Monday, September 08, 2008

Across the PrepNation: Weekend Rewind 9-8-08

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

Week 3 National Prep Poll Top 25 Reax

1. Euless, Texas, Trinity was idle. Recent 5A champ Cedar Hill lying in wait.
2. Duncan, S.C., Byrnes 45, Ridge View 20. Coach called play sloppy but Rebels so good it did not matter on the scoreboard.
3. Valdosta, Ga., Lowndes 22, Peachtree Ridge 7: The Vikings' defense is scary good.
4. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St. Thomas Aquinas 49, Cardinal Gibbons 3: Might be nation's most well-rounded team.
5. Batesville, Miss., South Panola 34, Clarksdale 0: Another tune-up before No. 22 Apopka comes to town.
6. Concord, Calif., De La Salle was idle: Latest win streak at 13 and counting.
7. Monroeville, Pa., Gateway 56, Baldwin 6: If Gators continue to play like this, the rest of the state won't stand a chance.
8. Seffner, Fla., Armwood 9, SE No. 7 Plant 2: Yes, Armwood's defense IS that good.
9. Corona, Calif., Centennial was idle: Huskies dreaming of De La Salle rematch come December.
10. Houston, Texas, North Shore 33, Eisenhower 14: 72 consecutive regular season wins and counting
11. Jenks, Okla. 44, Bixby 7: THE rivalry continues Friday against Tulsa Union
12. Long Beach, Calif., Poly was idle: Defending champ in the big, bad Pac-5 division
13. Cleveland, Ohio, Glenville 31, Gahanna-Lincoln 0: Tarblooders on absolute cruise control until postseason
14. Bastrop, La. at Istrouma (canceled): Rams should finally open the season Friday against Dollarway (Ark.) on ESPNU
15. Chesapeake, Va., Oscar Smith 44, Hickory 0: 87 for Tigers, 0 for opponents so far
16. Louisville, Ky., Trinity 17, Bowling Green 0: Rocks outgained Purples 292-71
17. Orange, Calif., Lutheran 35, Bullard 17: Lancers are tough and physical
18. Sammamish, Wash., Skyline 21, Sheldon (Ore.) 0: Impressive win despite off-night for Heaps
19. Kansas City, Mo., Rockhurst 28, ML No. 8 Hutchinson 21: Hawklets dodge upset bullet and end Hutch's win streak
20. Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco Prep was idle. Back-to-back trips to Cincinnati St. Xavier and No. 6 De La Salle is daunting
21. Chicago, Ill., Mount Carmel 55, St. Ignatius 3: Caravan flattens another foe
22. Plano, Texas 28, DeSoto 20: Wildcats still working out the kinks
23. Apopka, Fla. 33, Lake Brantley 7: Good luck slowing down Jeremy Gallon
24. Phoenix, Ariz., Desert Vista 7, Gilbert 28: Second straight season-opening loss to the Tigers
25. Greenwood, Ind., Center Grove 32, MW No. 7 Carmel 33: Instant classic goes to the defending state champs

PrepNation Player of the Week (Sept. 4-6):
Aaron Green, RB, Madison (San Antonio): The sophomore ran for 428 yards and nine touchdowns in a 69-56 shootout win against Kerrville Tivy.

PrepNation Team of the Week (Sept. 4-6):
Carmel (Ind.): The defending 5A champion Greyhounds entered the national Top 25 after a come-from-behind 33-32 against then-No. 25 Center Grove.


In an attractive interstate matchup of football powers named after Saints, regionally ranked Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep needed a late touchdown for a 7-6 win against St. Anthony of Melville, N.Y. SJP, which beat Parkland 20-13 in week 1, will face a Northeast region preseason Top 25 team for the third consecutive week when the Hawks travel to NE No. 6 North Penn on Friday . . . Defending Pennsylvania 4A champion Pittsburgh Central Catholic bounced back after being pummeled, 35-0, by No. 23 Lakeland (Fla.) last week. The Vikings limited Canon-McMillan to 50 yards of total offense in a 17-13 win.

