Rankings as of Nov. 28, 2004
1. Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) – (13-0) *1
Last Game: Defeated Abilene, 35-30, in the Class 5A Division II, Region I semifinals.
Notes: Southlake Carroll survived a scare with a narrow win over Abilene as the Dragons advanced to their fifth consecutive regional final. Southlake Carroll will play Denton Ryan in the regional final on Dec. 4. The Dragons defeated the Raiders, 52-27, in a nationally televised broadcast on Oct. 27. In the win over Abilene, quarterback Chase Daniel completed 19-of-28 passes for 300 yards, three touchdowns and an interception and ran for another score. Meanwhile, linebacker Patrick Benoist sealed the game for the Dragons when he intercepted Abilene's Taylor Potts on the Southlake Carroll 33-yard line with 34 seconds remaining.
2. Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) – (12-0) *2
Last Game: Defeated Lynden, 41-21, in the Class 3A state semifinals.
Notes: Bellevue racked up a phenomenal 499 yards on the ground to defeat Lynden and advance to the Class 3A state championship game. The Wolverines, who won their 15th consecutive playoff game and 22nd game overall, will be going for their fourth straight state title when they play Ferndale in the Class 3A state title game on Dec. 3. Bellevue senior running back J.R. Hasty continued his stellar season by rushing for 195 yards and four touchdowns against Lynden. In the process, Hasty broke the state record for touchdowns in a season with 49 total touchdowns, which broke the previous state mark of 45. He also has 2,435 rushing yards on the season and has a chance to break the state single-season mark of 2,676 yards against Ferndale.
3. Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) – (13-0) *3
Last Game: Defeated Northwest Guilford, 62-7, in the Class 4AA state quarterfinals.
Notes: The Patriots romped to their 75th straight win thanks to a dominating display against Northwest Guilford. Senior quarterback Joe Cox led the offensive attack by completing 17-of-22 passes for 392 yards and five touchdowns in the first half. Independence's win streak will be put to the test when it plays Richmond County (14-0) in the Class 4AA state semifinals on Dec. 3.
4. Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) – (12-0) *4
Last Game: Defeated Hart, 50-20, in the second round of the CIF Division II Southern Section playoffs.
Notes: Mission Viejo avenged its loss to Hart in last year's CIF Division II Southern Section title game by crushing the Indians in the second round of this year's playoffs. Mission Viejo junior fullback Chane Moline ran for 236 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries and senior quarterback Mark Sanchez completed 11-of-20 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 67 yards. Mission Viejo will host Upland in the Southern Section semifinals on Dec. 4.
5. Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) – (14-0) *5
Last Game: Defeated Erie McDowell, 44-3, in the PIAA Class AAAA state quarterfinals.
Notes: Senior running back Eugene Jarvis ran for 230 yards and four touchdowns on 33 carries as Central Catholic advanced in the playoffs. The Vikings will play Bishop McDevitt in the Class AAAA state semifinals on Dec. 4.
6. Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) – (14-0) *6
Last Game: Defeated Kilbourne, 34-3, in the Division I state semifinals.
Notes: Colerain senior quarterback Dominick Goodman ran for 194 yards and three touchdowns and senior fullback Mister Simpson added 129 rushing yards and two touchdowns as Colerain cruised past Kilbourne. The Cardinals will look for their first state title when they take on Canton McKinley in the Division I state championship on Dec. 4.
7. John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) – (12-0) *7
Last Game: Defeated Bossier, 36-6, in the Class 4A state quarterfinals.
Notes: John Curtis gained 255 yards on the ground and senior quarterback Blake Couch ran for two scores as the Patriots easily handled Bossier. John Curtis will play Neville in the Class 4A state semifinals.
8. Lufkin (Lufkin, Texas) – (13-0) *8
Last Game: Defeated Longview, 31-21, in the Class 5A Division II, Region II semifinals.
Notes: Senior running back Jorvorskie Lane ran for 135 yards and four touchdowns while the Panthers' defense forced five turnovers to beat Longview. Lufkin will play Cedar Park in the regional final on Dec. 4.
9. Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) – (11-1) *9
Last Game: Defeated Middleton, 61-30, in the Class 4A Region 3 finals.
Notes: Senior running back Demetrius McCray ran for 143 yards and three touchdown on 14 carries and senior fullback Kalvin Bailey added 132 yards and three touchdowns on 27carries in the Hawks' shootout win over Middleton. Armwood will host Miami Washington (11-0) in the Class 4A state semifinals on Dec. 3.
10. Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) – (12-0) *12
Last Game: Defeated Putnam City North, 29-23, in the Class 6A state semifinals.
