Scout Top 50 Week 16

No. 1 is in the clubhouse with another State Championship as we take 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 (14-0) Miami, FL

Washington had to go through Bolles again for another State Championship, but the Tornadoes were up to the task. The Bulldogs were a tougher challenge than most Washington had faced this season, but Booker T. still won comfortably. Even though there's still a couple weeks left in the season in some states including Texas and California, I'm going to end the suspense for you. Booker T. Washington is the Scout.com 2013 National Champion.

Last: Def Bolles 40-21
Next: Scout.com National Champions
2 (2)
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Allen (14-0) Allen, TX

Westfield was undefeated coming into their quarter final game with Allen, but like every undefeated before them, the Mustangs fell... big. We should get the game of the year in Texas next week as No. 2 Allen waits on No. 4 DeSoto, but the Eagles are playing Euless Trinity today.

Last: Def Westfield 48-13
Next: 12/14 No. 4 DeSoto (14-0)
3 (3)
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Miami Central (12-1) Miami, FL

Miami Central still has one more game to go to claim their State Championship in Florida. The Rockets got a battle from Mainland in their 28-15 win, and they'll get another from unbeaten Armwood on Saturday.    

Last: Def Mainland 28-15
Next
: 12/14 Armwood (14-0)
4 (4)
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DeSoto (14-0) De Soto, TX

DeSoto had already hammered Trinity 61-35 earlier this season, but Trinity was a much improved team at the end of the season. The Eagles still prevailed in their game on Monday that had been weather delayed, but they had to work for it. DeSoto's 45-41 win sets up the nation's second Top 5 game this season as No. 3 Central and No. 1 Washington already played this year. How about the winner meets Booker T. Washington in New Orleans for a National Championship? De La Salle and St. John Bosco might want some of that action.


Last
: Def Euless Trinity 45-41
Next: 12/14 No. 2 Allen (14-0)

5 (5)
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De La Salle (13-0) Concord, CA

De La Salle hasn't played their toughest schedule this year, but they're about to step it up big time this week in their regional bowl game (California doesn't have State Championships) again Folsom. De La Salle is a well oiled machine, but they'll need to play their best the next two weeks if they're going to win another Open Bowl Championship. 

Last: Def California 49-17
Next: 12/14 Folsom (13-0) 
6 (6)
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St. John Bosco (14-0) Bellflower, CA

It hasn't mattered who has been put in front of Bosco this year, the results have been the same. No. 45 Mater Dei got a second chance at the Braves with a very similar result. Mater Dei still hasn't put an offensive point on the board in eight quarters against the Bosco defense. This may be the best Southern Section team in the last five years. Bosco must now play a hot Centennial team in the Southern Regional for the right to take on the De La Salle/Folsom winner in the Open Bowl that has been dominated by De La Salle the last several years.

Last: Def No. 45 Mater Dei 34-7
Next: 12/14 Centennial (12-2)

7 (7)
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Katy (14-0) Katy, TX

Katy showed that they haven't gotten fat feasting on all of those cupcakes this year. The Tigers played a good Manvel team last week, and the results were strikingly similar, another Katy Blowout. Without a doubt though, Katy faces their toughest test of the season in Johnson this week.

Last: Def Manvel 56-14
Next: 12/14 Johnson (12-2)
8 (8)
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Hoover (15-0) Hoover, AL

The Bucs made sure the only magic in Auburn was with the University as Hoover bludgeoned Auburn High School in a 20-3 win. Hoover saved their best defensive performance for when it mattered the most, claiming their second consecutive State Championship in Alabama's largest classification. 

Last: Def Auburn 20-3
Next: State Champions
9 (9)

Northwestern (15-0) Rock Hill, SC

Like Hoover, Northwestern may have saved their best performance for last. The Trojans hung 62 on a very good Stratford team to claim their second State Championship in the last four years. After Northwestern's overtime win over Byrnes on September 13th, no one played the Trojans within four touchdowns.

Last: Def Stratford 62-35
Next: State Champions
10 (11)
Archbishop Moeller (14-1) Cincinnati, OH

Moeller claimed their second straight State Championship in Ohio's largest classification with an epic win over Mentor. Mentor won 55-52 and claimed wins during the course of the season against heavyweights the likes of 2011 Scout National Champion Louisville Trinity, Colerain, St. Xavier, Indianapolis Cathedral, and La Salle among others. Say this about Ohio's State Champions, they certainly earn it through the course of the whole year.

Last: Def Mentor 55-52
Next: State Champions
11 (12)
Brother Rice (14-0) Bloomfield Hills, MI

Brother Rice got a little more resistance from a powerful Muskegon team, but the Warriors still won their State Championship handily. Brother Rice took on the best Michigan head to offer as well as hosting Ohio power St. Ignatius this year.

