STUDENT SPORTS FAB 50 NATIONAL FOOTBALL RANKINGS
Released Monday, Sept. 9
(Preseason ranking in parentheses)
1. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 0-0 (1)
It could be a good test for the Spartans in their first game Friday at home vs. Mitty of San Jose. Mitty won its opener last week, 46-8, over Gunderson of San Jose and is coming off a 12-1 season.
2. Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.) 1-0 (2)
The Panthers were idle last week. They visit Brookwood (Snellville) on Friday in search of 32nd straight win.
3. Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 1-0 (5)
In a warmup to the Trojans' big test this week against Tulsa Union, they cruised past Bixby, 35-7. Jenks did not play its rivals last season due to the Sept. 11 tragedy and the fact Union didn't advance into the Class 6A state finals. Jenks will take a 39-game win streak into the matchup. Against Bixby, Keith Jones ran it in from three yards out and also threw for a 27-yard score.
4. Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) 0-0 (7)
Maybe the Jackrabbits shouldn't play at all this season. They've moved up four spots in the rankings in two weeks and are now in the top five, thanks to upset losses suffered right off the bat by preseason No. 3 Evangel Christian (La.), preseason No. 4 Palm Bay (Fla.) and preseason No. 6 Ben Davis (Ind.).
5. Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.) 1-0 (8)
The Trojans scored 21 points in just four minutes late in the third quarter to pull away from city rival North Florida Christian for a 30-3 debut victory. It matched two defending state champs--Lincoln in Class 4A and NFC in Class A. Antonio Cromartie returned a kickoff 65 yards for one score. Ernie Sims led NFC with 58 yards on 15 rushes. Lincoln hosts rival Godby on Friday.
6. Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) 2-0 (6)
The Patriots won their 32nd straight game with a 33-7 romp of defending South Carolina Class 4A-I champion Spartanburg. Quarterback Chris Leak completed 20 of 43 passes for 290 yards and four TDs to break the state career yardage mark of 10,836 set by Ernest Tinnen of Burlington Cummings from 1983-86. Leak has 11,093 yards. Patriots host Butler Friday.
7. St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) 3-0 (10)
St. Edward looked unbeatable in a 56-14 win over Shaker Heights as QB Shaun Carney scored a rushing TD and passed for two more. Four straight homes games should keep St. Ed's undefeated heading into the showdown at Cleveland St. Ignatius on Oct. 12.
8. Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 2-0 (9)
The Bucs led by only 10-6 at halftime before downing Decatur, 38-6. Punter Patrick Eades booted a 71-yarder out of the end zone and averaged 56 yards for three punts. Placekicker Michael Mahon extended his conversion streak to 88 in a row. Hoover visits Pelham Friday.
9. Union (Tulsa, Okla.) 1-0 (14)
Spencer McIllwain rushed for 288 yards and two TDs and QB Jake Spavital passed for 146 yards and three scores in a 45-28 over Broken Arrow, the state's No. 3 ranked team for Class 6A. This big win means either that Jenks is in serious trouble for this Friday's game at Skelly Stadium or that Broken Arrow might not be as good as some thought.
10. St. Louis (Honolulu, Hawaii) 2-0 (13)
The Crusaders can now start focusing in on their matchup on Sept. 21 vs. No. 1 De La Salle. They took care of last week's opponent, Punahou, by 49-0 and they have a bye this week. Bobby George, the team's third-year starting quarterback, didn't play in the opener but started against Punahou and threw for 188 yards and one touchdown (9-of-15). The shutout also marks the 20th straight season in which St. Louis has blanked at least one opponent.
11. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) 0-0 (11)
Bergen Catholic opens regular-season play Saturday vs. Passaic.
12. Blue Springs (Blue Springs, Mo.) 0-0 (12)
Blue Springs held nothing back in its season opener, a 61-0 shutout of Roosevelt on Friday.
