FAB 50: Week 6 National Football Rankings

Desmon White (pictured) and DeSoto climb up to No. 4.  A potential play-off matchup with Allen would put them squarely into the National Title conversation.

Desmon White (pictured) and DeSoto climb up to No. 4. A potential play-off matchup with Allen would put them squarely into the National Title conversation.

There are cross-referencing games like those between teams from California and Nevada all the time. The same goes for those games between teams from Florida and Georgia.

But what happens when it’s a top Florida team – in this case FAB 50 No. 1 Booker T. Washington of Miami – going all the way to Las Vegas to play Bishop Gorman?

Since both teams have played five times, that only makes this Friday’s game that much more valuable as a cross-reference.

It’s also much more valuable thanks to Bishop Gorman’s aggressive scheduling of top teams from everywhere. In addition to this week’s home game against Booker T., the Gaels have played two strong teams from Southern California – wins against both Servite of Anaheim and Santa Margarita of Rancho Santa Margarita – and they’ve played Arizona No. 1 Mountain Pointe (a loss). Coach Tony Sanchez also has taken his team almost as far to the east as Booker T. will be coming west with a trip to New Jersey that resulted in a win against Bergen Catholic.

A Gorman upset also would be big in Texas. If the Gaels do it, they’d also knock down current FAB 50 No. 3 Miami Central (which has a loss to Booker T.) and could potentially set up a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup down the road between Allen and DeSoto in the Class 5A Division I Texas state playoffs.

Allen and DeSoto have both enhanced their national championship resumes with big wins in recent weeks. Allen breezed past previous FAB 50 No. 35 Coppell last Friday 31-10. DeSoto moved up from No. 6 to No. 4 this week, hopping California No. 1 De La Salle of Concord not so much due to its 50-0 win over South Grand Prairie but more because of its earlier wins over ranked teams Arlington Martin, Tulsa Union (Okla.), Euless Trinity and Cedar Hill.

Last year’s FAB 50 champion, Katy of Texas, also received a strong push in this week’s rankings. The Tigers are now back in the top 10, going from No. 11 to No. 8 and are looking more and more like they’ve been in recent seasons.

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.) 5-0
QB Treon Harris was out with ankle and stomach ailments but it didn't slow down the Tornadoes in a 49-7 win over previously unbeaten Monsignor Pace. Sophomore RB Mark Walton had 100 yards rushing and three TDs on just nine carries, then committed to Miami later in the weekend. The Tornadoes will travel west for the last major hurdle on its regular season schedule this week, a date at FAB 50 32 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas).
2.Allen (Allen, Texas) 5-0
The Eagles may not have gotten the memo that Miami Booker T. Washington has already wrapped up the No. 1 ranking. Allen continued to build a national championship resume Friday by avenging its lone defeat from last year's state championship squad with an easy 31-10 win over FAB 50 No. 35 Coppell. Junior QB Kyler Murray was his usual efficient self, hitting 10 of 15 for 212 yards and one TD while rushing for 49 yards and a second score. Plano East (4-1) is up next for Allen after a bye week.
3.

2

Miami Central (Miami, Fla.) 3-1
The Rockets were idle over the weekend and open district play Saturday against Homestead. Their ranking also will be impacted by what happens when Booker T. Washington travels to play Las Vegas Bishop Gorman. A loss would drop Miami Central behind wherever the Tornadoes would fall due to head-to-head loss.
4.

2


Desoto (Desoto, Texas) 5-0
The Desmon White Show continued Friday for DeSoto as the mighty mite 5-foot-7 senior QB passed for 357 yards and three TDs while rushing for 133 yards and two more scores in a 50-0 win over South Grand Prairie. DeSoto is off this week.
5.De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 5-0
Area Code baseball star Chris Williams completed 7 of 9 passes for 188 yards and scored twice on rushing plays as the Spartans beat San Ramon Valley of Danville 47-21. They travel this weekend to Southern California to play Servite of Anaheim (3-1) on Saturday at Santa Ana Bowl. Servite lost its first game to FAB 50 No. 32 Bishop Gorman, but then beat previous FAB 50 ranked Long Beach Poly.
6.

1


St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) 5-0
Crenshaw of Los Angeles (1-3) comes to Bellflower Friday for the Braves’ last nonleague game. They had a bye last week, but still had to enjoy seeing the continued success of their Trinity League, which has now gone a combined 24-3 this season.
7.

