No, they're not No. 1.
St. Joseph earned that distinction with a 34-7 victory over Holy Spirit on Oct. 1, and the Wildcats have done nothing but tighten their grip on the top spot since.
The point is that Holy Spirit finally looked like Holy Spirit in the last game of an odd, 11-game season that began with so many dreams, collapsed in so much disappointment, and ended with so much domination.
"I did a bad job with these guys early on," Holy Spirit coach Chalie Roman said. "We let things get a little too lax in practice. Once we changed the practice mentality, we changed this team."
Maybe it was that. Maybe it was the maturation of the younger players. Maybe it was the urgency of the seniors.
It probably was a combination, plus the motivation that fueled the Spartans as they entered the title game as underdogs to the top-seeded and undefeated Irish.
"We heard that it should have been Camden Catholic against St. Joe's," Holy Spirit senior running back Nigel Jones said. "That was a chip on our shoulder."
Holy Spirit finished a strange season with an overpowering performance. The Spartans were No. 1 in the preseason rankings, based on all the talent that was returning from last year's 12-0, Non-Public 3 champions.
They had Jones and Donta Pollock, the only classmates in state history to both rush for 4,000 career yards. They had that burly, bruising offensive line. They had sensational linebackers in Dan Mastromatteo and Ethan Gambale.
But the Spartans lost three of their first six games - one by forfeit for using an ineligible player, but the other two by large margins against St. Joseph and Hammonton.
Roman thought things started to click in the last month, but it was tough to tell because the only quality opponent in that stretch was Atlantic City.
Camden Catholic was 10-0, with a victory over Pennsauken. The Irish were the No. 1 seed. They were the perfect foil for the Spartans.
Jones and Pollock ran for a combined 454 yards and seven touchdowns. The massive offensive line pushed Camden Catholic off the football. The defense shut down the Irish.
Let's be clear: Holy Spirit is not No. 1.
They just looked like it in August and December.
"You could see it coming," Irish coach Gil Brooks said. "By the end of year, nobody was playing better than those guys."