Scout Top 50 - Week 14

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There were no changes in the Top 50 last week, but there are plenty this week as playoffs heat up across the country. Here's a look at the Top 50 High School Football teams in the nation.

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Rank (Last)

Team (Record) City, ST

1 (1)
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Washington (12-0) Miami, FL

There was a computer simulation in Florida that had University favored over Washington going into last week. Computers don't watch football games; Washington rolled. Cocoa brings a nice 12-1 record to the Semi-Finals, but they haven't seen anyone like Washington this year.

Last: Def University 45-17
Next: 11/29 Cocoa (11-1)
2 (2)
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Allen (12-0) Allen, TX

Was this the week that Allen was going to get a scare? Nope. The Eagles ran roughshod over another quality opponent in Horn. The Woodlands have ripped of nine straight wins after dropping two their first three games against Dallas Skyline and No. 8 Katy. So once again, we have another very good team ready to face Allen, but Allen has whipped every very good team put in front of them this year.

Last: Def Horn 42-14
Next: 11/30 The Woodlands (10-2)
3 (3)
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Miami Central (10-1) Miami, FL

Central shellacked Dillard in the quarterfinals to the tune of 59-14 bringing up undefeated Heritage in the sate Semi-Finals. Heritage has some good wins under their belt including Naples last week and Palm Bay earlier this season. 

Last: Def Dillard 59-14
: 11/29 Heritage (12-0)
4 (4)
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DeSoto (11-0) De Soto, TX

DeSoto and No. 26 Coppell played one of the best games of the year as the Eagles prevailed 34-30 in a thriller on Saturday. This week brings a Week 1 rematch with Arlington Martin. DeSoto humbled the Warriors 46-7 on August 30th, so we'll get a chance to see how much Martin has improved as they've advanced to the final 16 in Texas' big boy region.  

: Def Coppell 34-30
Next: 11/30 Arlington Martin (10-2)

5 (5)
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De La Salle (12-0) Concord, CA

No one expected Grenada to hang with De La Salle, so no one was surprised by the outcome. Deer Valley is a much better opponent this week, but De La Salle should continue their march towards California's Open Division Bowl which tries to pit the North's best against the South's best in California.

Last: Def Grenada 46-0
Next: 11/29 Deer Valley (11-1)
6 (6)
St. Joseph Regional (8-0) Montvale, NJ

St. Joseph Regional has played virtually every top team in New Jersey, and Green Knights have won every game handily. Most in New Jersey know that to be called the best team in the Garden State, you must beat Don Bosco, even in a down year. St. Joseph gets that chance this week.

Last: Def Red Bank Catholic 28-7
Next: 11/29 Don Bosco Prep (6-4)
7 (7)
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St. John Bosco (12-0) Bellflower, CA

St. John Bosco laughed to themselves when they saw the playoff bracket put two of the worst teams in their 16 team tournament as one of their second round opponents. Predictable Bosco blew out a Tesoro team that never should have been there to begin with. Alemany is a much better opponent.

Last: Def Tesoro 55-7
Next: 11/29 Alemany (10-2)

8 (9)
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Katy (12-0) Katy, TX

Katy is out of place in 5A D2 in Texas as they've been blowing out everyone put in front of them. Fort Bend Elkins is a better opponent, but it will be a shock if the Tigers don't win by double digits. 

Last: Def Cy Woods 51-7
Next: 11/29 Fort Bend Elkins (10-2)
9 (11)
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Hoover (13-0) Hoover, AL

Last week we said that Florence might be the best opponent Hoover saw all season, and they proved it. Hoover pulled out a one point win setting up a rematch with Vestavia Hills. Hoover won a 17-7 slugfest with the Rebels in September. Vestavia Hills is used to slugfests. The Rebels won by seven last week against Bob Jones and three two weeks ago against Bessemer City.

Last: Def Florence 22-21
Next: 11/29 Vestavia Hills (11-2)
10 (12)

Northwestern (13-0) Rock Hill, SC

The Trojans dominated a good York team last week. The Trojans will face their toughest test in North Augusta since September 13th when Northwestern knocked off Byrnes 42-35.

Last: Def York 39-7
Next: 11/29 North Augusta (12-1)
11 (13)
Serra (12-0) Gardena, CA

Serra is a terrific team in the wrong Division. The Cavaliers have blown through their first two opponents in the playoffs and will now likely spend the next two weeks playing two teams they've already beaten including St. Francis this week.

