Student Sports FAB 50 Football Rankings – No. 12

Week 12

Throughout the course of a season, Florida teams beat up on one another like no other state in the nation, leaving very few unbeaten teams. Only Miami Northwestern and Madison County are among the top 50 teams in the country, although at least five or six other schools could easily be in this elite list!

Contributing: Mark Tennis, Sheldon Shealer.

Note: Includes won-loss record, previous ranking; after games of November 8.

1. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 9-0 (1)
With a win Friday against neighborhood rival Ygnacio Valley of Concord, the Spartans will wrap up their 14th straight unbeaten regular season. De La Salle won last weekend, 26-0, over Pittsburg, which was the team's sixth shutout of the season. The defense gave up just one first down and 56 total yards. Cameron Colvin sparked the scoring with an 89-yard kickoff return and two TD catches on passes from Anthony Gutierrez.

2. Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 10-0 (4)
After the Dragons didn't receive much of a preseason ranking from elsewhere in the nation and even in Texas (although we had them in our top 10), they are now in a position to be No. 2 behind De La Salle if they finish unbeaten and win their second straight Class 5A-Division II state title. Coach Todd Dodge's squad ended the regular season with its 26th straight win, a 47-35 victory over Coppell. Quarterback Chase Daniel completed 15 of 21 passes for 370 yards and five TDs as Carroll amassed 504 total offense yards. The Dragons led 35-24 at halftime. Carroll opens playoffs Saturday afternoon vs. Irving MacArthur.

3. Mentor (Mentor, Ohio) 12-0 (10)
The Cardinals left no doubt about who should be ranked No. 1 in the Cleveland area when it handed perennial power Cleveland St. Ignatius one of its worst losses in several years, 31-0, in a Division 1 regional semifinal. The Mentor defense forced eight turnovers, including five pass interceptions. Quarterback Thom Abbott ran for 141 yards and passed for two scores. Mentor next takes on Lakewood St. Edward, which upset state No. 1 Warren Harding, 21-13, to avenge a regular season overtime loss. Harding also was No. 2 in the FAB 50, so that loss, combined with the additional loss of previous No. 3 Palm Bay of Florida to Merritt Island, Florida, created room for Mentor to make a huge jump in this week’s national rankings.

4. Don Bosco Prep (West Orange, N.J.) 8-0 (5)
New Jersey's No. 1 ranked team had a breather last weekend, using mostly second-string players in a 65-0 blanking of Paramus. Michael Ray Garvin rushed for 177 yards and three TDs on six carries. Under New Jersey playoff guidelines, Prep receives a first-round bye since only six teams qualified.

5. North Penn (Lansdale, Pa.) 11-0 (6)
Jim Casertano scored a pair of touchdowns as North Penn advanced to the District 1-AAAA semifinals with a 28-7 victory over Ridley after leading 21-0 at halftime. North Penn faces a rematch with Pennridge, a team it defeated 35-10 in September.

6. Union (Tulsa, Okla.) 10-0 (7)
The defending state Class 6A titlist closed its regular season with a 55-6 pounding of Edmond Memorial. Union will take a 24-game victory streak into the playoffs.

7. Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) 12-0 (8)
Junior quarterback Joe Cox completed 12 of 16 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two scores in a 49-21 Class 4AA playoff opening win overEast Mecklenburg. The Patriots scored on their first seven possessions and led 35-7 at halftime in their 58th straight win. Hopewell is this week's foe.

8. Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 9-0 (9)
The biggest news from the Diablos last week came from off the field when it was finalized that they'd be playing De La Salle the next two years in a home-and-home series. Mission Viejo also has set up an additional home-and-home matchup with Los Alamitos, which was No. 4 in this year's preseason FAB 50 and was No. 5 two weeks ago when it was upset by Fountain Valley. Last weekend on the field, the Diablos drubbed Dana Hills of Dana Point, 68-7, for their 37th straight win.

