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Rankings watch — Jordan football rises, falls in different polls

Published September 19, 2012 12:40 pm

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Two national polls seem to have differing opinions on how a 36-24 win against rival Alta has affected Jordan football's national standing.

The Beetdiggers moved in different directions the week after ending a seven-year stretch of losing to the Hawks. On one hand, Rivals High had them dropping from No. 48 to No. 51 — not a steep drop, but still out of the top 50.

But Maxpreps pushed the Beetdiggers up a whopping 30 spots to No. 72 in its rankings, giving them some respect for winning what the site had designated one of the top 10 games in the nation. Syracuse is at No. 123, and East is right behind at No. 138.

USA Today doesn't have a Utah team in its top 25, but at the moment ranks East as the state's No. 1 team, with Syracuse then Jordan close behind. Logan and Northridge round out the top five.

It's worth noting that St. John Bosco (Calif.), the team Jordan will face on Sept. 29 at the Xfinity Challenge at Rio Tinto Stadium, got a big jump in a few standings. Maxpreps has the Braves at No. 30 and Rivals has them at No. 34 following a 45-0 rout of Loyola (Calif.). Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) will play Alta on the same date — the Ironman move to No. 32 nationally in Maxpreps and No. 67 in Rivals after shutting down Thomas Aquinas (Fla.).

Girls' soccer • Alta rose a few spots in the NCSAA rankings to No. 14 in the nation. The Hawks face Brighton next week, which should give them a pretty stiff challenge.

Kyle Goon