Monday, September 22, 2008

Across the PrepNation: Weekend Rewind 9-22-08

Some regional news, notes and rankings that just missed the cut when compiling this week's National Prep Football Poll.

Week 5 National Prep Football Poll Reax

1. Euless Trinity 24, No. 21 Allen 14: Trojans vanquish third consecutive state-ranked foe
2. St. Thomas Aquinas was idle: Raiders back in action Friday after two-week layoff
3. Byrnes 38, Lincoln (Fla.) 0: Single most impressive outing of any Top 25 team so far this season
4. Lowndes 51, Colquitt County 0: Rough Region 1 debut for Rush Propst
5. South Panola 28, No. 18 Apopka 18: No end in sight to Tigers' 79-game win streak
6. Gateway 44, Penn-Trafford 8: Average win margin is 39
7. Armwood 41, Brandon 0: Only one TD allowed this season
8. De La Salle 27, Loyola 21: Second straight nailbiter vs. quality foe
9. Centennial 47, WC No. 7 Mater Dei 35: Over 40 total points were scored in 1st quarter alone
10. North Shore vs. LaMarque (canceled): Mustangs should get back on the field Saturday vs. SLC
11. Oscar Smith 50, Great Bridge 14: Second straight blowout win over area-ranked foe
12. Poly 26, Newport Harbor 2: Jackrabbits 'D' looks as good as advertised
13. Bastrop 40, Richwood 12: Tough test this week at East St. John
14. Louisville Trinity 17, MW No. 6 Cincinnati St. Xavier 6: 'Rocks show why we've had them in the Top 25 all season
15. Glenville 40, Lincoln West 0: Another Senate League stroll for the Tarblooders
16. Skyline 55, Lake Washington 0: Last two wins by combined 111-6
17. Lakeland 36, Winter Haven 13: Winning again with running game and tough defense
18. Apopka 18, No. 5 South Panola 28: Blue Darters show well but fall short
19. Camden County was idle: Georgia 5A playoffs could be epic this year
20. Colerain 35, Sycamore 14: 60 straight league wins
21. Allen 14, No. 1 Euless Trinity 24: Eagles fail to get enough big plays to beat Trinity
22. Carmel 27, Lawrence North 6: Two weeks before key trip to Warren Central
23. St. Ignatius 49, St. Francis (N.Y.) 14: Trip to Massillon awaits
24. Stone Bridge 64, Loudoun Valley 13: Back-to-back games with 60+ points
25. Maryville 45, Powell 6: 65 wins and counting for the Rebs


The perfomance of the week was turned in by Schuylkill Haven (Pa.) running back Zach Barket. The 5-10, 200-pound senior had 413 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 25 carries in a 54-19 blowout of North Schuykill . . . Wayne Hills (N.J.) extended the region's longest winning streak to 42 games with a 49-8 blowout win against Bergenfield . . . The top win streak in New York still belongs to Long Island power Floyd, which erased an early 10-point deficit and defeated Longwood, 24-15 . . . A streak that did come to an end over the weekend was previously regionally ranked Philadelphia's St. Joseph's Prep's 55-game Catholic League unbeaten mark. The Hawks were upset by LaSalle, 31-17.

Five teams knocking on regional rankings door: McKeesport (Pa.), Wayne Hills (N.J.), Bonny Eagle (Maine), Floyd (N.Y.), Dartmouth (Mass.)

Good Counsel (Md.) moved up a few spots in the regional Top 10 this week after an easier-than-expected 27-14 defeat of New Jersey power St. Peter's Prep. PrepNation's Eastern Correspondent Norm Gross reports a bevy of college coaches were on the sidelines with him to watch Good Counsel's star recruit Jelani Jenkins, who scored the Falcons' final two touchdowns of the game . . . Don't be surprised if Independence (N.C.) finds its way back in the national Top 25 at some point this season. The Patriots, who were ranked in every weekly Top 25 from the start of the 2001 season until their 109-game winning streak ended last September, are now 3-0 after blanking Vance, 42-0.

Five knocking on the regional rankings door: Oakton (Va), Northwestern (S.C.), Woodbridge (Va.), River Hill (Md.), Loyola (Md.)

Defending Florida 4A champ Miami Booker T. Washington lost its first game to a fellow Dade County opponent since 2003 while defending 6A champ Miami Northwestern extended its in-state winning streak to 33. The Bulls scored a late touchdown to elude the Tornadoes, 31-29, in a game televised nationally by CBS College Sports . . . It was a weekend for debuts in Georgia's toughest 5A region, Region 1. Defending 4A champ Warner Robins got its feet wet with a 28-14 win against perennial power Valdosta, 28-14. That extended the Eagles' winning streak to 34 games. Things didn't go nearly as well for former Hoover (Ala.) coach Rush Propst in his Region 1 debut at Colquitt County. The Packers were taken to the woodshed, 51-0, by national No. 4 Lowndes . . . Defending Louisiana 2A champ John Curtis, whose only loss was to national No. 1 Euless Trinity, improved to 2-1 after defeating Salmen, 28-7. The Patriots have a couple more out-of-state challenges upcoming with Blount (Ala.) coming to town this week followed by Florida 6A power North Miami Beach on Oct. 4.

