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No. 1 Manatee (Brandenton, Fla.), Top 10 Teams Hold Strong in the USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 Football Rankings


No. 24 St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) cracks Super 25 for first time this season; full Super 25 in today's print edition of USA TODAY and online at

MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Manatee HS (Bradenton, Fla.) continues its hold on the No. 1 spot in the USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 national high school football editorial rankings for the eighth straight week -- a week in which all 10 of the top-ranked teams maintained their positioning and only one new school cracked the rankings, St. Edward of Lakewood, Ohio.

The USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 rankings appear in today's print edition of USA TODAY Sports and are also available online at USA TODAY High School Sports (

The USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 is now in its 30th year as the most prestigious high school ranking platform in the nation. Gatorade is the Official Fuel of the Super 25 rankings platform, which includes computer rankings of every major high school football, baseball, boys and girls basketball and boys and girls lacrosse team in the nation

Manatee got three rushing TDs from running back Brodrick Yancy and two from quarterback Cord Sandberg to defeat Palmetto last Friday and improve its record to 8-0, cementing its hold on the top spot in the Super 25 for another week.

Behind Manatee, the remainder of the top 10 schools all held rank as well. Completing the Top 5 are 8-0 John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) at No. 2, 8-0 DeSoto (Texas) at No. 3, 9-0 Bellevue (Wash.) at No. 4, and 9-0 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.).

St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) is the only new addition to the Super 25 this week, earning the No. 24 spot by defeating then-No. 14 St. Ignatius (Cleveland), 20-13, on Saturday as QB Ryan Fallon passed for two TDs.

Following is the complete listing of this week's USA TODAY High School Sports football rankings.

USA TODAY High School Sports

High School Football Super 25

For Week of October 29, 2012

1. Manatee, Bradenton, Fla. (8-0)

2. John Curtis, River Ridge, La. (8-0)

3. DeSoto, Texas (8-0)

4. Bellevue, Wash. (9-0)

5. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (9-0)

6. Katy, Texas (8-0)

7. Camden County, Kingsland, Ga. (8-0)

8. Butler, Matthews, N.C. (10-0)

9. Colerain, Cincinnati (10-0)

10. Vista Murrieta, Murrieta, Calif. (9-0)

11. Goose Creek, S.C. (10-0)

12. Hoover, Ala. (9-0)

13. Byrnes, Duncan, S.C. (9-1)

14. Ensworth School, Nashville (10-0)

15. St. Joseph's Prep, Philadelphia (8-0)

16. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas (8-1)

17. Coppell, Texas (8-0)

18. Bentonville, Ark. (9-0)

19. Good Counsel, Olney, Md. (8-1)

20. Trinity, Louisville (8-1)

21. Dr. Phillips, Orlando (9-0)

22. Picayune, Miss. (9-0)

23. Kirkwood, Mo. (8-0)

24. St. Edward, Lakewood, Ohio (10-0)

25. Narbonne, Harbor City, Calif. (9-0)

For more information on the Super 25, visit USA TODAY High School Sports.

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