2007 High School Rankings: Week 12

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Four weeks remain in the high school football season and things are just heating up, especially in the ESPN HIGH Elite 25's Southland Region. Florida schools No. 1 Northwestern (Miami), No. 4 Booker T. Washington (Miami) and No. 7 Pahokee all won easily, but No. 3 Panola (Batesville, Miss.) needed a fourth quarter rally to eliminate Tupelo, 28-21, in the Class 5A quarterfinals.

Could John McKissick of Summerville (S.C.), the nation's winningest football coach (high school, college or NFL) be preparing for his final game? Summerville plays No. 19 Byrnes (Duncan) in the Class 4A, Division I championship Saturday in Columbia. Speculation is McKissick, 556-129-13 in 56 years, won't announce his decision until May.

The Midwest wrapped up championships in most states, save Ohio. In Missouri, No. 21 Rockhurst (Kansas City) rolled to its third state crown this decade, beating Mehlville (St. Louis), 28-9, in Class 6. No. 2 St. Xavier (Cincinnati) and No. 11 Cardinal Mooney (Youngstown, Ohio) play for state championships Saturday. St. Xavier scored the first 10 points and then held off Dublin Coffman, 10-7, to reach the Division I final. The marquee matchup has No. 18 Union (Tulsa) playing regionally ranked Jenks (Okla.) for the Class 6A crown.

The East Region is still in full swing with the Pennsylvania playoffs still three rounds from completion. The big game is Saturday at Giant Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., where No. 16 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey) and No. 23 St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City) collide for the third straight season in the state final (they have split those games, with DBP winning 41-0 last year).

Two teams enter the ESPN HIGH Elite 25 football rankings. No. 25 Ridley (Folsom, Pa.) won its 13th straight, advancing to Class AAAA quarterfinals. Ridley could play No. 13 Central Catholic (Pittsburgh) in the PIAA final. Central Catholic won the WPIAL Class AAAA title, edging former No. 25 Gateway (Monroeville), 35-34, in overtime.

No. 24 Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) re-enters the rankings after dropping out two months ago. It was a disappointing finish for former No. 16 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.). The Monarchs lost two of their last four games, including a 48-26 decision to Crespi (Encino) in CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 second round. Coach Bruce Rollinson's team returns highly touted junior QB Matt Barkley.

Ohio, New Jersey and Oklahoma play their state championships this weekend. -- Christopher Lawlor

