2007 High School Rankings: Week 11
Four teams were eliminated from their postseasons last weekend, with three dropping out of the ESPN HIGH Elite 25 high school football rankings.
First, the good news for No. 23 Colerain (Cincinnati), which slips 14 spots after loss to No. 2 St. Xavier (Cincinnati) in the region final. Both teams are clearly the top two in Ohio's large class (Division I). Ohio is the Midwest's power state and has two weeks remaining in the season.
Southland teams North Cobb (Suwanee, Ga.) and West Monroe (La.) were sent packing. Joining the Elite 25 are three teams, including two from the East.
No. 15 Orange (Calif.) Lutheran makes the season's biggest leap and owns a regular-season win over No. 16 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.). The two league rivals could meet in the section playoffs.
No. 24 St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) for the third consecutive season plays No. 17 Don Bosco Prep for a state title. St. Peter's is led by ESPN 150 player Will Hill and has ripped two playoff foes this month. No. 25 Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.) has won 11 straight after an opening-season loss to No. 11 Cardinal Mooney (Youngstown, Ohio), which is two wins away from a second consecutive Ohio Division IV crown. Gateway meets No. 13 Central Catholic (Pittsburgh) Friday for the WPIAL Class AAAA championship. The winner moves onto the eight-team PIAA Class AAAA tournament.
Teams from Five Midwest Region states -- Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri -- play for state championships this weekend, while several states interrupt playoffs for traditional Thanksgiving Day games. Both New Jersey schools Don Bosco and St. Peter's adhere to the tradition.
Kudos to DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), No. 10 in the East, for winning a fifth straight Washington Catholic Athletic League championship game, beating rivals Good Counsel (Olney), 12-7. It was Coach Bill McGregor's 250th victory at the school. -- Christopher Lawlor
|ESPN HIGH Elite 25 High School Football Rankings|
|RANK (PREV. RANK)||TEAM||RECORD||COMMENT|
|1 (1)||Northwestern, Miami||11-0||Defeated Coral Gables, 53-10, in Class 6A, Region 4 quarterfinals. QB Jacory Harris scored twice and completed 15 of 18 passes for 211 yards and four TDs. RB Daquan Hargrett ran for 121 yards and a TD.
Next: Friday vs. Columbus (Miami) in Class 6A, Region 4 semifinals.
|2 (2)||St. Xavier, Cincinnati||13-0|| Defeated then-No. 9 Colerain (Cincinnati), 29-14, in the Division I, Region 4 final before 20,108. Last year Colerain won, 24-7, in the region final. Sophomore QB Luke Massa completed five passes for 165 yards and two TDs. Louisville-bound RB Darius Ashley ran for 115 yards and two scores on 31 carries.
Next: Saturday vs. Dublin Coffman in Division I semifinals at Welcome Stadium, Dayton.
|3 (3)||South Panola, Batesville, Miss.||12-0|| Defeated Provine (Jackson), 42-13, in Class 5A first round. The Tigers stretched their nation's longest active win streak to 72 games. According the 2007 National High School Record Book, the Tigers' win streak is fourth all-time. Mississippi-bound RB Darius Barksdale rushed for 236 yards and five TDs (2, 47, 32, 19, and 3 yards) on 19 carries.
Next: Friday at Tupelo in Class 5A quarterfinals.
|4 (4)||Booker T. Washington, Miami||10-0|| Defeated Gulf Coast (Naples), 49-0, in Class 4A, Region 4 quarterfinals. QB Torrance Moise ran for two TDs and passed for 150 yards and two scores on 8-of-11 accuracy. It was the seventh shutout this season as the Tornadoes have allowed 31 points in 10 games.
Next: Friday vs. Hallandale in Class 4A, Region 4 semifinals.
|5 (5)||Katy, Texas||11-0|| Defeated Strake Jesuit, 51-18, in Class 5A, Division II bi-district playoff. QB Bo Levi Mitchell completed 12 passes for 214 yards and four TDs, including two to WR Joey Fuda (four receptions, 55 yards). The Tigers' potent offense averages 395 yards and nearly 45 points.
