Steady as she goes in latest High School Football America Top 25 – Week 4

The DeSoto Eagles are ranked #5 in the latest High School Football America Top 25 after a solid win over previous #22 Cibolo Steele. Photograph courtesy of Rita Bell Photography.

The DeSoto Eagles are ranked #5 in the latest High School Football America Top 25 after a solid win over previous #22 Cibolo Steele.
Photograph courtesy of Rita Bell Photography.

by Jeff Fisher

The Top 10 stayed solid as a rock this past weekend, but change is on the horizon with the much anticipated Southern California-Nevada showdown between #6 St. John Bosco (California) and #7 Bishop Gorman (Nevada). Both teams have played tough interstate schedules to open the season.  While Gorman gets the home field advantage, Bosco gets the luxury of a week off to prepare for the Gaels.

There were no changes in the Top 10, but #5 DeSoto (Texas) improved its hold on its position with a very solid road win over previous #22 Cibolo Steele (Texas). The win was even more impressive since the Eagles were without quarterback Tristen Wallace, who broke his ankle in Week 2.  Sophomore Jaylin Nelson has filled-in well, leading the team to back-to-back victories.

Elder (Ohio), which knocked-off previous #11 St. Edward (Ohio) 21-14 moves into the poll at #22, while St. Ed moves to the Knocking on the Door list. Cibolo Steele also moves on to the honorable mention list along with former #24 Ben Davis (Indiana).

Ben Davis lost to defending Indiana 6A champ Warren Central, which moves the Warriors into the poll at #23.

Also entering the poll is Skyline (Texas) at #24 and Maryville (Tennessee) at #25.

Aside from St. Edward, Cibolo Steele and Ben Davis, Long Beach Poly (California) moves to the Knocking on the Door category.

High School Football America Top 25

1. (1) Allen Eagles (Texas)

Overall: 4-0

Rewind: defeated Plano (Texas) 42-3

Fast Forward: at Marcus (Texas), Friday

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

Overall: 2-0

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: at Central (Fort Pierce, Florida), Friday

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

Overall: 5-0

Rewind: defeated Miami Jackson (Florida) 55-7

Fast Forward: vs. Monsignor Pace (Florida), Friday

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

Overall: 4-0

Rewind: defeated Del Oro 52-0

Fast Forward: at Servite (California), Saturday

5. (5) DeSoto Eagles (Texas)

Overall: 4-0

Rewind: defeated #22 Cibolo Steele (Texas) 29-24

Fast Forward: at Grand Prairie (Texas), Friday

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

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: at #7 Bishop Gorman (Nevada), Friday

7. (7) Bishop Gorman Gaels (Nevada)

Overall: 5-0

Rewind: defeated Santa Margarita (California) 41-10

Fast Forward: vs. #6 St. John Bosco (California), Friday

8. (8) Archbishop Moeller Crusaders (Ohio)

Overall: 4-0

Rewind: defeated St. Xavier (Kentucky) 26-0

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

9. (9) Miami Central Rockets (Florida)

Overall: 4-1

Rewind: defeated Miami Columbus (Florida) 42-14

Fast Forward: Idle

10. (10) Folsom Bulldogs (California)

Overall: 4-0

Rewind: defeated Burbank (Sacramento, California) 61-13

Fast Forward: vs. Granite Bay (California), Friday

11. (12) Bellevue Wolverines (Washington)

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: defeated Mercer Island (Washington) 42-21

Fast Forward: at Sammamish (Washington), Friday

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

Overall: 2-1

Rewind: defeated Miramar (Florida) 20-12

Fast Forward: at Nova (Florida), Friday

13. (14) Buford Wolves (Georgia)

Overall: 4-0

Rewind: defeated White County (Georgia) 42-10

Fast Forward: Idle

14. (15) Mater Dei Monarchs (California)

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: defeated Upland (California) 28-14

Fast Forward: at Edison (California), Friday

15. (16) Southlake Carroll Dragons (Texas)

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: vs. Abilene (Texas), Friday

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

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: defeated Seton Hall Prep (New Jersey) 48-10

Fast Forward: at IMG Academy (Florida), Friday

17. (18) Archbishop Wood Vikings (Pennsylvania)

Overall: 4-0

Rewind: defeated West Catholic (Pennsylvania) 42-12

Fast Forward: vs. Archbishop Ryan (Pennsylvania), Friday

18. (19) Colquitt County Packers (Georgia)

Overall: 5-0

Rewind: defeated Pelham (Georgia) 47-7

Fast Forward: Idle

19. (20) South Panola Tigers (Mississippi)

Overall: 4-0

Rewind: defeated Memphis University (Tennessee) 48-9

Fast Forward: vs. Horn Lake (Mississippi), Friday

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

Overall: 4-0

Rewind: defeated McKinley Tech (Washington, D.C.) 51-0

Fast Forward: Good Counsel (Maryland), Saturday

21. (25) Euless Trinity Trojans (Texas)

Overall: 4-0

Rewind: defeated North Shore (Texas) 29-21

Fast Forward: vs. Heritage (Texas), Friday

22. (NR) Elder Panthers (Ohio)

Overall: 3-1

Rewind: defeated #11 St. Edward (Ohio) 21-14

Fast Forward: vs. Rosa Fort (Mississippi), Friday

23. (NR) Warren Central Warriors (Indiana)

Overall: 5-0

Rewind: defeated #24 Ben Davis (Indiana) 28-21

Fast Forward: at Pike (Indiana), Friday

24. (NR) Skyline Raiders (Texas)

Overall: 3-0

Rewind: Idle

Fast Forward: at Irving (Texas), Friday

25. (NR) Maryville Rebels (Tennessee)

Overall: 4-0

Rewind: defeated Hardin Valley (Tennessee) 16-3

Fast Forward: vs. Sevier County (Tennessee), Friday

Knocking on the Top 25 Door (alphabetical order): Alemany (California), American Heritage (Florida), Archbishop Rummel (Louisiana),  Ben Davis (Indiana), Bingham (Utah), Brother Rice (Michigan),  Carmel (Indiana), Cedar Hill (Texas) Centreville (Virginia), Chaminade (California), Cibolo Steele (Texas), Corona Centennial (California) Ensworth (Tennessee), Fort Osage (Missouri), JSerra (California), Katy (Texas), Lee’s Summit West (Missouri), Manvel (Texas), Midway (Texas), Mountain Pointe (Arizona), Servite (California), Starkville (Mississippi), St. Rita (Illinois),  Trinity Christian (Florida), Union (Oklahoma), Webb City (Missouri)

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.