In a showdown of Miami powers, Central overcame Columbus in the final seconds, knocking out the previously ranked Explorers and earning its own spot in this week's Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings presented by the Army National Guard.
Central is now 4-0 and ranked No. 20.
No. 9 St. Edward moved to 6-0 with a 20-7 victory over Ursuline. The win sets up a showdown with No. 1 Don Bosco Prep, a game that will take place at Fordham University.
No. 11 Bishop Gorman also notched a big win. The Gaels, whose only loss came to No. 2 Armwood, downed Southern California power Servite 31-28.MAXPREPS XCELLENT 25 NATIONAL FOOTBALL RANKINGS PRESENTED BY THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD1. (1) Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), 4-0
Led by senior Elijah Shumate
, Don Bosco Prep knocked off rival Bergen Catholic 33-22. Shumate finished with three touchdowns. (Story)
2. (2) Armwood (Seffner, Fla.), 5-0
Armwood downed Jefferson 20-0 behind 80 yards and a touchdown from Matt Jones
. The Hawks' defense is allowing just six points per game.3. (3) Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), 6-0
In front of about 30,000 fans, Trinity dominated its Louisville rival St. Xavier 41-6. (Story)4. (4) Allen (Texas), 5-0
After a slow first half, Allen turned it on in the second quarter to romp over Lewisville 45-13.5. (5) St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 4-0
With a 56-13 victory over McArthur, Aquinas sets the stage for a huge South Florida showdown with undefeated Miramar.