LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Another undefeated week kept California’s Norco the clear No. 1 team in the USA Today Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 poll.
The (23-0) Highlanders dispatched Santiago, which had won five straight, 6-1, on Tuesday and rolled past King, 10-2, last Thursday. Over its last 10 games, Norco has outscored its opponents 51-8.
The Highlanders have now won 34 of their last 35 contests, with the lone loss during that stretch being an 1-0 loss to Mater Dei in the CIF Southern Section playoffs to close the 2016 season.
Every team in the top seven went undefeated last week, with No. 2 Pinnacle (28-1), No. 6 Coral Springs (21-1) and No. 7 La Cueva (19-0) joining Norco in each winning twice. Fourth-ranked Bishop O’Connell (16-0), meanwhile, was idle.
Four teams — Woodinville (11-0), Bentonville (22-1), South Granville (15-0) and Hendrickson (24-1) — all moved up a poll-best two places apiece while each going 2-0.
Unbeaten Lakewood (11-0), Oak Park-River Forest (9-0) and Penn (9-0), plus one-loss North Augusta (18-1-1) lead six newcomers to the rankings. Two-loss Florida schools Oakleaf (22-2) and West Orange (20-2) are the others.
State rankings submitted by NFCA member coaches are used to compile the USA Today Sports/NFCA High School Super 25.
USA Today Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 Poll – April 20, 2017
|3||Cape Fear (N.C.)||17-0||3|
|4||Bishop O’Connell (Va.)||16-0||4|
|5||Los Alamitos (Calif.)||18-3||5|
|6||Coral Springs Charter (Fla.)||21-1||6|
|7||La Cueva (N.M.)||19-0||8|
|11||South Granville (N.C.)||15-0||13|
|13||Deer Park (Texas)||26-4||14|
|15||Oak Park-River Forest (Ill.)||9-0||NR|
|17||West Orange (Fla.)||20-2||NR|
|18||Westminster Christian (Ala.)||34-2-1||18|
|25||North Augusta (S.C.)||18-1-1||NR|
Dropped out: Desert Ridge (Ariz.), Johnson (Texas), Kingwood (Texas), Orange (N.C.) and Willis (Texas).