It was a big week for upsets in the Super 25 high school football rankings as the No. 1 and No. 2 teams were among the losing teams this past weekend.
Former No. 1-De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) went down to Texas and despite a late comeback, fell 26-21 to then-unranked Trinity (Euless). With the win, Trinity crashes the rankings at No. 16 while the Spartans fall to No. 21.
Throughout all of last season, the No. 1 team (Bishop Gorman from Las Vegas) never lost. Appropriately, the new No. 1 is Bishop Gorman. The Gaels moved up from No. 3 after they dispatched of No. 20 Chandler, Ariz., 35-14 Saturday behind two touchdown runs by running back Biaggio Ali-Walsh.
The new No. 2 team is St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale), which moved up from No. 4 after defeating Booker T. Washington (Miami) 35-3 to end the Tornadoes’ winning streak at 41 games. Wide receiver Sam Bruce had two touchdown catches in the win.
For the second week in a row, the No. 2 team lost, as then-No. 5 DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) defeated then-No. 2 Miami Central 38-14 as quarterback Beau English ran for two touchdowns and passed for two touchdowns. Last week, then-No. 2 IMG Academy lost a preseason game. With its win, DeMatha improves to No. 3 and the Stags face an immediate test with a road trip Saturday to No. 15 American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.).
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Besides Trinity, the other new teams in the Super 25 are: No. 22 Katy, Texas, which is 1-0 after a 46-0 defeat of Kingwood; No. 23 Trinity (Louisville), which is 2-0 after two wins over good Tennessee teams and No. 24 Mililani, Hawaii, which is 3-0 and has outscored opponents 157-63 this season.
It may be difficult for Bishop Gorman to hang onto the top spot. While the Gaels face several decent tests in the upcoming weeks, they do not have any current Super 25 teams left on their schedule, while many of the teams ranked below Bishop Gorman could help themselves with wins against Super 25 opponents.