2007 High School Rankings: Week 6
New flash: all 22 teams in the ESPN HIGH Elite 25 high school football rankings which played last weekend recorded victories. The remaining three teams -- No. 8 Pahokee (Fla.), No. 18 Lakeland (Fla.), and St. Xavier (Louisville) -- had byes.
Despite going 22-0, there were a few close calls. No. 20 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) needed a fourth quarter TD and successful PAT to edge their mortal rivals, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), 7-6. DeMatha's biggest test is Nov. 3 against Good Counsel (Olney, Md.). The two could meet two weeks later in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference final. No. 13 Cardinal Mooney (Youngstown, Ohio) trailed 17-0 in the second half before beating St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron), 21-17. SVSM is the alma mater of LeBron James. In Mississippi, No. 4 South Panola erased a 14-0 halftime deficit to stop Columbus, 21-14, for its 67th consecutive win (sixth all-time).
Otherwise, Elite 25 teams recorded lopsided wins as the regular season winds down. -- Christopher Lawlor
|ESPN HIGH Elite 25 High School Football Rankings|
|RANK (PREV. RANK)||TEAM||RECORD||COMMENT|
|1 (1)||Northwestern, Miami||6-0||Defeated Miami Lakes (Hialeah), 63-0, matching its largest offensive output this season. Miami-bound QB Jacory Harris threw for six TD passes to five different receivers, including two of 10 and 44 yards to WR Kendal Thompkins, who also returned a punt 40 yards for a score. Harris, who has 23 TD passes in six games, completed 10 of 13 passes for 200 yards.
Next: Friday at American (Hialeah).
|2 (2)||Mater Dei, Santa Ana , Calif.||6-0||Defeated J. Serra (San Juan Capistrano), 56-0. Junior QB Matt Barkley sizzled, completing 21 of 23 passes for 428 yards and five TDs. WR Carlos Valdes caught scoring strikes of 65, 46 and 38 yards, and Brady Guthridge recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a score. The Monarchs were never challenged, leading 28-0 after one quarter.
Next: Friday vs. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita).
|3 (3)||St. Xavier, Cincinnati||8-0||Defeated St. Edward (Lakewood), 45-0, for its second shutout of the season. Backup sophomore QB Luke Massa, up from the junior varsity, completed all five passes for 122 yards, including a 27-yard scoring strike to WR Jon Scheidler. John Hurley, the starting QB, left the game in the first quarter with a knee injury. RB Darius Ashley (114 yards rushing) scored on runs of 2, 18 and 52 yards.
Next: Saturday at St. Ignatius (Cleveland).
|4 (4)||South Panola, Batesville, Miss.||7-0||Defeated Columbus, 21-14, to stretch the nation's longest active win streak to 67 games. According the 2007 National High School Record Book, the Tigers win streak is sixth all-time. The Tigers trailed 14-0 at halftime but rallied with three TDs, including two from RB Darius Barksdale. Barksdale's second score, a 24-yard run, snapped a 14-14 tie in the final quarter.
Next: Friday vs. Tupelo.
|5 (5)||Booker T. Washington, Miami||5-0||Defeated Edison (Miami), 41-0, for its second consecutive shutout. QB Torrance Moise threw for two TDs and ran for two others as BTW took a 38-0 halftime lead.
Next: Friday at Nova (Davie).
|6 (6)||Katy, Texas||6-0||Defeated Alief Taylor, 24-13, as QB Bo Levi Mitchell accounted for three TDs. Mitchell, who threw for 185 yards and 33-yard TD to Brian Rowe on 7 of 12 accuracy, also ran for two scores.
Next: Saturday at Morton Ranch (Katy).
|7 (7)||Carroll, Southlake, Texas||5-1||Defeated Haltom (Haltom City), 58-6. Texas-bound RB Tre Newton, whose father Nate played for the Dallas Cowboys, carried 11 times for 166 yards and two TDs on runs of 48 and 15 yards. QB Riley Dodge contributed 157 yards passing and three TDs and rushed 16 yards for another. WR Jared Freeman had four receptions for 126 yards and two TDs.
