2007 High School Rankings: Week 1
With the high school football season less than a month old, the ESPN High Elite 25 rankings have a different look. Five teams debut this week as the early season taken its toll.
No. 18 Central Catholic (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania's top-ranked Class 4A, made the biggest splash after recording two quality wins. No. 25 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) tumbled 18 spots from the preseason after a loss at No. 4 St. Xavier (Cincinnati), 28-7. Another Cincinnati school, No. 20 Elder, helped reshape the ESPN Super 25 after knocking off then-No. 5 Independence (Charlotte) in overtime. The loss stopped Independence's win streak at 109 games (No. 2 all-time).
St. Xavier, Elder, No. 15 Cardinal Mooney (Youngstown, Ohio) and No. 24 St. Rita (Chicago) all have tough games this weekend, but the rankings could receive a jolt at the top. That's because the much anticipated game between No. 1 Northwestern (Miami) and No. 2 Carroll (Southlake, Texas) will be contested Saturday in Dallas on ESPNU (7 ET). The Southland Region is fueling the rankings with 14 teams.
|ESPN High Elite 25 High School Football Rankings|
|TEAM||RANK (PREV. RANK)||RECORD||COMMENT|
|Northwestern, Miami||1 (1)||2-0||After recording a 42-0 victory over Carol City (Opa Locka) in the opener, the Bulls edged Homestead, 28-18. QB Jacory Harris threw TD passes to KendalThompson and Robert Demps, but the offense committed six turnovers against Homestead.
Next: Saturday at No. 2 Carroll (Southlake, Texas) in Dallas on ESPNU (7 ET).
|Carroll, Southlake, Texas||2 (2)||1-0||Defeated Lake Highlands, 42-10, for its 49th straight victory. QB Riley Dodge completed 19 of 31 passes for 349 yards and four TDs and Texas-bound RB Tre Newton accounted for 108 rushing yards on 19 carries and two TDs, including a 48-yard scoring reception.
Next: Saturday vs. No. 1 Northwestern (Miami) in Dallas.
|Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif.||3 (3)||1-0||Defeated West Covina, 58-6, as Andrew Abbott returned a kick 94 yards for a score and junior QB Matt Barkley threw for 209 yards and three TDs.
Next: Friday vs. American Fork (Utah).
|St. Xavier, Cincinnati||4 (4)||3-0||Defeated Glenville (Cleveland), 27-12. RB Darius Ashley missed his second straight game with an ankle injury, but WR-K Danny Milligan accounted for 21 points. Milligan caught scoring passes of 10 and 27 yards from John Hurley. Also beat then-No. 7 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), 28-7, and Winton Woods (Cincinnati), 35-7.
Next: Friday vs. Trinity (Louisville).
|South Panola, Batesville, Miss.||5 (6)||2-0||Defeated Mississippi's second-ranked team, Clarksdale, 42-0. Mississippi-bound RB Darius Barksdale carried 23 times for 203 yards and four TDs and threw 24 yards to Xavier Lee for another score as the Tigers now own the nation's longest active win streak at 62 games. Also beat Warren Central (Vicksburg), 31-18, in opener.
Next: Friday at Grenada.
|Booker T. Washington, Miami||6 (9)||1-0||After defeating a nationally-ranked team in the opener, a game against Miami Central was suspended by lightning. Leading 9-6 with 3:30 left in the third quarter, BTW won't be credited with the win unless the non-district game is completed. Defeated then-No. 8 Summerville (S.C.), 36-3, in a game televised on ESPN.
Next: Sept. 20 at Fort Lauderdale High.
|Katy, Texas||7 (11)||2-0||Defeated The Woodlands, 48-7. RB Aundre Dean had a productive night, rushing for 203 yards and three TDs, and QB Bo Levi Mitchell completed six passes for 116 yards and two TDs and ran for another. Shut out Klein, 45-0, in opener.
Next: Sept. 21 at A&M Consolidated (College Station).
|Pahokee, Fla.||8 (12)||2-0||The reigning Class 2B state champions defeated King's Academy (West Palm Beach), 39-17. QB Anthony Sheppard threw for 235 yards and two TDs and ran for another, while RB Janoris Jenkins rushed for 132 yards and a TD. Opened with a 34-8 victory over Palm Beach Gardens as Sheppard fired three scoring strikes, including two to WR Martavious Odoms.
