FAB 50: Week 5 National Football Rankings

(L to R) Alex Anderson, Kahlil Lewis, Tyrek Cole, Nick Jeanty, and Andre Godfrey led Miramar to the upset of St. Thomas Aquinas for the 3rd straight season.

(L to R) Alex Anderson, Kahlil Lewis, Tyrek Cole, Nick Jeanty, and Andre Godfrey led Miramar to the upset of St. Thomas Aquinas for the 3rd straight season.

As they say in movie making, the plot has thickened again in another edition of the FAB 50 national football rankings. And this time, the twist has come thanks to the team at Miramar of Florida.

One week after St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale had moved up to No. 4 in the nation following a 27-13 win over previous FAB 50 No. 2 John Curtis (River Ridge, La.), the Raiders themselves were beaten 22-20 by Miramar.

It’s hard to call it a stunning upset because Miramar has handed St. Thomas Aquinas a loss in each of the last two seasons, but the alma mater of New York Jets’ rookie QB Geno Smith wasn’t too highly ranked within Florida and thus wasn’t in last week’s FAB 50.

That had to change this week, obviously, but the big question was where to put the 4-0 Patriots as well as where to put St. Thomas Aquinas and where to put John Curtis.

The highest place those three could have been in this week’s rankings was No. 8 for Miramar, No. 9 for St. Thomas Aquinas and No. 10 for Curtis (which wouldn’t be dropping at all in that order after it won its game last week).

But in the 15-year history of the FAB 50, it’s very rare that any team (especially early in the season) has been inserted into the top 10 from unranked. Instead, new teams normally come into the rankings from outside the top 25. That’s why it also was considered to have Miramar, St. Thomas Aquinas and Curtis at No. 31, No. 32 and No. 33 as well as at No. 25, No. 26 and No. 27.

Another key factor in breaking down those teams is that Curtis is playing current No. 4 Karr of New Orleans on Thursday in a much-anticipated game for Louisiana fans. In the end, while keeping Curtis No. 10 was not preferred by FAB 50 evaluators, it was preferred to keep the Patriots in the top 20. That’s why it was settled that Miramar could go into this week’s FAB 50 at No. 18 as a newcomer with St. Thomas Aquinas right behind and Curtis then at No. 20.

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.

Here are this week’s rankings:

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1.Booker T. Washington (Miami, Fla.) 4-0
The Tornadoes’ defense was again unrelenting, sacking Miami Jackson quarterback Quinton Flowers seven times and intercepting him three times in an easy 35-6 win over Florida's No. 1 ranked 5A team. Florida State commit Treon Harris passed for two scores and ran for one to lead the Washington offense. The team plays at Monsignor Pace of Miami on Friday.
2.Allen (Allen, Texas) 4-0
Kyler Murray accounted for four scores, two in the fourth quarter, as Allen pulled away late to beat Hebron 36-17. Allen's lead was just 23-17 in the fourth quarter. The Eagles take on FAB 50 No. 35 Coppell this Friday. Coppell handed Allen its lone loss a year ago.
3.

2

Miami Central (Miami, Fla.) 3-1
The Rockets traveled north to pummel Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) with ease on Saturday, 50-21, behind three touchdowns and an interception from Florida commit Dalvin Cook. Central is off next week before opening district play Oct. 5 with Homestead.
4.

1

Karr (New Orleans, La.) 2-0
Big-time QB-RB Speedy Noil and the rest of his teammates took last weekend off. They once again dropped behind Miami Central in the rankings, but hope to make a statement in Thursday’s showdown with FAB 50 No. 20 John Curtis of River Ridge.
5.

1


De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 4-0
John Velasco rushed for 173 yards and two TDs on 16 carries to lead the Spartans past Del Oro of Loomis 41-3. They host San Ramon Valley of Danville on Friday.
6.

1


Desoto (Desoto, Texas) 4-0
The Dallas Morning-News has moved DeSoto ahead of Allen this week, but we won’t match because it would drop Allen too far in our national order. Previous FAB 50 No. 48 Cedar Hill was certainly no match for the Eagles last Friday, as Desmon White passed for 228 yards and ran for 114 more in a 47-20 triumph. South Grand Prairie is up next on Friday.
7.