13. Westlake (Austin, Texas) 1-0 (15)
Mark Oliver completed 13-of-21 passes for 304 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-10 victory over Westwood. Westlake was playing its first game in the refurbished Chaparral Stadium, which underwent a $6 million facelift in the off-season. Next is a visit to A& M Consolidated.
14. Penn (Mishawaka, Ind.) 3-0 (16)
The Kingsmen tried hard to keep the score down -- using all 77 players, including four quarterbacks -- but they still dismantled South Bend Washington, 69-0, in winning their 111th straight conference game. Washington passed the 50-yard line just once.
15. Central Dauphin (Harrisburg, Pa.) 2-0 (17)
Mike Probst completed 13 of 22 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns as Central Dauphin rolled past State College, 41-15. The Rams scored three touchdowns and led 21-0 less than six minutes into the game. Next: at Chambersburg, Friday.
16. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) 3-0 (19)
DeQuese May, a Nike camp standout, scored four times, including three rushing, for the offense-heavy Shamrocks, in a 55-0 shutout of Jeffersontown. QB Brian Brohm added 165 yards passing and two TDs. A super showdown with state No. 3 Louisville St. Xavier looms at Papa John's Stadium on Sept. 28.
17. John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.) 1-0 (21)
The Patriots rolled out to a 28-0 halftime lead and blanked Central Lafource (Matthews) by 49-0 in their season opener. Kris Bush rushed seven times for 117 yards to pace the 350-yard ground attack. The Patriot defense sacked the quarterback eight times. John Curtis is host Thursday to Archbishop Shaw.
18. Joliet Catholic Academy (Joliet, Ill.) 2-0 (18)
A second straight shutout -- a tight 7-0 victory over Loyola -- keeps the Hilltoppers atop the Illinois rankings but the close score prevented them from moving up nationally as they could have. QB Ryan Quigley's 19-yard toss to Bob Wilkinson was the game's lone score.
19. Harding (Warren, Ohio) 3-0 (22)
The Raiders held on for a big 28-21 win over a tough Strongsville team. QB Mike Kokal tossed a 15-yard score to Tremayne Warfield with 17 seconds left for the big win. Kokal, normally a backup to senior Mike Phillips, came through on the winning 64-yard march.
20. Woodland Hills (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 2-0 (24)
Woodland Hills posted its 20th straight home victory and its 39th win in its past 40 WPIAL games with a 28-7 victory over Gateway. Mark Yezovich led the offensive charge with a pair of first-half touchdowns. Hot 100 prospect Ryan Mundy was slightly injured in the game and did not play the last 2 1/2 quarters for precautionary reasons. Next: vs. Baldwin, Friday.
21. Daphne (Daphne, Ala.) 2-0 (25)
The Trojans rushed for 326 yards and scored 25 unanswered first quarter points enroute to a 39-14 win over Pine Forest (Pensacola, Fla.). Junior Patrick White carried six times for 136 yards. Justin White gained 108 yards, including a 57-yard TD run. Daphne visits Smiths Station Friday.
22. Valdosta (Valdosta, Ga.) 1-0 (23)
The Wildcats were idle last weekend and play host Friday to Southwest Macon.
23. Humble (Humble, Texas) 1-0 (27)
Humble enjoyed a bye week before a big game with Katy, which was highly ranked in the state's preseason poll. Katy was hammered in its season opener, but that doesn't mean the Tigers won't test Humble.
24. Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos, Calif.) 0-0 (26)
The Griffins still have another few days to get ready for their first game, which will be Friday at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach against fellow Southern California powerhouse Hart of Newhall.
25. Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.) 1-0 (30)
Rashuan Grant carried 15 times for 129 yards and three TDs as Jefferson debuted with a 29-13 win over city foe Sickles. Thirteen penalties were assessed against the victors, so that will have to be cleaned up in a hurry. Jefferson visits Seffner Armwood Friday.
