FAB 50: Week 4 National Football Rankings

Anthony Moten and Mardre London led STA to the big upset of John Curtis (La.) at the Superdome.

Anthony Moten and Mardre London led STA to the big upset of John Curtis (La.) at the Superdome.

The excellence displayed by St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale in last weekend’s 27-13 victory over previous FAB 50 No. 2 John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) brings up an important question: Is there now another legitimate national title contender from South Florida in addition to current No. 1 Booker T. Washington of Miami?

Mardre London (pictured above, right) ran 12 times for 101 yards and two scores while sophomore Nick Bosa had three sacks to lead a dominant performance by the Raiders over the Patriots last Friday night at the SuperDome.

The Raiders do not play Booker T. Washington in the regular season and the two teams are in different classifications and could not meet in the playoffs.

For St. Thomas’ hopes, other than a Booker T. Washington upset, those also will now depend on what John Curtis does in the next few weeks. If the Patriots bounce back and beat both Karr and St. Augustine (both from New Orleans), that can only make the Raiders look better. If John Curtis loses again, it’s the opposite.

Two key fumbles kept Curtis from maintaining any momentum. The Patriots ran for 156 yards on 49 carries and had 264 yards total on the night.

In addition to that game, the one big upset that created a lot of movement in this week’s rankings was in California where previous FAB 50 No. 7 Centennial of Corona was topped 35-28 by Long Beach Poly. The Jackrabbits themselves were in the FAB 50 two weeks ago at No. 29 when they were upset by Servite of Anaheim. On October 5, Servite (2-1) will try to keep the upsets coming when it hosts FAB 50 No. 6 De La Salle of Concord at Santa Ana Bowl.

Here are this week’s rankings:

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1.Booker T. Washington (Miami, Fla.) 3-0
The top-ranked Tornadoes won their 15th straight last Wednesday night, storming past Miami Carol City 45-0. Treon Harris passed for 239 yards and three touchdowns while Washington's defense posted its second shutout in three contests. Miami Jackson (2-0) is up next on Thursday.
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1


Allen (Allen, Texas) 3-0
The Eagles flew to 3-0 with an easy 52-7 win at Richardson. Junior Kyler Murray passed for four first half scores and ran for a fifth as Allen raced out to a 42-0 lead at the break. Hebron of Carrollton (2-1) is up next for Allen on Friday.
3.

1


Karr (New Orleans, La.) 2-0
After going into the fourth quarter down 24-14, the Cougars charged back with 19 points in the final seven minutes to walk away with a big 33-24 win over previous FAB 50 No. 22 St. Augustine of New Orleans. The Cougars have a week off before squaring off with FAB 50 No. 10 John Curtis.
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5


St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 2-0
Before the Raiders get too far ahead of themselves in the rankings, a big test versus 3-0 rival Miramar is up next on Friday. Miramar has beaten St. Thomas in each of the past two regular season matchups.
5.Miami Central (Miami, Fla.) 2-1
Florida commit Dalvin Cook ran nine times for 162 and scores of 21, 67 and 37 yards as Central crushed Miami Coral Reef 49-0 last Thursday night. A trip north to New Jersey is up next, as the Rockets will take on previously FAB 50 ranked Don Bosco Prep, who are fresh off an overtime loss in California.
6.De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 3-0
With injuries taking out four key starters, new players needed to step up for the Spartans and they did in a 40-13 win on ESPNU over St. Mary’s of Stockton. Senior Jerek Rosales had three interceptions, one he returned 93 yards for a score. Sophomore Antoine Custer had 10 carries for 118 yards with one TD and had a 57-yard score off of a screen pass. Up next on Friday at home is 1-1 Del Oro of Loomis.
7.

1


Desoto (Desoto, Texas) 3-0
It was statement Saturday for the Eagles as they absolutely took apart one of Texas' most prestigious programs in a 61-35 win over Euless Trinity. Desmon White passed for five touchdowns and ran for a sixth in the first half as DeSoto led 54-14. DeSoto has another strong opponent coming up Friday with a matchup against FAB 50 No. 48 Cedar Hill.
8.

2


St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) 3-0
Senior QB Andrew Katnik came on for injured starter Josh Rosen to lead a resurgent offense during a 52-31 win against Chandler (Ariz.) at the Mission Viejo Football Classic. The Braves trailed 28-17 at the half before going on a 42-3 deluge. St. John Bosco plays next on Friday against Loyola of Los Angeles.
9.

