As we are through the halfway mark of the season, the following ten public and private programs have righteously earned their belonging in these power rankings of DC area schools. Conferences included: DCIAA, DC Independent, IAC, MAC and WCAC.
1. Gonzaga College High School (WCAC, Washington, D.C.)
The Eagles have been on fire recently with quality wins against powerful out-of-conference programs and fresh off of an astounding victory against top ranked and nationally ranked DeMatha. With a dominant 6-1 record in a conference as tough as the WCAC, it is hard to not have the Eagles atop of this list.
Next Game: Home October 14th vs. Archbishop Carroll
2. DeMatha Catholic High School (WCAC, Hyattsville, Maryland)
While losses to national powerhouse Bishop Gorman and neighborhood rival Gonzaga are certainly blemishes the Stags were not expecting to have on their schedule, look for them to bounce right back in hopes of their fifth consecutive WCAC title.
Next Game: Home on October 13th vs. Good Counsel
3. St. John’s College High School (WCAC, Washington, D.C.)
A 3-2 record that is perhaps more impressive than it indicates, considering the national strength of the Cadets’ schedule should make for an interesting conference season with a stacked lineup including the top quarterback in the area and Michigan commit, Kevin Doyle.
Next Game: Home on October 14th vs. Bishop McNamara
4. Bullis School (IAC, Potomac, Maryland)
An undefeated record thus far for the Bulldogs with quality wins over Quince Orchard, Avalon and Ryken have earned Bullis the number four spot. Prevailing over bitter rival Landon next weekend will surely keep them up here, although the games against Georgetown Prep and Episcopal could change that in the blink of an eye.
Next Game: Away on October 14th vs. Landon
5. Our Lady of Good Counsel (WCAC, Olney, Maryland)
A strong 4-2 start for the Falcons under new reign of head coach Andy Stefanelli has earned the Falcons the fifth ranked spot. However, with a loss to St. John’s in hand, and with games against DeMatha and Gonzaga not too far away, their season could turn on its head in just a matter of weeks.
Next Game: Away on October 13th vs. DeMatha
6. Flint Hill School (MAC, Oakton, Virginia)
The Flint Hill huskies have been tearing it up as of late boasting an undefeated record led by star running back Jordan Houston. In the hunt for a MAC title, the Huskies will need strong performances and execution against conference rivals Potomac and Maret who look similarly determined for a title.
Next Game: Home on October 14th vs. Bishop Ireton
7. Landon School (IAC, Bethesda, Maryland)
The Bears have played an impressive season so far and deserve all the praise for it. With statement victories over various and perhaps stronger teams from schools of both public and private caliber throughout the area, Landon will need to triumph fellow undefeated rival Bullis, and compete against Georgetown Prep and Episcopal to have a shot at an IAC crown.
Next Game: Home on October 14th vs. Bullis
8. H.D. Woodson High School (DCIAA, Washington, D.C.)
Woodson has gotten off to a very respectable 4-2 start with impressive performances over Haverford (PA), St. Edward (OH) and several strong DC programs such as Wilson and Roosevelt. Execution on both sides of the ball will be the key to a winning season and a DC state title from here on out for the Warriors.
Next Game: Away on October 13th vs. Eastern
9. Bell Multicultural High School (DCIAA, Washington, D.C.)
A commanding offensive team that has scored a minimum of 32 points in their 6 games so far this season does not seem to be slowing down. Atop of the DCIAA Stripes division as of now, the Griffins are rolling and seem to have the remainder of their schedule in control with the exception of what will be a tough game against conference rival Roosevelt.
Next Game: Away on October 13th vs. Coolidge
10. Friendship Collegiate Academy (DC Independent, Washington, D.C.)
With what seems to be the most grueling schedule that the Knights have ever played, Friendship has remained competitive throughout with close games against east coast powerhouses such as DeMatha, the Hun School and Archbishop Spalding. Tests against Riverdale Baptist this weekend and National Christian to close out their campaign will either make or break this season for Friendship.
Next Game: Away on October 14th vs. Riverdale Baptist.
An Honorable Mention on the bubble:
Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School (DCIAA, Washington, D.C.)
The Roughriders are playing an impressive season as of late with a very efficient and high-scoring offense that has combined for an impressive 118 points so far. With a record identical to that of Bell’s, Roosevelt sits tied at the top of the DCIAA Stripes Division which will make for a thrilling game to determine a league champion.
Next Game: Away on October 13th vs. Cardozo
Despite previous seasons of impressive competitiveness with local conference powers, Bishop McNamara seems to be slowly falling down the drain.
The Mustangs have gotten off to a truly atrocious start as they are currently 0-6 which is certainly their worst start in program history since lord knows how long. First year head coach Keita Malloy needs to make lots of changes to steer this program back on track, as the true competitors that the WCAC knows them to be.
Next Game: Away on October 14th vs. St. John’s