Monday, October 20, 2014

Week 10 National Prep Football Poll released

WAUKEE, Iowa -- All of last week's Top 25 teams either won or were idle last week. This resulted in no teams entering nor leaving the Week 10 national rankings. The most noteworthy change is the uptick in Colquitt County's ranking. The Moultrie, Georgia-based Packers jumped six spots to No. 3 after winning on the road (48-20) against previously unbeaten Valdosta (Ga.).  

Monday, October 13, 2014

Week 9 National Prep Football Poll released

WAUKEE, Iowa -- An overall ho-hum batch of results for nationally ranked teams over the weekend resulted in only one team entering the Top 25. Clay-Chalkville (Pinson, Ala.) made its debut at No. 21 after an impressive win against previously unbeaten Shades Valley (Birmingham, Ala.). Concerning the Top 10, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) remains No. 1 for the second straight week. Big story number one was: Paramus Catholic (N.J.) leaping 14 spots to No. 5 after knocking off then-No. 2 Don Bosco (Ramsey), 21-14. The Ironmen dropped to No. 8. Big story number two: St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) solidified its spot at No. 7 with a 28-25 win against Mater Dei (Santa Ana). The first loss of season dropped the Monarchs down one spot in the poll to No. 16. 

Monday, October 06, 2014

Week 8 National Prep Football Poll released

WAUKEE, Iowa -- For the first time since early September, the top-ranked team in the National Prep Football Poll remained unchanged from week to the next. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) continues to hold the top spot after wiping out Shadow Ridge (Las Vegas) -- the first in-state opponent it's played all season -- by a score of 56-0. The key changes in the week eight national rankings are the season debuts of No. 22 Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.) and No. 25 Bishop Alemany (Mission Hills, Calif.). Both squads have gone 5-0 against strong competition through the first half of the regular season. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Week 7 National Prep Football Poll released

WAUKEE, Iowa -- Another week, another No. 1 team in the National Prep Football Poll. It already was unprecedented to have three different No. 1's in three weeks, but Bishop Gorman's ascent to the top spot -- making it four new top-ranked teams in as many weeks -- is just plain remarkable. The Gaels were ranked third in the preseason but had dropped to No. 6 heading into last Friday's not-as-close-as-the-score-indicates 34-31 win against No. 7 St. John Bosco. The ESPN-televised triumph capped a six-game season-opening gauntlet that saw Bishop Gorman defeat three current or former Top 25 teams, one regionally ranked team, and two state-ranked opponents from Arizona and California. In our view, that is definitely the resume of a prime national-championship contender and the reason Bishop Gorman will probably stay ranked No. 1 ... at least for the time being. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Week 6 National Prep Football Poll released

WAUKEE, Iowa -- Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) could become only the second team in the 28-year history of the National Prep Poll to win a third mythical national championship. With two wins over current or former Top 25 teams already on its resume, Don Bosco jumped from No. 3 to No. 1 in the national rankings despite not playing last week. If the Ironmen finish the year unbeaten against a tough schedule, they could join De La Salle as the only football team with more than two Prep Poll titles. (De La Salle has six.) 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Week 5 National Prep Football Poll released

WAUKEE, Iowa -- New Jersey high school football is front and center in the Week 5 National Prep Poll. The Garden State now has three teams ranked among the nation's Top 25, plus another three squads in the Northeast Top 10. Two-time Prep Poll champion Don Bosco (Ramsey) is ranked No. 3 after a 24-7 win over then-No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). Alternatively, it was regionally ranked St. Joseph Regional's (Montvale) 42-0 loss over the weekend in Ohio that helped pave the way for St. Edward (Lakewood) to move from No. 2 to No. 1 in the poll.