1


Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 5-0
Arch-rival Vestavia Hills always plays the Bucs tough and did again in last weekend’s 17-7 contest. The Hoover defense shined by limiting the previously unbeaten Rebels to just 100 yards of offense. Up next for Hoover is a Friday matchup at home against Bessemer City.
8.

3


Katy (Katy, Texas) 5-0
Playing without star junior Rodney Anderson, sophomore Kyle Porter picked up the slack for the Tigers, rushing for 164 yards and three scores in a 28-3 win over previously unbeaten Katy Morton Ranch. Katy is off this week.
9.Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) 4-0
Coach Butch Goncharoff’s squad has yet to allow more than seven points in a game for the season. Last week’s win was 41-7 over Lake Washington. It’s hard to see any tough tests on the horizon, however, which will make it very hard for the Wolverines to move up in the rankings. They play at Juanita of Kirkland on Friday.
10.University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 5-0
Elite 11 MVP and Auburn recruit Sean White passed for 437 yards and six TDs in U-School's 50-0 romp over Boyd Anderson (Fort Lauderdale) Friday night. Winless North Broward is up next.
11.

1


Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) 5-0
Trevon Walters ran for 156 yards and three TDs as Manatee crushed rival Southeast (Bradenton) 62-0 on Friday night. The Hurricanes scored all 62 of their points in the first half . Riverview of Sarasota (2-1) is up next for Manatee on Friday.
12.

5

Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.) 6-0
Paul Lucas raced 96 yards for a kickoff return TD and also scored on a 70-yard run to lead the Pride past previous FAB 50 No. 13 Hamilton of Chandler 37-27. Their first win over Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas also has gotten more significant. And what happens if Gorman were to upset No. 1 Booker T. Washington this week? Mountain Pointe plays at Desert Vista of Phoenix on Friday.
13.

1


Ensworth (Nashville, Tenn.) 5-0
There’s going to be a big game in Tennessee on Friday between the Tigers and 6-0 Montgomery Bell Academy. Ensworth warmed up for it with a 28-14 win over McCallie of Chattanooga behind D'Andre Ferby, who had 32 carries for 213 yards and three TDs.
14.

1


St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) 5-0
QB Brett Kean completed 12 of 17 passes for 198 yards and three scores -- all in second quarter to three different receivers -- and rushed for a first quarter TD in a 56-7 romp over McDowell (Erie, Pa.). The Eagles are host Saturday to Cardinal Mooney of Youngstown.
15.

1


Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.) 5-0
A dominating 59-0 win over West Charlotte keeps the Mavs in the top 20. However, the win did come at a cost, as star QB Emiere Scaife suffered an ankle injury and will be out for an undetermined amount of time. Mallard Creek plays at Hopewell of Huntersville on Friday.
16.

2

Miramar (Miramar, Fla.) 5-0
The Patriots followed up their big win over St. Thomas Aquinas two weekends ago by routing winless Western of Davie 49-0. Miramar's defense allowed just 16 yards of offense and three first downs. McArthur of Hollywood (1-3) is up next for the Patriots on Friday.
17.

2


St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 3-1
The Raiders’ defense scored three TDs and a safety to help the team race out to a 51-0 halftime lead in a 58-6 victory over Nova (Davie). This week on Friday, winless South Broward is next on the Raiders' schedule.
18.

3


John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) 3-1
George Moreira's third TD run of the day with 26.5 seconds left lifted Curtis to a huge 38-33 victory over previous state No. 1 and previous FAB 50 No. 4 Karr of New Orleans. Curtis did lose starting QB Abby Touzet in the first quarter to a broken collarbone, but will have a chance to complete a sweep of the other top two teams in the state in a Friday matchup against FAB 50 No. 49 St. Augustine of New Orleans.
19.

5


Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.) 4-0
Big-time recruit Jabrill Peppers missed most of the first half with a hip injury (he played in the second half), but the Paladins still rolled past longtime Ohio power St. Ignatius of Cleveland 44-10. QB Steve Shanley shined by completing 18 of 30 passes for 281 yards and three TDs. Paramus Catholic has a bye this weekend.
20.

