FOX Sports 50 - Week 2

It's separation September as there are seven games this weekend between FOX Sports 50 teams including a first ever No. 1 vs. No. 2.

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It's time to separate the men from the boys as all of the states are playing high school football this week. We have some colossal matchups including our first ever FOX Sports Top 50 No. 1 vs. No. 2. and much much more.

Games between FOX Sports Top 50 teams:

No. 1 Miami Central (Fla.) vs. No. 2 Booker T Washington (Fla.)
No. 4 DeMatha Catholic (Md.) vs. No. 25 St. Joseph Regional (N.J.)
No. 5 Paramus Catholic (N.J.) vs No. 48 Gilman (Md.)
No. 6 Allen (Texas) vs. No. 45 Cedar Hill (Texas)
No. 9 Mentor (Ohio) vs. No. 47 St. Ignatius (Ohio)
No. 17 St. Xavier vs. No. 35 Colerain (Ohio)

Rank (Last)

Team (Record) City, ST

1 (1)
Miami Central Logo
Miami Central (1-0) Miami, FL

We said last week that the danger for Miami Central might be looking past American Heritage towards this week's game of the year with Booker T. Washington. The Rockets were in a tight game until they pulled comfortably ahead in the second half. This week's No. 1 vs. No. 2 is the first ever matchup of No. 1 vs No. 2 in FOX Sports Top 50 History.

Last: Def American Heritage 42-20
Next
: 9/6 No. 2 Booker T. Washington (1-0)
2 (2)
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Washington (1-0) Miami, FL

Washington had a week off for everyone to tell them how great they are after their anhilation of Norcross. Staying focused shouldn't be too difficult though with No. 1 Miami Central to look forward to.

Last: Off
Next: 9/6 @ No. 1 Miami Central (1-0)
3 (3)
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St. John Bosco (1-0) Bellflower, CA

Scout's No. 2 quarterback in the Class of 2015 Josh Rosen was nearly flawless in a 12/15 5-TD performance. The competition should pick up some this week against Clovis North, but the Braves should win handily.

Last: Def Dominguez 40-7
Next: 9/6 Clovis North

4 (5)

DeMatha (2-0) Hyattsville, MD

There's a chance Plant isn't as good as we thought they were; or maybe DeMatha is just that good. Godby was coming off a blowout win over a typically powerful Plant team, only to get hammered by DeMatha. Plant just played toe to toe with No. 50 Sandy Creek, so maybe DeMatha is just that good. The Stags have another good game this week against No. 27 St. Joseph Regional.

Last: Def No. 39 Godby 29-6
Next
: 9/7 No. 25 St. Joseph Regional (0-0)
5 (4)
Paramus Catholic (0-0) Paramus, NJ

Paramus Catholic returns the most electrifying man in high school football in athlete extraordinaire Jabrill Peppers (Michigan). Peppers will play all over the field for the Paladins, and the State Champions return 18 total starters. The 2013 season kicks off with a bang on 9/8 against  Gilman.

Last: 10-2
Next: 9/8 Gilman
6 (6)
Karr (0-0) New Orleans, LA

Karr went undefeated in 2012, and the Cougars are bringing back a stacked 2013 team. If Jabrill Peppers isn't the most electrifying man in high school football, then Karr athlete Speedy Noil is. One guess on how his nickname came about. Noil is one of eight returning starters on offense, and the defense is spearheaded by defensive end Gerald Willis who plays the game angry. Karr's front seven also includes linebacker Donnie Alexander (LSU) and defensive tackle Joyan Williams (Oklahoma State).

Last: 14-0
Next: 9/6 @ St. Paul
7 (8)
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Allen (1-0) Allen, TX

Allen won a shootout with Southlake Carroll 49-27 and will have their hands full again this weekend with Cedar Hill coming off a big win over Denton Guyer.

