FAB 50: Week 11 National Football Rankings

QB Desmon White and DeSoto move into the No. 3 spot.

QB Desmon White and DeSoto move into the No. 3 spot.

The Florida flavor of the FAB 50 continued to get enhanced this week as the ninth team from the Sunshine State joined the national honor roll.

If you don’t know, we’re not in Florida but even with the pride we have for teams in our home state (California), there’s just no denying the many times in recent years that top Florida teams have won huge games against other top teams from other states (including California).

Some of the top Florida teams also tend to seek each other out, such as will happen this weekend when No. 4 Miami Central will meet No. 18 University School.

Miami Central, which started No. 1 in the FAB 50 and then lost to current No. 1 Booker T. Washington, also got a test early in the season from American Heritage of Plantation. Although American Heritage lost 41-20, it was a close enough game so that now it’s time to move American Heritage into the FAB 50 as well. The Patriots haven’t lost since and have been rolling, including a 60-21 win on Oct. 11 over 7-2 Bolles of Jacksonville and an eye-opening 71-24 romp past Cardinal Gibbons of Fort Lauderdale last weekend. Cardinal Gibbons was 7-1 entering that game.

In addition to American Heritage, this week’s other two newcomers are Union of Tulsa (Okla.) and Valor Christian of Highlands Ranch (Colo.). Tulsa Union is a longtime powerhouse in the Sooner State and will probably get another crack at No. 15 Jenks in the Class 6A state final. We have to admit we know a bit more about Valor Christian than many FAB 50 teams because FAB 50 editor Mark Tennis lives across the street from the father of Valor Christian head coach Rod Sherman in Stockton, Calif.

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.) 10-0
Eight different players scored as the Tornadoes closed out the regular season with a 62-0 rout of Miami Edison. Florida State commit Treon Harris once again sat out and will have an off week coming up to rest as well before Booker T. begins play in the 4A state playoffs in two weeks.
2.Allen (Allen, Texas) 9-0
Even missing junior quarterback Kyler Murray to an unidentified leg injury, the Eagles had no problem in a 56-7 drubbing of McKinney last Friday. Mev Ajdin and Jaelen Barlow both ran for two first half scores in the rout. Plano (7-2) is on tap Friday in the season finale.
3.

1


Desoto (Desoto, Texas) 9-0
Recent TCU commit Desmon White continued his torrid senior campaign Friday, passing for 404 yards and five touchdowns in a 67-7 destruction of Grand Prairie. With previous No. 3 Miami Central idle, it was a good week to put DeSoto right behind Allen in the FAB 50. Both teams are getting a lot of support to be No. 1 in Texas. The Eagles close the regular season with 5-4 Mansfield.
4.

1


Miami Central (Miami, Fla.) 7-1
The Rockets had the week off and spent valuable extra time to prepare for this coming Saturday's showdown versus FAB 50 No. 18 University School in both teams' regular season finales.
5.
De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 9-0
Scoring on their first four possessions, the Spartans led 28-0 by early in the second quarter and took it easy the rest of the way in a 35-7 win over Monte Vista of Danville. De La Salle will go for its 36th straight win Friday against 8-1 California of San Ramon, which has given the Spartans some tough games in recent years.
6.
St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) 9-0
In a 24-2 triumph over previous FAB 50 ranked Mater Dei of Santa Ana, the Braves’ defense gave up just 65 yards in the second half. With the win, they also clinched their second straight Trinity League title. St. John Bosco next hosts Servite of Anaheim on Friday and won’t want to ease off the pedal in order to secure a No. 1 seed for the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs.
7.
Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 10-0
The Bucs jumped out to a 15-point lead in the first quarter and kept rolling for a 29-7 win over Opelika, their third victory over the Bulldogs in the last year. RB Bradrick Shaw led the way with 28 carries for 131 yards and three TDs. Hoover’s next game comes Friday against Huntsville
8.
Katy (Katy, Texas) 9-0
Junior Rodney Anderson returned after missing four games to rush for two scores and catch a third as the Tigers overwhelmed rival Katy Cinco Ranch 40-7 in a District 19-5A showdown. Cinco Ranch tallied just 83 yards and four first downs against the Katy defense. Houston Memorial (6-3) is the foe this Friday.
9.
Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) 9-0
The Hurricanes stormed past Palm Harbor University 48-14 last Friday to complete a third undefeated regular season in the past four years. Missouri recruit Trevon Walters ran for 131 yards on just six carries, including an 80-yard score. Manatee has a week off before beginning Class 8A playoff action, which could include matchups with FAB 50 ranked Miramar and Apopka.
10.
Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) 9-0
It’s a state record for the Wolverines as they made it 49 straight wins with a 49-7 rout of Mercer Island. They now start their quest for a sixth straight Class 3A state title on Friday when they face 7-2 Ferndale.
11.
Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.) 10-0
Antonio Hinojosa connected on 13 of 16 passes for 253 yards and four TDs to pace the Pride past Dobson of Mesa 57-3. They will now look to win the Division I state title and begin that quest on Friday with a first-round game against Boulder Creek of Anthem.
12.
Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.) 10-0
When QB Emiere Scaife went down for the season, Jaylen Samuels stepped up. Last Friday, Samuels scored four TDs (three rushing, one receiving) to lead Mallard Creek to a 62-0 shutout of J.M. Robinson. The Mavericks play next on Friday vs. North Mecklenburg.
13.
Miramar (Miramar, Fla.) 10-0
The Patriots' defense forced six turnovers, including two fumbles that were returned for TDs, in a 60-0 beatdown of Cooper City. Miramar caps the regular season unbeaten for the first time since 2011 and will have a week off before beginning play in the Class 8A playoffs in two weeks.
14.

