Champion Presents: Football Top 25

In this week's National Football Top 25, No. 2 <b>Bellevue (Wash.)</b> completed an unbeaten season with a win in the state title game. Bellevue will now sit back and see what happens with No. 1 <b>Southlake Carroll (Texas)</b>, who will play No. 8 <b>Lufkin (Texas)</b> this weekend in the state semifinals.

Rankings as of Dec. 5, 2004

1. Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) – (14-0) *1
Last Game: Defeated Denton Ryan, 28-7, in the Class 5A Division II, Region I final.
Notes: Senior running back Aaron Luna ran for 100 yards and scored three total touchdowns, while senior quarterback Chase Daniel completed 19-of-25 passes for 215 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and ran for 61 yards to lead Southlake Carroll to a convincing win over regionally ranked Denton Ryan. The Dragons stymied Denton Ryan's offensive attack with senior defensive end Gerren Sanders leading the way with six tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one batted pass. Southlake Carroll will play No. 8 Lufkin in the state semifinals on Dec. 11.

2. Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) – (13-0) *2
Last Game: Defeated Ferndale, 31-28, in the Class 3A state championship.
Notes: Bellevue held on to defeat Ferndale for its fourth consecutive state title and fifth overall. It was also the 23rd consecutive victory overall for the Wolverines. Junior running back Keith Rosenberg ran for 189 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries, while senior running back J.R. Hasty added 80 rushing yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Hasty finished the season with 2,515 rushing yards and a state-record 50 total touchdowns.

3. Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) – (14-0) *3
Last Game: Defeated Richmond County, 47-19, in the Class 4AA state semifinals.
Notes: Senior running back Dominique Lindsay ran for 134 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries as the normally pass-happy Patriots crushed previously unbeaten Richmond County. Senior quarterback Joe Cox passed for 302 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 62 touchdown passes on the season. Independence will go for its fifth straight state title when it plays South View on Dec. 11.

4. Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) – (13-0) *4
Last Game: Defeated Upland, 48-21, in the CIF Division II Southern Section semifinals.
Notes: Senior quarterback Mark Sanchez completed 10-of-15 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns and junior fullback Chane Moline added 84 rushing yards and two scores on 11 carries as Mission Viejo rolled over Upland. The Diablos will take on Valencia in the Southern Section championship on Dec. 11.

5. Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) – (15-0) *5
Last Game: Defeated Bishop McDevitt, 44-0, in the PIAA Class AAAA state semifinals.
Notes: Senior running back Eugene Jarvis ran for 83 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries and the Central Catholic defense held Bishop McDevitt to just 79 total yards on offense. The Vikings limited Bishop McDevitt junior running back LeSean McCoy, who is rated the No. 2 overall recruit in the Class of 2006 by, to only 39 yards on 22 carries. Central Catholic will play Neshaminy for the state title on Dec. 11.

6. Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) – (15-0) *6
Last Game: Defeated Canton McKinley, 50-10, in the Division I state championship.
Notes: Colerain captured its first Division I state title by defeating Canton McKinley. Cardinals senior quarterback Dominick Goodman ran for a Division I title-game-record 259 yards and tied a Division I record with four touchdown runs. Colerain averaged 46.3 points per game this season while holding opponents to a mere 6.5 points per contest.

7. John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) – (13-0) *7
Last Game: Defeated Neville, 24-21, in the Class 4A state semifinals.
Notes: Sophomore Joe McKnight scored on a 40-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to provide John Curtis with the game-winning score. The Patriots will be seeking their 19th state title overall when they play Northside in the state championship on Dec. 11.

8. Lufkin (Lufkin, Texas) – (14-0) *8
Last Game: Defeated Cedar Park, 24-7, in the Class 5A Division II, Region II final.
Notes: Lufkin held Cedar Park to just 38 total yards and one first down on offense in the second half, while senior running back Jorvorskie Lane ran for 140 yards and a touchdown and threw a 35-yard touchdown pass. Lane now has 40 total touchdowns on the season. The Panthers will play No. 1 Southlake Carroll in the state semifinals on Dec. 11.

9. Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) – (12-1) *9
Last Game: Defeated Miami Washington, 36-35, in the Class 4A state semifinals.
Notes: Trailing 35-27 with just 2:15 remaining, Armwood junior receiver Mat Brevi caught a lateral from senior quarterback Jameel Williams and tossed an 80-yard touchdown pass to senior running back Demetrius McCray to pull the Hawks within one. Armwood then decided to go for two and senior fullback Kalvin Bailey plunged in for the winning score. McCray finished the game with 123 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries along with the touchdown reception. Armwood will take on Lake Gibson in the state championship on Dec. 9.

10. LaGrange (LaGrange, Ga.) – (15-0) *11
Last Game: Defeated Washington County, 17-6, in the Class AAA state championship.
Notes: LaGrange won its second straight state title and third in the last four years by beating Washington County. The Grangers used their dominant defense led by senior linebacker Tray Blackmon (who committed to Auburn last week) to limit Washington County to 118 yards of offense, 63 of which came on the Golden Hawks' final drive. LaGrange extended its winning streak to 29 games, which is the longest current streak in the state. Senior wide receiver Demoreo Ford caught four passes for 83 yards and a touchdown, while senior quarterback Thad Todd completed 7-of-11 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown.

11. Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) – (14-0) *13
Last Game: Defeated Mountain Brook, 17-3, in the Class 6A state semifinals.
Notes: Hoover held Mountain Brook to 98 total yards, while senior quarterback Jarod Bryant paced the offense by completing 19-of-26 passes for 175 yards and rushing for a touchdown. The Buccaneers will be going for their third straight state title and fourth in the last five years when they play Prattville (13-0) in the Class 6A state championship on Dec. 9.

12. South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) – (15-0) *14
Last Game: Defeated Ocean Springs, 39-21, in the Class 5A state championship.
Notes: South Panola won its second straight state title and earned its 30th consecutive win in its victory over Ocean Springs. This is also the second straight year the Tigers have finished 15-0. Ocean Springs simply had no answer for South Panola senior quarterback Derek Pegues, who ran for 244 yards and five scores and finished the year with 2,296 total yards and 32 touchdowns.

13. Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) – (15-0) *15
Last Game: Defeated Parkview, 17-14, in the Class AAAAA state championship.
Notes: Lowndes capped off its undefeated season by squeaking past Parkview for the state title. Junior quarterback Doug Belk threw two touchdown passes in the win. Belk is one of 14 returning starters who will be back next year along with junior wingback Lynn Williams, who ran for 94 yards on a career-high 23 carries in the win and finished the season with 1,407 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.

14. Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse, N.Y.) – (13-0) *17
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 Academy 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.

15. Union (Tulsa, Okla.) – (13-1) *23
Last Game: Defeated then-No. 10 Jenks, 27-17, in the Class 6A state championship.
Notes: The Redskins ended Jenks' playoff domination by defeating the Trojans in the state title game. Union was previously 0-4 in the playoffs and 0-3 in state title games against Jenks, which had won seven of the last eight state titles. The Redskins, who lost to Jenks, 17-13, earlier this year, also snapped the Trojans' 22-game winning streak. Senior quarterback Mackenzi Adams was the offensive star for Union as he completed 7-of-12 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns. Senior tight end Brad Glenn added four catches for 134 yards and two scores, while the Redskins' defense held Jenks star quarterback Andrew Brewer to 6-of-19 passing for 159 yards, a touchdown and four interceptions.

16. Joliet Catholic (Joliet, Ill.) – (14-0) *18
Last Game: Defeated Morris, 17-0, in the Class 5A state finals.
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.

17. Muskegon (Muskegon, Mich.) – (14-0) *19
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.

18. Mukwonago (Mukwonago, Wis.) – (14-0) *20
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, with quarterback John Witte rushing for 132 yards and two touchdowns.

