National Prep Football Poll – Pre Season Top 25

Palm Bay Pirates

Heading into the 2003 football season, the Palm Bay Pirates are picked as the highest rated team in the state of Florida by the National Prep Football Poll. Miami Central and Tallahassee Lincoln are also mentioned in this elite group.

The National Prep Football Poll is compiled by high school sports experts Jamie DeMoney and Jeremy Plowman and a panel of sportswriters. The national Top 25 and regional Top 10's follow with 2002 won-loss-tie records:

#1. Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-0-0), three-time defending Prep Poll champion
#2. Shreveport, La., Evangel (14-1-0), eight state and one national title since 1993
#3. Lilburn, Ga., Parkview (15-0-0), owns 45-game winning streak
#4. Tulsa, Okla., Union (14-0-0), coming off first state title since 1963
#5. Los Alamitos, Calif. (13-0-1), led by super talent S/RB Randy Estes
#6. Cincinnati, Elder (14-1-0), defending Division I state titlist
#7. Pittsburgh, Woodland Hills (13-1-0), has won 39 straight regular season games
#8. Melbourne, Fla., Palm Bay (12-2-0), features speedster WR Xavier Carter
#9. Longview, Texas (10-4-0), coach Pat Collins won NCAA Division I-AA crown in '87
#10. Long Beach, Calif., Poly (11-2-0), has won 80 of last 85 games
#11. Louisville, Ky., Trinity (15-0-0), led by blue chip QB Brian Brohm
#12. Cleveland, St. Ignatius (7-4-0), Prep Poll champ in 1993 and '95
#13. Warren, Ohio, Warren G. Harding (14-1-0), high school home of Ohio State RB Maurice Clarett
#14. Hampton, Va., Phoebus (14-0-0), back-to-back Group AAA/D5 state champ
#15. Charlotte, N.C., Independence (16-0-0), three straight state titles and 46 consecutive wins
#16. Mundelein, Ill., Carmel (11-1-0), eight returning starters on a high-octane offense
#17. Hoover, Ala., (13-1-0), 6A state champ twice this decade
#18. Miami, Central (5-6-0)-x, forced to forfeit five wins last season
#19. Katy, Texas (11-4-0), owns a 117-19 record over last 10 seasons
#20. Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco (12-0-0), coach Greg Toal has state titles at three schools
#21. Indianapolis, Warren Central (12-1-0), rushed for state-record 5,646 yards in '02
#22. Kansas City, Mo., Rockhurst (13-0-0), Tony Severino only coach to win state titles in both Mo. and Kan.
#23. Pittsburgh, North Hills (9-4-0), led by Pittsburgh recruit RB Andrew Johnson
#24. Summerville, S.C. (11-3-0), coach John McKissick needs two wins to reach 500
#25. Allentown, Pa., Parkland (14-1-0), defending 4A champ returns 14 starters
x-includes five forfeits due to use of ineligible player

Northeast
#1. Pittsburgh, Woodland Hills, 13-1-0
#2. Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco, 12-0-0
#3. Pittsburgh, North Hills, 9-4-0
#4. Allentown, Pa., Parkland, 14-1-0
#5. Bethlehem, Pa., Catholic, 11-1-0
#6. Philadelphia, Saint Joseph's Prep, 13-0-0
#7. Delran, N.J., Holy Cross, 9-3-0
#8. Lansdale, Pa., North Penn, 10-3-0
#9. Everett, Mass., 12-0-0
#10. South Huntington, N.Y., St. Anthony's, 11-0-0

East Coast
#1. Hampton, Va., Phoebus, 14-0-0
#2. Charlotte, N.C., Independence, 16-0-0
#3. Summerville, S.C., 11-3-0
#4. New Bern, N.C., 15-1-0
#5. Duncan, S.C., Byrnes, 14-1-0
#6. Woodbridge, Va., Hylton, 13-1-0
#7. Union, S.C., 14-1-0
#8. Washington, Gonzaga, 10-0-0
#9. Clifton, Va., Centreville, 9-2-0
#10. Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha, 7-3-0

Southeast
#1. Shreveport, La., Evangel, 14-1-0
#2. Lilburn, Ga., Parkview, 15-0-0
#3. Melbourne, Fla., Palm Bay, 12-2-0
#4. Louisville, Ky., Trinity, 15-0-0
#5. Hoover, Ala., 13-1-0
#6. Miami, Central, 5-6-0-x
#7. Tallahassee, Fla., Lincoln, 12-1-1
#8. Nashville, Tenn., Montgomery Bell, 9-4-0
#9. Valdosta, Ga., 8-3-1
#10. Waynesboro, Miss., Wayne County, 14-1-0
x-includes five forfeit losses

