2007 High School Rankings: Week 5
For the first time this season only one team dropped out of the ESPN HIGH Elite 25 high school football rankings. No. 25 Centennial (Corona, Calif.) may have lost 51-37 to No. 2 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) but did not fall from the nation's elite. Strength of schedule and a state record offensive output keeps Coach Matt Logan's team afloat. Centennial winds up the regular playing three of its final four games against Mountain View League opponents.
The HIGH Elite 25's top 20 teams held their positions, with No. 19 West Monroe, Louisiana's top-ranked Class 5A team, enjoying a bye week. No. 18 Lakeland (Fla.) completed its suspended game (lightning) Monday night. Thirteen of the 25 teams are from the Southland Region, a traditional hotbed. For the second straight week, the Midwest Region's teams all won. -- Christopher Lawlor
|ESPN HIGH Elite 25 High School Football Rankings|
|RANK (PREV. RANK)||TEAM||RECORD||COMMENT|
|1 (1)||Northwestern, Miami||5-0||Defeated Goleman (Miami), 57-0, for its 20th straight victory and second shutout this season. Junior RB Tyresse Jones needed only three carries for 120 yards and two TDs on runs of 20 and 80 yards. Miami-bound QB Jacory Harris completed 7 or 8 passes for 157 yards and four TDs, with a long of 48 yards to WR Aldarius Johnson.
Next: Saturday vs. Miami Lakes (Hialeah).
|2 (2)||Mater Dei, Santa Ana , Calif.||5-0||Defeated then-No. 22 Centennial (Corona), 51-37. Junior QB Matt Barkley clicked on 21 of 32 passes for 365 yards and two TDs. WR Robbie Boyer made nine catches for 186 yards as Mater Dei led, 23-17, at the break. RBs Robert Mojica (151 yards, two TDs) and Jaron Hytche (107 yards, three TDs) combined for 258 rushing yards and five TDs.
Next: Friday at J. Serra (San Juan Capistrano).
|3 (3)||St. Xavier, Cincinnati||7-0||Defeated LaSalle (Cincinnati), 35-7. RB Darius Ashley, in his best performance since returning from an ankle injury, carried 23 times for 170 yards and three TDs on runs of 28, 40 and 6 yards. QB John Hurley threw for two TDs.
Next: Saturday vs. St. Edward (Lakewood) at DeSales High in Columbus.
|4 (4)||South Panola, Batesville, Miss.||6-0||Defeated Olive Branch, 17-3, to stretch the nation's longest active win streak to 66 games. According the 2007 National High School Record Book, the Tigers win streak is tied for sixth all-time. RB-S Darius Barksdale was suspended for the game but his replacement, sophomore RB Nicholas Parker, ran for 126 yards and a TD. Junior QB-K David Renfroe kicked a 26-yard field goal and scored a TD.
Next: Friday at Columbus.
|5 (5)||Booker T. Washington, Miami||4-0||Defeated North Miami, 35-0. QB Torrance Moises completed 6 of 11 passes for 138 yards and three TDs, including a pair for 13 and 64 yards to Miami-bound WR Davon Johnson. DE Kambriel Harris recorded two of the team's five sacks. QB Sancho McDonald, injured two weeks ago, is out indefinitely with a partial tear of his Achilles tendon (heel injury) and missed the game.
Next: Friday at Edison (Miami).
|6 (6)||Katy, Texas||5-0||Defeated Katy Taylor, 48-0, for its third shutout this season. The Tigers rolled up 516 yards of offense, led by RB Aundre Dean, who ran for 150 yards and two TDs on 18 carries and caught a 59-yard scoring strike from QB Bo Levi Mitchell (13 of 19 for 261 yards, four TDs). WR Joey Fuda (five receptions, 122) averaged 24.4 yards per reception, including a 48-yard score.
Next: Friday vs. Alief Hastings.
|7 (7)||Carroll, Southlake, Texas||4-1||Defeated Colleyville Heritage, 42-14. QB Riley Dodge and WR Ethan Cunningham (eight receptions, 136 yards) combined for TDs passes of 21 and 41 yards. Dodge threw for 303 yards and four scores on 24-of-32 accuracy and rushed for a TD. Texas-bound RB Tre Newton ran for 136 yards and two TDs on 16 carries.
