Location: Washington, D.C.
18-19 Record: 9-3
Final Super 25 Rank: 18
Why them: With five-star 2021 quarterback Caleb Williams, the No. 1 dual-threat QB in his class, entering junior year after being at the forefront of a historically great championship moment, the sky is the limit for Gonzaga.
The offensive line is one of the strongest in the nation with four ranked players. Olu Fashanu (6-5, 320), Luke Petitbon (6-3, 285), Jestus Johnson (6-3, 324) and Patrick Matn (6-4, 296) will protect Williams and co. as they try to replicate production from last year, in which they scored at least 30 points nine times.
But it’s yet to be seen how the team can replace ALL-USA Washington, D.C. First Team selection Joseph Wete on the defensive line. Additionally, three-star linebacker Hunter Stewart was key for the 2018 defense. But this defense was incredibly strong, holding seven teams – including St. John’s in the semifinals – to 14 points or fewer. With experience at the highest level and a schedule with just two road games, it’s realistic to foresee similar outings.
8/30 American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
9/6 at Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
9/14 Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.)
9/20 Avalon (Wheaton, Md.)
9/27 Plant (Tampa, Fla.)
10/4 Leesburg (Fla.)
10/11 Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)
10/19 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
10/26 Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.)
11/9 at St. John’s