FAB 50: Week 9 National Football Rankings

FSU commit J.J. Cosentino and Central Catholic are part of a heated battle for the top spot in Pennsylvania.

FSU commit J.J. Cosentino and Central Catholic are part of a heated battle for the top spot in Pennsylvania.

Since the FAB 50 team rankings system was developed in 1999 from one that was used successfully for many years and is still going strong in California, one part of the criteria can be called local consensus.

This means to check on the order of teams as determined by local media members who actually are seeing teams play in their area.

For the FAB 50, this also means to look at state rankings around the country almost as closely as results. One state that we’ve admittedly had a hard time with has been Pennsylvania. It’s hard because while local consensus is very important we also still do not want to drop a team completely out of the rankings just to match that consensus if that team keeps winning.

In Pennsylvania, for many weeks, Upper St. Clair has been at the top of the Class 4A state rankings and has been rolling. That continued last week with a 54-0 win over Plum of Pittsburgh.

So when Gateway of Monroeville finally dropped a game last week, this gave us the chance to much more closely align the FAB 50 national rankings with the Pennsylvania Class 4A poll. That’s why in this week’s FAB 50 Upper St. Clair not only was chosen as a newcomer but was put in all the way in front of No. 38 Coatesville.

Granted, not everyone in Pennsylvania thinks Upper St. Clair should be No. 1. But just about everyone has Upper St. Clair, Coatesville, Pittsburgh Central Catholic and St. Joseph’s Prep of Philadelphia in the top four and now so will we.

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.) 8-0
Star QB Treon Harris only played part of the first series before leaving with a minor injury but it didn't matter as Booker T. rolled past district foe Gulliver Prep 41-7 last Thursday behind two rushing touchdowns from Krondis Larry. The Tornadoes host 2-5 Miami Norland on Thursday.
2.Allen (Allen, Texas) 7-0
Kyler Murray accounted for 394 yards and seven TDs in the first half as Allen steamrolled district foe Plano West 77-37 last Friday. Murray passed for 248 yards and four scores while rushing for 146 yards and three TDs as Allen raced out to a 49-7 halftime lead. On Friday, McKinney Boyd (4-3) is up next.
3.Miami Central (Miami, Fla.) 6-1
Florida commit Dalvin Cook ran for 234 yards and one score while Miami recruit Joseph Yearby added 141 yards and two TDs as the Rockets lit up rival Miami Northwestern 44-13. Cook's 91-yard sprint early in the fourth quarter put the game away after Northwestern had pulled to within 23-13. Up next on Friday, Central hosts 5-2 Carol City for the District 16-6A title.
4.Desoto (Desoto, Texas) 7-0
Desmon White hit 26 of 37 passes for 370 yards and four TDs as DeSoto accumulated 652 yards of offense in a 62-42 win over 3-4 Midlothian. Oklahoma State commit Chris Lacy led the receivers with 10 catches for 146 yards and two TDs. DeSoto vs. Duncanville is next on Friday.
5.De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 7-0
With their 41-7 win over James Logan of Union City, the Spartans upped their current win streak to 33 games. They need one more to get on the all-time state list for the fourth time. De La Salle, of course, holds the national record with its 151-game win streak from 1992 to 2003. Amador Valley of Pleasanton is this week’s foe on Friday.
6.St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) 7-0
Sophomore RB Sean McGrew scored twice in the third quarter to break up a close game to lead the Braves past Lutheran of Orange 42-24. He ended with 15 carries for 176 yards and three TDs. Bosco plays JSerra of San Juan Capistrano on Friday and then can start thinking about playing FAB 50 No. 29 Mater Dei of Santa Ana.
7.Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 8-0
A big game by QB Jack Hutcheson led Hoover to a 41-9 win over Minor, it's 23rd straight victory. Hutcheson was 12 of 21 for 231 yards and two TDs in just over one half of play. The Bucs have a Thursday game this week against Tuscaloosa County of Northport.
8.Katy (Katy, Texas) 7-0
The Tigers survived a third straight game without junior RB Rodney Anderson, but just barely, sneaking by previously unbeaten Katy Seven Lakes 17-12. Sophomore Kyle Porter ran for 97 yards and his 43-yard scoring run in the third quarter gave Katy a 14-6 lead. Up next for the Tigers is a winless Strake Jesuit team.
9.Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) 7-0
The Wolverines continue to flex their muscles with a 52-13 crushing last Friday of previously unbeaten Mount Si. RB Budda Baker had just three carries in the first half but scored twice before being pulled. Bellevue plays next on Friday at 4-3 Liberty of Renton.
10.University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 7-0
Auburn commit and Elite 11 MVP Sean White passed for 245 yards and three scores as the Suns pounded Glades Central 48-13 on Friday night. Junior Jordan Scarlett ran for 221 yards and two scores as U-School's balanced attack totaled 574 yards. The Suns have a huge trip Friday to play FAB 50 No. 11 Manatee this Friday.
11.Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) 8-0
Let the hype begin over this Friday’s home game vs. FAB 50 No. 10 University School. In their part to get ready, the Hurricanes blew past St. Petersburg 51-13 behind Missouri commit Trevon Walters, who ran for 287 yards and three scores.
12.Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.) 9-0
The Pride posted their fourth shutout of the season with a 63-0 romp past Corona del Sol of Tempe. Senior QB Antonio Hinojosa completed 6 of 6 passes for 200 yards and four TDs. Mountain Pointe, which won’t get tested again until the state playoffs, has a bye this week.
13.

