Weekend notes, FAB 50 ballot

October, 20, 2008

The Week 8 updated FAB 50 national rankings are now out, and with some major upsets and blowouts this past weekend, some big things were afoot in the new FAB 50.

First, there was some movement in the top five, where St. Thomas Aquinas jumped to No. 2 after its 65-10 thrashing of previous No. 10 Deerfield Beach. Not only did the Raiders move up with the win, but they also might be poised to push for the top spot should their impressive play continue. They didn't just avenge last year's loss to Deerfield Beach, they pretty much erased it from anyone's memory with their play on Friday. Also in the top 10, Lake Travis leapfrogged over No. 11 St. Xavier with Deerfield's loss, giving Texas two top 10 teams (along with Florida).

 Tom Hauck
 Georgia Tech-bound QB Jordan Luallen led Center Grove to the top spot in Indiana.
Six new teams moved into the FAB 50 this week, headlined by the Allen (Texas) High Eagles, which soared into the rankings at No. 36 off a huge 56-23 win over previously FAB 50-ranked No. 15 Plano. While Allen has a loss on its résumé, the Eagles have the potential to skyrocket up the charts in the coming weeks should they continue to win, as that loss was a 24-14 decision versus FAB 50 No. 1 Euless Trinity back in mid-September. Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.), led by Georgia Tech-bound QB Jordan Luallen, is the new No. 1 in Indiana and enters at No. 46 after Carmel's loss to Ben Davis. Center Grove lost a heartbreaker to Carmel 33-32 earlier in the year, but it was on a somewhat fluky late fumble recovery in the end zone by Carmel, while the Trojans routed the same Ben Davis team that just beat Carmel 44-22 two weeks ago.

Here's a look at my ballot for this week, feel free to comment below or e-mail me.

My ballot:
No. 1 Trinity (Euless, Texas)
No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
No. 3 Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.)
No. 4 Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.)
No. 5 Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.)
No. 6 Armwood (Seffner, Fla.)
No. 7 Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.)
No. 8 Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)
No. 9 Glenville (Cleveland, Ohio)
No. 10 Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
No. 11 St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.)
No. 12 South Panola (Batesville, Miss.)
No. 13 Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.)
No. 14 Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.)
No. 15 Centennial (Corona, Calif.)
No. 16 Phoebus (Hampton, Va.)
No. 17 Bellarmine Prep (San Jose, Calif.)
No. 18 Lakeland (Lakeland, Fla.)
No. 19 Elder (Cincinnati, Ohio)
No. 20 Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.)
No. 21 Maryville (Maryville, Tenn.)
No. 22 St. Ignatius (Cleveland)
No. 23 Permian (Odessa, Texas)
No. 24 North Shore (Houston)
No. 25 Plant (Tampa, Fla.)
No. 26 Abilene (Abilene, Texas)
No. 27 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
No. 28 Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)
No. 29 Prattville (Prattville, Ala.)
No. 30 Arrowhead (Hartland, Wis.)
No. 31 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
No. 32 North Penn (Lansdale, Pa.)
No. 33 The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas)
No. 34 St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.)
No. 35 John Curtis (River Ridge, La.)
No. 36 Maine South (Park Ridge, Ill.)
No. 37 Allen (Allen, Texas)
No. 38 Madison County (Madison, Fla.)
No. 39 South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.)
No. 40 Northside (Warner Robins, Ga.)
No. 41 Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.)
No. 42 Cretin Derham-Hall (St. Paul, Minn.)
No. 43 Union (Tulsa, Okla.)
No. 44 Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.)
No. 45 Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.)
No. 46 Independence (Charlotte, N.C.)
No. 47 Jenks (Jenks, Okla.)
No. 48 Northwestern (Miami)
No. 49 Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio)
No. 50 Wayne County (Waynesboro, Miss.)

Other notes:
• Good luck to Pine Bluff (Ark.) senior Jarvis Mayo, who is undergoing surgery today to remove a "a brain tumor the size of a golf ball." Ashley Blackstone of TodaysTHV.com has the story of the inspirational senior who is in the hearts and minds of all his teammates.

