2007 High School Rankings: Week 13
It was a disappointing week for the ESPN HIGH Elite 25 high school football rankings. Three of the five teams which dropped out -- Southlake (Texas) Carroll, Cardinal Mooney (Youngstown, Ohio) and Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) -- were ranked in the preseason.
Southlake Carroll was dumped in the Round of 16; Mooney fell by one point in the state final to Coldwater, and Hamilton lost to a team which it dominated earlier this season. Mooney's loss was unacceptable. Since the Cardinals are a small school in Ohio (third smallest of six divisions), their margin for error was razor thin.
Carroll (11-2) fell for the first time in the playoffs since 2003 but did so without quarterback Riley Dodge, who was knocked out of the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury. Carroll had the ball on the Abilene 10 but fumbled the snap with less than 30 seconds left.
Brophy Prep (Phoenix) avenged a loss against Hamilton in September, advancing to the Class 5A, Division I final. Eight of the Top 10 teams won last weekend (De La Salle-Concord, Calif. was idle).
South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) goes for its fifth straight Class 5A title Friday. Six other teams vie for state championships, while the three California schools go for section crowns. No. 4 Booker T. Washington (Miami) plays Armwood (Seffner) in Florida's Class 4A semifinals in Miami. Armwood has eliminated BTW three times in the four years from the playoffs.
Making quantum leaps this week are No. 16 Jenks (Okla.), which won a second straight Class 6A championship, and No. 17 Destrehan (La.), which plays for its first state title since 1993. Kudos to No. 2 St. Xavier (Cincinnati) for completing a perfect season, capped with a second Ohio large classification (Division I) title in three years. The Bombers backed their lofty ranking with an exceptionally difficult schedule, mixing out-of-state opponents and the best from Ohio.
Keep an eye on the Pennsylvania Class 4A semifinals where No. 11 Central Catholic (Pittsburgh) plays Harrisburg (coached by former Naval Academy and NFL coach George Chaump) in the West bracket and No. 20 Ridley (Folsom) meets regionally ranked Parkland (Allentown) in the East.
ESPN.com will provide firsthand coverage of the California and Florida state finals, both played on Dec. 15.
A reminder: This is the last football ranking until Dec. 26, when the ESPN HIGH Elite 25 final rankings are released. -- Christopher Lawlor
|ESPN HIGH Elite 25 High School Football Rankings|
|RANK (PREV. RANK)||TEAM||RECORD||COMMENT|
|1 (1)||Northwestern, Miami||13-0||Defeated South Dade (Homestead), 55-14, in Class 6A, Region 4 final. Miami-bound Jacory Harris put on an offensive display, passing for 296 yards and four TDs, pushing his season totals to 2,969 yards and 45 TDs, respectively. Harris also owns Dade County career marks for TD passes (82) and passing yards (5,889). Junior RB Daquan Hargrett rushed for 134 yards and three TDs, including a 64-yarder, on only seven carries.
Next: Friday vs. Deerfield Beach in Class 6A state semifinals at the Orange Bowl, Miami.
|2 (2)||St. Xavier, Cincinnati||15-0||Won Division I state championship, beating Mentor, 27-0, before 12,442 in Canton. Louisville-bound RB Darius Ashley ran for a Division I-final record 271 yards and two TDs on 36 carries. Ashley scored on runs of 1 and 27 yards in snowy conditions. WR-K Danny Milligan, the Bombers' gutty senior, opened the scoring on a four-yard reception in the first quarter and later kicked two field goals. Coach Steve Specht claimed his second state title in four seasons.
Next: Season complete.
|3 (3)||South Panola, Batesville, Miss.||14-0||Defeated Olive Branch, 43-28, in Class 5A state semifinals. DB-RB Darius Barksdale, a Mississippi recruit, showed explosiveness, rushing for 399 yards and three TDs on runs of 53, 82 and 40 yards and returned an interception 45 yards for another score in the third quarter. The Tiger trailed 10-0 in first quarter. Barksdale has rushed for a school-record 2,574 yards this season. According the 2007 National High School Record Book, the Tigers' win streak of 74 consecutive games is third all-time.