1


St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) 4-0
Head coach Jason Negro wasn’t happy about 12 penalties, but the Braves still had little trouble beating Loyola of Los Angeles 24-10. They have a bye this week. QB Josh Rosen may be healed enough from shoulder injury to play in two weeks.
8.

1


Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 4-0
It was business as usual as Hoover scored another big win, this one 56-14 over Northridge. The Bucs will face a real test on Friday when rival Vestavia Hills comes to town.
9.

2


Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) 3-0
The Wolverines move into the top 10 after a 49-0 romp past Sammamish and have now gone 143-13 in their first three games. It may be harder to move them up much higher, though, since teams from other states will have the opportunity to hop them. Bellevue faces Lake Washington of Kirkland on Friday.
10.

2


University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 4-0
Elite 11 MVP and Auburn-bound QB Sean White passed for 228 yards and four scores as U-School pasted Somerset Academy 57-0 last Friday. Winless Boyd Anderson is up next on Friday.
11.

2


Katy (Katy, Texas) 4-0
Sophomore Kyle Porter scored three times while junior Rodney Anderson totaled 163 yards and two touchdowns on the ground as the Tigers rolled over Mayde Creek 42-0 in a game called at the half. Morton Ranch of Katy (3-0) is up next on Thursday night.
12.

7


Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) 4-0
Sophomore Johnnie Lang ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns as the Hurricanes wiped out Sarasota 66-7 last Friday. They get a bump for moving up in the Florida rankings and have a big game looming against FAB 50 No. 10 University School of Fort Lauderdale. Up next on Friday is 1-4 Southeast (Bradenton, Fla.).
13.

1


Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 4-0
Sam Sasso’s 12-yard TD pass in the final three minutes gave the Huskies the points they needed to turn back Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) 14-10. They may have been holding back or looking ahead to this Friday’s showdown with FAB 50 No. 17 Mountain Pointe. It also will be a rematch of last year’s Class 5A Division I state final won by Hamilton.
14.

1


Ensworth (Nashville, Tenn.) 4-0
The Ensworth defense was the story in a 41-7 romp past Father Ryan of Nashville, limiting the opponents to just 30 yards of offense. D'Andre Ferby also continued his srong season with 161 yards rushing and three TDs. Up next on Friday is McCallie of Chattanooga.
15.

2


St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) 4-0
The Eagles continue to roll with state-ranked Elder of Cincinnati the latest victim, 48-7. Junior Shaun Crawford, a Michigan commit, had 138 all-purpose yards at the half, including a 63-yard punt return and a 1-yard TD run. He ended with 124 yards, including a 76-yard TD run. Up next on Saturday is McDowell (Erie, Pa.), which lost 49-10 over the weekend to St. Ignatius of Cleveland.
16.Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.) 4-0
In the first four weeks, the Mavericks have left little doubt that they should be the No. 1 team in North Carolina. They had a bye last weekend and will return Friday to play West Charlotte.
17.

11

Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.) 5-0
Brandyn Leonard rushed for 180 yards and three TDs on 23 carries and Mitchell Frabon blocked two straight punts in a 38-14 win over Chandler. This was the same team that was leading FAB 50 No. 7 St. John Bosco at halftime. This week on Friday, Mountain Pointe takes aim at FAB 50 No. 13 Hamilton of Chandler.
18.

NR

Miramar (Miramar, Fla.) 4-0
The Patriots are the big movers this week after they knocked off previous FAB 50 No. 4 St. Thomas Aquinas for the third straight year, this time 22-20. Miramar held Aquinas, coming off its big 27-13 win in Louisiana over John Curtis, to just 14 yards rushing, including five sacks. The team plays next on Friday against winless Western of Davie.
19.

15

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 2-1
Nova of Davie on Friday is the unlucky team that will have to play the Raiders in the aftermath of their loss to Miramar.
20.

10

John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) 2-1
The Patriots recovered from their loss to St. Thomas Aquinas to beat East St. John 39-7. Kenny Young led the defense with 10 tackles, two sacks, one deflected pass and a fumble recovery. Curtis has a huge game Thursday against FAB 50 No. 4 Karr of New Orleans.
21.

3

Lamar (Houston, Texas) 4-0
The Redskins’ matchup with Alief Elsik was washed out due to weather and as of now will not be re-scheduled. Houston Westbury is up next on Friday.
22.