• Congrats to Georgia-bound RB Washaun Ealey, who broke a state record this week on a big stage. In a matchup that was hyped as a battle of undefeated teams, the Ealey-led Emanuel County Institute Bulldogs dispatched Johnson County (7-1), 35-12. Ealey rushed for 243 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns. The three TDs gave Ealey a career total of 113, breaking the previous state touchdown record of 111 set by Pacelli Catholic RB Matt Dunham.

• South Florida running back commit Bradley Battles, who resides just outside the ESPNU 150, returned three interceptions for touchdowns (37, 53 and 60 yards) while also scoring two more times the traditional way, on the ground, in Marianna's (Fla.) easy 48-7 victory over Chipley. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder ran for over 2,000 yards last fall as a junior and impressed at the Florida Nike Camp this spring.

• FAB 50-ranked Lowndes and Camden County remain a strong No. 1 and 2 in The Atlanta Journal Constitution's latest Georgia class-by-class rankings.

• The Shreveport Times looks back at Evangel Christian's surprising 28-22 win over previously FAB 50-ranked Bastrop on Friday. The Eagles snapped the Rams' 49-game winning streak with the upset. Evangel came in at No. 3 in the LSWA 2A state poll, while Bastrop was No. 1 in 4A and also in the FAB 50.

• Fresh off a win in the Great State Debate, here's more on Texas' recent success in turning out top quarterback prospects from Blair Kerkhoff of The Kansas City Star. There is no question on this topic right now, with Texas-bred signal-callers like Colt McCoy, Chase Daniel, Graham Harrell, Todd Reesing, Matthew Stafford, and now even Baylor freshman Robert Griffin making waves on the college landscape.

• Tom Groeschen of The Cincinnati Enquirer has a terrific look at the growing concern in football about high school linemen trying to get too big too fast, and the long-term effect that this can have on a young person's body and as a result on his life. This is a serious problem, and it is manifested by all the 330-pound OLs that high schoolers see every Saturday and Sunday when they turn on the TV to watch pro and college football. They think, "Well that must be how big I have to be if I want to play at that level someday." What they fail to realize is that most of those guys they see on TV who make it to the big time started off as athletic 260-280- pounders in high school and then gradually added quality mass throughout the next six to eight years of their development, rather than stuffing themselves to add 50 bad pounds in high school.

• Here's some Elite 11 QB alumni news, as The State's Paul Strelow looks at the friendship that Clemson's Willy Korn and South Carolina's Stephen Garcia formed back at the 2006 Elite 11. Methinks that there might be some kind of jinx coming off this piece, as Strelow was focusing on the fact that the two friends were both drawing their first starts at QB on the same weekend and Korn then left Clemson's loss to Georgia Tech early with a shoulder injury while Garcia and the Cocks fell at home to LSU. Strelow, to his credit though, did quote some guy named Brian Stumpf in the story as well, so it must be good …

• More Elite 11 notes from Thayer Evans of The New York Times, who discusses the bond between Texas' Colt McCoy and Mizzou's Chase Daniel with anecdotes from this summer's event where both served as college counselors.

Nike Football Training Camp Alum of the Week: USC QB Mark Sanchez
The USC junior signal-caller needed less than two quarters to throw for five touchdowns as the Trojans routed Washington State. Sanchez, out of Mission Viejo (Calif.), where he was a member of the 2004 Elite 11 QB class, completed 15 of 20 passes for 253 yards in USC's 69-0 victory. Sanchez attended the Nike Camp in high school as both a rising junior and senior, and he was named the QB MVP at the San Diego State Nike Camp in April of '04, where he checked in at 6-3½, 211 pounds and clocked a 4.35 shuttle and posted a 31.8-inch vertical jump. Sanchez has led USC to a No. 6 ranking so far this year and served as a college counselor at the Elite 11 this summer.



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