Eastside Catholic enters National Top 25 at #23

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by Jeff Fisher

After spending the entire season in High School Football America’s The Other 25 — teams #26 through #50 in the national rankings — the Eastside Catholic Crusaders have made the national Top 25.  EC, which won its second straight Washington 3A title this past weekend by beating Bellevue in overtime, enters the latest national rankings at #23.

Midway through Friday night’s championship game, EC trailed Bellevue by four touchdowns before mounting an incredible comeback.

Eastside Catholic began the year ranked #37 in the nation by High School Football America.

Related: 2015 HSFA The Other 25 preseason rankings

This is the first time that the Crusaders have appeared in our national Top 25.

Below is the latest national poll.

High School Football America Top 25

#1 Allen Eagles (Texas)

Record: (14-0)

Previous Rank: #1

Rewind: beat Denton Ryan (Texas) 48-27

Fast Forward: vs. Westlake  (Texas), Saturday

#2 Corona Centennial Huskies (California)

Record: (14-0)

Previous Rank: #3

Rewind: beat #2 St. John Bosco (California) 62-52

Fast Forward: vs. #7 De La Salle in CIF State Bowl Championship on December 19th

#3 Bishop Gorman Gaels (Nevada)

Record: (15-0)

Previous Rank: #4

Rewind: beat Liberty (Nevada) 62-21 for Nevada Division I championship

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#4 St. Edward Eagles (Ohio)

Record: (14-1)

Previous Rank: #5

Rewind: beat #12 Wayne (Ohio) 45-35 for Ohio Division I championship

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#5 Colquitt County Packers (Georgia)

Record: (14-0)

Previous Rank: #6

Rewind: beat Mill Creek (Georgia) 52-31

Fast Forward: vs. Roswell (Georgia), Georgia AAAAAA championship, Saturday

#6 IMG Academy Ascenders (Florida)

Record: (9-0)

Previous Rank: #7

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#7 De La Salle Spartans (California)

Record: (12-1)

Previous Rank: #8

Rewind: beat Foothill (California) 35-0

Fast Forward: vs. #2 Corona Centennial (California), CIF State Bowl Championship on December 19th

#8 Katy Tigers (Texas)

Record: (14-0)

Previous Rank: #9

Rewind: beat Manvel (Texas) 66-0

Fast Forward: vs. #16 Cibolo Steele  (Texas), Saturday

#9 St. John Bosco Braves (California)

Record: (13-1)

Previous Rank: #2

Rewind: lost to #3 Corona Centennial (California) 62-52

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#10 Center Grove Trojans (Indiana)

Record: (14-0)

Previous Rank: #10

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#11 Male Bulldogs (Kentucky)

Record: (15-0)

Previous Rank: #11

Rewind: beat Lafayette (Kentucky) 41-14 for Kentucky 6A championship

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#12 St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders (Florida)

Record: (12-1)

Previous Rank: #15

Rewind: beat Braden River (Florida) 27-10

Fast Forward: vs. Viera (Florida), Florida 7A championship, Friday

#13 DeMatha Stags (Maryland)

Record: (11-1)

Previous: #13

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#14 Gilman Greyhounds (Maryland)

Record: (10-1)

Previous Rank: #15

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#15 La Salle Lancers (Ohio)

Record: (13-2)

Previous Rank: #18

Rewind: beat Massillon Perry (Ohio) 42-0 for Ohio Division II championship

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#16 Cibolo Steele Knights (Texas)

Record: (14-0)

Previous Rank: #19

Rewind: beat Clemens (Texas) 35-14

Fast Forward: vs. #8 Katy (Texas), Saturday

#17 Wayne Warriors (Ohio)

Record: (14-1)

Previous Rank: #12

Rewind: lost to #5 St. Edward (Ohio) 45-35 in Ohio Division I championship game

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#18 Colerain Cardinals (Ohio)

Record: (12-2)

Previous Rank: #20

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#19 Starkville Yellowjackets (Mississippi)

Record: (14-1)

Previous Rank: #31

Rewind: beat Petal (Mississippi) 27-7 for Mississippi 6A championship

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#20 Don Bosco Prep Ironmen (New Jersey)

Record: (9-3)

Previous Rank: #22

Rewind: beat #21 St. Joseph Regional (New Jersey) 27-10 for Non-Public Group 4 championship

Fast Forward: Season Completed

#21 Mission Viejo Diablos (California)

Record: (14-0)

Previous Rank: #24

Rewind: beat Vista Murrieta (California) 21-14

Fast Forward: vs. Helix (California), Friday

#22 Loyola Academy Ramblers (Illinois)

Record: (14-0)

Previous Rank: #23

Fast Foward: Season Completed

#23 Eastside Catholic Crusaders (Washington)

Record: (13-0)

Previous Rank: #26

Rewind: beat Bellevue (Washingt0n) 48-42 in OT for Washington 3A championship

#24 Miami Central Rockets (Florida)

Record: (11-2)

Previous Rank: #32

Rewind: beat Naples (Florida) 41-21

Fast Forward: vs. Armwood (Florida), Florida 6A championship game, Saturday

#25 Lake Travis Cavaliers (Texas)

Record: (14-0)

Previous Rank: #29

Rewind: beat Rockwall (Texas) 45-24

Fast Forward: vs. Mansfield (California), Saturday

Dropped-out: #16 Maryville (Tennessee), #17 Clay-Chalkville (Alabama), #21 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, New Jersey), #25 Archbishop Rummel (Louisiana)

Jeff Fisher’s Editor’s Note: For the third straight year, High School Football America is using its propriety algorithm for its in-season Top 25 national rankings.

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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.