St. Thomas Aquinas jumps to No. 2

Updated: October 21, 2008, 3:41 PM ET
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Editor's note: ESPN will release the ESPN RISE FAB 50 national football rankings to start each week of the regular season. The rankings combine three previously independent polls and are compiled by a panel of voters, including Doug Huff (Wheeling, W. Va.); Jon Mahoney (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Sheldon Shealer (Myersville, Md.); Brian Stumpf (Torrance, Calif.) and Mark Tennis
(Stockton, Calif.). Kynon Codrington, Christopher Lawlor, Mike Loveday, Bob Masajo and Paul Muyskens also contributed to the poll.

Talk about avenging a loss. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) took its revenge so impressively Friday that the Raiders have now edged Georgia's Lowndes High for the No. 2 spot in this week's ESPN RISE FAB 50 national rankings.

Coach George Smith's team faced unbeaten Deerfield Beach in a Florida showdown of ranked squads. Memories of the Raiders' only loss last season were completely erased in a 65-10 Raiders romp. Senior wide receiver Duron Carter hauled in a 65-yard touchdown catch and junior running back Giovanni Bernard had a rushing score and a 70-yard punt return in the win.

For St. Thomas Aquinas to surpass season-long FAB 50 No. 1 Trinity (Euless, Texas), it will probably need Trinity to lose in the Class 5A Division I state playoffs. The Trojans already have several quality wins of their own, including those against Allen of Texas and John Curtis of River Ridge, La.

This week's ESPN RISE FAB 50 also is highlighted by six new teams breaking into the rankings. The highest of those is previously mentioned Allen of Texas, which knocked off previously No. 15-ranked Plano of Texas 56-23 -- in a game witnessed by 15,000 at John Clark Stadium in Plano -- to earn the No. 36 spot.

Rankings: Preseason | Week 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 14 | 16 | Final

Results based on games through Oct. 18.

Click here for a full Week 8 breakdown.

ESPN RISE FAB 50 FOOTBALL RANKINGS: WEEK 8
Rank Team Record Points Previous Record
1 Trinity (Euless, Texas) 7-0 250 pts, 5 First-Place Votes 1
2 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 6-0 243 pts 3
3 Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) 7-0 241 pts 2
4 Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.) 8-0 234 pts 4
5 Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) 8-0 232 pts 5
6 Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) 6-0 223 pts 6
7 Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) 7-0 221 pts, 7
8 Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) 8-0 216 pts 8
9 Glenville (Cleveland, Ohio) 9-0 210 pts 9
10 Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) 8-0 203 pts 12
11 St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.) 6-0 202 pts 11
12 Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.) 7-0 193 pts 13
13 South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) 8-0 191 pts 14
14 Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) 7-0 184 pts 18
15 Centennial (Corona, Calif.) 6-0 177 pts 19
16 Lakeland (Lakeland, Fla.) 6-0 174 pts 17
17 Phoebus (Hampton, Va.) 8-0 166 pts 22
18 St. Ignatius (Cleveland) 8-1 163 pts 21
19 Bellarmine Prep (San Jose, Calif.) 6-0 161 pts 23
20 Maryville (Maryville, Tenn.) 9-0 158 pts 20
21 Elder (Cincinnati) 8-1 146 pts 28
22 North Shore (Houston) 5-0 143 pts 29
23 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) 4-1 141 pts 25
24 Permian (Odessa, Texas) 7-0 135 pts 30
25 Arrowhead (Hartland, Wis.) 8-0 128 pts 27
26 Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.) 8-0 120 pts 33
27 Prattville (Prattville, Ala.) 7-1 118 pts 32
28 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 5-1 112 pts 34
29 Plant (Tampa, Fla.) 5-1 110 pts 31
30 North Penn (Lansdale, Pa.) 8-0 103 pts 36
31 John T. Curtis (River Ridge, La.) 6-1 101 pts 35
32 Abilene (Abilene, Texas) 7-0 99 pts 28
33 Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) 7-0 90 pts 42
34 Maine South (Park Ridge, Ill.) 8-0 87 pts 39
35 The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas) 6-0 81 pts 40
36 Allen (Allen, Texas) 6-1 75 pts NR
37 Oceanside (Oceanside, Calif.) 6-0 66 pts 45
38 Madison County (Madison, Fla.) 5-0 59 pts 41
39 St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.) 5-1 57 pts 46
40 Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.) 8-0 52 pts 44
41 Union (Tulsa, Okla.) 6-1 43 pts 47
42 South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.) 8-0 41 pts* 50
43 Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.) 7-0 41 pts* 49
44 Northside (Warner Robins, Ga.) 6-1 36 pts 48
45 Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.) 7-1 35 pts 43
46 Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) 8-1 29 pts NR
47 Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) 7-0 19 pts NR
48 East Grand Rapids (Grands Rapids, Mich.) 8-0 16 pts NR
49 Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 6-1 14 pts NR
50 Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.)s 7-0 10 pts NR

Also receiving votes: Highland Park (Dallas, Texas) 7-0, Miami Northwestern (Miami, Fla.) 6-1, Naperville North (Naperville, Ill.) 8-0, Newnan (Newnan, Ga.) 7-0, Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio) 9-0, Timpview (Provo, Utah) 8-0, St. Joseph (Montvale, N.J.) 5-0, Wayne County (Waynesville, Miss.) 8-0.

Dropped out: Previous No. 10 Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach, Fla.); No. 15 Plano (Plano, Texas); No. 16 Carmel (Carmel, Ind.); No. 24 Bastrop (Bastrop, La.); No. 26 Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, Md.); No. 37 Blue Springs (Blue Springs, Mo.).

*Ties in points are broken according to which team was ranked higher by a majority of panelists.