2007 High School Rankings: Week 4
There was a shakeup in the ESPN HIGH Elite 25 high school football rankings as two teams from Texas were upended. Cedar Hill and Smithson Valley (Spring Valley) both lost, creating a new look at the top of the Texas Class 5A rankings. Additionally, St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.) fell 25-9 to Crespi (Encino) and out of the national rankings.
Most Southern and Midwest states have passed the midway point as playoffs are on the horizon. No. 19 West Monroe (La.), Louisiana's top-ranked Class 5A team, debuts in the rankings after its fifth straight impressive win. No. 24 St. Xavier (Louisville) and No. 25 Union (Tulsa) are both undefeated and considered favorites in their respective states to capture large-school championships.
|ESPN HIGH Elite 25 High School Football Rankings|
|RANK (PREV. RANK)||TEAM||RECORD||COMMENT|
|1 (1)||Northwestern, Miami||4-0||Defeated Miami Southridge, 48-21. A pair of Miami-bound seniors staked the Bulls to their 19th straight win. QB Jacory Harris completed 6 of 12 passes for three TDs, including two for 4 and 58 yards to WR Aldarius Johnson.
Next: Thursday vs. Goleman (Miami).
|2 (2)||Mater Dei, Santa Ana , Calif.||4-0||Defeated Edison (Huntington Beach), 42-14. Junior QB Matt Barkley continued his meteoric rise, throwing for three TDs and 253 yards on 14-of-23 accuracy. Barkley connected with Robbie Boyer for two TDs, pushing his season total to 17. DB Robert Mojica had an interception and returned a punt 51 yards for a score. Next: Thursday vs. No. 22 Centennial (Corona).|
|3 (3)||St. Xavier, Cincinnati||6-0||Defeated Elder (Cincinnati), 18-0, before 8,000. RB Darius Ashley rushed 19 times for 89 yards and a TD and WR-K Danny Milligan caught three passes for 111 yards, including a 64-yard TD strike from QB John Hurley (201 yards), and kicked a 42-yard field goal. DL Pat Muldoon paced the defense with two sacks.
Next: Friday vs. LaSalle (Cincinnati).
|4 (4)||South Panola, Batesville, Miss.||5-0||Defeated Horn Lake, 35-7, for its nation's current best 65th consecutive win. According the 2007 National High School Record Book, the Tigers win streak is tied for seventh all-time. QB David Renfroe passed for TDs of 70, 12 and 54 yards for a 21-0 lead at halftime. Justin Market scored twice in the second half, including a 94-yard kickoff return.
Next: Friday vs. Olive Branch.
|5 (5)||Booker T. Washington, Miami||3-0||Defeated Carol City (Opa Locka), 24-21, as Oscar Diaz kicked a 24-yard field goal with seven seconds left for the winning points. Trailing 21-13 late in the fourth quarter, Miami-bound Davon Johnson returned a punt 32 yards for a TD and a two-point conversion tied it, setting up Diaz's heroics. QB Sancho McDonald (heel injury) missed the game.
Next: Thursday vs. North Miami.
|6 (6)||Katy, Texas||4-0||Defeated Alief Taylor, 38-0. RB Trent Hunter carried 10 times for 126 yards and TD. UCLA-bound RB Aundre Dean missed the game with a hand injury. QB Bo Levi Mitchell completed eight passes for 127 yards and two TDs, including a 41-yarder to Terrence Avie.
Next: Saturday at Katy Taylor.
|7 (7)||Carroll, Southlake, Texas||3-1|| Defeated Keller Central, 63-16. North Texas-bound QB Riley Dodge, the state's Class 5A player of the year in 2006, passed for three TDs and 249 yards on 19-of-26 accuracy. RB Tre Newton rushed for 130 yards and two first-quarter TDs on 14 carries. WR Ethan Cunningham made 12 receptions for 132 yards and a TD.
Next: Friday at Colleyville Heritage.
|8 (8)||Pahokee, Fla.||5-0|| Defeated Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood), 41-3. The high-powered offense scored on all six of its possessions in the first half. QB Anthony Sheppard passed for 133 TDs and two TDs and rushed for 76 more. Martavious Odoms caught a 65-yard TD pass.
Next: Friday vs. Melbourne Central Catholic.
|9 (9)||Maryville, Tenn.||5-0||Defeated William Blount (Maryville), 20-19, for its 50th consecutive victory. QB Brent Burnette completed 19 of 36 passes for 270 yards and an 82-yard scoring strike to Chris Jordan. Two missed PATs by Blount proved to be the difference.
Next: Friday vs. Central (Knoxville).
|10 (11)||Colerain, Cincinnati||6-0||Defeated Fairfield, 54-0. With another lopsided win, the Cardinals are averaging nearly 51 points per game. Next: Friday vs. Lakota West (West Chester).|
|11 (12)||Northside, Warner Robins, Ga.||5-0||Defeated Dutchtown (Hampton), 43-7. RB Tijuan Green scored three times and rushed for 93 yards in less than two quarters. Another stalwart defensive effort allowed only 81 yards.
Next: Friday at Stockbridge.
|12 (14)||De La Salle, Concord, Calif.||3-0||Idle.
Next: Saturday at Mission Viejo.
|13 (14)||Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio||6-0||Defeated St. Francis (Athol Springs, N.Y.), 21-0. Penn State-bound RB-LB Michael Zordich provided an offensive spark, scoring on runs of 61, 59 and 15 yards en route to a 199-yard rushing performance on only nine carries.
Next: Saturday at Benedictine (Cleveland).
|14 (15)||Prattville, Ala.||5-0||Defeated Opelika, 10-7. QB Casey Weston completed 10 of 16 passes for 166 yards, including a 44-yard TD pass to Ste'von Reese. A stingy defense has allowed only seven points in the last three games.
