FAB 50: Week 7 National Football Rankings

 

A John Curtis loss to St. Augustine threw the Louisiana rankings in a loop. How did we break the 3-way tie?

A John Curtis loss to St. Augustine threw the Louisiana rankings in a loop. How did we break the 3-way tie?

A three-way tie is like a three-headed monster. Trying to break them can be a nightmare for high school athletic administrators or those who compile rankings.

We now have one at the top of Louisiana after last Friday’s 29-28 win by previous FAB 50 No. 49 St. Augustine of New Orleans over previous FAB 50 No. 18 John Curtis of River Ridge.

The other team in the Louisiana three-way tie is Karr of New Orleans, which has a win over St. Augustine but a loss to John Curtis.

In some places around the country, coin flips are still employed to break such ties if they occur at the top of league or district standings.

But for the Student Sports FAB 50, we don’t do coin flips and we don’t do ties.

The preferred method – both by us and by an increasing number of prep sports officials – is to use point spreads involving the three knotted teams. That’s why in this week’s FAB 50 we are listing Karr first with a +5 spread against the other two teams, followed by John Curtis with a +4 and St. Augustine with a -9.

All three teams obviously still needed to be ranked right next to each other with St. Augustine coming up and the other two going down. That’s why in this week’s rankings it came out with the three Louisiana teams together at No. 34, No. 35 and No. 36.

John Curtis also was, in fact, the highest ranked team to lose over the weekend. The rest of the first 17 all won and there were no changes until No. 18, with Paramus Catholic of New Jersey getting the nod to move up one spot from last week.

Note: See the Student Sports FAB 50 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.) 6-0
Florida State commit Treon Harris accounted for four TDs, including two in the fourth quarter, as the Tornadoes pulled away from previous FAB 50 No. 32 Bishop Gorman late to win 28-12 Friday night in Las Vegas. Washington's defense intercepted Bishop Gorman QB Randall Cunningham II three times. Rival Miami Northwestern is up next for Booker T. on Saturday.
2.Allen (Allen, Texas) 5-0
Like most of the top teams in Texas, Allen had a bye over the weekend. The Eagles start district play Friday at home against 4-1 Plano East.
3.Miami Central (Miami, Fla.) 5-1
Dalvin Cook ran for two second-half scores as the Rockets soared past Homestead 37-20 last Friday. Miami commit Joseph Yearby also ran for 169 yards and scored twice. Miami Norland (2-4) is up next for Central on Friday.
4.Desoto (Desoto, Texas) 5-0
District competition starts for the Eagles on Friday with perhaps their toughest game before the playoffs. They meet 5-0 Mansfield Timberview. The rest of the district schedule doesn’t look that daunting.
5.De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 6-0
It was 14-0 just three minutes into the game and 28-0 at halftime in a 35-10 win by the Spartans over Servite of Anaheim that matched two top 10 state-ranked squads. John Velasco ran for 66 yards on the first play to set up the first score and finished with 155 yards and three TDs on 17 carries. DLS has a bye this week.
6.St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) 5-0
One night before the De La Salle-Servite game in Santa Ana, the Braves put on a show in nearby Bellflower by steamrolling Crenshaw of Los Angeles 75-35. The combination of results already has many California fans thinking about a possible DLS-Bosco game to end the season. The Braves, though, have a long way to go before that, including this Friday’s game at Santa Margarita.
7.Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 6-0
The Bucs were back to their blowout ways with a 48-7 win over Bessemer City. One of the nation’s top prep defenses also was at it again, returning three interceptions for TDs. A kickoff return for a TD by 5-star recruit Marlon Humphrey opened the game. Up next on Friday is Hillcrest of Tuscaloosa.
8.Katy (Katy, Texas) 5-0
Katy Taylor (1-4) will provide the opposition as the Tigers come off of their bye week and start their district schedule. Katy’s top district competition may come from Seven Lakes, which also is 5-0.
9.Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) 5-0
The Wolverines pushed their win streak to 45 games, which is one of the longest in the nation and is the longest of any FAB 50 team, with a 38-14 win over host Juanita. They play next on Friday vs. winless Interlake of Bellevue.
10.University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 6-0
Sean White passed for 172 yards and two scores and junior Jordan Scarlett ran for two TDs in the first half as U-School steamrolled North Broward Prep 63-0. The Suns led 49-0 at the half and only allowed 27 uards of offense. They are off this week.
11.Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) 6-0
The Hurricanes recorded a second straight shutout, whitewashing Sarasota Riverview 47-0 in the district opener for both teams. Missouri commit Trevon Walters scored twice to lead Manatee. Palmetto is up next on Friday.
12.Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.) 7-0
Paul Lucas (15 carries, 110 yards, 1 TD) and Brandyn Leonard (14 for 119, 1 TD) both rushed for more than 100 yards in a 49-6 romp past Desert Vista of Phoenix. The Pride play next on Friday at home against Brophy Prep of Phoenix.
13.Ensworth (Nashville, Tenn.) 6-0
The Tigers took care of business with a 35-21 win over previously unbeaten Montgomery Bell Academy to take a stranglehold on the top spot in Tennessee and extend their win streak to 27 games. Ensworth plays next on Friday against Giles County of Pulaski.
14.St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) 6-0
Junior Shaun Crawford, a Michigan commit, raced 73 yards to score on the opening play as the Eagles defeated Cardinal Mooney of Youngstown 41-14. Crawford had seven carries for 184 yards and two TDs, returned a punt 51 yards to set up a score, and had a pass interception. The Eagles have a bye this weekend.
15.Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.) 6-0
In a warmup for a showdown this Friday with unbeaten Hough of Cornelius, the Mavs recorded their second straight shutout, this one 69-0 over Hopewell of Huntersville. Sophomore QB James Smith, who's replacing QB Emiere Scaife (out for season with ankle injury), threw for 194 yards and two TDs.
16.Miramar (Miramar, Fla.) 6-0
Nick Jeanty passed for 239 yards and six TDs as the Patriots routed McArthur of Hollywood 56-0. Sophomore Jeffrey Hill had two interceptions as the Miramar defense only yielded 76 yards in the shutout. The Patriots are at 3-3 Everglades of Miramar on Friday.
17.St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 4-1
Notre Dame recruit Corey Holmes caught three of Wade Freebeck's five TD passes in the second quarter as the Raiders overwhelmed winless South Broward 66-0 in a District 15-7A game. On Friday, Aquinas is at 1-4 Northeast of Oakland Park.
18.

