FOX Sports Next Top 50 - Week 16

No. 1 Manatee (Fla.) falls in the playoffs, that means there's a new No. 1 in the FOX Sports Next Top 50 High School Football Teams in the nation.

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1 (2)
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John Curtis (14-0) River Ridge, LA

Curtis got more of a challenge from Evangel Christian in the State Championship, but the Patriots rolled to finish their season 14-0.

Last: Def Evangel Christian 35-13
Next: State Champions
2 (3)
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Katy (14-0) Katy, TX

Katy had little trouble advancing to the Semi-Finals in Texas, but the Tigers will have a battle on their hands with Steele this weekend.

Last: Def Cypress Ranch
Next: 12/1 Cypress Ranch (10-4)
3 (4)
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DeSoto (14-0) DeSoto, TX

The Eagles won a 49-45 thriller against No. 31 Southlake Carroll to advance to the Semi-Finals to take on Allen. Allen's only loss on the season was a three point defeat against Coppell who DeSoto bounced out of the playoffs three weeks ago 42-14.

Last: Def Bowie 24-6
Next: 12/15 Southlake Carroll (12-1)
4 (5)
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University (12-0) Ft. Lauderdale

University laid claim to Florida's 3A State Championship with a 24-17 win over Madison County. The Suns marquee wins this year came against Ohio's Trotwood-Madison, Madison County, and American Heritage.

Last: Def Madison County 24-17
Next: State Champions
5 (6)
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Bellevue (15-0) Bellevue, WA

(12-3) Bellevue cruised to another State Championship with a 35-3 win over Eastside Catholic.

Last: Def Eastside Catholic 35-3
Next: State Champions
6 (7)
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North Allegheny (15-0) Wexford, PA

North Allegheny rolled past Wilson to move into the State Championship Game against Coatesville. Coatesville has a high powered offense, but they tend to give up points in bunches. North Allegheny's defense is salty. 

Last: Def Wilson 45-10
Next: 12/15 Coatesville (13-2)
7 (8)
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Butler (15-0) Matthews, NC

(12-3) Butler put the cherry on top of a terrific season with a convincing 56-28 win over Jack Britt to claim its State Championship.

Last: Def Jack Britt 56-28
Next: State Champions

8 (10)
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De La Salle (14-0) Concord, CA

De La Salle is a team you want to face early. By this time of year, their option offense is a well oiled machine. Folsom brought a 14-0 record into their game last week, and De La Salle crushed them. The Spartans face Centennial this week in the Open Division Championship. De La Salle has made a mockery of Southern California's best in this game the last several years.

Last: Def Folsom 49-15
Next: 12/15 Centennial (14-1)
9 (9)
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Good Counsel (11-1) Olney, MD

(11/19) Good Counsel made good on its rematch with DeMatha for the WCAC Championship in a 26-14 win.  Good Counsel lost its first game of the season before running off 11 straight including wins over Gilman, Dematha (twice), and St. Joseph Regional (N.J.).

Last: 11/18 Def DeMatha 26-14
: Season Over
10 (11)
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Steele (14-0) Cibolo, Texas

Steele hadn't been challenged in months, and the Knights needed a game like last week's to get ready for Katy this week. Steele advanced by beating a good Brandeis team 28-12 after winning its last two playoff games by a combined score of 85-0.

Last: Def Brandeis 28-12
Next: 12/14 No. 2 Katy (14-0)
11 (13)
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Hoover (15-0) Hoover, AL

Hoover had beaten Opelika 30-7 a little more than a month ago, but in that month Opelika had regained confidence knocking off powers Daphne, Auburn, and Carver. It didn't matter; Hoover kept getting better too. The Bucs stomped Opelika.

Last: Def Opelika 31-0
: State Champions
12 (14)
Norcross (14-0) Norcross, GA

Norcross finished off South Georgia beating Colquitt County 41-27 after eliminating Camden County two weeks ago. The Blue Devils now must face a surprising Lovejoy team in the Dome for the State Championship in Georgia's largest classification. Lovejoy's lone loss on the season was to the Colquitt County team just outed by Norcross.

Last: Def Colquitt County 41-27
Next: 12/15 Lovejoy (13-1)
13 (1)
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Manatee (13-1) Bradenton, FL

Manatee ran into perennial power Aquinas just as the Raiders are starting to get hot. Aquinas lost two games earlier in the season, but the Raiders have grown up since then sending Manatee home before they were ready.

