The Dallas Bishop Lynch Friars have gone national. In football.
Today, Sienna Heights University and Global Football, the producers of The Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25 High School Football Rankings, made head coach Chuck Faucette’s squad the 22nd best Catholic High School football team in America.
After their 28-7 win over Addison Trinity Christian, the Friars not only moved to 5-0, but leap-frogged four teams in the rankings, including Alabama powerhouse Mobile (Ala.) McGill-Toolen Catholic.
Dallas Bishop Lynch has Texas private and parochial school’s best scoring defense, allowing only 6.2 points per contest.
Only three other Texas private school teams – 5-1 Holy Cross of San Antonio, 5-1 Willow Park Trinity Christian Academy and 4-1 Tomball Rosehill Christian – have allowed less than 10 points per game, in addition to the Friars.
Houston St. Pius X, which currently sits at 4-0, is listed as one of 18 teams to consider for the top 25.
The complete 2017 Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25 for Oct. 11, 2017 is listed below:
1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (6-0)
2. St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa. (5-0)
3. St. Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio (7-0)
4. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (4-1)
5. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (4-1)
6. St. Ignatius, Cleveland, Ohio (7-0)
7. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, Nev. (5-2)
8. Cathedral Prep, Erie, Pa. (7-0)
9. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (6-1)
10. Saint Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii (7-0)
11. St. Edward, Lakewood, Ohio (7-0)
12. Trinity, Louisville, Ky. (8-0)
13. St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Md. (6-0)
14. Chaminade, West Hills, Calif. (5-1)
15. St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (4-1)
16. Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines, Iowa, (7-0)
17. Archbishop Wood, Warminster, Pa. (5-1)
18. Gonzaga, Washington, D.C. (6-1)
19. Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J., (3-2)
20. DeMatha Catholic, Hyattsville, Md. (4-2)
21. Bishop Lynch, Dallas, Texas (5-0)
22. St. John Vianney, Kirkwood, Mo. (8-0)
23. JSerra Catholic, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (6-0)
24. McGill-Toolen Catholic, Mobile, Ala. (6-0)
25. St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (3-2)
Dropped out: No. 11 Archbishop Rummel, Metairie, La.; and No. 21 DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.)
Others to Consider: Holy Cross (New Orleans, La.); Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); Marist (Chicago, Ill.); Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.); Covington Catholic, (Park Hills, Ky.); Bishop McGuinness Catholic (Oklahoma City, Okla.); Marist (Atlanta, Ga.); Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.); La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.); Catholic Central (Toledo, Ohio); Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.); Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.); St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.); St. Pius X (Houston, Texas); Columbus (Miami, Fla.); Jesuit (Portland, Ore.); Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic; and Christian Brothers College (St. Louis, Mo.).
About: The Catholic Athletes for Christ Top 25 High School Football Rankings, presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football are released on Wednesdays from September until the conclusion of the high school season in December. Criteria include the quality of the team and its players, strength of schedule, tradition, and quality of the team’s league, conference, region or district. The rankings are compiled by Christopher Lawlor, an award-winning writer, who is a voting committee member and advisor for several major national high school events, including the McDonald’s All-American Games and Gatorade Player of the Year. All Catholic high schools from the United States that feature only four-year players on 11-man teams are eligible for consideration. Fans are encouraged to follow the CAC Top 25 at www.Facebook.com/CACTop25 and on Twitter @CACTop25.