1

Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.) 8-0
After the big win against Hough from the previous week, Mallard Creek kept rolling with a 41-0 shutout of Vance. Once again, it was the Mavericks’ defense leading the way, limiting Vance to just 72 yards and racking up six sacks. The team’s next game is Friday against A.L. Brown of Kannapolis.
14.

1

Ensworth (Nashville, Tenn.) 7-0
The Tigers had a bye week, which gave an opportunity for Mallard Creek to hop them in this week’s rankings. They will now get ready to finish their season with big matchups at Baylor of Chattanooga and Brentwood Academy. The Baylor game is Friday on the road.
15.

1

Miramar (Miramar, Fla.) 8-0
Andre Godfrey returned a blocked field goal 70 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half as Miramar survived a stiff test from previously unbeaten Flanagan 22-13 on Friday night. The Patriots can clinch the District 12-8A title this Friday with a win at Cypress Bay.
16.

1

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 6-1
Mardre London ran for 113 yards and two scores as Aquinas blanked Cypress Bay 35-0. The Raiders’ defense also allowed just 75 yards in recording its second shutout of the year. Hollywood Hills is up next on Friday.
17.

2

Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 7-0
The Trojans’ defense dominated a matchup between undefeated teams, allowing Westmoore (6-1) just 50 yards and five first downs in a 24-0 win. Trent Taber ran for two scores while Oklahoma State commit Dylan Harding had a TD catch. Jenks plays 1-6 Muskogee on Friday.
18.

3

Folsom (Folsom, Calif.) 7-0
Junior QB Jake Browning passed for 443 yards and five TDs as the Bulldogs crushed previously unbeaten Jesuit of Carmichael 56-14. Josiah Deguara was Browning’s top target with nine catches for 128 yards and two scores. Folsom plays at Sheldon of Sacramento on Friday.
19.

3

Serra (Gardena, Calif.) 7-0
In its most impressive outing of the year, Serra’s defense put the clamps on a potent offense at Chaminade of West Hills (which has Elite 11 QB Brad Kaaya) and posted a 36-0 shutout. The good news on offense was the emergence of junior RB Darrion Naylor (13 for 112 yards rushing, 1 TD). On Friday, the Cavs take on Cathedral of Los Angeles.
20.Lamar (Houston, Texas) 7-0
Levy Whiteing and Ivy Smith both scored twice in the first half as Lamar led 49-0 at the break on the way to an easy 49-7 win over winless Sam Houston. Houston Madison (3-4) is up next for the Redskins on Saturday at Delmar Stadium.
21.

5


St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) 5-0
The ESPN game between Don Bosco Prep and Paramus Catholic. wasn’t the only showdown in New Jersey last weekend. The Green Knights had one with unbeaten St. Peter’s Prep of Jersey City and won going away 56-28. Spencer Aukamp threw for five TDs while Sherman Alston rushed for three scores. St. Joseph plays Paramus Catholic on Saturday and with a win could distance itself even more from the rest of the state.
22.

1


North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.) 7-0
Hayden Sphire, son of head coach Bob Sphire, passed for 277 yards and three TDs as the Bulldogs rolled past winless Habersham Central 41-0. Crosstown Collins Hill (6-1) is this week’s foe on Friday.
23.

