ESPN 25 Power Rankings: Week 18

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After games of Dec. 22

This past weekend's Texas state championships put the finishing touches on a wild 2012 high school football season. And the outcomes of two of those games had a say on the final ESPN 25 Power Rankings.

Katy (Texas) capped off its dominating campaign with a 35-24 win over Cedar Hill (Texas) in the Class 5A, Division II state championship. The Tigers went 16-0 and scored four times as many points as their opponents. Keep in mind this is Class 5A Texas football we're talking about. That dominance against that type of competition is hard to ignore, so Katy finds itself in the No. 2 spot.

Meanwhile, Allen (Texas) had arguably the toughest road of any team in the nation in capturing its Class 5A, Division I state title. Its 35-21 win over then-No. 15 Lamar (Houston) marked its second straight win over a top-15 opponent. The previous week, the Eagles downed DeSoto (Texas), a squad some considered the most talented in Texas in years, by 15 points. Prior to that, they upended a Skyline (Dallas) squad that started the year No. 4 in the nation. So even though Allen has one loss, a performance against that schedule earns it a top-three nod.

But when all is said and done, it's De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) that remains in the top spot. The Spartans started the year No. 11 in the Power Rankings and slowly worked their way up before closing their season with a 20-point win over a nationally ranked Centennial squad that had previously defeated a pair of top-10 teams.

ESPN 25 Power Rankings: Week 18
RANKSCHOOL/REC (CITY, STATE)TRENDINGCOMMENT
1De La Salle (15-0)
Concord, CA
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Last Week: 1
Last Game: Defeated then-No. 17 Centennial 48-28 in the CIF Open Division State Championship Bowl Game
Next Game: Season Complete
2Katy (16-0)
Katy, TX
2

Last Week: 4
Last Week: Defeated Cedar Hill (Texas) 35-24 in the Class 5A, Division II state championship
Next Game: Season complete
3Allen (15-1)
Allen, TX
3

Last Week: 6
Last Week: Defeated then-No. 15 Lamar (Houston) 35-21 in the Class 5A, Division I state championship
Next Game: Season complete
4Bellevue (14-0)
Bellevue, WA
2

Last Week: 2
Last Game: Defeated Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.) 35-3 in the Class 3A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
5John Curtis Christian (14-0)
River Ridge, LA
2

Last Week: 3
Last Game: Defeated Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.) 35-13 in the Class 2A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
6Butler (15-0)
Matthews, NC
1

Last Week: 5
Last Game: Defeated Jack Britt (Fayetteville, N.C.) 56-28 in the Class 4AA state championship
Next Game: Season complete
7Hoover (15-0)
Birmingham, AL
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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
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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
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Last Week: 9
Last Game: Defeated Coatesville (Pa.) 63-28 in the Class AAAA state championship
Next Game: Season complete
10Norcross (15-0)
Norcross, GA
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Last Week: 10
Last Game: Defeated Lovejoy (Hampton, Ga.) 21-14 in the Class AAAAAA state championship
Next Game: Season complete
11DeSoto (14-1)
DeSoto, TX
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Last Week: 11
Last Game: 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
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Last Week: 12
Last Game: Defeated Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) 63-10 in the Division I state championship
Next Game: Season complete
13Good Counsel (11-1)
Olney, MD
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Last Week: 13
Last Game: Defeated DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 26-14 in the WCAC championship
Next Game: Season complete
14Ensworth (13-0)
Nashville, TN
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Last Week: 14
Last Game: Defeated Memphis University School (Memphis, Tenn.) 31-14 in the Division II Class AA state championship
Next Game: Season complete
15Saint Thomas Aquinas School (13-2)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
1

Last Week: 16
Last Game: Defeated Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.) 41-25 in the Class 7A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
16Skyline (14-0)
Sammamish, WA
1

Last Week: 17
Last Game: Defeated Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma, Wash.) 49-24 in the Class 4A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
17Miami Central (12-2)
Miami, FL
1

Last Week: 18
Last Game: Defeated then-No. 14 Gainesville (Fla.) 37-14 in the Class 6A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
18Booker T. Washington (14-1)
Miami, FL
1

Last Week: 19
Last Game: Defeated Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.) 35-7 in the Class 4A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
19Moeller (12-3)
Cincinnati, OH
1

Last Week: 20
Last Game: Defeated then-No. 13 Whitmer (Toledo, Ohio) 20-12 in the Division I state championship
Next Game: Season complete
20Centennial (14-2)
Corona, CA
1

Last Week: 21
Last Game: 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
21Narbonne (14-1)
Harbor City, CA
1

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
22Lamar (15-1)
Houston, TX
7

Last Week: 15
Last Week: Lost to then-No. 6 Allen (Texas) 35-21 in the Class 5A, Division I state championship
Next Game: Season complete
23Lawrence Central (15-0)
Indianapolis, IN
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Last Week: 23
Last Game: Defeated Snider (Fort Wayne, Ind.) 39-14 in the Class 5A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
24Whitehaven (15-0)
Memphis, TN
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Last Week: 24
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
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Last Week: 25
Last Game: Defeated Oakdale (Calif.) 42-15 in the CIF Division II State Championship Bowl Game
Next Game: Season complete
Dropped out: None.

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