To attain the status of being a legendary coach in high school school football, the milestone that often seems to get someone over the top is 200 career victories.
Among the teams in this week’s POWERADE FAB 50, nine of them are coached by men with 200 wins or more. Four of the nine also have passed the 300-win milestone. They are Bob Milloy of No. 8 Good Counsel (Olney, Md.); John Herrington of No. 11 Harrison (Farmington Hills, Mich.); Bob Ladouceur of No. 25 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.); and Tony Severino of No. 34 Rockhurst (Kansas City).
Greg Toal, the coach of No. 1 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), is among those with at least 200 career triumphs. The others are Steve Lineweaver of No. 8 Euless Trinity (Euless, Texas); Bob Johnson of No. 31 Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.); Joe Kinnan of No. 37 Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.); and Harry Welch of No. 49 Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
Several of these coaches faced off earlier this season with Toal’s club beating Bob Johnson’s while Milloy’s boys posted a double-overtime win over Kinnan’s team.
On Thursday, Welch’s team at Santa Margarita will take on Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos, Calif.), which is coached by John Barnes, who may get to 300 wins next season and who just moved into the top five on the all-time California list that is led by Ladoucuer (373 victories).
Spotlight Player of the Week
T.J. Yeldon, Daphne (Daphne, Ala.)
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior running back is off to a fast start in his third season as a standout for the FAB 50 No. 32 ranked Trojans.
In five wins this season, the Auburn recruit has rushed 90 times for 1,005 yards and 14 touchdowns. His most productive game was against Foley (Foley, Ala.) when he ran 30 times for 319 yards and three scores. In his last four games, Yeldon has rushed for 208, 164, 319 and 212 yards. He played only the first half in the opening win over Bryant (Irvington, Ala.) and gained 102 yards on 10 carries.As a junior, Yeldon led Daphne to a 15-0 record and the Class 6A state title while rushing for 1,112 yards and 18 scores and landing 34 pass receptions for 504 yards and five touchdowns. In his sophomore season, he rushed for 1,121 yards and 15 touchdowns, caught 31 passes for 361 yards and a score and returned two kicks all the way to the end zone.
Highest Rising Newcomer of the Week
No. 40 Moeller (Cincinnati)
The Crusaders join the FAB 50 this week after surviving a 27-24 victory last weekend over rival and FAB 50 ranked St. Xavier (Cincinnati). Moeller's schedule doesn't get any easier, however, since the Crusaders will face the three teams they lost to in the regular season last year, including 5-0 city rival La Salle (Cincinnati) on Thursday. The final three regular season games are against Cathedral (Indianapolis), defending Division 1 champion and FAB 50 No. 6 St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) and Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), ranked No. 7 in the FAB 50.
The inclusion of Moeller into the FAB 50 makes Cincinnati the only city with three ranked teams. The others are No. 42 St. Xavier and No. 47 Colerain. Last season, Moeller also started 5-0 before bowing to Cathedral, La Salle and St. Edward. The Crusaders didn't play the Kentucky power, Trinity, in 2010.
This year's Moeller team has been led by junior quarterback Spencer Iacovone and touted wide receiver recruit Monty Madaris. Iacovone missed the last six games with an injury last season when Moeller went 2-4.
Hard to Predict In The Texas Playoffs
In many states, when one looks over a list of highly ranked teams, it’s well-known and easy to see which teams will be perhaps running into each other in the playoffs.
It doesn’t work that way in Texas. Each Class 5A and Class 4A district in the state is split into Division I and Division II and those cutoffs are based on school enrollment and win-loss record within the district.
So while FAB 50 No. 3 Allen, No. 5 Katy and No. 8 Euless Trinity all could make it into the Class 5A Division I playoffs, it’s also possible that all three could end up Class 5A Division II. Euless Trinity is the most likely of those three to be Division I while the chances are higher that Katy would end up Division II than the others. The last time Katy won a Texas state title was in Division II in 2009, although last year the Tigers were in Division I when they lost to Pearland in a matchup of undefeated teams.
Other FAB 50 ranked Texas teams that for certain will be Class 5A Division I for the playoffs (due to enrollment) include No. 28 DeSoto, No. 30 Coppell and No. 41 Dallas Skyline.