1


Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.) 4-0
It was an off week for the Paladins, who return to the field Saturday to play St. Mark’s of Wilmington, Del. They started 4-0 last year as well, but then lost 31-8 to Don Bosco Prep.
19.

5

Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 5-0
Cameron Booty ran for three scores and Jenks racked up 440 yards on the ground as a team in a 59-7 dismantling of previously unbeaten Sapulpa. The Trojans host regionally ranked Broken Arrow (4-1) this Friday.
20.

7

North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.) 5-0
C.J. Leggett ran for 125 yards and three TDs as the Bulldogs overcame a sloppy first half to pull away from 1-5 Duluth for a 52-21 victory. Mill Creek of Hoschton (4-2) comes to town Friday for the next game.
21.Lamar (Houston, Texas) 5-0
Defense has been the story for Lamar so far this season with just two TDs allowed in five games. The team had a bye over the weekend and returns Friday to play at Westside of Houston.
22.Folsom (Folsom, Calif.) 5-0
QB Jake Browning’s assault on the California state record book was slowed, but only because the Bulldogs had a bye. They open a tough Delta River League schedule on Friday at home against 5-0 Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills, the state’s No. 22 ranked squad.
23.Serra (Gardena, Calif.) 5-0
It was a bye week for the Cavaliers, which fell before they start Mission League play. Their first league game is Friday vs. Harvard-Westlake of Studio City.
24.

1

Blue Springs (Blue Springs, Mo.) 6-0
Dalvin Warmack continued with his Mac Truck impersonation with 30 carries for 187 yards and two TDs in a 27-3 victory against Lee’s Summit North. The Wildcats play next on Friday at home vs. Blue Springs North.
25.

