2007 High School Rankings: Week 3
As most teams approach or even surpass their midseason milestones, the ESPN HIGH Elite 25 was relatively quiet this week. Two schools debut in the rankings following undefeated starts to their respective seasons. No. 24 Corona (Calif.) Centennial enters on the strength of strong offense, which averages 43 points. Centennial will be eyeing an Oct. 4 date with No. 2 Mater Dei (Santa Ana). No. 25 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) opened its season sweeping three games against Philadelphia area schools.
The top-10 took a hit when then-No. 9 John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.) went to east Texas, losing to Longview, 24-20. Top-ranked Northwestern (Miami) returns to action Friday against Miami Southridge following a bye week; and No. 7 Carroll (Southlake, Texas) rebounded nicely a week removed from its first loss in 49 games (vs. No. 1 Northwestern).
|ESPN HIGH Elite 25 High School Football Rankings|
|RANK (PREV. RANK)||TEAM||RECORD||COMMENT|
|1 (1)||Northwestern, Miami||3-0||Idle.
Next: Friday at Miami Southridge.
|2 (2)||Mater Dei, Santa Ana , Calif.||3-0|| Defeated Cabrillo (Long Beach), 48-8. Junior QB Matt Barkley threw for 287 yards and five TDs as Mater Dei scored all of its points in the first half. Robbie Boyer and Andrew Abbott each caught two TD passes and Stephen Lapchak returned a punt for another score.
Next: Friday vs. Edison (Huntington Beach).
|3 (3)||St. Xavier, Cincinnati||5-0||Defeated Bishop Chatard (Indianapolis), 30-0. RB Darius Ashley rushed 13 times for 103 yards and scored two TDs on runs of 3 and 4 yards after missing the last three games with an ankle injury. QB John Hurley threw a TD pass as St. Xavier led, 10-0, at halftime.
Next: Friday vs. Elder (Cincinnati).
|4 (4)||South Panola, Batesville, Miss.||4-0|| Defeated Trezevant (Memphis), 44-12, for its nation's current best 64th consecutive win. According the 2007 National High School Record Book, the Tigers win streak is tied for ninth all time.
Next: Friday at Horn Lake.
|5 (5)||Booker T. Washington, Miami||2-0|| Defeated Fort Lauderdale High, 47-0. Nearly a month after its first win and regulation 48-minute game, the Tornadoes rolled as QB Sancho McDonald threw for two TDs and ran for another before leaving the game in the second quarter with a foot injury. McDonald's backup, Torrance Moise, accounted for two second half scores.
Next: Saturday vs. Carol City (Opa Locka).
|6 (6)||Katy, Texas||3-0|| Defeated A&M Consolidated (College Station), 41-14. UCLA-bound RB Aundre Dean carried 25 times for 183 yards and three TDs. Special teams and defense contributed as Brandon Goff returned a fumble 40 yards and Trent Hunter went 60 on a punt return for scores.
Next: Saturday vs. Alief Taylor.
|7 (7)||Carroll, Southlake, Texas||2-1|| Defeated Rockwall, 49-42. North Texas-bound QB Riley Dodge, the state's Class 5A player of the year in 2006, passed for seven TDs and 387 yards on 27-of-34 accuracy. Carroll, which had its Texas large-school tying win streak halted at 49 games a week ago, trailed 21-7 after one quarter but rallied to tie the game, 28-28, at the break. WR Blake Cantu caught 12 passes for 221 yards and three TDs, including two for scores in the fourth quarter.
Next: Friday vs. Keller Central.
|8 (8)||Pahokee, Fla.||4-0|| Defeated Jupiter, 24-0. QB Anthony Sheppard threw TD passes to Nu'Keese Richardson and Antavious Wilson and ran for another. Florida-bound Janoris Jenkins returned a punt 82 yards for a TD.