Last: Def Carroll 49-27
Next: 9/6 No. 45 Cedar Hill (1-0)
8 (9)
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De La Salle (1-0) Concord, CA

Watching No. 7 Serra struggle with Desert Ridge's double wing offense on Saturday, I couldn't help but think "what do you think De La Salle would do to these guys right now?" De La Salle and Bellevue (Wash.) run two of the most prolific option attacks in the West. 

Last: Def Clayton Valley 34-14
Next: 9/7 @ Serra (San Mateo) (0-0)
9 (10)
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Mentor (1-0) Mentor (OH)

Mentor picked up where they left off in 2012, putting a lot of points on the board and giving up a lot of points. The Cardinals won a high scoring affair against McDowell of Pennsylvania setting up a rematch of last year's game of the year, a 57-56 win over St. Ignatius. St. Ignatius may have gotten caught looking ahead, but they won't overlook Mentor

Last: Def McDowell 44-30
Next: 9/6 No. 48 St. Ignatius (1-1)

10 (11)
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DeSoto (1-0) De Soto, TX

DeSoto had little trouble dispatching Martin in a 46-7 laugher. Tulsa Union (Okla.) should be a better test for the Eagles. 

Last: Def Martin 46-7
Next: 9/7 @ Union (Okla.) (0-0)
11 (12)
Byrnes (1-0) Duncan, SC

Byrnes is another team that had a week off after a big inter-state opening win, but Woodruff shouldn't be much of a challenge if the Rebels are on their game.

Last: Off
Next: 9/6 Woodruff (1-0)
12 (34)
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Manatee (1-0) Bradenton, FL

It was a long offseason for Manatee who saw their perfect season dashed by Aquinas. The Hurricanes took it out on Gilman in a 44-14 fashion. Venice is up next with another DC Area team Friendship waiting.

Last: Def No. 15 Gilman 44-14
Next
: 9/6 Venice (2-0)
13 (7)
Serra (1-0) Gardena, CA

Serra got a lesson in playing four quarters as Desert Ridge rallied from a 28-6 halftime deficit to 28-22 in the fourth quarter and having the ball. Serra needs to stay focused for four quarters to beat a solid Oceanside team. 

Last: Def Desert Ridge (AZ) 28-22
Next: 9/6 @Oceanside (1-0)
14 (13)
Poly Logo
Poly (1-0) Long Beach, CA

Poly expected a fight from City-Section power Crenshaw and got one. Tied at 15-15 in the fourth quarter, everyone's All-American JuJu Smith was inserted at running back and started ripping off huge chunks of yards setting up a go-ahead for good touchdown pass. A trip to Servite this week isn't what it was just two years ago, but the Friars can never be overlooked. 

Last: Def Crenshaw 28-15 (Replay)
Next: 9/6 @ Servite (0-1) 
15 (16)
Hamilton (1-0) Chandler, AZ

Hamilton is big, fast, and powerful along the lines of scrimmage. The Huskies need to develop a passing game to be amongst the truly elite. Hamilton dominated Eastlake for a half before a mistake filled second half let the Titans back in it. Brophy College Prep will test Hamilton for four quarters.

Last:  Def Eastlake 28-17
Next: 9/6 Brophy College Prep (1-0)

16 (17)

Lamar (1-0) Houston, TX

Lamar got its season off in style with a 29-0 shutout win over Klein Forest. The Redskins should put up another gaudy number on Fort Bend Elkins on Friday.

Last: Def Klein Forest 29-0
Next: 9/6 Fort Bend Elkins (1-0)
17 (19)
St. Xavier (1-0) Cincinnati, OH

St. Xavier plays one of the nation's toughest schedules year in and year out, and the Bombers got off to a good start against a good Ben Davis program. Up next is nationally ranked Colerain then Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) who is off to a fast start in their own right.

Last: Def Ben Davis (Ind.) 34-7
Next: 9/6 @ No. 35 Colerain (1-0)
18 (20)
Katy Logo
Katy (1-0) Katy, TX

Katy's regular season schedule isn't going to blow anyone away, except the opposition of course. The Tigers blew out Klein last weekend. A trip to Houston to take on Alief Taylor should be a little more interesting.

