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De La Salle drops out of top 10 after loss

9/30/2008

ESPN will release the ESPN RISE FAB 50 national football rankings to start each week of the regular season and playoffs.

Voters in this week's rankings gave a boost to an Ohio team in the aftermath of previous No. 6 De La Salle's 23-21 loss to Don Bosco Prep of New Jersey late Saturday night in a game shown on ESPNU. 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 and took advantage of the room created by De La Salle's tumble.

No. 37 Elder, also of Cincinnati, is this week's big mover. The Panthers defeated previously ranked St. Xavier 33-15, to improve to 5-1. Their only loss came to No. 3 St. Thomas Aquinas 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 versus local Cincinnati teams, but has wins over Don Bosco Prep and Prattville of Alabama. It should be noted that quarterback Luke Massa has missed parts of three games due to injury.

ESPN RISE FAB 50

The ESPN RISE FAB 50 rankings were compiled by a panel of ESPN RISE and ESPN.com high school editors, which includes Mark Tennis, Doug Huff, Chris Lawlor, Jon Mahoney, Sheldon Shealer, Ronnie Flores and Paul Muyskens.

1. Trinity (Euless, Texas)
Record:
4-0
Points: 250, five first-place votes

Previous rank: 1

The top-ranked Trojans safely navigated through another tough test, surviving a scare from Keller, 17-10, Friday night. Sophomore running back Tevin Williams broke a 10-10 tie with a short 3-yard scoring run late in the third quarter to provide the margin of victory for Trinity. The game was the fourth straight this fall in which Trinity faced an undefeated opponent, but the Trojans should get a bit of a break in their next game when they play at winless Keller Fossil Ridge Friday.

2. Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.)
Record:
5-0
Points: 245
Previous rank: 2

After pounding Colquitt County, Lowndes got more of a game from Tift County last week, but in the end the Vikings earned a 28-14 win. Senior running back Greg Reid seemed to single-handedly beat Tift by rushing for 194 yards and three scores. On defense, Reid returned a fumble 102 yards for a touchdown. Friday, Lowndes clashes with FAB 50 No. 33 Northside at Martin Stadium in one of the most anticipated matchups of the season.

3. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record:
3-0
Points: 240
Previous rank: 4

There wasn't any sign of rust for the Raiders as they crushed South Plantation 38-10. After consecutive bye weeks, Aquinas jumped on the scoreboard early and scored on four of its first six possessions. Senior QB Ryan Becker left the game with an ankle injury, but head coach George Smith said he doesn't expect it to be serious. The Raiders tackle Hollywood Hills in their district opener.

4. Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.)
Record:
5-0
Points: 234
Previous rank: 4

Another week, another blowout victory for the Gators, who cruised past Norwin 49-7. Gateway has scored more than 40 points in all five of its wins and has outscored the opposition 236-38. Junior quarterback Robert Kalkstein tossed three touchdown passes to senior wide receiver Corey Brown, while senior running back Dorian Bell scored on touchdown runs of 88 and 80 yards. Defensively, senior defensive back Brian Williams and junior linebacker Delbert Tyler both returned interceptions for touchdowns. On the season, Brown has 10 touchdown receptions and Bell has rushed for 459 yards and eight scores on only 20 carries. The Gators host Hempfield on Friday.

5. Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.)
Record:
5-0
Points: 231
Previous rank: 5

Marcus Lattimore ran all over Gaffney, helping lead Byrnes to a 42-14 victory and the team's 20th straight win. Lattimore rushed for 213 yards and two touchdowns, breaking the school's career rushing mark. Lattimore has a reported 2,946 career rushing yards. Byrnes will take on another Florida school as they host Pahokee. The Rebels defeated Lincoln (Fla.) 38-0 on Sept. 19. It appears as of late Monday, according to the Palm Beach Post and other media sources, that Pahokee is traveling for the game despite the shooting death of senior and team captain Norman Griffith late on Saturday night. The Byrnes versus Pahokee game can be seen on ESPNU.

6. Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)
Record:
3-0
Points: 222
Previous rank: 7

If you like defense and running the ball, this is your team. For the second straight week, the Poly defense didn't give up a score in a 14-0 win over Carson, which was a team that scored more than 40 earlier this season against Mater Dei of Santa Ana. The offense misfired on a couple of turnovers, but finally broke through behind the running of Melvin Richardson (23 carries, 162 yards, two TDs) and Daveon Barner (21 carries, 168 yards). Friday, Poly will meet 4-0 Lakewood in its league opener, followed by a matchup with FAB 50-ranked St. Bonaventure of Ventura.

