Our favorite moment of Saturday’s titanic clash between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama is going to come if sophomore running back Eddie Lacy of Alabama breaks into the clear and up comes sophomore strong safety Eric Reid of the Tigers to try to stop him.
Lacy and Reid are former teammates at Dutchtown (Geismar, La.), a program that has continued to thrive after those two graduated and currently sits at No. 38 in this week’s POWERADE FAB 50.
Four players on Alabama’s roster, including All-SEC center William Vlachos, are from Mountain Brook (Mountain Brook, Ala.), which moved up to No. 40 in this week’s FAB 50. The other three former Spartans playing in Tuscaloosa are offensive linemen Tyler Love and Wilson Love and freshman quarterback Morgan Ogilvie.
The Crimson Tide also feature two players on their roster who were members of the 2008 FAB 50 national championship squad at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). Junior wide receiver Duron Carter, the son of ESPN NFL analyst Cris Carter, is redshirting this season. Sophomore receiver Nick Williams is listed, but has not seen action.
For LSU, three players on the roster are from West Monroe (West Monroe, La.), which was No. 48 in last year’s final FAB 50. The best of those three is starting offensive lineman Will Blackwell. The other two are freshmen Paul Turner, a defensive back, and Jordan Allen, a defensive end.
Two Tigers from current FAB 50 ranked schools are freshman quarterback Jerrard Randall of No. 12 Miramar (Miramar, Fla.) and freshman offensive lineman Evan Washington of No. 25 DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas).
FAB 50 SPOTLIGHT PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Quinshad Davis, Gaffney (Gaffney, S.C.)
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound wide receiver has been one of the main offensive weapons for the explosive Indians, who average 52.4 points a game and have moved up to No. 22 in the FAB 50.
Davis has been a favorite target of quarterback Joey Copeland as the Indians have reeled off 10 straight wins entering this Friday's regular season finale trip to Spartanburg (Spartanburg, S.C.).
In the last two wins over Lancaster (Lancaster, S.C.) and Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.), Davis totaled 18 receptions for 399 yards and five scores in less than six quarters. That upped his season totals to 68 catches for 1,374 yards and 19 touchdowns.
The college prospect with a 4.1 grade point average is considering his college options, which seem to be growing each week.
HIGHEST RISING NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
No. 46 Colerain (Colerain, Ohio)
The Cardinals return to the FAB 50 as the post-season playoffs start this week in the Buckeye State.
Colerain has won its last seven starts since dropping its only game 17-14 to city rival St. Xavier (Cincinnati). The victims have included two other Division 1 playoff teams -- 9-1 record Middletown (Middletown, Ohio) and 7-3 Mason (Mason, Ohio).
The Cardinals' ground-oriented offense is led by 6-foot, 185-pound junior running back Jackson Sorn, who has 914 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 138 carries.
The top defender is 6-foot, 220-pound senior linebacker Jake Blust. He has recorded 60 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks.
Colerain's first state playoff opponent Saturday night is 8-2 Walnut Hills, another Cincinnati foe.
LOOKING AHEAD: Allen’s road probably won't include Katy
After completing its regular-season schedule this weekend with a matchup against district rival Flower Mound (Flower Mound, Texas), the playoff road for FAB 50 No. 3 Allen (Allen, Texas) looks like it could be tough, but likely won't include a titanic matchup against No. 4 Katy (Katy, Texas).
The Eagles have certainly had a series of tough tests against their previous district opponents, including last-minute triumphs over Hebron (Carrollton, Texas)), Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) and Plano East (Plano, Texas).
It can be complicated to look ahead to potential matchups in the Texas playoffs before the regular season ends, but it does look probable that in Allen’s second game it will have to face No. 8 Euless Trinity (Euless, Texas) in a Division I area playoff rematch of last year’s second-round game that resulted in an epic 37-35 win for Trinity before an estimated 40,000 fans at Cowboys Stadium.
If the Eagles get to the state final, it looks like their opponent in the Class 5A Division I state final will not be No. 4 Katy (Katy, Texas). According to research by Randy Jennings of ESPNDallas.com and the main compiler of our Texas top 25 overall rankings, Katy's enrollment compared to other playoff-qualifying teams in its district is going to put the Tigers in Class 5A Division II instead of Division I. The debate between the two therefore may not ever be solved if both finish unbeaten and win state titles.