Next: Friday vs. Haltom (Haltom City).
|8 (8)||Pahokee, Fla.||6-0||Defeated Melbourne Central Catholic, 42-6. Backup QB Nu'Keese Richardson did an admirable job in his first start, completing 7 of 10 passes for 152 and three TDs, including an 81-yarder to WR Martavious Odoms. The offense scored on six of its first seven possessions, with six different players finding the end zone. Anthony Sheppard missed the game with a bruised hand.
Next: Oct. 19 vs. John Carroll (Fort Pierce).
|9 (9)||Maryville, Tenn.||6-0||Defeated Central (Knoxville), 24-7. Junior DB Chris Jordan's first of two interceptions (returned 56 yards for a TD) gave Maryville a 14-7 lead in the second quarter. QB Brent Burnette left the game in the fourth quarter with an unspecified injury. His status for this week's game is unknown.
Next: Thursday vs. West (Knoxville).
|10 (10)||Colerain, Cincinnati||7-0||Defeated Lakota West (West Chester), 44-0, for its second straight shutout. The Cardinals' defense contributed two TDs in the fourth quarter as Jared Marks returned a fumble 41 yards and Christian Wilson returned an interception 45 yards for TDs. QB Doug Reynolds completed 13 of 16 passes for 159 yards and a seven-yard TD pass to Quentin Sims.
Next: Friday at Lakota East (Liberty Township).
|11 (11)||Northside, Warner Robins, Ga.||6-0||Defeated Stockbridge, 34-3. RB Tijuan Green ran for 119 yards and scored twice. The Eagles have allowed only 23 points this season, while averaging 42 points.
Next: Friday vs. Baldwin (Milledgeville).
|12 (12)||De La Salle, Concord, Calif.||4-0||Defeated Mission Viejo, 35-7. WR Michael Czyz caught three passes -- all TDs -- for 179 yards. Trailing 7-0 in the first, the Spartans rattled off the final 35 points, including an 85-yarder by Czyz. He also caught scoring passes of 54 and 40 yards. RB Tito Pica rushed for 137 yards, averaging nearly 10 yards per carry.
Next: Friday at Heritage (Brentwood).
|13 (13)||Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio||7-0||Defeated Benedictine (Cleveland), 31-17. Penn State-bound RB-LB Brandon Beachum, who returned to lineup after missing games with an injury, rushed for 143 yards and a TD on 12 carries. QB Dan McCarthy turned in another all-around performance returning a punt 56 yards for a TD and rushing for 88 yards and another score as the Cardinals opened a 31-3 lead.
Next: Friday at St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron).
|14 (14)||Prattville, Ala.||6-0||Defeated Lanier (Montgomery), 49-13, for its 21st straight victory. The Lions scored on five of its first six possessions and led 28-0 after one quarter. WR Dekendrick Moncrief accounted for three TDs, two on reception and another on a 66-yard pass to Emmanuel Davis. QB Casey Weston threw for 168 yards and three TDs.
Next: Thursday at Robert E. Lee (Montgomery).
|15 (15)||Central Catholic, Pittsburgh||6-0||Defeated Norwin (North Huntingdon), 28-20. After taking a 28-0 lead in the third on a 44-yard TD run by Jeff Knox (10 carries, 114 yards), the Vikings needed an Andrew Taglianetti interception late in the fourth to hold on. Louisville-bound QB Tino Sunseri threw for two TDs.
Next: Friday vs. Latrobe.
|16 (16)||Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz.||7-0||Defeated Gilbert, 28-21. Nathan Jeffery's 40-yard TD in the fourth quarter erased a 21-20 deficit and upset bid. QB Justin Peters left the game with an injury but managed to complete eight passes for 135 yards, including an 85-yard TD to Covaughn DeBoskie. QB-WR Gerell Robinson, an ESPN 150 player, caught a TD pass and rushed for 135 yards on 10 attempts, including a 23-yard TD.
Next: Friday at Highland (Gilbert).
|17 (17)||Independence, Charlotte||6-1||Defeated Ardrey Kell (Charlotte), 61-3. The Patriots made quick work scoring on the their first seven possessions. RB Rod Chisholm rushed for 165 yards and four TDs and QB DeVonte Holloman passed for two TDs and rushed for 74 yards and a score.
