Champion Presents: Football Top 25
Rankings as of Nov. 7, 2004
1. Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) – (10-0) *1
Last Game: Defeated Richland, 61-14.
Notes: Southlake Carroll won its 30th consecutive regular-season game and earned its third straight undefeated regular season since joining Class 5A. The Dragons will play Irving in the Class 5A Division II, Region I bi-district round of the state playoffs on Nov. 13.
2. Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) – (9-0) *2
Last Game: Defeated Newport, 36-0.
Notes: Senior running back J.R. Hasty rushed for 69 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, but went down with a left ankle injury in the second quarter. The Wolverines hope to have Hasty back when they open the Class 3A state playoffs on Nov. 13. Bellevue is going for its fourth straight Class 3A state title.
3. Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) – (10-0) *3
Last Game: Defeated Vance, 55-7.
Notes: Senior quarterback Joe Cox completed 12-of-16 passes for 276 yards to lead the Patriots to their 72nd consecutive win. Independence will open against Providence in the Class 4AA playoffs on Nov. 12.
4. Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) – (9-0) *4
Last Game: Defeated San Clemente, 48-0.
Notes: Junior fullback Chane Moline rushed for 97 yards and three touchdowns and sophomore running back Keegan Gogerty ran for 115 yards and one TD as the Diablos captured at least a share of the South Coast League title. Mission Viejo can win its fifth straight outright South Coast League title if it defeats Dana Hills on Nov. 11.
5. Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) – (11-0) *5
Last Game: Defeated Bethel Park, 35-7, in the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals.
Notes: Senior running back Eugene Jarvis ran for three touchdowns in the second quarter to lead Central Catholic to a 35-0 halftime lead as the Vikings cruised past Bethel Park. Central Catholic will play Upper St. Clair in the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals on Nov. 12.
6. Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) – (11-0) *6
Last Game: Defeated Elder, 38-3, in the Division I, Region 4 quarterfinals.
Notes: Quarterback Dominick Goodman rushed for 125 yards and one touchdown and running back Terrence Sherrer added 110 yards and two TDs to lead a Colerain rushing attack that ran all over defending Division I state champion Elder for 307 yards. The Cardinals will play Centerville in the Division I, Region 4 semifinals on Nov. 13.
7. John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) – (9-0) *7
Last Game: Defeated Assumption, 35-7.
Notes: The Patriots won the District 8-4A title thanks to 142 rushing yards and one touchdown on 15 carries from Joe Gueldner and 108 yards and one TD on 13 carries from Kirk Bush.
8. Lufkin (Lufkin, Texas) – (10-0) *8
Last Game: Defeated Klein Collins, 44-21.
Notes: Lufkin won the District 14-5A title due in large part to senior running back Jorvorskie Lane, who ran for 136 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries and finished the regular season with 27 touchdowns. The Panthers will play Waco in the Class 5A Division II bi-district round of the state playoffs on Nov. 13.
9. Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) – (8-1) *10
Last Game: Defeated Brandon, 72-13.
Notes: Senior running back Demetrius McCray ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and senior cornerback R.J. Anderson returned two interceptions for touchdowns as Armwood crushed Brandon. Armwood faces off against Countryside in the Class 4A Region 3 quarterfinals on Nov. 12.
10. Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.) – (10-0) *11
Last Game: Defeated Cactus, 54-6.
Notes: Senior quarterback Joe Caskey tossed four touchdown passes and junior Tim House added a 21-yard touchdown run and a 75-yard interception return for another score to lead Centennial to a resounding win over Cactus. The Coyotes will host McClintock in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs on Nov. 12.
11. Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.) – (11-0) *12
Last Game: Defeated Colquitt County, 9-0, in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.
Notes: Brandon West had a 1-yard touchdown run and Anthony Page kicked a 26-yard field goal to provide the game's only scoring as Camden County won its 26th consecutive game to advance in the postseason. The Wildcats will play Starr's Mill in the second round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs on Nov. 12.
12. Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) – (9-0) *13
Last Game: Defeated Bartlesville, 62-24.
Notes: Senior quarterback Andrew Brewer threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score and senior running back Freddie Carolina ran for 202 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries to lead Jenks to its 19th consecutive win. The defending state champion Trojans will host Ponca City in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs on Nov. 12.
13. LaGrange (LaGrange, Ga.) – (11-0) *14
Last Game: Defeated Perry, 31-7, in the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs.
Notes: Quarterback Thad Todd threw three touchdown passes to Montoya Young, and running back Justin Patterson ran for 151 yards on 26 carries as the Grangers won their 25th consecutive game. LaGrange will face off against Crisp County in the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs on Nov. 12.
14. Everett (Everett, Mass.) – (7-0) *15
Last Game: Defeated Peabody, 31-6.
Notes: Senior running back Theluxon Pierre ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries and Everett forced five Peabody turnovers as the Crimson Tide won their 32nd consecutive game. Everett's Matt Nuzzo and Maradona Alcime both returned fumbles for touchdowns to key the defensive effort.
15. Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) – (10-0) *16
Last Game: Defeated Decatur, 49-21.
Notes: Senior quarterback Jarod Bryant passed for 313 yards and four touchdowns in the first half as Hoover finished the regular season undefeated. The Buccaneers, who won the Class 6A state title last year, will host Grissom in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs on Nov. 12.
16. South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) – (11-0) *18
Last Game: Defeated West Point, 21-14, in overtime.
