FAB 50: Week 12 National Football Rankings

Brandon Powell and Deerfield Beach (Fla.) enter the FAB50 at No. 28.

Brandon Powell and Deerfield Beach (Fla.) enter the FAB50 at No. 28.

Georgia was on our minds while writing up this week’s edition of the FAB 50 because — for one of the few weeks ever — we don’t have a team from Georgia included.

In most instances when a top-ranked team from a power state like Georgia goes down with a loss, there is room for us to put in that state’s new No. 1 team.

That couldn’t happen this week because not enough other teams from last week’s FAB 50 also lost and we had no choice but to put in Deerfield Beach of Florida as this week’s lone newcomer.

Colquitt County entered last week at No. 29 in the FAB 50 and No. 1 in Georgia, but suffered a 22-15 loss to Camden County. With a win over Camden County, North Gwinnett of Suwanee would be the logical new No. 1 in the state.

Deerfield Beach, however, wrecked the chances of any other team going into this week’s rankings with a 22-7 win over previous No. 14 St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale. Deerfield Beach improved to 10-0 and could go even higher in the FAB 50 by being in the Class 8A state playoffs.

It’s not like St. Thomas Aquinas could be dropped all the way out, either. The Raiders have a win over FAB 50-ranked John Curtis of Louisiana and their only other loss was to FAB 50 No. 13 Miramar.

The only other possible team that could have dropped out to make room for North Gwinnett was University School of Fort Lauderdale. It’s loss, however, was to No. 2 Miami Central and in two weeks the Suns will probably play No. 1 Booker T. Washington and it might be a game played on a dry field.

Note: See the Student Sports Regional Football 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
The Tornadoes were off this week and will open their quest for a second straight Class 4A state title on Friday against Glades Central (5-5). A possible matchup with FAB 50 No. 43 University School looms the following week.
2.
Allen (Allen, Texas) 10-0
Jaelen Barlow scored two of his three rushing TDs in the third quarter as Allen ran away from Plano in the second half in a 42-13 win. Junior QB Kyler Murray passed for two scores and ran for a third in his return from injury. The Eagles next draw 5-5 Lake Highlands on Friday in the bi-district round of the Class 5A Division I state playoffs.
3.
Desoto (Desoto, Texas) 10-0
TCU commit Desmon White threw four TD passes to Oklahoma State-bound Chris Lacy as the Eagles flew past Mansfield 54-14. White has now accounted for more than 4,000 yards and 43 TDs through DeSoto's first 10 games. The Eagles begin postseason play Friday against Copperas Cove (6-4) with a second-round matchup against Coppell (8-1) probably coming next.
4.
Miami Central (Miami, Fla.) 8-1
Dalvin Cook ran for 136 yards and scored three TDs as the Rockets overwhelmed previous FAB 50 No. 18 University School 28-3 in a torrential downpour on Saturday night. The Rockets’ defense also held the Suns to just 100 yards of offense. Central will open the Class 6A state playoffs on Friday versus 9-1 Boynton Beach.
5.
De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 10-0
The Spartans look ready to roll to their 22nd straight CIF North Coast Section title after they blanked California of San Ramon 55-0 to close the regular season. California is a team that was 8-1 coming into the night, too. DLS has a first-round bye this weekend.
6.
St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) 10-0
Jaleel Wadood’s 95-yard kickoff return TD after Anaheim Servite had a nine-minute scoring drive was all the Braves needed to go on for 42-21 win in their regular season finale. They are the top seed in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs and play Friday against Agoura of Agoura Hills.
7.
Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 11-0
Coach Josh Niblett’s team kicked off its playoff run with a 41-7 win over Huntsville. The Bucs led just 13-0 at halftime, but came out quick with two TDs in the third quarter. Hoover rushed for 331 yards, while allowing Huntsville to cross the 50-yard line just twice. Next up is a matchup on Friday versus Shades Valley.
8.
Katy (Katy, Texas) 10-0
The Tiger defense was salty again, surrendering just four first downs in a 35-0 shutout win over Houston Memorial. Katy is once again in the Class 5A Division II bracket (weaker than Division I) and will open with 4-6 Houston Madison on Friday. Cedar Hill is the only other FAB 50 ranked team in that bracket.
9.
Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) 9-0
The Hurricanes were off this week and will be well-rested when they open the Class 8A state playoffs this week with Vero Beach (9-1). FAB 50 No. 13 Miramar is on the other side of the 8A bracket as is FAB 50 No. 28 Deerfield Beach.
10.
Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) 10-0
Budda Baker scored on a 56-yard run on the Bellevue’s first offensive play and the rout was on in a 44-0 win against Ferndale. The Wolverines notched their 50th straight victory and advanced to the second round of the Class 3A playoffs where they will face 8-2 Glacier Peak of Snohomish on Friday.
11.
Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.) 11-0
Antonio Hinojosa connected on 10 of 10 passes for 188 yards and three TDs as the Pride pounded Boulder Creek of Anthem 55-7 in the first round of the Division I state playoffs. Mountain Pointe next goes up against Red Mountain of Mesa on Friday in the second round.
12.
Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.) 11-0
The Mavericks wrapped up their league championship with a 55-7 win over North Mecklenburg on senior night. With 33 seniors playing their last game on campus, head coach Michael Palmieri focused in on what he hopes will be a long playoff run. Mallard Creek begins the playoffs Friday against Ardrey Kell of Charlotte.
13.
Miramar (Miramar, Fla.) 10-0
Like several Florida powers, the Patriots scheduled an off week prior to the start of the postseason. Miramar opens play in the Class 8A bracket with Monarch (8-2), and could face FAB 50 No. 28 Deerfield Beach, fresh off an upset of St. Thomas Aquinas, in the second round.
14.

