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. Gonzaga (6-1) (WCAC)
Gonzaga nearly blew a 19-point lead against DeMatha but stemmed a late run in a 26-20 win. Gonzaga improves to 2-0 in their conference and is eyeing a WCAC title. Their next matchup will also be in conference against Archbishop Carroll, which is coming off a 20-14 overtime victory over Bishop McNamara.
2. DeMatha (4-2) (WCAC)
DeMatha took a loss to a tough Gonzaga team, but didn’t embarrass themselves. After struggling in the first half, they rallied late to make it close. Lucky for them, their strength of schedule keeps them at our No. 2 spot in this week’s rankings. The Stags next square off against Good Counsel on Friday.
3. H.D. Woodson (4-2) (DCSAA)
Woodson also got off to a slow start Friday night against Wilson, but kicked things into gear in the second half for a 32-14 victory, pushing their record to 4-2 for the year. Next up for Woodson: the Eastern Rams.
4. Roosevelt (4-2) (DCSAA)
Roosevelt has quietly become one of the top programs in the District. With a drubbing of Phelps over the weekend, the Rough Riders have propelled themselves into our No. 4 spot as they take on Cardozo on Friday.
5. St. John’s (3-2) (WCAC)
St. John’s finally got over the hump against a nationally ranked opponent, upsetting Good Counsel 31-9 behind the play of Michigan commit Kevin Doyle and junior running back Keilan Robinson. Next week the Cadets face Bishop McNamara.
Friendship Collegiate (3-3), Archbishop Carroll (2-4), Roosevelt (4-2)
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.