9. Mountain View (Mesa, Ariz.) 10-0 (11)
The Toros extended their win streak to 24 games with a 64-0 pounding of rival Mesa to close the regular season. Max Hall passed for four touchdowns. The defending state Class 5A champions open this year's state playoffs vs. South Mountain of Phoenix.

10. Carmel (Carmel, Ill.) 11-0 (12)
The No. 1 ranked Illinois team had a running clock in the third quarter of its 55-7 Class 6A second round playoff victory over Crystal Lake South. Five different players rushed for TDs and quarterback Mark Venegoni passed for two scores.

11. Richmond County (Rockingham, N.C.) 12-0 (14)
Marcus Rush carried 15 times for 212 yards and two scores as the Raiders opened the state Class 4AA playoffs with a 46-5 win over Charlotte Vance. Jamar Bryant completed 14 of 17 passes for 155 yards and rushed for two scores.

12. The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas) 10-0 (15)
The Highlanders jumped out to a 31-0 halftime lead and blanked Conroe, 41-0, in a regular season finale. Danny Amendola scored on a 67-yard punt return and a 52-yard pass reception from Jordan Dodson.

13. Northwestern (Miami, Fla.) 10-0 (17)
Kevin Moyd rushed for 223 yards and a 67-yard touchdown as the Bulls downed Jackson, 24-14, in the annual Soul Bowl at Pro Player Stadium. The state's No. 1 ranked Class 6A team opens playoffs this weekend. Northwestern also now is in line to be No. 1 in the state overall after Palm Bay's loss to Merritt Island.


14. St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.) 10-0 (13)
St. Joseph's Prep had the week off as it earned the top seed in the city Catholic League playoffs. The Prep will take on LaSalle in the conference semifinals. The Prep defeated LaSalle, 37-0, in the regular season.

15. Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) 11-0 (16)
Running backs Brett Baseshore (167 yards, three touchdowns) and Dan Lawlor (119 yards, two TDs) did most of the damage in CV's 56-15 thrashing of Harrisburg in the District 3-AAAA semifinals. At one point, CV scored 17 points in 16 seconds.

16. Lufkin (Lufkin, Texas) 9-1 (18)
The Panthers wrapped up the tough District 11-5A title with a 14-0 repeat season victory over Longview, the eighth straight win over the Lobos. Lufkin forced five Longview turnovers and Jorvorskie Lane ran for 106 yards and a score. The Panthers open the state playoffs vs. Garland.

17. North Shore (Houston, Texas) 10-0 (21)
Justin McNeese rushed only five times but gained 167 yards and scored the game's first three touchdowns in a 56-7 rout of Pasadena Dobie. North Shore led by 49-0 at halftime.

18. Millard North (Omaha, Neb.) 10-0 (19)
The Mustangs set a state Class A playoff record 590 rushing yards on 62 carries in a 49-0 blanking of Norfolk. North advanced to a Monday night quarterfinal game vs. Omaha Westside.

19. East Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, Mich.) 11-0 (20)
The defending state Division 3 champs rebounded from an early 14-0 deficit to oust Ionia, 48-21, in a district title game. Junior Kevin Grady rushed for 202 yards as the Pioneers extended win streak to 25 games.

20. Summerville (Summerville, S.C.) 11-0 (22)
The Green Wave completed an unbeaten regular season with a 43-22 win over Colleton County. Alex Haynes rushed for 76 yards and two TDs.

21. Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.) 9-0 (24)
Georgia's No. 1 ranked Class AAAAA team etched their sixth season shutout, 36-0, over Beach. Josh Campbell opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 70-yard pass interception return.

22. South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.) 9-0 (23)
Quarterback Ryan Rickert completed 8 of 12 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown and rushed for two scores in a 38-7 win over Dacula.

23. Blue Springs (Blue Springs, Mo.) 10-0 (25)
Quarterback Stinson Dean rushed for 100 yards and passed for 127 yards as the Wildcats defeated city rival, and 8-1 record, Blue Springs South, 21-12, to cap regular season play. Blue Springs faces defending state Class 6A champion Kansas City Rockhurst Saturday in a playoff opener. South edged Rockhurst in September.