19. Moon Valley (Phoenix, Ariz.) – (14-0) *21
Last Game: Defeated Cactus, 45-34, in the Class 4A state championship.
Notes: Moon Valley trailed Cactus 34-6 at halftime, but the Rockets rallied to score 39 unanswered points behind the arm of senior quarterback Brian Wriston, who tossed five touchdown passes to give him a state single-season record 49 for the season. Senior wide receiver Tsar Johnson caught a state-title-game record three touchdown passes, while senior wideout Chris McGaha caught seven passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Moon Valley set a single-season state record by scoring 703 total points on the year.

20. Bettendorf (Bettendorf, Iowa) – (13-0) *22
Last Game: Defeated Valley, 34-22, in the Class 4-A state championship.
Notes: Bettendorf snapped 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.

21. Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos, Calif.) – (12-1) *24
Last Game: Defeated Lakewood, 14-9, in the CIF Division I Southern Section semifinals.
Notes: Los Alamitos used a stellar defense and touchdown runs from senior running back Cortes Rice and senior quarterback Jimmy Barnes to upend Lakewood. The Griffins will face regionally ranked Long Beach Poly in the Southern Section championship on Dec. 10.

22. Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) – (13-0) *25
Last Game: Defeated St. Francis, 49-14, in the CIF Division III Southern Section semifinals.
Notes: Senior running back Cary Harris ran for 96 yards and three touchdowns, sophomore running back Rodney Glass had 80 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and junior quarterback Garrett Green completed 12-of-17 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns to lead Notre Dame to its 21st straight win. The Knights will be looking for their third consecutive Southern Section title when they play Dominguez on Dec. 10.

23. Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) – (12-1) *10
Last Game: Lost to then-No. 23 Union, 27-17, in the Class 6A state championship.
Notes: The Trojans had their 22-game winning streak and their bid for a second straight state title ended by Union. Still, that isn't enough to drop Jenks out of the Top 25 since Union is a nationally ranked team. It was the first loss for Jenks against Union in the playoffs. Jenks senior running back Freddie Carolina ran for 82 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

24. Rock Hill (Rock Hill, S.C.) – (13-1) *NR
Last Game: Defeated Stratford, 21-7, in the Class 4A Big 16 state championship.
Notes: Rock Hill won its second state title in three years by beating Stratford. Junior linebacker Donkay Degraffenreid keyed the Bearcats' defensive effort with 11 tackles and two fumble recoveries. Tristan Armstrong and Ladarious Moore added touchdowns on interception returns, while Travis Neely led the offensive attack with 176 rushing yards and a touchdown on 37 carries.

25. La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.) – (13-0) *NR
Last Game: Defeated Clovis, 40-0, in the Class 5A state championship.
Notes: La Cueva captured its second straight state title by blanking Clovis. The Bears were so dominant this season that they outscored their opponents 611-21, shut out 10 of their 13 opponents and allowed just one offensive touchdown. La Cueva gained 325 rushing yards in the win over Clovis and held the Wildcats to just 19 total yards. Zach Arnett led the potent running game with 186 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.

Dropped Out:

No. 12 Everett (Everett, Mass.) – (10-1)
Last Game: Lost to Brockton, 22-21, in the MIAA Division 1 Eastern Mass. Super Bowl.
Notes: The Crimson Tide had their 35-game winning streak and their quest for a fourth straight Super Bowl title ended by Brockton. Senior quarterback Matt Nuzzo was Everett's top rusher in the game with 116 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Trailing 21-14 with just less than six minutes to play, Brockton senior running back Richard Johnson scored on a 91-yard touchdown run and ran it in on the ensuing two-point conversion to give the Boxers the win.

No. 16 Southern Durham (Durham, N.C.) – (13-1)
Last Game: Lost to Dudley, 21-7, in the Class 3AA state semifinals.
Notes: Dudley quarterback Howard Williamson ran for three touchdowns to help end Southern Durham's 13-game winning streak. Southern Durham's Whitmin Reese scored the Spartans' only touchdown on a 51-yard run.

* previous ranking

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