2007 High School Rankings: Week 8
For the second time in three weeks, teams in the ESPN HIGH Elite 25 high school football rankings completed a perfect weekend. No. 11 Northside (Warner Robins, Ga.) and No. 25 Centennial (Corona, Calif.) were idle, and No. 2 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) had a game with St. John Bosco (Bellflower) cancelled because of poor air quality from the wildfires which raged in Southern California.
Three Ohio schools -- No. 3 St. Xavier (Cincinnati); No. 10 Colerain (Cincinnati); No. 13 Cardinal Mooney (Youngstown) -- closed out 10-0 regular seasons but will have difficult regions to navigate in the postseason.
No. 24 Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) nearly blew a 24-point lead in a 41-31 victory over Mauldin.
In the East Region, No. 20 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) and No. 21 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) have stout tests Saturday. DeMatha plays Good Counsel (Olney) in a game which will determine the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference regular season title. The teams will likely meet again in the WCAC final next month. Don Bosco puts its 30-game regular season win streak on the line against New Jersey powerhouse, Bergen Catholic. -- Christopher Lawlor
|ESPN HIGH Elite 25 High School Football Rankings|
|RANK (PREV. RANK)||TEAM||RECORD||COMMENT|
|1 (1)||Northwestern, Miami||8-0||Defeated Miami Central, 24-12, before 22,000 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. The Bulls took a 12-0 edge at halftime as WR Aldarius Johnson caught a 31-yard TD pass and Charles Thompkins returned an interception 59 yards. QB Jacory Harris completed 14 of 23 passes for 198 and two TDs. WR Kendal Thompkins made it 18-0 after racing 83 yards off a Harris aerial.
Next: Saturday vs. Hialeah.
|2 (2)||Mater Dei, Santa Ana , Calif.||7-0|| Friday's game against St. John Bosco (Bellflower) was cancelled by the wildfires and the resulting poor air quality in Southern California. The game will not be made up. The Monarchs have two games in the regular season.
Next: Friday at Orange (Calif.) Lutheran.
|3 (3)||St. Xavier, Cincinnati||10-0||Defeated Moeller (Cincinnati), 28-14, before 10,000. RB Darius Ashley's 89-yard TD sprint broke a 14-14 tie in the third quarter. Ashley, injured early in the season, rushed for 205 yards on 23 carries. The Bombers clinched their fourth straight Great Cincinnati Catholic League South title and third 10-0 regular season in four years. br> Next: Saturday vs. Elder (Cincinnati) in Division I, Region 4, quarterfinals.|
|4 (4)||South Panola, Batesville, Miss.||9-0|| Defeated Southaven, 27-14, to extend the nation's longest active win streak to 69 games. According the 2007 National High School Record Book, the Tigers win streak is tied for fifth all-time. RB Darius Barksdale produced another big ground game, rushing for 256 yards and two TDs on 25 carries. RB Justin Market scored on runs of 25 and 8 yards as the Tigers led 27-7 in the fourth quarter.
Next: Friday vs. Starkville.
|5 (5)||Booker T. Washington, Miami||7-0|| Defeated Hallandale, 49-0, for its fourth consecutive shutout. A stingy defense has surrendered 24 points in seven games. QB Torrance Moise threw for two TDs passes each to Franklin Brown and Davon Johnson.
Next: Friday vs. Miami Jackson.
|6 (6)||Katy, Texas||8-0|| Defeated Cinco Ranch (Katy), 38-9. A dominant defense picked off three passes, including two by Terrence Frederick, and recovered two fumbles. UCLA-bound RB Aundre Dean, an ESPN 150 player, rushed for 192 yards and a 28-yard TD on 25 carries. QB Bo Levi Mitchell passed for 150 yards and four TDs.
Next: Friday at Alief Elsik.
|7 (7)||Carroll, Southlake, Texas||7-1|| Defeated Keller, 42-13. RB Tre Newton ran for 194 yards and three TDs (15, 50 and 8 yards) on 15 carries and North Texas-bound QB Riley Dodge clicked on 23 of 28 passes for 287 and three TDs. WR Chris Brainard had four receptions for 97 yards, including a 33-yard score.