Last: Def Buena 40-6
Next: 11/29 St. Francis (10-2)
12 (14)
Byrnes (12-1) Duncan, SC

Lexington was supposed to be more of a challenge for Byrnes, but the Rebels jumped on Lexington early and often. Dutch Fork knocked off Spring Valley last week, but Byrnes is a different level of program.

Last: Def Lexington 63-21
Next: 11/29 Dutch Fork (10-3)
13 (19)
Miramar (12-0) Miramar, FL

Statement. Game. Deerfield Beach entered last week's contest with Miramar unbeaten including a victory over Aquinas. Miramar humbled Deerfield Beach last week. Miramar can't afford to look past Palm Beach Gardens, but I can. If both teams win, a Miramar / Apopka Semi-Final will be another Championship quality game.

Last: Def Deerfield Beach 43-12
Next: 11/29 Palm Beach Gardens (8-4)

14 (40)
Archbishop Moeller (12-1) Cincinnati, OH

Moeller is playing their best ball right now. The Fighting Crusaders shutout a powerful Elder team two weeks ago, and ended the season of No. 10 Colerain for the second year in a row on Saturday. Moeller goes to the Semi-Finals this week to defend their State Championship against undefeated Hilliard Davidson. Should they win, they might be itching for a rematch with St. Edward, the only blemish on their record courtesy a 45-42 loss on October 26th.

Last: Def Colerain 35-26
Next: 11/30 Hilliard Davidson (13-0)
15 (15)
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Bellevue (13-0) Bellevue, WA

Bellevue advances to the Semi-Finals to beat Shadle Park this week.

Last: Def Peninsula 48-27
Next: 11/29 Shadle Park (12-1)
16 (16)
Oscar Smith (12-0) Chesapeake, VA

After beating up on mostly and outmatched schedule through the year, Virginia gets the game everyone has been waiting for all season. Oscar Smith / Ocean Lakes is a State Championship caliber game in the quarterfinals.

Last: Def Grassfield 41-7
Next: 11/29 Ocean Lakes (12-0)
17 (17)

Lamar (11-0) Houston, TX

Lamar cruised past Alief Taylor last week, but they'll get a step up in competition against Pearland this week. If Lamar can win the next two games, they'll likely get DeSoto or Southlake Carroll. Then we'll see what the Redskins are all about.

Last: Def Alief Taylor 36-0
Next: 11/29 Pearland (11-1)
18 (18)
Brother Rice (13-0) Bloomfield Hills, MI

Brother Rice's playoff run has felt like a breeze after a daunting regular season slate. That ends this week though as Brother Rice hooks up with Muskegon for all the marbles in Michigan.

Last: Def King 43-20
Next: 11/29 Muskegon (12-1)
19 (20)
Mountain Pointe (12-0) Phoenix, AZ

Weather caused delays in Arizona, and the games will be played on Monday.

Last: Def Red Mountain 48-7
Next: 11/25 Desert Ridge (11-1)
20 (21)
Karr (10-1) New Orleans, LA

Karr is another team that has found the going easier in the playoffs than the regular season. Give credit to Louisiana's top teams, Karr, Curtis, and St. Augustine for scheduling a round robin in the regular season. Karr should handle Franklinton this week.

Last: Def Crowley 55-6
Next: 11/29 Franklinton (10-2)
21 (22)
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John Curtis (8-2) River Ridge, LA

Curtis has had it easy to this point of the playoffs, but Evangel Christian can line up and play with the Patriots where most teams just want to survive.

Last: Def St. Charles Catholic 48-0
Next: 11/29 Evangel Christian (10-1)
22 (23)
Punahou (11-0) Honolulu, HI

Punahou won a hard fought game against Mililani earlier this year, and they repeated the feat in a thrilling 28-22 State Championship game. Punahou had one of the best defenses I saw all season.

Last: Def Mililani 28-22
Next: State Champions
23 (24)

Folsom (11-0) Folsom, CA

Folsom hasn't had any trouble with their playoff schedule so far, and they won't this week against Jesuit either. 

Last: Def Franklin 49-16
Next: 11/29 Jesuit (9-3)
24 (10)
Colerain (12-1) Cincinnati, OH

I can't imagine Colerain has too many good things to say about Archbishop Moeller who ended the Cardinals' season. There's mutual respect there of course, but frustration as well.  Colerain faces a rebuilding year next year losing a solid nucleus of seniors, but the Cardinals always find a way to re-load.

Last: Lost to Archbishop Moeller 35-26
Next: Season Over
25 (26)
Coppell (9-2) Coppell, TX

Coppell's season ended at the hands of No. 4 DeSoto in a thrilling game on Saturday. Coppell's only two losses of the year came to DeSoto and No. 2 Allen.

