Bishop Gorman (Nevada) makes its case for national championship in NEW Top 25

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Is it possible to win a “mythical” national championship before September ends?  The answer may be yes after top-ranked Bishop Gorman (Nevada) beat #10 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) 25-24 in three overtimes Friday night to strengthen its grip on the #1 ranking.

Bishop Gorman, which has won 45 straight games, owns impressive wins over teams from California (St. John Bosco), Florida (Cocoa and St. Thomas Aquinas), Hawaii (Kahuku) and Texas (Cedar Hill). Right now, the Gaels have a sizable lead over #2 IMG Academy (Florida) in our proprietary algorithm that is used to create the rankings.  That lead will definitely shrink a bit over the coming weeks, as the Gaels’ five remaining regular season games come against teams in Nevada.  However, the big difference this year, as opposed to past years, Gorman’s out-of-state wins give it a much better SOS (strength of schedule), which could push the Gaels to the national championship, barring an upset loss in-state.

With all that being said, there’s still two-and-a-half months of high school football left, which means, as Yogi Berra would say — it’s not over until it’s over.

While St. Thomas Aquinas could have put itself back into the national championship talk with a win in Las Vegas, the Raiders impressive performance keeps the Raiders in the hunt for a Top 10 finish.  Thanks to former #6 Miami Central‘s (Florida) 34-7 loss to Carol City (Florida) and STA’s close three overtime loss, the Raiders actually move-up one spot to #9 this week.  Miami Central, the four-time state champs, fell to #31 in our nation rankings.

Two Georgia teams crack the Top 10 — Grayson checks in at #8, up three spots from last week, while Roswell moves-up two positions to #10.

The biggest mover this week is South Carolina’s South Pointe, which moves from #23 to #19.  Like Grayson, New Jersey’s St. Joseph Regional (Montvale) also moved-up three spots this week to #21.

Related: The Other 25

New to the poll this week is DeSoto (Texas), which moves graduates from #26 in The Other 25 to #24 this week.

High School Football America Top 25 
Presented by Krossover Intelligence

#1 Bishop Gorman Gaels (Nevada)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #1

Rewind: beat #10 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) 25-24 in 3 OTs

Fast Forward: at Spring Valley (Nevada), Friday

#2 IMG Academy Ascenders (Florida)

Record: (5-0)

Previous Rank: #2

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: vs. Southern Lab (Louisiana), Friday

#3 Mater Dei Monarchs (California)

Record: (5-0)

Previous Rank: #3

Rewind: Idle

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

#4 DeMatha Stags (Maryland)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #4

Rewind: beat #9 St. John’s College High School (Washington, D.C.) 14-13

Fast Forward: vs. Bishop McNamara (Maryland), Friday

#5 Allen Eagles (Texas)

Record: (5-0)

Previous Rank: #5

Rewind: beat Plano West (Texas) 61-19

Fast Forward: at Plano (Texas)

#6 St. John Bosco Braves (California)

Record: (4-1)

Previous Rank: #7

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: vs. Servite (California)

#7 Colerain Cardinals (Ohio)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #8

Rewind: beat Mason (Ohio) 30-16

Fast Forward: vs. Middletown (Ohio), Friday

#8 Grayson Rams (Georgia)

Record: (4-1)

Previous Rank: #11

Rewind: beat Rockdale County (Georgia) 60-0

Fast Forward: vs. Shiloh (Georgia), Friday

#9 St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (Florida)

Record: (3-2)

Previous Rank: #10

Rewind: lost to #1 Bishop Gorman (Nevada) 25-24 in 3 OTs

Fast Forward: vs. Deerfield Beach (Florida), Friday

#10 Roswell Hornets (Georgia)

Record: (5-0)

Previous Rank: #12

Rewind: beat Milton (Georgia) 17-0

Fast Forward: vs. Lassiter (Georgia), Friday

#11 Mill Creek Hawks (Georgia)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #13

Rewind: beat North Gwinnett (Georgia) 44-17

Fast Forward: vs. Discovery (Georgia), Friday

#12 McGill-Toolen Yellowjackets (Alabama)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #14

Rewind: beat Bryant (Alabama) 55-7

Fast Forward: at Montgomery (Alabama), Friday

#13 Corona Centennial Huskies (California)

Record: (4-1)

Previous Rank: #15

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: vs. Roosevelt (Eastvale, California)

#14 Jenks Trojans (Oklahoma)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #16

Rewind: beat Broken Arrow (Oklahoma) 62-24

Fast Forward: at Edmond Memorial (Oklahoma), Friday

#15 Warren Central Warriors (Indiana)

Record: (5-1)

Previous Rank: #17

Rewind: beat Lawrence North (Indiana) 63-21

Fast Forward: vs. Carmel (Indiana), Friday

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

Record: (4-2)

Previous Rank: #9

Rewind: lost to #4 DeMatha (Maryland) 14-13

Fast Forward: at St. Mary’s Ryken (Maryland), Friday

#17 St. Joseph’s Prep Hawks (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Record: (4-0)

Previous Rank: #18

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: at Roman Catholic (Pennsylvania), Friday

#18 Trinity Shamrocks (Kentucky)

Record: (7-0)

Previous Rank: #19

Rewind: beat St. Xavier (Kentucky) 35-13

Fast Forward: at Eastern (Kentucky), Friday

#19 South Pointe Stallions (South Carolina)

Record: (5-1)

Previous Rank: #23

Rewind: beat Ridge View (South Carolina) 46-21

Fast Forward: vs. Westview (South Carolina), Friday

#20 American Heritage Patriots (Plantation, Florida)

Record: (6-0)

Previous Rank: #21

Rewind: beat Stanahan (Florida) 51-0

Fast Forward: Idle

#21 St. Joseph Regional Green Knights (Montvale, New Jersey)

Record: (3-1)

Previous Rank: #24

Rewind: beat #27 Bergen Catholic (New Jersey) 17-14 in 2 OTs

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

#22 Lake Travis Cavaliers (Texas)

Record: (4-1)

Previous Rank: #21

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: vs. #44 Westlake (Texas), Friday

#23 Cibolo Steele Knights (Texas)

Record: (4-1)

Previous Rank: #22

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: vs. New Braunfels (Texas), Friday

#24 DeSoto Eagles (Texas)

Record: (5-0)

Previous Rank: #26

Rewind: beat Irving MacArthur (Texas) 48-7

Fast Forward: at Grand Prairie (Texas), Friday

#25 Mallard Creek Mavericks (North Carolina)

Record: (5-1)

Previous Rank: #25

Rewind: beat Hopewell (North Carolina) 69-8

Fast Forward: at Hough (North Carolina), Friday

Dropped-out: #6 Miami Central (Florida)

Editor’s Note: The High School Football America National Top 50 is developed using our proprietary algorithm.

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