Monday, High School Football America released it’s Preseason Top 25. Today, we unveil our The Other 25, which we began last year. The Other 25, takes a look at the teams that are just outside of the Top 25 from #26 through #50.
For those of you unfamiliar with our rankings, this is the fourth straight year that High School Football America will be using its proprietary algorithm to rank teams nationally, regionally and locally. What that means is, our computer does all the work, there’s no opinion involved. Over the past three seasons, our preseason poll included some opinion, but this year marks the first time that our algorithm is completely in-charge of determining our “mythical” national champ from start to finish.
Two-time Ohio Division I champ St. Edward is closest to the bubble. The Eagles finished #6 in the final 2015 national Top 25. Joining St. Edward from the Buckeye State is two-time defending Division II champ La Salle, which finished #15 in the nation last year. The Lancers begin 2016 ranked #29. 2015 Ohio Division III champ Archbishop Hoban begins the season ranked #50 in America. In all, Ohio has four teams in the Top 50. Colerain is ranked #20 in our Preseason Top 25.
After placing a six teams in the Top 25, Texas continues to dominate the poll with three teams in The Other 25 — Euless Trinity #40, DeSoto at #42 and Southlake Carroll at #48.
Florida joins Ohio and Texas with three teams in The Other 25. California, Georgia, Oklahoma and Washington, D.C. each placed two teams between #26 and #50.
So here’s the final tally for the Top 50 — Texas nine teams, Florida seven teams, California, Georgia and Ohio four teams each,
High School Football America’s The Other 25 (teams #26 through #50)
#26 St. Edward Eagles (Ohio)
#27 Corona Centennial Huskies (California)
#28 Jenks Trojans (Oklahoma)
#29 La Salle Lancers (Ohio)
#30 Gonzaga Eagles (Washington, D.C.)
#31 De La Salle Spartans (California)
#32 American Heritage Patriots (Plantation, Florida)
#33 Mill Creek Hawks (Georgia)
#34 St. Joseph’s Prep Hawks (Philadelphia)
#35 Trinity Shamrocks (Kentucky)
#36 Bergen Catholic Crusaders (New Jersey)
#37 Booker T. Washington Tornadoes (Florida)
#38 Clinton Arrows (Mississippi)
#39 St. John’s College High School Cadets (Washington, D.C.)
#40 Euless Trinity Trojans (Texas)
#41 Warren Central Warriors (Indiana)
#42 DeSoto Eagles (Texas)
#43 Colquitt County Packers (Georgia)
#44 Cass Tech Technicians (Michigan)
#45 Fayetteville Bulldogs (Arkansas)
#46 Brentwood Academy Eagles (Tennessee)
#47 Armwood Hawks (Florida)
#48 Southlake Carroll Dragons (Texas)
#49 Union Redskins (Oklahoma)
#50 Archbishop Hoban (Ohio)