Next: Saturday vs. Madison (Houston) in Class 5A, Division II Region 3 Area playoff at Rhodes Stadium, Katy.
|6 (6)||Carroll, Southlake, Texas||10-1|| Defeated Flower Mound (Lewisville), 35-24, in Class 5A, Division II bi-district playoff. It was all QB Riley Dodge in the opening round. Dodge totaled 559 yards of offensive and accounted for all five TDs (three rushing, two passing). Dodge rumbled for 203 yards, scoring on runs of 68, 7 and 3 yards. Dodge, 20 of 32 for 356 yards, also connected for scoring strikes of 44 and 50 yards to WR Chris Brainard (four receptions, 117 yards), rallying the Dragons from a 17-7 deficit. North Texas-bound Tre Newton missed the game with a sore ankle.
Next: Friday vs. Cedar Hill in the Class 5A, Division II Area playoff at Texas Stadium, Irving.
|7 (7)||Pahokee, Fla.||11-0|| Defeated University (Fort Lauderdale), 62-0, in Class 2B, Region 4 semifinals. WR Antavious Wilson had 120 receiving yards and two TD receptions and RB Janoris Jenkins rushed for three TDs.
Next: Friday vs. King's Academy (West Palm Beach) in Class 2B, Region 4 final.
|8 (8)||Maryville, Tenn.||12-0|| Defeated West (Knoxville), 17-9, in Class 4A second round for its 57th straight victory. DB-WR Tyler Clendenen produced a memorable performance: five catches for 93 yards and a 29-yard TD; two driving-stopping interceptions; and a blocked PAT. QB Brent Burnette clicked on 21 of 29 passes for 335 and two TDs.
Next: Friday vs. Red Bank (Chattanooga) in Class 4A quarterfinals.
|9 (10)||Northside, Warner Robins, Ga.||11-0|| Defeated Creekside (Fairburn), 14-0 in Class 4A first round. Kevyn Cooper ran for two TDs and RB Tijuan Green gained 186 yards on 29 attempts.
Next: Friday vs. Evans in Class 4A second round.
|10 (11)||De La Salle, Concord, Calif.||10-0|| Defeated Berkeley, 59-0, in CIF-North Coast 4A East Bay quarterfinals. WR Mike Czyz caught two TDs, pushing his season total to 17. It was the Spartans' 42nd consecutive sectional win.
Next: Friday vs. Monte Vista (Danville) in CIF-North Coast 4A East Bay semifinals.
|11 (12)||Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio||13-0|| Defeated Steubenville, 35-20, in Division IV, Region 13 final. The victory stopped Steubenville's win streak at 42 games. The Cardinals won't have the services of Notre Dame-bound QB-S Dan McCarthy for the rest of the season. McCarthy, who did not play this week, suffered a concussion and ruptured discs in his neck in the region semifinals. QB Tim Marlowe did not admirable job against Steubenville, running for 68 yards and a score and passing five yards to Mike Gemma for another. Penn State-bound RB Brandon Beachum generated 245 yards rushing yards and three TDs.
Next: Saturday vs. Pleasant (Marion) in Division IV semifinals at Fawcett Stadium, Canton.
|12 (13)||Prattville, Ala.||12-0|| Defeated Auburn, 24-13, in Class 6A second round. RB Jarodie Williams, subbing for injured star Justin Albert, ran for three TDs and 169 yards on 22 carries (7.7 yards per carry). This week's opponent, Foley (12-0), features the ESPN 150's top-ranked player, WR Julio Jones.
Next: Friday vs. Foley in Class 6A quarterfinals.
|13 (14)||Central Catholic, Pittsburgh||12-0|| Defeated McKeesport, 24-13, in WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals. QB Tino Sunseri completed 9 of 14 passes for136 yards and two TDs, including a 20-yarder to Quentin Williams.
