Trinity falls from top spot after upset

Updated: December 11, 2008, 6:19 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. For the regional rankings, click here. Check out the complete Week 15 breakdown.

St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale,Fla.) is regarded as having one of the nation's top all-time all-around athletic programs, but the Raiders have never been No. 1 in the nation in football before.

Head coach George Smith and company can change that over the next two weeks. St. Thomas Aquinas is the new No. 1 in this week's ESPN RISE FAB 50 following its 56-14 romp past South Fork Friday in the Class 4A state playoffs combined with previous No. 1 Trinity (Euless, Texas) being upset by Allen, 34-21, in the Class 5A Division I playoffs.

In addition to St. Thomas Aquinas moving up to No. 1, the voters on the FAB 50 panel moved up Long Beach Poly of California from No. 4 to No. 2 and jumped up Allen of Texas from No. 19 all the way to No. 3.

It was an extremely close vote between the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 teams with just three points separating Lake Travis of Texas, Camden County of Georgia and Oscar Smith of Virginia. Camden County was previously No. 9 and received its boost after knocking off previously unbeaten Newnan, 27-7, in the Class AAAAA state semifinals in Georgia.

This week's rankings also are highlighted by the appearance of nine newly-ranked squads. Several of those teams  such as Tesoro of Las Flores, Calif., and Pine Forest of Pensacola, Fla.  are unbeaten teams that will be facing higher-ranked FAB 50 teams in key playoff games this weekend.

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

Results as of Dec. 6.

ESPN RISE FAB 50 Football Rankings: Week 15
Rank Team Record Points Previous Rank
1 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 13-0 250 pts, 5 first-place votes 2
2 Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) 13-0 244 pts 4
3 Allen (Allen, Texas) 13-1 239 pts 19
4 Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) 14-0 230 pts 5
5 Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.) 14-0 228 pts 9
6 Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) 15-0 (Season complete) 227 pts 6
7 St. Ignatius (Cleveland) 14-1 (Season complete) 217 pts 10
8 Phoebus (Hampton, Va.) 15-0 214 pts 11
9 Centennial (Corona, Calif.) 13-0 211 pts 12
10 Lakeland (Lakeland, Fla.) 13-0 205 pts 13
11 Trinity (Euless, Texas) 13-1 (Season complete) 194 pts 1
12 Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) 14-1 (Season complete) 189 pts 17
13 Plant (Tampa, Fla.) 12-1 188 pts 21
14 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) 11-1 (Season complete) 187 pts 15
15 Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) 14-0 (Season complete) 185 pts 14
16 Bethel Park (Pittsburgh) 15-0 178 pts 20
17 Elder (Cincinnati) 13-2 (Season complete) 158 pts 22
18 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 11-1 157 pts 23
19 Prattville (Ala.) 13-1 (Season complete) 151 pts 24
20 John T. Curtis (River Ridge, La.) 13-1 149* pts 26
21 Maine South (Park Ridge, Ill.) 14-0 (Season complete) 149 pts 26
22 Hightower (Fort Bend, Texas) 12-0 145 pts 36
23 South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.) 15-0 (Season complete) 143 pts 29
24 Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) 12-1 (Season complete) 135 pts 3
25 Glenville (Cleveland) 11-1 (Season complete) 121* pts 29
26 St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.) 12-1 121* pts 32
27 Union (Tulsa, Okla.) 13-1 (Season complete) 118 pts 34
28 Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) 13-1 114 pts 47
29 Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.) 13-0 110 pts 33
30 Muskegon (Mich.) 14-0 (Season complete) 102 pts 37
31 Center Grove (Ind.) 14-1 (Season complete) 86 pts 38
32 Liberty (Bethlehem, Pa.) 14-1 85 pts NR
33 Bellevue (Wash.) 14-0 (Season complete) 81 pts 43
34 Tesoro (Las Flores, Calif.) 13-0 79 pts NR
35 St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.) 12-1 (Season complete) 70 pts 8
36 Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.) 13-1 (Season complete) 68 pts 39
37 Pine Forest (Pensacola, Fla.) 12-0 64 pts NR
38 Wayzata (Plymouth, Minn.) 13-0 (Season complete) 59 pts 42
39 Permian (Odessa, Texas) 12-1 (Season complete) 58 pts 49
40 Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.) 12-1 (Season complete) 51 pts 44
41 Meridian (Meridian, Miss.) 14-1 (Season complete) 44 pts NR
42 East St. Louis (Ill.) 13-1 (Season complete) 43 pts 48
43 Homestead (Mequon, Wis.) 14-0 41 pts 45
44 Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, Ga.) 12-2 38 pts NR
45 Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) 13-1 (Season complete) 34 pts 27
46 Noxubee County (Macon, Miss.) 14-0 (Season complete) 32 pts NR
47 Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 12-1 29* pts NR
48 Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.) 13-0 29* pts NR
49 West Monroe (La.) 13-0 27 pts NR
50 South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) 14-1 (Season complete) 19 pts 10

Also Receiving Votes: Destrehan (La.) 13-0, Grant (Sacramento, Calif.) 12-0, Longview (Texas) 12-2, Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) 12-1 (Season complete); Oakton (Vienna, Va.) 13-1 (Season complete), River Hill (Clarksville, Md.) 14-0 (Season complete, Rockford (Rockford, Mich.) 13-1 (Season complete), Timpview (Provo, Utah) 14-0 (Season complete), Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa) 14-0 (Season complete), Wilson (West Lawn, Pa.) 14-1.

Dropped Out: : Previous No. 16 Maryville (Maryville, Tenn.); No. 18 North Penn (Lansdale, Pa.); No. 28 Madison County (Madison, Fla.); No. 31 Newnan (Newnan, Ga.); No. 35 Independence (Charlotte, N.C.); No. 40 Jenks (Jenks, Okla.); No. 41 Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.); No. 46 Pearland (Pearland, Texas); No. 50 Wilson (West Lawn, Pa.).

*Ties in points are broken according to which team was ranked higher by a majority of panelists. Asterisk by win-loss record indicates season is complete.