1


Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 10-0
Trent Taber and Cameron Booty both ran for two scores as Jenks finished up an unbeaten regular season with a 56-7 drubbing of Putnam City. The Trojans open state postseason play in the Class 6A bracket with Owasso (5-5), a team Jenks beat back in September 45-28.
15.

1


Folsom (Folsom, Calif.) 10-0
Junior QB Jake Browning was spectacular again, completing 37 of 46 passes for 490 yards and seven TDs (no interceptions) in a 63-39 victory against state-ranked Pleasant Grove. One reporter at the game also had him with 26 straight completions. Folsom opens the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs Friday vs. Lincoln of Stockton.
16.

1


Serra (Gardena, Calif.) 10-0
Mr. Football USA contender Adoree’ Jackson ran back two interceptions for scores as the Cavaliers clobbered St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs 56-10. Serra now turns its attention to the CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs with a first game coming Friday vs. Pacifica of Oxnard.
17.

2


St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) 8-0
Sherman Alston ran wild for 234 yards on 20 carries and scored four TDs in a 40-21 triumph over Ramapo of Franklin Lakes. The Green Knights don’t play this week due to a playoff bye, then they’ll have a playoff game on Nov. 23 and then they’ll play arch-rival Don Bosco Prep on Thanksgiving (which is still a regular season game).
18.

3


Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.) 11-0
The Trojans capped an undefeated regular season with a 66-19 win over Rock Hill. The high-powered offense racked up 487 yards and scored on all six red zone visits. An 85-yard kickoff return for a TD by Jaquavious Mackey gave Northwestern the lead for good. The team opens its bid for a Class 4A state title Friday versus West Florence.
19.

1


Blue Springs (Blue Springs, Mo.) 11-0
The Wildcat defense dominated with four interceptions and only allowed 38 yards on the ground in a 40-0 win over Blue Springs South. Kansas State commit Dalvin Warmack also rushed 17 times for 210 yards and three TDs. Next up on Friday is Lee's Summit (10-1) in the Class 6 state quarterfinals.
20.

2


Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) 11-0
The Cardinals opened the Division 1 state playoffs with a 41-14 win over 9-2 Springboro. QB Kelvin Cook passed for three TDs and ran for another score and the Cardinal defense had five interceptions. Colerain advances to play 8-2 Pickerington Central on Saturday.
21.

3


Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) 10-1
Going into a rare halftime deficit, the Rebels put the ball into the hands of QB Shuler Bentley and pulled away for a 47-21 win over Wade Hampton to close out the regular season. Bentley finished 15 of 19 for 254 yards with five TDs and no interceptions. Byrnes begins the state playoffs on Friday against Wando at home.
22.

1


North Shore (Galena, Texas) 10-0
Junior Tristan Houston followed up his 200-yard day from the week before with a 174-yard, two-TD effort in North Shore's 34-3 win over Deer Park. Recently offered by LSU, Houston now has 1,090 yards and 15 TDs on the year. On Thursday, the Mustangs will face 5-5 Dobie in the bi-district round of the Class 5A Division I playoffs.
23.

2


Cass Tech (Detroit, Mich.) 11-0
Trailing at halftime, Cass Tech took control early in the third quarter to get a two-score lead and held on for a 28-19 win over previously unbeaten Mott of Warren. RB Mike Weber returned a kickoff for a TD early in the fourth quarter and also rushed for a score. Next up is Dakota of Macomb (11-0) in the Division 1 regional finals of the state playoffs. Dakota isn’t too far away from the FAB 50 itself.
24.

