FAB 50 Weekend Headlines

October, 23, 2008

There are a number of key battles on the slate this weekend as regular-season play begins to wind down in many states and the playoffs have started for two FAB 50 teams, No. 40 Cretin-Derham Hall (Minn.) and No. 46 Center Grove (Ind.).

Game of the week
No. 5 Byrnes (8-0) at Dorman (8-0), 7:30 ET Saturday
This will be a battle of undefeated South Carolina teams, as the No. 5 Rebels visit the surging Cavaliers. Byrnes, the defending AAAA state champions, defeated Dorman twice last fall and has won seven straight in the series overall.

Some 13,000 fans are expected to attend this battle, which has been moved from Friday night to Saturday night. According to The Greenville Times, the game time was changed in hopes of avoiding some wet weather.

A soggy field might benefit Dorman, who relies heavily on its running game, but otherwise Byrnes likely has too much balance and speed for the Cavs.

• Jason Gilmer of The Spartanburg Herald-Journal, examines the national attention that this matchup is drawing. "You could make a strong case that this is the biggest game in the history of Dorman High School," Dorman athletic director Flynn Harrell said.

• More from Gilmer in this video breakdown of the matchup, courtesy of www.brightcove.tv.

Potential FAB 50 Roadblocks
• No. 4 Gateway (8-0) vs. McKeesport (6-1): McKeesport, its only loss coming to then FAB 50-ranked Cincinnati Colerain in the season opener, played Gateway tough a year ago (a 17-6 Gateway win), and should have the Gators' attention. The flexbone, run-heavy offense that the McKeesport runs should get some yards on the ground, as Erie McDowell had some success against Gateway two weeks ago, but look for Gateway to have too much on offense for McKeesport to contend with.

• No. 18 St. Ignatius (8-1) vs. St. Edward (6-3): Whenever these two rivals hookup in "The Holy War" a lot is on the line, especially this year, as St. Edward is backed into a corner and probably needs a win to qualify for the state playoffs. Both teams are coming off tough games against Cincinnati teams, as Ignatius topped St. Xavier in overtime while St. Edward lost to Moeller, 33-29. Ignatius ended St. Edward's season last fall with a 19-14 win in the regular season finale, and would like nothing more than to keep them at home for the playoffs a second straight year.

• No. 33 Good Counsel, MD (7-0) vs. St. John's, D.C. (6-1): Good Counsel is on a serious roll, but will definitely be on guard against the Cadets this weekend. St. John's, who's had to play every game on the road this year due to field turf being installed at their home field, topped Good Counsel a year ago in the regular season, 14-11, before the Falcons exacted revenge in the playoffs.

• No. 43 Peoria Centennial (7-0) at Westview (7-0): This should be Centennial's toughest test this fall. Westview is undefeated and looking for revenge, as the Knights fell to Centennial in both the regular season and 5-A state championship game last year.

• No. 48 East Grand Rapids (8-0) at Lowell (8-0): This game has been a battle for Western Michigan superiority for the past six years and fits that bill again this fall. The two teams have won a combined six state titles over the past eight years and have only lost seven games combined over that span. The contest is a great contrast in styles as well, with East Grand Rapids' physicality going up against Lowell's wide-open spread. The scales could be tipped in Lowell's favor with the home-field advantage, as the homestanding team has won this game the past six years. More from Mlive.com.

FAB 50 Scoreboard

No. 40 Cretin-Derham Hall (9-0) 35, Hastings (1-8) 7

No. 25 Arrowhead (9-0) 37, Pius XI (2-7) 23

No. 17 Phoebus (8-0) vs. Kecoughtan (4-4)

