FAB 50: Week 8 National Football Rankings


OL Damien Mama (pictured) and St. John Bosco were impressive yet again in a 56-12 romp of Santa Margarita , but the California State Title is De La Salle’s to lose.

It could take a person 30 seconds to do this week’s FAB 50 if one were to simply go down the list and re-rank all 50 teams that either won or didn’t play.

It was indeed one of those weeks for the FAB 50. No teams lost with a handful that didn’t play so there was no chance to make any major changes or move in any new teams.

Still, in weeks such as this, every team is checked out for possible minor changes – or flip-flops as we like to call them – in which a team can be rewarded for an impressive performance.

The first place in the rankings where that could have happened was at No. 5 where De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) had a bye compared to No. 6 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), which won its game 56-12 against Santa Margarita (Rancho SM, Calif.). That can’t happen, though, because DLS has won four CIF state open division titles in a row plus 60 games in a row vs. California opponents. The only way the Spartans are going to drop behind another California team is when they lose on the field to another California team.

It was then considered at No. 10 where University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla) had a bye compared to No. 11 Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) winning 35-14 over Palmetto. That didn’t happen, though, because in two weeks on Oct. 25 University School will play Manatee. It’s better to just let those two play each other before switching anything.

The first place where a change did happen was at No. 14. St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) was in that spot last week and had a bye. This week, though, previous No. 14 Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.) was given a slight bump for its 38-21 win over Hough (Cornelius, N.C.), which also was unbeaten at 6-0 coming into that matchup.

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:

1.Booker T. Washington (Miami, Fla.) 7-0
Samford commit Krondis Larry scored on 23-yard scamper with 2:57 left to put away a closer than expected 21-9 win over Miami Northwestern Saturday night for the Tornadoes. The Tornadoes face Gulliver Prep next on Thursday.
2.Allen (Allen, Texas) 6-0
A pregame power outage couldn't slow down the Eagles’ electric attack in a 62-17 rout of Plano East. Junior QB Kyler Murray passed for 276 yards and three TDs. On Friday, Allen is at 4-2 Plano West.
3.Miami Central (Miami, Fla.) 5-1
Florida recruit Dalvin Cook ran for 150 yards and three scores on just six carries as the Rockets rushed for 375 yard en route to overwhelming Miami Norland 56-6. The Rockets battle district rival Miami Northwestern in this week’s game on Friday.
4.Desoto (Desoto, Texas) 6-0
Two special teams blunders allowed Mansfield Timberview to jump out to a 13-0 lead early in the first quarter but DeSoto dominated from there, scoring 55 of the game's final 62 points en route to a 55-20 win. The Eagles are at 3-3 Midlothian in their next game on Friday.
5.De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 6-0
Coach Justin Alumbaugh’s squad took the week off following its trip to Southern California to play and beat state-ranked Servite of Anaheim 35-10. DLS returns to action Friday to meet 5-1 James Logan of Union City, which is the same team the Spartans played in last year’s CIF North Coast Section Division I championship.
6.St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) 6-0
Junior QB Josh Rosen rushed for four TDs and also completed 19 of 24 passes for 211 yards and one score to lead the Braves in their 56-12 romp past Santa Margarita. That’s the same Santa Margarita that should have beaten FAB 50 No. 43 Bishop Gorman earlier this season but didn’t due to a referee’s mistake. Even though this week’s opponent, Orange Lutheran, is 6-0, the Friday home game would be a huge upset if St. John Bosco were to lose.
7.Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 7-0
Playing against Hillcrest of Tuscaloosa without starting QB Jack Hutcheson, the Bucs then lost second string Jason Burton to an injury on the first drive. They still managed to beat Hillcrest 28-6 behind their staunch defense. Hoover plays Friday at Minor of Adamsville.
8.Katy (Katy, Texas) 6-0
Sophomore Kyle Porter continued to star while subbing for the injured Rodney Anderson, rushing for 203 yards and two scores as Katy blanked Katy Taylor 44-0. The Tigers' defense has now recorded three shutouts in six games. A showdown on Friday with 6-0 Katy Seven Lakes is up next.
9.Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) 6-0
The Wolverines had no trouble extending their win streak to 46 games with a 52-13 mauling of Bellevue Interlake. It should be more difficult this week since Friday’s foe is 6-0 Mount Si of Snoqualmie.
10.University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 6-0
The Suns, who were idle this week, take on Glades Central of Belle Glade this Friday before traveling to meet FAB 50 No. 11 Manatee on Oct. 25.
11.Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) 7-0
Marquel Hines, Josh Meyer and Johnnie Lang all ran for scores in the fourth quarter as the Hurricanes broke a 14-14 tie to pull away for a 35-14 win versus rival Palmetto. Meyer also threw for two scores. A trip to 5-1 St. Petersburg is up next on Friday.
12.Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.) 8-0
Wesley Payne played in his first game after suffering a dislocated elbow injury and led the way with 23 carries for 206 yards in a 31-0 win over Brophy Prep of Phoenix. The Pride will look to continue to roll Friday against Corona del Sol of Tempe.
13.Ensworth (Nashville, Tenn.) 7-0
Head coach Ricky Bowers called his team’s 48-7 win over Giles County its best effort this season. Rico McGraw rushed for 115 yards and two TDs. Ensworth has a bye this week before a matchup on Oct. 25 with Baylor of Chattanooga.


Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.) 7-0
Despite giving up two safeties, a lost fumble, an interception and 205 yards in penalties, the Mavericks handled previously unbeaten Hough comfortably 39-21. Jaylen Samuels was the difference maker, going for 131 yards and three TDs on 13 carries. Mallard Creek’s next game is Friday at Vance of Charlotte.


St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) 6-0
The Eagles had a bye last week while preparing for their annual showdown with backyard rival St. Ignatius of Cleveland on Saturday at Lakewood Stadium. St. Ignatius (4-3) lost Saturday to Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) 32-29. The Eagles have been ranked No. 1 in Division 1 state polls since the preseason.
16.Miramar (Miramar, Fla.) 7-0
Nick Jeanty passed for three scores and ran for a fourth while the Patriots' defense turned in another dominant effort in a 38-0 whitewashing of Everglades. Miramar's defense allowed just six total yards, registering four sacks and two interceptions. A showdown with 7-0 Flanagan of Pembroke Pines is up next on Friday.
17.St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 5-1
The Raiders stayed right on the heels of Miramar (the team they lost to) with a 60-6 rout of Oakland Park Northeast. The defense swarmed with five turnovers and gave up just eight first downs. Cypress Bay, which was a Class 8A state playoff finalist last season, is up next on Friday.
18.Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.) 5-0
It was 42-0 at halftime as the Paladins pounded St. Mark’s (Wilmington, Del.) 56-6. They will now play two top opponents in a row, first this week on Friday against Don Bosco Prep and then the following week against FAB 50 No. 26 St. Joseph (Montvale, N.J.).
19.Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 6-0
Trent Taber ran for three TDs while the Trojans’ defense got two interceptions from Austin Casillas in a 28-7 win over regionally-ranked Broken Arrow. Steven Parker, one of the top-ranked recruits in the Sooner State, also played a key role, catching a 53-yard TD pass and recovering a fumble on defense. On Friday, the Trojans face surprising 6-0 Westmoore.


Lamar (Houston, Texas) 6-0
Lamar played its most complete game of the year when it crushed 5-2 Houston Westside 71-21. SMU commit Darrell Colbert passed for three scores and ran for a fourth while the Redskins’ defense forced four turnovers. Winless Sam Houston is next on Saturday.


Folsom (Folsom, Calif.) 6-0
Defensive players joined the usual offensive stars for the Bulldogs in their 35-0 shutout of state-ranked Oak Ridge. Lukas Hendricks batted away three passes to lead that unit. Offensively, Jake Browning threw more interceptions than TDs (five to three) but was 27 of 39 for 362 yards and three scores. Folsom plays 6-0 Jesuit of Carmichael on Friday.


Serra (Gardena, Calif.) 6-0
The real scary aspect of playing the Cavaliers is that they can score almost as easily on defense as on offense. In their 63-7 win over Harvard-Westlake last Friday, LB Dwight Williams scored early on a 34-yard fumble return and later set up a score with an interception. Serra has a huge game Friday against state-ranked Chaminade of West Hills.