Next: Friday at Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood).
|9 (10)||Maryville, Tenn.||4-0|| Defeated Powell, 34-7, as Chris Jordan scored on back-to-back plays from scrimmage late in the first half to break up a close game. First, Jordan caught a 32-yard TD pass from QB Brent Burnette (235 yards, two TD passes), and then on defense he returned an interception 37 yards.
Next: Friday at William Blount (Maryville).
|10 (11)||St. Bonaventure, Ventura, Calif.||4-0|| Defeated Oaks Christian (Westlake Village), 41-33, stopping a CIF-Southern Section 48-game win streak. ESPN 150 RB Darrell Scott surpassed the 200-yard barrier for the 16th time, rushing for 248 yards and five TDs on 28 carries. Scott scored on a key 51-yard burst in the fourth quarter, but the team needed a Chad Kurz interception near the goal line late to preserve the victory.
Next: Friday at Crespi (Encino).
|11 (12)||Colerain, Cincinnati||5-0|| Defeated Middletown, 63-13. The Cardinals rolled up 530 yards of offense, paced by RB Dominique Sherrer, who ran for 132 yards and four TDs on 15 carries. QB Doug Reynolds completed all five passes for 133 yards and two TDs of 38 and 31 yards to WR Ravelle Sadler.
Next: Friday at Fairfield.
|12 (13)||Northside, Warner Robins, Ga.||4-0|| Defeated Jones County (Gray), 49-0. RB Tijuan Green scored three times and rushed for 73 yards in less than two quarters. QB Marques Ivory threw for two TDs and ran nine yards for another.
Next: Thursday vs. Dutchtown (Hampton).
|13 (14)||De La Salle, Concord, Calif.||3-0|| Defeated Palma (Salinas), 55-0. Another stellar offensive output boosts the season total to 150 points (50 per game) in three victories. The Spartans enter a bye week before traveling to southern California power Mission Viejo.
Next: Oct. 6 at Mission Viejo.
|14 (15)||Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio||5-0|| Defeated Mentor Lake Catholic, 40-14. Notre Dame-bound QB Dan McCarthy rushed for 200 yards and scored on long runs of 53 and 84 yards. Leading 19-7 at halftime, Mooney scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to win its 18th straight game.
Next: Friday at St. Francis (Athol Springs, N.Y.).
|15 (16)||Prattville, Ala.||4-0|| Defeated Wetumpka, 39-0, for a second straight shutout. RB Justin Albert rushed for 142 yards and two TDs on 19 carries.
Next: Friday at Opelika.
|16 (17)||Smithson Valley, Spring Valley, Texas||4-0|| Defeated San Antonio Roosevelt, 72-34, by breaking open a tight game with 30 unanswered third-quarter points. RB Trent Rios scored five TDs (four in the opening half), but the defense clamped down in the second half allowing seven points and only 44 yards. The Rangers have totaled 133 points in last two weeks.
Next: Friday vs. San Antonio Madison.
|17 (18)||Central Catholic, Pittsburgh||4-0|| Defeated Woodland Hills (Pittsburgh), 45-7. Louisville-bound QB Tino Sunseri completed 11 of 15 passes for 198 yards and three TDs, including aerial scores of 10 and 14 yards to David Myers. Andrew Taglianetti also caught a TD pass and ran 56 yards for another.
Next: Saturday vs. Penn Trafford (Harrison City).
|18 (19)||Cedar Hill, Texas||3-0|| Idle.
Next: Friday vs. Arlington Bowie.
|19 (20)||Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz.||5-0|| Defeated Red Mountain (Mesa), 23-0. QB Justin Peters completed nine passes for 110, including two for TDs to Drew Terrell and Covaughn DeBoskie. Caleve DeBoskie returned a first-quarter free kick 65 yards (following a safety) for another score.
