Contributing: Mark Tennis, Sheldon Shealer.
Note: Includes won-loss record, previous ranking; after games of Oct. 25.
1. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 7-0 (1)
Now that the Spartans have gotten past probably their toughest opponent
of the season with last week's 27-10 win over Evangel Christian of
Louisiana, they'll be concentrating on their final three regular season
games against Deer Valley of Antioch, Pittsburg and Ygnacio Valley of
Concord. The CIF North Coast Section Class 4A playoffs follow.
2. Warren Harding (Warren, Ohio) 10-0 (3)
Junior Jon Richardson filled in for injured starters and rushed 15 times
for 133 yards and three touchdowns as the Raiders capped their second
straight unbeaten regular season with a 26-14 win over Austintown Fitch.
Harding tackles Solon Saturday in Division 1 playoff opener.
3. Palm Bay (Melbourne, Fla.) 8-0 (4)
The Pirates' showdown with previously-unbeaten Cocoa turned into a 42-13
rout by the state's No. 1 ranked Class 5A team. The Pirates hiked their
win streak to 21 games as running back Dwight Sliger rushed for 112 yards and a
touchdown. Quinton Banks added 101 yards and a score on 12 carries. Palm
Bay visits Eau Gallie this week.
4. Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 8-0 (7)
The defending state Class 5A-II champion hiked its win streak to 24 games
with a 49-20 win over Lewisville.Quarterback Chase Daniel completed 12 of
21 passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns and rushed 19 times for 149
yards and a score. Carroll visits The Colony this week.
5. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) 6-0 (6)
Don Bosco had the week off as it prepares for a showdown with rival
Montvale St. Joseph, the sate's No. 2 ranked team. St. Joseph last week
survived a one-point victory over Hackensack, a team Don Bosco drubbed
two weeks ago.
6. North Penn (Lansdale, Pa.) 9-0 (8)
Pennsbury (6-3) gave North Penn a scare in the first half as the game was
21-19 before the state's top-ranked team pulled away for a 43-19 victory.
This week, North Penn clashes with Central Bucks West in a meeting of
current and past state powers.
7. Union (Tulsa, Okla.) 8-0 (9)
Oklahoma's No. 1 ranked Class 6A team, and defending champion, ran its
win streak to 22 games with a 48-2 rout of Enid.
8. Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) 10-0 (10)
Quarterback Joe Cox completed 20 of 27 passes for 342 yards and three
touchdowns as the Patriots dominated Hopewell, 48-7. It was the 56th
straight victory for the three-time defending state Class 4A champion.
9. Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 7-0 (13)
It's time to move up the Diablos as their winning streak has reached 36
games and they're now No. 2 in California after previous No. 2 Los
Alamitos (which also was No. 5 in the FAB 50) fell in an upset to
Fountain Valley, 21-16. Mission Viejo won its game, 63-13, over El Toro
as Marty Tadman returned a punt 87 yards for a score and Nick Grothjan
had a 41-yard interception for a TD. The Diablos take on 5-2 San Clemente
in this week's game.
10. Mentor (Mentor, Ohio) 10-0 (12)
The Cardinals lost their starting quarterback and tailback with second
quarter injuries but hung on to cap an unbeaten regular season, 14-7,
over Euclid. The state's No. 2 ranked Division 1 team had outscored its first nine foes, 453-45.
11. Mountain View (Mesa, Ariz.) 8-0 (13)
The Toros, ranked No. 1 in state Class 5A, overpowered Yuma Cibola, 63-6,
as Max Hall completed all 13 pass attempts for 242 yards and three
12. Carmel (Carmel, Ill.) 9-0 (20)
The Corsairs had beaten state power Joliet Catholic only once in 22
previous games but thumped the previous-unbeaten Hilltoppers, 41-14,
before the largest crowd (7,000) in school history. Mark Venegoni passed for two
scores and rushed four times for 97 yards and a TD in the regular season finale.
13. St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.) 9-0 (11)
The Prep pushed its win streak to 32, tying the city record, but its 14-0
win over Baltimore (Md.) Gilman raised some doubts about its place among
the nation's elite. Gilman, with a losing record, is at the bottom of the Maryland
state Top 25. Usually high-scoring Prep managed only a single TD in each of the middle two quarters.
14. Richmond County (Rockingham, N.C.) 10-0 (15)
The Raiders continue to impress with a 45-14 win over Hoke County.
Richmond County is unbeaten in regular season the last two years.
15. The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas) 8-0 (17)
The Highlanders used two fourth period field goals by Cory Fowler to pull
away from Westfield, 20-9. Fowler's kicks were from 40 and 32 yards.
16. Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) 9-0 (18)
Dan Lawlor carried the ball nine times for 126 yards and four touchdowns
as CV cruised past Chambersburg, 47-0, after leading 33-0 at halftime.
Overall, the CV defense held Chambersburg to minus-49 rushing yards.
