2007 High School Rankings: Week 10
It's official: all teams in the ESPN HIGH Elite 25 high school rankings have entered the postseason. Power states California, Texas and Florida kick off their playoffs this weekend. The biggest grind might be Texas, where it takes six games to win it all. No. 5 Katy (Texas) and No. 6 Southlake (Texas) Carroll could meet in the Class 5A, Division I final on Dec. 22 in San Antonio.
This week, the Elite 25 remains the same as all teams held serve. Last week, three teams dropped out, but urgency has set in for Elite 25 clubs. The top 10 will take a hit this upcoming week, when Cincinnati schools No. 2 St. Xavier and No. 9 Colerain hook up in Ohio's Division I, Region 4 final. No. 24 North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa.) faces regionally-ranked Gateway (Monroeville) in the WPIAL semifinals, and No. 14 Central Catholic (Pittsburgh) plays in the other semifinal.
No. 23 Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.) has a difficult task when it travels across the state to play fellow Jesuit school, DeSmet Jesuit (St. Louis), in the Class 6 semifinals. No. 17 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) forged a three-way tie in their league with a key win over Servite (Anaheim), 38-13, but lost a coin flip and was given the third seed from the Trinity League in the CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 playoffs. The lower seed means the Monarchs hit the road for the opener against Tesoro (Las Flores). -- Christopher Lawlor
|ESPN HIGH Elite 25 High School Football Rankings|
|RANK (PREV. RANK)||TEAM||RECORD||COMMENT|
|1 (1)||Northwestern, Miami||10-0||Defeated Miami Jackson, 46-0, for its fourth shutout. QB Jacory Harris led a balanced offensive attack, completing 12 passes for 208 yards and two TDs, including a 92-yarder to Tommy Streeter. WR Kendall Thompkins, who last week committed to the University of Miami, also caught a TD pass from backup QB Wayne Times. Thompkins heads into the playoffs with 30 receptions for 515 yards and seven TDs.
Next: Friday vs. Coral Gables in Class 6A, Region 4 quarterfinals.
|2 (2)||St. Xavier, Cincinnati||12-0||Defeated Centerville, 31-6, in the Division I, Region 4 semifinals before 13,369 at Paul Brown Stadium. Sophomore QB Luke Massa had his most productive outing since becoming the starter four games ago. Massa went 18-for-19 passing for 212 yards and two TDs as the Bombers took a 31-0 halftime lead, scoring on five of their first six possessions.
Next: Friday vs. No. 9 Colerain (Cincinnati) in Division I, Region 4, final at University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium.
|3 (3)||South Panola, Batesville, Miss.||11-0|| Defeated DeSoto Central, 45-21, to record its sixth straight undefeated regular season. The Tigers stretched their nation's longest active win streak to 71 games. According the 2007 National High School Record Book, the Tigers' win streak is tied for four all-time. Darius Barksdale ran for two scores, including a 77-yarder in the second quarter.
Next: Friday vs. Provine (Jackson) in Class 5A first round.
|4 (4)||Booker T. Washington, Miami||9-0|| Defeated Miami Southridge, 41-7, interrupting its shutout string at five games. QB Torrance Moise ran and passed for a TD, and RB Eduardo Clements rushed for 85 yards and two scores.
Next: Friday vs. Gulf Coast (Naples) in Class 4A, Region 4 quarterfinals.
|5 (5)||Katy, Texas||10-0|| Defeated Mayde Creek (Houston), 63-3. QB Bo Levi Mitchell (111 yards passing) completed only seven passes but four went for TDs. Mitchell threw for 1,509 yards and 22 TDs in the regular season. RB Aundre Dean rushed for 160 yards and a TD, pushing his season totals to 1,452 yards and 14 TDs.
Next: Friday vs. Strake Jesuit (Houston) in Class 5A, Division I bi-district playoff at Rice Stadium, Houston.
|6 (6)||Carroll, Southlake, Texas||9-1|| Defeated Richland, 54-14. QB Riley Dodge threw for two TDs (from 16 and 26 yards) on 14-of-18 accuracy, and Cade Foster kicked a 48-yard FG as the Dragons took a 37-0 lead at halftime.
Next: Saturday vs. Flower Mound (Lewisville) in the Class 5A, Division I bi-district playoff at Texas Stadium, Irving.
|7 (7)||Pahokee, Fla.||10-0|| Defeated Glades Central (Belle Glade), 34-24, to record its first road victory in the annual Muck Bowl. RBs Janoris Jenkins and Vincent combined for 148 yards rushing and four TDs against their neighboring rivals.
Next: Friday vs. University (Fort Lauderdale) in Class 2B, Region 4 semifinals.
|8 (8)||Maryville, Tenn.||11-0|| Defeated Rhea County (Evensville), 42-14, in Class 4A first round. The Rebels have won 56 straight games. RB Tim Rodriguez ran for 159 yards and two TDs and QB Brent Burnette completed 15 passes for 221 yards and three TDs. Burnette has thrown for 2,422 yards and 26 scores in 11 games.