26. Downers Grove South (Downers Grove, Ill.) 1-0 (32)
DGS built up a 27-0 lead and cruised to a 48-6 win over Proviso West. Running backs Erick Newman (seven and six yards) and T.J. Fuller (three and six yards) each scored twice rushing. Fuller added a 41-yard TD catch on a pass from QB Mike Sharp.
27. Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.) 0-0 (28)
In its season opener, Rockhurst rolled by Blue Springs South, 34-7. Tony Temple did most of the damage with four touchdowns (5, 46, 2 and 52 yards), while Marcus Perry added a 36-yard scoring scamper.
28. Phoebus (Hampton, Va.) 1-0 (29)
Phoebus' defense held Norcom to two first downs and 49 total yards in a 51-0 rout. Sophomore Elan Lewis and Maurice Boone each had more than 100 yards rushing. The Phantoms scored 24 first-quarter points. Next: vs. Warwick, Saturday.
29. Detroit Catholic Central (Redford, Mich.) 2-0 (33)
The Shamrocks, who beat London (Ontario, Canada) Catholic Central, 44-6, might not even be the best team in their own league. Birmingham Brother Rice has also started 2-0, with huge wins over Farmington Hills Harrison and highly regarded Oxford.
30. Helix (La Mesa, Calif.) 1-0 (31)
With All-American Reggie Bush limited to just 38 yards rushing, Derrell Hutsona stepped up with 10 carries for 213 yards and three touchdowns as the Highlanders outlasted Oceanside, 43-35, in a terrific CIF San Diego Section opener. Bush did his bit, too, with a 61-yard kickoff return, a seven-yard touchdown catch and a 93-yard option touchdown pass to fellow speedster Charles Smith. Helix has another showdown looming in two weeks against Vista.
31. Washington (Massillon, Ohio) 3-0 (35)
After outscoring their last two opponents, 136-6, including Friday's 60-0 shutout of Akron Garfield, the Tigers finally face somebody their own size -- Cleveland St. Ignatius -- this week. The Tigers have been winning without injured All-American LB Shawn Crable and Tony Graves, but both are expected back for the showdown.
32. Ryan (Denton, Texas) 0-0 (33)
Ryan scored on four of its first five possessions in a 51-22 victory over Fort Worth Dunbar. James Battle passed for 239 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 76 yards and one score. The win sets up a huge showdown at FAB 50 Ennis on Friday.
33. Richmond County (Rockingham, N.C.) 2-0 (39)
The Raiders overpowered Roxboro Person by 48-7 as Marcus Rush carried 18 times for 173 yards and three TDs. Quarterback Jamar Bryant rushed seven times for 105 yards and completed four of eight passes for 51 yards. Richmond visits Purnell Swett Friday.
34. Warren Central (Indianapolis, Ind.) 3-0 (nr)
Midwest No. 10 Warren Central might have pulled off the biggest win in school history with a 17-14 overtime win over defending Class 5A state champion Indianapolis Ben Davis. Caleb Ramirez kicked a 23-yarder in OT to win it in front of 10,000 fans and many more watching college football on ESPN, which was cutting to highlights of the game. Jenkins Reese made the defensive play of the game, intercepting a Giant pass deep in his territory with 30 seconds left in regulation.
35. Edgewater (Orlando, Fla.) 1-0 (nr)
Edgewater, ranked No. 1 preseason in the state Class 6A ratings, stunned highly-ranked Palm Bay (Melbourne) by 17-10 in overtime of a season opener. Elroy Harris Jr. ran 10 yards for the deciding touchdown in the extra period. Edgewater visits University (Orlando) Friday.
36. Providence Catholic (New Lenox, Ill.) 2-0 (36)
The Celtics once again rode Clay Cleveland to a 23-0 shutout of Chicago De La Salle. Cleveland finished with 171 yards, including a 54-yard TD, on 29 carries.
37. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 0-0 (37)
The Huskies will open up this weekend against Westwood of Mesa.
