Untitled DocumentRIVALS.COM FAB 50
NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
Contributing: Sheldon Shealer, Ronnie Flores and member sites of the
Rivals.com high school network.
Christmas gifts, holiday parties and high school football playoffs go
hand-in-hand in Texas and that's all that we're left with to complete the
nation's 2007 season.
State championship games were conducted last weekend in California,
Pennsylvania and Florida and while there were a few lower-ranked teams from
the Rivals.com FAB 50 that lost and have now fallen out of the rankings, the
big boys from Florida like No. 1 Northwestern, No. 8 Pahokee and No. 10 Booker
T. Washington plus No. 6 De La Salle of California and No. 7 Central Catholic
of Pennsylvania all took home state crowns.
Northwestern's 41-0 romp past Boone of Orlando in the Class 6A state final
in Florida all but officially wrapped up the mythical national crown for the
Bulls. Those final rankings won't be done until next week as the Texas state
championships are still to be decided.
FAB 50 No. 4 Katy is the highest-ranked team playing in a Texas state final
this weekend. The Tigers, who impressed in a 66-21 win over the weekend
against FAB 50-ranked Madison of San Antonio, will meet Phlugerville (12-3) in
the Class 5A Division II championship on Saturday at the Alamodome in San
One aspect of the national rankings to watch closely this week and next is
teams that ended their season weeks ago being able to move up. One example
this week is four-time Kansas state champ Hutchinson now listed at No. 50. The
Salt Hawks have been done for weeks, but now they're in the FAB 50 and could
move up a few more spots if a couple of other Texas teams lose this weekend.
Here are this week's Rivals.com FAB 50 national rankings:
(After games of Saturday, Dec. 15; listed with record and previous ranking)
*Asterisk in front of team's name indicates season is complete.
1. *Northwestern (Miami, Fla.) 15-0 (1)
The Bulls closed the deal on two straight state Class 6A championships, and 30
straight wins, by routing previously-unbeaten Orlando Boone, 41-0, in the
finals before 22,752 fans at Orlando's Florida Citrus Bowl. Defensive lineman
Marcus Forston had eight tackles and three sacks and was selected the game
MVP. Quarterback Jacory Harris completed 17 of 32 passes for 281 yards and two
TDs before exiting with a knee injury with 11:41 left to play. The Bulls'
defense recovered three fumbles and limited Boone to 100 total yards.
2. *St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio) 15-0 (2)
Season complete. The Bombers won their second state Division 1 title in three
3. *South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) 15-0 (3)
Season complete. Team has won 75 straight games and earned fifth straight
state Class 5A championship.
4. Katy (Katy, Texas) 15-0 (4)
The Tigers struggled early during their Class 5A Division II semifinal game
against San Antonio Madison, but found their groove after the first 20
minutes, combining for 49 points in the second and third quarters to crush the
Mavericks, 66-21, at the Alamodome. Aundre Dean finished with 176 yards
rushing and three touchdowns, and his five-yard score with just under four
minutes remaining in the second quarter broke a 14-14 tie and from there on
out the Tigers never looked back. Bo Levi Mitchell completed nine of his 15
passes for 194 yards and four touchdowns, two each to Terrance Avie and Joey
Fuda, who also returned a punt 60 yards for a score late in the third quarter
that made the score 56-14. The Katy defense forced five Madison turnovers. The
Tigers will look for state title number five Saturday night in a return trip
to the Alamodome to face off against Pflugerville in the 5A DII state title
5. *Prattville (Prattville, Ala.) 15-0 (5)
Season complete. Team has won 30 straight games and repeated as state Class 6A
6. *De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 13-0 (6)
During the Spartans' legendary 151-game national record winning streak from
1992 to 2004, none of those triumphs occurred in a state championship game.
That did take place last Saturday, though, when De La Salle defeated
Centennial of Corona, 37-31, in the second-ever CIF Division I state bowl
game. Junior Blair Wishom preserved the win with a key fourth-down tackle with
2:50 left and a few minutes later intercepted a pass. Another junior, Noah
Perio, scored the game-winning touchdown with 5:09 left on a 25-yard pass from
senior QB Mike MacGillivray. If Katy loses in the Texas Class 5A Division II
final, the Spartans could end up in the top five in next week's final FAB 50
7. *Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 16-0 (7)
Central Catholic put the cap on a perfect season in record-setting way. The
Vikings posted the first Class AAAA state final shutout in the 20-year history
of the event, blanking Parkland 21-0 in the final. Central Catholic has won
two of the program's three state titles in the past four seasons. Tino Sunseri, who changed his verbal commitment to Pitt last week, hit on 8 of 10
passes for 221 yards and a touchdown in the first half as the Pittsburgh power
took a 14-0 lead. Andrew Taglianetti and Jeff Knox had scoring touchdowns.
