SchoolSports Football Top 25

SchoolSports.com unveils its final National Football Top 25 and taking home top honors for the season is Lakeland (Fla.), which captured its second straight state title and went 15-0 for the second consecutive season. Southlake Carroll (Texas) and Independence (N.C.) follow Lakeland in the rankings.

Final 2005 Rankings

1. Lakeland (Lakeland, Fla.) – (15-0) *1
Last Game: Defeated then-No. 22 St. Thomas Aquinas, 39-10, in the Class 5A state championship.
Notes: The Dreadnaughts earned their second straight state title by cruising past Aquinas. It was Lakeland's 30th consecutive win. Aquinas wasn't able to stop Lakeland's running game as the Dreadnaughts amassed 336 yards on the ground. Junior fullback Jamar Taylor ran for 153 yards and three touchdowns and junior tailback Chris Rainey added 112 yards and a touchdown. With the win, Lakeland finishes the season as the No. 1 team in the National Top 25.

2. Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) – (16-0) *2
Last Game: Defeated No. 20 Katy, 34-20, in the Class 5A Division II state championship.
Notes: Carroll won its third state title in four years by defeating Katy. Carroll is 63-1 over its last 64 games with its only loss coming to Katy in the 2003 state championship. In this year's win over Katy, the Dragons were led by senior quarterback Greg McElroy, who completed 21-of-31 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns and was named game MVP. McElroy finished the year with 56 touchdown passes, which broke the Class 5A state record for touchdowns passes in a season.

3. Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) – (15-0) *3
Last Game: Defeated New Bern, 38-19, in the Class 4AA state championship.
Notes: Independence became the first school in state history to win six consecutive state titles and stretched its winning streak to 92 games, which is the nation's longest current winning streak. Senior wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who has committed to North Carolina, was the star of the show. He had eight receptions for 205 yards and two touchdowns and returned three kicks for 102 yards. Junior quarterback Daryl McFadden passed for 274 yards and two touchdowns and senior running back Cameron Henegan ran for 79 yards and two touchdowns.


4. Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) – (15-0) *4
Last Game: Defeated Richland Northeast, 51-8, in the Class 4A Division II state championship.
Notes: The Rebels won their fourth consecutive state title. Junior quarterback Willy Korn threw for 131 yards and a touchdown and ran for 122 yards and a score. Senior Prince Miller added two touchdown runs. Byrnes is only the third school in state history to have won four straight state titles.


5. Springdale (Springdale, Ark.) – (14-0) *5
Last Game: Defeated West Memphis, 54-20, in the Class AAAAA state championship.
Notes: Senior wide receiver Damian Williams was named the game's MVP after he caught six passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 67 yards and a score. Senior quarterback Mitch Mustain completed 17-of-28 passes for 344 yards and five touchdowns and finished as the state's all-time single-season leader in passing yards in Class AAAAA with 3,817.


6. St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio) – (15-0) *6
Last Game: Defeated Massillon Washington, 24-17, in the Division I state championship.
Notes: The Bombers won their first-ever Division I football state title. There were many stars for St. Xavier in the win over Massillon. Sophomore running back Darius Ashley ran for 153 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries and senior quarterback Brad Scherer ran for 97 yards and tossed a 16-yard touchdown pass. Senior Brad Brookbank had a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown and junior Jon Saelinger intercepted two passes in the fourth quarter to help end a Massillon comeback bid.


7. Warren Central (Indianapolis, Ind.) – (14-1) *7
Last Game: Defeated Hamilton Southeastern, 55-20, in the Class 5A state championship.
Notes: The Warriors won their third consecutive state championship. Senior quarterback Dexter Taylor ran for 158 yards and three touchdowns and junior fullback Darren Evans ran for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Central was led by junior safety Jerimy Finch, who had a team-high nine tackles and an interception. He also returned a punt 55 yards for a score.


