Student Sports FAB 50 Football Rankings – No. 9

Poll No. 9

As we come down the stretch in the state of Florida, teams such as Palm Bay, Miami Carol City and Daytona Beach Mainland have made an impression and are among the nation's elite!

Contributing: Mark Tennis, Sheldon Shealer.

1. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 6-0 (1)
The biggest game of the year on the Spartans' schedule takes place Friday at Diablo Valley College when they meet national powerhouse Evangel Christian of Shreveport, La. De La Salle warmed up for that matchup last Friday with a 63-7 romp over Freedom of Oakley. Returning to the lineup for the first time was highly-regarded wide receiver Cameron Colvin, who had missed the first five games due to academic ineligibility. De La Salle won its 144th straight game, which doubles the previous national record of 72 set in 1974 by Hudson, Mich. Game time for Friday's game is 5 p.m. and it will be shown live on ESPN2.

2. Lufkin (Lufkin, Texas) 7-0 (2)
The Panthers defeated district rival Longview for the seventh straight time, 35-21, after scoring 25 unanswered second quarter points and leading 32-7 at halftime. The impressive win for Lufkin over a team that beat Evangel Christian by 43-26 should cement this teams status as the nations No. 2 team and makes the Panthers (we think) an obvious No. 1 should Evangel knock off De La Salle on Friday. Lufkin visits once-beaten Tyler Lee, a former FAB 50 team, on Friday.

3. Warren Harding (Warren, Ohio) 9-0 (3)
The Raiders continued to impress by scoring their third straight victory over host Massillon Washington, 31-15. Quarterback Alex Engram tossed three TD passes and rushed for 89 yards. The final regular season opponent is Austintown Fitch.

4. Palm Bay (Melbourne, Fla.) 7-0 (5)
Sophomore Quinton Banks rushed nine times for 120 yards and two touchdowns as the Pirates extended their win streak to state-best 20 games with a 35-6 win over St. Cloud. Next opponent is Cocoa.


5. Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos, Calif.) 6-0 (4)
The Griffins have to slip a notch this week after their third close game of the season. This time, they rallied from a 21-14 deficit heading into the fourth quarter and beat Edison of Huntington Beach, 28-21. The key play in the comeback was a 60-yard interception return for a TD by linebacker Matt Quinn. Los Al plays Fountain Valley this week, a team that lost by just one point in its first game to No. 14 Mission Viejo.

6. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) 6-0 (6)
Quarterback Mike Teel passed for 202 yards and four touchdowns as Don Bosco dominated previously-unbeaten and state No. 3 ranked Hackensack, whose defense hadn't allowed a touchdown all season, by 42-0. It was Don Bosco's 18th straight win. After a bye weekend, Don Bosco takes on state No. 2 Montvale St. Joseph.

7. Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 7-0 (7)
Quarterback Chase Daniel completed 20 of 26 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for two scores as Carroll won its 23rd straight game, 42-10, over Flower Mound.

8. North Penn (Lansdale, Pa.) 8-0 (8)
North Penn defeated Central Bucks East, 38-7, keeping the team's five-TD win streak alive. North Penn has scored 35 or more points in every game this season. North Penn faces two remaining regular season tests in Pennsbury (6-2) and Central Bucks West (6-2).

9. Union (Tulsa, Okla.) 7-0 (10)
Oklahoma's No. 1 ranked team, and defending Class 6A champion, extended its win streak to 21 games with a 58-8 rout of Sand Springs.

10. Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) 9-0 (12)
The Patriots keep on rolling with their 55th straight victory, this one 63-0 over Central Cabarrus after leading by 36-0 after a quarter and 50-0 at halftime. Quarterback Joe Cox completed 17 of 20 passes for 207 yards and three scores. Independence has outscored foes, 458-79.

11. St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.) 8-0 (14)
The Hawks hiked their win streak to 31 games with a 28-10 conquest of Cardinal O'Hara. Danny Jones carried 10 times for 106 yards and a score. The Hawks visit Gilman School in Baltimore, Md., this weekend.

12. Mentor (Mentor, Ohio) 9-0 (17)
The Cardinals, now ranked No. 2 in state Division I behind Warren Harding, continued its offensive output last weekend with a 59-7 pounding of Lorain Admiral King.

13. Mountain View (Mesa, Ariz.) 7-0 (13)
Marc LeBaron rushed 13 times for 124 yards and one touchdown as the defending state Class 5A champions extended their win streak to 21 games with a 14-7 win over Desert Vista. LeBaron has seven straight 100-yard rushing games. The Toros visit Yuma Cibola this week.

14. Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 6-0 (16)
Mark Sanchez threw a pair of TD passes and reserve RB Ramon Scott scored twice as the Diablos breezed to a 47-0 triumph vs. Trabuco Hills of Mission Viejo. It was the teams 34th straight win. Next up this week is a matchup vs. El Toro, former school of head coach Bob Johnson.

