St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) moves up a notch in first in-season High School Football America Top 25 Poll


by Jeff Fisher

The top three teams in the first in-season High School Football America Top 25 have been very impressive early on in 2014.

Top-ranked Allen (Texas), which has won back-to-back HSFA “mythical” national championships, opened with a solid performance against Denton Guyer (Texas), which has won back-to-back Texas 4A Division I titles.  The Eagles look like they are ready to go for the three-peat themselves.

Watch Eagle QB Kyler Murray go to work in the highlights above.  The Texas A&M verbal commit accounted for 499 yards in total offense in the team’s season opener on Friday.

St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) moved-up one spot from our preseason poll that was released on August 1st. The #2 Raiders looked great on both sides of the ball in its 38-7 dismantling of former #11 American Heritage (Florida).

After two solid road victories, Booker T. Washington (Florida), which was named national champs by several media polls last year, moves from #7 to #3 with victories against Oscar Smith (Virginia) and Tucker (Georgia).  The Tornadoes can’t rest with Friday’s showdown against against #7 Miami Central looming.  Central, which moves up seven spots, is riding a 14-game win streak after impressive, but close, road wins over former #2 Hoover (Alabama) and Stephenson (Georgia).  The last team to beat the Rockets was Booker T last season.

New to the poll this week are: St. Edward (Ohio) at #14, Buford (Georgia) at #17, Mater Dei (California) at #22, Archbishop Wood (Pennsylvania) at #23 and Colquitt County (Georgia) at #24.

Dropping out: Hoover after an o-2 start, #11 American Heritage, #22 Servite (California), #23 Trinity Christian (Florida) and #24 McEachern (Georgia).

1. (1) Allen Eagles (Texas)

Overall: 1-0

Rewind: defeated 2013 Texas 4A Division I champ Denton Guyer 55-41

Fast Forward: vs. Dutch Fork (South Carolina), Friday

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

Overall: 1-0

Rewind: defeated former #11 American Heritage (Florida) 38-7

Fast Forward: Idle

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

Overall: 2-0

Rewind: defeated Tucker (Georgia) 19-7 on Saturday, Oscar Smith (Virginia) 57-21 on August 23rd

Fast Forward: vs. #7 Miami Central (Florida), Friday

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

Overall: 1-0

Rewind: defeated Jesuit 63-0

Fast Forward: vs. Serra (San Mateo, CA), Friday

5. (5) DeSoto (Texas)

Overall: 1-0

Rewind: defeated Arlington Martin (Texas) 55-30

Fast Forward: vs. Eastern Christian Academy (Maryland), Friday

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

Overall: 1-0

Rewind: defeated St. Louis (Hawaii) 63-14 on August 22nd

Fast Forward: at Norwalk (California), Friday

7. (14) Miami Central Rockets (Florida)

Overall: 2-0

Rewind: defeated Stephenson (Georgia) 21-20, #2 Hoover (Alabama) 24-21 on August 23rd

Fast Forward: at #3 Booker T. Washington (Florida), Friday

8. (8) Bishop Gorman Gaels (Nevada)

Overall: 2-0

Rewind: defeated #22 Servite (California) 48-27, Brophy Prep (California) 44-0 on August 22nd

Fast Forward: vs. Bingham (Utah), Friday

9. (9) Cedar Hill Longhorns (Texas)

Overall: 1-0

Rewind: defeated South Oak Cliff (Texas) 56-34

Fast Forward: vs. Arlington Bowie (Texas), Friday

10. St. Joseph’s Prep Hawks (Pennsylvania)

Overall: 1-0

Rewind: defeated Mount Carmel (Illinois) 28-27

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

11. (17) Folsom Bulldogs (California)

Overall: 1-0

Rewind: defeated Cathedral Catholic (California) 55-10

Fast Forward: vs. Clovis North (California), Friday

12. (12) Archbishop Moeller Crusaders (Ohio)

Overall: 1-0

Rewind: defeated Pickerington North (Ohio) 21-6

Fast Forward: vs. Covington Catholic (Kentucky), Friday

13. (13) Katy Tigers (Texas)

Overall: 1-0

Rewind: defeated Kingwood (Texas) 31-0

Fast Forward: Fort Bend Travis (Texas), Thursday

14. (NR) St. Edward Eagles (Ohio)

Overall: 1-0

Rewind: defeated Gilman (Maryland) 38-7

Fast Forward: vs. Glenville (Ohio), Saturday

15. (15) Jenks Trojans (Oklahoma)

Overall: 0-0

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: vs. Bixby (Oklahoma), Friday

16. (16) Bellevue Wolverines (Washington)

Overall: 0-0

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: vs. Serra (Gardena, CA), Saturday at The Honor Bowl, Oceanside HS, California

17. (NR) Buford Wolves (Georgia)

Overall: 2-0

Rewind: defeated Berkmar (Georgia) 56-0, former #23 Trinity Christian (Florida) 17-0 on August 23rd

Fast Forward: McEachern (Georgia), Friday

18. (18) Centreville Wildcats (Virginia)

Overall: 0-0

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: Gonzaga (Washington DC), Friday

19. (19) St. Peter’s Prep Marauders (New Jersey)

Overall: 0-0

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: vs. Wise (Maryland), Saturday

20. (20) Southlake Carroll Dragons (Texas)

Overall: 1-0

Rewind: defeated Westlake 17-14

Fast Forward: vs. Union (Oklahoma), Friday

21. (21) South Panola Tigers (Mississippi)

Overall: 2-0

Rewind: defeated West Point 14-10, defeated White Station (Tennessee) 62-27

Fast Forward: vs. Meridian (Mississippi), Friday

22. (NR) Mater Dei Monarchs (California)

Overall: 1-0

Rewind: defeated Corona Centennial (California) 38-18

Fast Forward: vs. Villa Park (California), Friday

23 (NR) Archbishop Wood Vikings (Pennsylvania)

Overall: 1-0

Rewind: defeated DeMatha (Maryland)

Fast Forward: Martin Luther King (Pennsylvania), Saturday

24. (NR) Colquitt County Packers (Georgia)

Overall: 2-0

Rewind: defeated former #2 Hoover (Alabama) 35-14, Mill Creek (Georgia) 31-14 on August 23rd

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

25. (25) Acadiana Rams (Louisiana)

Overall: 0-0

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: at Northside (Louisiana), Friday

Knocking on the Top 25 Door (alphabetical): American Heritage (Florida), Bakersfield (California), Chaminade (California), Ben Davis (Indiana), Coppell (Texas), Ensworth (Tennessee), Euless Trinity (Texas), Gonzaga (Washington DC), Lee’s Summit West (Missouri), Loyola (Illinois), Maryville (Tennessee), Serra (Gardena, CA), Servite (California), Trinity Christian (Florida), Warren Central (Indiana)

About the Author

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.