2


Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 10-0
Coach Bob Johnson’s bunch is seeded second in the CIFSS Pac-5 Division playoffs behind FAB 50 No. 6 St. John Bosco. The Diablos host dangerous Crespi of Encino (4-6) in Friday’s opening round. In last Friday’s game, they led 34-0 at the end of the first quarter in a 60-25 victory over El Toro of Lake Forest.
25.

2


Lamar (Houston, Texas) 10-0
The Redskins scored via punt, kickoff and fumble returns in a 63-0 shellacking of Houston Chavez. Lamar faces off next with 7-3 Katy Morton Ranch on Thursday in the opening round of the Class 5A Division I state playoffs.
26.

2


Brother Rice (Birmingham, Mich.) 11-0
After beating Seaholm 34-6, Brother Rice captured the Division 2 district championship for the third straight year and extended its winning streak to 18 games. QB Alex Malzone passed for 236 yards and connected with WR Corey Lacanaria for two TDs. Next up on Saturday is University of Detroit Jesuit (7-4) in the Division 2 regional finals.
27.

6


Upper St. Clair (Upper St. Clair, Pa.) 11-0
The Panthers made sure there will be no repeat winner in the WPIAL playoffs with a 41-23 victory over defending state champ North Allegheny. Joe Repischak led the attack with 11 of 14 passing for 256 yards and two TDs plus two TDs rushing. Upper St. Clair meets Woodland Hills of Pittsburgh in its next game on Friday.
28.

NR


Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) 10-0
Miami recruit Brandon Powell ran for 133 yards and scored on runs of 30 and 50 yards as the Bucks stunned previous FAB 50 No. 14 St. Thomas Aquinas 22-7. Michael Greene also returned an interception 43 yards for a score in the fourth quarter to seal the win. The District 11-8A champs open Class 8A postseason play with a test versus 9-1 Flanagan, which dropped its only game by just 22-13 to FAB 50 No. 13 Miramar.
29.

5


Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) 9-2
In what was basically a glorified workout, the Gaels beat Desert Oasis 69-7 in their final regular season game. Six different rushers accounted for 257 yards and scored seven times. Bishop Gorman plays Spring Valley of Las Vegas on Friday in the NIAA Division I Sunset Region playoffs.
30.Karr (New Orleans, La.) 8-1
Senior WR Glenn Irons made sure the Cougars didn’t have to share the District 9-4A title, leading Karr to a 47-26 win over Easton. Irons had four receiving TDs, setting up a playoff opener at home against Salmen of Slidell on Saturday.
31.

17


St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 8-2
This is where the Raiders fall after their 22-7 loss to unbeaten Deerfield Beach, a logical spot considering they have a win over No. 32 John Curtis. Aquinas had outscored Deerfield Beach 217-19 in the past five meetings, but couldn’t overcome five turnovers. The Raiders open play Friday in what appears to be a wide-open Class 7A bracket with 7-3 Miami Springs.
32.

1


John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) 7-2
Every week it seems like a different member of Curtis’ stable of running backs leads the way. Last week, it was Raekwon James who had 151 yards and one TD on just nine carries. That would be enough as the Patriots routed McMain 45-6. Curtis has earned the No. 1 seed in the Class 3A state playoffs and a first-round bye.
33.

1


St. Augustine (New Orleans, La.) 8-1
The Purple Knights locked down the No. 1 seed in the Division 1 state playoffs with a 34-14 win over Jesuit. Adding a new wrinkle to their offense, coach Cyril Crutchfield moved Leonard Fournette to wide receiver for much of the game, and it couldn’t have worked better. Fournette hauled in seven balls for 242 receiving yards and two TDs. St. Augustine will have a playoff bye this week.
34.

1


Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) 12-0
The Miners are already in the Class 5A state semifinals on Friday against Lone Peak and need just two more wins to lock down a probable high final national ranking. They won last week 43-10 against Riverton behind Scott Nichols, who had 26 carries for 273 yards and three TDs.
35.