Next: Friday at Palm Beach Lakes (West Palm Beach).
|John Curtis Christian, River Ridge, La.||9 (13)||2-0||Defeated East St. John (Reserve), 34-7, as the defense allowed 121 yards and Conner Mullins and Joanthan McKnight each had defensive TDs. RB Blain LeBlanc ran for 117 yards on 10 carries including scores of 61 and 27 yards. Also beat Mandeville, 20-3.
Next: Friday vs. Salmen (Slidell).
|Maryville, Tenn.||10 (14)||2-0||Defeated Clinton, 35-7, as QB Brent Burnette threw for two TDs. In a 42-14 victory over Alcoa, Burnette went 13-of-16 for 313 yards and a TD pass.
Next: Friday vs. Heritage (Maryville).
|St. Bonaventure, Ventura, Calif.||11 (16)||2-0||Defeated Atascadero, 34-14, as ESPN 150 RB Darrell Scott recorded his 14th career 200-yard rushing game. Scott gained 203 yards and scored three times and QB Tony Macareno completed 10 of 11 passes for 202 yards, including a 54-yard scoring strike to Blayne Lewis. Also beat Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita), 15-14.
Next: Friday vs. Canyon (Canyon Country).
|Colerain, Cincinnati||12 (18)||3-0||Defeated Canadian school Clarke Road (London, Ontario), 77-8, as the potent running game produced 421 rushing yards on 40 carries and seven TDs. Also beat Hoover (Ala.), 20-17, and Wayne (Huber Heights), 19-7. Averaging nearly 39 points in three victories.
Next: Thursday at Mason (Cincinnati).
|Northside, Warner Robins, Ga.||13 (19)||2-0||Won its 17th straight, defeating Warner Robins, 34-7. It was the third consecutive win over its cross-town rival in the city series. QB Marques Ivory punctuated the win, passing for 265 yards and rushing for 126, while Tijuan Green scored three TDs. Shut out Houston County (Warner Robins), 30-0, in opener.
Next: Friday vs. North Clayton (College Park).
|De La Salle, Concord, Calif.||14 (20)||1-0||Defeated Serra (San Mateo) 40-22 behind a three-touchdown reception performance by WR Mike Czyz, who scored from 55, 16 and 27 yards. Backup QB Nate Montana, the son of Hall of Famer Joe Montana, completed 4-of-5 passes for 78 yards.
Next: Saturday vs. Loyola (Los Angeles).
|Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio||15 (21)||3-0||Won its 17th straight game, defeating Archbishop Hoban (Akron), 34-0. Notre Dame-bound QB Dan McCarthy accounted for three TDs, including a 70-yard punt return. Also beat then-No. 15 Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.), 27-6, and Mentor (Ohio), 21-10. Has outscored its three opponents, 82-16.
Next: Saturday vs. Warren G. Harding (Warren).
|Prattville, Ala.||16 (22)||2-0||The defending Class 6A champions have defeated Theodore, 41-14, and Carver (Montgomery), 44-14. Average margin of victory is 30.5 points.
Next: Friday vs. Jeff Davis (Montgomery).
|Smithson Valley, Spring Valley, Texas||17 (23)||2-0||Won its 19th consecutive road game, defeating Spring, 26-14. RB Trent Rios scored on runs of 32, 2 and 40 yards en route to a 180-yard rushing performance. Trey Reinhart added a 15-yard TD run. Also beat The Woodlands, 37-25, in season opener.
Next: Friday vs. San Antonio MacArthur.
|Central Catholic, Pittsburgh||18 (NR)||2-0||Defeated Cathedral Prep (Erie), 49-21, as QB Tino Sunseri passed for 153 yards and two TDs and ran for another score. Also defeated Northmont (Clayton, Ohio), 34-6. Average margin of victory is 28 points in two games.
Next: Friday vs. Mount Lebanon (Pittsburgh).
|Cedar Hill, Texas||19 (NR)||2-0|| Defeated Lewisville Hebron, 38-31, as QB Travarr Sims scored from the 1-yard line with five minutes left to break a 31-31 tie. RB James Hamilton ran for a career-high 261 yards and four TDs, with a long of 52 yards. Also beat Colleyville Heritage, 23-16.
Next: Friday at North Crowley (Fort Worth).
|Elder, Cincinnati||20 (NR)||3-0||Defeated Oak Hills (Cincinnati), 21-16, as junior RB Nicholas Gramke ran for 170 yards and a TD on 32 carries. Also stopped then-No. 5 Independence (Charlotte), 41-34, in overtime.