North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.) 7-0
The Bulldogs rallied from 19 down with six and a half minutes left to stay unbeaten with a 50-47 win over Mill Creek of Hoschton. Missouri commit Nate Brown caught eight passes for 146 yards and four scores to lead the Bulldogs, who led early 14-0 before surrendering 34 unanswered points. Winless Habersham Central is up next on Friday.
24.Blue Springs (Blue Springs, Mo.) 7-0
WR Darrius Shepherd caught eight passes for 131 yards and one TD in the Wildcats ’35-0 shutout victory over Blue Springs South. Next up is Raymore-Peculiar (3-4) for a Friday contest.
25.Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.) 7-0
The Trojans overcame a slow start and pulled away for a 49-6 win over winless Clover. QB Mason Rudolph continues to lead the ship, going 14 for 17 for 211 yards and five TDs. South Carolina’s No. 1 team plays next on Friday at Fort Mill.
26.St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) 4-0
The Green Knights took last week off, no doubt taking extra time for the next two games. They first get unbeaten, state-ranked St. Peter’s Prep on Friday and then the following week will meet FAB 50 No. 19 Paramus Catholic.
27.Cass Tech (Detroit, Mich.) 7-0
In a game of unbeatens, the Technicians proved once again they are the most dominant team in the state and clinched the PSL West Division title with a 41-6 win against Mumford. Junior RB Mike Weber rushed for 169 yards and scored two touchdowns. Next up on Saturday is Detroit English Village Prep.
28.Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) 7-0
The Cardinals outscored Greater Miami Conference rival Sycamore 40-22 as senior QB Kelvin Cook produced five TDs. He rushed 14 times for 171 yards and three scores and passed for 40 yards and two more TDs. The Cards play host to Mason (Ohio) on Friday.
29.Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) 6-1
The Rebel defense showed up big, pitching a 57-0 shutout over Riverside of Greer. Three different Rebels recorded interceptions, giving QB Shuler Bentley extra opportunities. Bentley found five different receivers for touchdowns. Always-tough Gaffney comes to town Friday for this week’s game.
30.Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.) 7-0
One week after knocking off Mt. Carmel, which was the state’s No. 1 team at the time, Loyola cruised to another victory with an impressive 49-0 shutout win against De La Salle of Chicago. Next up is Lake Forest Academy (4-3) on Saturday.
31.Brother Rice (Birmingham, Mich.) 6-0
The Warriors remained unbeaten with a 38-10 victory over the intriguing Canadian Prep Football Academy of nearby Windsor. Junior WR Grant Perry caught four passes for 78 yards and one TD. Next up is Detroit Jesuit (4-3) on Saturday.
32.Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif) 6-0
With more than 11,000 fans on hand at Anaheim Stadium, Mater Dei honored 25-year coach Bruce Rollinson with an emotional tribute. The team then went out and beat archrival and state-ranked Servite of Anaheim 28-21. Up next on Friday is matchup against 5-1 JSerra of San Juan Capistrano.
33.Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 6-0
The Diablos had a bye over the weekend and will open the South Coast League part of their schedule Friday at San Clemente. Based on the results of the other teams in the league, it will be a huge shock if Mission Viejo is not 10-0 heading into the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs.
34.Karr (New Orleans, La.) 4-1
The Cougars stole victory from the jaws of defeat in a come from behind 26-22 victory over Landry Walker. The game was marred by nearly 300 yards in penalties, but Karr QB Kerry Taylor was a bright spot, filling in at QB for most of the game for Speedy Noil, who is still hindered by a groin pull. Karr returns to action Thursday against King of Metairie.
35.John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) 4-2
The Patriots recovered from their upset loss to St. Augustine to trounce St. Charles Catholic 46-13. There were big performances from George Moreira (5 carries, 141 yds, 2 TDs) and Raekwon James (6 carries, 167 yds , 1 TD). They have a bye this week.
36.St. Augustine (New Orleans, La.) 4-1
The Purple Knights celebrated their homecoming in style with a 49-21 win over Brother Martin. St. Aug racked up 610 yards of offense despite sloppy play (three fumbles, 16 penalties). QB Toi Jackson threw for 356 yards and four TDs. Up next is a Saturday matchup with Archbishop Rummel.