15. Richmond County (Rockingham, N.C.) 9-0 (15)
The Raiders won two close games last week. On Monday, in a game delayed from the weekend, they survived a 35-33 shootout vs. Scotland County. On Friday, they downed Fayetteville 71st as Marcus Rush carried 25 times for 125 yards and a TD.

16. Carol City (Miami, Fla.) 7-0 (21)
If there's a Game Five of the World Series, it will be played Thursday at Pro Player Stadium. Two days later, on the same field, it will be Carol City (7-0) playing No. 45 Miami Northwestern (7-0) in a major high school football showdown between the states top two ranked Class 6A schools. The Chiefs tuned up for this week's showdown by scoring 28 second half points in a 42-6 win over North Miami. Sophomore Terry Jones rushed nine times for 172 yards and three touchdowns.


17. The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas) 7-0 (18)
Samson Taylor rushed 19 times for 146 yards and three touchdowns as the Highlanders dominated Klein, 45-7, after leading 31-0 at halftime.

18. Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) 8-0 (19)
The Eagles scored their fifth mercy-rule victory of the season and blanked Central Dauphin by 43-0. Cumberland Valley visits Chambersburg next weekend.

19. Millard North (Omaha, Neb.) 7-0 (20)
The Mustangs scored on their first six possessions and rushed for 489 yards en route to a 48-7 pounding of Omaha South. Junior fullback Jake Behrens rushed for 139 yards and four touchdowns.

20. Carmel (Mundelein, Ill.) 8-0 (23)
The No. 1 ranked Illinois team vaulted to a 49-0 halftime cushion and routed St. Viator, 49-24. Steve Hironimus rushed nine times for 141 yards and two TDs.

21. East Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, Mich.) 8-0 (24)
The Pioneers held Northview to 66 total offense yards and scored a 52-0 shutout for the state's No. 1 ranked Division 3 team. The Pioneers face Wayland on Friday.

22. Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, Tenn.) 8-0 (22)
The No. 1 ranked Tennessee team was idle last weekend and tackles University School on Friday.

23. North Shore (Houston, Texas) 7-0 (25)
The Mustangs exploded for a 41-0 halftime lead on their way to a 48-0 blanking of South Houston. North Shore's defense allowed 84 total offense yards.

24. South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.) 6-0 (26)
Quarterback Ryan Rickert completed nine of 12 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns as the Comets rebounded from a 20-16 halftime deficit to down North Gwinnett, 29-20.

25. Blue Springs (Blue Springs, Mo.) 7-0 (28)
Blue Springs scored on five of its six first half possessions and dominated Lee's Summitt, 35-7. Justin Brown scored on a 37-yard pass reception and returned an interception 48 yards.

26. Brookwood (Snellville, Ga.) 5-1 (27)
The Broncos rebounded from their first loss with a 48-7 pounding of Duluth after leading 41-7 at halftime. Antonio Lamar ran for 153 yards and Chris Covington 152 yards and both scored two touchdowns and sat out most of the second half.

27. Wayne County (Waynesboro, Miss.) 8-0 (29)
Jerrod Sims scored four touchdowns -- two rushing and two pass receiving -- as the state's No. 1 ranked team dominated Mendenhall, 49-6, with its 14th straight win. Wayne County visits state No. 3 West Jones Friday.

28. Summerville (Summerville, S.C.) 8-0 (30)
The Green Wave rolled to its eighth straight victory with a 35-12 decision over Beaufort. South Carolina's No. 1 ranked team visits Battery Creek this week.

29. Oak Creek (Oak Creek, Wis.) 8-0 (32)
Devon Johnson rushed for 136 yards and four touchdowns as Wisconsin's No. 1 ranked team routed Burlington, 52-8.

30. Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 8-0 (31)
Quarterback Darren Mougey completed 16 of 22 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns as the state's No. 1 ranked Class 4A team downed city rival Saguaro, 49-7.

31. Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.) 6-1 (34)
Brad Lester rushed 30 times for 186 yards and three touchdowns as the three-time defending state Class 5A champion Panthers downed Norcross, 29-14.

32. Everett (Everett, Mass.) 5-0 (36)
Frank Nuzzo scored two rushing touchdowns and caught a scoring pass from brother Matt Nuzzo in a 42-0 victory over Arlington. Everett is aiming for a third straight Eastern Massachusetts Super Bowl title.

33. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 7-0 (37)
Junior running back Anthony Wiseman scored four touchdowns as the Stags handled previously-unbeaten Good Counsel, 48-17. DeMatha has defeated the preseason No. 1 team in D.C. and a pair of ranked Maryland top 10 teams so far this season.