Next: Friday at Justin Northwest.
|8 (8)||Pahokee, Fla.||6-0||Idle. With four regular season games left, the stoutest challenge comes Nov. 2 vs. Vero Beach, a Class 6A school.
Next: Friday vs. John Carroll (Fort Pierce).
|9 (9)||Maryville, Tenn.||7-0||Defeated West (Knoxville), 35-21, for its 52nd straight win. QB Brent Burnette, who injured his left shoulder a week ago, looked sharp completing 21 of 29 passes for 245 yards and four TDs. Burnette sizzled in the opening half as the Rebels led, 28-7, when he threw for 137 yards and three scores, including 13 and 25 yards to WR Tyler Clendenen, who also returned a punt for a TD.
Next: Friday vs. South-Doyle (Knoxville).
|10 (10)||Colerain, Cincinnati||8-0||Defeated Lakota East (Liberty Township), 27-10. QB Doug Reynolds rushed for 159 yards and a TD on 16 carries and RB Dominique Sherrer rushed for 146 yards and three TDs on 17 carries. For the season, Sherrer has 1,011 yards and 18 TDs.
Next: Friday vs. Hamilton.
|11 (11)||Northside, Warner Robins, Ga.||7-0||Defeated Baldwin (Milledgeville), 31-0. RB Tijuan Green caught a 54-yard TD pass from QB Marques Ivory and rushed 49 yards for another score. Ivory also connected with WR Nick Bass for a 59-yard TD. The defense continues to shine with its third shutout, having allowed only 23 points in seven games.
Next: Friday at Upson-Lee (Thomaston).
|12 (12)||De La Salle, Concord, Calif.||5-0||Defeated Heritage (Brentwood), 56-14. RB Tito Pico ran for 210 yards and three TDs on scampers of 5, 6 and 25 yards. The QB tandem of Mike MacGillivray and Blake Wayne combined for 199 yards and four TDs. WR Mike Czyz caught three passes for 67 yards and two scores.
Next: Friday at Liberty (Brentwood).
|13 (13)||Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio||8-0||Defeated St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron), 21-17. Trailing 17-0 in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals rallied behind Notre Dame-bound QB Dan McCarthy (18 carries, 122 yards), who ran for a TD and passed for two more. McCarthy (5 of 10, 118 yards) hit TE Mike Gemma for a 23-yard TD with 2:43 left for the decisive score.
Next: Friday vs. Ursuline (Youngstown).
|14 (14)||Prattville, Ala.||7-0||Defeated Robert E. Lee (Montgomery), 52-6, for its 22nd straight victory. The Lions jumped to a 38-0 lead at the break as K Sung Hyun Bae booted a 40-yard field goal. Special teams produced two scores as Justin Albert (10 carries for 66 yards, two TDs) returned a punt 61 yards and sophomore Corey Shelton a kickoff 69 yards. QB Casey Weston added two TD passes.
Next: Friday vs. Stanhope Elmore.
|15 (15)||Central Catholic, Pittsburgh||7-0||Defeated Latrobe, 56-0, for its first shutout this season. RB Jeff Knox ran for 108 yards and two TDs on 15 carries and all-purpose performer, Andrew Taglianetti, scored three times. Taglianetti sped 25 and 33 yards for scores and later returned a blocked field-goal attempt 62 yards for another score.
Next: Friday vs. Hempfield (Greensburg).
|16 (16)||Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz.||8-0||Defeated Highland (Gilbert), 42-0. Arizona-bound QB-WR Gerell Robinson, an ESPN 150 player, threw for two TDs on 10-of-14 accuracy for 179 yards, including a 55-yard TD to WR Drew Terrell. Robinson also had a reception for a 27-yard score. Heading into a bye week, the Huskies have two regular season games left.
Next: Oct. 26 at Mesquite (Gilbert).
|17 (17)||Independence, Charlotte||7-1||Defeated Providence (Charlotte), 43-7. RB Rod Chisholm surpassed 1,000 yards for the season fueled by 289 rushing yards and four TDs on 37 carries.
Next: Friday at Weddington (Matthews).
|18 (18)||Lakeland, Fla.||6-0||Idle. Four regular season games remain for the three-time Class 5A state champions.
