2007 High School Rankings: Week 7
There was a close call in Ohio and dominant performance in Oklahoma last weekend in games featuring ESPN HIGH Elite 25 high school football teams. No. 3 St. Xavier (Cincinnati) needed three overtimes to edge fellow Jesuit school, St. Ignatius (Cleveland), 17-14. The two could possibly meet again in December for Ohio's large school (Division I) title.
In Oklahoma, No. 23 Union (Tulsa) crushed Broken Arrow, 28-7, in a key District 3-6A game. Union has stamped itself as the favorite in Class 6A but mortal rival Jenks still looms as a threat. No. 4 South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) rallied to stop Tupelo, 22-9, stretching the nation's longest active win streak to 68 games. No. 24 Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) joins the Elite 25 rankings after an overwhelming victory over defending state champion Gaffney.
Midwest power states such as Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota are in playoff mode. Ohio and Western Pennsylvania close out their regular seasons this week. Southland teams kick off the postseason throughout early November. -- Christopher Lawlor
|ESPN HIGH Elite 25 High School Football Rankings|
|RANK (PREV. RANK)||TEAM||RECORD||COMMENT|
|1 (1)||Northwestern, Miami||7-0||Defeated American (Hialeah), 36-12, behind a superlative defensive effort. Northwestern's defense forced two turnovers and recorded five sacks. QB Jacory Harris completed 11 passes for 176 yards and two TDs, including a 65-yarder to WR Michael Harris. RB Tyreese Jones picked up 77 yards and three TDs on 11 carries, and Daquan Hargrett ran 78 yards for a score.
Next: Saturday vs. Miami Central at the Orange Bowl.
|2 (2)||Mater Dei, Santa Ana , Calif.||7-0||Defeated Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita), 34-7. Junior QB Matt Barkley continued his hot hand, passing for 314 yards and TD passes of 40 and 10 yards to WR Robbie Boyer on 25 of 43 accuracy. Cameron Meredith returned a fumble 55 yards for a score in the fourth quarter and RB Robert Mojica gained 124 yards and scored a TD.
Next: Friday at St. John Bosco (Bellflower).
|3 (3)||St. Xavier, Cincinnati||9-0||Defeated St. Ignatius (Cleveland), 17-14, in three overtimes. The game was tied 7-7 through regulation and 14-14 through the second extra session, but Danny Milligan kicked a 33-yard field goal to provide the winning points in the third OT. RB Luca Romeo's 41-yard run gave the Bombers a 7-0 lead.
Next: Friday at Moeller (Cincinnati).
|4 (4)||South Panola, Batesville, Miss.||8-0||Defeated Tupelo, 22-9, to move the nation's longest active win streak to 68 games. According the 2007 National High School Record Book, the Tigers win streak is sixth all-time. RB Darius Barksdale showed why he's one of the state's top prospects, rushing for 286 yards and three TDs on 31 carries. Barksdale has rushed for 1,186 yards, with 15 TDs this season. Barksdale's second TD of the game from 11 yards and two-point conversion rallied the Tigers from a 9-7 deficit with 10 minutes left in the third quarter.
Next: Friday at Southaven.
|5 (5)||Booker T. Washington, Miami||6-0||Defeated Edison (Miami), 41-0, for its fifth shutout of the season. QB Torrance Moises threw a one-yard TD pass to Brandon Harris in the first quarter for the decisive score.
Next: Friday vs. Hallandale.
|6 (6)||Katy, Texas||7-0||Defeated Morton Ranch (Katy), 52-12. The Tigers jumped to a 21-0 lead after six minutes and coasted. QB Bo Levi Mitchell directed the offense with 144 yards passing and two TDs and ran for scores of 1 and 15 yards. The stingy defense yielded zero yards rushing on 24 attempts.
Next: Saturday vs. Cinco Ranch (Katy).
|7 (7)||Carroll, Southlake, Texas||6-1||Defeated Justin Northwest, 65-24. RB Tre Newton ran for 158 yards and scored off a 65-yard scamper. North Texas-bound QB Riley Dodge accounted six TDs, including runs of 5, 28 and 3 yards and threw for 213 yards and three TDs. WR Jared Freeman caught two passes for 88 yards, including a 65-yard TD.