2


Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 3-0
The Bucs pitched another shutout, this time 56-0 over Jackson-Olin. Hoover scored on its first seven possessions behind an efficient day from QB Jack Hutcheson. Hoover’s next game is Friday vs. Northridge of Tuscaloosa.
10.

8

John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) 1-1
The Patriots ran into a strong St. Thomas Aquinas defense and couldn't get it going on the ground in last week’s 27-13 loss. They’ll play again Friday at East St. John (La.) and have FAB 50 No. 30 Karr in two weeks.
11.

1


Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) 2-0
Behind four first-half scores from RB Budda Baker, the Wolverines never looked back in routing Bothell 49-6. Bellevue will look to raise its win streak to 43 games this Friday when it hosts Sammamish.
12.

1

University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 3-0
Junior Jordan Scarlett ran 14 times for 183 yards and three touchdowns as the Suns outshone Cypress Bay last Thursday, 37-7. District opponent Somerset Academy of Pembroke Pines is up next for U-School on Friday.
13.

1

Katy (Katy, Texas) 3-0
It was another week, another highlight reel-worthy outing for Katy junior RB Rodney Anderson. The Texas A&M commit ran for 226 yards and four scores, including a 97-yard sprint, as Katy easily handled The Woodlands 37-14 on Saturday. Mayde Creek of Houston is up next on Friday.
14.

2

Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 3-0
Frankie Bueno’s 62-yard TD catch gave the Huskies the lead and they held on for a 24-20 victory last Thursday over Pinnacle of Phoenix. Their next game is Friday at Liberty (Henderson, Nev.), a team that lost earlier at Centennial (Corona, Calif.) 60-42. Expect a high-scoring shootout.
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2

Ensworth (Nashville, Tenn.) 3-0
De'Andrey Ferby had three TDs and 115 yards on just eight carries in a 56-3 win over Pope John Paul II of Hendersonville. The Tigers might have a tougher game Friday against Father Ryan of Nashville, which has won four straight, including one over state-ranked Brentwood Academy.
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4

Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.) 4-0
The Mavericks made a big statement in a 52-7 win over Charlotte Catholic on the road, especially since they held all-everything RB Elijah Hood to just 102 yards on 20 carries. Mallard Creek has a bye this week.
17.

2

St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) 3-0
Two juniors led the Eagles to a 49-0 blanking of Woodson (Washington, D.C.). QB Brett Kean rushed for two touchdowns and passed for a third score while RB Andrew Dowell ran 15 times for 125 yards and two scores -- all in the first half (42-0). Up next is a Saturday visit from Elder (Cincinnati, Ohio).
18.
Lamar (Houston, Texas) 3-0
It wasn't pretty but the Redskins got 109 yards on the ground from junior Ronnie Wesley and another dominant defensive performance to top previously unbeaten Beaumont West Brook 23-10 last Thursday. Alief Elsik is on the docket for Friday.
19.

2

Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) 3-0
Josh Meyer ran for two scores, the second of which put the game out of reach with 5:17 remaining as the Hurricanes survived a game challenge from Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.) 23-13 last Friday night. A date with 2-1 Sarasota is up next on Friday.
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3

Folsom (Folsom, Calif.) 3-0
Junior QB Jake Browning threw seven TD passes for the second time this season to lead the Bulldogs past previous 2-0 Roseville 56-23. Folsom meets San Ramon Valley of Danville on Friday in its next outing.
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6

Serra (Gardena, Calif.) 3-0
Due to the Cavaliers having to go into two overtimes to get past Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks 20-13, they had to drop behind Folsom in this week’s Cal-Hi Sports state rankings. That also caused them to fall in this week’s FAB 50. Serra plays Dorsey of Los Angeles at home on Friday.
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3

Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.) 2-0
Mr. Football USA candidate Jabrill Peppers racked up 114 yards on 10 carries and had one TD while Steve Shanley completed 9-of-13 for 156 yards and three TDs in a 30-18 victory against Delbarton. Paramus Catholic plays next on Saturday against DePaul (Wayne, N.J.).
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3

Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 2-0
The Trojans survived against rival Tulsa Union in another thrilling edition of the Backyard Bowl on Friday, as Oklahoma State commit Tyler Harding caught a 76-yard touchdown from Cooper Nunley with 25 seconds left for a 20-16 Jenks victory. Owasso is up next for Jenks, which also has regionally ranked Broken Arrow on the schedule in early October.
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3

Blue Springs (Blue Springs, Mo.) 3-0
Nobody had to tell anyone at Blue Springs how tough Rockhurst of Kansas City is every season so the 22-7 win last Friday has to go down as a big one. QB Ian Brown, who used to attend Rockhurst, had 254 yards passing and three TD passes. The Wildcats travel to meet Lee’s Summit West on Friday. Their last loss was to Lee’s Summit West last season in overtime.
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3

