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 (3-0) (DCIAA)
Friendship showed Ward 7 why they’re the elite squad in the area as they downed H.D. Woodson, 25-19, Friday night. Though sophomore phenom Dyson Smith went down with injury, starter Chris Ferguson led the Knights into familiar winning territory. Next week, Friendship aims to remain undefeated by facing the next team on our list.
2. DeMatha Catholic (2-1) (WCAC)
DeMatha survived a resilient McDonough (Owings Mills, Maryland) team that played as if they had nothing to lose and everything to gain. After steamrolling their opponents in the two previous weeks, the Stags escaped with a close victory 17-14 following a late go-ahead field goal by Anthony Woods. DeMatha will battle fellow powerhouse Friendship Collegiate next week, with our top spot up for grabs.
3. St. Mary’s Ryken (4-0) (WCAC)
St. Mary’s Ryken continues to be the talk of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference as they easily dispatched Paul IV, 35-0, for their second straight shutout victory. St. Mary’s Ryken gets their first big test of the season next week against Archbishop Carroll, which is riding a two-game win streak after beginning the season 0-2.
4. Gonzaga (3-1) (WCAC)
Gonzaga appears to be back on track after pummeling Georgetown Prep High School, 40-0, over the weekend. Back-to-back wins propels the Eagles back into The Informer Top 5, outscoring their two opponents 70-6. Next week Gonzaga meets up with the Avalon School, which is coming off a 30-14 loss to Bullis.
5. H.D. Woodson (1-2) (WCAC)
Woodson is the only team in the top 5 with a losing record, but strength of schedule keeps them in contention — no shame in losing to nationally-ranked St. Edward or Friendship Collegiate. Woodson looks to bounce back this weekend against Theodore Roosevelt, which blanked Dunbar, 28-0, last week.
Honorable Mention: Theodore Roosevelt (3-1), St. Johns (2-1), Archbishop Carroll (2-2)
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.