FAB 50: Week 17 National Football Rankings

Brad Kaaya and Chaminade break back into the FAB50 Rankings after two big wins to advance to the State Finals.

Brad Kaaya and Chaminade break into the FAB50 Rankings after two big wins to advance to the State Finals.

One major state showdown with national implications is now in the books with one more to go that will end the national high school football season.

The one that is done took place last Saturday at SMU’s Ford Stadium in Dallas where FAB 50 No. 2 Allen found a way to beat FAB 50 No. 3 De Soto 42-35 in the Class 5A Division I state semifinals.

Allen made the plays late and also benefitted from a fortunate bounce late to edge DeSoto in a game that lived up to all of the hype and more. Junior QB Kyler Murray passed for a score in the fourth quarter to pull Allen within 35-27 with 8:23 remaining and then provided the game-winner on a 24-yard scramble with just 11 seconds remaining after Allen had recovered a muffed punt with just over a minute to play on the DeSoto 40. Murray finished with 387 yards of offense and accounted for three scores.

Up next for Allen is a game on Saturday at AT&T Stadium against FAB 50 No. 25 Pearland (from the Houston area) in the Class 5A Division I state championship.

The showdown that is still to come takes place this Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., where FAB 50 No. 3 De La Salle of Concord will take on FAB 50 No. 5 St. John Bosco of Bellflower in the CIF Open Division state bowl game. As has been the norm in recent years, the California open division final also will be the final game of the season in the nation.

The Spartans have won four straight CIF Open Division bowl games, 40 straight games and 65 in a row against California schools. They earned their spot in the game by trouncing previous FAB 50 No. 13 Folsom 45-17 in the CIF Northern California Open Division bowl game.

St. John Bosco will be the latest Southern California powerhouse to take a crack at De La Salle. The Braves advanced by racing past previous FAB 50 No. 40 Centennial of Corona 70-49 in the CIF Southern California Open Division bowl game.

Even if Allen rolls past Pearland and either De La Salle or St. John Bosco win big, it’s going to be very hard for anyone to move past No. 1 Booker T. Washington of Miami for the final national No. 1 ranking. Washington was finished with its season two weeks ago, but still strengthened its ranking due to Norcross beating North Gwinnett in the Georgia Class AAAAAA state final. Early in the season, Norcross fell to Booker T. by a whopping 55-0 score.

See the Student Sports 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:

Rank
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1.
Booker T. Washington (Miami, Fla.) 14-0*
Season complete. The Tornadoes won the Florida Class 4A state championship two weekends ago 40-21 over Bolles of Jacksonville. Their strong case for a final No. 1 ranking, however, began very early in the season.
2.
Allen (Allen, Texas) 15-0
With all the hoopla of the showdown against De Soto now in their rear-view mirror, the Eagles will now face FAB 50 No. 25 Pearland on Saturday at AT&T Stadium for the Class 5A Division I state title. They will be going for their second straight championship.
3.

2


De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 14-0
The Spartans put the clamps on the prolific offense of previous FAB 50 No. 13 Folsom in a 45-17 win that advanced them to Saturday’s CIF Open Division state bowl game against No. 5 St. John Bosco. De La Salle’s defense didn’t allow Folsom QB Jake Browning (who had a state-record 74 TD passes) to get a TD pass until there was 48 seconds left and that was against reserves. Senior RB John Velasco rushed for 144 yards and four TDs while sophomore RB Antoine Custer rushed for 149 yards and one score.
4.
Miami Central (Miami, Fla.) 13-1*
Florida commit Dalvin Cook ran for 223 yards and four TDs as the Rockets earned a third state title in four years with a 52-7 trouncing of previous FAB 50 No. 25 Armwood in the Florida 6A state title game. Central's defense was dominant, forcing six three-and-outs on Armwood's first seven drives. The Rockets' lone loss this year was to No. 1 Booker T. Washington 28-17 back on Sept. 7.
5.

1


St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) 15-0
Despite the Braves giving 773 yards of offense to previous FAB 50 No. 40 Centennial of Corona, they still posted an impressive 70-49 triumph in the CIF Southern California Open Division championship. Sophomore RB Sean McGrew broke loose for 372 yards rushing on 17 carries and scored six TDs. He also scored on a 76-yard screen pass. St. John Bosco will now try to win its first CIF state title on Saturday against De La Salle. The Spartans have won four CIF open division state crowns in a row.
6.

1


Katy (Katy, Texas) 15-0
Junior Rodney Anderson ran for 225 yards and three TDs as Katy shattered San Antonio Johnson's Cinderella playoff run with a 52-0 thrashing at Reliant Stadium. The Tigers' defense allowed just 86 yards and five first downs on the way to registering its sixth shutout of the year. Katy faces FAB 50 No. 24 Cedar Hill (13-2) Saturday night at AT&T Stadium for the 5A Division II state title, a rematch of last year's final that the Tigers won 35-24.
7.

