De La Salle and Serra have shared similar trajectories this year in the Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings presented by the Army National Guard.
Both entered the season ranked high, struggled early on, and are steadily showing that September challenges were more of an aberration than a true indicator of how good both teams are.
This week, De La Salle climbs to the No. 6 spot, right on the heels of SoCal power St. John Bosco for the state's top spot. Serra, meanwhile, moves inside the Top 10.
Also on the rise is Northwestern. The South Carolina squad hammered previously unbeaten York 45-15. Its victory over Byrnes is proving more significant as Byrnes continues to demonstrate it is clearly among the nation's elite.
Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings presented by the Army National Guard1. (1) Washington (Miami), 9-0
In Thursday night action, Washington pounded Norland 41-14.2. (2) DeSoto (Texas), 8-0
DeSoto posted 55 points in a victory over Duncanville, but its defense nearly gave up thirty or more points for the second-straight week (29).3. (3) Allen (Texas), 8-0
Allen led 28-20 midway through the third quarter before pulling away and beating McKinney, 49-26.4. (4) St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.), 6-0
Adding another big win to its resume, St. Joseph Regional defeated Paramus Catholic 27-14.5. (5) St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), 8-0
In Trinity League action, St. John Bosco downed JSerra Catholic 48-7.