Five teams knocking on the regional rankings door: Montgomery Bell (Tenn.), Deerfield Beach (Fla.), John Curtis (La.), Memphis University (Tenn.), McGill-Toolen (Ala.)

Regionally ranked St. Rita beat Mount Carmel, 35-21, in one of the top rivalry games in the Midwest. More than 12,000 fans watched as the two southside Chicago Catholic league rivals met on the gridiron for the 85th time . . . In another great rivalry game -- this one among Detroit area Catholic powers -- Brother Rice defeated Catholic Central, 27-24. It took a 50-yard field goal from all-state kicker Ryan Kelley as time expired . . . Cincinnati Elder, whose only loss is to national No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas, entered the regional Top 10 after outgunning previously unbeaten St. Edward, 52-31. Junior quarterback Mark Miller set a school record with 449 passing yards and coach Doug Ramsey got his 100th win with the Panthers, who host rival St. Xavier on Friday.

Five teams knocking on the regional rankings door: Rochester Adams (Mich.), Pickerington Central (Ohio), Warren Central (Ind.), East Grand Rapids (Mich.), St. Xavier (Ky.)

Two of Colorado's top 5 teams were beaten last week, causing both to fall out of this week's regional Top 10. Denver Mullen could not keep up with regionally ranked Rockhurst (Mo.) and its Illinois-bound QB Nathan Scheelhaase, losing at home 31-21. Meanwhile, Bear Creek was upset by Pomona, 41-31, despite getting 271 combined rushing and receiving yards from senior RB Tommy Flanagan . . . Logan, which is ranked No. 2 in Utah's Class 3A, defeated the top-ranked 5A team in Idaho, Highland, 38-33. It was the second straight out-of-state loss for the Rams, who were beaten last week by Sacramento, Calif., power Grant . . . Smith Center (Kan.) extended its winning streak to 57 games, but just barely. The Redmen, who made national headlines for recording 11 straight shutouts last season, narrowly escaped with a 22-20 win against Norton.

Five teams knocking on the regional rankings door: Olathe East (Kan.), Cretin-Derham Hall (Minn.), Bettendorf (Iowa), Lee's Summit West (Mo.), Cherry Creek (Colo.)

It was a busy night for scoreboard operators across the state of Arkansas last Friday night. According to Robert Yates of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, a couple of state records might have been set. Nashville senior RB Derrick Graham scored nine touchdowns -- all on runs of 3 yards or less -- in a 58-35 defeat of Liberty-Eylau (Texas). Meanwhile, Fountain Lake scored 66 points but it wasn't enough to avert a loss to Hot Springs Lakeside, which scored 88 in an amazing 22-point victory . . . Broken Arrow (Okla.) entered the regional rankings after starting the season at 3-0 for the first time in more than a decade. The Tigers, who opened the season by breaking a 22-game losing streak to then-regionally ranked Tulsa Union, defeated 5A power Tulsa Booker T. Washington, 24-14 . . . Palo Verde clearly separated itself as the top-ranked team in Las Vegas -- at least for the time being -- by shutting out Cheyenne, 25-0. The teams went in to the game sharing the city's No. 1 ranking in a coach's poll published by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Five teams knocking on the regional rankings door: Tulsa Union (Okla.), Jenks (Okla.), Spring Westfield (Texas), Odessa Permian (Okla.), Palo Verde (Nev.)

Sacramento Grant recorded its second straight victory over a large-school power from another state. A week ago, Grant went to Idaho and defeated that state's No. 1-ranked team, Highland, 34-21. On Friday, the Pacers outdueled defending Utah 5A champ Alta, 52-33 . . . Folks who attended the game -- and those of us who watched it on FOX Sports West -- between No. 9 Corona Centennial and regionally ranked Mater Dei expected another shootout, and nobody came away disappointed. Although there weren't 1,300 yards of total offense like in Mater Dei's 51-37 win last season, scoring was not in short supply as Centennial got revenge, 47-35. The first half alone was more than enough entertainment for even the causal football fan as both teams scored on 95-plus yard kickoff returns and the Huskies clung to a 33-28 advantage at the break . . . Regionally ranked Bellevue (Wash.) got its second out-of-state victory of the young season, barley edging California High of San Ramon (Calif.), 34-27, at Qwest Field in Seattle. California made it to the North Coast Section 4A championship game last season, where it lost to eventual state champion De La Salle, 37-0.

Five teams knocking on the regional rankings door: Los Alamitos (Calif.), Valley Christian (Calif.), St. Bonaventure (Calif.), Oaks Christian (Calif.), Lake Oswego (Ore.), Leilehua (Hawaii)

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