Champion Presents: Football Top 25

The 2004 high school football season is over, and <b>Southlake Carroll (Texas)</b> finishes the year ranked right where it started at No. 1. <b>Bellevue (Wash.)</b> and <b>Independence (N.C.)</b> follow Southlake Carroll in the final National Football Top 25 of the season.

Final 2004 Rankings

1. Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) – (16-0) *1
Last Game: Defeated Smithson Valley, 27-24, in the Class 5A Division II state championship.
Notes: Junior kicker Kevin Ortega kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired to give Southlake Carroll its second state title in three years and allow the Dragons to finish the season in the top spot in the National Football Top 25. Senior quarterback Chase Daniel completed a 15-yard pass to junior wideout Clint Renfro on third-and-17 from the Smithson Valley 39-yard line to set up Ortega's game-winning kick. Senior running back Aaron Luna ran for 72 yards and two touchdowns, while Daniel threw for 295 yards and a touchdown.

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.) – (15-0) *3
Last Game: Defeated South View, 41-7, in the Class 4AA state championship.
Notes: Independence won its fifth straight state title and 77th consecutive game overall by beating South View. Senior quarterback Joe Cox completed 20-of-31 passes for 267 yards and four touchdowns to set a new single-season state record for touchdown passes in a season with 66. Cox broke the former mark of 64 set by former Independence star and current Florida quarterback Chris Leak in 2002. Senior wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi had 11 receptions for 142 yards and two touchdowns in the win. His 1,834 receiving yards and 32 touchdown receptions this year set single-season state marks, and he finished as the state's all-time leader in receiving yards (4,876) and touchdown receptions (76).

4. Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) – (14-0) *4
Last Game: Defeated Valencia, 49-21, in the CIF Division II Southern Section championship.
Notes: The Diablos won their third CIF title in four years by beating Valencia. Junior fullback Chane Moline ran for 121 yards and five touchdowns on 23 carries, while senior quarterback Mark Sanchez completed 12-of-19 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown.

5. Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) – (16-0) *5
Last Game: Defeated Neshaminy, 49-14, in the PIAA Class AAAA state championship.
Notes: Central Catholic became the first WPIAL team to win a Class AAAA state title since 1995 and finished with the most wins in a season in WPIAL history. The Vikings outscored their opponents 137-17 in three PIAA playoff games en route to three mercy-rule victories. Senior running back Eugene Jarvis ran for 192 yards on 24 carries and tied a championship game record with five touchdowns.

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.) – (14-0) *7
Last Game: Defeated Northside, 29-14, in the Class 4A state championship.
Notes: The Patriots, who will move down to Class 2A next season, beat Northside to capture their 19th state title. Curtis and Northside were tied at 14 at the half, but the Patriots scored 15 unanswered points in the second half on touchdown runs by sophomore quarterback Johnnie Thiel and senior running back Kirk Bush.

8. Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) – (13-1) *8
Last Game: Defeated Lake Gibson, 49-21, in the Class 4A state championship.
Notes: Armwood earned its second straight state title with its win over Lake Gibson. Senior fullback Kalvin Bailey ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries, and the Hawks' defense picked off three passes, one of which was returned for a touchdown by junior linebacker Walter Radney. Armwood's one blemish on its record is a result of having to forfeit its win against Middleton on Oct. 22 for using an ineligible player.

9. LaGrange (LaGrange, Ga.) – (15-0) *9
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 is rated the No. 13 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by, 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.

10. Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) – (15-0) *10
Last Game: Defeated Prattville, 22-7, in the Class 6A state championship.
Notes: Hoover won its third straight state title and fourth in the last five years. Senior defensive back Cory Reamer was named the championship game's MVP after he blocked two punts — one of which he returned 12 yards for a touchdown — and added four tackles and an interception. Senior quarterback Jarod Bryant led the offense by completing 12-of-23 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 40 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

11. South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) – (15-0) *11
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 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.

12. Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) – (15-0) *12
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.

13. Lufkin (Lufkin, Texas) – (14-1) *13
Last Game: Lost to No. 1 Southlake Carroll, 37-30, in the Class 5A Division II state semifinals.
Notes: Lufkin's tremendous season was ended in the state semifinals by mighty Southlake Carroll. Still, the Panthers remain this high in the rankings because they barely lost to the No. 1 team in the country. Lufkin senior running back Jorvorskie Lane capped his career by running for 72 yards and a touchdown in the loss to finish with 1,972 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns on the season.

14. Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse, N.Y.) – (13-0) *14
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) *15
Last Game: Defeated No. 22 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) *16
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) *17
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) *18
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) *19
Last Game: Defeated Cactus, 45-34, in the Class 4A state championship.
Notes: Moon Valley trailed Cactus 34-6 at halftime of the state finals, 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) *20
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. Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) – (14-0) *21
Last Game: Defeated Dominguez, 38-21, in the CIF Division III Southern Section championship.
Notes: Senior running back Cary Harris (120 yards), junior quarterback Garrett Green (118) and sophomore running back Rodney Glass (100) all rushed for 100 yards or more to lead Notre Dame to its third straight CIF title. Harris ran for three scores, while Green and Glass added a touchdown apiece.

22. Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) – (12-1) *22
Last Game: Lost to No. 15 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 wasn'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.

23. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) – (13-1) *23
Last Game: Defeated Los Alamitos, 21-6, in the CIF Division I Southern Section championship.
Notes: The Jackrabbits capped their season by holding Los Alamitos' explosive offense to just six points en route to capturing their 16th CIF title overall. Senior DeSean Jackson, who is rated the No. 46 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by, led the defensive effort by intercepting two passes, one of which he returned 68 yards for a touchdown. Junior running back Troy Guthrie had 108 rushing yards on 15 carries and finished his stellar season with 1,416 yards and 28 touchdowns.

24. Rock Hill (Rock Hill, S.C.) – (13-1) *24
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) *25
Last Game: Defeated Clovis, 40-0, in the Class 5A state finals.
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: None

* previous ranking

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