17. Northwestern (Miami, Fla.) 8-0 (45)
The Bulls dominated rival Carol City, a previous FAB 50 member and ranked
No. 1 in state Class 6A, by 19-0 before an estimated 25,000 fans at Pro
Player Stadium. The kids were on the same field where the Yankees and
Marlins were playing Game 5 of the World Series only two nights earlier.
The Marlins clinched shortly after the kids were done playing. Robert Brown scored two touchdowns -- one rushing, one receiving -- and Tim Brown returned the second half kickoff 86 yards to score.
18. Lufkin (Lufkin, Texas) 7-1 (2)
The Panthers had their unbeaten season end in a rematch with host and
district rival Tyler Lee, 21-14. Both teams have split their two regular
season games. Jorvorskie Lane scored two touchdowns for Lufkin.
19. Millard North (Omaha, Neb.) 8-0 (19)
Sophomore quarterback Jeff Tarpinian, in his first start, rushed 13 times
for 102 yards and a touchdown as the Mustangs defeated Omaha Burke, 27-7.
Tarpinian replaced standout QB Adam Shada, who is out for the season with a blood
clot in a shoulder.
20. East Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, Mich.) 9-0 (21)
Junior Kevin Grady, a U. of Michigan recruit, scored five touchdowns,
including four within a 4:26 span of the second quarter of a 41-7
thumping of Wayland to close out a second straight unbeaten season and hike win streak to 23 games.
21. North Shore (Houston, Texas) 8-0 (23)
The Mustangs dominated previously-unbeaten Pearland, 35-7, as tailback
Justin McNeese rushed for 248 yards and three touchdowns.
22. Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, Tenn.) 9-0 (22)
Michael Fisher completed 12 of 18 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns
as Big Red overpowered Memphis University School, 40-7. MBA exploded for
30 second quarter points and a 37-0 halftime lead.
23. South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.) 7-0 (24)
The Comets made 21 second quarter points stand up in a 21-6 win over
24. Summerville (Summerville, S.C.) 9-0 (28)
The Green Wave rushed for 463 yards and had 567 total offense yards in a
42-25 victory over Battery Creek. Alex Haynes rushed for 267 yards and
25. Blue Springs (Blue Springs, Mo.) 8-0 (25)
Missouri's top-ranked team surived a 23-22 scare last week from Oak Park.
Next up is Liberty this weekend.
26. Brookwood (Snellville, Ga.) 6-1 (26)
Quarterback Bradley Saylors completed seven of 12 passes for 175 yards
and two touchdowns in a 42-14 win over Dacula.
27. Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.) 7-0 (35)
The Wildcats increased their shutout streak to 18 quarters and blanked
their fifth opponent with a 42-0 win over Savannah Johnson. Five players
scored touchdowns for a team seeking its second straight unbeaten regular
28. Mullen (Denver, Colo.) 8-0 (37)
In the 100th career win for head coach Dave Logan (91 were at other
schools), the Mustangs defeated Grandview, 29-7, in a matchup between the
No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the state (depending on which ranking you follow
most). The Mullen defense hald Grandview to just 76 total yards, while
the offense feature junior Maurice Greer, the stateâ€™s leading rusher, who
tacked on 175 yards on 29 carries to his season totals and scored a pair
29. Oak Creek (Oak Creek, Wis.) 9-0 (29)
The Knights capped regular season play with a 48-6 rout of winless Racine
Case. Oak Creek gained 460 yards including 175 rushing yards from Devon
30. J.W. North (Riverside, Calif.) 7-0 (43)
E.J. Brown joined the stat party with two TD catches and a key early
interception as the Huskies rolled on with a 49-7 victory over Moreno
Valley. Running back Josh Barnett, quarterback Dion Morton and wideout
Damon Morton are the ones usually piling up the big numbers for this team
and Barnett did stay hot with three more rushing scores. J.W. North plays
at Valley View of Moreno Valley on Thursday.
31. Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.) 7-1 (31)
The Panthers fell behind, 14-0, before exploding for 28 second quarter
points in a 45-14 win over Oconee County. Todd Faulkner passed for three
touchdowns and ran for a fourth score.
32. Everett (Everett, Mass.) 6-0 (32)
Matt Nuzzo passed for one score and threw for another as the state's No.
1 ranked team ran its win streak to 20 with a 42-15 win over Medford.
Everett is idle this week before facing league rival Peabody on Nov. 6.
33. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 8-0 (33)
In a rare Friday night game, the Stags posted their fourth season shutout
in a 35-0 win at Paul VI (Va.). With only Bishop McNamara and Carroll
(D.C.), a pair of losing record teams, remaining in regular season, the
Stags seek a perfect record going into the playoffs.
34. Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 8-0 (30)
The state's No. 1 ranked Class 4A team had a bye last weekend before
visiting Gilbert Desert Ridge this week.
35. Tyler Lee (Tyler, Texas) 7-1 (nr)
The Red Raiders return to the FAB 50 after avenging their lone loss of
the season, 21-14, over visiting Lufkin. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew
landed two touchdown passes. Lee hosts Longview Friday.