Next: Friday vs. No. 25 Gateway (Monroeville) in WPIAL, Class AAAA final at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh.
|14 (15)||Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz.||12-0|| Defeated Westwood (Mesa), 21-14, in Class 5A, Division I quarterfinals. QB Justin Peters hit WR Gerell Robinson for a 50-yard TD with 1:10 left in the fourth quarter, breaking a 14-14 tie. Ryan Milus returned an interception for a score, and for the second straight game Drew Terrell (60 yards) returned a punt for a TD.
Next: Friday vs. Brophy Prep (Phoenix) in Class 5A, Division I semifinals.
|15 (NR)||Orange (Calif.) Lutheran||9-1|| Defeated Mission Viejo, 28-7, in CIF-Southern Section, Pac-5 first round. Tyson Seneca and Ricky Pemasa each scored first quarter TDs for a 14-0 lead. Pemasa rushed for 82 yards and three TDs.
Next: Friday vs. Edison (Huntington Beach) in CIF-Southern Section, Pac-5 second round.
|16 (17)||Mater Dei, Santa Ana , Calif.||9-1|| Defeated Tesoro (Las Flores), 31-17, in CIF-Southern Section, Pac-5 Division first round. Junior QB Matt Barkley completed 13 of 25 passes for 259 yards and a 41-yard scoring strike to WR Robbie Boyer. RB Jordan Hytche ran for 107 yards and two second-half scores. Mater Dei trailed, 10-7, but tied it on a Patrick Duffy field goal and then took the lead for good on Robert Mojica's eight-yard run.
Next: Friday vs. Crespi (Encino) in CIF-Southern Section, Pac-5 Division second round.
|17 (18)||Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.||10-0|| Defeated Paul VI (Haddonfield), 42-7, in Non-Public, Group 4 semifinals. The Ironmen blew open a 14-0 lead with 28 points in the third quarter. Junior QB Brett Knief hit on 11 of 16 passes for 184 yards and three TDs, including a pair to Matthew Sciancalopore.
Next: Thursday at Paramus Catholic in regular season.
|18 (19)||St. Xavier, Louisville||12-0|| Defeated Manual (Louisville), 27-7, in Class 6A second round. QB Ben Zoeller passed for 223 yards and a TD on 12-of-20 accuracy. Will Simmons made eight receptions for 189 yards and a score and RB Joe Montano rushed for two TDs. RB Deuce Finch (1,389 rushing yards, 15 TDs), who missed his third straight game with an injury, could return for the quarterfinals.
Next: Friday at Marshall County (Benton) in Class 6A quarterfinals.
|19 (20)||Union, Tulsa||12-0|| Defeated Putnam City (Oklahoma City), 37-14, in Class 6A quarterfinals. The Redskins have scored 80 points in two playoff games. QB Brandon Rogers passed for two TDs; RB Jeremy Smith ran for scores of 2 and 22 yards; and Tress Way opened the scoring with a 42-yard FG.
Next: Friday vs. Muskogee in Class 6A semifinals.
|20 (21)||Byrnes, Duncan, S.C.||13-0|| Defeated Dorman (Roebuck), 31-14, in Class 4A, Division I quarterfinals. The Rebels rallied from a 14-10 deficit in the fourth quarter as sophomore RB Marcus Lattimore scored from eight yards and Riyahd Richardson returned an interception 40 yards for a TD, sealing it.
Next: Friday vs. Northwestern (Rock Hill) in Class 4A, Division I semifinals.
|21 (22)||Centennial, Corona, Calif.||10-1|| Defeated Carter Rialto, 59-14, in CIF-Southern Section, Inland Division first round. Arizona-bound RB Ryan Bass carried 15 times for 294 yards and five TDs, scoring on runs of 35, 64, 6, 47, and 56 yards. Bass has 33 TDs this season. QB Matt Scott threw for 127 yards and two TDs as the Huskies jumped to a 28-0 lead.