7. Armwood (Seffner, Fla.)
Record:
4-0
Points: 221
Previous rank: 8

It was another stellar defensive effort for the Hawks, who blanked Newsome of Lithia 42-0. On offense, senior QB Mywan Jackson continues to gash defenses with his arm and legs. Jackson accounted for 278 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. Next up, Armwood tackles Tampa Jefferson in a Hillsborough County contest.

8. Colerain (Cincinnati)

Record: 6-0
Points: 213*
Previous rank: 11

Sophomore running back Tyler Williams carried 18 times for 249 yards and three touchdowns as the Cardinals rallied from a 27-20 halftime deficit to down Mason 48-27. Williams scored on runs of 41, 76 and 25 yards. Junior quarterback Greg Tabar ran for 130 yards on 11 carries as the Cardinals amassed 420 of their 476 total yards of offense on the ground. It was Colerain's 61st straight Greater Miami Conference victory, 46th straight home win, and extended its regular-season streak to 35 wins. Friday, Colerain visits Middletown.

9. Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.)
Record:
4-0
Points: 213*
Previous rank: 9
Watch Highlights

Oscar Smith's Tim Smith returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and the game never got any closer as the Tigers routed Grassfield 37-0. Phillip Sims turned in a stellar performance, completing 13 of 16 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns. Smith had a pair of receiving touchdowns as well. Oscar Smith faces Western Branch on Friday in what is expected to be one of the Tigers' toughest regular-season matchups.

10. Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach, Fla.)
Record:
3-0
Points: 206
Previous rank: 10

The Bucks were idle last weekend. Deerfield goes on the road to take on Coconut Creek this Friday. Deerfield is in the same league as St. Thomas Aquinas and last year handed the Raiders their only loss.

11. Glenville (Cleveland)
Record:
6-0
Points: 200
Previous rank: 12

The Tarblooders continued their march toward an 11th straight Senate League title with their 75th consecutive league win, 37-6, over John Adams. Quarterback Terrance Owens completed 5 of 13 passes for 109 yards and a score and rushed for a 24-yard touchdown. Sophomore running back Robert Walton Jr. rushed for 78 yards and a TD. Glenville, the top-ranked team in the Cleveland area and No. 2 in Ohio Division 1, plays another Senate League foe Friday in Marshall.

12. St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.)

Record: 4-0
Points: 192
Previous rank: 14
Watch Highlights

Senior running back Deuce Finch scored four touchdowns and the Tigers' defense forced seven turnovers as St. Xavier won its 18th straight game by defeating previously unbeaten Manual 57-0. The Tigers' defense intercepted four passes and allowed only 96 yards as the running clock mercy rule was invoked with St. X leading 50-0 late in the third quarter. The big win set up the annual city showdown against rival Trinity in a matchup of unbeaten, FAB 50-ranked teams on Friday night at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium at the University of Louisville. The Tigers won last year's regular-season game 24-15, but lost to the Shamrocks 34-28 in the state Class 6A finals.

13. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record:
5-0
Points: 190
Previous rank: 13

The normally pass-happy Cavs ran Killeen off the field Friday, rushing for 231 yards in an easy 50-9 victory. The running game was established early and opened some easy passing lanes for Texas-bound signal-caller Garrett Gilbert, who hit 13 of 18 passes for 161 yards and three scores. Lake Travis is at the 4-1 Hutto Hippos Friday. The Hippos are coming off a heartbreaking 50-49 loss to Pflugerville Hendrickson.

14. Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.)
Record:
4-0
Points: 186
Previous rank: 15

The Wildcats pummeled overmatched Windsor Forest of Savannah 69-7. Jeff Herron's team led 49-0 at intermission and senior RB Greg Baker racked up three rushing touchdowns in the lopsided win. Camden County returns to action on Friday against Beach.

15. Lakeland (Lakeland, Fla.)
Record:
4-0
Points: 179
Previous rank: 16

Trailing 22-21 late in the fourth quarter, freshman WR Javares McCoy scored his second touchdown of the night on a 24-yard pass reception for the game winner. Boyd Anderson WR Travis Reynolds, MVP of the Miami Nike camp, earlier put his team ahead on a 14-yard strike from QB Jackie Wilson. Up next, the Dreadnaughts are home Friday when they lock up with Miami Killian and star RB Lamar Miller.

