LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Lake Creek won three more playoff games to remain the No. 1 team in the USA TODAY Sports / NFCA High School Super 25 for a ninth-straight week.
The (36-0) Lions defeated Waller twice late last week, then shut out Friendswood, 8-0, on Wednesday in the first game of their best-of-three Texas Class 5A regional semifinal series.
Meanwhile, there was plenty of movement below them following Oaks Christian’s 4-0 loss to Los Alamitos on Saturday in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 semis.
Undefeated squads Roncalli (24-0), Benton (31-0) and Anthony Wayne (27-0), plus one-loss Riverton (21-1) comprise the rest of the revised first five. Lakewood Ranch (27-2) and Clovis North (21-2) are next, followed by No. 8 Neshoba Central (31-3) – which beat East Central, 13-4, on Wednesday to capture a ninth-straight Mississippi state 5A title – and Donovan Catholic (23-0).
Patterson Mill (19-0) replaced fellow Maryland school Damascus in the 15th spot this week, while Minnesota’s Rosemount (17-2) at No. 20 and Missouri’s Diamond (27-3) at No. 24 round out the Super 25 newcomers.
State rankings submitted by the 2022 NFCA High School Steering Committee are used to compile the USA TODAY Sports / NFCA High School Super 25. Teams are chosen based on performance, roster quality, strength of schedule, and active NFCA membership.
USA TODAY Sports / NFCA High School Super 25 Poll – May 19, 2022
1. Lake Creek (Texas)
Record: 36-0 | Previous Rank: 1
2. Roncalli (Ind.)
Record: 24-0 | Previous Rank: 4
Record: 31-0 | Previous Rank: 5
Anthony Wayne (Ohio)
Record: 27-0 | Previous Rank: 6
5. Riverton, Utah
Record: 21-1 | Previous Rank: 7
6. Lakewood Ranch (Fla.)
Record: 27-2 | Previous Rank: 3
7. Clovis North (Calif.)
Record: 21-2 | Previous Rank: 8
8. Neshoba Central (Miss.)
Record: 31-3 | Previous Rank: 8
9. Donovan Catholic (NJ)
Record: 23-0 | Previous Rank: 17
10. Oaks Christian (Calif.)
Record: 31-1 | Previous Rank: 2
11. Eastern Alamance (NC)
Record: 23-1 | Previous Rank: 11
North Augusta (SC)
Record: 29-2 | Previous Rank: 10
13. Lexington (SC)
Record: 25-2 | Previous Rank: 13
Alexander Central (NC)
Record: 25-2 | Previous Rank: 14
15. Patterson Mill (Md.)
Record: 19-0 | Previous Rank: NR
16. Jackson (Wash.)
Record: 20-2 | Previous Rank: 12
17. Immaculate Heart Academy (NJ)
Record: 23-1 | Previous Rank: 16
18. Monroe-Woodbury (NY)
Record: 17-0 | Previous Rank: 18
19. Concord (NH)
Record: 20-0 | Previous Rank: 19
20. Rosemount (Minn.)
Record: 17-2 | Previous Rank: NR
21. Allen Park (Mich.)
Record: 26-1-1 | Previous Rank: 20
22. New Palestine (Ind.)
Record: 20-3-1 | Previous Rank: 24
23. John Curtis (La.)
Record: 29-3 | Previous Rank: 23
24. Diamond (Mo.)
Record: 27-3 | Previous Rank: NR
25. Lakota West (Ohio)
Record: 24-3 | Previous Rank: 25
Damascus (Md.), Deer Park (Texas) and Marist (Ill.).
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