Next: Friday vs. Glendora in CIF-Southern Section Inland Division second round.
|22 (23)||Rockhurst, Kansas City, Mo.||12-0|| Defeated DeSmet Jesuit (St. Louis), 67-7, in Class 6 semifinals. The Hawklets' point total was the fourth largest in Missouri playoff history. QB Nathan Scheelhaase ran for two TDs and passed for two, Demetrious Baylis added a defensive score and RB Alex Aguirre scored from three yards and went 70 yards with a punt for a second TD.
Next: Friday vs. Mehlville (St. Louis) in Class 6 final at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis.
|23 (9)||Colerain, Cincinnati||12-1|| Lost to No. 2 St. Xavier (Cincinnati), 29-14, in Division I, Region 4 final. QB Quentin Sims threw two TDs, including 22 yards to Eastern Michigan-bound RB Dominique Sherrer and 38 yards to Ravelle Sadler.
Next: Season complete.
|24 (NR)||St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City, N.J.||10-0|| Defeated Bergen Catholic (Oradell), 41-7, in Non-Public, Group 4 semifinals. QB-S Will Hill, a Florida recruit, ran for 168 yards and two TDs on 10 carries and junior RB Nyshier Oliver added 129 yards rushing and three TDs.
Next: Friday vs. Hoboken in regular season.
|25 (NR)||Gateway, Monroeville, Pa.||11-1|| Defeated then-No. 24 North Allegheny (Wexford), 28-27, in overtime in WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals. In overtime, the Gators clung to a one-point edge but stopped a two-point conversion inches short of the goal line to advance. RB Cam Saddler scored his third of three TDs in overtime, finishing with 244 yards on 34 carries. Trailing 21-7 in the fourth quarter, Saddler's eight-yard TD run and Ryan Lichtenstein's point-after tied score with a minute left, forcing the extra session.
Next: Friday vs. No. 13 Central Catholic (Pittsburgh) in WPIAL Class AAAA final at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh.
1. Central Catholic, Pittsburgh (12-0) 2. Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. (10-0) 3. St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (10-0) 4. Gateway, Monroeville, Pa. (11-1) 5. Ridley, Folsom, Pa. (12-0) 6. Parkland, Allentown, Pa. (12-0) 7. North Allegheny, Wexford, Pa (11-1) 8. Everett, Mass. (10-0) 9. William Floyd, Mastic Beach, N.Y. (10-0) 10. DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md. (10-2)
1. St. Xavier, Cincinnati (13-0) 2. Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio (13-0) 3. Union, Tulsa (12-0) 4. Rockhurst, Kansas City, Mo. (12-0) 5. Colerain, Cincinnati (12-1) 6. Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul (13-0) 7. Wheaton (Ill.) Warrenville South (13-0) 8. Jenks, Okla. (11-1) 9. Pike, Indianapolis (14-0) 10. Macomb (Mich.) Dakota (13-0)
1. Northwestern, Miami (11-0) 2. South Panola, Batesville, Miss. (12-0) 3. Booker T. Washington, Miami (10-0) 4. Katy, Texas (11-0) 5. Carroll, Southlake, Texas (10-1) 6. Pahokee, Fla. (11-0) 7. Maryville, Tenn. (12-0) 8. Northside, Warner Robins, Ga. (11-0) 9. Prattville, Ala. (12-0) 10. St. Xavier, Louisville (12-0)
1. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (10-0) 2. Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz. (12-0) 3. Orange (Calif.) Lutheran (9-1) 4. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (9-1) 5. Centennial, Corona, Calif. (10-1) 6. Poly, Long Beach, Calif. (10-1) 7. Birmingham, Lake Balboa, Calif. (10-1) 8. Saint Louis, Honolulu (10-0) 9. Mullen, Denver (12-0) 10. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas (12-0)
Records through Nov. 18.
About the rankings: The ESPN HIGH Elite 25 high school football rankings are compiled by Christopher Lawlor of ESPN.com, who consults with a national network of sports writers, Scouts Inc. analysts and high school coaches. Criteria considered are a team's strength of schedule with an emphasis on national games; the superiority of competition in its state, district or league; the program's history and tradition; and the quality of its personnel.