Notes: Quarterback Derek Pegues threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Travis Sanford in overtime and then intercepted West Point on the ensuing possession to allow the Tigers to escape with their 26th straight win. South Panola opens the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs at home against Grenada.
17. Southern Durham (Durham, N.C.) – (10-0) *19
Last Game: Defeated East Chapel Hill, 51-0.
Notes: Southern Durham completed an undefeated regular season by crushing East Chapel Hill. It's the first undefeated regular season for the Spartans since 1984. Senior Charles Gamble rushed for 78 yards and three touchdowns in the win. The Spartans open the Class 3AA state playoffs against Ragsdale on Nov. 12.
18. Maine South (Park Ridge, Ill.) – (11-0) *21
Last Game: Defeated New Trier, 38-35, in the Class 8A, Quadrant A semifinals.
Notes: Senior quarterback Sean Price made his return and completed 19-of-32 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns. Price had gone down in the fourth game of the season with a broken left collarbone. Senior running back Andy Cupp ran for three touchdowns and senior wide receiver Derek Walsh caught eight passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns. The Hawks will host Stevenson in the Class 8A, Quadrant A finals on Nov. 13.
19. Good Counsel (Wheaton, Md.) – (10-0) *22
Last Game: Defeated Paul VI, 47-0.
Notes: Good Counsel finished the regular season undefeated and will host Gonzaga in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinals on Nov. 12.
20. Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse, N.Y.) – (10-0) *23
Last Game: Defeated Fayettville-Manlius, 42-13, in the Section 3 Class AA championship.
Notes: Senior quarterback Greg Paulus completed 11-of-15 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to lead the Brothers to the Section 3 Class AA title. Christian Brothers Academy will play Binghamton in the Class AA regional quarterfinals on Nov. 13.
21. North Shore (Galena Park, Texas) – (10-0) *NR
Last Game: Defeated Pasadena Memorial, 82-0.
Notes: North Shore earns a spot in the rankings after the defending Class 5A Division I state champion Mustangs crushed Pasadena Memorial to finished undefeated in the regular season. North Shore ran for 457 yards in the win over Pasadena Memorial, with Clifford Gilliam rushing for 130 yards and three touchdowns on just five carries. The Mustangs' blocking attack is keyed by senior tight end DajLeon Farr, who is rated the No. 1 tight end and No. 8 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com. North Shore will play Pearland in the bi-district round of the Class 5A Division I state playoffs on Nov. 12.
22. Joliet Catholic (Joliet, Ill.) – (11-0) *NR
Last Game: Defeated Riverside-Brookfield, 69-6, in the Class 5A, Quadrant A semifinals.
Notes: Joliet Catholic enters the rankings after crushing Riverside-Brookfield in the Class 5A, Quadrant A semifinals. Senior quarterback John Kiernan threw three touchdown passes and junior running back Billy McKeon ran for three scores in the win. The defending state champion Hilltoppers will face Fenwick in the Class 5A, Quadrant A finals on Nov. 12.
23. Pasco (Pasco, Wash.) – (9-0) *NR
Last Game: Defeated Eisenhower, 45-21.
Notes: Pasco has looked just as strong as last season's Class 4A state title squad. And as a result, the Bulldogs find themselves in the Top 25. Senior running back Leon Jackson, who has committed to Nebraska, rushed for 261 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries in the win over Eisenhower. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder is rated the No. 90 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com. Pasco hosts University tonight in the Class 4A Eastern Regional.
24. Union (Tulsa, Okla.) – (9-1) *24
Last Game: Defeated Edmond Memorial, 56-7.
Notes: Senior running back Tony Moore ran for 104 yards on nine carries to lead Tulsa Union to its seventh consecutive district title. The Redskins will host Owasso in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs on Nov. 12.
25. Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos, Calif.) – (8-1) *25
Last Game: Defeated Esperanza, 35-12.
Notes: Los Alamitos won its fourth straight Sunset League title, becoming the first team in league history to achieve that feat. The Griffins beat Esperanza on the ground and through the air, as Cortes Rice ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Jimmy Barnes tossed three touchdown passes to wide receiver Jeremy Childs.
No. 9 Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield, Ill.) – (10-1)
Last Game: Lost to Jacksonville, 21-14, in the Class 5A, Quadrant D semifinals.
Notes: The Cyclones were shocked by Jacksonville, which was helped by 113 rushing yards and two touchdowns from J.R. Manker. Curtis Robinson led Sacred Heart-Griffin with 144 rushing yards and one touchdown, while quarterback Eric Peterman threw for 159 yards and one score.
No. 17 Katy (Katy, Texas) – (9-1)
Last Game: Lost to Alief Taylor, 23-21.
Notes: The Tigers had their 24-game winning streak snapped thanks to a 29-yard field goal by Alief Taylor's Gilberto Blanco with two seconds remaining. Katy, which got 186 rushing yards and one touchdown from senior running back James Aston, will begin its quest to defend its state title when it faces Hightower in the bi-district round of the Class 5A Division II state playoffs on Nov. 13.
No. 20 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) – (8-1)
Last Game: Lost to Bergen Catholic, 56-42.
Notes: St. Joseph Regional found out why Bergen Catholic senior Brian Cushing is one of the top recruits in the country as the Crusaders scored more points in one game on St. Joseph than the Green Knights had allowed all season. Cushing, who is rated the No. 54 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com, caught fives passes for 111 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for 115 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries and returned a kickoff 79 yards for another score. St. Joseph senior quarterback Brent Weiss completed 18-of-28 passes for 363 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
* previous ranking
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