ESPN HIGH Elite 25 High School Football Rankings
RANK (PREV. RANK) TEAM RECORD COMMENT
1 (1) Northwestern, Miami 12-0 Defeated Columbus (Miami), 40-14, in Class 6A, Region 4 semifinals before 17,000 at the Orange Bowl. Miami-bound QB Jacory Harris completed 22 of 32 passes for 274 yards and five TDs. Harris pushed his season total to 40 TD passes, setting a Dade County single-season record. WR Aldarius Johnson caught 10 passes for 119 yards and two TDs. The Bulls have now won a Florida best 27 straight games.
Next: Friday vs. South Dade (Homestead) in Class 6A, Region 4 final at Traz Powell Stadium, Miami.
2 (2) St. Xavier, Cincinnati 14-0 Defeated Dublin Coffman, 10-7, in Division I state semifinals before 11,000 in Dayton. WR-K Danny Milligan had all 10 points. He gave the Bombers a 7-0 lead scoring off an eight-yard reverse and then booted a 37-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.
Next: Saturday vs. Mentor in Division I final at Fawcett Stadium, Canton.
3 (3) South Panola, Batesville, Miss. 13-0 Defeated Tupelo, 28-21, in Class 5A quarterfinals. Trailing 21-14 in the fourth quarter, QB David Renfroe threw a pair of TD passes -- 24 yards to Jamarcus Hardrick and 18 to Xavier Lee (two TDs) -- to rally the Tigers, who stretched their nation's longest active win streak to 73 games. According the 2007 National High School Record Book, the Tigers' win streak is fourth all-time.
Next: Friday vs. Olive Branch in Class 5A semifinals.
4 (4) Booker T. Washington, Miami 11-0 Defeated Hallandale, 41-0, in Class 4A, Region 4 semifinals. BTW scored on the first play from scrimmage when QB Torrance Moises connected with WR Brandon Harris for a 53-yard TD. Harris accounted for three scores; one each running, passing, receiving. It was the eighth shutout this season as the Tornadoes have allowed 31 points in 11 games.
Next: Friday vs. Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens) in Class 4A, Region 4 final at Curtis Park, Miami.
5 (5) Katy, Texas 12-0 Defeated Madison (Houston), 42-8, in Class 5A, Division II Area playoff. RB Aundre Dean scored two TDs in the first half, and John Taylor rumbled 22 yards for another score as the Tigers rolled to a 20-0 lead at the break. Dean finished with 150 yards and three TDs on 23 carries. The Tigers' defense held an opponent to less than 10 points for the sixth time this season.
Next: Saturday vs. Pasadena Memorial in Class 5A, Division II Region 3 quarterfinals at Rice Stadium, Houston.
6 (6) Carroll, Southlake, Texas 11-1 Defeated Cedar Hill, 37-18, in Class 5A, Division II Area playoff. QB Riley Dodge connected on 17 of 33 passes for 223 yards and four TDs, and Cade Foster kicked field goals of 37, 40 and 32 yards. WR Ethan Cunningham caught two TD passes and Jared Freeman had four receptions for 63 yards, including a 29-yard TD. Texas-bound Tre Newton missed his second straight game with a sore ankle.
Next: Saturday vs. Abilene in the Class 5A, Division II Region 1 quarterfinals at Texas Stadium, Irving.
7 (7) Pahokee, Fla. 12-0 Defeated King's Academy (West Palm Beach), 39-10, in Class 2B, Region 4 final. Leading 6-0, the Blue Devils put away the game with 20 points in the second quarter capped by Anthony Sheppard's 11-yard TD pass to Martavious Odoms.
Next: Friday vs. Frostproof in Class 2B state semifinals.
8 (8) Maryville, Tenn. 13-0 Defeated Red Bank (Chattanooga), 52-20, in Class 4A quarterfinals. QB Brent Burnette passed for four TDs in the first half as the Rebels took a 35-7 lead. The victory was the 58th straight for coach George Quarles' club.
Next: Friday vs. Sullivan South (Kingsport) in Class 4A semifinals.
9 (9) Northside, Warner Robins, Ga. 12-0 Defeated Evans, 26-0, in Class 4A second round. RB Tijuan Green rushed for 150 yards and two TDs on 23 carries. Green's 22-yard TD run in the first quarter proved to be enough. A stout defense forced four turnovers -- two fumbles and two interceptions.
Next: Friday vs. Rome in Class 4A quarterfinals.
10 (10) De La Salle, Concord, Calif. 11-0 Defeated Monte Vista (Danville), 50-15, in CIF-North Coast East Bay semifinals. RB Kylan Butler scored four TDs and had 112 yards on 15 carries. DLS led, 21-7, at halftime and blew open the game with three third-quarter TDs. Butler scored a five-yard TD, WR Michael Czyz caught a 25-yard aerial from QB Mike MacGillivray, and Dominic Russo returned an interception 35 yards capping the third-quarter barrage. The Spartans have won 43 straight section playoff games and aim for a 16th consecutive title this weekend.
Next: Saturday vs. California High (San Ramon) in CIF-North Coast 4A East Bay final at Oakland-Alameda County McAfee Coliseum, Oakland.
11 (11) Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio 14-0 Defeated Pleasant (Marion), 28-0, in Division IV state semifinals. QB Tim Marlowe, who ran for 108 yards on 10 carries, scored on runs of eight and 48 yards. Brandon Beachum (21 carries, 157 yards) and Michael Zordich added TD runs of 44 and 20 yards, respectively.
Next: Saturday vs. Coldwater in Division IV final in Massillon.
12 (12) Prattville, Ala. 13-0 Defeated Foley, 38-14, in Class 6A state quarterfinals for its 28th straight victory. Emmanuel Davis caught scoring passes of 49 and 57 yards from QB Casey Weston (141 yards passing). The Lions limited Foley's WR Julio Jones, the top-ranked prospect in the ESPN 150, to five receptions for 25 yards.
