Scout Top 50 Week 17
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Posted Dec 16, 2013
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There's one more week to go in the High School Football season around the country. Here is a look at the Top 50 High School Football Teams in the Nation in the Scout Top 50.

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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 (15-0) Allen, TX

No. 2 vs. No. 4 lived up to the hype as Allen and DeSoto played an instant classic in a National Championship caliber game that was merely a Semi-Final matchup in Texas. Allen hadn't been used to playing from behind this year, but showed the heart of a champion to erase a 14 point deficit in the fourth quarter to end DeSoto's season.

Last: Def No. 4 DeSoto 42-35
Next: 12/21 Pearland (14-1)
3 (3)
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Miami Central (13-1) Miami, FL

Miami Central lost early to No. 1 Booker T. Washington in a tight game, but the Rockets left little doubt who was the best team in their classification as Central stomped previously unbeaten Armwood 52-7 to claim the 4A State Championship and prove they still belong in the Top 5.   

Last: Def Armwood 52-7
Next
: State Champions
4 (4)
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DeSoto (14-1) De Soto, TX

When DeSoto took a 35-20 lead over No. 2 Allen with less than nine minutes left to play, the Eagles had to like their chances. It wasn't meant to be for the 2013 squad though as Allen staged a furious comeback to knock out DeSoto. The Eagles played one of the toughest schedules in the country with wins over Tulsa Union (OK), Euless Trinity (twice), Coppell, and Cedar Hill among others. 


Last
: Lost to No. 2 Allen 42-35
Next: Season Over

5 (5)
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De La Salle (14-0) Concord, CA

The time to get De La Salle is early. After 13 games, the Spartans new players have fit into the De La Salle cog and start rolling their competition. Folsom is good, real good, and the Spartans did what the Spartans do in December, run over, around, and through their opponents with machine like efficiency. The Spartans will face their toughest test of the year in No. 6 St. John Bosco on Saturday. De La Salle has crushed their SoCal opponent in recent years in California's Open Bowl, but Bosco is maybe the best SoCal team of the last five years. 

Last: Def No. 19 Folsom 49-17
Next: 12/21 No. 6 St. John Bosco 15-0
6 (6)
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St. John Bosco (15-0) Bellflower, CA

Bosco jumped on Centennial early, threatening to blow the game open, but the Braves found themselves tied 21-21 at halftime. Bosco has been in tight games at half before. Four minutes into the second half, it was 42-21 after a flurry of Bosco scores, and the game was essentially over. Even with a big lead, the Braves faced a Husky team that wouldn't quit, and that experience will bode well this weekend against a relentless De La Salle team.

Last: Def Centennial 70-49
Next: 12/21 No. 5 De La Salle (14-0)

7 (7)
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Katy (15-0) Katy, TX

Katy was supposed to face their toughest test of the season against Johnson last week, and maybe they did. One wouldn't know it by looking at the score though. Now Katy must take on Cedar Hill whose only two losses of the year came against No. 2 Allen and No. 4 DeSoto, so Katy knows they'll be in for a fight this weekend.

Last: Def Johnson 50-0
Next: 12/21 Cedar Hill (13-2)
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)
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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 (10)
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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 (11)
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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 (12)
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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 (13)
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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 (46)
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East Jefferson (15-0) Metairie, LA

East Jefferson capped off an impressive unbeaten season with an impressive win over then No. 16 Edna Karr. It was considered an upset at the time, but maybe it shouldn't have been as the Warriors were impressive all season, especially on defense. In one 10 game stretch this year East Jefferson only gave up 15 total points.

Last: Def No. 16 Karr 38-28
Next: State Champions
15 (17)
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John Curtis (10-2) River Ridge, LA

Curtis ran a gauntlet of a schedule through the middle of the season facing Karr, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), and East St. John. Once the Patriots cleared those four games, it was easy sailing the rest of the way through including a 32-0 win over University Lab to claim another State Championship.

Last: Def University Lab 32-0
Next: 12/12 State Champions
16 (45)
Centreville Football Logo
Centreville (15-0) Clifton, VA

With their convincing win over Oscar Smith, Centreville left little doubt who the top team in Virginia was in the 2013 season. Centreville won all of their playoff games in similar convincing fashion, winning all five by at least 20 points including the 35-6 win over Oscar Smith to claim the State Championship. With their two leading rushers coming back next season, this may be the start of more things to come for the Wildcats.

Last: Def Oscar Smith 35-6
Next: State Champions
17 (30)
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Dwyer (15-0) Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Dwyer capped off an unbeaten season to claim their second State Championship with a convincing win over Niceville. Dwyer took the lead late in the third quarter and never looked back. Running back Alonzo Smith helped power the Panthers to their first unbeaten season with 219 yards and two touchdowns in the State Championship Game.

Last: Def Niceville 55-33
Next: State Champions
18 (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
19 (18)
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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
20 (20)
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Jenks (13-0) 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 Union 38-22
Next: State Champions
21 (21)
Blue Springs Football Logo Helmet
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 (19)
Folsom Football Helmet Logo
Folsom (14-1) Folsom, CA

Folsom probably felt pretty good about their chances against De La Salle. Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. The Spartans jumped on Folsom early and often and cruised to a 42-17 win. That game takes little away from Folsom who had a terrific year. They're not the first nationally ranked team to get stomped by De La Salle in September.  

