Wednesday’s CNS news briefs picked up this note:
Nine Catholic high schools are in USA Today’s “Super 25” rankings — including four in the top 10. The rankings were published in the newspaper’s Aug. 22 issue. St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati tops all Catholic schools with the fourth spot in the preseason rankings. It’s the highest-ranked school — Catholic, public or private — that didn’t go undefeated last year; it finished 10-2 in 2006. DeMatha High School in the Washington suburb of Hyattsville, Md., was ranked fifth. It went 12-0 last season. Its first game was set for Sept. 2 in Cincinnati against St. Xavier. De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., placed sixth. A perennial power in prep football, De La Salle is going for its 15th consecutive sectional championship this season.
Two things on these rankings …
In major college football, top teams will get challenged from teams within their own superconferences. Meanwhile, they play their conference pre-season games posting 56 or even 73 points. Except for the big-money bowl games they dodge quality opponents whenever possible.
Why do sportswriters bother with national high school polls? Except for that Maryland-Ohio clash, how often do these teams face each other on the gridiron?
Second, is this really how we want our Catholic high schools to be known?