Next: Friday at George Jenkins (Lakeland).
|19 (19)||West Monroe, La.||6-0||Defeated Southwood (Shreveport), 57-14. The Rebels are dominating with their closest games both decided by 35 points. At 5-0 in District 1-5A, a championship is nearly in the bag with three games left.
Next: Friday at Ruston.
|20 (20)||DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md.||6-1||Defeated Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), 7-6. Kenny Tate's four-yard TD and Michael Branthover's PAT in the fourth quarter rallied the Stags. After a scoreless first half, DeMatha surrendered a third-quarter TD but the defense stiffened down the stretch.
Next: Saturday at Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.).
|21 (21)||Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.||5-0||Defeated Hackensack, 55-20, its 17th straight win. The Ironmen rolled to a 48-7 halftime lead as the backfield of sophomore Tony Jones (three TDs) and junior Dillon Romain (two) combined to score five TDs.
Next: Friday vs. Ridgewood.
|22 (22)||St. Xavier, Louisville||7-0||Idle. St. Xavier is Kentucky's top-ranked team and considered the favorite in the inaugural Class 6A playoffs.
Next: Friday vs. Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville).
|23 (23)||Union, Tulsa||7-0||Defeated Edmond North, 45-3. QB Brandon Rogers (15 of 18 for 188 passing yards) accounted for four TDs, two each running and passing. RB Jeremy Smith rushed for 128 yards and two TDs on 18 carries. Thursday's game will likely determine the 6A-3 district championship.
Next: Thursday at Broken Arrow.
|24 (24)||Muskegon, Mich.||8-0||Defeated East Kentwood (Kentwood), 40-14. The Big Reds led 27-0 at the intermission. The ball-control offense churned out 403 yards rushing, paced by Anthony Davis, who ran 136 yards and two TDs on 17 carries. David Spears scored twice in the opening quarter. The regular season concludes this week.
Next: Friday vs. Rockford.
|25 (25)||Centennial, Corona, Calif.||6-1||Defeated Valley View (Moreno Valley), 46-14. The Huskies rebounded from last week's loss to No. 2 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) behind a strong ground game and passing of QB Matt Scott. RBs Ryan Bass and Arthur Burns each scored two TDs and combined for 260 yards, while Scott completed 14 passes for 181 yards and a 30-yard TD to WR Marsel Posey.
Next: Friday at Santiago (Corona).
1. Central Catholic, Pittsburgh (7-0) 2. DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md. (6-1) 3. Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. (5-0) 4. North Penn, Lansdale, Pa. (7-0) 5. North Allegheny, Wexford, Pa (7-0) 6. St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (5-0) 7. Gateway, Monroeville, Pa. (6-1) 8. Everett, Mass. (6-0) 9. William Floyd, Mastic Beach, N.Y. (5-0) 10. Friendly, Fort Washington, Md. (6-0)
1. St. Xavier, Cincinnati (8-0) 2. Colerain, Cincinnati (8-0) 3. Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio (8-0) 4. Union, Tulsa (7-0) 5. Muskegon, Mich. (8-0) 6. Mount Carmel, Chicago (8-0) 7. Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul (7-0) 8. Blue Springs (Mo.) South (7-0) 9. Naperville (Ill.) North (8-0) 10. Penn, Mishawaka, Ind. (9-0)
1. Northwestern, Miami (6-0) 2. South Panola, Batesville, Miss. (7-0) 3. Booker T. Washington, Miami (5-0) 4. Katy, Texas (6-0) 5. Carroll, Southlake, Texas (5-1) 6. Pahokee, Fla. (6-0) 7. Maryville, Tenn. (7-0) 8. Northside, Warner Robins, Ga. (7-0) 9. Prattville, Ala. (7-0) 10. Independence, Charlotte (7-1)
1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (6-0) 2. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (5-0) 3. Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz. (8-0) 4. Centennial, Corona, Calif. (6-1) 5. Orange (Calif.) Lutheran (6-0) 6. Hart, Newhall, Calif. (6-0) 7. Lakes, Lakewood, Wash. (7-0) 8. Columbine, Littleton, Colo. (7-0) 9. Saint Louis, Honolulu (7-0) 10. Birmingham, Lake Balboa, Calif. (5-1)
Records through Oct. 14.
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.