Next: Friday at Grapevine.
|8 (8)||Pahokee, Fla.||8-0|| Defeated Cardinal Newman (West Palm Beach), 47-0, Friday night. It was the Blue Devils' second within five days. A game from Oct. 19 against John Carroll (Fort Pierce) was postponed until last Monday (Oct. 22). Despite the quick turnaround, QB Anthony Sheppard threw for 180 yards and two TDs and RB Janoris Jenkins ran for two more scores.
Next: Friday vs. Vero Beach.
|9 (9)||Maryville, Tenn.||9-0|| Defeated Halls (Knoxville), 38-30, for its 53rd consecutive win. QB Brent Burnette threw for 230 yards and three TDs, including two to Steven Shriver (six receptions, 103 yards) of 8 and 40 yards. RB Tim Rodrigues rushed for 90 yards and two scores. With the win, the Rebels clinched the Region 3-4A championship heading into Friday's regular season finale.
Next: Friday vs. Lenoir City.
|10 (10)||Colerain, Cincinnati||10-0|| Defeated Oak Hills (Cincinnati), 35-7, for its 58th consecutive Greater Miami Conference win since 1999. RB Dominique Sherrer ran for TDs of 65 and 59 yards and totaled 182 on 13 carries and Quentin Sims added 128 (25.6 yards per carry) and a score. Sherrer has rushed for 1,309 yards and 24 TDs.
Next: Saturday vs. Northmont (Clayton) in Division I, Region 4 quarterfinals.
|11 (11)||Northside, Warner Robins, Ga.||8-0|| Idle.
Next: Friday vs. Westside (Warner Robins).
|12 (12)||De La Salle, Concord, Calif.||7-0|| Defeated Pittsburg, 49-14. Tito Pica and Kylan Butler each scored two TDs. Butler scored twice in the third quarter as the Spartans extended a 14-0 halftime lead to 42-7.
Next: Friday at Freedom (Oakley).
|13 (13)||Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio||10-0|| Defeated Bishop Watterson (Columbus), 28-0. RB Michael Zordich (12 and 45 yards) and QB Dan McCarthy (18 and 68) each ran for two TDs.
Next: Saturday vs. Coshocton in Division IV, Region 13 quarterfinals.
|14 (14)||Prattville, Ala.||9-0|| Defeated Selma, 52-21, as coach Bill Clark (100-11) notched his 100th victory with the Lions. Alabama's top-ranked Class 6A team and defending state champions have allowed 76 points this season and carry a 24-game win streak into the playoffs. RB Justin Albert rushed for 123 yards and two TDs and now has 1,115 rushing yards.
Next: Friday vs. Woodlawn (Birmingham).
|15 (15)||Central Catholic, Pittsburgh||9-0|| Defeated Connellsville, 60-7. Three running backs, Jeff Knox (193 yards), Dom Maggio (152) and Dan Vaughan (129), all rushed for better than 100 yards in the regular-season finale for Pennsylvania's top-ranked Class AAAA team.
Next: Friday vs. Plum (Pittsburgh) in WPIAL, Class AAAA first-round at Fox Chapel High.
|16 (16)||Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz.||9-0|| Defeated Mesquite (Gilbert), 44-8. Arizona-bound QB Gerell Robinson, an ESPN 150 player, completed seven of 11 passes for 132 yards and two TDs -- 57 and 15 yards to WR Drew Terrell -- and ran for 73 yards and a six-yard TD.
Next: Friday vs. Chandler.
|17 (17)||Independence, Charlotte||9-1|| Defeated East Mecklenburg (Charlotte), 21-7. DE Jarvis Pierce recorded two sacks and returned an interception 25 yards for a score. RB Rod Chisholm rushed for 203 yards, including a 62-yard TD gallop.
Next: Friday vs. Butler (Charlotte).
|18 (18)||Lakeland, Fla.||8-0|| Defeated Ridge Community (Davenport), 22-19, in two overtimes. The victory set Florida's consecutive game win streak at 53. The Dreadnaughts last lost on Nov. 14, 2003 in the Class 5A playoffs. TE James Campbell caught a six-yard TD pass from QB Jarred Haggins, his second of the extra sessions, to pull it out.
Next: Friday vs. Osceola (Kissimmee).
|19 (19)||West Monroe, La.||8-0|| Defeated Natchitoches Central , 49-7, clinching the District 1-5A championship. The Rebels scored on the ground and had touchdowns on defense and special teams. RB Don Brown accounted for 94 yards rushing and two TDs as West Monroe gained 336 rushing yards. Caleb Clowers returned an interception 21 yards and Jonas Tyson took a punt 55 yards for another score. QB Shelby Aulds added a 33-yard TD run.