No. 1 Euless Trinity (7-0) at Grapevine (0-7)
No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas (6-0) vs. South Broward (3-4)
No. 3 Lowndes (7-0) vs. Houston County (3-4)
No. 4 Gateway (8-0) vs. McKeesport (6-1)
No. 5 Byrnes (8-0) at Dorman (8-0)
No. 6 Long Beach Poly (6-0) vs. Wilson (4-3)
No. 7 Armwood (7-0) at Hillsborough (5-2)
No. 8 Oscar Smith (8-0) at Deep Creek (2-7)
No. 9 Glenville (9-0) vs. Cleveland East (0-9)
No. 11 St. Xavier (6-0) at Pleasure Ridge Park (3-3)
No. 12 Camden County (7-0) vs. Jenkins (1-6)
No. 13 South Panola (8-0) vs. Southaven (6-2)
No. 14 Skyline (7-0) vs. Redmond (1-6)
No. 15 Corona Centennial (6-0) vs. Riverside Poly (4-2)
No. 16 Lakeland (6-0) vs. Jenkins (3-4)
No. 19 Bellarmine Prep (6-0) vs. San Mateo Serra (3-3)
No. 21 Elder (8-1) vs. Western Hills (4-5)
No. 22 North Shore (5-0) vs. Baytown Sterling (5-1)
No. 24 Permian (7-0) vs. Coronado (4-3)
No. 26 Stone Bridge (8-0) at Jefferson (2-5)
No. 28 De La Salle (5-1) at Amador Valley (3-3)
No. 29 Plant (5-1) at Leto (2-5)
No. 30 North Penn (8-0) at Hatboro-Horsham (4-4)
No. 31 John Curtis (6-1) vs. McDonogh (3-3)
No. 32 Abilene (7-0) vs. Haltom (2-6)
No. 33 Good Counsel, Md. (7-0) vs. St. John's, D.C. (6-1)
No. 34 Maine South (8-0) vs. Niles West (3-5)
No. 35 The Woodlands (6-0) vs. Conroe (5-1)
No. 36 Allen (6-1) vs. Dallas Jesuit (2-5)
No. 37 Oceanside (6-0) vs. Mt. Carmel (3-4)
No. 38 Madison County (5-0) at Fort White (6-1)
No. 39 St. Bonaventure (5-1) at Ventura (3-3)
No. 41 Tulsa Union (6-1) vs. Ponca City (2-5)
No. 42 South Pointe (8-0) vs. Blythewood (4-3)
No. 43 Peoria Centennial (7-0) at Westview (7-0)
No. 44 Northside (6-1) vs. Tift County (5-2)
No. 45 Rockhurst (7-1) vs. Lee's Summit North (3-5)
No. 46 Center Grove (8-1) vs. South Vigo (3-6)
No. 47 Independence (7-0) vs. Weddington (0-8)
No. 48 East Grand Rapids (8-0) at Lowell (8-0)
No. 49 Jenks (6-1) vs. Bartlesville (4-3)
No. 50 Bellevue (7-0) vs. Liberty (6-1)

No. 18 St. Ignatius (8-1) vs. St. Edward (6-3)
No. 23 Don Bosco Prep (4-1) at Ridgewood (4-1)
No. 40 Cretin-Derham Hall (9-0) vs. Tartan (6-3)

No. 10 Lake Travis (8-0) Next: vs. Dripping Springs (Oct. 31)
No. 20 Maryville (9-0) Next: at Lenoir City (Oct. 31)
No. 27 Prattville (7-1) Next: vs. Central (Oct. 31)

Other notes
• This is the final weekend of the regular season in many states, including Michigan. The MHSAA will have a "Selection Sunday" show on regional TV to announce the playoff brackets, something that surely will become more popular around the country in the near future. The ESPN RISE Football Blog will feature the brackets of all the state playoffs as they come out over the next few weeks. See more about the announcement from The Holland Sentinel.

• Jeff Dellenbach, a 16-year NFL vet, is making a difference as the head coach at North Broward Prep, reports Mike Phillips of The Miami Herald. There's no question that being a former NFL player carries a certain cachet with the high school athlete, but it's clear by reading this piece that Dellenbach is doing a lot more than just showing up. Kudos to him, and hopefully more NFL vets with a passion for the game can help change kids' lives.

• Charlotte Independence is the only North Carolina team in the current FAB 50, but for a look at some of the other top squads in the Tar Heel State, checkout the latest AP state rankings.

Three Silsbee High (Texas) football players have been charged with raping a cheerleader at a postgame party, reports The Dallas Morning News.



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