Thanks to one of the more impressive victories of the season, DeSoto jumps to No. 3 in the Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings presented by the Army National Guard.
DeSoto completely dominated a very good Coppell team 42-14 to move to No. 3. It is now in hot pursuit of No. 2 Curtis and No. 1 Manatee, with a legitimate shot to surpass both.
Also making a major move is Whitmer (Toledo, Ohio), debuting at No. 6. Whitmer flew under the radar all season and has emerged as a title contender in Ohio's Division 1 bracket, with a shot to complete an undefeated season.
Maryville (Tenn.), which goes for a Class 6A title this weekend, also makes its debut this week.
Rejoining the rankings are Allen (Texas) and Washington (Miami).See all the state champions and playoff brackets from around the nationXcellent 25 National Football Rankings presented by the Army National Guard1. (1) Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.), 12-0
An easy victory over Venice sets up a showdown with unbeaten Fort Pierce Central in the Class 7A playoffs. Qwixcore
/ Game recap2. (2) Curtis (River Ridge, La.), 12-0
Curtis turned on the jets midway through the second quarter to pull away from Riverside and win 62-10.
3. (4) DeSoto (Texas), 12-0
In one of the more impressive wins of the season, DeSoto throttled Coppell 42-14. Qwixcore
/ Photos4. (3) Katy (Texas), 12-0
It was another dominating effort for Katy, which blanked Langham Creek 49-0. Box score
5. (5) Bellevue (Wash.), 13-0
After a close first quarter, Bellevue pulled away from Mount Si and came away with a 37-7 victory. Qwixcore
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