Next: Friday at Captain Shreve (Shreveport).
|20 (20)||DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md.||8-1|| Defeated Bishop McNamara (Forestville), 22-0. RB Ashby Christian rushed for a season-high 244 yards, a 53-yard TD. The Stags led 9-0 at halftime but scored two TDs in the fourth quarter to ice it.
Next: Saturday vs. Good Counsel (Olney).
|21 (21)||Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.||7-0|| Defeated St. Joseph Regional (Montvale), 37-7. Junior QB Brett Knief ran for three TDs and sophomore RB Tony Jones added scores from 2 and 10 yards. The Ironmen broke open a 14-7 game in the third quarter with 16 points. Coach Greg Toal's club plays archrivals Bergen Catholic Saturday night before kicking off the Non-Public, Group 4 playoffs.
Next: Saturday vs. Bergen Catholic (Oradell).
|22 (22)||St. Xavier, Louisville||9-0|| Defeated Central (Louisville), 35-7. The Tigers led, 14-7, at the break, but pulled away with 21 second half points. Kentucky's regular season concludes this week.
Next: Friday vs. Covington (Ky.) Catholic.
|23 (23)||Union, Tulsa||9-0||Defeated Stillwater, 47-10. The Redskins jumped to a 28-3 lead after one quarter as junior WR Anthony Foster took a reverse 80 yards for a TD and caught a 47-yarder from QB Brandon Rogers (218 yards passing). RB Jeremy Smith went 46 yards for score and sophomore Thomas Roberson returned a punt 71 yards for a TD, capping the first-quarter outburst. br> Next: Friday vs. Ponca City.|
|24 (24)||Byrnes, Duncan, S.C.||10-0|| Defeated Mauldin, 41-31. RB Marcus Lattimore had a record-breaking performance, running for a school mark 269 yards and tied one with four rushing TDs on 25 carries. The Rebels led 21-0 but allowed 24 unanswered points. Lattimore's 12-yard TD with 2:13 remaining closed out the scoring.
Next: Friday at Boiling Springs.
|25 (25)||Centennial, Corona, Calif.||7-1|| Idle.
Next: Friday vs. Corona.
1. Central Catholic, Pittsburgh (9-0) 2. DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md. (8-1) 3. Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. (7-0) 4. North Allegheny, Wexford, Pa (9-0) 5. St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (7-0) 6. Gateway, Monroeville, Pa. (8-1) 7. Ridley, Folsom, Pa. (9-0) 8. Everett, Mass. (8-0) 9. William Floyd, Mastic Beach, N.Y. (7-0) 10. Friendly, Fort Washington, Md. (7-0)
1. St. Xavier, Cincinnati (10-0) 2. Colerain, Cincinnati (10-0) 3. Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio (10-0) 4. Union, Tulsa (9-0) 5. Mount Carmel, Chicago (10-0) 6. Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul (10-0) 7. Blue Springs (Mo.) South (9-0) 8. Rockhurst, Kansas City, Mo. (9-0) 9. Wheaton (Ill.) Warrenville South (10-0) 10. Penn, Mishawaka, Ind. (11-0)
1. Northwestern, Miami (8-0) 2. South Panola, Batesville, Miss. (9-0) 3. Booker T. Washington, Miami (7-0) 4. Katy, Texas (8-0) 5. Carroll, Southlake, Texas (7-1) 6. Pahokee, Fla. (8-0) 7. Maryville, Tenn. (9-0) 8. Northside, Warner Robins, Ga. (8-0) 9. Prattville, Ala. (9-0) 10. Independence, Charlotte (9-1)
1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (7-0) 2. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (7-0) 3. Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz. (9-0) 4. Centennial, Corona, Calif. (7-1) 5. Lakes, Lakewood, Wash. (9-0) 6. Columbine, Littleton, Colo. (9-0) 7. Saint Louis, Honolulu (9-0) 8. Hart, Newhall, Calif. (7-0-1) 9. Birmingham, Lake Balboa, Calif. (7-1) 10. Mullen, Denver (9-0)
Records through Oct. 28.
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.