Byrnes plummets in rankings after loss

Updated: October 28, 2008, 3:51 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.

A player named Ash helped burn any hopes that the Byrnes High football team of Duncan, S.C., had of being considered the nation's No. 1 squad for the 2008 season.

The South Carolina team was No. 5 in last week's ESPN RISE FAB 50 national poll, but was No. 1 elsewhere. On Saturday against Dorman of Roebuck, S.C., a team that is no stranger to success in the Palmetto State, Byrnes not only was upset but at one point trailed 35-7 before suffering a 35-28 defeat.

Dorman led at halftime in each of the team's previous two meetings, but lost the leads in each of those games. Byrnes scored three times in the game's final 14 minutes to cut into the 35-7 lead Dorman had built through three quarters. Dorman then went for it on 4-and-1 from the 42-yard line with less than a minute to go in the game. Quarterback Walt Canty got the first down to seal the win.

The player named Ash was senior running back Ash Butler. He scored on runs of 72, 68 and 10 yards and finished with 23 carries for 190 yards.

With the loss, Byrnes dropped to No. 33 in this week's FAB 50 while Dorman was jumped up to No. 24.

In addition to Dorman, there was only one other new team in this week's FAB 50, which turned out to be unbeaten Naperville North from Illinois.

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Results based on games through Oct. 25.

ESPN RISE FAB 50 FOOTBALL RANKINGS: WEEK 8
Rank Team Record Points Previous Record
1 Trinity (Euless, Texas) 8-0 250 pts, 5 First-Place Votes 1
2 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 7-0 244 pts 2
3 Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) 8-0 241 pts 3
4 Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.) 9-0 235 pts 4
5 Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) 7-0 228 pts 6
6 Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) 8-0 226 pts, 7
7 Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) 9-0 219 pts 8
8 Glenville (Cleveland, Ohio) 10-0 217 pts 9
9 Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) 8-0 210 pts 10
10 St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.) 7-0 203 pts 11
11 Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.) 8-0 199 pts 12
12 South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) 9-0 196 pts 13
13 Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) 8-0 189 pts 14
14 Centennial (Corona, Calif.) 7-0 188 pts 19
15 Lakeland (Lakeland, Fla.) 6-0 178 pts 16
16 Phoebus (Hampton, Va.) 9-0 177 pts 17
17 St. Ignatius (Cleveland) 9-1 166 pts 18
18 Maryville (Maryville, Tenn.) 9-0 160 pts* 20
19 Elder (Cincinnati) 9-1 160 pts* 21
20 North Shore (Houston) 6-0 156 pts 22
21 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) 5-1 145 pts* 23
22 Permian (Odessa, Texas) 8-0 145 pts* 24
23 Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.) 9-0 139 pts 26
24 Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.) 9-0 129 pts NR
25 Arrowhead (Hartland, Wis.) 9-0 124 pts 25
26 North Penn (Lansdale, Pa.) 9-0 121 pts 30
27 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 6-1 118 pts 28
28 Prattville (Prattville, Ala.) 7-1 114 pts* 27
29 Plant (Tampa, Fla.) 6-1 114 pts* 29
30 Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) 8-0 108 pts 33
31 John T. Curtis (River Ridge, La.) 7-1 104 pts 31
32 Abilene (Abilene, Texas) 8-0 103 pts 32
33 Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) 8-1 93 pts 5
34 Maine South (Park Ridge, Ill.) 9-0 86 pts 34
35 The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas) 7-0 84 pts 35
36 Allen (Allen, Texas) 7-1 75 pts 36
37 Oceanside (Oceanside, Calif.) 7-0 69 pts 37
38 St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.) 6-1 66 pts 39
39 Madison County (Madison, Fla.) 6-0 63 pts 38
40 Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.) 10-0 52 pts 40
41 South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.) 9-0 51 pts 50
42 Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.) 8-0 42 pts 43
43 Union (Tulsa, Okla.) 7-1 41 pts 41
44 Northside (Warner Robins, Ga.) 7-1 32 pts 44
45 Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.) 7-1 23 pts 43
46 Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) 8-1 22 pts* 46
47 Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) 8-0 22 pts* 47
48 Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 7-1 11 pts 49
49 Naperville North (Naperville, Ill.) 9-0 10 pts NR
50 Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) 9-0 9 pts 50

Also receiving votes: Lowell (Lowell, Mich.) 9-0, Newnan (Newnan, Ga.) 8-0, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) 7-0, Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio) 10-0, St. Joseph (Montvale, N.J.) 6-0

Dropped out: Previous No. 19 Bellarmine Prep (San Jose, Calif.); No. 48 East Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

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