Last: Def Muskegon 38-21
Next: State Champions
12 (13)
St. Joseph Regional (9-1) Montvale, NJ

St. Joseph Regional rebounded nicely after an upset loss to Don Bosco Prep to handily defeat Pope John Paul XXIII in New Jersey's Non-Public Group 3 bracket. Despite the setback against Don Bosco two weeks ago, the Green Knights knocked off DeMatha (MD), St. Peter's Prep, and Paramus Catholic among others.

Last: Lost to Don Bosco Prep 28-21
Next: Non-Public Group 3 Champion
13 (14)
Mountain Pointe (14-0) Phoenix, AZ

Mountain Pointe played two games this week in order to take home their State Championship. Weather pushed the Semi-Final game to Monday, and Mountain Pointe took care of business in a 27-9 win over Desert Ridge before blowing out Hamilton on Saturday to claim the AIA crown.

Last: Def Hamilton 42-19
Next: State Champions
14 (16)
Oscar Smith (14-0) Chesapeake, VA

If Oscar Smith was disappointed they didn't get to knock out Ocean Lakes themselves, they didn't show it. The Tigers played smothering defense against Colonial Forge and will take on Centreville for the State Championship in a rare battle of the State's two best teams.

Last: Def Colonial Forge 17-0
Next: 12/14 Centreville (14-0)
15 (15)
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Bellevue (15-0) Bellevue, WA

Bellevue won their sixth straight State Championship with a lopsided win over Eastside Catholic. Even their own players were bored with the schedule this year.

Last: Def Eastside Catholic 52-20
Next: State Champions
16 (17)
Karr (12-1) New Orleans, LA

Karr predictably dominated Landry Walker, but the Cougars will have to earn the State Championship this week against an unbeaten, talented East Jefferson squad coming off an 18-15 battle over Neville.

Last: Def Landry Walker 29-0
Next: 12/14 No. 49 East Jefferson 14-0
17 (18)
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John Curtis (9-2) River Ridge, LA

Curtis has had an easy run through the playoffs in the Division II bracket, but they'll have to work to claim another State Championship this week against a good University Lab team who likewise has cruised through the playoffs.

Last: Def Evangel Christian 40-6
Next: 12/12 University Lab (14-0)
18 (19)
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
19 (20)

Folsom (14-0) Folsom, CA

Folsom got back on track after narrowly beating a Jesuit team that they should have crushed two weeks ago. The Bulldogs hammered Oak Ridge to set up the game everyone North of Bakersfield wanted to see all along, De La Salle. The winner will take on the winner of the St. John Bosco/Centennial game in California's Open Bowl which tries to pit the state's two best teams against one another.  

Last: Def Oak Ridge 49-17
Next: 12/14 No. 5 De La Salle (13-0)
20 (21)
Jenks (12-0) Jenks, OK

Jenks and Westmoore will play Thursday for the State Championship as their game was postponed because of severe weather in the Midlands.

Last: Def Westmoore 46-14
Next: 12/12 Tulsa Union (11-2)
21 (22)
Blue Springs (14-0) Blue Springs, MO

Rock Bridge fell to the mighty Blue Springs Wildcats just like everyone before them. Blue Springs trounced the competition in Missouri this year with no one playing the Wildcats within 17 points this year.

Last: Def Rock Bridge 35-14
Next: State Champions
22 (39)
Central Catholic (15-0) Pittsburgh, PA

Lower Dauphin was a much better team than McDowell who Central Catholic blew out two weeks ago, but you wouldn't know it by the score. The Vikings crushed Lower Dauphin to advance to the State Championship against St. Joseph Prep.        

Last: Def Lower Dauphin 45-0
Next: 12/14 St. Joseph's Prep (12-3)
23 (23)
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Mentor (13-2) Mentor, OH

We'll say this for Mentor, they play some of the most exciting games in the nation. Two weeks ago the Cardinals advanced to the Finals with a 41-38 win over St. Edward, but they fell in the Finals to No. 10 Archbishop Moeller in a thrilling 55-52 game. Mentor avenged an earlier loss to St. Ignatius by dominating the rematch 26-3 in the quarterfinals.

Last: Lost to No. 10 Archbishop Moeller 55-52
Next: State Runner-Up

24 (24)
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 (25)
Miramar (12-1) Miramar, FL

Miramar suffered a let down after trouncing undefeated Deerfield Beach the week before getting bounced by Palm Beach Gardens. Miramar had big wins in 2013 against St. Thomas Aquinas, Deerfield Beach, and Plantation among others.

