It’s been a strange week at No. 45 Holy Spirit (Absecon, N.J.) with the Spartans being assessed a forfeit loss after their first game due to the use of an ineligible player.
One constant for Holy Spirit not only early this season but last year as well has been the power running of 6-foot-1, 215-pound running Donta Pollock.
As a junior, Pollock piled up 1,878 yards and scored 178 points to lead Holy Spirit to a 12-0 record plus the Non-Public Group III state championship. Forfeit or no forfeit, he has still picked up right where he left off.
Pollock led the Spartans to a 42-14 victory last weekend over Absegami (Galloway, N.J.) with 32 carries for 235 yards and three touchdowns.
In the 41-16 season-opening victory against Oak Crest (Mays Landing, N.J.), which was the game later switched to a forfeit loss, Pollock dominated with 32 carries for 201 yards and two touchdowns.
Pollock will be looking for his third straight 200-yard outing in this week’s game at Bridgeton (Bridgeton, N.J.).
Here is the rest of this week’s edition of Inside the FAB 50:
FAB 50 RANKED TEAMS WITH NO STATE TITLES
The highest ranked team in this week’s FAB 50 that has never won a state football title is No. 10 Good Counsel (Olney, Md.), although there’s a giant asterisk attached because the Greyhounds have never been part of a state association.
Good Counsel has won the last two Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles, which is the highest title the team can aspire to win. The Greyhounds also can shoot to be the No. 1 ranked team in Maryland, but regular season losses the past two seasons have caused neither squad to finish that high.
The next highest ranked team to have never won a state championship is No. 16 Grayson (Loganville, Ga.). That school has only been open since 2000 and made a solid run to the AAAAA crown just last year before a loss to Colquitt County in the semifinals ended the bid.
Two other Georgia teams in the FAB 50 that have never won state titles are No. 24 Stephenson of Stone Mountain and No. 36 McEachern of Powder Springs.
Three of the nine teams from Texas in this week’s FAB 50 also are without state crowns in the trophy case. They are No. 29 Coppell, No. 31 DeSoto and No. 46 Dallas Skyline. If Skyline were to come through this year, that would be additionally exciting in Dallas because no Dallas Independent School District school has won a state title in any division since the 1950s.
California teams also would figure to make this list because the CIF state bowl games have only been around for five years. Three of the five teams in the FAB 50, however, have won titles before. The two that haven’t are No. 34 Mission Viejo and No. 37 Long Beach Poly, but both have won CIF Southern Section titles, which is the equivalent of a state because that section counts well over 500 schools as members.
The only other school on this list is No. 30 Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.). The Mavericks, however, have only been around since 2007.
HIGHEST RISING NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
No. 46 Skyline (Dallas)
Despite having the weekend off after a 3-0 start, the Raiders made the biggest move in the FAB 50 this week during a weekend that saw very little movement. It was the cumulative impact of what they did before their bye that pushed them upward over the past two weeks.
Skyline’s first win of the season against a team from Texas came in its last outing with a 47-14 romp past Bowie of Arlington, which was 2-0 and state-ranked at the time. Devante Kincade passed for 202 yards and three touchdowns in the victory and has been impressive to start the season.
In the team’s opener, Ridgeway (Memphis, Tenn.) was no match in a 47-7 defeat, then came an impressive 36-20 victory against Cocoa (Cocoa, Fla.) at Cowboys Stadium. Cocoa was No. 24 in the preseason FAB 50 and also had begun the season with a 34-game winning streak.
WHY ARE TEAMS WITH LOSSES IN THE FAB 50?
The POWERADE FAB 50 includes eight teams this week that have lost games this season. Why?
It's simple: all of those teams have bowed to higher ranked FAB 50 teams while playing a competitive schedule.
Here are those teams, ranked by FAB 50 order, with losses:
No. 11 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 4-1 – Loss is to No. 5 Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) 20-17 with game against No. 15 Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) coming up on Sept. 30.
No. 12 Prattville (Prattville, Ala.) 3-1 – Loss is to No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas 34-31 in opening game.
No. 28 St. Xavier (Cincinnati) 3-1 – Loss is to No. 9 Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) 17-7 after getting win against No. 44 Colerain (Cincinnati).
No. 34 Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 2-1 – Loss is to No. 1 Don Bosco Prep 35-7 with No. 37 Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) coming up this weekend.
No. 39 Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) 1-2 – Losses are to No. 10 Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) in two overtimes and to No. 1 Don Bosco Prep 22-16.
No. 43 Butler (Matthews, N.C.) 3-1 – Loss is to No. 30 Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.) 28-20 in first game.
No. 44 Colerain (Cincinnati) 3-1 – Loss is to No. 28 St. Xavier (Cincinnati) 17-14.
No. 47 Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) 2-1 – Loss is to No. 17 Pittsburgh Central Catholic 20-17.