Last: Lost to St. Thomas Aquinas 35-18
: Season Over
14 (15)
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Archbishop Moeller (12-3) Cincinnati, OH

(12/3) Archbishop Moeller completed its own 2012 season comeback. After being ranked in the Top 10 early in the season, the Crusaders dropped three games before coming together as a team to beat powerhouses such as Louisville Trinity, Colerain, and Whitmer.

Last: Def No. 10 Whitmer 20-12
Next: State Champions
15 (19)
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Miami Central (11-2) Miami, FL

Central got a fight from unbeaten Naples, but in the end, the Rockets outscored the Golden Eagles. In what might be the best matchup in all of Florida's State Championship games, Central takes on another unbeaten this week, Gainesville.

Last: Def Naples 48-33
: 12/15 Gainesville (14-0)
16 (16)
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Whitmer (14-1) Toledo, OH

(12/3) Whitmer found out what Louisville Trinity and a host of others already knew, that the Archbishop Moeller playing after Halloween is a different team than what was playing early in the season. Whitmer lost its first game of the season in a hard-fought 20-12 loss in the State Championship.

Last: Lost to No. 36 Archbishop Moeller 20-12 
Next: Season Over
17 (17)
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Trinity (13-1) Louisville, KY

(12/3) Trinity slogged its way through the playoffs before exploding on Pleasure Ridge Park in the State Championship.

Last: Def Pleasure Ridge Park 67-7
: State Champions
18 (18)
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Bishop Gorman (13-1) Las Vegas, NV

(12/3) Bishop Gorman beat Liberty 63-10 for its State Championship.

Last: Def Liberty 63-10
: State Champions
19 (21)
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Washington (13-1) Miami, FL

Bolles is used to playing for State Championships; they're not used to be beaten so soundly. Booker T. Washington dominated Bolles to claim the Class 4A State Championship.

Last: Def Bolles 35-7
Next: State Champions
20 (20)
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Mentor (12-2) Mentor (OH)

(11/26) Mentor knocked off two straight Top 10 opponents in the Ohio playoffs, but a third Top 50 game was too much for the Cardinals after its 3OT classic with St. Ignatius two weeks ago. Mentor fell to No. 46 Whitmer 62-34 to end its season. 

Last: 11/24 Lost to No. 46 Whitmer 62-34
Next: Season Over

21 (23)
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Centennial (14-1) Corona, CA

Centennial took out Vista Murrieta two weeks ago and jumped on Narbonne early before winning a dog fight 41-34. The Huskies balanced attack will need to click on all cylinders if they're to beat De La Salle, who always seems to be clicking on all cylinders this time of year.

Last: Def No. 3 Vista Murrieta 30-28
Next: 12/15 No. Narbonne (14-0)
22 (22)
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Skyline (14-0) Sammamish, WA

(12/3) Skyline won its State Championship by beating Bellarmine Prep 49-24.

Last: Def Bellarmine Prep 49-24
Next: State Champions
23 (12)
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Narbonne (14-1) Harbor City, CA

Narbonne got off to a slow start against one of the fasted teams in California in Centennial, and the furious comeback fell short.

Last: Lost to Centennial 41-34
Next: Season Over
24 (24)
St. Edward (11-1) Lakewood, OH

(11/19) St. Edward fell to Mentor in Week 2 of the Ohio State Playoffs. 

Last: 11/9 Lost to Mentor 63-56
Next: Season Over
25 (25)
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Poly (12-3) Long Beach, CA

Poly continued its amazing run through the playoffs with a win against Central Section heavyweight Clovis North. Poly will face a redemption candidate in its own right in the D1 Bowl Game against Granite Bay. Like Poly, Granite Bay lost three of its first four before righting the ship and reeling off 11 straight wins. The Jackrabbits are a different animal than what Granite Bay has faced the last three months.

Last: Def Clovis North 28-7
Next: 12/14 Granite Bay (12-3) 
26 (26)
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Allen (13-1) Allen, TX

Allen grounded a high flying Skyline team in a 37-17 showdown of Top 50 teams. Allen is three points away from an unblemished record. Allen must now jump out of the frying pan and into the fire as No. 3 DeSoto is up next.