1


Blue Springs (Blue Springs, Mo.) 8-0
Three minutes into last week’s game vs. Raymore-Peculiar, Blue Springs had a 21-0 lead and went on to a 41-14 win. Kansas State commit Dalvin Warmack took the first play from scrimmage 75 yards for a score. Next up on Friday is a showdown with 8-0 Lee's Summit.
24.

1


Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.) 8-0
After a slow start last week, the Trojans jumped out early with a 30-yard TD pass and cruised to an easy 42-20 win. WR's came up big with Dupree Hart going for over 200 APY and 4 TD's, and Quadarious Fair adding 2 TD's on 6 catches for 108 yds.
25.

3


Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) 8-0
The Cardinals racked up 469 yards of offense while dominating Mason, 63-14, in a Greater Miami Conference game. Senior QB Kelvin Cook rushed 10 times for 114 yards and one TD and completed 7 of 9 passes for 128 yards and a score. Colerain closes out its regular season with a pair of road conference games, beginning Friday with Middletown.
26.

1


Cass Tech (Detroit, Mich.) 8-0
Michigan commit Deon Drake had a big night in his season debut on both sides of the ball with a 34-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter to seal a 19-0 victory over East English Prep. The Technicians now play unbeaten King of Detroit in Friday’s PSL Championship at Ford Field.
27.

2


Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) 7-1
After a first half dogfight, Byrnes pulled away in a big way in the second half for a 61-20 victory over rival Gaffney. The Rebels ended a two-game losing streak to Gaffney with the blowout. Byrnes’ next game comes Friday at Mauldin.
28.

2


Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.) 8-0
The Rambers remain the No. 1 team in Illinois after they surged past Lake Forest Academy 35-7 despite trailing at halftime. Senior RB Donnel Haley rushed for 132 yards and two TDs. Loyola plays next on Friday against 7-1 St. Rita of Chicago.
29.

3


Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif) 7-0
Justin Allen piled up 312 yards rushing and scored three times to lead the Monarchs past JSerra of San Juan Capistrano 38-14. He had 244 yards and two TDs in his previous game vs. Servite of Anaheim. Mater Dei meets Santa Margarita on Friday in this week’s game.
30.

3


Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 7-0
The big news for the Diablos wasn’t their 70-17 rout of San Clemente, but that Don Bosco Prep (a team they beat earlier in the season) knocked off previous FAB 50 No. 18 Paramus Catholic back in New Jersey. Mission Viejo next plays 6-1 Tesoro of Las Flores on Friday with the South Coast League title essentially being decided.
31.Brother Rice (Birmingham, Mich.) 8-0
The Warriors cruised to another victory, this one 38-0 over University of Detroit, making it 16 straight wins dating back to last year. The team’s next opponent is archrival and region ranked Detroit Catholic Central (7-1), which could very well pull off an upset.
32.

7

North Shore (Galena, Texas) 7-0
Kevian DeLeon had 102 yards and one TD receiving to go along with two rushing scores as the Mustangs raced past Sterling 51-0 last Friday. This Friday, Beaumont West Brook (5-2), which gave FAB 50 No. 20 Lamar a 23-10 game, is the opponent.
33.

1

Karr (New Orleans, La.) 5-1
The Cougars’ defense stepped up in a 56-0 shutout of Grace King of New Orleans. It was an easy win even without Speedy Noil, who sat out as he continues to recover from a lingering groin injury. Karr’s next game is Friday at Belle Chasse.
34.

1

John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) 4-2
With Karr, St. Augustine and the Patriots all essentially joined at the hip due to their three-way tie in head-to-head games, the Patriots get to move up one spot this week even though they didn’t play. John Curtis will come off of its bye Friday to face Lusher of New Orleans.
35.

1

St. Augustine (New Orleans, La.) 5-1
The Purple Knights notched another impressive win, taking down an always solid Archbishop Rummel squad 35-21. St. Aug came in with revenge on its mind after a 24-point loss to Rummel last season. The Purple Knights hit the field next for a Saturday game against Holy Cross of New Orleans.
36.

1

Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) 6-1
Daniel Mobley passed for 231 yards and four scores as Colquitt County topped Region 1-AAAAAA foe Brunswick 41-16 last Friday. The Packers scored 21 unanswered in the third quarter to break open a close game. Up next is a Friday game at home against Valdosta, which is still believed to be the winningest high school football team in U.S. history.
37.