16

Karr (New Orleans, La.) 2-1
In a nationally televised, standing room only showdown, Karr lost a nail-biter to John Curtis 38-33. The loss spoiled a great performance by Speedy Noil, who threw for 273 yards. The team’s next game is Friday at Cox of Harvey.
21.Lamar (Houston, Texas) 5-0
The Redskins’ offense finally got untracked Friday, scoring 41 points in the first quarter on the way to a 55-0 win over Houston Westbury. All four of QB Darrell Colbert's completions went for scores, while Westbury only managed 44 yards of offense. Lamar is idle this weekend.
22.Folsom (Folsom, Calif.) 5-0
Junior QB Jake Browning went 23 of 27 for 361 yards and six TDs, but only played one series in the second half of the Bulldogs’ 49-21 triumph over Monterey Trail of Elk Grove. Browning is resting his arm (30 TD passes so far) this week since Folsom will be on a bye.
23.Serra (Gardena, Calif.) 5-0
With Narbonne of Harbor City threatening to take a 14-13 lead, Serra’s Adoree’ Jackson stepped in front of a pass and raced 102 yards for an interception return TD. The Cavaliers went on to win 36-13. They have a bye this week, then open play in the Mission League.
24.

1

Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 4-0
Cameron Booty returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a score and added 98 yards and two touchdowns rushing as Jenks stayed undefeated with a 41-14 win over Tulsa Edison. The Trojans are at 4-0 Sapulpa on Friday.
25.

1

Blue Springs (Blue Springs, Mo.) 5-0
It’s another solid win for the Wildcats as they topped Liberty 38-21. Dalvin Womack rushed for 188 yards and scored four TDs. Blue Springs’ next game is Friday at Lee’s Summit North.
26.

3

Mt. Carmel (Chicago, Ill.) 5-0
The Caravan knocked off previously unbeaten St. Rita and once again the defense dominated from the very beginning. Illinois RB commit Matt Domer led the way on offense rushing for 161 yards and all three TDs. The win set up an even bigger showdown Saturday at 5-0 Loyola Academy, which went into this week’s FAB 50 at No. 47.
27.North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.) 4-0
Georgia’s top-ranked team was idle last weekend and resumes action Friday against 1-4 Duluth.
28.Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.) 5-0
Behind a great performance from their defense and an efficient day by QB Mason Rudolph (22 of 26, 245 yards, 2 TDs), the Tigers blanked Lancaster 34-0. They play next on Friday at South Pointe of Rock Hill.
29.

1

Cass Tech (Detroit, Mich.) 5-0
This team cruised to its fifth victory with a 76-0 romp past Central of Detroit. For the season, Cass Tech also has now outscored its opponents 216-24. Next up for the Technicians is a road game on Friday against Ford.
30.

4

St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) 3-0
As impressive as Paramus Catholic was in its win over St. Ignatius of Cleveland, the Green Knights were as well in their 49-6 blasting of previous FAB 50 No. 44 Bergen Catholic. The defense had six sacks and five interceptions with two of those brought back for scores. Up next for St. Joe is a Friday matchup at Wayne of Wayne Hills.
31.Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) 5-0
The Cardinals rolled out to a 54-7 halftime cushion over Hamilton (Ohio) before winning 57-7. Senior QB Kelvin Cook completed 6 of 8 passes for 174 yards and four TDs. The Colerain defense also returned two interceptions for scores in a 34-point second quarter. Colerain visits rival Princeton (Cincinnati) on Friday.
32.Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) 4-1
In their last matchup against a nationally ranked Florida team, the Gaels lost 20-17 on the field two years ago to Armwood of Seffner but later were rewarded a forfeit win. If Gorman plays like it did in a home win over Servite of Anaheim, it could be a barn-burner on Friday at home against No. 1 Booker T. Washington.
33.Brother Rice (Birmingham, Mich.) 4-0
In the game of the week in Michigan, Alex Malzone’s 35-yard TD pass to Patrick Sparks with just 33 seconds left gave the Warriors a 28-21 win over Detroit Catholic Central. Brian Walker also starred for Brother Rice with 21 carries for 166 yards and one TD. The Warriors next meet St. Mary’s of Orchard Lake on Friday.
34.

2

Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) 4-1
Behind another big Shuler Bentley day (24 of 34 for 383 yards with five TDs and no ints), the Rebels rolled to a 63-34 triumph over Boiling Springs. Byrnes hooks up next on Friday at home vs. Spartanburg.
35.

2

Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif) 5-0
Two defensive TDs – Matthew Rockett with a 65-yard interception return in the second quarter and Malik McMorris with a 68-yard fumble return with 3:38 left in the game – paced the Monarchs to a 21-7 victory against Edison of Huntington Beach. Mater Dei has a bye this week.
36.