8. *Pahokee (Pahokee, Fla.) 14-0 (8)
Season complete. Won fourth state Class 2B title in five years and is taking
28-game win streak into 2008 season.
9. *Northside (Warner Robins, Ga.) 15-0 (9)
The Eagles wrapped up their second straight state Class AAAA crown with a
20-14 finals' victory over Ware County. Northside trailed the Gators in the
fourth quarter before tailback Tijuan Green took a direct snap and tossed a
40-yard TD pass to Nick Bass for the game-winning play with 5:23 left to play.
Green finished with 232 total offense yards, including 143 yards on 25
carries. Marques Ivory completed 9 of 16 passes for 136 yards and one score.
10. *Booker T. Washington (Miami, Fla.) 14-0 (10)
The Tornadoes capped their first perfect season and state title by besting
Nease of Ponte Vedra Beach, 23-15, in the Class 4A title game at Orlando's
Florida Citrus Bowl. Sophomore Eduardo Clements ran 20 times for 100 yards and
two touchdowns and also landed a 13-yard TD pass from junior quarterback
Torrance Moise, who completed 17 of 26 aerials for 275 yards. Moise suffered
leg cramps and exited the game with 9:51 left to play.
11. *Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 13-1 (11)
Season complete. The Trojans won the school's 12th state football championship
by defeating Union of Tulsa, 42-24, in Class 6A title game.
12. *Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) 12-0 (12)
Season complete. Don Bosco Prep used a strong third quarter to put away St.
Peter's Prep, 42-14, for its second straight Non-Public Group 4 state
championship. The Ironmen have won 24 straight games.
13. *Westfield (Chantilly, Va.) 15-0 (13)
Season complete. Westfield scored 35 points in the second half to pull ahead
of Woodbridge, 42-14, in the Division 6 state final. The team was led by QB
Mike Glennon, who will be the Washington, D.C. area's Offensive Player of
14. *Bastrop (Bastrop, La.) 15-0 (14)
Season complete. Won third straight state Class 4A crown and hiked on-field
win streak to 45 games.
15. *Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) 15-0 (15)
Season complete. Won fifth state title in last six years with Class
4A-Division 1 championship.
16. *Maryville (Maryville, Tenn.) 15-0 (17)
Season complete. Extended win streak to 60 games with fourth straight state
Class 4A title.
17. *Eden Prairie (Eden Prairie, Minn.) 14-0 (20)
Season complete. Made it back to back 5A Division state championships by
defeating Cretin-Derham Hall, 50-21. Entering Minnesota's top division's
championship game, Cretin-Derham Hall had yet to lose a game on the year. Eden
Prairie also has 27-game win streak.
18. *Centennial (Corona, Calif.) 13-2 (16)
The Huskies trailed De La Salle of Concord, 31-7, in Saturday's CIF Div. I
State Championship Bowl Game before making a spirited comeback and tying the
game at 31 only to lose in the end, 37-31. It was the second time they lost in
a California No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown this season, the other one being a 51-37
loss to Mater Dei of Santa Ana. Although its defense gave up more points in
the two losses than they would have liked, their no-huddle spread offense gave
this team the ability to compete with any prep team in the country.
19. *Birmingham (Lake Balboa, Calif.) 13-1 (18)
Season complete. Although they were passed up in favor of No. 18 Centennial in
a bid to play in the Div. I state bowl game, the Patriots' 41-6 victory over
Carson two weeks ago gave them their second consecutive L.A. City Section
title and their fourth in the last six seasons.
20. *Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) 13-1 (19)
Season complete. With a 13-3 victory over No. 45 Crespi, the CIF Southern
Section Pac-Five champs won their 17th section title, third on the all-time
state list behind Bakersfield (34) and Concord De La Salle (23). The Pac-Five
title is undoubtedly the toughest section title to win in California, but Poly
remains behind No. 20 Birmingham in these rankings because of a head-to-head
21. *Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.) 13-0 (21)
Season complete. Defeated Mehlville of St. Louis, 28-9, in the Class 6A title
game. Rockhurst won the 8th state football championship in school history.