Next: Friday at LaSalle (Cincinnati).
|Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz.||21 (25)||3-0|| Defeated Centennial (Glendale), 35-18, as RB Covaughn DeBoskie rushed for 104 yards and scored three TDs and Arizona-bound WR Gerell Robinson caught a 33-yard TD.
Next: Friday vs. Dobson (Mesa).
|Independence, Charlotte||22 (5)||2-1||Stretched win streak against North Carolina schools to 107 games in a 49-32 trouncing of West Charlotte. QB Anthony Carrothers completed 13 passes for 231 yards and four TDs and also ran 49 yards for another score. Jarvis Pierce returned a fumble 25 yards for a TD. Had win streak halted at 109 games (No. 2 all-time) in a 41-34 overtime loss to Elder (Cincinnati).
Next: Friday vs. Vance (Charlotte).
|Lakeland, Fla.||23 (NR)||2-0||Defeated South Dade (Miami), 30-0, as coach Bill Castle notched his 300th career victory since 1976 and the program's 47th straight win. RB Jason Guzman carried nine times for 71 yards and two TDs. Also beat Okeechobee, 34-13, in opener.
Next: Friday at Winter Haven.
|St. Rita, Chicago||24 (NR)||3-0||Defeated Leo (Chicago), 35-0, as special teams and defense stepped up. Dave Marciano took the second half kickoff for 90 yards for a TD and the defense scored two TDs. Also beat De La Salle (Chicago), 38-15, and Simeon (Chicago), 41-6.
Next: Friday at Mount Carmel (Chicago).
|DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md.||25 (7)||1-1||Defeated Gilman School (Baltimore), 42-0. Virginia-bound Rodney McLeod returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a TD and QB Tommy Chroniger passed for 109 yards and three TDs. Opened season losing to No. 4 St. Xavier (Cincinnati), 28-7, at Kirk Herbstreit Ohio vs. USA Challenge in Cincinnati.
Next: Saturday at Friendship Edison (Washington, D.C.).
1. Central Catholic, Pittsburgh (2-0) 2. DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md. (1-1) 3. Liberty, Bethlehem, Pa. (2-0) 4. Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. (1-0) 5. St. Anthony, South Huntington, N.Y. (1-0) 6. North Penn, Lansdale, Pa. (2-0) 7. North Allegheny, Wexford, Pa. (2-0) 8. Gateway, Monroeville, Pa. (1-1) 9. .St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (1-0) 10. Everett, Mass. (1-0)
1. St. Xavier, Cincinnati (3-0) 2. Colerain, Cincinnati (3-0) 3. Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio (3-0) 4. Elder, Cincinnati (3-0) 5. St. Rita, Chicago (3-0) 6. Union, Tulsa (2-0) 7. Muskegon, Mich. (3-0) 8. Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul (2-0) 9. Blue Springs (Mo.) South (2-0) 10. Naperville (Ill.) North (3-0)
1. Northwestern, Miami (2-0) 2. Carroll, Southlake, Texas (1-0) 3. South Panola, Batesville, Miss. (2-0) 4. Booker T. Washington, Miami (1-0) 5. Katy, Texas (2-0) 6. Pahokee, Fla. (2-0) 7. John Curtis Christian, River Ridge, La. (2-0) 8. Maryville, Tenn. (2-0) 9. Northside, Warner Robins, Ga. (2-0) 10. Prattville, Ala. (3-0)
1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (1-0) 2. St. Bonaventure, Ventura, Calif. (2-0) 3. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (1-0) 4. Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz. (3-0) 5. Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks, Calif. (1-0) 6. Centennial, Corona, Calif. (2-0) 7. Jesuit, Portland, Ore. (2-0) 8. Poly, Long Beach, Calif. (1-1) 9. Lakes, Lakewood, Wash. (2-0) 10. Saint Louis, Honolulu (3-0)
Records through Sept. 9.
About the rankings: The ESPN HIGH Elite 25 High School Football Rankings are compiled by Christopher Lawlor of ESPN.com, who consults with a national network of sports writers, Scouts Inc. analysts and high school coaches. Criteria considered are a team's strength of schedule with an emphasis on national games; the superiority of competition in its state, district or league; the program's history and tradition; and the quality of its personnel.