Last: Lost to No. 4 DeSoto 34-30
Next: Season Over
26 (27)

Aledo (12-0) Aledo, TX

Canyon will easily be the best team Aledo has faced this year, but they're not considered among Texas' elite in 2013. Elgin or Texas City loom in the Semi-Finals, and the bottom half of the 16 team bracket in 4A D2 is loaded, so Aledo will get a game this year... eventually.

Last: Def Boswell 75-14
Next: 11/29 Canyon (12-0)

27 (28)

Saint Augustine (9-1) New Orleans, LA

St. Augustine had their hands full with Jesuit last week, and Archbishop Rummel will be a battle as well. This is a rematch of a game on 10/19 when St. Augustine pulled away from Rummel 35-21.

Last: Def Jesuit 28-17
Next: 11/29 Archbishop Rummel (8-3)
28 (29)
Jenks (12-0) Jenks, OK

Jenks got back on track after a close call against Owasso to open the playoffs. Jenks will get a chance to beat Westmoore again after dominating the Jaguars 24-0 on October 18th.

Last: Def Def Midwest City 33-14
Next: 11/29 Westmoore (10-2)
29 (30)
Blue Springs (13-0) Blue Springs, MO

Blue Springs has clearly been the toast of Missouri, and they proved it again this week blowing out Eureka. Rock Bridge gets the last shot to knock off Blue Springs before the Wildcats are crowned State Champions. Rock Bridge has been on a roll as of late, but it's hard to put a lot of faith in a five loss team.

Last: Def Eureka 42-14
Next: 11/29 Rock Bridge (8-5)
30 (34)
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Carroll (11-1) Southlake, TX

Call it another statement game as Carroll put up one of the most impressive displays over the weekend. Midland Lee is a good team, but you wouldn't know it based on what the Dragons did to them. Carroll is peaking at the right time as they get ready to take on an always tough Euless Trinity team.

Last: Def Midland Lee 51-7
Next: 11/29 Trinity (10-2)
31 (31)

Salpointe Catholic (12-0) Tucson, AZ

Weather caused delays in Arizona, and the games will be played on Monday.  

Last: Def Liberty 45-14
Next: 11/25 Deer Valley (9-3)
32 (32)

DeMatha (11-1) Hyattsville, MD

DeMatha is the first in the clubhouse with a Championship as the Stags claimed  a DC Championship with a convincing win over St. John's. DeMatha's 11-1 record included good wins over Phoebus (VA), Godby (FL), and Good Counsel (DC) among others.

Last: Def St. John's 31-10
Next: DC Champions
33 (33)
Apopka (11-1) Apopka, FL

Last week we noted that Apopka was done with the cupcakes and every game moving forward would be a challenge. That sentiment proved to be true as Winter Park put a scare into the Blue Darters. It won't get any easier this week against First Coast.  

Last: Def Winter Park 31-27
Next: 11/29 First Coast (11-1)
34 (35)

Ocean Lakes (12-0) Virginia Beach, VA

Rested but untested, Ocean Lakes has outscored their opponents on average of 50 to 10 this year. The game against Oscar Smith is the one everyone in Virginia was ready to see.

Last: Def Western Branch 62-28
Next: 11/29 Oscar Smith (12-0)
35 (8)
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Manatee (11-1) Bradenton, FL

Manatee lost their starting quarterback in the first quarter against a good Fort Pierce Central team, and that spelled doom against a team as good as the Cobras.

Last: Lost to Fort Pierce Central 17-15
Next: Season Over
36 (36)

Sandy Creek (11-0-1) Sandy Creek, GA

Sandy Creek wasn't going to have much trouble with Chestatee, but this was still an impressive showing. Griffin will not roll over quite as easily.

Last: Def Chestatee 55-7
Next: 11/29 Griffin (13-0)
37 (37)
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Mentor (12-1) Mentor, OH

Mentor and St. Ignatius played the game of the year last year in Menor's 57-56 victory. The Cardinals then had to turn around and play St. Edward the next week, and won. It feels like deja-vu all over again. Only this time there was no such drama against St. Ignatius. Can Mentor make it two for two against St. Edward?

Last: Def St. Ignatius 26-3
Next: 11/30 St. Edward (12-1)

38 (38)

St. Edward (12-1) Lakewood, OH

St. Edward remembers Mentor all too well from last year. The Eagles saw an undefeated season go up in smoke in a 57-56 thriller. Both teams are playing outstanding ball right now, and the Mentor/St. Edward game should be another classic.