24. Mullen (Denver, Colo.) 10-0 (27)
Conor Rauschelbach connected on touchdown passes of 41, 35 and 63 yards to speedy Nate York as the Mustangs won their Class 5A state playoff opener, 35-14, over Boulder. Standout senior Maurice Greer motored on with 212 yards rushing on 24 carries and one TD. This week, Mullen plays defending state champion Columbine of Littleton (9-2) in a quarterfinal game.

25. Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) 12-0 (40)
Junior fullback Mister Simpson rushed 23 times for 218 yards and four touchdowns and quarterback Erick Fitzpatrick carried 24 times for 168 yards as the Cardinals ousted Moeller of Cincinnati, 30-23, in Division 1 regional semifinals. Colerain outrushed Moeller, 413-30. The Cardinals play another city rival, defending state champion Elder, this weekend.

26. Brookwood (Snellville, Ga.) 8-1 (26)
Chris Covington scored four touchdowns -- three rushing and one receiving -- and racked up 134 all-purpose yards in a 41-6 victory over Berkmar.

27. J.W. North (Riverside, Calif.) 9-0 (29)
Josh Barnett piled up 230 yards in rushing and receiving and scored five touchdowns as the Huskies continued their march toward a perfect regular season with a 49-14 triumph over Arlington of Riverside.

28. Oak Creek (Oak Creek, Wis.) 12-0 (28)
The Knights rallied from behind to score with 19 seconds left in a 21-17 state Division 1 quarterfinal game. Quarterback David Mortensen broke loose on a 48-yard run to set up the winning seven-yard TD pass to Orlando Lewis.

29. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 10-0 (31)
The Stags wrapped up their third perfect regular season showing in six seasons with a 41-0 thrashingh of Archbishop Carroll (D.C.). DeMatha will be heavy favorites when the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs start this week. DeMatha has won every WCAC game this season by at least 17 points.

30. Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.) 8-1 (30)
The Panthers, winners of 53 of their last 54 games and three straight state 5A titles, had a bye this week.

31. Chaparral (Scottsdale, Az.) 10-0 (33)
Billy Beran opened the game with a 90-yard kickoff return score and Kam Krantz rushed five times for 139 yards and three touchdowns as the state's No. 1 ranked Class 4A team routed 8-1 record Arcadia, 72-14. The two teams meet again this weekend as the state playoffs start.

32. Northridge (Layton, Utah) 11-0 (35)
The Knights won't be playing usual state playoff nemesis Skyline of Salt Lake in this year's Class 5A final, but will be running into the Eagles in this weekend's semifinals. Northridge moved on with a 40-21 victory over Brighton as senior runningback Lynwood Johnson ran for 120 yards and two TDs.

33. Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 10-1 (36)
The Bucs defeated Birmingham Huffman for the second straight week, this time by a 50-15 rout in the first round of the state Class 6A playoffs. Next up is 10-1 record Minor.

34. Ennis (Ennis, Texas) 10-0 (37)
Quarterback Graham Harrell was held to a season low 206 passing yards on 13 of 38 aerials with two TD passes in a 49-22 win over Terrell. The state's No. 1 ranked Class 4A team led by 36-16 at halftime.

35. Madison County (Madison, Fla.) 9-0-1 (nr)

Sophomore Desmond Gee rushed for 249 yards and five touchdowns and senior Marquis Powell gained 240 yards and scored three times in a 56-42 shootout victory over Daytona Beach Seabreeze. Florida's No. 1 Class AA team earlier handed first losses to state-ranked Tallahassee Lincoln, Lake City Columbia and Crawfordville Wakulla.


36. Everett (Everett, Mass.) 7-0 (32)
Everett survived the team's first big test of the season with a 14-0 victory over Peabody.

37. Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) 11-0 (38)
The Rebels recorded their second straight unbeaten regular season with a 45-8 win over Boiling Springs. The defending state champion had three quarterbacks pass for scores, including starter Trey Elder, who also rushed for the game's first TD.

