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October 14, 2002

National High School Top 25 - Week 7

( ) = last week's ranking

1. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (5-0) (1)
Well, the streak is at 130 and it appears the rest of the country is playing for No. 2. Over 15,000 watched as the Spartans dominated Long Beach Poly in every phase of the game on their way to a 28-7 win. Britt Cecil beat Poly through the air, hitting on 12 of his 17 pass attempts for 237 yards and three scores. Maurice Drew beat Poly on the ground as he ran for 161 yards on 19 carries. The De La Salle defense held Poly to under 50 yards rushing for the game. Cecil also scored the fourth touchdown on a one-yard keeper early in the game. The Spartans will try to make Liberty victim number 131 this Saturday on the road.

2. Parkview, Lilburn, Ga. (6-0) (2)
The Panthers had no problems extending their winning streak to 36 games after a 58-0 win over Meadowcreek. Parkview will be tested this week as they will travel to play unbeaten Norcross. Should they get past that game, the combined record of Parkview's last two regular-season opponents is 3-8.

3. Union, Tulsa, Okla. (6-0) (5)
Union has proven to be the class of Oklahoma, winning a tough game at previously unbeaten and state-ranked Ponca City 27-12 after earlier wins this season against Jenks, Owasso, and Broken Arrow. Union's schedule also eases up for the end of the season, including this week's game against winless Sand Springs, followed by games against Enid (1-5), Sapulpa (3-3), and Edmond Memorial (3-3).

4. Independence, Charlotte, N.C. (7-0) (6)
Chris Leak was unstoppable, completing 22-of-33 passes for 380 yards and five scores in a 69-6 romp over Harding. Leak also ran for a sixth touchdown as eight different Patriots found the end zone. The win extended Independence's winning streak to 37 games.

5. Ely, Pompano Beach, Fla. (6-0) (7)
Tyrone Moss returned to the lineup after missing two games with a sprained ankle, and Northeast sure wishes he hadn't. Moss ran for 109 yards, tying him with Emmitt Smith for the state record of 28 consecutive 100-yard rushing games and ran for three scores in a 58-0 Ely win.

6. Central Dauphin, Harrisburg, Pa. (7-0) (8)
The Rams beat Central Dauphin East 55-13 in their usual quick-strike fashion, scoring twice in less than five minutes to open the game. Central Dauphin will get their test this week against state-ranked Cumberland Valley and may be missing key two-way player Brandon Harvey who was ejected from the game and will likely be forced to sit out the Cumberland Valley game.

7. Warren G. Harding, Warren, Ohio (8-0) (11)
Harding takes over as the top team in Ohio, as Richard Davis ran for 150 yards and three scores in a 38-7 win over Canton McKinley. Harding's run may be short-lived as a large crowd is expected to see the renewal of a rivalry between Harding and Massillon Washington this weekend, a rivalry that is being re-started after a 12-year hiatus. Washington's only loss was 29-21 to St. Ignatius early in the season.

8. Penn, Mishawaka, Ind. (8-0) (9)
The Kingsmen continue to dominate opponents, crushing cross-town Mishawaka 51-0. Mishawaka was outgained 376-125 offensively and also allowed a punt return touchdown to Ryan Cole and a fumble return touchdown to Bryan Mattison.

9. Rockhurst, Kansas City, Mo. (6-0) (10)
Tony Temple ran for two touchdowns and the Hawklets coasted to a 28-9 win over Dallas Jesuit at home. Marcus Perry also threw for a touchdown and ran for another. Rockhurst will host Jefferson City, which began the season as a regional contender, but just this past week picked up their first win of the season.

10. Lincoln, Tallahassee, Fla. (5-0-1) (13)
Lincoln barely beat a Chiles team, 21-16, that entered the game with a 1-4 record, however, the Trojan players are not to be blamed. Before the game, defensive back Sean Hogan was seriously cut in the locker room in an accident that reportedly nearly caused Hogan to bleed to death. Hogan was able to undergo successful emergency surgery and is expected to fully recover.

11. John Curtis, River Ridge, La. (6-0) (15)
The Patriots led their game with Clark 14-0 before their offense even took the field as Jason Cortez ran back the opening kickoff for a touchdown, then followed it up with a 59-yard punt return for a score. The final was 48-8 in favor of Curtis.

12. Trinity, Louisville, Ky. (7-0) (14)
Trinity had the week off, but Brian Brohm and the rest of the Shamrocks will host Shelby County this weekend.

13. Humble, Texas (5-1) (16)
Chris Alexander ran for two scores and the Humble defense held Beaumont West Brook to 87 yards of total offense in a 31-0 win.

14. Poly, Long Beach, Calif. (4-1) (3)
The debate on how far to drop Poly after their 28-7 loss to No. 1 De La Salle was a tough one. Poly was dominated from start to finish, scoring their only touchdown in the fourth quarter when Leon Jackson hit Lorenzo Bursey from 16 yards out. Poly will try to regroup for their game Friday against Millikan.