22. *Dakota (Macomb, Mich.) 14-0 (23)
Season complete. Won the Michigan Division I state championship, 41-21, over
Stevenson. QB Mitch Lovett set a championship game record by throwing for 301
yards and five touchdowns. Team also has won two straight state crowns.
23. *Tulsa Union (Tulsa, Okla.) 13-1 (26)
Season complete. Suffered their lone loss of the season in the 6A state
championship game by a 42-24 score against Jenks. Defeated Jenks early in the
season with a dramatic 4th-quarter comeback.
24. Trinity (Euless, Texas) 14-1 (27)
Pery Negreiros made two field goals in overtime, the second a 23-yarder in the
second overtime to give Euless Trinity a dramatic 30-27 victory over Plano in
a 5A Division I state semifinal game before 30,000 Saturday at Texas Stadium.
After the two teams exchanged field goals in the first extra period, Negreiros
converted on the game-winner after Plano misfired on a 41-yard field goal
attempt, setting off a wild celebration. The dramatic finish didn't seem
likely until Trinity's Samir Baker fumbled at his own 29-yard line with the
Trojans holding a 24-21 lead and attempting to run out the clock with inside a
minute left. The Trinity defense, fortunately for Baker, who did finish with
206 yards on the ground, was able to stiffen as Ryan McDuff hit a 24-yard
field goal to force overtime. The Trojans' defense made key plays at key
times, most notably intercepting Plano's Carson Meger in the end zone late in
the third quarter and thwarting Plano's attempt to go up 28-17. Seven plays
later, Baker rumbled 31 yards for a score to give Plano a 24-21 lead. The win
sets up Trinity versus Converse Judson for a third time in the Class 5A
Division I state title game. In 1992, Judson blanked Trinity 52-0 and the
Trojans got revenge in '05, 28-14.
25. *Destrehan (Destrehan, La.) 15-0 (35)
Season complete. Team won state Class 5A championship. It's pretty strong
debate between Destrehan and Bastrop as to which team was the best in
Louisiana this season.
26. *Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 11-2 (30)
Season complete. The Dragons are now ahead of the Abilene team it lost to in
the Class 5A Division II playoffs. That was a one-point game and All-American
quarterback Riley Dodge suffered an injury in the early going. Abilene has now
lost itself in the playoffs.
27. *Naperville North (Naperville, Ill.) 13-1 (32)
Season complete. Team won the Class 8A state championship by defeating
Glenbard North, 46-19.
28. *Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) 12-2 (48)
Season complete. The Shamrocks won their third straight state title with Class
6A crown and made it seven titles in the last eight years.
29. *St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.) 13-1 (21)
Season complete. This was the state Class 6A runnerup to No. 28 Trinity in
34-28 overtime final.
30. *Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) 14-1 (nr)
The Vikings won their third state Class AAAAA title in four years, and fifth
overall, with a 34-6 finals' victory over North Gwinnett. Junior Greg Reid
rushed for 184 yards on 14 carries and Darriet Perry gained 100 yards on 15
rushes. Reid set the tone with a 91-yard touchdown run on the first scrimmage
play. The Vikings led 20-6 at halftime and never looked back to win their 14th
31. *St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 14-1 (nr)
The Raiders ended three straight years of Class 5A runnerup roles by
defeating previously-unbeaten Kissimmee Osceola, 35-20, in the finals at
Orlando's Florida Citrus Bowl. It was the fourth state crown for the Raiders,
who ended No. 2 the last three years to unbeaten Lakeland teams including the
2006 FAB 50 No. 1 Dreadnaughts. Junior quarterback Ryan Becker, the game's
MVP, passed for two scores, one to Ronnie Kennedy and the other to Duron
32. *Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) 10-2 (34)
Season complete. Lancers lost a heart-breaking 2-0 game to Long Beach Poly in
CIF Southern Section Pac-Five Division semifinals. They fumbled on the
two-yard line after not kicking a field goal on the play before that would
have likely won the game.
33. *Permian (Odessa, Texas) 12-1 (39)
Season complete. Panthers' playoff loss was to Trinity of Euless, a team
they beat earlier in the season. As Trinity keeps winning, Permian's ranking
improves as well.
34. *Joliet Catholic (Joliet, Ill.) 13-1 (37)
Season complete. Hilltoppers earned the school's 13th state football
championship by a 49-7 score over Lemont.
35. *Alta (Sandy, Utah) 13-1 (36)
Season complete. Claimed the Class 5A state championship with a 19-7 victory
over Layton. The Hawks were a finalist in the same division a year ago.