Next: Friday vs. Lanier (Montgomery).
|15 (17)||Central Catholic, Pittsburgh||5-0||Defeated Penn-Trafford (Harrison City), 42-21. RBs Andrew Taglianetti (146 yards, 1 TD) and Dan Vaughan (143 yards, 2 TDs) combined for 289 rushing yards and three TDs. Vaughan ran for scores of 77 and 34 yards.
Next: Saturday at Norwin (North Huntingdon).
|16 (19)||Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz.||6-0||Defeated Mountain Pointe (Phoenix), 55-21. QB Justin Peters completed 4 of 6 passes for 149 and two scores, including 86-yarder to Gerell Robinson. Covaughn DeBoskie scored twice and Drew Terrell returned a kick 96 yards for a TD.
Next: Friday vs. Gilbert.
|17 (20)||Independence, Charlotte||5-1||Defeated South Mecklenburg (Charlotte), 49-14. RB Rod Chisholm rushed for a season-high 276 yards and four TDs in three quarters. Chisholm scored on runs of 41, 1, 19 and 37 yards. The offense churned out 474 yards without any turnovers.
Next: Friday at Ardrey Kell (Charlotte).
|18 (21)||Lakeland, Fla.||5-0||Defeated Miami Killian, 24-13, for its 50th straight win. Freshman RB Javares McRoy sped 70 yards for a TD in the third quarter and sophomore QB Jarred Haggins ran 45 for a score in the first half.
Next: Friday vs. Lake Gibson (Lakeland).
|19 (NR)||West Monroe, La.||5-0||Defeated Airline (Shreveport), 49-6. QB Shelby Aulds completed 7 of 8 passes for 187 yards and two TDs. RB Ladarius Abrams carried four times for 73 yards and two scores.
Next: Oct. 11 vs. Southwood (Shreveport).
|20 (22)||DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md.||4-1||Defeated St. John's (Washington, D.C.), 38-6. Junior QB Tommy Chroniger threw for 167 yards and three TDs on 6-of-9 accuracy and ran for another TD. WR Kenny Tate caught a 30-yard TD.
Next: Saturday vs. Bishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.).
|21 (23)||Liberty, Bethlehem, Pa.||5-0||Defeated Dieruff (Allentown), 37-0. Playing without four two-way starters who suspeneded prior to the game, junior RB Brandon Brader ran for 95 yards and three TDs and 95 yards on 14 carries and LB Horvin Latimer added four sacks to pick up the slack. WR Joey Orlando caught a 67-yard scoring pass from QB Anthony Gonzalez on the first play from scrimmage. Next: Friday vs. Bethlehem Catholic).|
|22 (24)||Centennial, Corona, Calif.||5-0|| Defeated Clovis West (Fresno), 31-24, as Coach Matt Logan notched his 100th career win. RB Ryan Bass' two-yard TD run with less than seven minutes left snapped a 24-24 tie. Bass finished with 143 yards on 26 carries. Has outscored five teams, 214-91.
Next: Thursday at No. 2 Mater Dei (Santa Ana).
|23 (25)||Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.||3-0||Idle.
Next: Saturday at Montclair.
|24 (NR)||St. Xavier, Louisville||6-0||Defeated Trinity (Louisville), 24-15, before 37,550 fans at Papa John's Stadium. Junior RB Deuce Finch, the game MVP, rushed for 182 yards and a TD. The Tigers have won five of the last seven meetings in the series known as "The Vatican Bowl."
Next: Thursday vs. Butler (Louisville).
|25 (NR)||Union, Tulsa||5-0||Defeated Del City, 45-24. RB Jeremy Smith scored three TDs.
Next: Thursday at Tulsa Memorial.
1. Central Catholic, Pittsburgh (5-0) 2. DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md. (4-1) 3. Liberty, Bethlehem, Pa. (5-0) 4. Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. (3-0) 5. North Penn, Lansdale, Pa. (5-0) 6. North Allegheny, Wexford, Pa (5-0) 7. .St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (3-0) 8. Gateway, Monroeville, Pa. (4-1) 9. Everett, Mass. (4-0) 10. William Floyd, Mastic Beach, N.Y. (2-0)
1. St. Xavier, Cincinnati (6-0) 2. Colerain, Cincinnati (6-0) 3. Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio (6-0) 4. Union, Tulsa (5-0) 5. Muskegon, Mich. (6-0) 6. Mount Carmel, Chicago (6-0) 7. Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul (5-0) 8. Blue Springs (Mo.) South (5-0) 9. Center Grove, Greenwood, Ind. (7-0) 10. Naperville (Ill.) North (6-0)
1. Northwestern, Miami (4-0) 2. South Panola, Batesville, Miss. (5-0) 3. Booker T. Washington, Miami (3-0) 4. Katy, Texas (4-0) 5. Carroll, Southlake, Texas (3-1) 6. Pahokee, Fla. (5-0) 7. Maryville, Tenn. (5-0) 8. Northside, Warner Robins, Ga. (5-0) 9. Prattville, Ala. (5-0) 10. Independence, Charlotte (5-1)
1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (4-0) 2. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (3-0) 3. Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz. (6-0) 4. Centennial, Corona, Calif. (5-0) 5. Orange (Calif.) Lutheran (5-0) 6. Hart, Newhall, Calif. (4-0) 7. Crespi, Encino, Calif. (3-1) 8. Lakes, Lakewood, Wash. (5-0) 9. Columbine, Littleton, Colo. (5-0) 10. Saint Louis, Honolulu (5-0)
Records through Sept. 30.
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.