Next: Friday vs. George County (Lucedale) in Class 5A final at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, Jackson.
|4 (4)||Booker T. Washington, Miami||12-0||Defeated Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens), 7-6, in Class 4A, Region 4 final. RB Eduardo Clements' 11-run TD in the second quarter proved to be enough and the defense did the rest. The Tornadoes took possession late in the fourth quarter after a made field goal and ran out the remaining 4:40. Their next opponent, Armwood (Seffner), has eliminated Coach Ice Harris' team three of the last four years from the playoffs.
Next: Friday vs. Armwood (Seffner) in Class 4A state semifinals at Traz Powell Stadium, Miami.
|5 (5)||Katy, Texas||13-0||Defeated Pasadena Memorial, 30-14, in Class 5A Division II semifinals. The Tigers rallied from a 14-7 deficit, scoring the final 23 points. UCLA-bound RB Aundre Dean contributed 139 yards and two TDs and QB Bo Levi Mitchell hit on 14 of 25 passes for 284 yards and two TDs.
Next: Saturday vs. Fort Bend Clements (Sugar Land) in Class 5A, Division II Region 3 final at Rice Stadium, Houston.
|6 (8)||Maryville, Tenn.||14-0||Defeated Sullivan South (Kingsport), 48-21, in Class 4A state semifinals. The Rebels go for their fourth straight championship Saturday and 60th straight win. QB Brent Burnette recorded a memorable performance, completing 13 of 19 yards for 255 yards and three TDs -- 59 and 22 yards to Tyler McClenden and 62 to Chris Jordan. The offense rolled up 511 yards and 22 first downs.
Next: Saturday vs. Maplewood (Nashville) in Class 4A final in Murfreesboro.
|7 (9)||Northside, Warner Robins, Ga.||13-0||Defeated Rome, 30-0, in Class 4A state quarterfinals. The Eagles' stout defense registered their third straight postseason shutout. RB Tijuan Green became the school's all-time leading rusher, finishing the game with 3,462 yards after rushing for 209 yards and two TDs. He needs two more TDs to become the school's leader in that category. Junior QB Joe Scott clicked on 9 of 15 passes for 151 yards and two scores.
Next: Friday vs. Tucker in Class 4A semifinals at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta.
|8 (10)||De La Salle, Concord, Calif.||11-0||Idle. The Spartans have won 43 straight section playoff games and aim for a 16th consecutive title this weekend and a berth in the Prep Bowl on Dec. 15.
Next: Saturday vs. California High (San Ramon) in CIF-North Coast 4A East Bay final at Oakland-Alameda County McAfee Coliseum, Oakland.
|9 (12)||Prattville, Ala.||14-0||Defeated McGill-Toolen (Mobile), 21-0, in Class 6A state semifinals. The Lions used two long TD runs by Quaylen Moncrief (82 yards) and Jerodis Williams (60) to ice the victory. Junior DL Alex Page recorded 10 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks to pace the defense.
Next: Saturday vs. Spain Park (Hoover) in Class 6A final at Legion Field, Birmingham.
|10 (7)||Pahokee, Fla.||13-0||Defeated Frostproof, 41-13, in Class 2B state semifinals to stretch its win streak to 27 games (second best streak in Florida). RB Carlton Thomas rushed for 191 yards, scoring on runs of 67 and 54 yards, on 23 carries. The Blue Devils now face 13-0 Newberry for the 2B championship.
Next: Saturday vs. Newberry in Class 2B final at the Citrus Bowl, Orlando.
|11 (13)||Central Catholic, Pittsburgh||14-0||Defeated Cathedral Prep (Erie), 44-6, in PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinals. Louisville-bound QB Tino Sunseri passed for a career-high 298 yards and two TDs on 11-of-15 accuracy. Sunseri also rushed for a score. RB Dan Vaughan scored from seven yards just 71 seconds into the game for a 7-0 edge.