1


St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 8-1
Pitt recruit Wade Freebeck ran for a score and passed for another in the second half as the Raiders rallied from a 6-3 halftime deficit to post a hard-earned 16-6 win over Plantation last Friday. Aquinas has another tough test on tap in this Friday's regular season finale, locking horns with 9-0 Deerfield Beach.
15.

1


Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 9-0
Cooper Nunley passed for 239 yards and two scores while Danny Hoyt returned an interception for a score as Jenks trounced Bixby 45-7. Cameron Booty added 121 yards and two TDs on the ground for the Trojans, who conclude the regular season Friday versus Putnam City (2-7).
16.

1


Folsom (Folsom, Calif.) 9-0
If the Bulldogs are going to give No. 5 De La Salle a better test than last year when the two teams perhaps meet again in the CIF NorCal Open Division bowl game, defense may be just as important as offense. That’s why the defense getting a second shutout in last week’s 52-0 win over Ponderosa of Shingle Springs was a good sign. Offensively, Folsom QB Jake Browning threw for six more touchdowns and now needs just three more to break the regular season state record. The Bulldogs play on the road Friday in a matchup with 8-1 Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove, which just lost its first game.
17.

1


Serra (Gardena, Calif.) 9-0
QB Jalen Greene scored on runs of nine and 51 yards and threw a 12-yard TD pass – which all came after the team trailed 21-7 – to lead a 35-21 comeback win over previously unbeaten St. Francis of La Canada. The Cavs meet 1-8 St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs on Friday and should have the starters out early.
18.

1


University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 8-1
Junior Jordan Scarlett ran for 100 yards and two first quarter scores while sophomore sensation Sam Bruce caught a TD pass and returned a punt for another in the Suns' big 49-7 win over Island Coast. U-School will close the regular season with a huge matchup Saturday vs. FAB 50 No. 4 Miami Central.
19.

1


St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) 7-0
There wasn’t much doubt that the Green Knights were the No. 1 team in Jersey before they played DePaul last week but DePaul did have a win earlier against Don Bosco Prep. That’s way the 38-14 win last week pretty much erased all doubt – at least heading into the playoffs. St. Joseph plays next on Saturday against Ramapo of Franklin Lakes.
20.

2


Blue Springs (Blue Springs, Mo.) 10-0
The Blue Springs defense was the story as it not only shut out district rival Lee's Summit North in a 42-0 contest, but had three interceptions all returned for TDs. Next up is Blue Springs South (6-4) in the second round of the Class 6 state playoffs.
21.

2


Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.) 10-0
This team continued to flex its muscles, rolling Nation Ford 63-18. Mason Rudolph continued his Mr. Football USA-like season, throwing for 365 yards. He found Dupree Hart for 131 yards and two TDs and Quadarius Fair for 97 more yards. The Trojans play next on Friday against Rock Hill.
22.

2


Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) 10-0
The Cardinals capped an unbeaten regular season with a 29-17 win over Oak Hills of Cincinnati to clinch a share of its 14th straight Greater Miami Conference title. Colerain, ranked No. 1 in the final AP Division 1 state poll, has won 15 GMC titles in its 17 years in the conference. Senior fullback DeTuan Smith-Moore scored three TDs of 40, 16 and 3 yards. Colerain will play 9-1 Springboro Saturday night in the first round of the Division I state playoffs.
23.

6


North Shore (Galena, Texas) 9-0
Tristan Houston ran for 204 yards and three TDs as the Mustangs avenged a 2012 loss with a 38-0 thrashing of La Porte. Based on that score and those from the week before, North Shore had to move in front of previous FAB 50 No. 21 Lamar of Houston in this week’s rankings. That also matches the consensus order between those two teams in most Texas state rankings. North Shore visits Deer Park on Friday.
24.

