ESPN 25 Power Rankings: Week 17

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After games of Dec. 15

Heading into last weekend, Katy (Texas) and DeSoto (Texas) appeared to be the only teams that could unseat Bellevue (Wash.) for the top spot in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings.

Well, DeSoto lost to then-No. 15 Allen (Texas). And while Katy defeated then-No. 13 Steele (Cibolo, Texas), it didn't enjoy the type of victory that would allow it to jump up to No. 1

The same can't be said for De La Salle (Concord, Calif.). All the Spartans did was earn a 20-point win in the CIF Open Division State Championship over then-No. 17 Centennial (Corona, Calif.), a team that had beaten national top-10 teams Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.) and Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.) in its previous two outings.

That, coupled with convincing playoff wins over strong squads in Folsom (Calif.) and James Logan (Union City, Calif.), was more than enough to give De La Salle the nod at No. 1 over Bellevue (Wash.), which can't match De La Salle's Centennial win but still drops only one spot thanks to its impressive campaign.

Katy can still make its case if it earns a dominant win over Cedar Hill (Texas) on Saturday. But right now, De La Salle has a firm grip on the top spot heading into the last weekend of the season.

ESPN 25 Power Rankings: Week 17
RANKSCHOOL/REC (CITY, STATE)TRENDINGCOMMENT
1De La Salle (15-0)
Concord, CA
2

Last Week: 3
Last Week: Defeated then-No. 17 Centennial 48-28 in the CIF Open Division State Championship Bowl Game
Next Game: Season Complete
2Bellevue (14-0)
Bellevue, WA
1

Last Week: 1
Last Game: Defeated Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.) 35-3 in the Class 3A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
3John Curtis Christian (14-0)
River Ridge, LA
1

Last Week: 2
Last Game: Defeated Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.) 35-13 in the Class 2A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
4Katy (15-0)
Katy, TX
--

Last Week: 4
Last Week: Defeated No. 13 Steele (Cibolo, Texas) 45-33 in the Class 5A, Division II state semifinals
Next Game: Dec. 22 vs. Cedar Hill (Texas) in the Class 5A, Division II state championship
5Butler (15-0)
Matthews, NC
1

Last Week: 6
Last Game: Defeated Jack Britt (Fayetteville, N.C.) 56-28 in the Class 4AA state championship
Next Game: Season complete
6Allen (14-1)
Allen, TX
9

Last Week: 15
Last Week: Defeated then-No. 5 DeSoto (Texas) 51-36 in the Class 5A, Division I state semifinals
Next Game: Dec. 22 vs. No. 15 Lamar (Houston) in the Class 5A, Division I state championship
7Hoover (15-0)
Birmingham, AL
--

Last Week: 7
Last Game: Defeated Opelika (Ala.) 31-0 in the Class 6A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
8University (11-0)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
--

Last Week: 8
Last Game: Defeated Madison County (Madison, Fla.) 24-17 in the Class 3A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
9North Allegheny Sr. (16-0)
Wexford, PA
--

Last Week: 9
Last Week: Defeated Coatesville (Pa.) 63-28 in the Class AAAA state championship
Next Game: Season complete
10Norcross (15-0)
Norcross, GA
6

Last Week: 16
Last Week: Defeated Lovejoy (Hampton, Ga.) 21-14 in the Class AAAAAA state championship
Next Game: Season complete
11DeSoto (14-1)
DeSoto, TX
6

Last Week: 5
Last Week: Lost to then-No. 15 Allen (Texas) 51-36 in the Class 5A, Division I state semifinals
Next Game: Season complete
12Bishop Gorman (13-1)
Las Vegas, NV
2

Last Week: 10
Last Game: Defeated Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) 63-10 in the Division I state championship
Next Game: Season complete
13Good Counsel (11-1)
Olney, MD
2

Last Week: 11
Last Game: Defeated DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 26-14 in the WCAC championship
Next Game: Season complete
14Ensworth (13-0)
Nashville, TN
2

Last Week: 12
Last Game: Defeated Memphis University School (Memphis, Tenn.) 31-14 in the Division II Class AA state championship
Next Game: Season complete
15Lamar (15-0)
Houston, TX
--

Last Week: --
Last Week: Defeated O'Connor (San Antonio) 15-7 in the Class 5A, Division I state semifinals
Next Game: Dec. 22 vs. No. 6 Allen (Texas) in the Class 5A, Division I state championship
16Saint Thomas Aquinas School (13-2)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
4

Last Week: 20
Last Week: Defeated Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.) 41-25 in the Class 7A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
17Skyline (14-0)
Sammamish, WA
2

Last Week: 19
Last Game: Defeated Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma, Wash.) 49-24 in the Class 4A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
18Miami Central (12-2)
Miami, FL
--

Last Week: --
Last Week: Defeated then-No. 14 Gainesville (Fla.) 37-14 in the Class 6A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
19Booker T. Washington (14-1)
Miami, FL
1

Last Week: 18
Last Game: Defeated Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.) 35-7 in the Class 4A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
20Moeller (12-3)
Cincinnati, OH
1

Last Week: 21
Last Game: Defeated then-No. 13 Whitmer (Toledo, Ohio) 20-12 in the Division I state championship
Next Game: Season complete
21Centennial (14-2)
Corona, CA
4

Last Week: 17
Last Week: Lost to then-No. 3 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 48-28 in the CIF Open Division State Championship Bowl Game
Next Game: Season complete
22Narbonne (14-1)
Harbor City, CA
--

Last Week: 22
Last Game: Lost to then-No. 20 Centennial (Corona, Calif.) 41-34 in a CIF Open Division State Regional Championship Bowl Game
Next Game Season complete
23Lawrence Central (15-0)
Indianapolis, IN
1

Last Week: 24
Last Game: Defeated Snider (Fort Wayne, Ind.) 39-14 in the Class 5A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
24Whitehaven (15-0)
Memphis, TN
1

Last Week: 25
Last Game: Defeated Maryville (Tenn.) 36-35 in overtime of the Class 6A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
25Junipero Serra (14-2)
Gardena, CA
--

Last Week: --
Last Week: Defeated Oakdale (Calif.) 42-15 in the CIF Division II State Championship Bowl Game
Next Game: Season complete
Dropped out: No. 13 Steele (Cibolo, Texas); No. 14 Gainesville (Fla.); No. 23 Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.)

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