Next: Friday vs. Keller.
|8 (8)||Pahokee, Fla.||7-0||Defeated John Carroll (Fort Pierce), 47-0, on Monday. QB Anthony Sheppard passed for two TDs and ran 13 yards for another. The game was postponed three days by inclement weather. The Blue Devils will have quick turnaround of four days for their next game.
Next: Friday vs. Cardinal Newman (West Palm Beach).
|9 (9)||Maryville, Tenn.||8-0||Defeated South-Doyle (Knoxville), 38-0, for its 53rd straight victory. The Rebels totaled 463 yards of offensive, led by QB Brett Burnette's 262 passing yards and two TDs. RB Tim Rodriguez ran for 69 yards and two TDs helping build a 31-0 halftime lead.
Next: Friday vs. Halls (Knoxville).
|10 (10)||Colerain, Cincinnati||9-0||Defeated Hamilton, 35-7, for its 57th consecutive Greater Miami Conference win since 1999. RB Dominique Sherrer ran for 116 yards and three TDs on 19 carries and caught TD pass from QB Doug Reynolds. Sherrer has rushed for 1,127 yards this season with 22 TDs.
Next: Friday at Oak Hills (Cincinnati).
|11 (11)||Northside, Warner Robins, Ga.||8-0||Defeated Upson-Lee (Thomaston), 31-26. After winning its first seven games by lopsided scores, the Eagles needed to rally from a 14-0 deficit for the victory. RB Tijuan Green (113 yards, three TDs) sparked the comeback scoring two TDs, Nick Bass caught a 17-yard TD from Joe Scott, and Devon Pike kicked a 32-yard FG accounting for 24 unanswered points. Green's third TD, a two-yard run, pushed the lead to 31-20 in fourth quarter.
Next: Nov. 2 vs. Westside (Warner Robins).
|12 (12)||De La Salle, Concord, Calif.||6-0||Defeated Liberty (Brentwood), 42-6. WR Mike Czyz continued his career season pushing his TD receptions to 13, equaling a school record. Czyz caught scoring strikes of 19 and 36 yards as the Spartans cruised.
Next: Friday vs. Pittsburg.
|13 (13)||Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio||9-0||Defeated Ursuline (Youngstown), 37-14, for its fourth straight Steel Valley Conference crown. Michael Zordich (14 carries for 137 yards, 1 TD) and Brandon Beachum (15 for 87, 3 TDs), a pair of Penn State recruits, combined for 224 yards and four TDs.
Next: Friday at Bishop Watterson (Columbus).
|14 (14)||Prattville, Ala.||8-0||Defeated Stanhope Elmore, 24-0, wrapping up the Region 4 title. RB Justin Albert turned in a career performance, rushing for 256 yards and two TDs on 14 carries. Albert, who averaged 13.3 yards per carry, ripped off long scoring runs of 90 and 82 yards. QB Casey Weston fired a 21-yard TD pass to Lewis Haley to close out the scoring. Coach Bill Clark, 99-11, is closing in on his 100th win with the Lions.
Next: Friday at Selma.
|15 (15)||Central Catholic, Pittsburgh||8-0||Defeated Hempfield (Greenburg), 42-14. RBs Dan Vaughan (four TDs) and Andrew Taglianetti (two) combined to score all six TDs for the winners. Taglianetti carried only seven times, gaining 137 yards (19.4 yards per carry) and scoring on runs of 48 and 59 yards.
Next: Friday at Connellsville.
|16 (16)||Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz.||8-0||Idle. The home regular season home stretch begins for the defending Class 5A, Division champions, coached by Steve Belles.
Next: Friday at Mesquite (Gilbert).
|17 (17)||Independence, Charlotte||8-1||Defeated Weddington (Matthews), 76-27. LB Dominique Walker intercepted two passes, returning both for TDs of 55 and 30 yards. RB Rod Chisholm rushed for 141 yards and four TDs.
Next: Friday at East Mecklenburg (Charlotte).
|18 (18)||Lakeland, Fla.||7-0||Defeated George Jenkins (Lakeland), 54-21, tying Florida's consecutive win streak mark at 42 games. Lakeland ties Union County (Lake Butler) for the record and can set it Friday at home. The Dreadnaughts rolled up nearly 500 yards of offensive, including a 96-yard kickoff return by sophomore Ben McRoy.
