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 (6-2) (WCAC)
St. John’s has turned its season around in the most miraculous way. After starting off 2-2 and facing elite teams throughout the country, the Cadets have willed their way into our No.1 spot in this week’s poll by thoroughly handling Archbishop Carroll 49-6. St. John’s has delivered four straight victories and have their eyes set on a fifth as they face our former No. 1, Gonzaga, on Nov. 4.
2. Good Counsel (6-2) (WCAC)
Good Counsel was deadlocked with Gonzaga until the fourth quarter, when they shifted into overdrive with 20 unanswered points for a 27-7 victory. Next Saturday, Good Counsel goes for its fourth straight win in its regular-season finale against Bishop McNamara.
3. H.D. Woodson (7-2) (DCIAA)
Woodson enters the season’s home stretch on a six-game winning streak after dismantling Anacostia 50-0 over the weekend. With another DCIAA title in sight, Woodson wraps up its season against Ballou on Thursday, Nov. 2.
4. Gonzaga (7-2) (WCAC)
It’s a tough world for Gonzaga, going from No. 1 to No. 4, but that’s what happens when you’re favored to win and stumble mightily. Once the favorite for WCAC supremacy, Gonzaga now faces a dogfight against rival St. John’s this week.
5. Ballou (6-3) (DCIAA)
Ballou has quietly made a name for themselves in the DCIAA this season, thanks to an undefeated October after a 2-3 start. In our Game of the Week, Ballou will square off against Woodson in a battle for DCIAA bragging rights.
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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.