Champion Presents: Football Top 25

<b>Southlake Carroll (Texas)</b> sits atop the National Football Top 25 yet again this week, but the big news is this weekend's showdown between No. 9 <b>Mission Viejo (Calif.)</b> and No. 14 <b>Long Beach Poly (Calif.)</b>.


Rankings as of Sept. 26, 2004

1. Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) – (4-0) *1
Last Game: Defeated Fossil Ridge, 28-6.
Notes: The Dragons showed no signs of rust after a week off by beating previously undefeated Fossil Ridge. Southlake Carroll's defense was the story, as it held Fossil Ridge to minus-8 rushing yards and recorded three sacks and an interception.

2. Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) – (3-0) *2
Last Game: Defeated Mercer Island, 68-0.
Notes: The Wolverines amassed 576 total yards on offense and held Mercer Island to 99 total yards to cruise to the shutout win. Mercer Island simply had no answer for Bellevue senior running back J.R. Hasty, who rushed for 300 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries.

3. Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) – (4-0) *3
Last Game: Defeated West Mecklenburg, 49-21.
Notes: Independence senior wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi toyed with West Mecklenburg's secondary to the tune of 13 receptions for 238 yards and two touchdowns, which was the second-best receiving performance in Mecklenburg County history. Patriots quarterback Joe Cox completed 19-of-32 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns.

4. Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) – (5-0) *4
Last Game: Defeated Penn Hills, 39-24.
Notes: Central Catholic quarterback Shane Murray threw for a career-high 231 yards and three touchdowns while running back Eugene Jarvis added 170 rushing yards and two touchdowns as Central Catholic won its fifth straight game.

5. Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) – (5-0) *5
Last Game: Defeated Milford, 70-3.
Notes: Can anyone stop Colerain? The Cardinals outgained Milford 443-21 and senior quarterback Dominick Goodman rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns in the first half as Colerain crushed the Eagles.

6. Lockport (Lockport, Ill.) – (5-0) *6
Last Game: Defeated Lincoln-Way East, 38-14.
Notes: While senior quarterback Jake Christensen has been a stud for Lockport to start the season, other players have helped him key the Porters' 5-0 start. In the win over Lincoln-Way East, junior running back Terrance Dillard rushed for 59 yards and three touchdowns and senior wide receiver George Kadlec caught five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. Christensen completed 19-of-33 passes for 308 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions while rushing for another score.

7. John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) – (4-0) *7
Last Game: Defeated McDonogh, 26-0.
Notes: The Patriots' ground game punished McDonogh for 231 yards and three touchdowns. Conversely, John Curtis held McDonogh to minus-28 yards on the ground.

8. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) – (2-0) *8
Last Game: Did not play.
Notes: The Ironmen take a 26-game winning streak into their game against Barringer on Oct. 1.

9. Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) – (3-0) *9
Last Game: Defeated Marina, 50-0.
Notes: Senior quarterback Mark Sanchez played only one quarter against Marina but still managed to complete all nine of his passes for 203 yards and a touchdown to lead the Diablos to the shutout win. Mission Viejo's next game is against No. 14 Long Beach Poly on Oct. 1.

10. Edgewater (Orlando, Fla.) – (2-0) *10
Last Game: Defeated Winter Park, 48-7.
Notes: Edgewater senior quarterback Michael Dunn completed 8-of-14 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns in the first half of Edgewater's dominating win over Winter Park.

11. Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) – (3-0) *11
Last Game: Defeated Jefferson, 54-7.
Notes: Despite missing six starters, including senior quarterback Jameel Williams, Armwood was still able to crush Jefferson. Senior running back Demetrius McCray rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries, while senior fullback Kalvin Bailey added 170 rushing yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Justin Hickman filled in for Williams and passed for 123 yards and a touchdown.

12. Phoebus (Hampton, Va.) – (3-0) *12
Last Game: Defeated Denbigh, 48-0.
Notes: Phoebus senior running back Elan Lewis continued his torrid start by rushing for 230 yards and six touchdowns in the win over Denbigh. Lewis has rushed for 540 yards and 12 touchdowns over his last two games.

13. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) – (3-0) *13
Last Game: Defeated Gonzaga, 28-0.
Notes: DeMatha's defense stymied Gonzaga's offense all game, holding the Eagles to just 48 yards of total offense. Senior Brandon Peterson hauled in four passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Stags' offensive attack.

14. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) – (3-0) *14
Last Game: Defeated St. Paul, 28-21.
Notes: Poly got a scare from St. Paul but was able to come away with the victory thanks to the efforts of junior running back Troy Guthrie, who rushed for a career-high 155 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. The Jackrabbits next take on No. 9 Mission Viejo on Oct. 1.

15. Lufkin (Lufkin, Texas) – (4-0) *15
Last Game: Defeated Klein Forest, 39-8.
Notes: Senior quarterback Jacovey Smallwood completed 13-of-23 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores to guide Lufkin to a big win over Klein Forest. Senior running back Jorvorskie Lane added 140 yards on 14 carries while also hauling in a touchdown reception.

16. Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield, Ill.) – (5-0) *17
Last Game: Defeated Lincoln, 56-7.
Notes: Senior quarterback Eric Peterman showcased his all-around abilities in the win over Lincoln, as he completed 11-of-24 passes for 199 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 72 yards on eight carries.

17. Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.) – (4-0) *18
Last Game: Defeated Independence, 54-6.
Notes: Senior running back Terry Longbons proved unstoppable yet again, rushing for 150 yards and two touchdowns while catching a 76-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Joe Caskey as Centennial rolled.

18. DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas) – (4-0) *19
Last Game: Defeated Arlington, 29-23.
Notes: Running back Kevin White rushed for 135 yards on 18 carries while Brian Jackson and T.J. Bell each had fourth-quarter interceptions to help lead DeSoto to a narrow victory over Arlington.

19. Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.) – (5-0) *20
Last Game: Defeated Brunswick, 38-6.
Notes: With their big win over Brunswick, the Wildcats have now scored 34 or more points in their last four games.

20. Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) – (3-0) *21
Last Game: Defeated Broken Arrow, 38-0.
Notes: Senior quarterback Andrew Brewer completed 10-of-16 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns, including a 93-yard scoring strike to senior wideout Jesse Meyer. Brewer also added 51 yards and a touchdown on the ground to lead Jenks, which snapped a two-game losing streak to Broken Arrow.

21. LaGrange (LaGrange, Ga.) – (5-0) *22
Last Game: Defeated Kendrick, 48-13.
Notes: The defending Class AAA state champion Grangers have shown no signs of letting up this year, as their dominating win over Kendrick moved them to 5-0 on the season.

22. Everett (Everett, Mass.) – (2-0) *23
Last Game: Defeated Revere, 47-15.
Notes: Senior running back Theluxon Pierre rushed for three touchdowns and added a touchdown reception while senior quarterback Matt Nuzzo tossed two touchdown passes to lead the Crimson Tide to their 27th consecutive win.

23. Union (Tulsa, Okla.) – (3-1) *24
Last Game: Defeated Ponca City, 35-21.
Notes: Senior running back Tony Moore ran all over Ponca City for 184 yards and three touchdowns to lead Union to the victory.

24. Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos, Calif.) – (2-1) *25
Last Game: Did not play.
Notes: The Griffins will travel to play La Habra on Oct. 1.

25. Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) – (4-0) *NR
Last Game: Defeated Tuscaloosa County, 36-0.
Notes: The defending Class 6A state champion Buccaneers enter the national rankings after their shutout of Tuscaloosa County moved them to 4-0 on the season. Quarterback Jarod Bryant was the offensive star for Hoover, completing 15-of-19 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns.


Dropped Out:

No. 16 Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.) – (3-1)
Last Game: Lost to Minnetonka, 31-29.
Notes: The Raiders were stunned by Minnetonka thanks to Skippers junior running back Jalon Hopkins, who rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Cretin-Derham Hall senior quarterback Reggie Rock passed for 145 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score in the loss.


* previous ranking


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