4


Desoto (Desoto, Texas) 14-1*
The Eagles dominated for much of Saturday's showdown against FAB 50 No. 2 Allen, but couldn't make the plays late, falling 42-35 in a Class 5A Division I state semifinal. Desmon White ran for four scores and passed for a fifth as DeSoto out-gained Allen 483-395 and had 10 more first downs but went cold late in the fourth quarter, allowing Allen to rally from a 35-20 deficit.
8.
Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 15-0*
Season complete. The Bucs defeated Auburn 20-3 two weeks ago for Class 6A state crown.
9.
Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) 14-0*
Season complete. Coach Butch Goncharoff’s team topped East Catholic of Sammamish 52-20 two weeks ago for its 54th straight win and sixth straight Class 3A state title.
10.
Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.) 14-0*
Season complete. The Pride opened the season with a triumph over FAB 50 No. 20 Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas and ended it with a win over defending champion Hamilton last month in the Division I state final.
11.
Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.) 16-0*
After many years of coming close, the Mavericks left no doubt, beating Wake Forest 59-21 to win the school’s first state championship. Mallard Creek got off to a fast start, going 73 yards for a TD to start off the game. An interception on the ensuing play and a fumbled snap on a punt then led to a 17-0 lead for Mallard Creek.
12.
Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 14-0*
Cameron Booty ran for 176 yards and two scores as Jenks dominated rival Tulsa Union last Thursday night 38-22 to win its second straight Class 6A title. The win in a game that was delayed for nearly a week due to severe weather was the Trojans' 26th straight. Big-time recruit Steven Parker also put on a show with 164 yards receiving.
13.

1


Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.) 15-0*
Season complete. With Mr. Football USA candidate Mason Rudolph throwing for eight TDs, the Trojans clobbered Stratford 62-35 two weeks ago to win the Class AAAA Division II state title.
14.

4


American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) 15-1*
The Florida Class 5A state championship game last Friday wasn't so much of a test but more of a coronation, as Heritage put all of its weaponry on display in a 66-8 trampling of Clay. Junior QB Torrance Gibson produced a SportsCenter Top 10 play en route to 315 total yards and three scores, while Georgia-bound Sony Michel ran for three scores and Notre Dame recruit Isaiah McKenzie scored via rush, reception and punt return. The Patriots’ lone loss this year was 41-20 to FAB 50 No. 4 and Class 6A state champion Miami Central in a game that was a one-possession contest deep into the fourth quarter.
15.
Blue Springs (Blue Springs, Mo.) 14-0*
Season complete. For the second straight year, Blue Springs won the Class 6 state title, this time with a 35-14 triumph three weeks ago over Rock Bridge of Columbia.
16.
Brother Rice (Birmingham, Mich.) 14-0*
Season complete. Coach Al Fracassa’s great career ended in style when the Warriors beat Muskegon 38-21 in the Division II state championship.
17.

3


Dwyer (North Palm Beach, Fla.) 15-0*
Junior Daniel Parr passed for 236 yards and three scores while Alonzo Smith ran for 219 and two TDs as Dwyer rallied from 21-7 down in the second quarter to top Niceville 55-39 in the Florida Class 7A state final. The win delivers the Panthers and head coach Jack Daniels a second state title in five years as well as the first perfect season in school history.
18.

1


Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio) 14-1*
Season complete. Repeated as Division I state champion two weekends ago by outlasting FAB 50 ranked Mentor 55-52.
19.

2


Mt. Carmel (Chicago, Ill.) 13-1*
Season complete. A 30-0 romp past Lake Zurich three weeks ago enabled the Caravan to travel home with the Class 7A state crown. They won in Class 8A in 2012.
20.

2


Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) 13-2*
Season complete. The Gaels knocked off Reed of Reno two weeks ago 48-14 to claim their fifth straight state championship.
21.

3


St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) 10-1*
Season complete. In their last game of the season two weeks ago, the Green Knights downed Pope John XXIII of Sparta 62-14 in the Non-Public Group 3 state final.
22.

1


Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) 14-0*
Season complete. The Miners took top honors once again in Utah and posted a huge out-of-state triumph against Colorado’s No. 1 team, Valor Christian.
23.

4


Maryville (Maryville, Tenn.) 15-0*
Season complete. Coach George Quarles’ bunch dominated Hendersonville 44-7 in the Class 6A state title game held two weeks ago.
24.

4


Cedar Hill (Cedar Hill, Texas) 13-2
Junior DaMarkus Lodge caught a 13-yard score from Justin McMillan, his 10th TD of the postseason, with 4:51 remaining to give Cedar Hill a lead it would not relinquish en route to a 19-10 win over Lake Travis in a Class 5A Division II state semifinal. The win sets up a rematch of last year's Class 5A D2 final with FAB 50 No. 6 Katy, who won last year's meeting 35-24.
25.