Midwest
#1. Cincinnati, Elder, 14-1-0
#2. Cleveland, St. Ignatius, 7-4-0 #3. Warren, Ohio, Warren G. Harding, 14-1-0
#4. Mundelein, Ill., Carmel, 11-1-0
#5. Indianapolis, Warren Central, 12-1-0
#6. Redford, Mich., Catholic Central, 13-1-0
#7. New Lenox, Ill., Providence, 14-0-0
#8. Mentor, Ohio, 11-2-0
#9. Cincinnati, Colerain, 11-2-0
#10. Oak Creek, Wis., 11-2-0

Midland
#1. Kansas City, Mo., Rockhurst, 13-0-0
#2. Omaha, Neb., Millard North, 12-1-0
#3. Littleton, Colo., Columbine, 14-0
#4. St. Paul, Minn., Cretin-Derham Hall, 8-4-0-x
#5. St. Louis, Lindbergh, 10-3-0
#6. Eden Prairie, Minn., 13-0-0
#7. Denver, Mullen, 10-2-0
#8. Blue Springs, Mo., 8-3-0
#9. Olathe, Kan., North, 13-0-0
#10. West Des Moines, Iowa, Valley, 10-3-0
(tie) Louisville, Colo., Monarch, 14-0-0
x-includes two forfeit losses

Southwest
#1. Tulsa, Okla., Union, 14-0-0
#2. Longview, Texas, 10-4-0
#3. Katy, Texas, 11-4-0
#4. Lufkin, Texas, 12-3-0
#5. Southlake, Texas, Carroll, 16-0-0
#6. Galena Park, Texas, North Shore, 11-1-0
#7. Texarkana, Texas, Texas, 14-1-0
#8. Mesa, Ariz., Mountain View, 14-0-0
#9. Chandler, Ariz., Hamilton, 12-1-0
#10. Jenks, Okla., 8-4-0

West Coast
#1. Concord, Calif., De La Salle, 13-0-0
#2. Los Alamitos, Calif., 13-0-1
#3. Long Beach, Calif., Poly, 11-2-0
#4. Mission Viejo, Calif., 14-0-0
#5. Newhall, Calif., Hart, 13-1-0
#6. Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei, 10-4-0
#7. Honolulu, St. Louis, 11-2-0
#8. Sherman Oaks, Calif., Notre Dame, 14-0-0
#9. Covington, Wash., Kentwood, 13-1-0
#10. Bellevue, Wash., 13-1-0

FEATS OF THE WEEK: Three-time defending National Prep Poll champion Concord, Calif., De La Salle puts its national-record 138-game winning streak on the line with a 2003 schedule that includes a nationally televised Oct. 24 match-up with No. 2 Shreveport, La., Evangel in Pleasant Hill, Calif. The top-ranked Spartans are the only team in any sport to win three consecutive Prep Poll titles, and are shooting for their sixth national crown overall. Coach Bob Ladouceur takes a 274-14-1 career record into a season in which De La Salle will also be heavily favored to capture an unprecedented 12th straight CIF-NCS Class 4A championship. The top returning players include WR/FS Cameron Colvin, RB/CB Willie Glasper and the LB/TE duo of Terrance Kelly and Parker Hanks.

Past National Prep Poll champs, with record and coach: 1987--Fontana, Calif. (14-0-0), Dick Bruich; 1988--Prichard, Ala., Vigor (13-0-0), Harold Clark; 1989--Odessa, Texas, Permian (16-0-0), Gary Gaines; 1990--Aldine, Texas (15-0-0), Bill Smith; 1991--Indianapolis, Ben Davis (14-0-0), Dick Dullaghan; 1992--Valdosta, Ga. (14-0-0), Nick Hyder; 1993--Cleveland, St. Ignatius (14-0-0), Chuck Kyle; 1994--Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-0-0), Bob Ladouceur; 1995--Cleveland, St. Ignatius (14-0-0), Chuck Kyle; 1996--Hampton, Va. (14-0-0), Mike Smith; 1997--Hampton, Va. (13-0-0), Mike Smith; 1998--Concord, Calif., De La Salle (12-0-0), Bob Ladouceur; 1999--Shreveport, La., Evangel (15-0-0), Dennis Dunn; 2000--Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-0-0), Bob Ladouceur, 2001--Concord, Calif., De La Salle (12-0-0), Bob Ladouceur; and 2002--Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-0-0), Bob Ladouceur.

About the National Prep Poll: Compiled weekly since 1987, the National Prep Poll is the nation's second oldest high school sports rankings package and the only national rankings distributed by the Associated Press. The National Prep Poll can be found in newspapers across the United States and also runs each week on the Internet site www.prepnation.com.

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