8. Lincoln-Way East (Frankfort, Ill.) – (14-0) *8
Last Game: Defeated Maine South, 30-24, in double overtime of the Class 8A state championship.
Notes: Senior quarterback Anthony Kropp scored on a 1-yard run in the second overtime to lift the Griffins to the title. Kropp also completed 19-of-38 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown. Maine South trailed 21-7 in the fourth, but rallied to send the game into overtime. The teams traded field goals in the first overtime before Kropps' heroics in the second session.


9. Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) – (14-1) *9
Last Game: Defeated then-No. 20 Brookwood, 49-7, in the Class AAAAA state championship.
Notes: The Vikings crushed Brookwood en route to winning their second consecutive state title and third in the last seven years. Senior running back Lynn Williams led the offensive attack by rushing for 91 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Lowndes defense held Brookwood to 44 rushing yards.


10. St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.) – (14-0) *10
Last Game: Defeated Moorpark, 27-7, in the CIF Southern Section Division IV championship.
Notes: St. Bonaventure captured its sixth section title in the last seven years. The Seraphs won their 24th consecutive game and 95th in the last 98 games. Senior quarterback Matt Evans completed 11-of-16 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score, while junior running back Michael Lee ran for 149 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.


11. South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) – (15-0) *11
Last Game: Defeated Meridian, 52-14, in the Class 5A state championship.
Notes: The Tigers won their third consecutive state title and 45th consecutive game. Junior quarterback Leroy Diggs ran for 150 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries and senior tailback Ricky Sanford ran for 210 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries.


12. Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) – (9-0) *12
Last Game: Defeated McDonogh, 28-0.
Notes: The Greyhounds captured their seventh MIAA A Conference title in nine years with their win over McDonogh. Gilman shut out five of its last six opponents and outscored them 158-7. Senior running back Sean Price ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Seniors Will Shikani and Kevin Doyle keyed the defensive effort. Shikani had two sacks and returned an interception three yards for a touchdown. Doyle had two interceptions, giving him eight for the season.


13. Morris (Morris, Ill.) – (14-0) *13
Last Game: Defeated Normal, 14-9, in the Class 6A state championship.
Notes: Morris won its first state title since 1984. Senior running back John Dergo ran for 206 yards and a touchdown and finished the season with 3,010 rushing yards. This year, he set state records for touchdowns in a season (52) and points scored in a season (376). He finished his career as the state-record holder for career touchdowns (110) and career points (756). Senior defensive lineman/tight end Jamie Cumbie finished the year with 124 tackles and 24 sacks.


14. Highland Park (Dallas, Texas) – (15-0) *14
Last Game: Defeated Marshall, 59-0, in the Class 4A Division I state championship.
Notes: The Scots posted the largest margin of victory ever recorded in a UIL 11-man football state championship game. Senior running back Jake Feldt ran for 132 yards and four touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass. Senior quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 10-of-18 passes for 202 yards and an interception in his last game for Highland Park. Stafford, who's rated the nation's No. 1 quarterback by SchoolSports.com, finished his senior season by completing 206-of-320 passes for 4,000 yards and 37 touchdowns with just six interceptions. He added seven touchdown runs.


15. St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) – (12-0) *15
Last Game: Defeated then-No. 19 Don Bosco Prep, 22-15, in the Non-Public Group 4 championship.
Notes: Senior defensive back Andrew Booth delivered the play of the game when he intercepted Don Bosco junior Matt Simms and returned it 65 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 3:30 left to play. Senior Kee-Ayre Griffin intercepted Simms at the 4-yard line with 1:19 left to clinch the title for St. Peter's.


16. Ferndale (Ferndale, Wash.) – (14-0) *16
Last Game: Defeated Prosser, 47-12, in the Class 3A state championship.
Notes: Senior quarterback Jake Locker, a Washington recruit, led the Golden Eagles to their first Class 3A state championship by rushing for 138 yards and two touchdowns and passing for 106 yards and two scores. Adam Wilgus ran for 137 yards on 12 carries and Antoine Dudley added 118 rushing yards on 15 attempts.


17. Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) – (14-0) *17
Last Game: Defeated Woodinville, 35-21, in the Class 4A state championship.
Notes: Senior quarterback Jason Harris completed 19-of-24 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 66 yards and two scores as Skyline captured the state crown. Harris finished the season with 2,960 passing yards and 35 touchdowns and 785 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns.


18. Union (Tulsa, Okla.) – (13-1) *18
Last Game: Defeated Mustang, 33-7, in the Class 6A state championship.
Notes: The Redskins won their second straight state title and third in the last four years behind the play of quarterback Casey Whorton, who completed 7-of-14 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score. Renard Johnson led the ground game by rushing for 265 yards a touchdown.


19. Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) – (14-1) *19
Last Game: Defeated Daphne, 56-14, in the Class 6A state championship.
Notes: The Buccaneers won their fourth straight state title and fifth in the last six years. Hoover became the first big school in Alabama High School Athletic Association history to win four consecutive state crowns. Junior quarterback Ross Wilson was named game MVP after he completed 15-of-29 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two scores. Senior wide receiver Cornelius Williams caught nine passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns.


20. Katy (Katy, Texas) – (14-1) *20
Last Game: Lost to No. 2 Southlake Carroll, 34-20, in the Class 5A Division II state championship.
Notes: Katy had no answers for Carroll in the state championship. Carroll senior quarterback Greg McElroy threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns, while Katy senior quarterback Andy Dalton threw and ran for a score, but was picked off four times. Katy stays at No. 20 in the final rankings because the loss to Carroll was its only loss of the season and it came in the state championship game.

21. Dominguez (Compton, Calif.) – (13-1) *21
Last Game: Defeated then-No. 11 Notre Dame, 41-14, in the CIF Southern Section Division III championship.
Notes: Dominguez snapped Notre Dame's 35-game winning streak and ended the Knights' bid at a fourth consecutive Division III crown. Dominguez junior running back Brandon Johnson dominated Notre Dame's defense as he ran for a game-high 245 yards and scored four touchdowns.


22. Canyon (Canyon Country, Calif.) – (13-1) *22
Last Game: Defeated Hart, 21-13, in the CIF Southern Section Division I championship.
Notes: Junior J.J. DiLuigi stopped Hart senior receiver Troy Yudin just short of a first down at the 1-yard line with 19.2 seconds remaining to propel Canyon to the Southern Section title. DiLuigi ran for 68 yards and a touchdown to finish with 43 touchdowns on the season.


23. Trinity (Euless, Texas) – (14-1) *23
Last Game: Defeated Converse Judson, 28-14, in the Class 5A Division I state championship.
Notes: Trinity rallied from a 14-0 deficit to capture the state title. Senior running back Dimitri Nance ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. He finished the season with 3,173 yards and 41 touchdowns on 341 carries.


24. Brophy Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) – (13-1) *24
Last Game: Defeated then-No. 8 Hamilton, 15-14, in the Class 5A Division I state championship.
Notes: Brophy won its first football title with a major upset win over Hamilton. Sophomore quarterback Bryan Berens led Brophy on a 17-play, 99-yard drive that was capped by his game-winning 7-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Matt Smith with 34 seconds left. Smith finished with eight receptions for 113 yards. Hamilton had won the last two state crowns.


25. Brockton (Brockton, Mass.) – (13-0) *25
Last Game: Defeated Xaverian, 14-7, in Eastern Mass. Division 1 Super Bowl.
Notes: The Boxers won their second consecutive Division 1 Super Bowl crown. Brockton stuffed Xaverian four times inside the 3-yard line with under two minutes to play to preserve the win. Senior quarterback Jessy Resende had a 28-yard touchdown run and senior running back/linebacker Junior Penn added a 14-yard touchdown run.


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* previous ranking

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