Notes: Senior running back Freddie Carolina scored on a 6-yard touchdown run with 47.5 seconds left to cap an 80-yard drive and help Jenks overcome a 23-21 deficit with 2:35 left in the game. Carolina finished with 192 rushing yards on 30 carries, while senior quarterback Andrew Brewer passed for 146 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 125 yards and two scores on 17 carries. Jenks will take on its rival, nationally ranked Union, for the Class 6A state title on Dec. 3. Jenks beat Union, 17-13, earlier this season.
11. LaGrange (LaGrange, Ga.) – (14-0) *13
Last Game: Defeated M.L. King, 38-0, in the Class AAA state semifinals.
Notes: Senior running back Justin Patterson ran for 130 yards and a touchdown and LaGrange outgained M.L. King 332-93 to easily advance to the state title game. The Grangers will be going for their second straight state title and third in the last four years when they play Washington County in the Class AAA state title game on Dec. 4.
12. Everett (Everett, Mass.) – (9-0) *14
Last Game: Defeated Cambridge Rindge & Latin, 31-12.
Notes: The Crimson Tide won their 34th consecutive game and captured the Greater Boston League title by dominating Cambridge Rindge & Latin. Everett's ground game rolled up 436 yards, including 160 yards and two touchdowns by senior quarterback Matt Nuzzo and 121 yards and two scores from junior running back Patrick DeLeon. Everett will face Xaverian tonight in the MIAA Division 1 Eastern Mass. semifinals.
13. Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) – (13-0) *15
Last Game: Defeated Spain Park, 24-7, in the Class 6A state quarterfinals.
Notes: Senior quarterback Jarod Bryant completed 10-of-16 passes for 126 yards and ran for 90 yards and two scores to lead Hoover past Spain Park. The Buccaneers will take on Mountain Brook in the Class 6A state semifinals on Dec. 3.
14. South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) – (14-0) *16
Last Game: Defeated Clinton, 41-13, in the Class 5A state semifinals.
Notes: South Panola won its 29th consecutive game by outscoring Clinton 34-3 in the second half. Senior quarterback Derek Pegues was the offensive star for South Panola with 160 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The Tigers will attempt to capture their second straight state title when they take on Ocean Springs in the Class 5A state championship game on Dec. 3.
15. Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) – (14-0) *NR
Last Game: Defeated then-No. 11 Camden County, 30-0, in the Class AAAAA state semifinals.
Notes: Lowndes debuts this high in the rankings because of its crushing victory over Camden County, a nationally ranked team and defending state champion that had won 28 consecutive games before losing to the Vikings. Lowndes junior running back Lynn Williams ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries to lead a Vikings offense that gained more than 330 rushing yards and netted 15 first downs. Lowndes will play Parkview (13-1) in the Class AAAAA state title game on Dec. 4.
16. Southern Durham (Durham, N.C.) – (13-0) *17
Last Game: Defeated Walter Williams, 31-16, in the Class 3AA state quarterfinals.
Notes: Senior Charles Gamble ran for 297 yards and two touchdowns and recorded two sacks on defense to continue Southern Durham's playoff run. The Spartans will face off against Dudley in the Class 3AA state semifinals on Dec. 3.
17. Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse, N.Y.) – (13-0) *19
Last Game: Defeated New Rochelle, 41-35, in the Class AA state championship.
Notes: After trailing New Rochelle, 28-14, early in the third quarter, Christian Brothers roared back for 27 second-half points and secured the victory with a 27-yard touchdown run by senior Lavar Lobdell with 2:50 left to play. Senior quarterback Greg Paulus shined in his final high school football game by passing for 371 yards and three touchdowns. It was the first state football title for Christian Brothers.
18. Joliet Catholic (Joliet, Ill.) – (14-0) *20
Last Game: Defeated Morris, 17-0, in the Class 5A state championship.
Notes: The Hilltoppers beat Morris to capture their state-record 12th state title. Senior linebacker Chris Jeske recovered a fumble in the end zone and keyed a defensive effort that held Morris to only 119 total yards on offense. A 42-yard field goal by senior Kevin Platt and an 11-yard touchdown run by quarterback John Kiernan capped the scoring for Joliet Catholic.
19. Muskegon (Muskegon, Mich.) – (14-0) *22
Last Game: Defeated Orchard Lake St. Mary's, 31-7, in the Division 2 state championship.
Notes: The Big Reds capped their perfect season with a win over Orchard Lake St. Mary's in the Division 2 state championship game for their first state title since 1989. Muskegon, which is the state's all-time winningest program with 695 wins, received a big performance from quarterback Jason Ruud as the junior tossed two touchdown passes and ran for a game-high 124 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
20. Mukwonago (Mukwonago, Wis.) – (14-0) *NR
Last Game: Defeated Marshfield, 17-6, in the Division 1 state championship.
