When the first in-season High School Football America Top 25 comes out on Sunday, there’s a good chance that our proprietary algorithm will put Allen (Texas) back where they’ve been since the end of the 2012 season — back at #1.
Friday night, Allen won its 45th straight with a 56-20 win over Vierra High from Florida.
In 2012, when High School Football America crowned its “mythical” national champ using an opinion poll, Allen (2-0) finished tied with Louisiana’s John Curtis atop our poll. Beginning in 2013, we switched to our algorithm, which put the Eagles #1 in our preseason rankings. It’s a spot that Allen held through the end of last season.
When our 2015 preseason rankings came-out, Allen was ranked #2 behind De La Salle from California. With the Spartans loss last weekend to #23 Euless Trinity, they’ll be a new #1 Sunday and an early check of the algorithm shows that head coach Tom Westerberg‘s troops should be back in familiar territory when the Top 25 is released tomorrow.
As far as Friday night’s win over Vierra (1-1), Westerberg stuck to his statements that he made on our July 30th radio show when he said he would play both of his quarterbacks — Mitchell Jonke and Seth Green — equally until one of the two won the job on the field.
Jonke started and played a major of the snaps in last week’s win over Denton Guyer, but last night it was Green, the Minnesota transfer who has given his verbal commitment to Oregon, who led the Eagles to victory.
Jonke started Friday night’s game and led the team to a 10-0 lead. Jonke, who’s a junior, was replaced in the first half by Green who took advantage of the playing time.
Green finished 8-of-13 for 210 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 52 yards and a two TDs.
Jonke, who had a hand in six touchdowns last week, finished 5-of-8 passing for 41 yards with an interception, plus he ran for 31 yards.
After the win, Westerberg told The Dallas Morning News — “We’ve got two quarterbacks that are pretty good. Mitchell struggled a little bit, and last week he was on pretty much on, so he played. When you’ve got two really good ones, it pretty much goes to whose got the hot hand. Seth had the hot hand, so he was rolling.”