Congratulations to the teams in our preseason Super 25 high school football rankings. Or should we be offering our apologies?
If this season is anything like last season, the final rankings will look quite a bit different than the ones you see today. (The No. 1 team will be unveiled tomorrow.) In fact, 14 teams in last year’s preseason Super 25 finished the season unranked. Only four teams, including defending No. 1 John Curtis (River Ridge, La.), finished higher than their original ranking. And five of the top 10 teams in the final Super 25 rankings were unranked to start the year.
Here’s a look back at last year’s preseason Super 25.
2012 PRESEASON SUPER 25 RANKINGS
1. Miami (FL) Central
The Rockets opened the season 1-2, including a 35-3 pummeling by Grayson in Week 1, but rebounded to win 11 straight games and the 6A state title.
Finished: No. 24
2. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA)
The Eagles couldn’t overcome the loss of star quarterback Johnny Stanton, who suffered a torn ACL in the team’s fifth game. Santa Margarita went 3-3 over the season’s final six weeks.
3. Manatee (Bradenton, FL)
The Hurricanes rose to No. 1 in the rankings early in the season and retained that spot until a stunning loss to St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale) in the state semifinals.
Finished: No. 18
4. De La Salle (Concord, CA)
The Spartans were as good as advertised in coach Bob Ladouceur’s final year at the helm, going 15-0 and capturing another state title.
Finished: No. 4
5. Byrnes (Duncan, SC)
The Rebels’ two losses both came against Gaffney — once in the regular season and once in the state semifinals.
6. Grayson (Loganville, GA)
Led by No. 1 recruit Robert Nkemdiche, the Rams were upset by Parkview in Week 3 and again in the playoffs by North Gwinnett.
7. John Curtis (River Ridge, LA)
The Patriots dominated Plant, 33-3, in the All State Sugar Bowl Prep Classic in Week 2 and rolled through the rest of its schedule, outscoring its opponents by 617 points.
Finished: No. 1
8. Carroll (Southlake, TX)
The 12-2 Dragons were blanked by Allen in Week 1 and lost a shootout to DeSoto in the state quartefinals.
9. Good Counsel (Olney, MD)
The Falcons lost a nationally televised game to Bishop Gorman in Week 1, but rebounded to win 11 straight games.
Finished: No. 10
10. Plant (Tampa, FL)
An ugly early-season loss to John Curtis and another loss to Dr. Phillips in the state playoffs dropped Plant from the rankings.
11. Booker T. Washington (Miami, FL)
The Tornadoes finished 15-1 last season, with the lone loss coming against city rival Miami Central.
12. Union (Tulsa, OK)
The Redskins opened the season 2-2 en route to a 10-3 mark.
13. Trinity (Louisville, KY)
This year’s preseason No. 2 finished 13-1 and captured its third straight state title.
Finished: No. 14
14. Moeller (Cincinnati, OH)
The Crusaders, who played a difficult schedule, were the only team with three losses to crack the final Super 25.
Finished: No. 23
15. Bellevue (WA)
The Wolverines finished 14-0.
Finished: No. 7
16. Gilman (Baltimore, MD)
The Greyhounds started 0-2 before rattling off 10 consecutive wins.
Finished: No. 19
17. Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA)
The Tigers lost their first and last games of the season.
18. Katy (TX)
The state champion Tigers finished 16-0.
Finished: No. 2
19. Cass Technical (Detroit, MI)
The Technicians went 12-2 and defeated Catholic Central in the state title game.
Finished: No. 15
20. Trinity (Euless, TX)
The Trojans lost two of their first three games and lost to Carroll in the playoffs.
21. Eden Prairie (MN)
The Eagles suffered consecutive losses to Edina and Wayzata, but bounced back to win a state title.
22. Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, CA)
The Broncos’ only loss of the season came in the Inland Division championship to Centennial.
23. Bingham (South Jordan, UT)
The Miners went 10-3 last season.
24. Lake Travis (Austin, TX)
The Cavaliers went 9-2 last season.
25. Central Dauphin (Harrisburg, PA)
The Rams went 10-3 last season.