34. Benedictine (Cleveland, Ohio) 9-0 (nr)
Ohio's No. 1 ranked Division III team, and top-ranked in all classes in the Cleveland metro area, downed Villa Angela-St Joseph, 30-10, as Ray Williams rushed for 189 yards and one TD.

35. Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.) 6-0 (nr)
The Wildcats, now ranked No. 1 in state Class 5A, recorded their fourth straight shutout and fifth of the season in a 57-0 rout of Brunswick. Camden County put the mercy rule to a test with a 50-0 lead after three periods.

36. Mainland (Daytona Beach, Fla.) 7-0 (38)
The Bucs survived a 10-6 victory over New Smyrna Beach as Travis Parks returned a punt 35 yards to set up the winning score.

37. Mullen (Denver, Colo.) 7-0 (39)
Coach Dave Logan's team plays Grandview this week in matchup of the state's No. 1 vs. No. 2 teams. Mullen prepped for the game with a closer- than-expected 18-14 win over Smoky Hill. Maurice Greer ran for 211 yards on 27 carries and scored twice.

38. Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 7-1 (41)
The Bucs got back on the winning track by blanking Oak Mountain, 38-0, with a ball-control ground attack.

39. Ennis (Ennis, Texas) 7-0 (42)
Quarterback Graham Harrell completed 21 of 30 passes for 348 yards and seven touchdowns, including five to Jarvis Woodson, as Ennis routed Red Oak, 69-7. Ennis is averaging 509 total offense yards per game.

40. Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) 8-0 (nr)
The defending state Class 4A-II champion Rebels moved into the rankings after an impressive 28-7 victory over previously-unbeaten Spartanburg Dorman, which had allowed only 35 points in seven wins.

41. Kentwood (Covington, Wash.) 7-0 (35)
The Conquerors struggled to beat winless Kent-Meridian, 13-3, and had to take a hit in this week's rankings. The two-time defending state champs may have been caught looking ahead to a matchup this week vs. 6-1 Kentlake of Kent in more of a rivalry game.

42. Kamehameha (Honolulu, Hawaii) 7-0 (43)
You have to love a team in which the star quarterbacks name also is an abbreviated version of the school's name. For Kamehameha, that's QB Pono Kam. He completed 13 of 17 passes for 176 yards and three TDs in last week's 48-21 win over Pac-Five of Honolulu.

43. J.W. North (Riverside, Calif.) 6-0 (45)
Damon Morton continued to be da man for the Huskies. The All-American wide receiver caught four passes for 158 yards and three TDs and also returned a punt 76 yards for a score in last week's 59-14 victory over Riverside Poly. This week's opponent is Moreno Valley.

44. Northridge (Layton, Utah) 8-0 (44)
The three-time defending state champs took last week off, spending extra time no doubt preparing for this week's matchup vs. 8-0 Clearfield. While the Knights are No. 1 in the latest Class 5A state rankings, Clearfield isn't too far behind at No. 3.

45. Northwestern (Miami, Fla.) 7-0 (nr)
The Bulls, ranked No. 2 in state Class 6A behind rival Carol City, may have been looking ahead to Saturday's matchup vs. the FAB 50 ranked Chiefs when they defeated Dr. Krop, 17-14. This Saturday's showdown has been moved to Pro Player Stadium because of the expected large crowd.


46. St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.) 6-0 (46)
The Seraphs posted their first shutout of the season, 35-0, over Buena of Ventura as junior RB Matt Lee scored four touchdowns. St. Bonaventure meets Ventura High in this week's game.

47. Muskegon (Muskegon, Mich.) 8-0 (47)
Michigan's No. 1 ranked Division 2 team capitalized on its punt return team in a 42-14 victory over Mona Shores. One 70-yard punt return went for a touchdown and another 46-yard return set up a score.

48. Reitz (Evansville, Ind.) 9-0 (48)
Indiana's No. 1 ranked Class 5A team prevailed in a 24-14 victory over city rival and state ranked Class 3A Evansville Mater Dei. Reitz averages 48 points a game.

49. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 6-1 (49)
Tramell McGill scored on a 70-yard run and a 49-yard pass reception as Hamilton defeated Gilbert Mesquite, 38-7.

50. Hunter (Salt Lake City, Utah) 9-0 (50)
Chad Reeve and Matt Murray both returned interceptions for scores and running backs Tauni Vakapuna and Matt Asiata both rushed for more than 200 yards and scored three TDs in a wild 69-39 triumph over Mountain Crest of Hyrum. The only downer for Hunter was that the defense, which had given up just 34 points in its previous eight games, allowed five TD passes and 411 yards through the air to Mountain Crest sophomore Brady Zimmerman.

Dropped Out: Previous No. 9 St Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio); No. 11 Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.); No. 33 Phoebus (Hampton, Va.); No. 40 Carencro (Lafayette, La.).

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