16. South Panola (Batesville, Miss.)
Record:
5-0
Points: 173
Previous rank: 18

Junior running back Nicholas Parker continued his breakout season by rushing for 202 yards and three touchdowns and South Panola garnered 460 yards of offense in a 34-7 victory over Horn Lake. The Tigers extended the nation's longest current winning streak to 80 games in the process. South Panola's win streak will be tested on Friday at Olive Branch (4-1), though the Tigers did pick up two wins against the Conquistadors last season.

17. Plano (Plano, Texas)
Record:
5-0
Points: 172
Previous rank: 17
Watch Highlights

Plano's high-flying attack is beginning to kick into full gear, and that could be a scary thing for the rest of District 8-5A in Texas. Carson Meger threw four touchdown passes while Rex Burkhead, who tallied six touchdowns last week against Temple, scored three more as the Wildcats pounded Plano East 51-20 Friday night. Meger was an efficient 12-of-17 for 217 yards, while Burkhead ran for 119 yards and scored on runs of 9, 14 and 10 yards and even returned a botched Plano East two-point conversion 98 yards for two points. Undefeated Wylie is up next in a key early 8-5A battle.

18. Carmel (Carmel, Ind.)
Record:
6-0
Points: 165
Previous rank: 19

The Greyhounds rolled out to a 21-0 first-quarter cushion and never looked back en route to a 42-7 romp over winless North Central of Indianapolis. Two of the three first-quarter scores came on interception and fumble returns. Quarterback Morgan Newton rushed 12 times for 104 yards and a touchdown and completed 7 of 12 passes for 92 yards and two scores. The defending state champion tackles unbeaten, regionally ranked Warren Central Friday.

19. Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.)
Record:
4-0
Points: 158
Previous rank: 20

The former 3A state champs made their 4A debut look easy. The Spartans got off to a slow start but then erupted for 35 points in the second quarter and cruised from there, going on to shut out Newport 49-0. The defense was strong again and recorded its third shutout of the season. The Spartans' defense has only allowed six points in all. Junior QB Jake Heaps was 15-of-23 for 268 yards and three TDs with no interceptions. Skyline's next game is Friday at Garfield.

20. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)
Record:
4-0
Points: 155
Previous rank: 22
Watch Highlights

The Shamrocks tuned up for this week's annual city showdown against St. Xavier by blanking previously unbeaten Eastern 47-0. Running back Tim Phillips carried only seven times but gained 159 yards with two TD runs of 97 and 30 yards for the defending state Class 6A champions. Quarterback Cameron Smyth completed 12 of 14 passes for 203 yards and three scores.

21. Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
Record:
3-0
Points: 150
Previous rank: 21

The Dragons' highly anticipated matchup with Houston-area power North Shore was canceled as post-Hurricane Ike difficulties continue in the North Shore district. Carroll hosts another Houston-area team, Katy Cinco Ranch, Friday. The Cougars have been able to play in the two weeks since Ike and are now 4-0 on the year.

22. Centennial (Corona, Calif.)
Record:
3-0
Points: 145
Previous rank: 23

There's not much of a gap, if at all, between the Huskies and No. 6 Long Beach Poly as far as Southern California rankings go, so we'll try to move them up closer in the coming weeks. Centennial rolled last week with a 42-7 road win against Clovis West of Fresno. Senior QB Taylor Martinez passed for 299 yards and five touchdowns with three of the scoring strikes going to Geshon Harris. Coach Matt Logan's team plays Corona High Thursday, which is led by top-ranked junior running back Jordon James.

23. Maryville (Maryville, Tenn.)
Record:
6-0
Points: 132*
Previous rank: 24

Maryville defeated William Blount 38-2 to extend its winning streak to 66 straight games. This week, the Rebels play a Knoxville Central team that went 4-6 last season and has won its past two games this season.

24. St. Ignatius (Cleveland)
Record:
5-1
Points: 132
Previous rank: 25

The Wildcats handed Washington of Massillon, Ohio's all-time winningest program, one of its worst home defeats with a 49-7 rout at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. St. Ignatius jumped to a 35-0 lead after a quarter and padded the cushion to 49-0 at halftime while outgaining the Tigers 373-22 in the first half. The win boosted the Wildcats' record to 5-0 at the site and gave St. Ignatius its fifth straight win after a 20-17 loss to FAB 50 No. 11-ranked Glenville to start the season. St. Ignatius has outscored its opponents 189-38. Against Massillon Washington, quarterback Andrew Holland completed 10 of 11 passes for 262 yards and three scores. The Wildcats play Warren Harding Saturday.

25. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
Record:
2-1
Points: 127
Previous rank: 28

Admittedly, it looks a little strange for the Ironmen to be in the top 25 of the FAB 50 when the team they lost to (St. Xavier of Cincinnati) is now gone after suffering a third loss. That game, though, was the first of the year for Bosco compared to the third for St. X and it's not as if the loss was lopsided in any way. Now that the Spartans have a win at De La Salle, that's got to count for extra credit . Friday, the Ironmen play Teaneck.

26. Phoebus (Hampton, Va.)
Record:
6-0
Points: 123
Previous rank: 27

The Phantoms are being touted as the best team in the Tidewater area since Ronald Curry-led Hampton won a mythical national title in 1996. Last week, Phoebus did nothing to change that perception. The Phantoms routed Heritage 35-0, meaning Phoebus has won all five contests with the running clock (for score margins at 35 or more points). Phoebus faces winless Gloucester on Friday before a showdown with Hampton the following week.

27. Bellarmine Prep (San Jose, Calif.)
Record:
3-0
Points: 120
Previous rank: 29

Senior running back Michael Clay rushed for two touchdowns in the first quarter while junior Kyle Ologbode returned an interception 27 yards for a score as the Bells defeated Piedmont Hills of San Jose 51-0. Clay, who also plays linebacker, is part of a first-string defense that has yet to give up a touchdown this season. The Bells will travel to San Francisco this week for a matchup against St. Ignatius.

28. Arrowhead (Hartland, Wis.)
Record:
5-0
Points: 113
Previous rank: 26

It was another dominating victory Friday as the Warhawks defeated Kettle Moraine 45-6. Junior athlete Brian Crook had 17 carries for 215 yards and six touchdowns. The Warhawks' defense continues to shine as their three-game shutout streak came to an end late in the third quarter, but they have given up only 18 points in five games this season. Arrowhead will remain at home this week as it hosts the Waukesha South Blackshirts on Friday.

29. Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, Md.)
Record:
4-0
Points: 104
Previous rank: 30

Dawaun Genies has become Quince Orchard's big-play threat as star Travis Hawkins takes his time recovering from a leg injury. Genies rushed for 150 yards and scored two touchdowns during the Cougars' 18th straight victory, a 35-14 win over Magruder. Quince Orchard scored 21 points in the first three minutes of the game and built a 35-0 lead before Magruder scored a pair of late touchdowns. Quince Orchard travels to Gaithersburg on Friday.

30. Bastrop (Bastrop, La.)
Record:
3-0
Points: 103
Previous rank: 32

Bastrop needed a late touchdown and a defensive stand to hold off East St. John 22-18 Friday. Senior running back Dwight Hawkins scored on a 10-yard run with little more than four minutes remaining to cap a come-from-behind win. Bastrop trailed by as many as 12 points in the second quarter. East St. John went out on downs and Bastrop took over to secure the win. Bastrop faces Rayville Friday.

31. North Shore (Houston, Texas)
Record:
2-0
Points: 99
Previous rank: 31

The Mustangs' highly anticipated matchup with DFW power Southlake Carroll was canceled as post-Hurricane Ike difficulties continue in the North Shore district. North Shore should be back in action this week at 2-2 Lufkin.

32. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Record:
2-1
Points: 94
Previous rank: 6

Junior running back Terron Williams-Ward continued to emerge as a threat for the Spartans with two touchdowns plus a 75-yard kickoff return in the two-point loss to Don Bosco Prep. De La Salle should have it easier the next two weeks, beginning Friday with a game against Granada of Livermore. The Spartans are in a much tougher league this year, however, with several teams that look more than capable of knocking them off.

33. Northside (Warner Robins, Ga.)
Record:
5-0
Points: 91
Previous rank: 35
Watch Highlights

Head coach Conrad Nix's squad didn't get caught looking ahead to this weekend's showdown against Lowndes as the Eagles blanked Houston County 31-0. The win pushed Northside's win streak to 35 consecutive games. Senior RB Xavier Bacon paced the Eagles' offense with a pair of touchdowns and 82 yards on the ground. Northside travels south to take on FAB 50 No. 2 Lowndes Friday in a 5A battle for state supremacy.

