The Aquinas Institute football team, fresh off a resounding victory in the state Class AA championship game on Sunday, moved up four spots to No. 18 in the USA Today Sports Super 25 high school football rankings released on Monday.
The Little Irish (13-0) built a 44-0 lead through three quarters and defeated Saratoga Springs of Section II 44-19 in Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome on Sunday. Senior quarterback Jake Zembiec passed for 462 yards and four touchdowns and senior Earnest Edwards scored four touchdowns, including three receiving, while catching five passes for 286 yards in the romp. Zembiec is graduating from high school early and will enroll at Penn State in January.
Aquinas won its second state crown in three seasons and seventh since 1998. The seven titles are a state record.