Next: Saturday vs. Harrisburg (Pa.) in PIAA Class AAAA semifinals, Mansion Park Stadium, Altoona.
|12 (16)||Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.||12-0||Won second straight Non-Public Group 4 state championship, defeating then-No. 23 St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City), 42-14, before 10,000. Sophomore RB Tony Jones rushed for 131 yards and two TDs, including one a fake punt. CB-WR Steve Proscia scored twice, catching a 20-yard pass from junior QB Brett Knief and returned an interception 30 yards.
Next: Season complete.
|13 (17)||St. Xavier, Louisville||14-0||Defeated Meade County (Brandenburg), 31-3, in Class 6A semifinal. The Tigers jumped to a 7-0 lead off the opening drive capped by Aaron Knotts' 22-yard TD run. The Tigers face archrival Trinity in the inaugural 6A title game. The all-male Roman Catholic schools annually draw 40,000 for their regular season matchup.
Next: Saturday vs. Trinity (Louisville) at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Louisville in Class 6A final.
|14 (19)||Byrnes, Duncan, S.C.||15-0||Won Class 4A, Division I state championship, defeating Summerville, 48-9. It was the program's eight overall title and fifth in six seasons. Sophomore RB Marcus Lattimore and QB Chas Dodd turned in stellar performances on offense. Lattimore accounted for 203 yards and three TDs from scrimmage, running for 109 yards and two TDs and catching seven passes for 94 yards and a TD. Lattimore carried a single-season school record 284 times for 1,837 yards and 26 TDs. Dodd hit on 22 of 38 passes for 325 yards and three TDs, including a pair to Jason Logan against Summerville.
Next: Season complete.
|15 (20)||Centennial, Corona, Calif.||12-1||Defeated Temecula Chaparral, 68-14, in CIF-Southern Section Inland Division semifinals. RB Ryan Bass rushed for 204 yards and four TDs, pacing an offense which totaled nearly 650 yards.
Next: Saturday vs. Corona Santiago in CIF-Southern Section Inland Division final at Home Depot Center, Carson.
|16 (NR)||Jenks, Okla.||13-1||Won second consecutive Class 6A state championship, defeating then-No. 18 Union (Tulsa), 42-24, before 16,723. It was the program's 12th title and ninth in 12 years under coach Allan Trimble. QB Mark Ginther totaled 203 yards of offense and three TDs and RB Chris Adkins ran for 229 yards and two TDs on 26 carries. It was the fourth title victory for Jenks over its archrivals.
Next: Season complete.
|17 (NR)||Destrehan, La.||14-0||Defeated Westgate (New Iberia), 59-7, in Class 5A state semifinals. RB Jerico Nelson (130 yards, four TDs) and Jonell Wortham (128 yards, two TDs) combined for 258 yards rushing and six TDs. LSU-bound QB Jordan Jefferson threw for 236 yards and two TDs, including a 75 yarder to Tim Molton (six receptions, 166 yards). The team has blown away the playoff competition, winning games by an average of 35 points, having scored 179 points in four games.
Next: Saturday vs. Acadiana (Lafayette) in Class 5A final at the Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans.
|18 (24)||Poly, Long Beach, Calif.||12-1||Defeated then-No. 15 Orange Lutheran, 2-0, in CIF-Southern Section, Pac-5 Division semifinals. The Jackrabbits received a first-quarter safety when Lutheran's punter was forced out of the end zone off a bad snap and the defense stopped four attempts near the goal line. Poly seeks its 17th sectional championship Saturday.
Next: Saturday vs. Crespi (Encino) in CIF-Southern Section, Pac-5 Division final at the Home Depot Center, Carson.
|19 (NR)||Birmingham, Lake Balboa, Calif.||12-1||Defeated Crenshaw (Los Angeles), 42-6, in CIF-City Section Championship Division semifinals. RB Milton Knox carried 34 times for 186 yards and four TDs. Knox became the 13th California player to rush for 100 TDs in his career.
