Ben Davis enters HSFA Top 25 at #24

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by Jeff Fisher

Don Bosco PrepOur third in-season High School Football America Top 25 sees the 2014 Strength of Schedule (SOS), part of our rankings algorithm, start to take hold. Yes, there is shuffling as a result of five ranked teams losing this past weekend, but with teams having three to four games under their belts, the SOS is beginning to rule the changes within the Top 25.

There was no doubt that Saturday’s impressive performance by Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey) was going to impact the top part of the rankings. The Ironmen move from #23 to #2 with the dominating 24-7 win over former #2 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida). The Raiders drop from #2 to #13.

Aside from DBP’s move, the top seven remain unchanged, but that could change over the next couple of weeks. Thursday #5 DeSoto (Texas) will play Top 25 newbie Cibolo Steele (Texas) and then next week, #6 St. John Bosco (California), idle this week, in two weeks will face #7 Bishop Gorman (Nevada), which has a tough test this week against unbeaten Santa Margarita from Southern California.

New to this week’s rankings: #22 Cibolo Steele (Texas), #23 Long Beach Poly (California), #24 Ben Davis (Indiana) and #25 Euless Trinity (Texas).

Falling from the rankings: #8 Cedar Hill (Texas), #12 Katy (Texas), #15 Jenks (Oklahoma) and #25 Acadiana (Louisiana)

High School Football America Top 25

1. (1) Allen Eagles (Texas)

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: defeated Boyd (Texas) 58-28

Fast Forward: at Plano (Texas), Thursday

2. (23) Don Bosco Prep Ironmen (New Jersey)

Overall: 2-0

Rewind: defeated then #2 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) 24-7

Fast Forward: Idle

3. (3) Booker T. Washington Tornadoes (Florida)

Overall: 4-0

Rewind: defeated Carol City (Florida) 38-14

Fast Forward: vs. Jackson (Florida), Friday

4. (4) De La Salle Spartans (California)

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: defeated Byrnes (South Carolina) 56-28

Fast Forward: at Del Oro (California), Friday

5. (5) DeSoto Eagles (Texas)

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: defeated South Oak Cliff (Texas) 53-13

Fast Forward: vs. Cibolo Steele (Texas), Thursday

6. (6) St. John Bosco Braves (California)

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: defeated Central Catholic (Oregon) 42-14

Fast Forward: Idle

7. (7) Bishop Gorman Gaels (Nevada)

Overall: 4-0

Rewind: defeated defeated Corona Centennial (California) 43-42

Fast Forward: vs. Santa Margarita (California), Friday

8. (11) Archbishop Moeller Crusaders (Ohio)

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: defeated Xenia (Ohio) 55-7

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

9. (9) Miami Central Rockets (Florida)

Overall: 3-1

Rewind: defeated Coral Reef (Florida) 47-0

Fast Forward: vs. Miami Columbus (Florida), Thursday

10. (10) Folsom Bulldogs (California)

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: defeated Pleasant Grove (California) 56-6

Fast Forward: vs. Burbank (Sacramento, California), Friday

11. (12) St. Edward Eagles (Ohio)

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: defeated St. Joseph (Montvale, New Jersey) 42-0

Fast Forward: at Elder (Ohio), Saturday

12. (14) Bellevue Wolverines (Washington)

Overall: 2-0

Rewind: defeated Alta (Utah) 45-0

Fast Forward: vs. Mercer Island (Washington), Friday

13. (2) St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (Florida)

Overall: 1-1

Rewind: lost to #23 Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey) 24-7

Fast Forward: at Miramar (Florida), Saturday

14. (16) Buford Wolves (Georgia)

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: vs. White County (Georgia)

15. (17) Mater Dei Monarchs (California)

Overall: 2-0

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: vs. Upland (California), Friday

16. (19) Southlake Carroll Dragons (Texas)

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: defeated Midland Lee (Texas) 56-6

Fast Forward: Idle

17. (18) St. Peter’s Prep Marauders (New Jersey)

Overall: 2-0

Rewind: defeated Bergen Catholic (New Jersey) 49-20

Fast Forward: at Seton Hall Prep (New Jersey), Saturday

18. (21) Archbishop Wood Vikings (Pennsylvania)

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: defeated North Penn (Pennsylvania) 42-7

Fast Forward: at West Catholic (Pennsylvania), Friday

19. (22) Colquitt County Packers (Georgia)

Overall: 4-0

Rewind: defeated Enterprise (Alabama) 38-10

Fast Forward: vs. Pelham (Georgia), Friday

20. (20) South Panola Tigers (Mississippi)

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: vs. Memphis University (Tennessee), Friday

21. (24) Gonzaga Eagles (Washington, D.C.)

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: defeated Georgetown Prep (Maryland) 38-3

Fast Forward: Idle

22. (NR) Cibolo Steele Knights (Texas)

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: defeated O’Connor 10-3

Fast Forward: vs. #5 DeSoto

23. (NR) Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits (California)

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: defeated Westlake (California) 34-24

Fast Forward: at Corona Centennial (California), Friday

24. Ben Davis Giants (Indiana)

Overall: 4-0

Rewind: defeated Center Grove (Indiana) 24-0

Fast Forward: at Warren Central (Indiana), Friday

25. Euless Trinity Trojans (Texas)

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: defeated Lancaster 24-7

Fast Forward: at North Shore (Texas), Friday

Knocking on the Top 25 Door (alphabetical order): American Heritage (Florida), Bingham (Utah), Cedar Hill (Texas) Centreville (Virginia), Chaminade (California), Ensworth (Tennessee), Jenks (Oklahoma), Katy (Texas), Lee’s Summit West (Missouri), Manvel (Texas), Maryville (Tennessee), Servite (California), Skyline (Texas), Starkville (Mississippi), Trinity Christian (Florida), Union (Oklahoma), Warren Central (Indiana)

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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.