#1 vs. #2 Showdown between St. John Bosco (California) and Bishop Gorman (Nevada) is set

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If it weren’t for the fact that High School Football America “mythical” national championships are won on September 9th, you could make a case that Friday night’s showdown between top-ranked St. John Bosco (California) and #2 Bishop Gorman (Nevada) is for all the marbles.  And, while it will go a long way toward deciding who’s the top team in the nation in 2016, both teams have plenty more hurdles on their schedules after Friday night’s game.

We also need to point-out that there are plenty of other teams that play the type of schedule that can lead to a national title in a season that has seen plenty of teams come-and-go in our national rankings that are based on our proprietary algorithm.

It was another great weekend of Top 25 games that shape this week’s rankings, plus three Top 25 teams lost, including two in the Top 10.

For those that like status quo, the top six teams all won this week, including #3 IMG Academy (Florida), which won an epic 50-49 battle against #24 Corona Centennial (California).  IMG is now one of four Florida teams in our Top 10 with Miami Central moving-up three spots to #7, followed by Booker T. Washington at #8 and St. Thomas Aquinas re-entering the Top 10 at #10.

The biggest mover this week is North Carolina’s Mallard Creek, which hops from #17 to #11 after its win over Byrnes from South Carolina.

There are four teams that graduated from our The Other 25 (teams #26 through #50).  American Heritage (Plantation) becomes the fifth Florida team in the Top 25 at #21.  The other newbies are Trinity (Kentucky) at #22, St. John’s College High School (Washington, D.C.) at #23 and Oklahoma’s Jenks at #24.

Related: NEW The Other 25

Aside from the Bosco/Gorman showdown, #13 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, New Jersey), which travelled across the country to pick-up a win over Southern California’s Serra (Gardena), will play St. John’s in an all-Top 25 match-up.

High School Football America Top 25 
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#1 St. John Bosco Braves (California)

Record: (2-0)

Previous Rank: #1

Rewind: beat La Mirada (California) 34-0

Fast Forward: vs. #2 Bishop Gorman (Nevada), Friday

#2 Bishop Gorman Gaels (Nevada)

Record: (2-0)

Previous Rank: #2

Rewind: beat #42 Cocoa (Florida) 46-10

Fast Forward: at #1 St. John Bosco (California), Friday

#3 IMG Academy Ascenders (Florida)

Record: (2-0)

Previous Rank: #3

Rewind: beat #24 Corona Centennial (California) 50-49

Fast Forward: vs. Booker T. Washington (Oklahoma), Saturday in Battle on the Border in Shreveport, Louisiana

#4 Mater Dei Monarchs (California)

Record: (2-0)

Previous Rank: #4

Rewind: beat Mayfair (California) 63-0

Fast Forward: vs. La Mirada (California), Friday

#5 DeMatha Stags (Maryland)

Record: (2-0)

Previous Rank: #5

Rewind: beat Avalon (Maryland) 55-20

Fast Forward: at Bishop McDevitt (Pennsylvania), Friday

#6 Allen Eagles (Texas)

Record: (2-0)

Previous Rank: #6

Rewind: beat Evangel Christian (Louisiana) 45-10

Fast Forward: at Coppell (Texas), Friday

#7 Miami Central Rockets (Florida)

Record: (2-0)

Previous Rank: #10

Rewind: beat Killian (Florida) 55-0

Fast Forward: at First Coast (Florida), Saturday

#8 Booker T. Washington Tornadoes (Florida)

Record: (2-0)

Previous Rank: #11

Rewind: beat Monsignor Pace (Florida) 28-6

Fast Forward: vs. Jackson (Florida), Friday

#9 Colerain Cardinals (Ohio)

Record: (2-0)

Previous Rank: #9

Rewind: beat St. Xavier (Ohio) 20-14 in OT

Fast Forward: vs. #26 La Salle (Ohio), Friday

#10 St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (Florida)

Record: (1-1)

Previous Rank: #13

Rewind: beat Miramar 42-6

Fast Forward: at Plantation (Florida), Friday

#11 Mallard Creek Mavericks (North Carolina)

Record: (3-0)

Previous Rank: #17

Rewind: beat Byrnes (South Carolina) 21-14

Fast Forward: Idle

#12 Grayson Rams (Georgia)

Record: (1-1)

Previous Rank: #12

Rewind: beat McEachern (Georgia) 16-13

Fast Forward: Idle

#13 St. Joseph Regional Green Knights (New Jersey)

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: #15

Rewind: beat Serra (Gardena, California) 17-7

Fast Forward: vs. #23 St. John’s College High School (Washington, D.C)

#14 Roswell Hornets (Georgia)

Record: (2-0)

Previous Rank: #16

Rewind: beat Central Gwinnett (Georgia) 31-6

Fast Forward: vs. Colquitt County (Georgia), Friday

#15 Mill Creek Hawks (Georgia)

Record: (3-0)

Previous Rank: #19

Rewind: beat Dacula (Georgia) 30-0

Fast Forward: at Archer (Georgia), Friday

#16 McGill-Toolen Yellowjackets (Alabama)

Record: (3-0)

Previous Rank: #21

Rewind: beat Murphy (Alabama) 43-0

Fast Forward: Idle

#17 Katy Tigers (Texas)

Record: (1-1)

Previous Rank: #14

Rewind: beat Klein Collins (Texas) 50-49 in 2 OTs

Fast Forward: at The Woodlands (Texas), Friday

#18 Warren Central Warriors (Indiana)

Record: (2-1)

Previous Rank: #22

Rewind: beat North Central (Indiana) 45-3

Fast Forward: vs. Lawrence Central (Indiana), Friday

#19 St. Edward Eagles (Ohio)

Record: (2-0)

Previous Rank: #23

Rewind: beat #48 Archbishop Hoban (Ohio) 10-7

Fast Forward: vs. Glenville (Ohio), Saturday

#20 Corona Centennial Huskies (California)

Record: (1-1)

Previous Rank: #24

Rewind: lost to #3 IMG Academy (Florida) 50-49

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Fast Forward: vs. Orange Lutheran (California), Friday

#21 American Heritage Patriots (Plantation, Florida)

Record: (2-0)

Previous Rank: #32

Rewind: beat #18 Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey) 21-0

Fast Forward: vs. Northwestern (Florida), Friday

#22 Trinity Shamrocks (Kentucky)

Record: (3-0)

Previous Rank: #27

Rewind: beat Lafayette (Kentucky) 45-7

Fast Forward: vs. Male (Kentucky), Friday

#23 St. John’s College HS Cadets (Washington, D.C.)

Record: (2-0)

Previous Rank: #29

Rewind: beat American Heritage (Delray Beach, Florida) 42-9

Fast Forward: at #13 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, NJ), Saturday

#24 Jenks Trojans (Oklahoma)

Record: (2-0)

Previous Rank: #26

Rewind: beat Bixby (Oklahoma) 38-34

Fast Forward: vs. #38 Union (Oklahoma), Friday

#25 Good Counsel Falcons (Maryland)

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: #25

Rewind: beat Mount St. Joseph (Maryland) 23-21

Fast Forward: at Archbishop Spalding (Maryland), Friday

Dropped out: #7 Westlake (Texas), #8 Cibolo Steele (Texas), #18 Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey), #20 Cedar Hill (Texas)

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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.

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