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. Friendship Collegiate Academy (2-0) (DCSAA)
Friendship Collegiate remained undefeated as the Knights manhandled Eastern High 45-0 over the weekend. The Rams couldn’t stop Friendship Collegiate whatsoever, resulting in the blowout. Next week Friendship Collegiate is set for a rematch of last season’s DCSAA title game against HD Woodson.
2. DeMatha Catholic (2-1) (WCAC)
DeMatha put together another shutout performance against Franklin High School of Reisterstown, Md, 36-0. The Stags were led again by quarterback Tyler Lenhart, who tossed two touchdowns in the rout. DeMatha, which moves to No. 9 in USA Today’s power rankings, faces another Baltimore powerhouse in the McDonough School. Franklin, ranked No. 9 in Maryland, according to the Baltimore Sun, next faces Smyrna of Delaware.
3. St. Mary’s Ryken (3-0) (WCAC)
St. Mary’s Ryken jumps to the No. 3 spot in our weekly rankings by riding a three-game winning streak in style over premium competition. Ryken stomped Dunbar (DC) 45-0, led by senior quarterback Kristian Marks, who threw three touchdowns, and a stifling defense that allowed only two first downs. Ryken travels to Fairfax, Virginia, on Sept. 15 to face Paul IV in a non-conference matchup.
4. HD Woodson (1-1) (DCSAA)
After starting on a high note last week against Haverford School (Pennsylvania), 43-12, HD Woodson ran into a buzzsaw in St. Edward, the No. 43 team in the country, according to Maxpreps.com. Woodson fell 45-20 against the Ohio powerhouse as Noah Boykins and company put up a fight but just wasn’t enough. Next week, Woodson squares off against our No. 1 team, Friendship Collegiate.
5. St. John’s (2-1) (WCAC)
St. John’s bounced back from a loss to California legacy school De La Salle with a convincing win over the No. 3 ranked school in New Jersey, St. Joseph’s, 42-25. St. Joseph attempted to mount a comeback in a sharper fourth quarter but the Cadets stood their ground to seal the deal. The schedule for St. John’s won’t get any easier as they hit the road to face IMG Academy (Florida), the No. 1 team in the country, on Sept. 15.
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.