Next: Friday vs. West (Knoxville) in Class 4A second round.
|9 (9)||Colerain, Cincinnati||12-0|| Defeated Moeller (Cincinnati), 27-7, in Division I, Region 4 semifinals. RB Joe Harrison carried 28 times for 160 yards and two TDs. The Cardinals trailed 7-0 but Harrison and Dominick Sherrer each scored in the second quarter for 13-7 lead.
Next: Friday vs. No. 2 St. Xavier (Cincinnati) in Division I, Region 4 final at Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati.
|10 (10)||Northside, Warner Robins, Ga.||10-0|| Defeated Mount Zion (Jonesboro), 62-7, in Class 4, Region 4 crossover game. The Eagles rolled up 441 yards on the ground as five different ball-carriers scored. RB Tijuan Green, the team's leading rusher, carried 18 times for 203 yards and three scores.
Next: Friday vs. Creekside (Fairburn) in Class 4A first round.
|11 (11)||De La Salle, Concord, Calif.||9-0||Defeated Ygnacio Valley (Concord), 48-13. RB Tito Pica ran for 150 yards, pushing him past 1,000 for the season, and scored two TDs as the Spartans scored on all six possessions of the first half. QB Mike McGillivray fired a 40 TD pass to WR Mike Czyz.
Next: Friday vs. Berkeley in CIF-North Coast East Bay Class 4A quarterfinals.
|12 (12)||Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio||12-0|| Defeated St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron), 28-7, in Division IV, Region 13 semifinals. Penn State-bound RB Brandon Beachum's two-yard TD in the third quarter gave the Cardinals a 21-7 lead. Beachum finished with 148 yards and two TDs. Defensively, Mike Gemma and Donald D'Alesio returned interceptions for scores.
Next: Saturday vs. Steubenville in Division IV, Region 13 final at Fawcett Stadium, Canton.
|13 (13)||Prattville, Ala.||11-0|| Defeated Baldwin County (Bay Minette), 42-14, in Class 6A first round. The Lions jumped to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter as RB Justin Albert ran for TDs of 15 and 77 yards and Lewis Haley caught a 17-yard score. Albert paced the offense, carrying 10 times for 191 yards.
Next: Friday vs. Auburn in Class 6A second round.
|14 (14)||Central Catholic, Pittsburgh||11-0|| Defeated Bethel Park (Pittsburgh), 38-6, in WPIAL, Class AAAA quarterfinals. QB Tino Sunseri completed 13 of 15 passes for 220 yards and three TDs and ran for another. Sunseri, a Louisville recruit, also hit Andrew Taglianetti for a 99-yard TD.
Next: Friday vs. McKeesport in WPIAL, Class AAAA semifinals at West Mifflin High.
|15 (15)||Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz.||11-0|| Defeated Mesquite (Gilbert), 26-14, in Class 5A, Division I first round. Drew Terrell returned a punt 74 yards for a score, and QB Justin Peters completed 12 of 17 yards for 151 yards and three TDs of six, 13, and 10 yards.
Next: Friday vs. Westwood (Mesa) in Class 5A, Division I quarterfinals.
|16 (16)||West Monroe, La.||10-0|| Defeated Ruston, 49-17, in the Class 5A bi-district playoffs. QB Shelby Aulds, who sat out much last week's season finale against Captain Shreve (Shreveport), shook off a bruised back, throwing for 190 yards and two scores of 32 and 52 yards to WR D.J. Banks. RB Don Brown rushed for 185 yards and three TDs on 14 attempts, averaging 13.2 yards per carry.
Next: Friday vs. Acadiana (Lafayette) in Class 5A regional playoffs.
|17 (17)||Mater Dei, Santa Ana , Calif.||8-1|| Defeated Servite (Anaheim), 38-13, to earn a three-way tie for the Trinity League title. Junior QB Matt Barkley rebounded from last week's subpar performance, clicking on 16 of 24 passes for 348 yards and three TDs and ran 12 yards for another. Leading 21-13 early in the fourth quarter, Barkley avoided a rush in his end zone and found Andrew Abbott for a 97-yard TD to shift the momentum back to Mater Dei, which won for the 19th straight time against their archrivals.
Next: Friday at Tesoro (Las Flores) in CIF-Southern Section, Pac-5 Division first round.
|18 (18)||Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.||9-0|| Defeated Seton Hall Prep (West Orange), 49-14, in Non-Public, Group 4 quarterfinals. Junior QB Brett Knief passed and ran for TDs and added a two-point conversion as the Ironmen led 21-7 at halftime.
Next: Friday vs. Paul VI (Haddonfield) in Non-Public, Group 4 semifinals.
|19 (19)||St. Xavier, Louisville||11-0|| Defeated Butler (Louisville), 62-0, in Class 6A first round. The Tiger built a 35-0 lead in the first quarter with a ball-hawking defense and cruised. DB Connor Hale, DB Sam Galbraith and LB Nick Heuser each returned interceptions for TDs on three consecutive defensive stands of the opening quarter.
