Former No. 1 Manatee ( Bradenton, Fla.) falls in state semifinals, drops to No. 17;
St. Thomas Aquinas ( Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Cathedral Prep ( Erie, Pa.) and
Steele ( Cibolo, Texas) enter rankings
Dec. 11, 2012
River Ridge, La.
) is the new No. 1 team in the
TODAY High School Sports Super 25 national high school football editorial rankings for the week of
, marking the first change at the top of the rankings in nearly three months.
Former No. 1
) —the nation's top-ranked team since mid-September—saw its undefeated season come to a close last week in the
7A state semifinals, losing to Fort Lauderdale's
St. Thomas Aquinas,
35-18, to finish its season at 13-1 and slip to No. 17 in the Super 25. St. Thomas Aquinas (12-2), which will play Lincoln (Tallahassee) for the state 7A title this Friday night, joins the Super 25 at No. 11.
TODAY High School Sports Super 25 rankings appear in today's print edition of
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year as the most prestigious high school ranking platform in the nation. Gatorade is the Official Fuel of the Super 25 rankings platform, which includes computer rankings of every major high school football, baseball, boys and girls basketball and boys and girls lacrosse team in the nation.
(Texas), at 14-0, moved up to No. 2 in the Super 25 behind
. DeSoto is followed by 14-0
(Wash.), the state's 3A champion, at No. 3, with 14-0
(Texas) at No. 4 and
) at No. 5 after finishing 15-0 and winning the
4AA state title.
) advanced four spots to No. 14 and defeated then-No. 13
Harbor City, Calif.
) in the Southern California Open Division I bowl.
will compete this week against No. 6
De La Salle
) for the state Open Division title.
) makes its first Super 25 appearance at No. 19 after knocking out then-No. 16
) in the state AAA semifinals.
Following is the complete listing of this week's USA TODAY High School Sports football rankings.