St. Joseph Gains Another Slot

In this week's National Football Top 25, former No. 7 <b>Lockport (Ill.)</b> drops out after being upset in the first round of the playoffs. As a result, new No. 23 <b>Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.)</b> enters the rankings after advancing to the Section 3 Class AA finals.

Rankings as of Oct. 31, 2004

1. Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) – (9-0) *1
Last Game: Defeated Grapevine, 61-26.
Notes: Senior quarterback Chase Daniel completed 15-of-21 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 88 yards and another score to lead Southlake Carroll to its 29th consecutive regular-season win. The Dragons, who gained 558 yards of total offense, close out their regular-season schedule at Richland on Nov. 5.

2. Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) – (8-0) *2
Last Game: Defeated Issaquah, 58-7.
Notes: It was a record-breaking day for Bellevue senior running back J.R. Hasty, who rushed for 329 yards and six touchdowns in the win over Issaquah. Hasty now has 34 touchdowns on the season, breaking the KingCo record of 33 touchdowns set by Skyline's Simi Reynolds in 2001. The Wolverines clinched the KingCo 3A title and a playoff berth with the win.

3. Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) – (9-0) *3
Last Game: Defeated Hopewell, 56-0.
Notes: Senior quarterback Joe Cox completed 19-of-27 passes for 339 yards and five touchdowns and the Patriots racked up 555 yards of offense to win their 71st consecutive game.

4. Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) – (8-0) *4
Last Game: Defeated El Toro, 62-0.
Notes: The Diablos gained 480 yards of total offense and held El Toro to minus-6 rushing yards and 56 total yards. Mission Viejo will host San Clemente on Nov. 5 in a battle for the South Coast League title.

5. Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) – (10-0) *5
Last Game: Defeated Kiski Area, 47-0, in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs.
Notes: Justin Young rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns, Shane Murray threw two touchdown passes and John Pelusi had two touchdown receptions as Central Catholic cruised to a first-round win over Kiski Area. The Vikings will play Bethel Park in the WPIAL quarterfinals on Nov. 5.

6. Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) – (10-0) *6
Last Game: Defeated La Salle, 35-7.
Notes: The Cardinals finished the regular season with a 10-game winning streak and outscored their opponents 504-76 this season. The 504 points for Colerain set a school record. Senior quarterback Dominick Goodman rushed for 123 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries and senior fullback Mister Simpson ran for 79 yards and two touchdowns in the win over La Salle. Colerain will host defending Division I state champion Elder in the first round of the state playoffs on Nov. 6.

7. John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) – (8-0) *8
Last Game: Defeated South Terrebonne, 38-3.
Notes: Sophomore quarterback Johnnie Thiel threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead John Curtis to a big win over South Terrebonne.

8. Lufkin (Lufkin, Texas) – (9-0) *10
Last Game: Defeated The Woodlands, 35-28.
Notes: Senior running back Jorvorskie Lane steamrolled The Woodlands to the tune of 222 yards and five touchdowns on 27 carries. The Panthers will host Klein Forest for the district title on Nov. 5.

9. Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield, Ill.) – (10-0) *11
Last Game: Defeated Jerseyville, 40-6, in the Class 5A, Quadrant D first round.
Notes: The Cyclones dominated Jerseyville for the second straight week, this time in the Class 5A, Quadrant D first round. Andre Pendergrass rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Eric Peterman ran for 66 yards and two touchdowns for Sacred Heart-Griffin. The Cyclones will travel to play Jacksonville in the Class 5A, Quadrant D semifinals on Nov. 6.

10. Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) – (7-1) *9
Last Game: Defeated Plant, 49-0.
Notes: The one blemish on the Hawks' record is a result of having to forfeit their win against Middleton on Oct. 22 for using an ineligible player. But we only dropped Armwood one spot for its forfeit loss because the Hawks continues to dominate teams on the field. Just ask Plant, which saw Armwood record 203 total yards in the first half. Senior quarterback Jameel Williams passed for 123 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 59 yards and another score to lead the Hawks.

11. Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.) – (9-0) *12
Last Game: Defeated Bradshaw Mountain, 50-7.
Notes: Centennial senior quarterback Joe Caskey completed 4-of-6 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns and junior running back Tim House rushed for 155 yards and one TD on only eight carries as Centennial crushed Bradshaw Mountain.

12. Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.) – (10-0) *13
Last Game: Defeated Bradwell Institute, 14-12.
Notes: Camden County won its 25th consecutive game and fourth consecutive Region 3-AAAAA title by defeating Bradwell Institute. Rod Frison blocked a punt and Gavin Stanley ran it in for what proved to be the game-winning score as Camden County had to hold off a late surge by Bradwell. The Wildcats will play Colquitt County in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs on Nov. 5 as they hope to defend their state title.

13. Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) – (8-0) *14
Last Game: Defeated Sand Springs, 35-12.
Notes: Jenks won its 18th consecutive game by defeating Sand Springs. Senior quarterback Andrew Brewer tossed two touchdown passes and ran for another score and senior Jesse Meyer returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown to lead the Trojans.

14. LaGrange (LaGrange, Ga.) – (10-0) *15
Last Game: Defeated Troup County, 31-7.
Notes: The Grangers won their 24 consecutive game and fifth straight region title by defeating rival Troup County. Senior quarterback Thad Todd completed 8-of-11 passes for 89 yards and one TD and also ran for two touchdowns to lead the Grangers. LaGrange will host Perry in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs on Nov. 5.

15. Everett (Everett, Mass.) – (6-0) *16
Last Game: Defeated Somerville, 42-14.
Notes: Theluxon Pierre and Jeff Enayo each scored two touchdowns and quarterback Matt Nuzzo threw two touchdown passes to lead Everett to its 31st consecutive win.

16. Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) – (9-0) *17
Last Game: Defeated Spain Park, 45-17.
Notes: Quarterback Jarod Bryant completed 15-of-17 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns while the Buccaneers' defense registered four sacks as Hoover blew past Spain Park. Both teams were penalized for a combined 221 yards in the contest. Hoover finishes its regular-season schedule against Decatur on Nov. 4.

17. Katy (Katy, Texas) – (9-0) *18
Last Game: Defeated Cinco Ranch, 38-7.
Notes: The Tigers won the District 19-5A title and their 24th straight game by defeating Cinco Ranch. Cinco Ranch had no answer for senior running back James Aston, who rushed for 258 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries. The Katy defense held Cinco Ranch, which was averaging more than 300 yards per game coming in, to just 153 yards of offense.

18. South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) – (10-0) *19
Last Game: Defeated Starkville, 26-10.
Notes: South Panola won its 25th consecutive game by defeating Starkville.

19. Southern Durham (Durham, N.C.) – (9-0) *20
Last Game: Defeated Southern Alamance, 28-21.
Notes: Southern Durham captured the Five County 3-A championship with its win over Southern Alamance. Senior Charles Gamble ran for 117 yards and a touchdown, while junior Kevin Atkins threw for 130 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 53 yards and one TD.

20. St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) – (8-0) *21
Last Game: Defeated Belleville, 46-0.
Notes: Jason McCourty ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns on just three carries to lead St. Joseph. It was the second straight shutout for the Green Knights, who have outscored their last two opponents 87-0. St. Joseph has a tough matchup with Bergen Catholic on Nov. 6.

21. Maine South (Park Ridge, Ill.) – (10-0) *22
Last Game: Defeated Niles West, 42-7, in the Class 8A, Quadrant A first round.
Notes: Junior quarterback Tyler Knight completed 9-of-15 passes for 237 yards and four touchdowns, senior wide receiver Derek Walsh caught six passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns, and the Hawks' defense held Niles West superstar running back Rashard Mendenhall to just 54 yards as Maine South advanced in the playoffs. The Hawks will travel to play New Trier in the Class 8A, Quadrant A semifinals on Nov. 6.

22. Good Counsel (Wheaton, Md.) – (9-0) *23
Last Game: Defeated St. John's, 36-6.
Notes: Senior defensive end Tommie Galt returned both an interception and a fumble for touchdowns and junior linebacker Akeem Hebron had 13 tackles and four sacks to lead Good Counsel. Senior running back Jerron Pearson added 126 yards and one TD on 23 carries.

23. Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse, N.Y.) – (9-0) *NR
Last Game: Defeated Henninger, 39-28, in the Section 3 Class AA semifinals.
Notes: Christian Brothers Academy enters the rankings after remaining undefeated thanks to its win over Henninger in the Section 3 Class AA semifinals. Senior quarterback Greg Paulus threw four touchdown passes and ran for two more scores, while senior wide receiver Bruce Williams caught 13 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns. The Brothers will play Fayetteville-Manlius in the Section 3 Class AA finals on Nov. 7.

24. Union (Tulsa, Okla.) – (8-1) *24
Last Game: Defeated Sapulpa, 41-0.
Notes: Senior running back Tony Moore rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns to guide Union past Sapulpa.

25. Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos, Calif.) – (7-1) *25
Last Game: Defeated Fountain Valley, 28-13.
Notes: A week after defeating Edison in a double-overtime thriller, Los Alamitos secured a less stressful win with a 15-point victory over Fountain Valley.

Dropped Out:

No. 7 Lockport (Lockport, Ill.) – (9-1)
Last Game: Lost to Lincoln-Way East, 14-6, in the Class 8A, Quadrant D first round.
Notes: The Porters had their season ended by Lincoln-Way East, as Lockport senior quarterback Jake Christensen was held without a touchdown pass for the second straight week. Christensen finished 22-of-43 for 311 yards, but the Griffins sacked him eight times. Christensen, who has committed to Iowa, finished the season with 36 touchdown passes.

* previous ranking

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