Next: Friday vs. Manual (Louisville) in Class 6A second round.
|20 (20)||Union, Tulsa||11-0||Defeated Booker T. Washington (Tulsa), 43-7, in Class 6A first round. The Redskins struck for three TDs in the first quarter for 21-0 lead and then coasted. The passing combination of QB Brandon Rogers and WR Anthony teamed for scores of 30 and six yards. RB Jeremy Smith ran for 153 yards and two TDs (20 and 83 yards) on 13 carries. br> Next: Saturday vs. Putnam City (Oklahoma City) in Class 6A quarterfinals.|
|21 (21)||Byrnes, Duncan, S.C.||12-0|| Defeated Hillcrest (Simpsonville), 56-16, in Class 4A, Division I first round. The Rebels dominated both sides of the ball, outgaining the visitors, 470-119, in total yards and scored four TDs off as many turnovers. Sophomore RB Marcus Lattimore contributed 124 yards and three TDs on 11 carries, and junior DB Riyahd Richardson returned an interception 71 yards for a score.
Next: Friday vs. Dorman (Roebuck) in Class 4A, Division I quarterfinals.
|22 (22)||Centennial, Corona, Calif.||9-1|| Defeated Norco, 43-7, to win the Mountain View league title. RB Ryan Bass ran for scores of 10, 50 and 12 yards. QB Matt Scott passed 66 yards for a TD and sped 35 for another.
Next: Friday vs. Carter (Rialto) in CIF-Southern Section Inland Division first round.
|23 (23)||Rockhurst, Kansas City, Mo.||11-0|| Defeated Blue Springs, 42-17, in Class 6 quarterfinals. RB Drew Temple rushed for two TDs and QB Nathan Scheelhaase (295 yards passing on 8-of-10 efficiency) threw for TDs passes of 52, 17 and 71 yards, including two to WR Keith Langtry (four receptions, 193 yards). Rockhurst took a 14-0 edge after one quarter and made it 28-7 at the break.
Next: Friday at DeSmet Jesuit (St. Louis) in Class 6 semifinals.
|24 (24)||North Allegheny, Wexford, Pa.||11-0|| Defeated Penn Hills (Pittsburgh), 24-7, in the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals. RB Karl DeCiantis rushed for 104 yards and a TD, and Geoff Greco caught a 30-yard TD from QB Mike Locke. The Tigers have allowed only 100 points in 11 games, the fewest by a WPIAL Class AAAA team.
Next: Friday vs. Gateway (Monroeville) in WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals at the Wolverena, Turtle Creek.
|25 (25)||North Cobb, Kennesaw, Ga.||10-0|| Defeated Marietta, 49-0. RB Calvin Middleton ran for 211 yards and three TDs on 24 carries. QB Matt Roark showed efficiency, completing 12 of 14 passes for 193 yards and three TDs, and ran for another. WR Rico Mark caught two TDs, totaling 135 yards receiving.
Next: Friday vs. Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee) in Class 5A first round.
1. Central Catholic, Pittsburgh (11-0) 2. Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. (9-0) 3. North Allegheny, Wexford, Pa (11-0) 4. St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City, N.J. (9-0) 5. Gateway, Monroeville, Pa. (10-1) 6. Ridley, Folsom, Pa. (11-0) 7. Parkland, Allentown, Pa. (11-0) 8. Good Counsel, Olney, Md. (10-1) 9. Everett, Mass. (10-0)up 10. William Floyd, Mastic Beach, N.Y. (9-0)
1. St. Xavier, Cincinnati (12-0) 2. Colerain, Cincinnati (12-0) 3. Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown, Ohio (12-0) 4. Union, Tulsa (11-0) 5. Rockhurst, Kansas City, Mo. (11-0) 6. Mount Carmel, Chicago (12-0) 7. Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul (12-0) 8. Jenks, Okla. (10-1) 9. Wheaton (Ill.) Warrenville South (12-0) 10. Pike, Indianapolis (13-0)
1. Northwestern, Miami (10-0) 2. South Panola, Batesville, Miss. (11-0) 3. Booker T. Washington, Miami (9-0) 4. Katy, Texas (10-0) 5. Carroll, Southlake, Texas (9-1) 6. Pahokee, Fla. (10-0) 7. Maryville, Tenn. (11-0) 8. Northside, Warner Robins, Ga. (10-0) 9. Prattville, Ala. (11-0) 10. West Monroe, La. (10-0)
1. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (9-0) 2. Hamilton, Chandler, Ariz. (11-0) 3. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (8-1) 4. Centennial, Corona, Calif. (9-1) 5. Orange (Calif.) Lutheran (8-1) 6. Columbine, Littleton, Colo. (11-0) 7. Birmingham, Lake Balboa, Calif. (9-1) 8. Saint Louis, Honolulu (10-0) 9. Poly, Long Beach, Calif. (9-1) 10. Mullen, Denver (11-0)
Records through Nov. 11.
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.