15. Woodland Hills, Pittsburgh, Pa. (7-0) (18)
The Wolverines passed their first major test of the year with flying colors, knocking off state-ranked Pittsburgh Central Catholic 38-0. Chris Morgan ran for 155 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Ryan Mundy caught two passes for 42 yards and a touchdown, while also returning an interception 80 yards for another score. The Wolverines will be tested again this week at North Hills.

16. Madison, San Antonio, Texas (6-0) (19)
Madison blew leads of 21-0 at the half and 24-6 after three quarters, then watched as Jacon Gutierrez scored from 18 yards out and under 40 seconds left in the game as Madison beat Roosevelt 32-26. Madison will host Clemens on Friday.

17. Timpview, Provo, Utah (8-0) (20)
Timpview is now the lone unbeaten team in Utah's top two classes after a 42-12 win over Spanish Fork. Spencer Bardsley ran for 285 yards on 29 carries, including just under 200 in the first half. QB Mike Affleck sat out the game as a one-game suspension for violating team rules.

18. Downers Grove South, Downers Grove, Ill. (7-0) (21)
The question in Illinois now isn't when someone will score the tenth point on the Mustangs' defense, rather if someone will score the tenth point. DGS, which has given up nine points all year, shut out cross-town rival Downers Grove North 20-0, the fifth straight whitewashing for the Mustangs. DGS will host Willowbrook in an attempt to extend the shutout string.

19. Sheldon, Eugene, Ore. (6-0) (22)
Alex Brink threw for over 400 yards for the first time in his high school career, completing 22-for-28 passes, including four touchdowns, in a 38-0 win over Thurston. Brink threw for nearly 200 yards in the first quarter alone.

20. Evangel Christian, Shreveport, La. (5-1) (23)
John David Booty threw for 404 yards on 25-for-39 passing as Evangel beat Natchitoches 29-7. Three receivers eclipsed the century mark in yardage, Connor Campbell (126 yards), Denny Rodney Duron (122 yards), and Tristen Ross (118 yards). Evangel outgained their opponents 522-153.

21. Gilman, Baltimore, Md. (7-0) (17)
QB Ambrose Wooden ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns and threw for two more scores as Gilman knocked off Loyola 34-21. Gilman has a big test this week against state-ranked and regional contender Calvert Hall.

22. Rock Hill, S.C. (7-0) (NR)
Jonathan Hefney scored two touchdowns, including a 96-yard kickoff return to begin the second half, and threw for a third score as Rock Hill beat Lancaster 42-14. Michael Graham ran for 115 yards on 16 carries.

23. Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. (5-0) (24)
Bosco was again dominant in a 35-7 win over Nutley in a game played on Monday afternoon due to heavy rains in New Jersey over the weekend. Bosco will be strongly tested this week as they travel to Hackensack, who began the season regionally ranked.

24. Desert Vista, Phoenix, Ariz. (6-0) (25)
Jarett Sayas scored on four short touchdown runs and Brandon Allen caught four passes for 126 yards and two scores as Desert Vista beat Highland 43-14.

25. Waco, Texas (6-0) (NR)
Waco scored on its first three second-half possessions to hold off Temple 20-7. Robert Johnson was 12-for-18 passing and ran for 97 yards and a touchdown while Mark Gaines ran for 145 yards.

Teams to Watch: Bishop McDevitt, Harrisburg, Pa.; Bethlehem Catholic, Bethlehem, Pa.; James Robinson, Fairfax, Va.; Morgantown, W.V.; St. Joseph's Prep, Philadelphia, Pa.; Solon, Ohio; Georgetown Prep, Rockville, Md.; Penn Hills, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Webster Schroeder, Webster, N.Y.; Wayne County, Waynesboro, Miss.; Harrison, Kennesaw, Ga.; Richmond County, Rockingham, N.C.; Male, Louisville, Ky.; Klein, Texas; North Shore, Galena Park, Texas; Opelika, Ala.; Eden Prairie, Minn.; Olathe North, Olathe, Kan.; Blue Springs, Mo.; Wheaton North, Wheaton, Ill.; Arrowhead, Hartland, Wis.; Millard North, Omaha, Neb.; San Leandro, Calif.; Mayfield, Las Cruces, N.M.; Bethel, Spanaway, Wash.; McQueen, Reno, Nev.; Columbine, Littleton, Colo.; Loyola, Los Angeles, Calif.

Dropped Out: No. 4 St. Edward's, Lakewood, Ohio lost to St. Ignatius, Cleveland, Ohio 25-2; No. 12 Valdosta, Ga. lost to Madison County, Madison, Fla. 6-0.

The Rivals.com National Top 25 High School Football Rankings is compiled by Mike Warchol utilizing the publishers within the RivalsHigh network, as well as, a nationwide network of analysts, coaches and sportswriters. If you are interested in using the Rivals.com National Top 25 or would like more information please contact [email protected]. Opinions concerning the Rivals.com National Top 25 should be sent to [email protected]

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