Last: Def Skyline 37-17
Next: 12/14 No. 3 DeSoto 
27 (28)
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Vista Murrieta (13-1) Murrieta, CA

(12/3) Vista Murrieta was a two-point conversion away from forcing overtime with No. 28 Corona Centennial. Instead the Broncos saw their season end as the pass attempt fell to the ground.

Last: Lost to No. 28 Centennial 30-28
Next: Season Over
28 (29)
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American Heritage (11-1) Delray Beach, FL

(11/26) American Heritage saw its season come to and end, but there's no shame in losing to a team as good as University. The highlight of the Stallions' season was its 9/7 win over Armwood. 

Last: 11/23 Lost to No. 7 University 34-17
Next: Season Over

29 (NR)

Aquinas (12-2) Fort Lauderdale, FL

Aquinas is no stranger to the Top 50, but after losing two games early in the season, the Raiders had been missing for a while. Like many perennial powers like Poly or South Panola, it seemed only a matter of time before the Raiders got it going in the right direction. Knocking off the No. 1 team in the nation and a 12-2 record gets Aquinas back in the Top 50. Now they'll take on Lincoln, who was in the Top 50 for most of the season before losing to Godby at the end of the regular season.

Last: Def No. 1 Manatee 35-18
Next: 12/14 Lincoln (12-1)
30 (30)
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Ensworth (14-0) Nashville, TN

(12/3) The games were played three months apart, but the results stayed the same. Ensworth won their State Championship beating Memphis University 31-14 after beating them 35-28 the first week of the season.

Last: Def Memphis University 31-14
Next: State Champions
31 (31)
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Carroll (12-2) Southlake, TX

Someone has to come out on the wrong side of the best game in the nation, and in this case it was Southlake Carroll who dropped a heartbreaker to No. 4 DeSoto 49-45

Last: Lost to No. 4 DeSoto 49-45
: Season Over
32 (32)
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St. Ignatius (11-2) Cleveland, OH

(11/19) St. Ignatius found out what St. Edward found out two weeks ago, that Mentor is for real. It took three overtimes to out the Wildcats who finish their season at 11-2.

Last: (11/16) Lost to No. 22 Mentor 57-56 (3OT)
: Season Over
33 (33)
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Gilman (9-2) Baltimore, MD

(11/19) Gilman left little doubt this time. Calvert Hall gave the Greyhounds a scare in a 24-14 Gilman win on 10/22. This time Gilman left little doubt in a convincing 35-7 victory to claim the MIAA 'A' Title. 

Last: Def Calvert Hall 35-7
Next: Season Over
34 (34)
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Glenbard West (14-0) Glen Ellyn, IL

(11/26) In an old-fashioned slugfest, Glenbard West edged No. 41 Lincoln-Way East 10-8. What the game lacked in firepower it made up for in drama as the teams West survived a 4th and 10 from the 13 in the closing minutes, and that stop proved to be the difference.

Last: Def Lake Zurich 19-13
Next: State Champions

35 (36)
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Goose Creek (12-1) Goose Creek, SC

(11/26) Goose Creek was forced to forfeit its win over Bluffton, effectively ending its season unbeaten, yet unfulfilled.

Last: 11/17 Def Bluffton 35-25 (win subsequently forfeited)
Next: Season Over
36 (37)
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Mission Viejo (11-1) Mission Viejo, CA

(11/19) Mission Viejo caught a hot Long Beach Poly team at the wrong time. Poly lost three straight games early in the season by a combined score of 105-18. The Jackrabbits have it rolling now though and have won eight straight, knocking off one of the nation's top teams. 

Last: 11/16 Lost to Long Beach Poly 21-16
Next: Season Over
37 (38)
Whitehaven (15-0) Memphis, TN

(12/3) The Tigers avenged last year's State Championship loss to Maryville by winning an epic 36-35 clash to cap a perfect season in Memphis.

Last: Def No. 48 Maryville 36-35 
Next: State Champions

38 (39)
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Colerain (12-1) Cincinnati, OH

(11/19) Colerain fell victim to Archbishop Moeller who is playing like the Top 5 team that they were at one point during the season before losing three of five games mid-season. Colerain finished the season with wins over St. Xavier (twice), Elder, Lakota West, and Sycamore among others to finish 12-1. 

