Top 25

For the first time since we've been doing national rankings, this week's National Football Top 25 does not include <b>De La Salle (Calif.)</b>, which lost its second straight game to start the season. Elsewhere in the rankings, new No. 22 <b>LaGrange (Ga.)</b> enters the Top 25 after starting the season 4-0. <br>

Rankings as of Sept. 12, 2004

1. Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) – (3-0) *1
Last Game: Defeated Plano East, 41-21.
Notes: Southlake Carroll senior running back Aaron Luna had his first 100-yard game of the season as he rushed for 132 yards to lead the Dragons past Plano East. Senior quarterback Chase Daniel was equally dangerous through the air and on the ground, passing for 282 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 165 yards and two scores. It was Southlake Carroll's 23rd consecutive regular-season victory.

2. Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) – (2-0) *2
Last Game: Defeated South Kitsap, 64-20.
Notes: Bellevue showed no signs of a letdown after snapping De La Salle's (Calif.) 151-game winning streak by following up with a thrashing of South Kitsap. Junior Thomas Zaffino led the Wolverines with 101 yards on just five carries. Senior running back J.R. Hasty added 81 yards and scored three touchdowns, giving him seven TDs in the first two games.

3. Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) – (2-0) *3
Last Game: Defeated Butler, 48-0.
Notes: Senior running back Dominique Lindsay rushed for 180 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries and senior quarterback Joe Cox threw three touchdown passes as the Patriots extended their winning streak to 64 games. Cox, who has thrown for 11 touchdowns in the first two games, also added a TD run in the victory.

4. Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) – (3-0) *5
Last Game: Defeated Penn-Trafford, 49-15.
Notes: Senior running back Eugene Jarvis was simply unstoppable, rushing for 343 yards and five touchdowns as Central Catholic dominated Penn-Trafford.

5. Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) – (3-0) *6
Last Game: Defeated Princeton, 45-12.
Notes: Senior fullback Mister Simpson led a powerful rushing attack with 178 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries to lead Colerain's romp over Princeton.

6. Lockport (Lockport, Ill.) – (3-0) *7
Last Game: Defeated Thornwood, 44-6.
Notes: Senior quarterback Jake Christensen continued his stellar play by completing 21-of-34 passes for 289 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Porters over Thornwood. Christensen has passed for 872 yards and 16 touchdowns in his first three games.

7. John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) – (2-0) *8
Last Game: Defeated Baker, 48-7.
Notes: The Curtis defense was the story once again, as the Patriots held Baker to minus-18 yards rushing in the contest. The Patriots have limited their opponents to just eight total yards rushing in their first two games.

8. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) – (1-0) *10
Last Game: Defeated St. Anthony's, 20-3.
Notes: Sophomore quarterback Matt Simms, the son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, tossed two touchdown passes to lead Don Bosco to its 25th consecutive win. The Ironmen face rival Bergen Catholic on Sept. 18 in a rematch of last year's Parochial Group 4 state title game, which Don Bosco won, 14-13.

9. Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) – (1-0) *12
Last Game: Defeated then-No. 11 Los Alamitos, 55-21.
Notes: Junior running back Chane Moline ran over and around Los Alamitos to the tune of 276 yards and four touchdowns on just 16 carries. Senior quarterback Mark Sanchez was also his usual accurate self, completing 10-of-15 passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns.

10. Edgewater (Orlando, Fla.) – (0-0) *13
Last Game: Season has not started.
Notes: The Eagles' game at Lincoln, which was scheduled for Sept. 10, was canceled due to Hurricane Ivan. Edgewater is now scheduled to open at home Sept. 17 against Olympia.

11. Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) – (1-0) *14
Last Game: Defeated Tampa Bay Tech, 54-19.
Notes: Armwood opened its season with a resounding victory over Tampa Bay Tech. The Hawks' triple-option attack proved difficult for Tech to contain, especially when it came to senior fullback Kalvin Bailey, who rushed for 251 yards and six touchdowns on 17 carries.

12. Phoebus (Hampton, Va.) – (1-0) *15
Last Game: Did not play last week.
Notes: The Phantoms had the week off and will play Kecoughtan on Sept. 17.

13. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) – (2-0) *16
Last Game: Defeated Gilman, 12-9.
Notes: DeMatha senior running back Jeff Allen rushed for a game-high 153 yards — including 83 in the third quarter — and scored the game-winning touchdown in the third quarter as well to lead the Stags to a narrow win over Gilman.

14. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) – (1-0) *18
Last Game: Defeated Corona Centennial, 46-20.
Notes: The high-powered Jackrabbits opened their season with a resounding 26-point victory over Corona Centennial.

