2007 High School Rankings: Week 2
The ESPN HIGH Elite 25 high school football rankings have a new look in the top five after No. 1 Northwestern (Miami) pulled away from then-No. 2 Carroll (Southlake, Texas) in the second half. Despite the 29-21 loss, Carroll drops only five spots.
Northwestern enters a bye week and returns to action Sept. 28 against Miami Southridge. Two teams debut in the ESPN 25 -- No. 23 Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and No. 25 Liberty (Bethlehem, Pa.). Notre Dame travels to defending sectional champion Birmingham (Lake Balboa) for a nationally televised game Thursday on ESPN2, while Liberty is Eastern Pennsylvania's top-ranked Class AAAA team.
It was a short stay in the rankings for Midwest powers Elder (Cincinnati) and St. Rita (Chicago), both of whom dropped out after one week following losses.
|ESPN HIGH Elite 25 High School Football Rankings|
|RANK (PREV. RANK)||TEAM||RECORD||COMMENT|
|1 (1)||Northwestern, Miami||3-0||Defeated then-No. 2 Carroll, 29-21. Miami-bound QB Jacory Harris threw for 280 yards and four TDs, including a 75-yarder to Tommy Streeter (three TDs, 140 yards) to make it 27-21 in the third quarter. Had 358 yards of offense against Texas' three-time defending Class 5A, Division I champions in Dallas.
Next: Sept. 28 at Miami Southridge.
|2 (3)||Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif.||2-0||Defeated American Fork (Utah), 50-32. Junior QB Matt Barkley completed 28 of 39 passes for a season-high 435 yards and five TDs, including a pair to WR Ryan Mumma. WR Carlos Valdes had 207 yards receiving and a 78-yard TD.
Next: Friday at Cabrillo (Long Beach).
|3 (4)||St. Xavier, Cincinnati||4-0||Defeated Trinity (Louisville), 47-31. Trailing Kentucky's top-ranked Class 6A team, 24-13, the Bombers rallied as QB John Hurley threw a key 45-yard TD to Danny Milligan, touching off a spree of 28 unanswered points. RB Luca Romeo rushed for a career-high 135 yards and three TDs on 21 carries.
Next: Friday vs. Bishop Chatard (Indianapolis).
|4 (5)||South Panola, Batesville, Miss.||3-0||Defeated Grenada, 41-13, for its nation's best 63rd consecutive win. According to the National High School Record Book, the Tigers win streak is 10th all-time. RB Darius Barksdale ran for two TDs and QB David Renfroe passed for two scores. DB Bud Barksdale returned an interception 70 yards for a TD.
Next: Friday vs. Trezevant (Memphis).
|5 (6)||Booker T. Washington, Miami||1-0||Idle. Looking to play its first regulation game in nearly four weeks after two bye weeks and another nondistrict game against Miami Central was suspended by lightning and won't be completed.
Next: Thursday at Fort Lauderdale High.
|6 (7)||Katy, Texas||2-0||Idle.
Next: Friday at A&M Consolidated (College Station).
|7 (2)||Carroll, Southlake, Texas||1-1||Lost to No. 1 Northwestern, 29-21, halting a four-year win streak at 49 games. The Dragons equaled the Texas large-school record for consecutive wins with Abilene, set from 1954-57. QB Riley Dodge threw for 216 yards and two TDs and LB Derek Tomlin returned a fumble 30 yards for a score.
Next: Friday at Rockwall.
|8 (8)||Pahokee, Fla.||3-0||Defeated Palm Beach Lakes (West Palm Beach), 46-13. Florida-bound RB Janoris Jenkins scored three TDs and QB Anthony Sheppard completed 9 of 14 passes for 158 yards and a TD and ran for another score.
Next: Friday at Jupiter
|9 (9)||John Curtis Christian, River Ridge, La.||3-0||Defeated Salmen (Slidell), 28-12. A solid defense forced four turnovers and LB Walker Ashburn recovered a fumble in the end zone for a TD.
