday

No. 57 Owasso (Oklahoma) at Norman North (Oklahoma), Friday

No. 58 East St. Louis (Illinois) vs. Alton (Illinois), Friday

No 59 West Point (Mississippi) vs. Grenada (Mississippi), Friday

No. 60 Buford (Georgia) vs. Walnut Grove (Georgia), Friday

No. 61 Central (Phenix City, Alabama) at Lee (Alabama), Friday

No. 62 Lowndes (Georgia) at Camden County (Georgia), Friday

No. 63 Manvel (Texas) vs. Fort Ben Elkins (Texas), Friday

No. 64 Colquitt County (Georgia) vs. Tift County (Georgia), Friday

No. 65 Centennial (Arizona) vs. Willow Canyon (Arizona), Friday

No. 66 Valor Christian (Colorado) at Highlands Ranch (Colorado), Friday

No. 67 Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) at Xenia (Ohio), Friday

No. 68 Pulaski Academy (Arkansas) at Parkview (Arkansas), Friday

No. 69 Klein Collins (Texas) vs. Spring Woods (Texas), Friday

No. 70 Pearl (Mississippi) vs. Jim Hill (Mississippi), Friday

No. 71 Pickerington Central (Ohio) vs. Reynoldsburg (Ohio), Friday

No. 72 Starkville (Mississippi) at Murrah (Mississippi), Friday

No. 73 Prairie Ridge (Illinois) vs. Dundee-Crown (Illinois), Friday

No. 74 Plant (Florida) vs. Freedom (Florida), Friday

No. 75 Liberty (Nevada) at Silverado (Nevada), Friday

No. 76 Lincoln-Way East (Illinois) at Bolingbrook (Illinois), Friday

No. 77 Duncanville (Texas) vs. South Grand Prairie (Texas), Friday

No. 78 Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) vs. State College (Pennsylvania), Saturday

No. 79 Kahuku (Hawaii) vs. Campbell (Hawaii), Friday

No. 80 Deerfield Beach (Florida) at Monarch (Florida), Friday

No. 81 Carol City (Florida) vs. Booker T. Washington (Florida), Saturday

No. 82 Midway (Texas) vs. Belton (Texas), Friday

No. 83 Saint Louis (Hawaii) vs. Kamehameha (Hawaii), Saturday

No. 84 Maine South (Illinois) at Niles West (Illinois), Friday

No. 85 Oakland (Tennessee) at Cookeville (Tennessee), Friday

No. 86 Archbishop Hoban (Ohio) at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (Ohio), Friday

No. 87 Viera (Florida) – Idle

No. 88 Gonzaga (Washington, DC) – Idle

No. 89 Venice (Florida) vs. Sarasota (Florida), Friday

No. 90 Lamar (Houston, Texas) at Houston Heights (Texas), Saturday

No. 91 Saguaro (Arizona) at Shadow Mountain (Arizona), Friday

No. 92 Good Counsel (Maryland) vs. Archbishop Carroll (Washington, DC), Friday

No. 93 DeMatha (Maryland) at No. 24 St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC), Saturday

No. 94 Bryant (Arkansas) at Cabot (Arkansas), Friday

No. 95 Narbonne (California) at San Pedro (California), Friday

No. 96 Cardinal Gibbons (Florida) at Hallandale (Florida), Friday

No. 97 Lawrence Central (Indiana)– Idle

No. 98 Warren Central (Indiana) – Idle

No. 99 Pope John Paul XXIII (New Jersey) at No. 31 Bergen Catholic (New Jersey), Saturday

No. 100 Phillips Academy (Illinois) – Idle

Kathryn Gallo


by Kathryn Gallo
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