URBANDALE, Iowa -- The teams that make up the Top 10 of the National Prep Poll are the same for the second straight week, but there was changeup in the order.
Paterson Catholic (N.J.) made the most significant jump in the Week 16 poll, which was released Monday morning. The Cougars vaulted five spots to No. 3, well within striking distance of their first Prep Poll title should No. 1 Northland (Columbus, Ohio) or No. 2 Findlay (Henderson, Nev.) lose a game.
Paterson Catholic is 3-0 against current Top 25 teams (No. 23 Penn Wood, No. 15 Montverde Academy, and No. 14 Winter Park). The Cougars also beat eventual Florida 4A champion Fort Myers by 28 and could pick up another Top-25 win Tuesday when they play No. 20 St. Anthony (Jersey City) for the Non-Public North B state championship.
Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia) also crept closer to the top of the poll, from No. 7 to No. 5. The Saints' only loss was by one point to No. 4 Yates (Houston) at the Iolani Classic in Hawaii. They captured the Philadelphia Catholic League and city championship games last week and begin the state Class 3A playoffs Friday.