12


Pearland (Pearland, Texas) 13-1
Jacoby Lewis' 97-yard kickoff return with 1:36 left gave Pearland a wild 38-34 win over San Antonio Madison in a Class 5A Division I state semifinal last Saturday. The lead changed hands four times in the fourth quarter, and Lewis' return came just after Madison had taken the lead on a Byron Daniels’ TD reception. Pearland will be a heavy underdog Saturday in the Class 5A Division I final versus FAB 50 No. 2 Allen (15-0), but the Oilers were in the same spot in 2010 and delivered a big upset win over Euless Trinity to capture the state title.
26.

7


Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.) 10-2*
Season complete. The Paladins pushed just enough to beat St. Peter’s Prep 13-6 two weeks ago in the Non-Public Group 4 state final.
27.

5


Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.) 14-0*
Season complete. A 38-28 triumph over big-time arch-rival Jesuit of Beaverton two weeks ago gave the Rams their first state title.
28.

15


Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) 13-2*
The Blue Devils avenged a regular season loss to previous FAB 50 No. 31 North Gwinnett and secured a second consecutive Georgia Class AAAAAA state title last Saturday night with a 31-14 victory. Myles Autry was the spark, as the senior got Norcross on the board in the second quarter with a 92-yard kickoff return and then put the game away in the fourth quarter with a 69-yard TD reception. Norcross' other loss was 55-0 in the televised season-opener against FAB 50 No. 1 Booker T. Washington. The Blue Devils also won 12 straight after a 1-2 start.
29.

NR


South Dade (Homestead, Fla.) 14-1*
Kahlil Render passed for 304 yards and five scores, three to Florida State commit C.J. Worton, as South Dade jumped out to an early lead and held off previous FAB 50 No. 30 Apopka 41-28 on Saturday night for the Florida Class 8A state title, the first state title in the school's 60 years of football. South Dade also is the fourth team from Dade County to capture a Florida title this year (others are Miami Central 6A, Booker T. Washington 4A, Champagnat Catholic 2A), which ties an all-time high for the tradition-rich county.
30.

5


John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) 10-2*
The Patriots shut out previously unbeaten University Lab of Baton Rouge 32-0 to take home the Division II state title at the Superdome. John Curtis secured its third consecutive state championship and 26th overall, behind another strong effort by the defense. Senior LB Kenny Young was named game MVP with 10.5 tackles and a sack. Raekwon James led the vaunted Curtis rushing attack, finishing with 97 yards and one TD.
31.

5


Eden Prairie (Eden Prairie, Minn.) 12-0*
Season complete. A dominating season by the Eagles in Minnesota came to a close three weeks ago when they beat Rosemount 28-7 in the Class 6A state final. They also have won three straight state titles.
32.

6


DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 11-1*
Season complete. The Stags won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title in November and dropped their only game to higher-ranked St. Joseph of Montvale, N.J.
33.

6


Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) 13-1*
Season complete. Coach Rod Sherman’s squad rolled over all of its foes in Colorado for a second straight Class 5A state title and lost its only game to higher-ranked Bingham of Utah. Valor Christian beat Fairview of Boulder 56-12 in its final game.
34.

7


Bowling Green (Bowling Green, Ky.) 14-0*
Season complete. The Purples are taking a 44-game win streak into next season after toppling Pulaski County of Somerset 49-14 in the Class 5A state final. They also have now won three straight crowns.
35.

7


Ensworth (Nashville, Tenn.) 11-1*
Season complete. A 27-10 win against Memphis University School two weeks ago gave the Tigers their fourth consecutive Division IIAA state title.
36.

5


North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.) 12-2*
The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 14-0 first quarter lead but failed to generate much offense thereafter and fell to FAB 50 No. 28 Norcross 31-14 in the Georgia AAAAAA state title game last Saturday night. North Gwinnett won the first matchup between the two schools 36-17 in September.
37.

NR


De Paul (Wayne, N.J.) 10-2*
Season complete. Although the Spartans ended their season two weeks ago with a 35-16 win over Holy Spirit of Absecon, they need to come up this high for this week’s rankings. First, Holy Spirit had been undefeated. Second, De Paul owns a head-to-head win over Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.). And third, the Spartans split with FAB 50 No. 26 Paramus Catholic with their only loss coming to FAB 50 No. 21 St. Joseph of Montvale.
38.

NR


East Jefferson (Metairie, La.) 15-0*
A gritty group of East Jefferson Warriors shocked Louisiana high school football fans by upending FAB 50-ranked and defending Class 4A champ Edna Karr 38-28 in this year’s state final. Saturday’s big win capped the first undefeated season in 59 years, the first season with a playoff win in 43 years, and the school’s first trip to the state finals. One week earlier, East Jefferson took down unbeaten Neville of Monroe 18-15.
39.