15. Lufkin (Lufkin, Texas) – (2-0) *19
Last Game: Defeated Tyler Lee, 44-33.
Notes: Lufkin's Leonard Hewitt intercepted two passes, returning one for what proved to be the winning touchdown, as Lufkin defeated Tyler Lee in a high-scoring affair. Hewitt also added a blocked extra point and an interception on a conversion, while senior running back Javorski Lane rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries and added a touchdown reception.

16. Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.) – (2-0) *20
Last Game: Defeated Armstrong, 42-22.
Notes: Senior running backs Mike Kinsel and Julian Phipps helped Cretin-Derham Hall run over Armstrong en route to a big win. Kinsel had three touchdowns runs and Phipps added two scores, including a 90-yarder.

17. Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield, Ill.) – (3-0) *21
Last Game: Defeated Springfield, 55-7.
Notes: Senior running back Curtis Robinson rushed for 145 yards and four touchdowns as the Cyclones cruised to another dominating win. Senior quarterback Eric Peterman completed 7-of-10 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown on five carries for the Cyclones, who have outscored their first three opponents 149-24.

18. Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.) – (2-0) *22
Last Game: Defeated Chaparral, 21-14.
Notes: Senior quarterback Joe Caskey passed for 185 yards and three touchdowns and senior running back Terry Longbons rushed for 102 yards to lead Centennial past Chaparral.

19. DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas) – (3-0) *23
Last Game: Defeated Waxahachie, 35-0.
Notes: The Eagles turned to their typically strong running game, rolling up 354 yards on the ground as they cruised past Waxahachie. Eric Ross led the rushing attack with 98 yards and a touchdown.

20. Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.) – (3-0) *24
Last Game: Defeated Groves, 58-0.
Notes: Quarterback Ben Greer tossed two touchdown passes, Brandon West ran for two scores and Jerran Spead had a touchdown run and reception as Camden County breezed to a shutout win over Groves.

21. Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) – (2-0) *NR
Last Game: Defeated then-No. 9 Union, 17-13.
Notes: Jenks enters the rankings after earning its 12th straight win with a victory over nationally ranked Union. Jenks, which is the defending Class 6A state champion, was led by running back Freddie Carolina, who rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown. In addition, quarterback Andrew Brewer completed 14-of-22 passes for 152 yards and also ran for a touchdown.

22. LaGrange (LaGrange, Ga.) – (4-0) *NR
Last Game: Defeated Shaw, 37-10.
Notes: LaGrange earns a spot in the Top 25 after starting out the season with four straight wins. Marshall Shepherd led the way in the win over Shaw with three touchdown runs. LaGrange features senior linebacker Tray Blackmon, who is rated the No. 13 recruit in the country by

23. Everett (Everett, Mass.) – (1-0) *NR
Last Game: Defeated Leominster, 29-12.
Notes: Everett enters the rankings after beating Leominster for its 26th straight win. Senior quarterback Matt Nuzzo and senior running back Theluxon Pierre each had two touchdown runs, while senior fullback Justin Sullivan added a team-high 83 yards on the ground for the Crimson Tide, who have won the last three Division 1 Eastern Mass. Super Bowls.

24. Union (Tulsa, Okla.) – (1-1) *9
Last Game: Lost to new No. 21 Jenks, 17-13.
Notes: Union lost its second straight game to rival Jenks, but it isn't enough to drop Union out of the rankings considering Jenks is the defending Class 6A state champion. Running back Tony Moore was the offensive standout for Union, rushing for 124 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries.

25. Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos, Calif.) – (1-1) *11
Last Game: Lost to then-No. 12 Mission Viejo, 55-21.
Notes: Despite being crushed by Mission Viejo, Los Alamitos remains in the Top 25 because Mission Viejo is one of the top-ranked teams in the country. Cortez Rice led Los Alamitos with 153 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 22 carries in a losing effort.

Dropped Out:

No. 4 Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) – (0-1)
Last Game: Lost to Ridgewood, 28-23.
Notes: The Crusaders were stunned in their season opener as they lost to Ridgewood for the first time since 1987.

No. 17 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) – (0-2)
Last Game: Lost to Clovis West, 30-12.
Notes: It seems unfathomable, but the Spartans have dropped out of the Top 25 thanks to a second straight crushing loss. That makes it two straight losses for De La Salle, which has surrendered 69 points in its first two contests this year after it had reeled off a national-record 151 consecutive wins going into the season.

No. 25 St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.) – (0-2)
Last Game: Lost to St. Ignatius (Ohio), 26-6.
Notes: The Hawks' tough start to the season continues as they drop out of the Top 25 after losing their second straight game. The Hawks have been outscored 64-18 in their first two games.

* previous ranking

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