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De La Salle loses, drops out of top 10

10/6/2008

Editor's note: ESPN will release the ESPN RISE FAB 50 national football rankings to start each week of the regular season. The rankings combine three previously independent polls and are compiled by a panel of voters, including Doug Huff (Wheeling, W. Va.); Jon Mahoney (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Sheldon Shealer (Myersville, Md.); Brian Stumpf (Torrance, Calif.) and Mark Tennis (Stockton, Calif.). Kynon Codrington, Christopher Lawlor, Mike Loveday, Bob Masajo and Paul Muyskens also contributed to the poll.

Voters in this week's rankings gave a boost to an Ohio team after previous No. 6 De La Salle lost 23-21 to Don Bosco Prep of New Jersey on ESPNU late last Saturday night. Colerain of Cincinnati, which vaulted into the rankings after a season-opening triumph over St. Xavier of Cincinnati, moved up from No. 11 to No. 8, as they took advantage of the room created with De La Salle's drop.

And speaking of Cincinnati teams, the biggest mover of the week is from the same city. That would be new No. 37 Elder, which improved to 5-1 after beating previously ranked St. Xavier, 33-15. Its only loss of the season came at the hands of No. 3 St. Thomas Aquinas of Florida at the Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Series.

St. Xavier, which dropped out of this week's rankings with three losses, has played the toughest schedule in the nation. The team is 0-2 vs. local Cincinnati teams, but has wins over Don Bosco Prep of New Jersey and Prattville of Alabama. It should be noted that quarterback Luke Massa has only played complete games in those two wins since he sat out the opener, last week's game, and a good portion of the fourth game due to injuries.

Results based on games through Sept. 27.

Click here to read ESPN RISE's full week 5 breakdown.

ESPN RISE FAB 50 Football

Also Receiving Votes: Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.) 4-0, Oceanside (Oceanside,
Calif.) 3-0, Pahokee (Pahokee, Fla.) 4-1.

Dropped Out: Previous No. 33 St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio); No. 41 Crespi (Encino, Calif.); No. 50 Oceanside (Oceanside, Calif.).

*Ties in points are broken according to which team was ranked higher by a majority of panelists.