Next: Friday vs. Carson in CIF-City Section Championship Division final at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
|20 (25)||Ridley, Folsom, Pa.||13-0||Defeated West Chester Henderson, 19-0, in PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinals. The win also clinched the District 1 title. RB Andrew Hodges ran for 124 yards and two TDs and QB Steve Egee passed for 205 yards and two scores. A stingy defense recorded their fourth shutout of the season, paced by LB Mark Kane (three sacks) and interceptions by Roby Lamey and Matt Tassoni. RB Andrew Hodges provided an offensive boost, running for 153 yards and two TDs on 28 carries.
Next: Saturday vs. Parkland (Allentown) in Class AAAA state semifinals at Birney Crum Stadium, Allentown.
|21 (21)||Rockhurst, Kansas City, Mo.||13-0||Won Class 6 state championship.
Next: Season complete.
|22 (18)||Union, Tulsa||13-1||Lost to Jenks, 42-24, in Class 6A final. The Redskins trailed, 28-10, at the break and never recovered. RB Jeremy Smith ran for 118 yards and two TDs on 23 carries. WRs Anthony Foster (eight receptions, 147 yards) and Tracy Moore (11 receptions, 164 yards, 1 TD) teamed for 311 receiving yards. br> Next: Season complete.|
|23 (22)||Colerain, Cincinnati||12-1||Season complete.|
|24 (NR)||Westfield, Chantilly, Va.||14-0||Defeated Oscar Smith (Chesapeake), 24-21, in Class AAA Division 6 semifinals. North Carolina State-bound QB Mike Glennon completed 18 of 34 passes for 270 yards and a TD and rushed one-yard for another score. Glennon marched his team 63 yards late in the fourth quarter, capping the drive with a five-yard TD toss to WR Randy Johns to erase a 21-17 deficit.
Next: Saturday vs. Woodbridge in Class AAA Division 6 final at Scott Stadium, Charlottesville.
|25 (NR)||Eden Prairie, Minn.||14-0||Won second straight Class 5A, defeating Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul), 50-21, at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. It was Eden Prairie's sixth overall title. QB Ryan Grant, the grandson of Hall of Fame Coach Bud Grant (Minnesota Vikings), passed for 129 yards and two TDs. RB Scott Linder ran for 155 yards and a score.
Next: Season complete.
1. Central Catholic, Pittsburgh (14-0) 2. Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. (12-0) 3. Ridley, Folsom, Pa. (13-0) 4. Parkland, Allentown, Pa. (14-0) 5. Everett, Mass. (13-0) 6. William Floyd, Mastic Beach, N.Y. (11-0) 7. St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (11-1) 8. Quince Orchard, Gaithersburg, Md. (13-0) 9. DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md. (10-2) 10. St. Anthony, South Huntington, N.Y. (10-1)
1. St. Xavier, Cincinnati (15-0) 2. Jenks, Okla. (13-1) 3. Rockhurst, Kansas City, Mo. (13-0) 4. Union, Tulsa (13-1) 5. Colerain, Cincinnati (12-1) 6. Eden Prairie, Minn. (14-0) 7. Macomb (Mich.) Dakota (14-0) 8. Martin Luther King, Detroit (14-0) 9. Lake Zurich, Ill. (13-1) 10. Bettendorf, Iowa (13-0)
1. Northwestern, Miami (13-0) 2. South Panola, Batesville, Miss. (14-0) 3. Booker T. Washington, Miami (12-0) 4. Katy, Texas (13-0) 5. Maryville, Tenn. (14-0) 6. Northside, Warner Robins, Ga. (13-0) 7. Prattville, Ala. (14-0) 8. Pahokee, Fla. (13-0) 9. St. Xavier, Louisville (14-0) 10. Byrnes, Duncan, S.C. (15-0)
1. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (11-0) 2. Centennial, Corona, Calif. (12-1) 3. Poly, Long Beach, Calif. (12-1) 4. Birmingham, Lake Balboa, Calif. (12-1) 5. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas (14-0) 6. Crespi, Encino, Calif. (11-2) 7. Skyline, Sammamish, Wash. (14-0) 8. Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz. (12-1) 9. Sheldon, Eugene, Ore. (12-1) 10. Sandy, Alta, Utah (13-1)
Records through Dec. 2.
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.