High school football: China Spring hangs on to No. 1 spot in Small Town Top 25 rankings

After starting the season with a win over defending Class 3A-1 state champion Lorena, China Spring (Texas) has been on a roll while claiming the top spot in the MaxPreps Small Town National Football Rankings.

The Cougars topped Lorena 38-20 behind 255 yards passing by Wimberly transfer Cash McCollum. A big win on the road against Melissa found McCollum throwing for 265 yards. He added 199 yards in a win over Connally and 351 yards and five touchdowns against Mexia.

China Spring has won 20 straight games and maintains its spot at the top of the Small Town national rankings with a computer rating of 55.0. The small town rankings are composed of schools with an enrollment of under 1,000 students in towns with a population of less than 10,000 people. The rankings are based on the MaxPreps computer ratings.

The Cougars hold a sizable lead over No. 2 Aurora (Neb.), which has impressive wins over Ashland-Greenwood (Ashland, Neb.), which is ranked No. 14, and Boone Central.

Following is the MaxPreps Small Town National Football Rankings, with the record and computer rating listed along with the team’s opponents.

China Spring holds on to the No. 1 rank in the Small Town Top 25 high school football rankings.

Photo: Pat Carrigan

China Spring holds on to the No. 1 rank in the Small Town Top 25 high school football rankings.

Small Town Top 25 high school football rankings

1. (Preseason 1) China Spring (Texas)
Record: 4-0, 55.0
Wins: Melissa, 42-41; Lorena, 38-20; Connally, 51-21; Mexia, 63-7.

2. (NR) Aurora (Neb.)
Record: 4-0, 49.2
Wins: Def. Ashland-Greenwood, 33-14; Boone Central, 34-13; Platteview, 58-6; Grand Island Northwest, 43-13.

3. (9) Pierce (Neb.)
Record: 4-0, 45.2
Wins: Wahoo, 38-7; Roncalli Catholic, 57-35; Scotus, 45-7; Arlington, 68-14.

4. (19) Fitzgerald (Ga.)
Record: 4-0, 45.1
Wins: Irwin County, 28-20; Madison County, 20-12; Northeast, 28-27; Turner County, 57-6.

5. (NR) Bellville (Texas)
Record: 4-0, 44.2
Wins: Navasota, 35-0; Yoe, 49-14; Stafford, 55-0; La Grange, 24-12.

6. (NR) Gilmer (Texas)
Record: 4-0, 43.2
Wins: Kilgore, 40-26; Lindale, 31-23; Chapel Hill, 51-27; Paris, 50-7.

7. (11) Marion Local (Maria Stein, Ohio)
Record: 5-0, 42.9
Wins: Wapakoneta, 21-7; New Bremen, 38-16; McComb, 42-0; Minster, 34-0; St John’s, 54-0.

8. (22) Pierce County (Blackshear, Ga.)
Record: 4-0, 42.7
Wins: Metter, 30-7; Charlton County, 48-13; Liberty County, 45-6; Davis, 56-17.

9. (NR) Bennington (Neb.)
Record: 4-0, 42.5
Wins: Skutt Catholic, 44-13; Pius X, 35-0; York, 33-10; Plattsmouth, 38-0.

10. (NR) Rabun County (Tiger, Ga.)
Record: 4-0, 41.9
Wins: Stephens County, 14-7; Adairsville, 72-36; Haralson County, 49-3; Heard County, 42-13.

11. (2) Brooks County (Quitman, Ga.)
Record: 4-1, 41.3
Wins: Bainbridge, 26-18; Thomasville, 42-7; Wayne County, 39-25; Mitchell County, 49-12. Loss: Cook,; 32-28.

12. (NR) Central Lyon/George-Little Rock (Rock Rapids, Iowa)
Record: 4-0, 41.2
Wins: West Sioux, 44-6 West Lyon, 38-17; Boyden-Hull, 52-7; Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 28-0.

13. (NR) Timpson (Texas)
Record: 4-0, 39.4
Wins: Daingerfield, 54-28; Jefferson, 52-29; Beckville, 53-22; Waskom, 40-14.

14. (18) Ashland-Greenwood (Ashland, Neb.)
Record: 3-1, 39.2

Wins: Wahoo, 20-0; Lakeview, 35-6; Auburn, 40-0.

Loss: Aurora, 33-14.

15. (NR) Swainsboro (Ga.)
Record: 5-0, 38.6
Wins: Metter, 21-7; Dodge County, 35-0; Emanuel County Institute, 42-12; Davis, 47-0; Washington County, 42-0.

16. (4) Franklin (Texas)
Record: 4-0, 37.5
Wins: Woodville, 22-12; Jasper, 41-35; Diboll, 35-23; Mexia, 77-13.

17. (13) Irwin County (Ocilla, Ga.)
Record: 3-1, 37.2

Wins: Rockmart, 28-14; Dooly County, 48-6; Turner County, 41-7.

Loss: Fitzgerald, 28-20.

18. (23) Alcoa (Tenn.)
Record: 5-0, 36.9
Wins: Maryville, 27-14; Rhea County, 38-21; Gatlinburg-Pittman, 52-17; Pigeon Forge, 46-20; Northview Academy, 61-6.

19. (16) Gunter (Texas)
Record: 3-1, 36.2

Wins: Brock, 21-16; Trinity Christian (Addison), 41-0; Trinity Leadership (Cedar Hill), 67-6.

Loss: Nike Dallas FC, forfeit.

20. (NR) Pahokee (Fla.)
Record: 3-1, 35.3

Wins: Palm Beach Central, 34-14; Benjamin, 36-31; Palm Beach Lakes, 40-0.

Loss: Cardinal Newman, 40-12.

21. (3) Lorena (Texas)
Record: 3-1, 35.4
Wins: West, 21-15; La Vega, 14-6; Trinity Leadership, 58-30. Loss: China Spring, 38-20.

22. (NR) Bleckley County (Cochran, Ga.)
Record: 4-0, 34.5
Wins: Schley County, 17-0; Dodge County, 33-6; West Laurens, 33-0; Wilcox County, 46-14.

23. (NR) Silsbee (Texas)
Record: 4-0, 33.7
Wins: Brazosport, 49-20; Hargrave, 48-14; Nederland, 24-16; Vidor, 48-7.

24. (NR) Cushing (Okla.)
Record: 3-0, 33.4
Wins: Perkins-Tryon, 43-27; Berryhill, 54-3; Bristow, 63-20.

25. (NR) Many (La.)
Record:
3-0, 32.9
Wins: Haughton, 35-3; DeRidder, 50-7; Sam Houston, 38-3.