37.Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) 5-1
The Packers, whose lone loss was 24-10 at FAB 50 ranked Hoover (Ala.), were off this week and retake the field Friday versus 2-4 Brunswick.
38.Coatesville (Coatesville, Pa.) 7-0
Daquan Worley and Jalen Hudson both sped for a pair of scores in the Red Raiders’ 56-7 win over Kennett. We know they aren’t ranked No. 1 in Pennsylvania – Upper St. Clair is – but they keep winning and we haven’t had the chance to move in Upper St. Clair with hardly any FAB 50 teams anywhere losing. Coatesville’s next game comes Friday vs. Henderson of West Chester.
39.North Shore (Galena, Texas) 6-0
The Mustangs scored the game's final 21 points en route to a 49-20 win over a game Port Arthur Memorial (4-3) squad. Junior Tristan Houston was the star of the show, rushing 14 times for 266 yards and touchdowns of 33, 68, 34 and 49 yards. Baytown Sterling (2-5) visits next on Friday.
40.Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio) 7-0
Senior QB Gus Ragland led the defending Division 1 state champion Crusaders when they clinched their 26th Greater Catholic League South title with a 35-14 win over Elder of Cincinnati. Ragland passed for three scores, all in the first half, and ran for a fourth TD. Moeller is host to Cathedral (Indianapolis, Ind.) on Friday.
41.Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) 8-0
Scott Nichols piled up 201 yards on 23 carries and scored three TDs as the Miners broke open a 20-14 game at halftime and beat Jordan 48-28. They play on Wednesday of this week against Copper Hills.
42.Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.) 6-0
The Dolphins have now outscored their opponents 311-51 after a 31-6 romp past Frank Cox of Virginia Beach. They have given up one TD or less in four of their six games. They play next on Friday at First Colonial of Virginia Beach.
43.Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) 5-2
Legacy of North Las Vegas played the Gaels tough in their first game of the season against an in-state team. It was only 10-6 at half but in the end Gorman had too much talent and won 31-18. The next game is Friday at home against Cimarron-Memorial.
44.Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.) 7-0
The Gators keep winning the close games, the latest 13-6 from last Friday over Norwin of North Huntingdon. Montae Nicholson also keeps making plays down the stretch to help win all these close game. Against Norwin, he had five catches for 135 yards and two TDs. Gateway plays next on Friday vs. Penn-Trafford of Harrison City.
45.McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) 7-0
Taj Griffin ran for two scores while Ty Clemons passed for two more as McEachern jumped tout to a 27-0 first-quarter lead on the way to a 40-0 rout of South Cobb. The Indians should get a stiff test at 5-1 North Cobb on Friday night.
46.Maryville (Maryville, Tenn.) 7-0
Coach George Quarles picked up his 200th career win in a 28-10 victory over Lenoir City that brought him to a career record of 200-14. It’s probably the fastest any coach in U.S. history has reached 200 wins, based on Concord (Calif.) De La Salle’s Bob Ladouceur being 200-14-1 when he won his 200th. Maryville plays Friday vs. William Blount of Maryville.


Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 5-1
Senior Luke Timian caught four TD passes, three in the first half, as the Dragons roared past Richland 48-9. Timian had nine receptions for 173 yards, scoring from 21, 37, 39 and 7 yards out. Carroll is at Justin Northwest on Friday.


Apopka (Apopka, Fla.) 6-1
The Blue Darters were off last week after they moved into the FAB 50. Orlando Evans (1-5) is up next on Friday.
DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 7-1
Sophomore Lorenzo Harrison broke loose for 230 yards rushing on 17 carries and scored five times as the Stags trampled Bishop McNamara of Forestville 61-27. DeMatha plays next on Friday against Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.).
Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii) 8-0
After crushing Pac-Five of Honolulu 59-7, the Buff ‘N Blue will be off two weeks. Their next game will be Oct. 25 against the winner of a league playoff game between St. Louis and Kamehameha. Heisman Hosada had three second-half TD runs to lead the way against Pac-Five.

Dropped Out: None

Updated: October 14, 2013

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