4


Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 11-0
We’re getting closer to a possible Upper St. Clair-Central Catholic showdown in two weeks for the WPIAL title. The Vikings did their part to ramp up anticipation with a 27-21 victory against Gateway of Monroeville. Before possibly playing Upper St. Clair, the Vikings need to get past Penn-Trafford of Harrison City in Friday’s WPIAL semifinals.
36.
Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.) 10-0
The Dolphins had their toughest game of the year so far in a 35-23 victory against Salem of Virginia Beach. A 25-yard interception return TD by Quincy Watts helped save the day. Ocean Lakes plays next on Friday versus Woodside of Newport News.
37.
Maryville (Maryville, Tenn.) 11-0
Maryville’s all-time leading rusher, Shawn Prevo, took two carries to the house in the second half to lead the team to a tough 42-21 win over Bradley Central. The Rebels advanced in the Class 6A state playoffs to play Morristown-Hamblen East on Friday.
38.
Apopka (Apopka, Fla.) 10-1
The highest scoring team in Florida was off this week and will open its defense of the 2012 Class 8A state title with a visit from 8-2 Orlando University.
39.

1


Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 9-1
Ryan Agnew threw three TD passes and A.J. Ezzard rushed for two scores in the first half as the Dragons raced out to a 37-0 halftime lead en route to a 65-7 beating of Haltom. On Friday, Carroll draws a dangerous Arlington Bowie (7-3) team in the bi-district round.
40.

5


American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) 10-1
Junior QB Torrance Gibson ran for two scores as the Patriots traveled north and took care of business in a 33-13 non-district win over Lakeland Kathleen. On Friday, Heritage opens Class 5A postseason play against 4-6 Naples Lely.
41.
DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 10-1
The Stags hung on to beat Good Counsel of Olney 29-28 in overtime and advanced to Saturday’s WCAC title game against St. John’s of Washington, D.C. Taiwan Deal tied the score in the game’s final seconds with a three-yard TD run. The defense then stopped a two-point conversion pass in overtime that would have won the game for Good Counsel.
42.
Cedar Hill (Cedar Hill, Texas) 8-2
The Longhorns wrapped up regular season play with a 40-14 win over Midlothian as junior sensation DaMarkus Lodge caught his 13th TD pass of the year. Cedar Hill will be a favorite in the Class 5A Division II state bracket, and opens with 7-3 Temple at Baylor on Saturday.
43.

25


University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 8-2
The Suns needed a lot of things to go right to beat loaded Miami Central Saturday, but its passing game sputtered in the wet conditions and the offense totaled just 100 yards in a 28-3 loss. U-School did hang tough, and trailed by just 13-3 going into the fourth quarter. The Suns will open Class 4A playoff action on Friday with Gulliver Prep (7-3) and have a possible date with FAB 50 No. 1 Booker T. Washington in the second round.
44.

1


Godby (Tallahassee, Fla.) 9-1
Bubba O'Neal returned a punt 90 yards for a TD to cap off a 19-point first quarter as the Cougars cruised to an easy 33-3 win over crosstown rival Tallahassee Lincoln. Godby next faces 9-1 West Florida of Pensacola on Friday in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs.
45.

1


Eden Prairie (Eden Prairie, Minn.) 10-0
Dan Fisher piled up 187 yards rushing on 21 carries and scored three times as the Eagles pounded Lakeville North 42-14 in the Class 6A state playoffs. Coach Mike Grant’s team plays next on Friday in the state semifinals against Totino-Grace of Fridley.
46.
Union (Tulsa, Okla.) 8-2
Oklahoma commit Jeffery Mead caught TD passes of 58 and 20 yards in the Redskins' easy 56-13 win over winless Ponca City. Union opens Class 6A postseason play on Friday against 6-4 Sapulpa.
47.

1


Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.) 10-0
QB Aidan Wilder connected with junior RB Cameron Scarlett for a 93-yard scoring strike on the game’s opening play and the Rams never looked back in a 55-7 rout of Hillsboro Century. Scarlett scored later on a 79-yard kickoff return. On Friday, Central Catholic meets 6-4 McNary of Keiser in the next round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
48.

1


Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii) 9-0
The Buff ‘N Blu will get back to work this week after a two-week break for a Friday matchup against Farrington of Honolulu. If they win, they would advance to the state championship and once again likely would have to beat Kamehameha of Honolulu.
49.
Mt. Carmel (Chicago, Ill.) 10-1
RB Matt Domer rushed 30 times for 245 yards and scored the game-deciding TD late in the fourth quarter as Mt. Carmel survived with a 20-15 triumph over St. Rita. The Caravan advances to Friday’s Class 7A state playoff quarterfinals against 7-4 Downer’s Grove North.
50.
Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) 10-1
The Eagles probably played their last easy game of the season with a 49-20 win against Ralston Valley. QB A.J. Cecil led the offense by completing 19 of 23 passes for 277 yards and four TDs. Valor will play next on Friday in the Class 5A state quarterfinals against Columbine of Littleton.

Dropped Out:  Previous No. 29 Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.).

Updated: November 11, 2013

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