Next: Friday vs. McGill-Toolen (Mobile) in Class 6A semifinals.
13 (13) Central Catholic, Pittsburgh 13-0 Defeated then-No. 25 Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.), 35-34, in overtime to capture the WPIAL Class AAAA championship. QB Tino Sunseri's one-yard sneak and Matt Oczypok's PAT in the extra session advanced the Vikings to the state quarterfinals. Emmanuelle Matthews gave Central Catholic a 28-13 lead with 1:02 when he returned an interception 85 yards for a TD. But a miraculous finish by Gateway forced overtime.
Next: Friday at Cathedral Prep (Erie) in PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinals at Veterans' Memorial Stadium, Erie.
14 (14) Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz. 12-0 Idle.
Next: Friday vs. Brophy Prep (Phoenix) in Class 5A, Division I semifinals at McClintock High, Tempe.
15 (15) Orange (Calif.) Lutheran 10-1 Defeated Edison (Huntington Beach), 28-16, in CIF-Southern Section, Pac-5 second round. Exavier Edwards returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a TD, setting the tone early. RB Ricky Pemasa rushed for 88 yards and a score and had three sacks on defense.
Next: Friday vs. Poly (Long Beach) in CIF-Southern Section, Pac-5 semifinals at the Home Depot Center, Carson.
16 (17) Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. 11-0 Defeated Paramus Catholic, 44-6, in regular season finale. QB Brett Knief completed 10 passes for 126 yards and two TDs in the opening half as the Ironmen led, 31-0. RBs Guy Germinario and Tony Jones each rushed for TDs.
Next: Saturday vs. No. 23 St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City) in Non-Public, Group 4 final at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford.
17 (18) St. Xavier, Louisville 13-0 Defeated Marshall County (Benton), 65-0, in Class 6A quarterfinals. Joe Montano, Jermiah Neal and Ben Zoeller each scored two TDs.
Next: Friday vs. Meade County (Brandenburg) in Class 6A semifinals.
18 (19) Union, Tulsa 13-0 Defeated Muskogee, 13-6, in Class 6A semifinals. Tress Way kicked field goals of 27 and 32 yards and Brandon Rogers passed 20 yards to Anthony Foster in the first quarter. RB Jeremy Smith controlled the ground game, gaining 192 yards on 35 carries.
Next: Friday vs. Jenks in Class 6A final at Chapman Stadium, Tulsa.
19 (20) Byrnes, Duncan, S.C. 14-0 Defeated Northwestern (Rock Hill), 14-0, in Class 4A, Division I semifinals. Sophomore Marcus Lattimore provided the offense, rushing for 240 yards and scored both TDs on runs of five and seven yards. Lattimore also established a school single-season record for most yards (1,721 yards), eclipsing the previous mark of 1,536, set in 1976.
Next: Saturday vs. Summerville in Class 4A, Division I semifinals at Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia.
20 (21) Centennial, Corona, Calif. 11-1 Defeated Glendora,49-7, in CIF-Southern Section Inland Division second round. RB Ryan Bass scored four TDs, three on the ground and caught a 21-yard scoring strike from QB Matt Scott (186 passing yards, two TDs). Arthur Burns added two rushing TDs.
Next: Saturday vs. Temecula Chaparral in CIF-Southern Section Inland Division semifinals.
21 (22) Rockhurst, Kansas City, Mo. 13-0 Won Class 6 state championship, defeating Mehlville (St. Louis), 28-9. Leading 14-9 in the fourth quarter, the Hawklets received TDs from Keith Langtry and Drew Temple (63 yards) to seal it. Temple, who also scored from 15 yards, rushed for 179 yards and two TDs on 15 carries. Sophomore Sal Belfonte's 70-yard punt return gave the Hawklets a 7-2 lead in the second quarter. Coach Tony Severino's teams have won three titles this decade (2000, '02, and '07).
Next: Season complete.
22 (23) Colerain, Cincinnati 12-1 Season complete.
23 (24) St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City, N.J. 11-0 Defeated Hoboken, 35-13, in regular season finale. Freshman RB Savon Huggins carried nine times for 57 yards and two TDs and junior Corey Davis four yards for a another score.
Next: Saturday vs. No.16 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey) in Non-Public, Group 4 final at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford.
24 (NR) Poly, Long Beach, Calif. 11-1 Defeated Newport Harbor, 35-14, in CIF-Southern Section, Pac-5 Division second round. The running duo of Melvin Richardson (21 carries, 158 yards, two TDs) and Daveon Barner (18 carries, 155 yards, two TDs) combined for 313 rushing yards and four scores.
Next: Friday vs. No. 15 Orange Lutheran in CIF-Southern Section, Pac-5 Division semifinals at the Home Depot Center, Carson.
25 (NR) Ridley, Folsom, Pa. 13-0 Defeated Neshaminy (Langhorne), 27-7, in Class AAAA, District 1 semifinals. RB Andrew Hodges ran for 124 yards and two TDs and QB Steve Egee passed for 205 yards and two scores.
Next: Friday vs. West Chester Henderson in Class AAAA District 1 final.
Dropped out: No. 16 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) lost to Crespi (Encino), 48-26, in CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 second round; and No. 25 Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.) lost to No. 13 Central Catholic (Pittsburgh), 35-34, in overtime in WPIAL Class AAAA final.