34. Prattville (Prattville, Ala.)
Record:
4-1
Points: 80
Previous rank: 34
Watch Highlights

The Lions' defense never rests. The two-time defending state Class 6A champions recorded their fourth straight shutout win with a 26-0 blanking of Brentwood Academy of Tennessee in a nationally televised ESPNU game. The Lions' defense held the Eagles to 96 total yards. Linebackers La'Angelo Albright and Octavius Gilbert combined for 16 tackles and lineman Anthony Holland had three tackles for loss and a sack. Prattville, which lost its opener in Cincinnati against St. Xavier, has outscored its past four opponents 115-0. Prattville visits Jeff Davis at Montgomery Thursday.

35. Permian (Odessa, Texas)
Record:
3-0
Points: 80*
Previous rank: 36

The Panthers had the week off before clashing with crosstown rival Odessa High Friday. The Bronchos also enter the anticipated matchup undefeated, but have dropped their last two against Permian.

36. Plant (Tampa, Fla.)

Record: 3-1
Points: 74
Previous rank: 38

ESPNU 150 QB Aaron Murray followed up last week's seven-touchdown first half with an eight-touchdown first-half passing clinic as Plant routed Riverview 64-6. Murray threw for 338 yards and spread out his touchdowns to seven different receivers. Last year, Murray threw for a state-record 51 touchdowns, breaking former teammate and University of Miami QB Robert Marve's record of 49. Plant has a bye this week.

37. Elder (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Record:
5-1
Points: 71*
Previous rank: NR

The Panthers jump into the FAB 50 after handing city rival, and defending Division I state champion, St. Xavier a 33-15 defeat. Elder vaulted to a 26-0 halftime cushion and never looked back before a sellout crowd of 10,000 at Elder's Pit. It was Elder's first win over the Bombers since the 2003 season, which was the second-straight state title team for the Panthers. Junior quarterback Mark Miller completed 14 of 19 passes for 187 yards and two scores. Elder tackles another rival, Moeller, Friday.

38. Broken Arrow (Broken Arrow, Okla.)
Record:
4-0
Points: 64
Previous rank: 39

Junior RB Steven Hopper tied the school record for most touchdowns in a game with five as he rushed for 198 yards on 24 carries in a 53-0 win over winless Sapulpa. On their way to their first shutout of the season, the Tigers' defense came away with four turnovers and allowed just 128 yards of total offense. Friday, Broken Arrow will host Muskogee and will be trying not to look too far ahead to their game against Jenks the following week.

39. Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.)
Record:
5-0
Points: 69
Previous rank: 39

Senior Patrick Thompson made a pitch for Stone Bridge on Friday, then accepted a pitch from Wake Forest over the weekend. Stone Bridge's standout quarterback became the third Stone Bridge player to verbally commit to Wake Forest this year, joining his twin brother, Zach Thompson (a defensive lineman), and Mike Olson (a linebacker). Patrick Thompson threw three touchdown passes in the first half -- one to his twin brother -- as Stone Bridge rolled up a 51-0 halftime lead en route to a 51-13 win over winless McLean. Stone Bridge visits South Lakes on Friday.

40. John T. Curtis (River Ridge, La.)
Record:
3-1
Points: 50
Previous rank: 40

When starting quarterback Evan Ingram went out to injury, J.T. Curtis turned to Kenny Cain and Torrey Pierce in a 26-7 win over Blount. Cain had a touchdown and a safety and finished with 72 rushing yards. Pierce, whose 63-yard run set up a score, finished with 114 yards and a touchdown. J.T. Curtis is idle this week.

41. Blue Springs (Blue Springs, Mo.)
Record
: 5-0
Points: 48
Previous rank: 42

The Wildcats faced a big test this past weekend against Raymore-Peculiar and came through with a 28-21 win over the previously undefeated Panthers. Junior wide receiver/defensive back Keeston Terry showcased his phenomenal all-around talents in the win. He ran for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and caught four passes for 103 yards and a score. Sophomore running back Darrian Miller added 111 rushing yards and a touchdown on 26 carries for Blue Springs, which hosts Park Hill South on Thursday.