36. *Coffman (Dublin, Ohio) 13-1 (40)
Season complete. Team was state Division 1 semifinalist with 10-7 loss to FAB
50 No. 2 St. Xavier.
37. Highland Park (Dallas, Texas) 15-0 (nr)
The Scots went to the ground to beat the supposedly more physical team,
outrushing Everman, 236-69, on the way to a convincing 42-13 win in a Class 4A
Division I semifinal Saturday in Mesquite. Senior Michael Thatcher led the
charge for Highland Park, rushing 16 times for 125 yards (his third 100-yard
game in the playoffs) and scores of 6, 3, 4 and 19 yards. The game was still
in reach for Everman at the half, but the Scots marched 53 yards with Thatcher
scoring to push the lead to 35-13 on the opening drive of the second half, and
the HP defense held Everman without a first down the rest of the way. Highland
Park will face Lake Travis (14-1) in the state title game Saturday at Baylor's
Floyd Casey Stadium.
38. *Everett (Everett, Mass.) 13-0 (41)
Season complete. Everett has won 25 straight games, including back-to-back
Division I crowns. This year, the Boston-area power needed overtime to hold
off upset-minded Dartmouth, 36-28.
39. *Wayne Hills (Wayne, N.J.) 12-0 (42)
Season complete. Wayne Hills pushed its win streak to 40 games with a 27-7
victory over rival Wayne Valley for the North Jersey Section 1, Group 3
40. *Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) 14-0 (43)
Season complete. In a battle of two undefeated teams in the Class 3A title
game, it was Skyline that was able to remain undefeated with a 42-35 win
against O'Dea of Seattle.
41. *Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, Md.) 14-0 (44)
Season complete. In one of the most dramatic comebacks in state tournament
history, Quince Orchard scored 29 fourth-quarter points, all within 6 minutes
and 45 seconds, for a 36-30 victory over Arundel in the Class 4A final.
42. *Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) 13-1 (nr)
Season complete. Oscar Smith lost to Westfield in a close game in the state
semifinals in what was billed as the showdown between the state¹s top two
programs. When other teams lost last week, this was the team that was done
that we wanted to get back into the FAB 50 as soon as possible.
43. *Bettendorf (Bettendorf, Iowa) 13-0 (45)
Season complete. Team won state Class 4A crown.
44. *Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, Tenn.) 13-0 (46)
Season complete. Team won state Division II championship.
45. *Crespi (Encino, Calif.) 11-3 (47)
Season complete. Had wins over CIF Division III state champ St. Bonaventure
plus FAB 50-ranked Birmingham as well as Mater Dei of Santa Ana, which was in
top 10 of FAB 50 for a good part of the regular season. Playoff loss was to
FAB 50-ranked Long Beach Poly.
46. *St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.) 14-1 (48)
Casey Serna's 70-yard touchdown pass to Drew Gibson early in the fourth
quarter broke a 14-14 tie as the Seraphs won the CIF Division III state bowl
game, 35-21, over Central Catholic of Modesto. Serna then sealed the win with
1:19 left when he handed the ball to standout Darrell Scott, then went out for
a pass and hauled it in for a 16-yard touchdown. In addition to the pass,
Scott shined with 17 carries for 162 yards and two TDs.
47. *Arrowhead (Hartland, Wis.) 14-0 (49)
Season complete. Team won the state's largest class championship, defeating
Homestead, 31-7. The Warhawks have now won four state football championships
in school history.
48. *Brophy Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) 12-2 (50)
Season complete. For the second time in the last three years, the Broncos won
the 5A Division 1 state championship. They knocked out the defending state
champs from Hamilton of Chandler to reach the finals.
49. *Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) 12-1 (nr)
Season complete. State Division 1 quarterfinalist with only loss to FAB 50 No.
2 St. Xavier.
50. *Hutchinson (Hutchinson, Kan.) 13-0 (nr)
Season complete. Coach Randy Dreiling's team extended its winning streak to
36 games with a 37-14 win over Olathe South in the Class 6A state final. It
also was the fourth straight state crown for the Salt Hawks.
Dropped Out: Previous No. 22 North Shore (Galena Park, Texas); No. 24 Osceola
(Kissimmee, Fla.); No. 25 Parkland (Allentown, Pa.); No. 33 North Gwinnett
(Suwanee, Ga.); No. 38 Abilene (Abilene, Texas); No. 39 Madison (San Antonio,