Regional rankings
East
1. Central Catholic, Pittsburgh (13-0) 2. Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. (11-0) 3. St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (11-0) 4. Ridley, Folsom, Pa. (13-0) 5. Parkland, Allentown, Pa. (13-0) 6. Everett, Mass. (11-0) 7. William Floyd, Mastic Beach, N.Y. (11-0) 8. DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md. (10-2) 9. Gateway, Monroeville, Pa. (11-2) 10. St. Anthony, South Huntington, N.Y. (10-1)

Midwest
1. St. Xavier, Cincinnati (14-0) 2. Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio (14-0) 3. Union, Tulsa (13-0) 4. Rockhurst, Kansas City, Mo. (13-0) 5. Colerain, Cincinnati (12-1) 6. Jenks, Okla. (12-1) 7. Eden Prairie, Minn. (14-0) 8. Macomb (Mich.) Dakota (14-0) 9. Lake Zurich, Ill. (13-1) 10. Naperville (Ill.) North (13-1)

Southland
1. Northwestern, Miami (12-0) 2. South Panola, Batesville, Miss. (13-0) 3. Booker T. Washington, Miami (11-0) 4. Katy, Texas (12-0) 5. Carroll, Southlake, Texas (11-1) 6. Pahokee, Fla. (12-0) 7. Maryville, Tenn. (13-0) 8. Northside, Warner Robins, Ga. (12-0) 9. Prattville, Ala. (13-0) 10. St. Xavier, Louisville (13-0)

West
1. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (11-0) 2. Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz. (12-0) 3. Orange (Calif.) Lutheran (10-1) 4. Centennial, Corona, Calif. (11-1) 5. Poly, Long Beach, Calif. (11-1) 6. Birmingham, Lake Balboa, Calif. (11-1) 7. Saint Louis, Honolulu (11-0) 8. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas (13-0) 9. Skyline, Sammamish, Wash. (13-0) 10. Bothell, Wash. (13-0)

Records through Nov. 25.

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.