Last: Lost to No. 5 De La Salle 42-17
Next: Season Over
23 (23)
Mentor Football Logo
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 Logo
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)
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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 Logo
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 Logo
Aledo (15-0) Aledo, TX

Ennis stayed with Aledo for a half, but the Bearcats pulled away in the second half to win comfortably. It likely did Aledo some good to play into the second half, something they haven't had much of a chance to do this year. They'll take on Brenham this weekend who lost their opener and haven't lost since.   

Last: Def Ennis 29-6
Next: 12/21 Brenham (14-1)
28 (28)
Salpointe Catholic Helmet Logo
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 (41)
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Norcross (12-2) Norcross, GA

The last time, and maybe the only time fans remember Norcross was the opening game of the season when the Blue Devils weren't just humbled, they were humiliated by No. 1 Booker T. Washington 55-0 on National television. Two weeks later, Norcross was beaten by North Gwinnett. After some soul searching, the team that began the season in the Top 10 finally emerged, and Norcross claimed back to back State Championships in Georgia's largest classification.

Last: Def No. 36 North Gwinnett 31-14
Next: State Champions
30 (31)
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Mallard Creek (16-0) Charlotte, NC

Mallard Creek laid waste to anyone who stood in their path this season. No one played the Mavericks under 17 points since August, and Mallard Creek's average margin of victory in the playoffs was nearly 40 points.

Last: Def Wake Forest 59-21
Next: State Champions
31 (32)
Paramus Catholic Helmet Logo
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
32 (33)
Dematha Logo
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 (34)
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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
34 (35)
Bingham Miners Football
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
35 (NR)
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Acadiana (14-1) Lafayette, LA

Acadiana and Parkway scheduled a football game and a basketball game broke out. Acadiana had set the 5A Championship rushing record by halftime. The 41 points were a little misleading as Parkway went to the onside kick early and converted twice as they trailed big early in the game. 

Last: Def Parkway 77-41
Next: State Champions
36 (37)
Spanish Fort Football Logo
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
37 (38)
St. Edward Logo
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
38 (39)
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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
39 (NR)
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Cedar Hill (13-2) Cedar Hill, TX

For all we know, Cedar Hill may be the third best team in the country. The Longhorns' only two losses of the year have come to Top 5 opponents in No. 2 Allen and No. 4 DeSoto.  Cedar Hill has since beaten the likes of Lake Travis, Cooper, Denton Ryan, and Hebron. Cedar Hill will get another chance at the Top 10 this week as they take on No. 7 Katy.     

Last: Def Lake Travis 19-10
Next: No. 7 Katy (15-0)
40 (40)
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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: Lost to No. 4 DeSoto 48-41
Next: Season Over
41 (42)
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Griffin (15-0) Griffin, GA

Once the Bears knocked off Sandy Creek, the rest of the season looked like a formality. It wasn't that easy of course, but Griffin took care of Carrollton to win their State Championship.

Last: Def Carrollton 56-35
Next: State Champions
42 (43)
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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
43 (44)
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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
44 (NR)
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Buford (15-0) Buford, GA

The Wolves are no stranger to the Top 50, and they're no stranger to State Championships. They keep moving up in Classifications (they're schedule to move up again next year), and they keep beating anyone put in front of them. This season marks Buford's sixth State Championship in two years, and they've won the Championship both years that they've been elevated to 3A in Georgia.

Last: Def Washington County 35-19
Next: State Champions
45 (16)
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Karr (12-2) New Orleans, LA

Karr had been in some battles this year, so they were tested against East Jefferson, the Cougars were just beaten by a talented and undefeated East Jefferson squad. Karr faces a big rebuilding job in 2014. All-World athlete Speedy Noil will be tough to replace.

Last: Lost to East Jefferson 38-28
Next: Season Over
46 (47)
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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
47 (48)
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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
48 (14)
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Oscar Smith (14-1) Chesapeake, VA

It's tough to tell if Oscar Smith's easy schedule played a part in their loss to a battle tested Centreville, or if Centreville was just that much better than the Tigers. Oscar Smith had a terrific season, but they weren't up to the challenge in the State Championship Game.

Last: Lost to Centreville 35-6
Next: Season Over
49 (NR)
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Pearland (14-1) Pearland, TX

Pearland knocked Lamar out of the Top 50 several weeks ago, and the Oilers have proven they're no fluke as they've advanced to the State Championship. They'll need to hope that Allen is still celebrating their win over DeSoto.

Last: Def Madison 38-34
Next: 12/21 No. 2 Allen (15-0)

50 (36)
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North Gwinnett (13-2) Suwanee, GA

North Gwinnett got Norcross early in the season when the Blue Devils may have come into the season a little complacent after a State Championship. But the road weary Bulldogs, who didn't play a home playoff game this year, fell to the Norcross team who started the season in the Top 10.

Last: Lost to Norcross 31-14
Next: Season Over

In: Buford (GA), Cedar Hill (TX). Pearland (TX)

Out: Apopka (FL), Central Catholic (PA), Mater Dei (CA)



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