Last: Lost to Palm Beach Gardens 12-10
Next: Season Over

26 (26)
Coppell (9-2) Coppell, TX

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

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

Aledo (14-0) Aledo, TX

The weather delay only delayed the inevitable as Aledo wiped out Wichita Falls on Monday. The Tigers haven't been challenged at all this season, but that changes this weekend against Ennis, by far Aledo's toughest competition to date. 

Last: Def Wichita Falls 69-14
Next: 12/14 Ennis (14-0)
28 (28)

Salpointe Catholic (14-0) Tucson, AZ

Like Mountain Pointe, Salpointe Catholic played two playoff games last week in order to claim their State Championship. The Lancers walloped Deer Valley 55-7 on Monday before hammering a good Chaparral team 46-20 in the Championship Game. Salpointe Catholic dominated their schedule like few others. The Lancers broke 40 points in every game and only two teams broke into double digits against their defense.    
Last: Def Chaparral 46-20
Next: State Champions
29 (29)
Apopka (13-1) Apopka, FL

A battle tested Apopka team was tested against Plant, but the Blue Darters still won comfortably in the end to advance to the State Championship against South Dade. South Dade knocked off Palm Beach Gardens last week 37-10.

Last: Def Plant 45-29
Next: 12/14 South Dade (13-1)
30 (33)
Dwyer (14-0) Palm Beach Gardens, FL

In a battle of unbeatens, Dwyer came out on top of East Lake in a 31-24 thriller. The Panthers now take on Niceville for the 7A State Championship. Niceville advanced to the finals after a thrilling game of their own in which they beat Osceola 31-30.

Last: Def East Lake 31-24
Next: 12/13 Niceville (13-1)
31 (32)

Mallard Creek (15-0) Charlotte, NC

Mallard Creek beat Butler earlier this season 20-7, and the Mavericks left no doubt in the rematch with a 56-14 blowout victory. Mallard Creek simply must avoid a letdown after their huge win last week to claim a State Championship against Wake Forest who has been playing tight games all year including winning the three playoff games by 11 points combined.

Last: Def Butler 56-14
Next: 12/14 Wake Forest (12-3)
32 (34)
Paramus Catholic (10-2) Paramus, NJ

Paramus Catholic claimed the New Jersey Non-Public Group 4 Championship with a grueling win over St. Peter's Prep. The Paladins advanced to the Championship game after avenging an October loss to Don Bosco Prep by beating the Ironmen in the Semi-Finals 21-20. 

Last: Def St. Peter's Prep 13-6
Next: New Jersey Non-Public Group 4 Champions
33 (30)

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
34 (31)
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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
35 (35)

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
36 (36)
North Gwinnett (13-1) Suwanee, GA

North Gwinnett continued their road show winning their fourth consecutive playoff game on the road against a hot McEachern team. Technically, the Bulldogs will be on the road again this week in the State Championship since it will be played in the Georgia Dome. The Bulldogs get Norcross who started the season in the Top 10 before getting blown out by No. 1 Washington and the very same North Gwinnett Bulldogs to start the year 1-2. Norcross has since gotten back on track, and the rematch should be much closer than the 36-17 score from game one.

Last: Def McEachern 27-21
Next: 12/14 No. 41 Norcross (12-2)

37 (37)
Spanish Fort (15-0) Spanish Fort, AL

Spanish Fort took it up a notch as the stakes increased. The Toros slugged out a Semi-Final win against Saraland, then won convincingly against Muscle Shoals to claim the State Championship in Alabama's second largest classification. This is Spanish Fort's third State Championship in the last four years.     

Last: Def Muscle Shoals 35-14
Next: State Champions
38 (38)

St. Edward (12-2) Lakewood, OH

St. Edward fell to Mentor in consecutive seasons. The two epic games had a combined score of 98-94 with Mentor coming out on top both times. St. Edward had some big wins this season including Archbishop Moeller, Glenville, and Eastern Christian Football Academy of Maryland.

Last: Lost to No. 37 Mentor 41-38
Next: Season Over
39 (41)
Maryville (15-0) Maryville, TN

Once Maryville knocked off Blackman two weeks ago in the Semi-Finals 28-16, the State Championship was merely a formality. But the Rebels still had to play it out, and play it out they did. Maryville crushed Hendersonville 44-7. Maryville claimed their third State Championship in the last four years.     

Last: Def Hendersonville 44-7
Next: State Champions
40 (42)
Trinity (11-3) Euless, TX

Two of Trinity's losses came to No. 4 DeSoto. The Trojans were playing some of their best ball at the end of the season, but it still wasn't quite enough to knock off a powerful DeSoto team. Trinity eliminated Southlake Carroll two weeks ago when the Dragons had climbed as high as No. 30 in the Top 50.