Next: Friday at Mountain Pointe (Phoenix).
|20 (21)||Independence, Charlotte||4-1|| Defeated Myers Park (Charlotte), 36-14. RB Rod Chisholm ran for two TDs and Dominique Walker returned an interception 40 yards for a score. Sophomore QB Anthony Carrothers (13 for 27, 200 yards) tied the game at 14-14 in the second quarter throwing 26 yards to WR Fernando White (five receptions, 111 yards).
Next: Friday vs. South Mecklenburg (Charlotte).
|21 (22)||Lakeland, Fla.||4-0|| Defeated Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes), 30-6, for its 49th straight victory. Sophomore QB Jarred Haggins continued his steady progress, throwing for 126 yards and two TDs on five completions. Angel Ramos and Keon Broxton each caught TD passes.
Next: Friday vs. Miami Killian.
|22 (24)||DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md.||3-1|| Defeated Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.), 42-7. WR Kenny Tate caught six passes for 117 yards, including a 10-yard TD. QB Tommy Chroniger hit on 10 of 12 passes for 151 and two scores and caught another for 28 yards from Tate.
Next: Saturday vs. St. John's (Washington, D.C.).
|23 (25)||Liberty, Bethlehem, Pa.||4-0|| Defeated Emmaus, 21-7. Joey Orlando caught six passes for 84 yards, including one for a TD from QB Anthony Gonzalez. DL Zane Miller recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score.
Next: Friday vs. Dieruff (Allentown).
|24 (NR)||Centennial, Corona, Calif.||4-0|| Defeated Scripps Ranch (San Diego), 55-16. Has outscored four opponents, 183-67, while averaging nearly 43 points per game.
Next: Friday vs. Clovis West (Fresno).
|25 (NR)||Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.||3-0|| Defeated Valley Forge Military Academy (Wayne, Pa.), 36-0. Defense and special teams proved too much as Tony Jones blocked a punt for a safety and Steven Proscia returned a fumble for a score in the third quarter. Dillon Romaine scored two TDs and Proscia also caught a five-yard scoring pass from QB Brett Knief.
Next: Oct. 6 at Montclair.
1. Central Catholic, Pittsburgh (4-0) 2. DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md. (3-1) 3. Liberty, Bethlehem, Pa. (4-0) 4. Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. (3-0) 5. North Penn, Lansdale, Pa. (4-0) 6. North Allegheny, Wexford, Pa. (4-0) 7. St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (2-0) 8. Gateway, Monroeville, Pa. (3-1) 9. Everett, Mass. (3-0) 10. William Floyd, Mastic Beach, N.Y. (2-0)
1. St. Xavier, Cincinnati (5-0) 2. Colerain, Cincinnati (5-0) 3. Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio (5-0) 4. Union, Tulsa (4-0) 5. Muskegon, Mich. (5-0) 6. Mount Carmel, Chicago (5-0) 7. Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul (4-0) 8. Blue Springs (Mo.) South (4-0) 9. Center Grove, Greenwood, Ind. (6-0) 10. Naperville (Ill.) North (5-0)
1. Northwestern, Miami (3-0) 2. South Panola, Batesville, Miss. (4-0) 3. Booker T. Washington, Miami (2-0) 4. Katy, Texas (3-0) 5. Carroll, Southlake, Texas (2-1) 6. Pahokee, Fla. (4-0) 7. Maryville, Tenn. (4-0) 8. Northside, Warner Robins, Ga. (4-0) 9. Prattville, Ala. (4-0) 10. Smithson Valley, Spring Valley, Texas (4-0)
1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (3-0) 2. St. Bonaventure, Ventura, Calif. (4-0) 3. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (3-0) 4. Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz. (5-0) 5. Centennial, Corona, Calif. (4-0) 6. Orange (Calif.) Lutheran (4-0) 7. Hart, Newhall, Calif. (3-0) 8. Lakes, Lakewood, Wash. (4-0) 9. Columbine, Littleton, Colo. (4-0) 10. Saint Louis, Honolulu (4-0)
Records through Sept. 23.
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.