2

Folsom (Folsom, Calif.) 4-0
Jake Browning passed for 596 yards and eight TDs as the Bulldogs won another shootout, this one 67-38 over San Ramon Valley of Danville. Folsom plays at Monterey Trail of Elk Grove on Friday.
23.

2

Serra (Gardena, Calif.) 4-0
Serra’s big three of QB Jalen Greene (286 yards passing, 4 TDs); WR Adoree’ Jackson (229 all-purpose yards); and LB Dwight Williams (two interceptions) all shined during 48-18 win against L.A. Dorsey. Up next on Friday is a matchup vs. Narbonne of Harbor City.
24.

2

Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.) 3-0
Steve Shanley connected on 14 of 19 passes for 155 yards and two TDs as the Paladins downed DePaul of Wayne 35-21. They have a test this week on Saturday against St. Ignatius of Cleveland, the No. 4 ranked team in Ohio.
25.

2

Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 3-0
Sophomore Cooper Nunley passed for four scores and ran for a fifth as Jenks outlasted Owasso 45-28. The defense did surrender over 400 yards but forced three turnovers. Edison of Tulsa is up next on Friday.
26.

2

Blue Springs (Blue Springs, Mo.) 4-0
Kansas State commit Dalvin Warmack carried Blue Springs to a 42-35 win over rival and previously unbeaten Lee's Summit West with 198 yards rushing and TDs. Next up is another big test Friday against 3-1 Liberty.
27.

2

North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.) 4-0
Hayden Sphire hit 12 of 15 passes for 201 yards and six TDs in the first half as the Peach State's top team rolled past Meadowcreek 63-0. The Bulldogs are idle next weekend.
28.

2

Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.) 4-0
After a bye week, the Trojans return to action this Friday to play Lancaster. Their game the following week against South Pointe (Rock Hill) is in a rivalry in which anything can happen.
29.

2

Mt. Carmel (Chicago, Ill.) 4-0
The Caravan remain the top team in the Land of Lincoln after a hard-fought 28-20 triumph over Brother Rice of Chicago. Coach Frank Lenti’s team gets St. Rita this Friday and after that looms unbeaten Loyola Academy of Wilmette.
30.

1

Cass Tech (Detroit, Mich.) 4-0
The combination of RB Mike Weber and QB Jayru Campbell once again led the way for the Technicians, combining for three rushing touchdowns and over 300 total yards in a 30-6 win against Cody. This week on Friday, they take on Central (0-4) of Detroit.
31.Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) 4-0
Senior QB Kelvin Cook ran 23 times for 120 yards and a 40-yard score as the Cardinals downed Lakota East of Liberty Township 35-7. Defensive back Jalen Christian also returned a first quarter fumble 90 yards for the first score. Colerain is host to Hamilton on Friday.
32.

3

Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) 4-1
On a road trip to New Jersey, the Gaels made their flight home a happy one as they defeated previous FAB 50 No. 39 Bergen Catholic 20-17. Randall Cunningham Jr. threw a 3-yard TD pass to Alize Jones with just over a minute left for the winning score. Bishop Gorman is off this week, then on Oct. 4 hosts No. 1 Booker T. Washington of Miami on ESPNU.
33.

3

Brother Rice (Birmingham, Mich.) 4-0
Alex Malzone’s 34-yard Hail Mary pass to Jason Alessi with two seconds left gave the Warriors a hard-to-fathom 26-24 triumph over De La Salle Collegiate of Warren. The play also came after an apparent sack/fumble was ruled an incomplete pass. Despite the bizarre win, the Warriors are continuing to rise in the rankings due to their earlier win over St. Ignatius of Cleveland. They may have to pull out another miracle this Friday against unbeaten Detroit Catholic Central.
34.

2

St. Joseph Regional (Metuchen, N.J.) 2-0
The Green Knights did not play last week. They probably checked out their rivals from FAB 50 No. 44 Bergen Catholic battling at home against Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas since Bergen Catholic will be their opponent this week on Saturday.
35.

2

Coppell (Coppell, Texas) 3-0
Coppell's scheduled Thursday game with Garland (Texas) was cancelled due to lightning in the area. Up next for the Cowboys is a tilt with Texas No. 1 and FAB 50 No. 2 Allen.
36.