Last: Def Klein 41-3
Next: 9/5 @ Alief Taylor (1-0)
19 (21)
University School Logo Ft. Lauderdale
University (2-0) Ft. Lauderdale

Taravella wasn't expected to put up much of a fight for a powerful Suns team, and they didn't in a 61-14 University win. Miami Norland might find themselves on the wrong end of a similar score this weekend.

Last: Def Taravella 61-14
Next: 9/7 Norland (0-1)
20 (23)
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Hoover (1-0) Hoover, AL

This one had to feel a little extra special beating former coach Rush Propst at home. Forget the drama, Colquitt County is a tough team, and Hoover handled them in their first game. Hueytown should be a breather by comparison.

Last: Def Colquitt County (Ga.) 24-10
Next
: 9/6 Hueytown (0-1)
21 (22)
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Bellevue (0-0) Bellevue, WA

In 2012 Bellevue's season was essentially over after a Week 1 game against Euless Trinity (Texas). 2013 is similar with a game against Skyline in the game we all wanted to see in 2012. Both teams look a little weaker on paper in 2013, but Bellevue is a lot like De La Salle in that they just keep churning the machine (and the State Championships). Bellevue is home to one of the nation's best two way players in Budda Baker. 

Last: 15-0
Next: 9/7 Skyline
22 (24)
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John Curtis (1-0) River Ridge, LA

FOX Sports 2012 National Champion got its season kicked off in style with a 40-6 bludgeoning of Salmen. Curtis' next four games beginning with Bergen Catholic this week, are tougher than any single game the Patriots faced last season. 

Last: Def Salmen 40-6 
Next: 9/6 Bergen Catholic (NJ)
23 (25)
Oscar Smith (0-0) Chesapeake, VA

Oscar Smith is going to have one of the top defensive lines in the nation in 2013. Scout's No. 1 defensive tackle Andrew Brown (Virginia) plays for the Tigers and Class of 2015 Top 50 prospect Josh Sweat lines up with him at end.

Last: 11-2
Next: 9/6 Lake Taylor
24 (26)
McEachern (2-0) Powder Springs, GA

McEachern shutdown Brookwood's attack and won a high scoring affair against Lassiter. The Indians are a versatile squad who get a week off before facing South Cobb.

Last: Def Lassiter 42-28
Next: 9/13 South Cobb (1-0)
25 (27)
St. Joseph Regional (0-0) Montvale, NJ

The Green Knights kick off their season in style hosting No. 5 DeMatha. DeMatha has already played a pair of tough opponents and St. Joseph hopes to pounce early.

Last: 10-2
Next: 9/7 No. 4 DeMatha (2-0)
26 (35)
North Gwinnett (2-0) Suwanee, GA

North Gwinnett has swathed a path through Georgia super powers Camden County and Grayson. Camden was defeated 34-14 and Grayson got it worse 35-0 last week. The Bulldogs have the week off before taking on a Norcross squad still smarting from the 55-0 shellacking at the hands of No. 2 Washington. 

Last: Def Grayson 35-0
Next: 9/13 @ Norcross (0-1)

27 (28)
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Centennial (1-0) Corona, CA

We knew Centennial was going to put up points with roughly 7,000 yards of returning offense in quarterback Robert Webber and running back Tre Watson, but giving up 40 to Liberty? The defense needs to be ready for a tougher game against St. Bonaventure this week.

Last: Def Liberty 62-40
Next: 9/7 St. Bonaventure (1-0)
28 (30)
Stephenville (1-0) Stephenville, TX

Stephenville got revenge from a 2012 loss to Prepa Tech of Mexico in a 17-16 win. It doesn't get a lot easier this week as the Yellow Jackets travel to face a good Aledo team.

Last: Def Prepa Tech (Mex.) 17-16
Next: 9/6 @ Aledo (1-0)
29 (31)
Punahou (2-0) Honolulu, HI

Punahou traveled to San Diego and took on a young but talented Helix team. The Buff n' Blue held used their size and power advantage to hold off Helix. Punahou has all the tools to run the table the rest of the way; they just need to avoid getting away from what works best, the run.

