Inside the FAB 50: Hamilton's QB leads the way

Although the Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) football team was not able to move up in this week’s FAB 50, remaining at No. 19, the Huskies did move up on another list as they now claim the longest active winning streak in the nation.

Hamilton has been fueled for much of the season by quarterback Blake Kemp, who had another strong outing last weekend and has been chosen as this week’s POWERADE FAB 50 Spotlight Player of the Week.

Hamilton extended its win streak to 49 games with a 44-14 triumph against Basha (Chandler, Ariz.). That streak became the nation’s longest when previous FAB 50 ranked Phoebus (Hampton, Va.) had its win streak snapped at 52 by Woodside (Newport News, Va.).

Kemp sparked the offense against Basha with 241 yards passing and two touchdowns. He also scored once himself on the ground.

It’s the type of outing that has been critical for Hamilton to keep winning, especially since Kemp has replaced graduated standout Kyren Poe. The 6-foot-2, 204-pound senior is nearing 2,000 yards passing for the season with 1,816 and also has accounted for 15 touchdowns.


There are three teams in this week’s FAB 50 in football that also appeared in the preseason FAB 50 for boys basketball, which were released last week.

Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) leads the pack as the Gaels are starting out in boys hoops in the same No. 7 slot that they’ve settled into for football.

Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) is even higher than Bishop Gorman in football at No. 5, but the Shamrocks just made it in basketball with a preseason No. 50 ranking.

The third team is De La Salle (Concord, Calif.). The Spartans are No. 24 in football this week and were slotted at No. 35 for preseason basketball.

FAB 50 football No. 25 DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas) doesn’t have a boys hoops counterpart that was in the preseason FAB 50, but the Eagles were No. 10 in the preseason Midlands Region rankings.

It’s also notable that No. 25 preseason boys hoops team Lone Peak (Highland, Utah) is starting the Utah state football playoffs at 10-0 and is No. 14 in this week’s West Region rankings.


No. 46 Centreville (Clifton, Va.)

The Wildcats join the FAB 50 for the first time this week, but may not have long to savor the accomplishment. Centreville tackles unbeaten Concorde League rival Westfield (Chantilly, Va.) Friday night in a late-season showdown between two of the state's top-ranked teams.

Centreville took over the top Virginia ranking, and gained a FAB 50 spot, when three-time defending Class AAA champion Phoebus (Hampton, Va.) had its record 52-game win streak halted by Woodside (Newport News, Va.) last week.

Centreville's offense has scored at least 38 points in the last seven games but Westfield's defense hasn't allowed more than 14 points in eight wins. The Wildcat attack is anchored by senior quarterback Mitch Ferrick and junior running back Marcel Smith. Ferrick has passed for 776 yards and 12 scores while Smith has rushed for 983 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The Wildcat defense is anchored by the team's top college prospect in senior end Ken Ekanem (6-3, 230), who also doubles as a tight end on offense. He's been offered by several Division 1 colleges.


When teams exit the FAB 50 rankings, it may not be a permanent situation. In fact, several teams have lost games to force an exit but have returned to the national rankings with a major win or a turnaround later in their seasons.

For example, defending Ohio Division 1 champion St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) returned to the list this week at No. 48 after knocking off previous FAB 50 member Moeller (Cincinnati). St. Edward dropped out after suffering back-to-back setbacks to FAB 50 No. 1 Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.) and No. 40 St. Xavier (Cincinnati).

Other teams that have returned to the FAB 50 this season include No. 49 Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.); No. 31 Gilman (Baltimore); No. 32 Butler (Matthews, N.C.), and No. 45 Miami Central (Miami, Fla.).

Among other teams that have been knocked out of the FAB 50 this season that seem to have good chances to return include Detroit Catholic Central (Novi, Mich.); Tulsa Union (Tulsa, Okla.); Jenks (Jenks, Okla.); Centennial (Corona, Calif.); Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.); Colerain (Cincinnati); Daphne (Daphne, Ala.); and Hoover (Hoover, Ala.).