Five knocking on the regional rankings door
1) Aquinas (Rochester, N.Y.), 1-0: Little Irish open with dominant 38-0 win
2) Cardinal O'Hara (Philadelphia), 2-0: Two wins by total of 82-6
3) Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.), 2-0: Average win margin is 43 points
4) St. Anthony (Melville, N.Y), 0-1: Friars proved their mettle in 7-6 loss in Philly
5) Bonny Eagle (Standish, Me.), 1-0: Maine's resident powerhouse is one to watch


An "eye-opener" is how the Delaware State Journal described it following EC No. 9 DeMatha's impressive 37-0 blowout of defending state champion Middletown. A pretty apt description, given the apparent talent disparity that the Cavaliers were facing. Junior running back Marcus Coker had 131 yards on 11 carries in the first half alone compared with Middletown's 17 total yards through the first two quarters . . . Dozens of games involving teams along the eastern seaboard were postponed due to Tropical Storm Hanna over the weekend. The list includes regionally ranked Quince Orchard and Phoebus, who both are scheduled to play on Monday.

Five knocking on the regional rankings door
1) Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.), 2-0: Held Byrnes to 14 points in playoffs last year
2) Dunbar (Baltimore), 0-0: Defending 1A champ features speedster Tavon Austin
3) River Hill (Clarksville, Md.), 1-0: Only 28 points allowed in last 15 games
4) Oakton (Vienna, Va.), 2-0: Hails from Concord District, home of state champ or runner-up eight consecutive years
5) Butler (Matthews, N.C.), 2-0: Roster still talent-laden despite graduating 11 scholarship awardees


In two games this season, defending Florida 4A titlist Miami Booker T. Washington has already allowed more points (68) than it did in 14 outings in all of 2007 (66). The Tornadoes took their second straight loss on the chin to a team ranked in the preseason PrepNation 101 rankings over the weekend. Warner Robins (Ga.) Northside showed no mercy on a Tornado squad decimated by graduation in a 31-7 blowout. The week before, BTW lost in Miami to Arizona power Chandler Hamilton, 37-19 . . . Defending 3A champ Naples (Fla.) dropped its first regular season since mid-September 2006 in a 24-23 home loss to Monsignor Pace. The Spartans had 271 first-half yards and built an 18-7 lead . . . 1999 Prep Poll champion Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.) is back in the regional rankings after destroying Arkansas small-school power Shiloh Christian, 47-9. Evangel quarter Dez Duron completed 27-of-33 passes for 378 yards and five touchdowns . . . The two longest current winning streaks in the nation remained in tact. No. 5 South Panola got No. 77 in a row with a 34-0 rout of Clarksdale. Regionally ranked Maryville (Tenn.) earned its 63rd straight conquest in a 38-16 blowout of Clinton.

Five knocking on the regional rankings door
1) Northside (Warner Robins), 2-0: Defending 4A champ now preparing for battle in 5A's toughest region
2) Deerfield Beach (Fla.), 1-0: Preseason scrimmage loss to Everglades only reason to keep Bucks out of Poll ... for now
3) Osceola (Kissimmee, Fla.), 1-0: Young but talented defense allowed only 3 points in opener
4) Montgomery Bell (Nashville), 3-0: Proved its mettle with a 17-6 win over Ohio power Moeller in Cincinnati
5) Memphis University School (Memphis, Tenn.), 3-0: Stopped Olive Branch (Miss.) from entering the Poll this week by upsetting the Conquistadors, 29-22.


Defending Prep Poll champion Cincinnati St. Xavier returned to the regional rankings after defeating Indiana 4A power Indianapolis Cathedral, 17-3. The Bombers are nowhere near as explosive on offense but are beating good teams with tough defense, allowing just 26 points in three games. X's meatgrinder schedule continues on Saturday when No. 20 Don Bosco Prep of Ramsey, N.J. comes to town . . . Elsewhere in the prep football mecca known as the 513 area code, Cincinnati Colerain moved into the national rankings this week at No. 24. The Cardinals got their 100th victory against only nine defeats since 2000 after beating defending Kentucky 5A champion Highlands, 33-18. The Cardinals had over 500 yards rushing and led the Blue Birds, 33-6, in the fourth quarter. Highlands has now lost six consecutive times against teams from across the Ohio River in Cincinnati. Check out this Video.