1


Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) 9-1
Shuler Bentley was his usual self, but it was a duo of running backs that led Byrnes to a 54-14 win over Dorman. Najee Bowens had six carries for 145 yards and one TD, but Isaiah Hill was close behind with 9 carries for 135 yards and one TD. The Rebels play next on Friday at Wade Hampton.
25.

1


Cass Tech (Detroit, Mich.) 10-0
For the fifth time this season, Cass Tech shut out its opponent and has extended its winning streak to 16 games dating back to last season. The 35-0 win over Grosse Pointe South also featured RB Mike Weber with 15 carries for 221 yards and two TDs. Next up is Mott of Warren (10-0) in the D1 district final.
26.

1


Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 9-0
QB Ian Fieber passed for 310 yards and four TDs – three of them going to standout senior Sean Modster – in a 35-0 win over crosstown Trabuco Hills. The Diablos close their regular season Friday against El Toro of Lake Forest, which has a pass-crazy offense led by junior Trey Tinsley. He threw 75 passes in a game earlier this season.
27.

6


Lamar (Houston, Texas) 8-0
SMU recruit Darrell Colbert Jr. connected with Ronnie Wesley on a 24-yard TD pass with 4:35 left to lift the Redskins to a harrowing 28-21 win over Bellaire (7-2). Colbert passed for 192 yards and two scores while adding 123 yards and one TD on the ground. Lamar closes its regular season on Thursday against Houston Chavez (3-6).
28.
Brother Rice (Birmingham, Mich.) 10-0
The Warriors got rushing TDs from four different players – led by Brian Walker with two – in a 42-0 win over Grove. They play next against Seaholm (9-1) in the Division 2 district final.
29.

1


Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) 8-1
Despite very wet conditions, Sihiem King ran for two scores and the Packers' defense recorded three interceptions in a 31-15 win over Coffee. The win sets up a showdown with Camden County (8-1) on Friday for the Region AAAAAA-1 title.
30.

1


Karr (New Orleans, La.) 7-1
Two fourth quarter TDs capped a 34-16 win over McDonogh 35, which clinched at least a share of the team’s fourth consecutive district championship. QB Kerry Taylor continued to shine in place of Speedy Noil, passing for 271 yards and three TDs on 25 of 43 passing. Karr plays next on Thursday against Easton of New Orleans.
31.

1


John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) 6-2
With the defense firing on all cylinders, the Patriot offense had plenty of opportunities to get the ball in the hands of George Moreira and Malachi Dupre in a 41-7 win over De La Salle. Moreira paced the Patriots, running for 131 yards on 12 carries. An improving passing game took another step forward, with All-American Malachi Dupre finding the end zone twice. Up next is a matchup on Thursday at McMain of New Orleans.
32.

1


St. Augustine (New Orleans, La.) 7-1
While Leonard Fournette was wearing No. 86 in the honor of teammate Jordan St. Etienne’s mother, the results were the same. With 222 total yards, Fournette led St. Augustine to a 33-14 Catholic League win over Shaw. St. Aug will look to cap an undefeated run through the Catholic League on a short week versus Jesuit on Thursday.
33.

1


Upper St. Clair (Upper St. Clair, Pa.) 10-0
Trevor Morrow rushed for 158 yards and five TDs on just 11 carries as the Panthers overwhelmed Kiski Area 44-13. The win advanced them in the WPIAL playoffs into a matchup Friday against North Allegheny of Wexford, the defending WPIAL and PIAA state champ.
34.

1


Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) 8-2
Randall Cunningham Jr. had one of his best games with 10 carries for 242 yards and two TDs rushing to go with 14 of 24 for 233 yards and one TD passing in a 49-21 victory against Centennial of Las Vegas. The Gaels play next on Friday vs. Desert Oasis.
35.

1


Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) 11-0
The Miners rolled in their first Class 5A state playoff game with a 41-10 win over West of Salt Lake City. Kyle Gearig threw three TD passes to Landen Mason, scored once and threw for another score. Bingham will try to advance in this week’s playoff matchup against Riverton.
36.

2


Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.) 9-0
Winless Princess Anne of Virginia Beach was no match for the Dolphins in a 45-6 blowout. Churchie Harold passed for three TDs and had a 59-yard TD run. Ocean Lakes hits the field next on Friday for a matchup with Salem of Virginia Beach.
37.

2


Maryville (Maryville, Tenn.) 10-0
The Rebels move up to the No. 1 spot in Tennessee after a 48-7 win over Farragut coupled with previous FAB 50 ranked Ensworth’s loss to Brentwood Academy. Maryville now heads into the playoffs with their 13th straight consecutive championship and the overall No. 1 seed in Class 6A. The Rebels host Bradley Central on Friday.
38.

