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November 8, 2009

Rankings Preview: Overrating Ohio?

MORE: No. 2 Don Bosco (NJ) crushes rival | No. 59 Butler (NC) wins Game of the Week

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The new RivalsHigh Top 100 rankings will be posted on Monday, but here's a sneak peak at some of the things we're looking at across the country:

No. 2 comes through

As the season winds down the best teams in the nation start to show through. This week, after a month of turnover, the No. 2 team in the nation proved its merit.

Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep crushed rival, and previously ranked, Jersey City (N.J) St. Peter's Prep, 42-9 (complete recap with video).

Running back Tony Jones has shown time and again that he comes up big on the largest stage; he sparked the rout with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown after St. Peter's took an early 3-0 lead.

Jones then added two more touchdowns in the first half pushing the Ironmen to a 21-3 lead.

The defense for Don Bosco rose to the occasion as well, holding 2011 star running back Savon Huggins to 12 yards on his first 11 carries and limiting him to just 44 yards on the night.

Don Bosco will play Montvale (N.J) St. Joe's Regional next week to end the regular season.

Bulletin board backfire

This week, in preparation for the RivalsHigh Game of the Week, Charlotte (N.C) Independence coach Tom Knotts had some harsh words for his opponent and near-by rival Matthews (N.C) Butler, saying, "In the past, they'd get ahead and they'd lollygag around, or they'd get behind and they'd argue with each other," he said. "It seemed to always be something with them, and I always kind of looked forward to that kind of thing, whether it'd be them taking it easy or quitting, according to what the score is."

The message was heard loud-and-clear by the Bulldogs who came out strong and beat Independence 31-24.

After falling behind 7-0 early Butler stormed back and took a commanding 31-10 lead before holding on.

The loss was the first home loss for Independence since 1999.

Both teams will stay ranked with Butler charging toward the Top 50.

Butler and Independence would meet again if both make the state final. If they do, we're guessing the pre-game talk may not be as loud.

Did we overrate the GCL?P

The common belief around high school football followers is that Cincinnati's Greater Catholic League is one of the best in the nation. Each year the winner of the GCL stands a good shot of winning the Ohio Division I state title and being considered a top 10 team nationally.

This season, however, three teams have taken their turn at the No. 1 spot in the GCL and each time they have disappointed.

St. Xavier, Elder, and Archbishop Moeller have all benefited from their membership in the GCL, but all have disappointing losses on the season.

This week was the latest example as Moeller, who was able to push as high as No. 12 just three weeks ago, was eliminated from the playoffs in the first round by Middletown (Ohio) High, 45-10.

The victory - even more stunning considering the 35-poind difference, gives Middletown two very good wins this season; it previously knocked off East St. Louis (Illinois) High and now Moeller. Middletown will make its 2009 RivalsHigh 100 debut on Monday.

That's where Elder used to reside. It was ranked as high as No. 2 nationally before suffering back-to-back losses and dropping out of the RivalsHigh 100 completely.

St. X, the regular-season league winner, won its first-round playoff game 37-12 against Centerville (Ohio) High

Just Peachy

Georgia football was in focus this week as some top matchups in state were to decide playoff positioning and national rankings.

Two of the big winners from the weekend were the Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett Bulldogs and the Warner Robins (Ga.) Northside Eagles.

North Gwinnett held off Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge 21-7 proving their belonging in the discussion for a Georgia AAAAA title and spot in the national top 50.

Northside also held off an up-and-coming Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County team 20-17. The win was important for Northside following a tough 21-20 loss to Warner Robins (Ga.) High last week.

Both teams will see their stock rise in the RivalsHigh 100 this week.

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