Steel Valley ends Trinity Christian Academy's run as the nation's best small schools football team.
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It would take a great team to knock perennial Florida Class 3A state champion Trinity Christian Academy out of the top spot in the MaxPreps final small school national football rankings. Steel Valley is just such a team.
In winning its first state championship in school history, Steel Valley completed one of the most dominant runs in Pennsylvania high school football history. In outscoring its opponents 806-121 and winning the Class 2A state championship, Steel Valley won all 15 of its games by the mercy rule. Steel Valley's closest game was a 35-point win over Neshannock in the playoffs.
Trinity Christian Academy, which was the preseason No. 1 in the small school rankings and had finished No. 1 overall the past two seasons, ends the year at No. 2 after winning its fourth-straight Class 3A state title in Florida. At 11-3, Trinity Christian Academy's only losses were to Class 4A state champion Cocoa, Lincoln (Tallahassee) and IMG Academy.
Marion Local (Maria Stein, Ohio), finishes at No. 3 after winning the Ohio Division VI state championship. Marion Local finished the 2013 season ranked No. 1 in the small schools national rankings and the 2015 season ranked No. 2.
The small schools national rankings are based on the MaxPreps computer rankings. Small schools are considered to be those that play in state enrollment divisions with generally less than 1,000 students.
MaxPreps final small schools national football rankings1. (last time NR) Steel Valley (Munhall, Pa.), 15-0, 60.0
Pennsylvania Class 2A champion2. (2) Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.), 11-3, 58.7
Florida Class 3A champion3. (5) Marion Local (Maria Stein, Ohio), 14-1, 55.0
Ohio Class VI champion4. (8) Benedictine (Savannah, Ga.), 15-0, 54.8
Georgia Class AA champion5. (19) IC Catholic Prep (Elmhurst, Ill.), 14-0, 53.2
Illinois Class 3A champion6. (NR) Archbishop Murphy (Everett, Wash.), 14-0, 53.2
Washington Class 2A champion7. (11) Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.), 12-1, 52.3
Louisiana Division III champion8. (19) Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.), 9-4, 51.6
Florida Class 3A runnerup9. (6) Shelby (N.C.), 16-0, 51.4
North Carolina Class 2AA champion10. (22) Jones (Okla.), 15-0, 51.0
Oklahoma Class 3A champion11. (NR) Glens Falls (N.Y.), 13-0, 50.9
New York Class B champion12. (15) Belfry (Ky.), 14-1, 49.2
Kentucky Class 3A champion13. (NR) Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran (Ind.), 13-2, 48.8
Indiana Class 3A champion14. (NR) Appomattox County (Appomattox, Va.), 15-0, 48.6
Virginia Class 2A champion15. (1) Oxbridge Academy (West Palm Beach, Fla.), 10-2, 48.3
Florida Class 3A quarterfinalist16. (NR) Lamar (Mo.), 14-0, 48.0
Missouri Class 2 champion17. (NR) West Deptford (Westville, N.J.), 12-0, 47.8
New Jersey South II champion18. (7) Chenango Forks (Binghamton, N.Y.), 12-1, 47.4
New York Class B runnerup19. (NR) Mineola (Texas), 14-2, 47.4
Texas Class 3A-I champion20. (NR) Pahokee (Fla.), 14-0, 47.3
Florida Class 1A champion21. (NR) Pueblo East (Colo.), 13-1, 46.8
Colorado Class 3A champion22. (NR) Kemper County (DeKalb, Miss.), 15-1, 46.6
Mississippi Class 3A champion23. (NR) Gunter (Texas), 16-0, 46.6
Texas Class 3A-II champion24. (3) Maryville (Mo.), 14-1, 46.2
Missouri Class 3 runnerup25. (NR) Canton Central Catholic (Ohio), 11-3, 46.0
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