2004 National Prep Poll – Pre Season

Pre-Season Poll

Orlando Edgewater will start the 2004 season as the No. 4 team in the nation. Defending 5A champion Daytona Beach Mainland is No. 9. Other teams that rate nationally are Naples and Miami Northwestern – according to the hard-working people at the National Prep Poll.

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 2003 won-loss-tie records:

1. Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-0-0), four-time defending Prep Poll champion

2. Charlotte, N.C., Independence (16-0-0), four straight state titles and 62 straight wins

3. Jenks, Okla. (12-2-0), seven 6A state titles in last eight years

4. Orlando, Fla., Edgewater (11-4-0), 6A state runner-up last two years.

5. Southlake, Texas, Carroll (15-1-0), returns Missouri recruit QB Chase Daniel

6. Mission Viejo, Calif. (13-1-0), record is 41-1-0 over last three seasons

7. Cincinnati, Colerain (12-1-0), RB Mister Simpson will play at Michigan

8. Pittsburgh, Central Catholic (12-3-0), opens season with regionally ranked Philadelphia, Saint Joseph's Prep

9. Daytona Beach, Fla., Mainland (13-1-0), reigning 5A state champion

10. Katy, Texas (15-1-0), defending 5A/II state titlist

11. Shreveport, La., Evangel (10-4-0), plays teams from four states

12. Lockport, Ill. (12-2-0), owns back-to-back 8A state crowns

13. Newnan, Ga., (12-2-0), returns 15 starters from state semifinalist team

14. Hoover, Ala. (14-1-0), three 6A state championships in four years

15. Oradell, N.J., Bergen Catholic (10-2-0), won eight state titles between 1991 and 2001

16. Los Angeles, Loyola (11-3-0), defending CIF-SS Division I champion

17. Bellevue, Wash. (13-1-0), winner of three straight 3-A state titles

18. Murfreesboro, Tenn., Riverdale (12-3-0), in eight state title games since 1993

19. Blue Springs, Mo. (13-0-0), in national or regional rankings for 57 straight weeks

20. Joliet, Ill., Catholic (13-1-0), four state championships in last seven seasons

21. Duncan, S.C., Byrnes (15-0-0), unbeaten versus in-state teams since 2001

22. Hampton, Va., Phoebus (10-2-0), features superstar RB Elan Lewis

23. Naples, Fla. (13-2-0), swarming defense led by dominant DE Spencer Adkins

24. Denver, Mullen Prep (12-1-0), Dave Logan was national coach of the year in 2001

25. St. Paul, Minn., Cretin-Derham Hall (10-2-0), has an Oct. 21 date with No. 11 Evangel

NORTHEAST
1. Pittsburgh, Central Catholic, 13-2-0
2. Oradell, N.J., Bergen Catholic, 10-2-0
3. Philadelphia, Saint Joseph's Prep, 12-0-0
4. Lansdale, Pa., North Penn, 15-0-0
5. Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco, 11-0-0
6. Everett, Mass., 11-0-0
7. Montvale, N.J., St. Joseph Regional, 10-2-0
8. Harrisburg, Pa., 8-2-0
9. New Rochelle, N.Y., 12-1-0
10. New Britain, Conn., 13-0-0

EAST COAST
1. Charlotte, N.C., Independence, 16-0-0
2. Duncan, S.C., Byrnes, 15-0-0
3. Hampton, Va., Phoebus, 10-2-0
4. Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha, 12-0-0
5. Shelby, N.C., Crest, 12-3-0
6. Gaffney, S.C., 14-1-0
7. Summerville, S.C., 13-1-0
8. Frederick, Md., Linganore, 13-1-0
9. Richmond, Va., Varina, 10-2-0
10. Durham, N.C., Southern, 13-2-0

SOUTHEAST
1. Orlando, Fla., Edgewater, 11-4-0
2. Daytona Beach, Fla., Mainland, 13-1-0

3. Shreveport, La., Evangel, 10-4-0
4. Newnan, Ga., 12-2-0
5. Hoover, Ala., 14-1-0
6. Murfreesboro, Tenn., Riverdale, 12-3-0
7. Naples, Fla., 13-2-0
8. Kingsland, Ga., Camden County, 15-0-0
9. Miami, Northwestern, 12-1-0
10. Lafayette, La., Carencro, 12-2-0

MIDWEST
1. Cincinnati, Colerain, 12-1-0
2. Lockport, Ill., 12-2-0
3. Joliet, Ill., Joliet Catholic, 13-1-0
4. Lakewood, Ohio, St. Edward, 11-4-0
5. Cincinnati, St. Xavier, 6-3-0
6. Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South, 13-1-0
7. Cleveland, St. Ignatius, 9-4-0
8. Indianapolis, Bishop Chatard, 14-1-0
9. Hartland, Wis., Arrowhead, 11-3-0
10. Grandville, Mich., 9-4-0

MIDLANDS
1. Blue Springs, Mo., 13-0-0
2. Denver, Mullen Prep, 12-1-0
3. St. Paul, Minn., Cretin-Derham Hall, 10-2-0
4. Kansas City, Mo., Rockhurst, 8-3-0
5. Omaha, Neb., Creighton Prep, 12-1-0
6. Bettendorf, Iowa, 9-2-0
7. Olathe, Kan., North, 10-3-0
8. Eden Prairie, Minn., 10-2-0
9. Columbia, Mo., Hickman, 8-4-0
10. West Valley City, Utah, Hunter, 14-0-0