Next: Friday vs. Ridge Community (Davenport).
|19 (19)||West Monroe, La.||7-0||Defeated Ruston, 35-6. Ladarius Abrams (118 total yards) scored two TDs in the opening half to help build a 14-3 edge. Leading 21-6 in the fourth, the Rebels iced the game with two scores, notably Caleb Clowers' 20-yard interception return.
Next: Friday vs. Natchitoches Central.
|20 (20)||DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md.||7-1||Defeated Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.), 41-0. RB Ashby Christian rushed for 175 yards and three TDs of 2, 15, and 4 yards on 20 carries. Sophomore RB Marcus Coker scored two TDs.
Next: Saturday at Bishop McNamara (Forestville).
|21 (21)||Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.||6-0||Defeated Ridgewood, 28-0, for its second shutout this season. Junior RB Dillon Romain scored on runs of 6 and 62 yards and junior QB Brett Knieg passed 9 yards to Alexander DiSanzo for another score in the third quarter.
Next: Saturday at St. Joseph Regional (Montvale).
|22 (22)||St. Xavier, Louisville||8-0||Defeated Pleasure Ridge Park, 35-7, to clinch the Class 6A, District 3 title. RB Deuce Finch rushed for 194 yards and two TDs on 18 carries. Jeremiah Neal added 105 yards and a TD, averaging 15 yards per carry.
Next: Friday at Central (Louisville).
|23 (23)||Union, Tulsa||8-0||Defeated Broken Arrow, 28-7, to take a commanding lead in the 6A-3 district standings. RB Jeremy Smith rushed for 188 yards and a 60-yard TD on 24 carries. Smith has 1,130 yards for the season. The defense intercepted four passes, including one by Randy Stanley for a 47-yard TD, and allowed 147 yards. br> Next: Friday vs. Stillwater.|
|24 (NR)||Byrnes, Duncan, S.C.||8-0||Defeated Gaffney, 49-14. The Rebels rode the right arm of sophomore QB Chad Dodd, who completed 24 of 37 passes for seven TDs, including three to WR Ricco Sanders (29, 25 and 19 yards). Byrnes scored on seven of nine possessions in the opening half for a 42-14 lead. The South Carolina regular season concludes in two weeks.
Next: Friday vs. Mauldin.
|25 (25)||Centennial, Corona, Calif.||7-1||Defeated Santiago (Corona), 69-7. The latest offensive outburst has the Huskies outscoring opponents, 366-163. RB Ryan Bass has rushed for 1,422 yards and scored 26 TDs in eight games.
Next: Nov. 2 vs. Corona.
1. Central Catholic, Pittsburgh (8-0) 2. DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md. (7-1) 3. Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. (6-0) 4. North Allegheny, Wexford, Pa (8-0) 5. St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (6-0) 6. Gateway, Monroeville, Pa. (7-1) 7. Ridley, Folsom, Pa. (8-0) 8. Everett, Mass. (7-0) 9. William Floyd, Mastic Beach, N.Y. (6-0) 10. Friendly, Fort Washington, Md. (7-0)
1. St. Xavier, Cincinnati (9-0) 2. Colerain, Cincinnati (9-0) 3. Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio (9-0) 4. Union, Tulsa (8-0) 5. Mount Carmel, Chicago (9-0) 6. Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul (8-0) 7. Blue Springs (Mo.) South (8-0) 8. Rockhurst, Kansas City, Mo. (8-0) 9. Wheaton (Ill.) Warrenville South (9-0) 10. Penn, Mishawaka, Ind. (10-0)
1. Northwestern, Miami (7-0) 2. South Panola, Batesville, Miss. (8-0) 3. Booker T. Washington, Miami (6-0) 4. Katy, Texas (7-0) 5. Carroll, Southlake, Texas (6-1) 6. Pahokee, Fla. (7-0) 7. Maryville, Tenn. (8-0) 8. Northside, Warner Robins, Ga. (8-0) 9. Prattville, Ala. (8-0) 10. Independence, Charlotte (8-1)
1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (7-0) 2. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (6-0) 3. Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz. (8-0) 4. Centennial, Corona, Calif. (7-1) 5. Hart, Newhall, Calif. (7-0) 6. Lakes, Lakewood, Wash. (8-0) 7. Columbine, Littleton, Colo. (8-0) 8. Saint Louis, Honolulu (8-0) 9. Birmingham, Lake Balboa, Calif. (6-1) 10. Mullen, Denver (8-0)
Records through Oct. 22.
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.