In the biggest game of the weekend,
St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
proved that it has been underrated all season in the Xcellent 25 Rankings presented by the Army National Guard.
The Raiders, ranked No. 13 entering the showdown, posted a convincing win over No. 11 Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.)
Aquinas quarterback Jacob Rudock
shredded the Wildcat defense for 333 yards. The Florida program allowed just 28 points despite giving up 376 rushing yards to Camden County’s Wing-T offense. It was the first time Camden County failed to score at least 45 points in a game this season.
As a result, the Raiders soared to No. 4 in the Xcellent 25. The Wildcats fell to No. 23.
Also making a big jump is Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
. The Ironmen continue to improve and won easily over previously-unbeaten rival Bergen Catholic, 38-18. They make the jump to No. 9.
Falling in the rankings is Servite (Anaheim, Calif.)
, which struggled against a winless Chaparral squad. The Friars check in this week at No. 18.Xcellent 25 High School Football Rankings presented by the Army National Guard1. (1) Trinity (Euless, Texas), 6-0
Trinity continued to roll through its regular-season schedule by downing Bell 45-22. Tevin Williams
rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns for the Trojans, who have outscored opponents this season 306 to 58.2. (2) South Panola (Batesville, Miss.), 6-0
Even more dominant was South Panola, which cruised to a 42-7 victory over Olive Branch. Quarterback Lee Self
sparked the Tiger offense with three touchdowns.3. (3) Grant (Sacramento, Calif.), 5-0
Three touchdowns and 193 passing yards from junior quarterback Terry Shine
helped Grant beat Merced 55-7. Both Shaq Thompson
and Viliami Moala
left the game with injuries and did not return.4. (13) St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 4-0
Aquinas proved to be a Top 5-caliber team in a 42-28 victory over previous No. 11 Camden County. Quarterback Jake Rudock threw for 333 yards and four touchdown passes.5. (4) Hoover (Hoover, Ala.), 6-0Justin McArthur
once again powered the Hoover offense as the Bucs survived against Pelham, 29-17. McArthur rushed for 122 yards and found the end zone twice for Hoover.6. (5) Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio), 6-0Tyler Williams
and Chris Davis
combined for over 300 yards on the ground as Colerain beat Lakota West, 49-17.
7. (7) West Monroe (West Monroe, La.), 5-0
West Monroe notched its first shutout of the season, pounding Airline 43-0. Paul Turner
threw for 150 yards and two scores for the Rebels.8. (14) Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), 4-0
In a highly-anticipated matchup with archrival Bergen Catholic, Don Bosco Prep performed brilliantly in a 38-18 victory over the Crusaders. Paul Canevari
ran for two more scores for the Ironmen.9. (6) Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.), 4-0
Quarterback Nick Isham
threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns to help Westlake beat Oaks Christian 31-12 in the first meeting between the two teams.10. (8) Bingham (South Jordan, Utah), 6-0
Three more touchdowns from Harvey Langi
propelled Bingham to a 63-0 win over Copper Hills. The Miners continue to live up to preseason hype as perhaps the best team ever from Utah.11. (10) Armwood (Seffner, Fla.), 4-0
Armwood proved its the top team in Hillsborough County by shutting out rival Plant 17-0, the first time the Panthers have been scoreless since 2004. Outstanding sophomore defensive back Leon McQuay
intercepted Phillip Ely three times for the Hawks.12. (12) Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.), 5-0
Despite four turnovers, Mission Viejo still managed to win comfortably over Carson 42-21. Bryan Keller
and Jahleel Pinner
each reached the century mark in rushing yards and recorded two touchdowns.13. (15) Glenville (Cleveland, Ohio), 5-0
Four of Cardale Jones'
10 passes went the distance as Glenville pounded Kennedy 51-12.14. (16) Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), 3-1Nick O'Leary's
return to the Dwyer lineup was very fruitful for the Panthers, as he accounted for three touchdowns in a 41-15 victory over Atlantic.15. (17) Phoebus (Hampton, Va.), 5-0
Phoebus overcame a slow start to beat Woodside 50-10. Quarterback Jordan Roby
threw for two scores while running back Tyree Lee
added another pair of touchdowns to power the Phantoms.16. (18) Katy (Katy, Texas), 6-0
Behind two touchdowns from quarterback Brooks Haack
, Katy blasted Strake Jesuit 45-14. The Tigers’ balanced offense received another solid performance from running back Donovonn Young
, who added two rushing touchdowns.17. (19) Stony Point (Round Rock, Texas), 6-0
Three more scores from running back Sam Kelley
allowed Stony Point to coast to a 37-8 victory over McNeil. While the Tiger offense receives more attention, the team’s defense has been outstanding this season.
18. (9) Servite (Anaheim, Calif.), 5-0
The Friars beat Chaparral 28-7. Reliable running back Sean DeRosa
rushed for two touchdowns for Servite. The team’s defense has only allowed 30 points all season.19. (20) De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), 4-0
The Spartans followed a win against Nevada power Bishop Gorman with a 49-7 thrashing of Foothill. Running back Lucas Dunne
was responsible for three touchdowns.20. (21) Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.), 4-0
Receiver Quenton Bundrage
had two touchdowns and added a third on special teams as Manatee was victorious over Lakewood Ranch, 34-721. (22) Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.), 6-0
Northwestern benefited from four more touchdown passes from Justin Worley
to blast North Augusta, 42-14.22. (23) Cocoa (Cocoa, Fla.), 5-0
The Tigers earned their 29th consecutive victory by blanking Merritt Island, 24-0. Running back Chevelle Buie
scored twice.23. (11) Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.), 4-1
Camden County suffered a 42-28 loss to No. 5 St. Thomas Aquinas. The Wildcats struggled to contain Aquinas' talented offense. Camden County is still the top team in Georgia and a favorite to win its third straight 5A state title.24. (24) Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), 7-0
In one of the state’s biggest games, Hamilton proved its superiority in Arizona by downing Chandler, 38-20. Kyren Poe
outplayed his counterpart, highly-touted Brett Hundley, by tossing three touchdowns for the Huskies.25. (25) Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.), 6-0
Behind four touchdown passes from Marquise Williams
, Mallard Creek enjoyed a 55-7 laugher over Lake Norman.