Next: Friday vs. Providence (Charlotte).
|18 (18)||Lakeland, Fla.||6-0||Defeated Lake Gibson (Lakeland), 31-17. The scoreless game was halted by lightning in the first quarter and resumed Monday night. Lakeland rushed for 263 yards as a team.
Next: Oct. 19 at George Jenkins (Lakeland).
|19 (19)||West Monroe, La.||5-0|| Idle.
Next: Thursday vs. Southwood (Shreveport).
|20 (20)||DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md.||5-1||Defeated Bishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.), 48-0. Kenny Tate ran 92 yards for a TD and QB Tommy Chroniger scored from the 4 fueling a 27-0 first quarter lead. Sean McKenna and Ashby Christian each passed and ran for TDs.
Next: Saturday vs. Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.).
|21 (23)||Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.||4-0||Defeated Montclair, 40-6, for its 16th straight win. The Ironmen have allowed 13 points in their last three games. The schedule doesn't pick up again until it faces NNJILC rivals St. Joseph Regional (Montvale) on Oct. 27 and Bergen Catholic (Oradell) on Nov. 3.
Next: Friday at Hackensack.
|22 (24)||St. Xavier, Louisville||7-0||Defeated Butler (Louisville), 76-0. Junior RB Deuce Finch rushed for 182 yards and two TDs and sophomore Jermiah Neal scored three times, including one on a 68-yard run.
Next: Oct. 19 vs. Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville).
|23 (25)||Union, Tulsa||6-0|| Defeated Tulsa Memorial, 49-0. QB Brandon Rogers passed for 192 yards and three TDs and rushed for another score. Rogers and WR Anthony Foster teamed for scoring strikes of 16 and 26 yards. The Union defense allowed only five first downs in building a 35-0 halftime lead.
Next: Friday vs. Edmond North.
|24 (NR)||Muskegon, Mich.||7-0||Defeated Hudsonville, 52-0. QB Chris Crawford totaled 186 yards, including 136 yards and three TDs on the ground. He also threw for 48 yards and a TD on five completions. DE Rickie Crosby paced the defense with nine tackles and two sacks.
Next: Friday at East Kentwood (Kentwood).
|25 (22)||Centennial, Corona, Calif.||5-1||Lost to No. 2 Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 51-37, but established a state record with 679 yards of offense. RB Ryan Bass rushed for 324 yards on 24 carries and scored four TDs. QB Matt Scott passed for 179 yards and ran for 176 more.
Next: Friday at Valley View (Moreno Valley).
1. Central Catholic, Pittsburgh (6-0) 2. DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md. (5-1) 3. Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. (4-0) 4. North Penn, Lansdale, Pa. (6-0) 5. North Allegheny, Wexford, Pa (6-0) 6. St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (4-0) 7. Gateway, Monroeville, Pa. (5-1) 8. Neshaminy, Langhorne, Pa. (6-0) 9. Everett, Mass. (5-0) 10. William Floyd, Mastic Beach, N.Y. (4-0) Midwest
1. St. Xavier, Cincinnati (7-0) 2. Colerain, Cincinnati (7-0) 3. Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio (7-0) 4. Union, Tulsa (6-0) 5. Muskegon, Mich. (7-0) 6. Mount Carmel, Chicago (7-0) 7. Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul (6-0) 8. Blue Springs (Mo.) South (6-0) 9. Center Grove, Greenwood, Ind. (8-0) 10. Naperville (Ill.) North (7-0) Southland
1. Northwestern, Miami (5-0) 2. South Panola, Batesville, Miss. (6-0) 3. Booker T. Washington, Miami (4-0) 4. Katy, Texas (5-0) 5. Carroll, Southlake, Texas (4-1) 6. Pahokee, Fla. (6-0) 7. Maryville, Tenn. (6-0) 8. Northside, Warner Robins, Ga. (6-0) 9. Prattville, Ala. (6-0) 10. Independence, Charlotte (6-1) West
1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (5-0) 2. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (4-0) 3. Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz. (7-0) 4. Centennial, Corona, Calif. (5-1) 5. Orange (Calif.) Lutheran (5-0) 6. Hart, Newhall, Calif. (5-0) 7. Lakes, Lakewood, Wash. (6-0) 8. Columbine, Littleton, Colo. (6-0) 9. Saint Louis, Honolulu (6-0) 10. Birmingham, Lake Balboa, Calif. (4-1)
Records through Oct. 7.
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.