Last: Def Helix 10-6
Next: 9/7 Damien (1-1)
30 (32)
Mount Carmel (1-0) Chicago, IL

The Caravan had little trouble getting past St. Patrick in the season opener.  Morgan Park is likely to find itself on the receiving end of another lopsided score.

Last: Def St. Patrick 40-0
Next: 9/6 Morgan Park (0-1)
31 (33)
Coppell (1-0) Coppell, TX

Coppell did what it needed to do to get past a tough Longview team 32-24. Coppell shouldn't find itself in as close a game this weekend in a road trip to take on Boyd.

Last: Def Longview 32-24
Next: 9/6 @ Boyd (0-1)
32 (NR)
Brother Rice (1-0) Bloomfield Hills, MI

Brother Rice got the season off to a bang with an upset special of Ohio power No. 14 St. Ignatius. The Warriors host another visitor from Ohio, but St. John's Jesuit shouldn't be nearly as dramatic a win.

Last: Def No. 13 St. Ignatius 29-20
Next: 9/6 St. John's Jesuit (Ohio) (0-1) 

33 (36)

Saint Augustine (1-0) New Orleans, LA

The Nation's No. 1 running back Leonard Fournette had three touchdowns as St. Augustine cruised past Amite. 

Last: Def Amite 35-6
Next: 9/7 McDonogh 35
34 (37)
 
Christian (1-0) Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids Christian faced little opposition on its road trip to take on South Christian. Muskegon this week presents a whole different challenge, and may be the best chance of Christian getting a loss this year.

Last: Def South Christian 41-7
Next: 9/6 Muskegon (1-0)
35 (38)
Colerain (1-0) Cincinnati, OH

Off to a fast start, the Cardinals are about to pick it up a notch in scheduling as No. Xavier comes to town this week and Louisville Trinity the week after.

Last: Def Park Vista (Fla.) 45-27
Next: 9/6 No. 17 St. Xavier
36 (29)
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Good Counsel (1-1) Olney, MD

Good Counsel rebounded nicely from an opening season loss to Gilman. The Falcons dominated an always good Immokalee team from Florida.

Last: Def Immokalee (Fla.) 33-0
Next
: 9/6 St. Frances Academy (0-1)
37 (41)
Granite Bay (0-0) Granite Bay, CA

Granite Bay got off to a rough start in 2012, so it was only fitting that they met a similar team in Long Beach Poly in the D1 Bowl in California. Two teams that rose from the ashes of early season losses bring back a lot of talented experience in 2013.

Last: 13-3 
Next: 9/6 Folsom

38 (44)
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Ensworth (2-0) Nashville, TN

Ensworth rode the momentum of a big comeback win against Louisville Trinity to pummel Brainerd 55-13. BYE may put up more of a fight than Ensworth's next opponent Pope John Paul II in two weeks. 

Last: Def Brainerd 55-13
Next: 9/13 Pope John Paul II (2-0)
39 (45)

Aquinas (1-0) Fort Lauderdale, FL

In some years Aquinas/Miami Northwestern would be the game of the year. This wasn't one of those years. Aquinas gets a week off before traveling to Louisiana to take on the 2012 FOX National Champs: John Curtis Christian.

Last: Def Miami Northwestern 38-3
Next: 9/13 @ Curtis (0-0)
40 (NR)
Mater Dei (1-0) Santa Ana, CA

Mater Dei was returning a long list of starters from a CIF Championship runner-up team, but it was hard to expect how easily they would dispatch an Upland team that hasn't lost a regular season game since 2010. The Monarchs will be able to name their score on St. Paul.

Last: Def upland 44-13
Next: 9/5 St. Paul (0-1)
41 (46)
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Whitmer (1-0) Toledo, OH

The names on the back of the uniforms may have changed, but the Panthers are still hanging 40+ on teams. Whitmer handled Perrysburg, and the Panthers should be tested against St. Mary Prep of Michigan.