36. Mainland (Daytona Beach, Fla.) 8-0 (36)
The Bucs blanked Pine Ridge by 42-0 as Vince Wilson rushed for 100 yards
and a touchdown and landed a 76-yard TD pass reception.
37. Northridge (Layton, Utah) 9-0 (44)
Before a crowd of 8,000 at Clearfield, the Knights took on an undefeated
opponent in a showdown game and impressed with a 28-14 victory. Lynwood
Johnson got Northridge off to a flying start with a 63-yard scoring run
on the team's first offensive play. This week, the Knights host 4-6
Bingham in a first-round Class 5A state playoff game. They've won three
straight state titles already and a fourth would be especially impressive
since other teams in the division include Clearfield, FAB 50 member
Hunter, undefeated Alta and perennial power Skyline.
38. Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 8-1 (38)
Quarterback John Parker Wilson passed for 246 yaqrds and three touchdowns
as the state's No. 1 ranked team downed John Carroll Catholic, 36-14.
39. Ennis (Ennis, Texas) 8-0 (39)
Graham Harrell completed 29 of 44 passes for 392 yards and six touchdowns
as the state's No. 1 ranked Class 4A team downed Lancaster, 55-14.
40. Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) 9-0 (40)
Trey Elder completed 20 of 25 passes for 322 yards and four first half
touchdowns as the defending state champion Rebels dominated Laurens, 47-
41. St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.) 7-0 (46)
The Seraphs scored touchdowns off of five turnovers on their way to a 50-
3 rout of Ventura and their 19th straight win. QB Brian Stevens also had
another strong outing with 15 completions in 21 attempts for 208 yards
and three TDs. St. Bonaventure hosts Santa Barbara in this week's game.
42. Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) 10-0 (nr)
The top-ranked team in the metro area, and rated No. 3 in Ohio Division 1
ranks, capped an unbeaten season with a 35-21 win over Cincinnati
LaSalle. Junior quarterback Erick Fitzpatrick rushed 23 times for 218 yards and two touchdowns.
43. Reitz (Evansville, Ind.) 10-0 (48)
Indiana's top-ranked Class 5A team opened post-season play with a 76-7
thumping of Bedford North Lawrence in a sectional game.
44. South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) 9-0 (nr)
The state's No. 1 ranked Class 5A team belted Southaven, 48-11, as
quarterback Derek Pegues rushed for two scores (68, 2 yards) and passed
for two TDs (71, 87 yards). South Panola is host to 8-1 Starkville this
45. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 7-1 (49)
It was a second straight 38-7 win for Hamilton, this one over Highland of
Gilbert. The team hasn't lost since the opener (15-0 to Mesa Mountain
View) and there haven't even been any close games.
46. Hunter (Salt Lake City, Utah) 10-0 (50)
The Wolverines will start the Class 5A state playoffs as the No. 2 seed
behind three-time defending state champ Northridge. They ended their
regular season with a 39-14 win over Kearns.
47. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.) 7-0 (nr)
The Warriors join St. Bonaventure as the second team out of Californiaâ€™s
Ventura County to be in the FAB 50. And if all goes according to form,
the two could play each other in the CIF Southern Section Division IV
final, each with 13-0 marks. Westlake kept pace with St. Bonaventure last
week with a 41-14 win over Newbury Park.
48. Kahuku (Kahuku, Hawaii) 9-0 (nr)
The Red Raiders are looking more and more like the juggernaut they were
in 2000 and 2001 when they won back-to-back state championships. They are
now in a clear-cut No. 1 position in the state rankings following
previous No. 1 Kamehameh's 14-6 upset loss to Punahou and their own 41-8
romp past Wainaae. The Red Raiders led 35-0 at halftime and held their
opponent to 78 total yards.
49. Lamar (Arlington, Texas) 8-0 (nr)
Lamar joins the rankings after scoring 47 first quarter points and
leading by 67-0 at halftime of a 79-7 romp over Fort Worth Pashal.
Derrick Bowman rushed three times for 125 yards and two scores in the
first period. Backup Traveon Jefferson carried 10 times for 125 yards.
50. Mountain Ridge (Glendale, Ariz.) 8-0 (nr)
Tim Ham racked up 198 all-purpose yards and scored twice as Mountain
Ridge beat Alhambra of Phoenix, 34-8, in a matchup of state top 10 Class
5A teams. Mountain Ridge is currently No. 2 in the Arizona Republicâ€™s
Class 5A rankings, although we like Hamilton just as much if not a tiny
Dropped Out: No. 5 Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos, Calif.); No. 16 Carol City (Miami, Fla.); No. 27 Wayne County (Waynesboro, Miss.); No 35 Benedictine (Cleveland, Ohio); No. 41 Kentwood (Covington, Wash.); No. 42 Kamehemeha (Honolulu, Hawaii); No. 47 Muskegon (Muskegon, Mich.).
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