NR

Upper St. Clair (Upper St. Clair, Pa.) 8-0
In their 54-0 mashing of Plum, the Panthers were led by QB Joe Repischak’s two TD passes. They also posted their sixth shutout of the season. Upper St. Clair plays next on Friday at Mt. Lebanon of Pittsburgh.
38.Coatesville (Coatesville, Pa.) 8-0
Steven Pauling’s 64-yard interception return for a score in the final minute secured a 21-10 win over Henderson of Westchester. Sophomore QB Jordan Young had the other two TDs on runs. Up next on Friday is a matchup with East of West Chester.
39.

1

Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio) 8-0
The defending Division 1 state champs scored 20 straight points enroute to a 35-14 win over Cathedral of Indianapolis, Ind. It was Moeller's 14th straight win since bowing last season to St. Edward of Lakewood 49-42. Moeller's next test is Saturday at St. Edward, which lost its first game last weekend to rival St. Ignatius of Cleveland.
40.

1

Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) 9-0
In a 52-0 rout of Copper Hills, junior Kyle Gearig threw for three TDs and ran for two more. Junior Aaron Marsh added 128 yards rushing on six carries. Bingham plays Friday at Alta.
41.

1

Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.) 7-0
Senior QB Churchie Harold has got to be a leading State Player of the Year candidate in Virginia. He was at it again for the Dolphins in their 52-7 win over First Colonial of Virginia Beach with 237 yards and four TDs passing plus two more rushing TDs. Ocean Lakes’ next game is Friday vs. Landstown of Virginia Beach.
42.

1

Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) 6-2
The Gaels pounded Cimarron Memorial 56-7 as they fine-tune themselves for the state playoffs. Junior RB Russell Booze had eight carries for 110 yards and two TDs. Gorman travels Friday to play Bonanza.
43.

3

Maryville (Maryville, Tenn.) 8-0
In just the first half, QB John Garrett threw two TD passes and ran for another in a 66-7 win over Blount of Maryville. Shawn Prevo also had two TDs on the ground in that half and scored on a 90-yard kickoff return. The Rebels play next on Friday vs. Bearden of Knoxville.
44.

3

Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 6-1
Junior Ryan Agnew was nearly perfect in the Dragons' 63-21 win over Justin Northwest, going 19 of 20 through the air for 317 yards and five touchdowns while adding 143 and a score on the ground on just six carries. Up next on the district schedule is a Friday matchup vs. 4-3 Keller.
45.

3

Apopka (Apopka, Fla.) 8-1
Robert Thomas totaled 266 all-purpose yards and scored twice as Apopka routed Orlando Evans 43-0 last Friday. The Blue Darters are playing Edgewater of Orlando on Thursday night in this week’s game.
46.

3

DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 7-1
The Stags trailed 21-14 at halftime, but came from behind to beat Gonzaga of Washington D.C. 31-21. Taiwan Deal had 19 carries for 115 yards and two TDs while Lorenzo Harrison had 13 carries for 98 yards and one score. DeMatha has a bye this weekend.
47.

NR

Lake Zurich (Lake Zurich, Ill.) 8-0
The Bears were the next team in line from the Midwest to go into the FAB 50 and they have after a 40-16 win over Libertyville. They have a big game this Friday at Stevenson of Lincolnshire, which also is 5-0 in the North Suburban Conference Lake Division.
48.

NR

Godby (Tallahassee, Fla.) 6-1
Revonte Robinson ran for two scores as the Cougars topped crosstown rival Rickards 38-22 to clinch the District 2-5A title. Rickards came into that game unbeaten as well, which was one reason why Godby was chosen as one of this week’s newcomers. Another reason is that the Cougars’ only loss is to No. 46 DeMatha. They play Friday against Florida High of Tallahassee.
49.

NR

Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 8-0
Another highly ranked team within Pennsylvania all season has been the Vikings, who remained unbeaten with a 38-0 win over Altoona. In that game, Cameron Sutherland had an 82-yard punt return TD, a 10-yard TD catch and a 25-yard TD run. Central Catholic meets Butler on Friday in this week’s game.
50.
Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii) 8-0
It was an off week for Hawaii’s No. 1 team as it waited to find out which team it was playing in this Friday’s ILH championship. It turned out to be Kamehameha of Honolulu, which lost 24-0 earlier this season to Punahou.

Dropped Out: Previous No. 15 St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio); No. 18 Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.); No. 44 Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.); No. 45 McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.).

Updated: October 21, 2013

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