Last: Def Austin Fitch 28-0
Next: 11/30 Mentor (12-1)
39 (39)

Mallard Creek (13-0) Charlotte, NC

With the pretenders eliminated in North Carolina, the action can begin in the quarterfinals. Mallard Creek will be favored, but Northwest Guilford is arguably their toughest game to date.

Last: Def Providence 42-27
Next: 11/29 Northwest Guilford (12-1)
40 (41)
Poly (11-1) Long Beach, CA

Poly had to hit the road to take on 8-3 St. Bonaventure despite winning their league while Poly finished first. That's California for you. It didn't matter. Poly dominated the Seraphs in their backyard and will take on former Top 50 member Mater Dei in a rematch of last year's Pac-5 Championship.

Last: Def St. Bonaventure 44-8
Next: 11/29 Mater Dei (10-2)
41 (43)
Collins Hill (11-1) Suwannee, GA

Collins Hill has blitzed the first two rounds of the playoffs, beating Walton 41-7, then crushing Alpharetta. The Eagles take on a talented McEachern team who won a big game over Langston Hughes on the road last week. 

Last: Def Alpharetta 48-0
Next: 11/29 McEachern (10-2)
42 (44)

Aquinas (10-2) Fort Lauderdale, FL

Aquinas once again flexed their muscles on defense. The Raiders beat Plantation 16-6 on November 1st, and they won 20-6 last week to end Plantation's season. The quarterfinals brings an undefeated Dwyer squad. Aquinas will be the best team Dwyer has faced this year by a longshot.

Last: Def Plantation 20-6
Next: 11/29 Dwyer (12-0)
43 (45)
Paramus Catholic (8-2) Paramus, NJ

Paramus Catholic fell to Don Bosco Prep earlier this season, but the Paladins got revenge last week in a thrilling 21-20 win.

Last: Def Don Bosco Prep 21-20
Next: BYE
44 (46)

Bingham (14-0) South Jordan, UT

Bingham beat Brighton 38-37 earlier this year, but there was no doubt left after the rematch in the State Championship game. Bingham drilled Brighton to cap off a perfect 14-0 record. Bingham's perfect season included two wins over Brighton and a 24-21 win over Valor Christian (Colo.). No one played the miners within three touchdowns in the playoffs as Bingham dominated.

Last: Def Brighton 38-13
Next: State Champions
45 (47)
North Gwinnett (11-1) Suwanee, GA

North Gwinnett went to Archer to give the Tigers their first loss of the year and end their season. Now the Bulldogs must hit the road again to take on a Hillgrove team riding high after their win at Camden County.

Last: Def Archer 34-32
Next: 11/29 Hillgrove (12-1)

46 (49)
Spanish Fort (13-0) Spanish Fort, AL

Spanish Fort has had an easy go of it in the playoffs thus far, but if they're going to claim a 5A Championship, their work starts this weekend against Saraland. The Spartans will be Spanish Fort's toughest test, followed by an even tougher game next week likely against Muscle Shoals.   

Last: Def Jackson 36-6
Next: 11/29 Saraland (12-1)
47 (50)
Muskegon (12-1) Muskegon, MI

Muskegon fans have to feel ready for anything after another thrilling victory, this week against Portage Central. Muskegon avenged their earlier loss to Lowell in the playoffs, but Brother Rice is going to be their toughest foe of the year. As it should be; this one is for the State Championship.     

Last: Def Portage Central 41-35
Next: 11/29 Brother Rice (13-0)
48 (NR)
Central Catholic (13-0) Pittsburgh, PA

The Vikings are no stranger to the Top 50, and they're back again courtesy of a 13-0 record as they prepare to take on McDowell in the playoffs this week. The Vikings have demolished their competition and won their local grudge match with Gateway earlier this month.       

Last: Def Woodland Hills 27-7
Next: 11/30 McDowell (7-5)
49 (NR)
Maryville (13-0) Maryville, TN

Maryville has made mincemeat of their schedule this year. The closest anyone has played the Rebels was a 28-10 win at Lenoir City in October. Maryville takes on a very good Blackman team this week in the Semi-Finals.        

Last: Def Sevier County 56-14
Next: 11/29 Blackman (11-2)
50 (NR)
Hilliard Davidson (13-0) Hilliard, OH

Hilliard Davidson makes their debut in the Top 50 on the strength of a 13-0 record, but the competition is about to step up a notch as the Wildcats are set to take on No. 14 Archbishop Moeller.     

Last: Def Wayne 37-7
Next: 11/20 Archbishop Moeller (12-1)

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