3

Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.) 6-0
It was a clinic on both sides of the ball in a surprisingly easy 27-0 win by the Trojans over state top 10-ranked South Pointe. Mr. Football USA candidate Mason Rudolph sealed the game not with his arm, but with his feet on a pair of short TD runs. Up next is a home game Friday vs. Clover.
26.

4

St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) 4-0
With 5-0 and regionally ranked St. Peter’s Prep of Jersey City up next in two weeks, the Green Knights possibly took it easy on Wayne Hills in their 35-0 triumph over the weekend. In limited touches, Spencer Aukamp went 7 of 8 passing for 153 yards while Sherman Alston had seven carries for 101 yards. St. Joe is off this week.
27.

2

Cass Tech (Detroit, Mich.) 6-0
For the second consecutive game, the Technicians scored over 60 points in a shutout victory, this time 69-0 over Ford of Detroit. At this rate, it’s becoming more and more likely that Cass Tech will cruise to another state title with little resistance. Next up on Friday, however, is unbeaten Mumford.
28.

3

Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) 6-0
The Cardinals, top-ranked in the Cincinnati area, outscored rival Princeton in a 56-38 shootout. Colerain led in total yards, 692-534, but Princeton led in first downs, 27-19. De Tuan Smith led the Colerain ground attack with 14 carries for 271 yards and two scores and landed an 81-yard TD reception. Up next on Friday is rival Sycamore (Cincinnati).
29.

5

Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) 5-1
Shaedon Meadors was on the receiving end of another big Shuler Bentley performance, catching eight balls for 126 yards and two TDs in a 35-3 victory over Spartanburg. Up next on Friday is a matchup with Riverside of Greer.
30.

17

Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.) 6-0
In a game that was spread out over two days due to inclement weather, Loyola forced four fourth quarter turnovers to knock off previous FAB 50 No. 26 Mount Carmel of Chicago 24-17. Loyola QB Jack Penn also once again stepped up, accounting for over 250 yards and two TDs. The Ramblers travel to play De La Salle of Chicago on Friday.
31.

2

Brother Rice (Birmingham, Mich.) 6-0
The Warriors clinched a playoff berth and remained unbeaten by scoring 17 points in a three-minute span of the third quarter in a 31-14 triumph over St. Mary Prep of Orchard Lake. Next up on Saturday is an international matchup vs. Canada Prep Football Academy of Windsor, Ontario.
32.

3

Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif) 5-0
Any talk of the Monarchs not having played that tough of a regular season schedule will be quickly put to rest in the Trinity League. Their first league matchup comes Friday against Servite of Anaheim, which is still No. 8 in this week’s overall state rankings despite its loss to De La Salle.
33.

3

Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 6-0
A 20-yard fumble return by Jake White and a 48-yard punt return by Sean Modster (both for TDs) in the third quarter broke open the Diablos’ game with Redlands East Valley and sparked them to a 47-21 triumph. Mission Viejo hosts San Clemente on Friday in this week’s game.
34.

14

Karr (New Orleans, La.) 3-1
The Cougars recovered from their loss to Curtis with a big 49-18 win over Cox without their star, Speedy Noil. They have to drop in the FAB 50 along with Curtis, however, due to now being in a three-way tie atop the state involving St. Augustine as well. Backup senior QB Kerry Taylor came up big with four TDs to lead the Cougars. Up next on Friday is a matchup with O. Perry Walker of New Orleans.
35.

17

John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) 3-2
The Patriots couldn't complete the sweep of top Louisiana teams, losing to St. Augustine on the final drive of the game 29-28. A strong running game (230 yards) couldn't overcome the one-man show by Leonard Fournette. This is Curtis' first two-loss season since 2010. A matchup Friday vs. St. Charles Catholic is next on the schedule.
36.