Notes: The Indians won their first Division 1 state title with their win over Marshfield. Mukwonago gained 406 total yards against Marshfield, including 362 on the ground. Quarterback John Witte led the way, rushing for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
21. Moon Valley (Phoenix, Ariz.) – (13-0) *NR
Last Game: Defeated then-No. 10 Centennial, 14-10, in the Class 4A state semifinals.
Notes: Moon Valley moves into the rankings after upending previously unbeaten Centennial. The Rockets forced the Coyotes into four turnovers. Senior Chris McGaha ran for the game-winning 1-yard touchdown run with 6:56 left in the third quarter and added a key interception on defense. Moon Valley will play Cactus in the Class 4A state championship on Dec. 4.
22. Bettendorf (Bettendorf, Iowa) – (13-0) *NR
Last Game: Defeated Valley, 34-22, in the Class 4-A state championship.
Notes: Bettendorf earns a spot in the Top 25 after snapping Valley's 30-game winning streak to capture the Class 4-A state title. Quarterback Ryan Fick broke a 4-A championship game record with 301 passing yards in the win, while linebacker Pat Angerer led the defense with 11 tackles and two sacks.
23. Union (Tulsa, Okla.) – (12-1) *24
Last Game: Defeated Edmond Santa Fe, 20-0, in the Class 6A state semifinals.
Notes: Senior running back Tony Moore ran for 251 yards on 41 carries and the Redskins limited Edmond Santa Fe to just 77 total yards on offense to advance to the Class 6A state title game. Union will play rival and nationally ranked Jenks in the Class 6A championship game on Dec. 3. The Redskins lost to Jenks, 17-13, earlier this season.
24. Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos, Calif.) – (11-1) *25
Last Game: Defeated Bishop Amat, 52-6, in the second round of the CIF Division I Southern Section playoffs.
Notes: Los Alamitos gained 501 yards of total offense and running back Cortes Rice ran all over the Bishop Amat defense to the tune of 224 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries to lead the Griffins to a resounding win. Los Alamitos will play Lakewood in the Southern Section semifinals on Dec. 3.
25. Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) – (12-0) *NR
Last Game: Defeated Muir, 49-26, in the second round of the CIF Division III Southern Section playoffs.
Notes: Notre Dame moves into the rankings after remaining undefeated with a big win over Muir. Notre Dame will take on St. Francis in the Southern Section semifinals on Dec. 4.
No. 10 Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.) – (12-1)
Last Game: Lost to Moon Valley, 14-10, in the Class 4A state semifinals.
Notes: The Coyotes had their season ended by Moon Valley, which forced four turnovers. Junior running back Tim House ran for 186 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
No. 11 Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.) – (13-1)
Last Game: Lost to Lowndes, 30-0, in the Class AAAAA state semifinals.
Notes: Camden County had its 28-game winning streak and season ended by Lowndes, which racked up more than 330 rushing yards and gained 15 first downs on the Wildcats. Camden County's Brandon West was limited to just 21 yards on the ground and finished the season with 1,274 rushing yards.
No. 18 Maine South (Park Ridge, Ill.) – (13-1)
Last Game: Lost to Downers Grove North, 33-13, in the Class 8A state championship.
Notes: Maine South couldn't stop the Downers Grove North rushing attack, which recorded 335 yards on the ground against the Hawks. Maine South senior quarterback Sean Price threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns in the loss and finished his career as the state's all-time leader in passing yards (8,267) and passing touchdowns (93).
No. 21 Pasco (Pasco, Wash.) – (12-1)
Last Game: Lost to Skyline, 28-23, in the Class 4A state semifinals.
Notes: Defending state champion Pasco, which had so thoroughly dominated its previous competition, was stunned by Skyline and was sent home packing. The Bulldogs had their 17-game winning streak snapped in the process. Senior running back Leon Jackson ran for 189 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in the loss.
No. 23 Snider (Fort Wayne, Ind.) – (14-1)
Last Game: Lost to Warren Central, 35-23, in the Class 5A state championship.
Notes: Snider slips from the rankings after losing to Warren Central, which successfully defended its state title. Snider wasn't able to contain the trio of junior quarterback Dexter Taylor (three rushing touchdowns and one touchdown pass), sophomore running back Darren Evans (166 rushing yards) and senior Josh Bailey (243 total yards).
* previous ranking
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Rankings as of Nov. 28, 2004