2

Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 5-0
The Diablos led 49-0 at halftime in their 56-7 romp past Aliso Niguel of Aliso Viejo. Alex Suchesk led the way with three rushing TDs. Up next on Friday is a trip to Redlands to play Redlands East Valley.
37.

2

Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) 4-1
The Packers opened region play in style, routing traditional power Lowndes of Valdosta 37-7. Quintin Hampton registered six sacks to lead the defense, while Daniel Mobley passed for 212 yards and ran for 76 more. Up next, Colquitt hosts Tift County of Tifton (4-1) on Friday.
38.

3

Coatesville (Coatesville, Pa.) 5-0
Isaiah Flamer burned up 268 yards on 30 carries and scored three TDs to led the Red Raiders past Bishop Shanahan of Downingtown 37-13. Coatesville plays next on Friday vs. Downingtown East of Exton.
39.

9

North Shore (Galena, Texas) 5-0
Previously unbeaten Channelview was no match for the Mustangs last Friday as North Shore ran for 386 yards en route to a 59-0 win. Like most Houston area teams, North Shore is off this weekend.
40.

2

Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio) 5-0
Sophomore soccer-style placekicker Matt Coghlin decided the outcome of a 20-17 overtime win over rival St. Xavier (Cincinnati). He kicked a 30-yard field goal with one second left in regulation to force overtime and then hit a 35-yarder to win in the extra period. Moeller faces rival LaSalle on Saturday.
41.

2

Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) 6-0
The Trojans continue to impress with a 42-10 win over Lawrence North of Indianapolis. Center Grove has another possible tough game on Friday against 4-2 Ben Davis of Indianapolis.
42.

4

Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) 6-0
The Miners posted their second straight 42-0 triumph, this one 42-0 over West Jordan. Kyle Gearig scored on a 5-yard run in the first quarter, then threw for three TDs in the second quarter. Bingham hits the field Friday at home vs. Brighton of Salt Lake City.
43.

30

Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 4-1
It’ll be easy for the Huskies to get over their loss to FAB 50 No. 12 Mountain Pointe. First, they have a difficult opponent to deal with right away with Chandler on Friday. Second, they know that they lost last year in the regular season to the Pride before coming back to win in the state final.
44.

6

Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.) 4-0
A defense led by Derrick Nnadi racked up four sacks and three interceptions in a 49-16 victory against Bayside of Virginia Beach. Virginia’s No. 1 team plays next on Friday at Kempsville of Virginia Beach.
45.Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.) 5-0
The Gators hung in there once again and pulled out a 22-16 win over Hempfield Area of Greensburg. Jimmy Moore threw a game-winning TD pass to Delvon Randall with just 39 seconds left for the winning points. Gateway plays its toughest opponent of the season so far on Friday at North Allegheny of Wexford, which was a 16-0 state champion last season.
46.

1

McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) 5-0
Ty Clemons accounted for 148 yards and three TDs as McEachern rolled to a 41-7 win over Kennesaw Mountain. Campbell of Smryna is on the schedule next with a matchup on Friday.
47.

NR

Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.) 5-0
QB Jack Penn threw for 213 yards and two TDs to lead Loyola past Brother Rice of Chicago 24-3. The Ramblers next host state No. 1 and FAB 50 No. 26 Mt. Carmel on Saturday. Brother Rice lost to Mt. Carmel by a much closer 28-21 score two weeks ago.
48.

NR

Maryville (Maryville, Tenn.) 5-0
The Rebels are in the national record book with their 74-game win streak that ended in 2008 and now they’re back in the FAB 50. Their 55-6 win last Friday came over a Sevier County of Sevierville team that was 4-0. Maryville, which is the No. 1 ranked public school team in the state, plays Friday at crosstown Heritage.
49.St. Augustine (New Orleans, La.) 2-1
The Purple Knights have a chance to really shake up the Louisiana rankings this week when they host FAB 50 No. 20 John Curtis on Friday. They were idle last weekend.
50.

NR

Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii) 6-0
President Obama’s alma mater gets in this week after rolling over Iolani of Honolulu 56-0. After the first game, the Buff ‘n Blue has only allowed two touchdowns in five outings. One win was over Helix (La Mesa, Calif.), a team with a win over Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.), which is the team that knocked out previous FAB 50 ranked Vista Murrieta.

Dropped Out: Previous No. 35 Coppell (Coppell, Texas); No. 40 Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.); No. 44 Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.).

Updated: September 30, 2013

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