3


Apopka (Apopka, Fla.) 9-1
The Blue Darters broke a 14-year old FHSAA state record for points in a regular season (529) with a 45-17 win over Orlando Olympia in the season finale. Robert Thomas ran for 221 yards and two TDs to lead the attack. Apopka is off this week before opening Class 8A postseason play the weekend of Nov. 16.
39.

3


Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 10-0
Despite trailing 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Vikings still went on to rout Baldwin of Bryn Mawr 56-10. They play previous FAB 50 ranked Gateway of Monroeville on Friday and in two weeks are likely going to face FAB 50 No. 33 Upper St. Clair in the District 7 final.
40.
Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 8-1
Junior Ryan Agnew passed for one score and ran for another in the deciding third quarter as the Dragons rallied from a 27-17 halftime deficit to top Fossil Ridge 31-27 and clinch the District 4-5A title. The close score didn’t cause a rankings drop but two teams moved up higher. Haltom is on the slate for Carroll on Friday.
41.

3


DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 9-1
The Stags capped an unbeaten WCAC season with a 27-6 triumph over Archbishop Carroll of Washington, D.C. DeMatha, which has lost only to FAB 50 No. 19 St. Joseph and has a win over No. 43 Godby, plays Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) in this week’s first round of the WCAC playoffs.
42.

1


Cedar Hill (Cedar Hill, Texas) 7-2
Larry Hill scored four times on the ground, including twice in the third quarter, as Cedar Hill scored the game's final 35 points in a 42-17 win over Mansfield. The Longhorns' defense also allowed just 191 yards in the win. Midlothian (4-5) visits on Friday in this week’s game.
43.

2


Godby (Tallahassee, Fla.) 8-1
Kenny Young blocked a punt and recovered it for a score midway through the fourth quarter to break a 13-13 tie and power Godby to a 28-13 win at New Smyrna Beach. The Cougars will need to be better this week against rival Tallahassee Lincoln (6-3) in Friday's regular season finale.
44.

2


Eden Prairie (Eden Prairie, Minn.) 9-0
The Eagles start the Class 6A state playoffs with an opening-round matchup against Lakeville North of Lakeville, which happens to be the same team they beat 28-7 in last year’s final. In the team’s 49-11 victory over Centennial of Circle Pines that ended the regular season, Derek Soderburg rushed for two TDs in the first quarter to get things rolling early.
45.

NR


American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) 9-1
The Patriots locked up the District 16-5A title with a 71-24 shellacking of Cardinal Gibbons. Junior QB Torrance Gibson led the onslaught, passing for 315 yards and two TDs while also rushing for 90 yards and a score. A trip north on Friday to face 8-1 Lakeland Kathleen is up next. Coach Mike Rumph’s team lost its only game 41-20 to FAB 50 No. 4 Miami Central in a game that was a one score margin heading into the fourth quarter.
46.

NR


Union (Tulsa, Okla.) 7-2
The Redskins claimed their 15th district title in 16 years with a 49-23 win over Tulsa Booker T. Washington. Their only losses are to FAB 50 No. 3 DeSoto (Texas) and FAB 50 No. 15 Jenks (Okla.). The Jenks loss also was by just 20-16. There also is a quality win over Broken Arrow on Union’s ledger. On Friday, Ponca City provides the opposition in the last game of the regular season.
47.
Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii) 9-0
It’s a strange time to be a top seed in the Hawaii state playoffs due to all the time off. The Buff ‘N Blu didn’t play last week and won’t play again until Nov. 15 when they’ll meet the winner of a game this week between Baldwin and Farrington.
48.
Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.) 9-0
The Rams’ undefeated regular season record earned them a bye in last week’s play-in round of the state playoffs. They return to action this Friday versus 3-7 Century of Hillsboro in the opening round of the 6A bracket.
50.

1


Mt. Carmel (Chicago, Ill.) 9-1
Christian Searles made sure his high school football career did not come to an end in the opening round of the Class 7A state playoffs. In a 49-6 win over Benet Academy, he caught two TD passes and returned an interception for another score. Next up is St. Rita of Chicago (9-1) in a rematch of rivals. The Caravan beat the Mustangs 24-3 just a few weeks ago.
50.

NR


Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) 9-1
Coach Rod Sherman’s team is the defending Class 5A champ in Colorado and has lost only to FAB 50 No. 35 Bingham of Utah in a competitive game. The Eagles won their playoff opener over the weekend 63-22 over Eaglecrest of Centennial behind Stanford-bound 2012 State Player of the Year Christian McCaffrey, who rushed for two scores and caught two TD passes. Valor Christian, which also has won four straight state titles in different divisions (the Eagles keep moving up), plays next on Friday at home against Ralston Valley.

Dropped Out:  Previous No. 14 Ensworth (Nashville, Tenn.); No. 37 Coatesville (Coatesville, Pa.); No. 49 Serra (San Mateo, Calif.).

Updated: November 4, 2013

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