Last: Def Perrysburg 42-25 
Next: 9/6 St. Mary Prep (Mich.) (0-1)
42 (NR)
Archbishop Moeller (1-0) Cincinnati, OH

it didn't take long for Archbishop Moeller to return to the FOX Sports Top 50 after knocking off No. 48 Pike of Indianapolis. Moeller plays a terrific schedule, but should get a bit of a breather this week at Covington Catholic of Kentucky. 

Last: Def No. 48 Pike (Ind.) 37-33
Next: 9/6 @ Covington Catholic (Ky.) (2-0)
43 (47)
Apopka (1-1) Apopka, FL

We'll forgive Apopka getting off to a slow start after a scary finish to their Byrnes loss as quarterback Zack Darlington was airlifted to a hospital (released following Sunday). Apopka trailed Oak Ridge 26-21 at half before rebounding for a convincing win.

Last: Def Oak Ridge 57-32
Next: 9/6 @ Lake Brantley (1-0)
44 (49)
Cedar Park (1-0) Cedar Park, TX

The Timberwolves passed their first test against a solid Austin Westlake program winning 43-31. A trip to Abilene to take on Cooper this weekend is no gimmee. 

Last: Def Westlake 43-31
Next: 9/6 @ Cooper (0-1)
45 (NR)
Cedar Hill (1-0) Cedar Hill, TX

Cedar Hill knocks Denton Guyer out of the Top 50 and takes their spot. This week it's a chance to make even more noise against Top 10 Allen.

Last: Def Denton Guyer 38-28
Next
: 9/6 No. 8 Allen (1-0)
46 (42)
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Carroll (0-1) Southlake, TX

Carroll kept within striking distance after relinquishing an early lead to No. 9 Allen, but the Dragons ultimately fell in the end. The schedule eases up considerably against Midland Lee this week.

Last: Lost to No. 9 Allen 49-27
Next
: 9/6 Midland Lee (1-0)
47 (14)
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St. Ignatius (0-1) Cleveland, OH

Was St. Ignatius looking ahead to its rematch with Mentor, or did Brother Rice just come out and beat them? A tough way to start the season for the Wildcats, but redemption is only a week away.

Last: Lost to Brother Rice (Mich.) 29-20
Next
: 9/6 @ No. 9 Mentor (1-0)
48 (15)
Gilman (1-1) Baltimore, MD

Gilman found that back to back openers against powerful teams was more than it could handle. After beating a very good Good Counsel team, the Greyhounds were crushed by No. 33 Manatee. It doesn't get any easier this week against No. 4 Paramus Catholic.

Last: Lost to No. 33 Manatee (FL) 44-14 
Next: 9/6 @ No. 5 Paramus Catholic (0-0)
49 (NR)

Cathedral Catholic (1-0) San Diego, CA

Jordan came from Utah as a Top 50 team to take on Cathedral Catholic at home, and the Beetdiggers went home to find more fertile ground. Cathedral Catholic dominated Jordan to the tune of 38-12. Games against Helix and Vista Murrieta this month will tell us more about the Dons.

Last: Def No. 40 Jordan 38-12
Next: 9/6 @ Torrey Pines (0-1)
50 (50)

Sandy Creek (0-0-1) Sandy Creek, GA

In an entirely unsatisfying result, Sandy Creek and Tampa Plant ran into a curfew and finished a 27-27 tie. It was a good comeback for Plant who were beaten soundly by Godby the week prior, but leaves us some unanswered questions about Sandy Creek.

Last: Tied Plant (Fla.) 27-27
Next: 9/6 Newnan (1-0)

In: Mater Dei (CA), Brother Rice (MI), Cedar Hill (TX), Archbishop Moeller (OH), Cathedral Catholic (CA)

Out: Godby (FL), Jordan (UT), Guyer (TX), Pike (IN), Steele (TX)

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