13

St. Augustine (New Orleans, La.) 3-1
The nation's top running back prospect put on a show in a program-changing upset for St. Augustine 29-28 over previous FAB 50 No. 18 John Curtis. Leonard Fournette went around and through defenders for the game-winning TD with less than a minute left. Fournette finished with 255 yards and one TD. The Purple Knights next play Brother Martin of New Orleans on Friday.
37.Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) 5-1
Sihiem King accounted for 296 yards and scored both of Colquitt County's touchdowns in a narrow 17-14 win over Tift County in region play. King ran for 170 yards and had 126 yards receiving on five catches, and his 9-yard run with 10:56 left gave the Packers a lead they would not relinquish. Colquitt is off this week.
38.Coatesville (Coatesville, Pa.) 6-0
The Red Raiders slugged through a 14-7 win over Downingtown East of Exton mostly behind Daquan Worley’s 14-carry, 113-yard, 1-TD rushing effort. They play next on Friday against Kennett of Kennett Square.
39.North Shore (Galena, Texas) 5-0
It was a bye week for the Mustangs, who are a big favorite to win their district title and head into the playoffs at 10-0. They resume district play Friday against 3-3 Port Arthur Memorial.
40.Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio) 6-0
The Crusaders rallied from behind to defeat city rival LaSalle of Cincinnati 31-28. Senior QB Gus Ragland scored on a 4-yard run with 1:28 remaining to decide the outcome. Moeller visits another league rival, Elder, on Friday.
41.

1

Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) 7-0
Scott Nichols more than nicked up the defense of Salt Lake City Brighton with 22 carries for 214 yards and three TDs to lead the Miners to a 38-27 win. Bingham travels Friday to Sandy to meet defending Class 5A state champ Jordan.
42.

2

Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.) 5-0
It was 63-7 at halftime of the Dolphins’ 70-7 victory last weekend over Kempsville of Virginia Beach. Churchie Harold again led the way with five TD passes and one TD run. Ocean Lakes meets Frank Cox of Virginia Beach on Friday.
43.

9

Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) 4-2
With the schedule that the Gaels have played, it’s too hard to drop them that far in this week’s rankings after their 28-12 loss to No. 1 Booker T. Washington. The rest of the schedule is against in-state foes, including Friday at Legacy of Las Vegas. The upcoming rankings therefore will be more dependent on how some of Gorman’s top out-of-state opponents fare.
44.

1

Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.) 6-0
The Gators racked up their biggest win of the season and finally get to move up in the FAB 50 after a 35-32 win over defending Class 5A state champ North Allegheny. They overcame deficits of 13-0 and 32-21 behind QB Jimmy Moore, who threw three TD passes. Gateway plays next on Friday at Norwin of North Huntingdon.
45.

1

McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) 6-0
Ty Clemons scored four times, including one TD on a 95-yard run, as McEachern overcame a 28-21 halftime deficit to defeat Campbell of Smyrna 49-35. Junior Taj Griffin added two scores on 124 yards rushing for the Indians. They play next on Friday against South Cobb of Austell.
46.

2

Maryville (Maryville, Tenn.) 6-0
Shawn Prevo broke loose for an 84-yard TD run just before halftime as the Rebels took a 35-0 halftime lead in their 42-0 win against Heritage of Maryville. The team plays next on Friday at Lenoir City.
47.

NR

Apopka (Apopka, Fla.) 6-1
Three Blue Darters topped 100 yards rushing as Apopka routed Orlando area No. 3 and previously undefeated West Orange 52-35. We went for Apopka in this spot as a newcomer because its only loss was in the first game to No. 29 Byrnes (S.C.) and because the Blue Darters are a defending Florida state champ. The team has a bye this week.
48.

NR

Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 4-1
Junior QB Ryan Agnew passed for two scores and ran for two more as the Dragons easily dispatched Keller Timber Creek 77-6. Carroll also ran up 569 yards of offense. The Dragons are heavy favorites Friday vs. 2-3 Richland.
49.

NR

DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 6-1
The Stags return to the FAB 50 after a 49-14 destruction of Arlington (Va.) Bishop O’Connell. Their only loss is to FAB 50 No. 26 St. Joseph (Montvale, N.J.) and they have a win over the next team in line from Florida, Godby of Tallahassee. DeMatha plays Saturday at Bishop McNamara of Forestville, Md.
50.Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii) 7-0
QB Larry Tuileta connected on 20 of 35 passes for 298 yards and five TDs, but Punahou was tested severely in a 35-32 win against St. Louis of Honolulu. The team plays next on Friday vs. Pac-Five of Honolulu.

Dropped Out: Previous No. 26 Mt. Carmel (Chicago, Ill.); No. 41 Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.); No. 43 Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.).

Updated: October 7, 2013

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