Each week and for the duration of the season, The Washington Informer will feature our choices for the top five high school football programs in the greater Washington area, specifically the DCSAA (District of Columbia State Athletic Association) and WCAC (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference), for their efforts based upon win/loss record, strength of schedule and winning streak:
1. St. John’s (7-2) (WCAC)
St. John’s wrapped their season on a positive note after starting off 2-2 and facing elite teams throughout the country. The Cadets made quick work of rival Gonzaga, 32-14, on Saturday, its fifth straight victory to end the season.
2. Good Counsel (7-2) (WCAC)
Good Counsel concluded regular season action by taking down conference foe Bishop McNamara 41-14 over the weekend. The Falcons crept into our rankings after a subpar start to the season and now looks to challenge St. John’s and others for the WCAC crown in the playoffs.
3. H.D. Woodson (8-2) (DCIAA)
Woodson finished the season undefeated in conference play, going 6-0 in DCIAA competition. After dismantling a good Ballou squad 41-13 last weekend, Woodson has established its as the elite team in the DCIAA conference as the postseason approaches.
4. Gonzaga (7-3) (WCAC)
Gonzaga is an interesting squad in our rankings, to say the least. When the elite clash, there must be a winner and one who is not so lucky, and we can’t really reward losing. With that said, consecutive losses to big-name programs Good Counsel and St. John’s — including a scoreless second half in their loss to St. John’s — doesn’t erase Gonzaga’s accomplishments over the course of the season, even if they didn’t reach expected heights.
5. Ballou (6-4) (DCIAA)
Although Ballou was soundly defeated by Woodson, their efforts this season cannot be ignored. Having won four of their past six, the Knights put a button on their season Saturday against the Wilson Tigers.
The Washington Informer Top 5 is strictly based upon the opinions of The Washington Informer sports division and will run throughout the duration of the DCSAA and WCAC football seasons, concluding in late November.