38. St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.) 9-0 (39)
Adrian Jones led the defense in a 43-0 rout of Goleta Dos Pueblos with three sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries. Matt Lee led the offense with 18 carries for 153 yards and three touchdowns. The Seraphs play San Marcos of Santa Barbara in this week's game.

39. Reitz (Evansville, Ind.) 12-0 (41)
Indiana's No. 1 ranked team pounded city foe Harrison, 56-18, in the section final of the Class 5A playoffs. Reitz tackles Center Grove in this week's quarterfinals.

40. South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) 11-0 (42)
Mississippi's No.1 ranked team closed its regular season with a 48-7 win over West Point. Quarterback Derek Pegues rushed for TDs of 31 and 59 yards. South Panola opens the Class 5A state playoffs vs. Madison Central.

41. Hunter (Salt Lake City, Utah) 12-0 (44)
In the other Class 5A state semifinal this weekend opposite Northridge vs. Skyline, the Wolverines meet also unbeaten Alta. Hunter had perhaps the most impressive win among all four teams last week with a 24-7 triumph over Clearfield. Matt Asiata rushed for 132 yards and one score while Tauni Vakapuna had two scores and 99 yards.

42. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.) 9-0 (45)
Quarterback Rudy Carpenter caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Jason Soporito, which was appropriate because the senior threw five of them himself as the Warriors rolled past Simi Valley, 58-21, to remain unbeaten. They play 7-2 Moorpark this week and can’t lose focus that an upset loss would throw their league standings into a three-way tie.

43. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 9-1 (43)
Tramell McGill rushed seven times for 108 yards and a touchdown in a 31-0 blanking of rival Chandler. Hamilton opens Class 5A state playoff action vs. Corona del Sol.

44. Elder (Cincinnati, Ohio) 11-1 (nr)
Bradley Glatthaar rushed 37 times for 180 yards and four touchdowns as the defending state Division 1 champion ousted Clayton Northmont, 33-7, in a regional semifinal. Elder advances to face unbeaten and FAB 50 ranked Colerain on Saturday.

45. Lamar (Arlington, Texas) 10-0 (48)
Derrick Bowman scored two touchdowns as Lamar defeated city rival Arlington High, 21-0, in a regular season finale billed as the Peach Bowl. Lamar coach Eddie Peach defeated his son and Arlington coach, Scott Peach.

46. Lincoln County (Fayetteville, Tenn.) 11-0 (47)
Michael Edmiston rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns as Lincoln County struggled in a 19-6 first round playoff victory over Oakland. Lincoln County had defeated the Patriots by 51 points in the regular season.

47. Kakuhu (Kahuku, Hawaii) 11-0 (46)
The Red Raiders won their fifth Oahu Interscholastic Association title in the last six years, but it wasn't easy as they edged Kailua by just 7-0. The winning and only score of the game came with 20 seconds left on a six-yard pass from Waika Carvalho to Tevita Finau. Kahuku will now go for its third state title in the last four years.

48. Mountain Ridge (Glendale, Ariz.) 10-0 (49)
Mountain Ridge closed its regular season with a 24-7 win over Maryvale. Cody Rohlwing passed for 245 yards and two scores and rushed for a 10-yard touchdown.

49. Pomona (Arvada, Colo.) 11-0 (nr)
Quarterback Nick Sullivan rushed for 118 yards on 19 carries and scored twice in a 32-14 victory over Regis of Denver. Pomona went unbeaten in winning the highly-regarded Centennial League of suburban Denver and in the last few weeks has emerged as a solid No. 2 in the state behind Mullen.

50. Hampton (Hampton, Va.) 9-0 (nr)
The Crabbers have a win over preseason FAB 50 member Phoebus from earlier in the year and last week rallied from a 14-7 halftime deficit to beat Woodside, 35-14. Andre Shuler led the way with 110 yards rushing and two TDs.

Dropped Out: Previous No. 2 Warren Harding (Warren, Ohio); No. 3 Palm Bay (Melbourne, Fla.); No. 34 Mainland (Daytona Beach, Fla.); No. 50 Naperville North (Naperville, Ill.).

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