Last: Def No. 30 Carroll 42-38
Next: 12/9 No. 4 DeSoto (13-0)
41 (NR)
Norcross (12-2) Norcross, GA

Welcome back Norcross. The Blue Devils were left for dead after being humiliated by No. 1 Washington on national television to open the season. Norcross dropped a game two weeks later to another Top 50 team in North Gwinnett, but then Norcross came together and whipped off 11 straight wins. They looked much more like the team that began the season in the Top 10 returning 15+ starters. Norcross has knocked off Georgia powers Lowndes, Colquitt County, Collins Hill, and Brookwood en route to a rematch with North Gwinnett.

Last: Def Colquitt County 14-9
Next: 12/14 No. 36 North Gwinnett (13-1)
42 (46)
Griffin (14-0) Griffin, GA

The Bears may have thought the road got easier once Sandy Creek was eliminated, I know I did. But Wayne County gave Griffin all they could handle as the Bears pulled out a 25-20 win. Griffin will face Carrollton in the State Championship. Carrollton was dominated by Sandy Creek last month.

Last: Def Wayne County 25-20
Next: 12/14 Carrollton (13-1)
43 (40)
Byrnes (12-2) Duncan, SC

Like Miramar, Byrnes is another team that had a letdown at the wrong time the week after their most impressive win of the season. Dutch Fork entered the playoffs after a loss to North Augusta, but have reeled off three straight wins including ending Byrnes season.

Last: Lost to Dutch Fork 31-21
Next: Season Over
44 (47)
Valor Christian (13-1) Highlands Ranch, CO

Valor Christian won another State Championship in Colorado, and the Eagles rolled through the playoffs. Valor Christian knocked off No. 1 seed Fairview 56-16. Valor Christian's only loss on the year came to Utah State Champion Bingham in a 24-21 thriller on September 7th. The Eagles also took on Fresno Central to open the season and beat the Grizzlies convincingly 31-7.

Last: Def Fairview 56-16
Next: State Champions
45 (48)
Centreville (14-0) Clifton, VA

Oscar Smith held up their end of the bargain and so did Centreville with a 35-14 win over Westfield. With all of the watered down classifications throughout the states, we rarely see the two best teams face off in a State Championship. We'll see it in Virginia.

Last: Def Westfield 35-14
Next: 12/14 Oscar Smith (14-0)
46 (NR)
East Jefferson (14-0) Metairie, LA

The Warriors advance to the State Championship to take on Karr after they fought Neville tooth and nail for a 18-15 victory in the Semi-Finals. East Jefferson cruised through their regular season schedule, but have had to battle to the finals. They'll get their toughest battle yet against Karr this week.

Last: Def Neville 18-15
Next: 12/14 No. 16 Karr (13-1)
47 (49)
Kimberly (14-0) Kimberly, WI

With a name like Kimberly and a mascot like the Papermakers, this team had to be tough to survive. The Papermakers became State Championship takers with their 51-10 demolition of Oshkosh North in the State Championship two weeks ago. Kimberly was powerful on both sides of the ball averaging 40 points in the playoffs. The Papermakers held 10 opponents to 10 points are less including four of five in the playoffs.

Last: Def Oshkosh North 51-10
Next: State Champions
48 (50)
Hilliard Davidson (13-1) Hilliard, OH

Hilliard Davidson fell valiantly to Archbishop Moeller in a 13-11 Semi-Final loss. It was the only defeat of the season for the Wildcats who beat the likes of Wayne, Pickerington North, and Dublin Coffman among others.      

Last: Lost to Archbishop Moeller 13-11
Next: Season Over
49 (NR)
Acadiana (13-1) Lafayette, LA

Acadiana suffered an early season loss to a good Neville team, but the Rams have been on a roll ever since including their demolition of Destrehan in last week's Semi-Finals. They'll take on Parkway this week for the 5A State Championship. Parkway is a Top 50 worthy squad, and this will be a terrific game.

Last: Def Destrehan 35-7
Next: 12/14 Parkway (13-0)
50 (45)

Mater Dei (11-3) Santa Ana, CA

Mater Dei got two shots at St. John Bosco, and they came up well short both times. With wins over Long Beach Poly, Mission Viejo, and Oaks Christian among others, Mater Dei's only sin was not being able to compete with St. John Bosco. No one else in the Southern Section of California could either.

Last: Lost to No. 6 St. John Bosco 34-7
Next: Season Over

In: East Jefferson (LA), Norcross (GA),  Acadiana (LA)

Out: Serra (CA), Vista Murrieta (CA), Destrehan (LA)

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