ESPN 25 Power Rankings: Week 8

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After games of Oct. 13

It was a quiet past couple of weeks in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings with no major movement to speak of.

But that all changed in a big way this past weekend when previous No. 1 Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) and previous No. 7 Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) suffered their first losses of the season and dropped out the rankings.

As a result of Santa Margarita's loss, Florida juggernaut Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) takes over the top spot. The Hurricanes are the third team to hold the coveted ranking this season, following in the steps of Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) and Santa Margarita.

As for Santa Margarita, dropping the No. 1 team out entirely might seem a bit steep, especially after it lost to a talented squad like Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.). But there needed to be a spot for the Mater Dei, whose only setback this season was a one-point loss to No. 16 Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.). And fellow California power Mission Viejo (Calif.) also earned a place in the Power Rankings with its 7-0 start and has moved past Santa Margarita in the Golden State pecking order.

Meanwhile, St. Ignatius (Cleveland), Katy (Texas) and Goose Creek (S.C.) each leapfrogged a few ranked teams thanks to another week of convincing wins.

ESPN 25 Power Rankings: Week 8
RANKSCHOOL/REC (CITY, STATE)TRENDINGCOMMENT
1Manatee (6-0)
Bradenton, FL
1

Last Week: 2
Last Week: Defeated Cypress Bay (Weston, Fla.) 42-20
Next Game: Oct. 19 vs. Venice (Fla.)
2Trinity For Boys (8-0)
Louisville, KY
1

Last Week: 3
Last Week: Defeated Male (Louisville, Ky.) 38-7
Next Game: Oct. 27 vs. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati)
3Bellevue (7-0)
Bellevue, WA
1

Last Week: 4
Last Week: Defeated Mount Si (Snoqualmie, Wash.) 49-10
Next Game: Oct. 19 vs. Liberty (Renton, Wash.)
4John Curtis Christian (7-0)
River Ridge, LA
1

Last Week: 5
Last Week: Defeated Newman (New Orleans) 50-0
First Game: Oct. 26 vs. Clark (New Orleans)
5De La Salle (7-0)
Concord, CA
1

Last Week: 6
Last Week: Defeated Amador Valley (Pleasanton, Calif.) 52-24
Next Game: Oct. 19 vs. Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.)
6Saint Ignatius (8-0)
Cleveland, OH
4

Last Week: 10
Last Week: Defeated St. Francis (Athol Springs, N.Y.) 56-0
Next Game: Oct. 20 vs. St. Xavier (Cincinnati)
7Katy (6-0)
Katy, TX
5

Last Week: 12
Last Week: Defeated Katy Taylor (Katy, Texas) 56-7
Next Game: Oct. 19 vs. Seven Lakes (Katy, Texas)
8Butler (8-0)
Matthews, NC
--

Last Week: 8
Last Week: Defeated Providence (Charlotte, N.C.) 45-14
Next Game: Oct. 19 vs. South Mecklenburg (Charlotte, N.C.)
9Hoover (7-0)
Birmingham, AL
--

Last Week: 9
Last Week: Defeated Hillcrest (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) 31-14
Next Game: Oct. 19 vs. Minor (Adamsville, Ala.)
10Vista Murrieta (7-0)
Murrieta, CA
1

Last Week: 11
Last Week: Defeated Great Oak (Temecula, Calif.) 65-14
Next Game: Oct. 19 vs. Murrieta Valley (Murrieta, Calif.)
11Camden (7-0)
Kingsland, GA
2

Last Week: 13
Last Week: Defeated Tift County (Tifton, Ga.) 47-0
Next Game: Oct. 26 vs. Brunswick (Ga.)
12DeSoto (6-0)
DeSoto, TX
2

Last Week: 14
Last Week: Defeated Timberview (Mansfield, Texas) 61-7
Next Game: Oct. 19 vs. Midlothian (Texas)
13Lassiter (6-0)
Marietta, GA
2

Last Week: 15
Last Week: Did not play
Next Game: Oct. 19 vs. Milton (Ga.)
14Colerain (8-0)
Cincinnati, OH
2

Last Week: 16
Last Week: Defeated Fairfield (Ohio) 65-6
Next Game Oct. 19 vs. Lakota West (West Chester, Ohio)
15Grayson (6-1)
Loganville, GA
2

Last Week: 17
Last Week: Defeated Berkmar (Lilburn, Ga.) 62-0
Next Game: Oct. 19 vs. South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.)
16Narbonne (7-0)
Harbor City, CA
2

Last Week: 18
Last Week: Defeated Banning (Wilmington, Calif.) 54-7
Next Game Oct. 19 vs. San Pedro (Calif.)
17Goose Creek (8-0)
Goose Creek, SC
6

Last Week: 23
Last Week: Defeated Cane Bay (Summerville, S.C.) 55-0
Next Game Oct. 19 vs. Wando (Mount Pleasant, S.C.)
18Bishop Gorman (6-1)
Las Vegas, NV
1

Last Week: 19
Last Week: Defeated Bonanza (Las Vegas) 56-0
Next Game: Oct. 19 vs. Centennial (Las Vegas)
19Good Counsel (6-1)
Olney, MD
1

Last Week: 20
Last Week: Defeated Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.) 22-0
Next Game: Oct. 20 vs. St. John's (Washington. D.C.)
20Ensworth (8-0)
Nashville, TN
1

Last Week: 21
Last Week: Did not play
Next Game: Oct. 19 vs. Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, Tenn.) on ESPNU
21University (5-0)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
1

Last Week: 22
Last Week: Defeated Leesburg (Fla.) 42-3
Next Game: Oct. 19 vs. Westminster Christian (Palmetto Bay, Fla.)
22American Heritage-Boca-Delray (6-0)
Delray Beach, FL
2

Last Week: 24
Last Week: Defeated Gulliver Prep (Pinecrest, Fla.) 41-7
Next Game: Oct. 19 vs. Cardinal Newman (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
23Mater Dei (6-1)
Santa Ana, CA
--

Last Week: --
Last Week: Defeated then-No. 1 Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) 24-7
Next Game: Oct. 19 vs. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
24Bentonville (7-0)
Bentonville, AR
1

Last Week: 25
Last Week: Defeated Rogers Heritage (Rogers, Ark.) 48-7
Next Game: Oct. 19 vs. Van Buren (Ark.)
25Mission Viejo (7-0)
Mission Viejo, CA
--

Last Week: --
Last Week: Defeated San Clemente (Calif.) 45-7
Next Game: Oct. 19 vs. Tesoro (Las Flores, Calif.)
Dropped out: No. 1 Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.); No. 7 Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.)