Five knocking on the regional rankings door
1) St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.), 2-0: Absolutely dominant in its first two outings
2) Adams (Rochester, Mich.), 2-0: The rankings picture in Michigan is a little muddy right now
3) Warren Central (Indianapolis), 3-0: Gearing up for intra-league battles with ranked teams Carmel and Center Grove
4) St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio), 3-0: Traditional power could make some serious noise
5) St. Rita (Chicago), 2-0: Seeks second state title in three years


Aplington-Parkersburg, a small consolidated high school with about 250 students in northeastern Iowa, played its first home football game since an EF-5 tornado ripped through a part of the community that included school facilities last Memorial Day. The monster twister cut a 43-mile long swath, claiming eight lives and destroying more than 400 homes. Football is much more than a pastime for the A-P community, it is strong source of pride. And for good reason. Not many large high schools have sent even one player to the NFL, but there are four current NFL players who played for coach Ed Thomas at A-P. The list includes Packers Pro-Bowl defensive end Aaron Kampman along with Casey Weigmann (Broncos), Brad Meester (Jaguars) and Jared DeVries (Lions). Thomas earned his 283rd win with a rain-soaked 53-20 blowout of West Marshall on Friday night. Check out the story and video from the Des Moines Register . . . A.J. Barker, a senior receiver from Minneapolis De La Salle, became Minnesota's all-time leader in receiving yardage. Barker caught five passes for 122 yards in a 55-18 rout of Brooklyn Center. That gives him 3,374 yards for his career . . . Wayzata (Plymouth, Minn.) earned its way into the regional rankings after blowing past Minnetonka, 24-7. The Trojans outgained the Skippers 211-32 in building a 14-0 halftime lead. Wayzata entered the game ranked No. 2 in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Top 10 rankings. Minnetonka was ranked No. 3.

Five knocking on the regional rankings door
1) Alta (Sandy, Utah), 3-0: First-year starting QB Ammon Olsen is leading the way
2) Columbine (Littleton, Colo.), 2-0: Physical Rebels beginning to flex their muscle
3) Millard South (Omaha, Neb.), 2-0: 5-4, 165-pound sophomore RB Jordan Sacks is hard to find, let alone tackle
4) Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.), 2-0: 6-7, 300-pound junior tackle Seantrel Henderson could be most highly recruited player ever at CDH -- and that is saying something
5) Bettendorf (Iowa), 2-0: Not missing a beat under first-year head coach Aaron Wiley


The battle of Arizona's top two 5A programs of the last decade was won by regionally ranked Chandler Hamilton. The Huskies scored 10 second-quarter points and their defense made it hold up in a 10-0 shutout of Brophy Prep. Hamilton and Brophy have combined to win every large-school Arizona state title since 2003. Here is some game video from the Arizona Republic . . . Phoenix Desert Vista's stay in the Top 25 is over after it getting upset, 28-7, by Gilbert in the season opener. All-world defensive end Devon Kennard had a quiet night on defense but did manage to score DV's only points with an 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Five knocking on the regional rankings door
1) North (Norman, Okla.), 1-0: Talented, experienced senior class looking to end Jenks/Union stranglehold on 6A crown
2) Westfield (Houston), 1-0: Mustangs explosive on offense
3) Lufkin (Texas), 2-0: Panthers now 2-0 against city of Tyler
4) Broken Arrow (Okla.), 1-0: Tigers' 22-game losing streak to Tulsa Union is now history
5) Lake Travis (Austin, Texas), 2-0: Nice win over solid 5A foe Westlake helping making Cavs' case for a higher ranking


Despite an off-night from its highly touted junior quarterback Jake Heaps, No. 18 Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) opened the season with a 21-0 win over defending Oregon 6A champion Euguene, Sheldon at PGE Park in Portland. Heaps, who threw for over 3,000 yards as a sophomore, completed just 6-of-18 passes for 95 yards on the night. Washington St. recruit Gino Simone had an 87-yard touchdown run . . . Nick Montana's debut as starting quarterback at Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) was successful. The Lions beat Bakersfield Christian on the road, 35-7, before a crowd that featured apperances from Joe Montana, Wayne Gretzky and Will Smith -- all of whom have sons who play for Oaks Christian. Bakersfield Christian also has a bit of family star power at the quarterback position, albeit to a lesser degree. The Eagles are led by Derek Carr, younger brother of former No. 1 NFL draft pick-turned NFL journeyman David Carr.

Five knocking on the regional rankings door
1) Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.), 1-0: Not as loaded with DI talent as its '06 team, but close
2) St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.), 1-0: Four backs combined for over 350 rushing yards in 35-14 defeat of Santa Margarita
3) Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), 1-0: Opposing receivers who go across the middle beware of senior safety Tom Drachkovitch
4) Bellevue (Wash.), 1-0: The Wolverines' wing-T wowed them in Portland, Ore.
5) Bellarmine Prep (San Jose, Calif.), 0-0: Four seniors rated 3-stars by

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