North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.) 3-0
Nate Brown caught 10 passes for 179 yards and four touchdowns as North Gwinnett rallied from a 14-0 deficit to top defending Class AAAAAA state champion Norcross 36-17 in the Region 7-AAAAAA opener. The Bulldogs are now the clearcut No. 1 team in Georgia but should still face strong competition in their region, particularly from 3-0 teams Mill Creek and Peachtree Ridge.
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8

Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.) 4-0
In an instant classic, Northwestern beat previous FAB 50 No. 30 Byrnes for the first time in 13 years 42-35 in OT. The Northwestern defensive line came up big, getting into the face of Byrnes QB Shuler Bentley at big moments in the game with two deflected passes, both intercepted. QB Mason Rudolph again was on point and accounted for five TDs. The team is off this weekend.
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4

Mt. Carmel (Chicago, Ill.) 3-0
The Caravan picked up an easy 40-0 win over Bishop McNamara of Kankakee and once again the defense showed why they are the top team in the state. Defensively, Mt. Carmel has two shootouts and eight points allowed in three games. On Friday, the Caravan plays Brother Rice of Chicago.
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5

Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.) 4-0
With a recovered fumble for a score and a kick return TD, the Mountain Lions had no trouble overwhelming Maryvale of Phoenix 72-0. They play next on Friday at Chandler, which is coming off of a 52-31 loss to FAB 50 No. 8 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) and led 28-17 at halftime.
29.Cass Tech (Detroit, Mich.) 4-0
RB Mike Weber and QB Jayru Campbell combined for three rushing touchdowns as the Technicians shut down Renaissance of Detroit 32-6. Next up is a road game Friday against Cody of Detroit.
30.

2

South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) 4-0
Darrell Henderson continues to prove he's a big-time back for the Class of 2015. He went for 163 yards rushing and 284 all-purpose to lead the Tigers in a 24-23 win over Southwest Region-ranked North Little Rock (Ark.). South Panola plays next on Friday at Memphis (Tenn.) University School.
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4

Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) 3-0
Senior QB Kelvin Cook ran 30 times for 266 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-28 road win at previous No. 45 FAB 50 Trinity (Louisville, Ky.). The Cardinals visit backyard rival Lakota East (Liberty Township, Ohio) on Friday.
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4

St. Joseph Regional (Metuchen, N.J.) 2-0
The Green Knights led 35-0 at halftime went on to crush New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) 49-13. QB Spencer Aukamp had 133 yards and two TDs through the air and added a TD run. The team has a bye this week but no doubt will be rooting for FAB 50 No. 39 Bergen Catholic this week in its game against No. 35 Bishop Gorman since it will play Bergen Catholic in two weeks.
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13


Coppell (Coppell, Texas) 3-0
Charles West ran 11 times for 306 yards and four scores as Coppell crunched Rockwall 68-20 last Friday night. West scored on runs of 75, 50, 62 and 51 yards as the Cowboys scored the game's last 35 points to pull away for the win. Garland is up next on Thursday night.
34.

4

Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) 2-1
QB Shuler Bentley played big, but two deflected passes that were picked off, including one in OT, cost the Rebels in their 42-35 overtime loss to FAB 50 No. 26 Northwestern of Rock Hill. The team’s next game is Friday at Clinton.
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4

Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) 3-1
The Gaels played their third Southern California foe last week and made it 3-0 with a 42-9 win against Crespi of Encino. They rushed for 392 yards, led by junior Russell Booze with seven carries for 173 yards and one TD. Up next is a trip to the Garden State for a Saturday matchup versus FAB 50 No. 39 Bergen Catholic.
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6

Brother Rice (Birmingham, Mich.) 3-0
The Warriors erupted for 31 points in the second and third quarters to defeat Carman Ainsworth of Flint 31-6. Next up will be a battle against De La Salle Collegiate of Warren.
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10

Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif) 3-0
It’s a good debate this week in Orange County about the No. 1 ranking between the Monarchs and fast-rising Mission Viejo. We’ll just rank them both right next to each other. Mater Dei won 33-0 over the weekend against Carson. Up next is Santa Monica on Friday night with Edison of Huntington Beach and Servite of Anaheim looming after that.
38.