Next: Friday at Longview (Texas).
|10 (10)||Maryville, Tenn.||3-0||Defeated Heritage (Maryville), 42-6. The potent offense has averaged nearly 40 points in three victories.
Next: Friday vs. Powell.
|11 (11)||St. Bonaventure, Ventura, Calif.||3-0||Defeated Canyon (Canyon Country), 28-17. ESPN 150 RB Darrell Scott ran for a season-high 297 yards and four TDs, including an 88-yard bolt on the first play from scrimmage.
Next: Friday vs. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village).
|12 (12)||Colerain, Cincinnati||4-0||Defeated Mason, 35-14, for its 52nd straight league win. Eastern Michigan-bound RB Dominique Sherrer ran for 155 yards and three TDs, helping Colerain build a 35-0 lead. QB Doug Reynolds completed 11 of 14 passes for 184 yards, including a 48-yarder to Ravelle Sadler.
Next: Friday vs. Middletown.
|13 (13)||Northside, Warner Robins, Ga.||3-0||Defeated North Clayton (College Park), 42-6, for its 18th consecutive win. RB Tijuan Green rushed for 167 yards and four TDs on 23 carries. Green scored on runs of 1, 2, 8 and 11 yards as Northside led 28-6 at halftime.
Next: Thursday vs. Jones County (Gray).
|14 (14)||De La Salle, Concord, Calif.||2-0||Defeated Loyola (Los Angeles), 55-14. QB Mike MacGillivray completed all five passes for 208 yards and four TDs, including scoring strikes of 21 and 66 yards to Mike Czyz. DLS led 41-0 at halftime and scored again in the third when Kylan Butler took a screen pass 80 yards for a score.
Next: Saturday vs. Palma (Salinas).
|15 (15)||Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio||4-0||Defeated Warren G. Harding (Warren), 49-0, for its 17th straight win. QB Dan McCarthy rushed 154 yards and three TDs on 14 carries and sophomore RB Braylon Heard added two TDs as the Cardinals rolled up 418 yards of offense. Penn State-bound LB Brandon Beachum (knee) could miss up to two more weeks.
Next: Friday vs. Mentor Lake Catholic.
|16 (16)||Prattville, Ala.||3-0||Defeated Jeff Davis (Montgomery), 62-0. The Lions have outscored three opponents, 147-29, averaging 49 points per game.
Next: Friday at Wetumpka.
|17 (17)||Smithson Valley, Spring Valley, Texas||3-0||Defeated San Antonio MacArthur, 61-16. QB David Pawelek completed 9 of 15 passes for 260 yards and three TDs as the Rangers led, 31-0, after one quarter. Cody Renken scored three TDs, with three receptions for 143 yards.
Next: Friday at San Antonio Roosevelt.
|18 (18)||Central Catholic, Pittsburgh||3-0||Defeated Mount Lebanon (Pittsburgh), 35-7. D.J. Myers scored in three ways: a 52-yard interception return, a 7-yard run and a 3-yard pass from Louisville-bound QB Tino Sunseri. Andrew Taglianetti returned an interception 55 yards for another TD.
Next: Friday at Woodland Hills (Pittsburgh).
|19 (19)||Cedar Hill, Texas||3-0||Defeated North Crowley (Fort Worth), 52-7, as QB James Hamilton accounted for six TDs. Hamilton completed seven passes for 93 and four TDs and rushed for 133 yards and TD runs of 5 and 59 yards. Ryan Bradley caught three TD passes.
Next: Sept. 28 Arlington Bowie.
|20 (21)||Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz.||4-0||Defeated Dobson (Mesa), 45-20. The game was never in doubt as the Huskies jumped to 19-0 lead less than a minute into the opening quarter. QB Justin Peters threw for 188 yards, hooking up with ESPN 150 WR Gerell Robinson for a 39-yard TD.
Next: Thursday vs. Red Mountain (Mesa).
|21 (22)||Independence, Charlotte||3-1||Defeated Vance (Charlotte), 28-0, in a game halted late in the third quarter by lightning. RB Rod Chisholm scored three TDs on runs of 1, 11 and 45 yards, finishing with 112 yards.