2

Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) 3-1
The Rebels bounced back big time from their loss to FAB 50 No. 28 Northwestern of Rock Hill with a 62-0 win over Clinton. Shuler Bentley was an efficient 13 of 16 for 261 yards and four TDs. Byrnes meets Boiling Springs on Friday.
37.Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif) 4-0
Defense keyed the Monarchs to their 37-0 win over Santa Monica as they forced four turnovers and gave up just 40 yards in the first half. Mater Dei’s next game is Friday at home vs. Edison of Huntington Beach.
38.

NR

Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 4-0
Braydon Roeseh capped a big first half with an interception return TD to give Mission Viejo a 30-7 lead en route to 46-21 victory over La Habra. On Friday, the Diablos play Aliso Niguel of Aliso Viejo.
39.

1


Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) 3-1
The Packers were off this week and will take on 3-1 Lowndes of Valdosta on Friday in the region opener. Good news came during the off week as injured DT Jamiyus Pittman (an Ole Miss recruit) should be able to return for the playoffs. His leg injury was diagnosed for a 6-8 week return.
40.

1


Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.) 3-0
Coach Coley Candaele’s team rampaged for 494 yards rushing and scored on its first four series in beating Redlands East Valley 69-21. This week’s game Friday against Cathedral Catholic of San Diego should be at least a little more diffucult.
41.

1


Coatesville (Coatesville, Pa.) 4-0
Sophomore QB Jordan Young tossed a pair of TD passes while senior RB Daquan Worley rushed for 124 yards and one TD on just eight carries in a 42-13 triumph over Avon Grove of West Grove. Coatesville’s next game is Saturday at Bishop Shanahan of Downington.
42.

2


Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio) 4-0
The Crusaders defeated their fourth straight out-of-state opponent with a 24-12 win over Kentucky-ranked St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.). Jack Gruber ran for 108 yards and a TD and Gus Ragland added 96 yards and a score. The defending Division 1 state titlist faces another St. Xavier opponent -- this one a league rival from Cincinnati -- on Friday.
43.

2


Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) 5-0
Quarterback Luke Calvert has been the difference for Indiana top-ranked Center Grove. He threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-10 win over Lawrence Central, which was the No. 1 ranked team in the state until two weeks ago. On Friday, the Trojans play at Lawrence North.
44.

5

Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) 1-2
Disregard the two losses for the Crusaders since they are to FAB 50 No. 20 John Curtis and to FAB 50 No. 32 Bishop Gorman. Both games could have gone either way, too. Bergen will try to get the win over a similar opponent on Saturday when FAB 50 No. 34 St. Joseph Regional comes to town.
45.

2

Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.) 4-0
One week before the Gators face a major test against defending state champion North Allegheny, they stayed unbeaten with a 21-0 shutout of Altoona. Before playing North Allegheny, though, Gateway has to get by Hempfield Area of Greensburg, this Friday’s foe.
46.Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) 5-0
Junior QB Kyle Gearig tossed for three TDs and led the Miner offense in a 42-0 wipeout of West Valley City Granger. On Friday, Bingham hosts West Jordan.
47.McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) 4-0
Ty Clemons passed for 211 yards and three scores and added 144 yards rushing as the Indians raced past Marietta 43-30 last Friday. McEachern led 30-9 at the half. Kennesaw Mountain is next on the docket on Friday.
48.

NR

North Shore (Galena, Texas) 4-0
The Mustangs ran past Houston Madison 51-0 last Friday, as seven different players scored in the rout. North Shore is ranked higher than Lamar now in AP 5A poll and should be in the FAB 50 at this point.
49.St. Augustine (New Orleans, La.) 2-1
The Fournette brothers led St. Augustine to a 40-27 win over Covington. With Covington bottling up Leonard Fournette and QB Toi Jackson struggling, younger Lanard Fournette stepped up in the 2nd half. He carried 10 times for 107 yards and one TD. The Purple Knights have a bye this week before a matchup with FAB 50 No. 20 John Curtis.
50.Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.) 3-0
Brandon Simmons piled up 145 yards on 18 carries and scored three times as the Dolphins flipped Green Run of Virginia Beach 48-7. They host Bayside of Virginia Beach in the next game on Friday.

Dropped Out: Previous No. 30 South Panola (Batesville, Miss.); No. 48 Cedar Hill (Cedar Hill, Texas).

Updated: September 23, 2013

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