NR

Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 3-0
Alex Suchesk capped a wild night of football at the Mission Viejo Classic with a 12-yard TD run to give the Diablos a 28-25 win in overtime over national powerhouse Don Bosco Prep of New Jersey. Coach Bob Johnson’s squad plays 3-0 La Habra next, which features several of the top-ranked linemen in California.
39.

NR

Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) 1-1
Corey Russo reached the end zone four times on runs to lead New Jersey’s second-ranked team past Jordan (Utah) 56-26. This came one week after a competitive loss to FAB 50 No. 10 John Curtis (La.). The schedule will remain very difficult this weekend with a Saturday meeting at home with FAB 50 No. 35 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas).
40.

1


Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) 3-1
The Packers ripped off 290 yards of total offense and 31 points in the first half on the way to an easy 34-0 win over Carver (Columbus, Ga.). Unfortunately in the victory, Colquitt may have lost its top defender for the rest of the year as defensive tackle Jamiyus Pittman, an Ole Miss commit, suffered a broken leg. The Packers are off this week.
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1

Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.) 2-0
QB Coltin Gerhart rushed for 189 yards and three TDs and he threw for a pair of scores in a 52-13 romp past Yucaipa. The Broncos travel Friday to face Redlands East Valley.
42.

NR

Coatesville (Coatesville, Pa.) 3-0
Penn State commit DaQuan Worley carried 38 times for 220 yards and two TDs as the Red Raiders defeated Central Dauphin East of Harrisburg 27-14. Coatesville plays next on Friday against Avon Grove.
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5

Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.) 3-0
Dontae Nicholson scored on a 97-yard kickoff return and brought back an interception for a score to lead the Gators past Kiski Area 43-25. They play next on Friday at Altoona. The reason Gateway isn’t moving up and has been moving down in the FAB 50 is because the team isn’t ranked high in state polls. That balancing act should fix itself in the coming weeks.
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6

Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio) 3-0
The defending Division 1 state champion Crusaders exploded for a 43-6 first quarter lead en route to a 64-13 rout of St. Michael's (Toronto, Canada). Nine players ran for 364 yards and seven TDs while QB Gus Ragland passed for a TD and ran three times for two scores. Moeller is host Friday to St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.).
45.

NR

Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) 4-0
With the loss by preseason state No. 1 Lawrence Central over the weekend, Center Grove takes over the top spot in the Hoosier State since it owns a win over Carmel (the team that beat Lawrence Central). The Trojans still need to play better than they did in last weekend’s 14-13 win over Pike of Indianapolis to stay in the rankings, especially since Lawrence Central is this week’s opponent in a Friday showdown.
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3

Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) 4-0
Utah’s No. 1 team followed up its big win over Valor Christian of Colorado with an easy 48-15 win over Hunter of West Valley City. Sky Manu and Chase Messervy both returned interceptions for TDs. Bingham meets Granger (West Valley City) on Friday.
47.

NR

McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) 3-0
Junior Taj Griffin ran for 119 yards, his third-straight 100-yard game to open the season, in a 53-7 rout of previously unbeaten Pebblebrook on Friday. Marietta is up next.
48.

NR

Cedar Hill (Cedar Hill, Texas) 2-1
Beaumont Ozen was no match for the Longhorns in a 48-0 rout, as Cedar Hill outgained Ozen 508-108 and standout junior receiver Damarkus Lodge caught two more touchdown passes, giving him six so far in three games. Cedar Hill was a 39-20 loser to Allen two weeks ago, but gets another crack at the big boys this week when it hosts FAB 50 No. 7 rival DeSoto.
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27

St. Augustine (New Orleans, La.) 1-1
The Purple Knights took a 24-14 lead into halftime behind two touchdowns from Leonard Fournette, but let it slip away in a 33-24 loss to FAB 50 No. 3 Karr (New Orleands). Their next game is Friday at Covington.
50.

NR


Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.) 2-0
QB Churchie Harold completed 14 of 20 passes for 416 yards and five TDs as the Dolphins clobbered Kellam of Virginia Beach 50-0. This is the consensus No. 1 team in Virginia and is coming off of a 14-1 season. Ocean Lakes’ next outing is Friday at home versus Green Run of Virginia Beach.

Note: See the Student Sports Regional Rankings for bubble teams that might be going in next. Those rankings will be posted on Tuesdays during the season.

Dropped Out: Previous No. 7 Centennial (Corona, Calif.); No. 24 Lawrence Central (Indianapolis, Ind.); No. 37 North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa.); No. 43 Bentonville (Bentonville, Ark.); No. 44 Bowie (Arlington, Texas); No. 45 Trinity (Louisville, Pa.); No. 48 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.).

Updated: September 16, 2013

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