NR


Centreville (Clifton, Va.) 15-0*
Facing an undefeated and previous FAB 50 No. 34 Oscar Smith of Chesapeake squad that featured Gatorade National Player of the Year Andrew Brown, it was the Wildcats that defeated the Tigers 35-6 in the Class 6A state championship. A.J. Turner rushed for 182 yards and two TDs to lead a rushing attack that piled up 327 yards.
40.

NR


Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.) 13-2
Head coach Ed Croson’s team avenged a previous 55-54 loss to Hart of Newhall by beating the Indians 28-10 in the CIF Southern California Division II bowl game. Chaminade’s only other loss was to Serra of Gardena, which is the team it beat 38-35 two weeks ago in the CIF Southern Section Western Division final. On Saturday, the Eagles face 13-0 Enterprise of Redding in the CIF Division II state bowl game.
41.

3


Mentor (Mentor, Ohio) 13-2*
Season complete. The Cardinals lost in the Division I state final two weeks ago in a 55-52 shootout with FAB 50 No. 18 Moeller of Cincinnati.
42.

3


St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio) 15-0*
Season complete. The Irish trotted past Trotwood-Madison 24-0 two weeks ago to win their second straight Division III state title.
43.

3


Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii) 11-0*
Season complete. The second of two wins over always-tough Kamehameha in November gave the Buff ‘N Blue the all-class Hawaii state title.
44.

1


Lee’s Summit West (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) 12-1*
Season complete. A 51-14 romp past Parkway Central of Chesterfield two weeks ago gave the Titans the Class 5 state title. Their only loss was to FAB 50 No. 15 Blue Springs.
45.

3


Trinity (Euless, Texas) 11-3*
Season complete. The Trojans’ losses were to No. 12 Jenks and No. 7 De Soto (twice). The second loss was 48-41 one week ago Monday, which came one week after a win over Southlake Carroll.
46.

NR


Serra (Gardena, Calif.) 13-1*
Season complete. The Cavaliers were No. 14 in the FAB 50 at the time they were defeated 38-35 in the CIF Southern Section Western Division final by Chaminade of West Hills. Since they earlier beat Chaminade 36-0 and Chaminade is now up to No. 40 in the FAB 50, it’s a good time to get the talented bunch from Serra back into the mix.
47.

3


Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, Miss.) 14-1*
Season complete. The Warriors won the Class 6A state title two weeks ago with a 14-7 victory over Tupelo. Their only loss was to Brandon. That team was later beaten in the playoffs by a Meridian squad that was defeated 38-10 by Oak Grove.
48.

NR


McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) 11-0*
Season complete. Like FAB 50 No. 32 DeMatha, the Eagles ended their season nearly one month ago but they get to now go into the FAB 50 due to other teams losing. Many insiders in Maryland also think that the Eagles are just as good or perhaps better than DeMatha. In their final game, McDonogh impressed with a 37-6 win over Gilman of Baltimore.
49.

NR


Coppell (Coppell, Texas) 9-2*
Season complete. The season ended for the Cowboys in the early stage of the Class 5A Division I state playoffs but it was only by 34-30 to FAB 50 No. 7 De Soto. Their only other loss was No. 2 Allen.
50.

NR


Aledo (Aledo, Texas) 15-0
It was only a 29-6 win over Ennis last week for the Bearcats in their Class 4A Division II state semifinal. Still, heading into the title game this week against 14-1 Brenham, the team already has broken the single-season national scoring record with 985 points and only needs 15 more to reach 1,000.

Dropped Out: Previous No. 13 Folsom (Folsom, Calif.); No. 17 Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.); No. 25 Armwood (Seffner, Fla.); No. 26 Karr (New Orleans, La.); No. 29 Union (Tulsa, Okla.); No. 30 Apopka (Apopka, Fla.); No. 34 Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.); No. 40 Centennial (Corona, Calif.); No. 49 St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio).

Updated: December 16, 2013

3 Comments

  1. J.

    June 4, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Kimberly (Wis.) definitely deserves a ranking in the top 45ish. They went undefeated and scored about 50 pts on every single team they played. This year’s (fall 2013) was one of the best teams in Wisconsin state history. USA Today has them ranked 30ish in the nation.

  2. Dale Lance

    December 18, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    If Serra is in your top 50 than surely Mater Dei has to be. As good as people think Serra (Gardena) is, we know out here in California that they don’t play any of the real tuff teams in So Cal. Let’s see how far they get next year when they have to play one of the Trinity League teams in the highest division in California. Same thing with Chaminade.

  3. Bryan McKenzie

    December 17, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Sacred-Heart Griffin of Springfield, IL deserves a spot in the top 50. They were 5A State Champs.

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