Last: Lost to Archbishop Moeller 24-21
Next: Season Over
39 (40)
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New Bern (15-0) New Bern, NC

(12/3) New Bern played arguably the game of the year in North Carolina with its 39-38 win over Porter Ridge in the State Championship. New Bern won a back and forth contest with a touchdown with less than 30 seconds on the clock.

Last: Def Porter Ridge 39-28
Next: State Champions
40 (41)
Archbishop Rummel (14-0) Metarie, LA

Rummel claimed the 5A Championship in Louisiana with a convincing win over Barbe. 

Last: Def Barbe 35-14 
Next: State Champions
41 (NR)
Bird (14-0) Chesterfield, VA

Bird won the State Championship in Virginia the hard way. The Skyhawks won battles with Hermitage, Ocean Lakes, and Varina by a total of 19 points, a far cry from some of the blowouts we see in state tournaments. 

Last: Def No. 35 Ocean Lakes (14-10)
Next: State Champions
42 (42)
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Camden County (11-2) Kingsland, GA

(12/3) Camden County cruised past East Coweta and will face its toughest test of the season in Norcross in a quarterfinal worthy of being a State Championship game.

Last: Def East Coweta 34-14
Next: 12/14 No. 23 Norcross (12-0)
43 (43)
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Lincoln-Way East (13-1) Frankfort, IL

(11/26) Lincoln-Way East lost a slugfest to No. 48 Glenbard West and finished runner up for the State Championship in Illinois.

Last: 11/24 Lost to Glenbard West 10-8
Next: Season Over

44 (44)
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St. John Bosco (8-5) Bellflower, CA

(11/26) Bosco ran into the wrong team at the wrong time for its first on-field loss of the season. Long Beach Poly rebounded from a disastrous start of the season to knock off two of California's best teams in back to back weeks in the playoffs. Last week, Bosco was the victim. Bosco returns nearly its entire roster and will be a National Title contender next year.

Last: 11/23 Lost to Long Beach Poly 13-10
Next: Season Over

45 (45)

South Panola (13-2) Batesville, MS

(12/3) South Panola lost two games rather badly at the beginning of the season, but the young Tigers have grown up and became the University of South Panola that we have gotten to know through the years winning another State Championship.

Last: Def Brandon 31-23
Next: State Champions
46 (46)
Lawrence Central (15-0) Indianapolis, IN

(12/3) The Bears won a State Championship after an undefeated season in an area that has become stronger in recent years for football. Lawrence Central dispatched of Warren Central in the first round before reeling off another four wins to claim the Championship.

Last: Def Snider 39-14
Next: State Champions
47 (NR)
Karr (14-0) New Orleans, LA

Karr finished off an amazing run of the 2012 season with a 29-22 victory over Neville in the State Championship. Karr lived with a strong defense that held nine of its opponents to single digits.

Last: Def Neville 29-22
Next: State Champions
48 (47)
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Mesquite (11-1) Mesquite, TX

(11/26) The Skeeters put up a good fight against No. 28 Allen, but Allen proved to be the better team.  

Last: 11/23 Lost to No. 28 Allen 42-28
Next: Season Over
49 (48)
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Valor Christian (12-2) Highlands Ranch, CO

(12/3) Valor Christian had to work a little this year in winning its State Championship. Last year the Eagles made a laugher out of the game with a 66-10 win. This year against Cherokee Trail, the game took on a different feel with a 9-0 win for Valor Christian.

Last: Def Cherokee Trail 9-0
Next: State Champions
50 (49)
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Christian (13-1) Grand Rapids, MI

(11/26) Christian dropped its second game of the season as they blew a lead against Archbishop Moeller, but the Eagles were perfect the rest of the way enroute to winning the Division 3 State Championship in Michigan.

Last: Def St. Mary Prep 40-37
Next: State Champions

Out: Ocean Lakes (VA), Northside (GA), Skyline (TX)

In: Bird (VA), Edna Karr (LA). Aquinas (FL)


Scott began with Scout as the Southeast Regional Manager in 2002. In addition to his recruiting responsibilities, Scott developed and ran the National Scout Combine series from 2005 thru 2008. Scott has been Director of Scouting since 2006 and oversees the Recruiting Rankings for Scout.

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