SOUTHWEST
1. Jenks, Okla., 12-2-0
2. Southlake, Texas, Carroll, 15-1-0
3. Katy, Texas, 15-1-0
4. Longview, Texas, 7-4-0
5. Denton, Texas, Ryan, 14-2-0
6. Lufkin, Texas, 9-2-0
7. Tulsa, Okla., Union, 12-1-0
8. Humble, Texas, 7-5-0
9. Chandler, Ariz., Hamilton, 13-1-0
10. Little Rock, Ark., Central, 14-0-0

WEST COAST
1. Concord, Calif., De La Salle, 13-0-0
2. Mission Viejo, Calif., 13-1-0
3. Los Angeles, Loyola, 11-3-0
4. Bellevue, Wash., 13-1-0
5. Long Beach, Calif., Poly, 11-3-0
6. Pasco, Wash., 13-1-0
7. Los Alamitos, Calif., 11-2-0
8. Sherman Oaks, Calif., Notre Dame, 12-2-0
9. Oceanside, Calif., 9-3-0
10. Fresno, Calif., Clovis West, 11-1-0

FEATS OF THE WEEK: Four-time defending National Prep Poll champion Concord, Calif., De La Salle puts its national-record 151-game winning streak on the line with a 2004 schedule that includes a trip to Seattle to face No. 17 Bellevue, Wash., at Seahawks Stadium, and home matchups with No. 6 Mission Viejo and regionally ranked Clovis West. The top-ranked Spartans are the only team to win four consecutive Prep Poll titles and are shooting for their seventh national crown overall. Coach Bob Ladouceur takes a 287-14-1 career record into a season in which De La Salle will also be heavily favored to capture an unprecedented 13th straight CIF-NCS Class 4A championship. The top returning players include QB Kevin Lopina (an Oregon State recruit), WR/S Anthony Gutierrez, G/LB Zac McNally and WR/S Danny Ladouceur.

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; 2002--Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-0-0), Bob Ladouceur, and 2003--Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-0-0), Bob Ladouceur.

Copyright 2004 World Features Syndicate, Inc.

About the National Prep Poll: Compiled weekly since 1987 and a property of World Features Syndicate, the National Prep Poll is the nation's second oldest weekly high school sports rankings and are the only high school rankings distributed to newspapers around the United States by the Associated Press national wire service. Final determinations of rankings and team selection is formulated by DeMoney, Plowman and the pollsters viewing all ranked teams either in person or on tape before and during the season. DeMoney accumulates a library of more than 750 game tapes (provided by the high school coaches) throughout the course of the season. Questions and comments regarding the National Prep Poll should be directed to PrepPoll@aol.com.

OTHERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:
Hart (Newhall, Calif.) 11-3
Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) 11-3
LaGrange (Ga.) 14-1
St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) 11-4
Longview (Texas) 7-4
Central (Little Rock, Ark.) 14-0
Grant (Sacramento, Calif.) 12-2
Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) 12-2
Oceanside (Calif.) 9-3
New Britain (Conn.) 13-0
Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) 15-0
Northwestern (Miami) 12-1
Naples (Fla.) 13-2
Carol City (Miami) 14-1
Central (Miami) 6-5
Plantation (Fla.) 10-2
Monsignor Pace (Opa Lacka, Fla.) 12-3
Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.) 14-1
Madison County (Madison, Fla.) 12-1-1
Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.) 10-3

Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) 9-3
Newnan (Ga.) 12-2
Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.) 11-2
Bettendorf (Iowa) 9-2
Warren Central (Indianapolis) 12-3
Bishop Chatard (Indianapolis) 14-1
Boyle County (Danville, Ky.) 15-0
Hahnville (Boutte, La.) 15-0
John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) 11-2
DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 12-0
Good Counsel (Wheaton, Md.) 8-2
Everett (Mass.) 11-0
Detroit Catholic Central (Redford, Mich.) 13-1
Grandville (Mich.) 9-4
South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) 15-0
Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.) 8-3
Creighton Prep (Omaha, Neb.) 12-1
Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) 11-0
St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) 10-2
New Rochelle (N.Y.) 12-1
Poly Prep (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 8-1
New Bern (N.C.) 14-2
Richmond County (Rockingham, N.C.) 14-1
Elder (Cincinnati) 14-1
St. Ignatius (Cleveland) 9-4
St. Xavier (Cincinnati) 6-3
Warren Harding (Warren, Ohio) 11-1
Cathedral Prep (Erie, Pa.) 7-5
Central Catholic (Pittsburgh) 13-2
St. Joseph Prep (Philadelphia) 12-0
Montgomery Bell (Nashville, Tenn.) 11-1
Lamar (Arlington, Texas) 13-1
Ryan (Denton, Texas) 14-2
Humble (Texas) 7-5
Summerville (S.C.) 13-1
Westfield (Chantilly, Va.) 14-0
Pasco (Wash.) 13-1
D.C. Everest (Schofield, Wis.) 14-0

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