42. North Penn (Lansdale, Pa.)
Record:
5-0
Points: 47
Previous rank: 43

Senior Ronnie Akins scored on touchdown runs of 8 and 35 yards and also hauled in a 79-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Justin Davey as the Knights toppled Central Bucks East 42-10. It was the second consecutive week Akins scored three touchdowns. Akins caught six passes for 127 yards and ran for 74 yards on only five carries. Senior Tyler Smith chipped in two touchdown runs and finished with 75 rushing yards on 15 carries. North Penn will play at Central Bucks West on Friday.

43. Maine South (Park Ridge, Ill.)
Record:
4-0
Points: 45
Previous rank: NR

Flying their way into the FAB 50 for the first time this season, the Hawks continued to soar over their opponents as they defeated Evanston 56-8 Friday night. Senior QB Charlie Goro got the scoring under way with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Joey Orland and added a 22-yard touchdown run as part of a five-touchdown first quarter. Just missing out on its second shutout of the season, Maine South gave up a late score but on the season has outscored its opponents 215-35. The top-ranked team in Illinois hosts Waukegan on Saturday in what should be another comfortable Hawks win.

44. St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.)
Record:
4-0
Points: 34
Previous rank: NR

USC-bound Patrick Hall sizzled with touchdown runs of 53 and 82 yards and came up with an interception on defense as the Seraphs blasted previous No. 41 Crespi of Encino 31-14. St. Bonaventure led 31-0 heading into the fourth quarter and might be better this year even without graduated All-American RB Darrell Scott. The Seraphs are off this week, but after that could really make some noise nationally since their next game will be against No. 6 Long Beach Poly.

45. Abilene (Abilene, Texas)
Record:
5-0
Points: 32
Previous rank: 46
Watch Highlights

Abilene scored on six of seven first-half possessions while forcing four first-half turnovers to soar to a 42-0 halftime lead on the way to a 49-14 win over Burleson in both teams' District 3-5A opener Friday. Senior quarterback Stephen Warren powered the offensive barrage, passing for three touchdowns while Zach Bass rumbled for 111 yards and three more scores on the ground. The Eagles will be at Fort Worth Paschal on Friday.

46. Union (Tulsa, Okla.)
Record:
3-1
Points: 27*
Previous rank: 44

It was a special win on Friday night as the Redskins were led by their defense and special teams in a 41-12 victory over Stillwater as section play kicked off in Oklahoma. Going into their bag of tricks early, the Redskins scored the first of three special-teams touchdowns on a fake field goal. Randy Stanley provided a huge momentum swing in the game as he picked up a fumble and ran 98 yards for a score. Thomas Roberson had one of his two touchdowns on a 50-yard punt return and Anthony Foster returned a kickoff 94 yards for six points. Union will head to Owasso on Friday to take on the Rams.

47. The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas)
Record
: 3-0
Points: 27
Previous rank: 45

It's not too often that a team gives up 385 yards on the ground and still comes away with the win, but that was the case on Friday night, as The Woodlands' defense was gashed on the ground by Clear Lake but also forced five turnovers in a 31-13 victory. While the defense had its hands full with Clear Lake's offensive speed, Andy McCloud had no problems with its defense, hitting 11 of 17 passes for 250 yards and three scores to lead the Highlanders' offense. The Woodlands hosts Port Arthur Memorial Thursday.

48. Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.)
Record:
4-1
Points: 19
Previous rank: 47

Rockhurst barely escaped its second defeat of the season as it held off Jefferson City 35-27. Senior wide receiver Keith Langtry caught nine passes for 231 yards and a touchdown and added a 15-yard run. Senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase threw for 278 yards and a touchdown, but he was also picked off twice. The Hawklets play at Hickman on Friday.

49. Madison County (Madison, Fla.)
Record:
2-0
Points: 17
Previous rank: 49

There was never a doubt in the Cowboys' 63-0 pasting of Suwannee of Live Oak. Madison County has pitched back-to-back shutouts and has outscored opponents 117-0 through two games. The Cowboys host East Gadsden Friday.

50. Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.)
Record:
5-0
Points: 9
Previous rank: 48

For the second week in a row, the Raiders went on the road and scored 42 points and returned with a win as they defeated Roseville 42-13. Junior quarterback Mark Alt threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third as the Raiders opened up a 42-0 lead after three quarters. Senior WR Sam Carel caught both of Alt's touchdown passes and senior running back Marcus Binns rushed for two scores. Tommy Crosby added six points on special teams with a 90-yard kickoff return to open the second-half scoring. White Bear Lake will next have to take the not so pleasant trip to St. Paul to face the red-hot Raiders on Friday night.

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

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