38. Ennis (Ennis, Texas) 1-0 (38)
Ennis geared up for the Ryan (Denton) clash with a tight 21-16 win over Waxahachie, its 28th straight victory. Frank Gutierrez, the only returning defensive starter, recovered a fumble late in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
39. Palm Bay (Melbourne, Fla.) 0-1 (4)
The Pirates returned from their season-opening trip to Orlando with a 17-10 overtime loss to Edgewater. Reggie Nelson was stopped short of a game-tying score on fourth down of the extra period. Palm Bay travels to Miami Carol City Friday.
40. Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.) 0-0 (40)
The Cubs start their season Friday on the road against Hawthorne, which was 4-6 a year ago but reportedly will be vastly improved in 2002.
41. Red Mountain (Mesa, Ariz.) 0-0 (41)
The first game this week against Mountain Pointe will be nice, but all eyes in AZ are on the following week's schedule when the Mountain Lions will play Desert Vista, the Arizona Republic's No. 1 team. We decided not to change our rankings to match the Republic's since the two are playing so early in the season and the order can be decided the way it should be -- on the field.
42. West Monroe (West Monroe, La.) 1-0 (42)
The Rebel defense held Sulphur to 23 total offense yards, including four quarterback sacks, in a 25-14 season-opening victory over Sulphur. Chad Cook ran for 130 yards and one TD for the victors. West Monroe visits Lake Charles Westside Friday.
43. Miami Central (Miami, Fla.) 1-0 (nr)
Arlington Highsmith returned two fumbles for touchdowns as the state's No. 1 ranked Class 6A team blanked city rival Killian, 32-0. Central visits Hialeah American Saturday.
44. Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) 3-0 (44)
Spike McDaniel rushed 14 times for 80 yards and four TDs as the Warriors overpowered Lebanon, 52-14, after vaulting out to a 35-7 halftime lead. Quarterback Stephen Britton completed 12 of 17 passes for 212 yards and one TD. Riverdale visits Lincoln County Friday.
45. Bethel (Spanaway, Wash.) 0-0 (43)
Highly-regarded quarterback Johnny DuRocher and his mates will start this week with a matchup vs. Tacoma Curtis.
46. Bethlehem Catholic (Bethlehem, Pa.) 2-0 (46)
Adam Bednarik completed 11 of 15 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns in BeCa Hi's 40-6 victory over Whitehall. Before the game, BeCa honored Tony Cocca, a former BeCa coach who is now on the Whitehall staff. Next: at Archbishop Carroll, Saturday.
47. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) 0-0 (48)
Don Bosco opens regular-season play Saturday vs. Ridgewood.
48. Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) 2-0 (49)
Gilman has now laid waste to Maryland's two longest winning streaks entering the 2002 season. The Greyhounds used the legs of quarterback Ambrose Wooden to ride out a 41-6 victory over Urbana, ending the Hawks' 50-game win streak. Wooden finished with 199 rushing yards and touchdowns of 66, 6 and 78 yards. Only six days earlier, Gilman had ended DeMatha's 22-game undefeated streak. Next: at St. Paul's, Friday.
49. Sheldon (Eugene, Ore.) 2-0 (50)
Alex Brink passed for more than 300 yards for the second straight week as the Irish knocked off rival Churchill, 44-19. Brink completed 17 of 26 passes, three of which went for touchdowns. He also scored twice himself on short runs.
50. Mullen (Denver, Colo.) 2-0 (nr)
It will be the first big game of the year in Colorado when the Mustangs meet defending Class 5A state champ Chatfield on Thursday. Mullen won its second game, 58-9, over Regis as junior quarterback Conor Rauschelbach completed seven of 17 passes for 199 yards and four touchdowns while running back Shurrod Maxey rushed for 182 yards and one score.
DROPPED OUT: Previous No. 3 Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.); No. 20 Marlboro County (Bennettsville, S.C.); No. 44 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); No. 45 Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.).