Next: Friday at Myers Park (Charlotte).
|22 (23)||Lakeland, Fla.||3-0||Defeated Winter Haven, 38-21. Youth was served as sophomore QB Jarred Haggins and freshman RB Javares McRoy were main contributors. Haggins completed nine passes for 171 yards and a TD and McRoy sped 25 and 63 yards on his first two touches for scores.
Next: Thursday vs. Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes).
|23 (NR)||Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks, Calif.||2-0||Defeated Lynwood, 35-13. Notre Dame-bound QB Dayne Crist, an ESPN 150 player, threw for 225 yards and two TDs to WR Jeff Dickman (135 receiving yards), and RB Thaddeus Brown ran for 122 yards and two scores.
Next: Thursday at Birmingham (Lake Balboa) on ESPN2, 11 p.m. ET.
|24 (25)||DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md.||2-1||Defeated Friendship Edison (Washington, D.C.), 28-21. RB Ashley Christian carried 16 times for 93 yards and scored on runs of 2 and 14 yards, and DB Kenny Tate returned a third-quarter punt 55 yards for another score. RB Bradley Eden (72 rushing yards) scored on a 13-yard run to help build a 21-0 halftime edge.
Next: Friday at Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.).
|25 (NR)||Liberty, Bethlehem, Pa.||3-0||Defeated Whitehall, 49-9. RB Ahkeem Smith scored four TDs and rushed for 194 yards on 10 carries (19.4 average) as the Hurricanes led 28-0 at the break. Smith had TD runs of 62 and 93 yards and scored off an interception and caught a pass from QB Anthony Gonzalez.
Next: Friday vs. Emmaus.
1. Central Catholic, Pittsburgh (3-0) 2. DeMatha, Hyattsville, Md. (2-1) 3. Liberty, Bethlehem, Pa. (3-0) 4. Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. (2-0) 5. St. Anthony, South Huntington, N.Y. (2-0) 6. North Penn, Lansdale, Pa. (3-0) 7. North Allegheny, Wexford, Pa. (3-0) 8. Gateway, Monroeville, Pa. (2-1) 9. .St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (2-0) 10. Everett, Mass. (2-0)
1. St. Xavier, Cincinnati (4-0) 2. Colerain, Cincinnati (4-0) 3. Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio (4-0) 4. Union, Tulsa (3-0) 5. Muskegon, Mich. (4-0) 6. Mount Carmel, Chicago (4-0) 7. Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul (3-0) 8. Blue Springs (Mo.) South (3-0) 9. Center Grove, Greenwood, Ind. (5-0) 10. Naperville (Ill.) North (4-0)
1. Northwestern, Miami (3-0) 2. South Panola, Batesville, Miss. (3-0) 3. Booker T. Washington, Miami (1-0) 4. Katy, Texas (2-0) 5. Carroll, Southlake, Texas (1-1) 6. Pahokee, Fla. (3-0) 7. John Curtis Christian, River Ridge, La. (3-0) 8. Maryville, Tenn. (3-0) 9. Northside, Warner Robins, Ga. (3-0) 10. Prattville, Ala. (3-0)
1. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (2-0) 2. St. Bonaventure, Ventura, Calif. (3-0) 3. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (2-0) 4. Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz. (4-0) 5. Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks, Calif. (2-0) 6. Centennial, Corona, Calif. (3-0) 7. Mission Viejo, Calif. (3-0) 8. Orange (Calif.) Lutheran (3-0) 9. Lakes, Lakewood, Wash. (3-0) 10. Saint Louis, Honolulu (3-0)
Records through Sept. 16.
About the rankings: The ESPN HIGH Elite 25 High School Football Rankings are compiled by Christopher Lawlor of ESPN.com, who consults with a national network of sports writers, Scouts Inc. analysts and high school coaches. Criteria considered are a team's strength of schedule with an emphasis on national games; the superiority of competition in its state, district or league; the program's history and tradition; and the quality of its personnel.