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October 21, 2002

National High School Top 25 - Week 8

( ) = last week's ranking

1. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (6-0) (1)
Maurice Drew had an impressive game, returning the opening kickoff 80 yards for a score and adding two scoring runs of 22 and 54 yards. Even more impressive is the fact that all three scores came in the first quarter of the Spartans' 48-0 win over Liberty. Drew finished with 81 yards on four carries on the ground as De La Salle extended their winning streak to 131 games.

2. Parkview, Lilburn, Ga. (7-0) (2)
ESPN was there, and the opponent was undefeated. Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell Parkview their game against unbeaten and state-ranked Norcross was a big one as the Panthers won 43-7. Parkview's winning streak was extended to 37 games as Brad Lester ran for 224 yards and a touchdown in a game played in front of nearly 8,000 people.

3. Union, Tulsa, Okla. (7-0) (3)
Union continues to roll in Oklahoma, shutting out Sand Springs 47-0. The Redskins will look to get closer to clinching their conference title with a game against Enid this weekend.

4. Independence, Charlotte, N.C. (8-0) (4)
Apparently, someone woke up Independence QB Chris Leak. Leak set a North Carolina state record by throwing for 585 yards on 27-for-43 passing, and tied another by connecting on eight touchdowns as Independence beat North Mecklenburg 77-6. Leak also had one rushing touchdown for a total of nine scores on the night. Jarvis Hill was the favorite target of Leak, catching seven passes for 151 yards and five scores and two other receivers went over 100 yards on the evening (Mohammed Massaquoi 196 yards, one TD; Abdur-Rahim Malik 117 yards).

5. Ely, Pompano Beach, Fla. (7-0) (5)
Tyrone Moss passed Emmitt Smith in Florida's state record books by rushing for over 100 yards in his 29th consecutive game and the Tigers defense forced five first-half turnovers (seven for the game) in a 49-0 win over Cooper City. Moss had 115 yards on 20 carries. Moss should have no problem extending that streak against winless Nova.

6. Central Dauphin, Harrisburg, Pa. (8-0) (6)
Cumberland Valley came into their game with sixth-ranked Central Dauphin hopeful of an upset. Valley was state-ranked and on a roll heading into the game. Unfortunately for Valley, the Rams did what they have done to every opponent this year, score early and often in a 47-7 romp. Mike Probst threw for two first-quarter touchdowns as Central Dauphin scored three touchdowns on its first four plays from scrimmage.

7. Warren G. Harding, Warren, Ohio (9-0) (7)
Mario Manningham ran back a punt 68 yards for a touchdown and a kickoff 82 yards for another score and added two touchdown receptions as Harding knocked off archrival Massillon Washington 31-27, coming from 27-17 down with less than eight minutes to go to win. The game was the first between the two rivals since the late 1980s.

8. Penn, Mishawaka, Ind. (9-0) (8)
The Kingsmen added another blowout win to their undefeated conference season, as Tony West ran back a kickoff 90 yards for one of his three touchdowns and Tyler Iams added three scores of his own in a 63-13 win over Elkhart Central. Penn will now begin playoff action with a first-round sectional game against Elkhart Memorial.

9. Rockhurst, Kansas City, Mo. (7-0) (9)
Tony Temple scored two touchdowns and the Hawklets extended the nightmarish season for Jefferson City with a 49-7 win. Rockhurst begins district play with a contest at Lee's Summit.

10. Lincoln, Tallahassee, Fla. (6-0-1) (10)
Joseph Bauserman threw for 187 yards on 13-for-23 passing with two touchdowns and Antonio Cromartie scored on a 42-yard touchdown run as Lincoln knocked off Leon 28-10. The Trojans will travel to play Gainesville this weekend.

11. John Curtis, River Ridge, La. (7-0) (11)
Kris Bush scored three touchdowns and ran for 106 yards as John Curtis foiled an upset bid from state-ranked O.P. Walker 28-25.

12. Trinity, Louisville, Ky. (8-0) (12)
Brian Brohm had another stellar game for the Shamrocks, throwing for 371 yards and five touchdowns on 19-for-24 passing in a 56-7 win over Shelby County. TaShawn McBroom was Brohm's favorite target, catching 10 aerials for 184 yards and two scores.

13. Humble, Texas (6-1) (13)
Wilrey Fontenot ran back the opening kickoff for a touchdown and added two interceptions on defense as Humble crushed Port Arthur Memorial 50-14. Chris Alexander ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats.

14. Poly, Long Beach, Calif. (5-1) (14)
Anthony Baker ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries as Poly recovered from their loss at No. 1 De La Salle to rout Millikan 65-0.

15. Woodland Hills, Pittsburgh, Pa. (8-0) (15)
The Wolverines notched their first-ever win at North Hills, 7-0 as Ryan Mundy scored on a 26-yard reception from Dennis Sellman. The Wolverines held North Hills to less than 100 yards of total offense. Next up for Woodland Hills is Penn Hills, currently ranked 13th in the East region.

16. Timpview, Provo, Utah (9-0) (17)
Spencer Bardsley ran for 149 yards and four touchdowns, but the highlight of the game was when 300-pound offensive lineman Brian Soi scored a three-yard touchdown on his first career carry as Timpview beat Orem 41-6.

17. Downers Grove South, Downers Grove, Ill. (8-0) (18)
The shutout streak for Downers Grove South ended at five straight games as Willowbrook scored in the first quarter, however, the Mustangs still coasted to a 27-7 win. DGS will travel to Morton this weekend.

18. Sheldon, Eugene, Ore. (7-0) (19)
The Irish scored on its first four possessions as they beat Marshfield 41-7. Alex Brink threw for 317 yards on 18-for-30 passing and Luke Bellotti set two school records in the game. Bellotti drilled a record-long 45-yard field goal, one of his two field goals on the evening. Bellotti now has seven field goals this season, also a school record.

19. Evangel Christian, Shreveport, La. (6-1) (20)
John David Booty completed 16-of-19 passes for 204 yards and six touchdowns, five in the first half, as Evangel beat Southwood 48-12. One weakness for the Eagles in the game was the fact that they had over 200 yards in penalties in the game. Evangel will host Huntington next weekend.

20. Rock Hill, S.C. (8-0) (22)
Rock Hill's defense picked off four Spring Valley passes and Michael Graham ran for 143 yards on 28 carries, including touchdowns of 47 and 2 yards in a 27-7 win over Spring Valley.

21. Gilman, Baltimore, Md. (8-0) (21)
Ambrose Wooden threw for 107 yards and ran for 167 yards and two scores as Gilman knocked off state-ranked Calvert Hall 21-14. The Greyhounds will be idle this weekend.

22. Waco, Texas (7-0) (25)
The Lions played in probably the most thrilling game in the state of Texas this season, winning a triple-overtime marathon over regional contender A&M Consolidated 40-37. The game was sent into overtime on a 24-yard field goal by Waco's Carter McBurnett.

23. Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. (6-0) (23)
Don Bosco Prep beat Hackensack, a team that began the season ranked higher than Bosco in the East Region, by the score of 35-7. Brian Toal ran for 3 scores in the victory. Bosco is also idle this weekend.

24. Madison, San Antonio, Texas (7-0) (16)
A second straight lackluster effort cost the Mavericks, who dropped to third in Texas and dropped eight spots nationally after a 17-10 win over Schertz Clemens. Jacob Gutierrez scored a late game-winner for the second week in a row, this one from 28 yards out with less than two minutes left. Madison will travel to play Reagan this week before a big matchup with state-ranked Converse Judson.

25. Bishop McDevitt, Harrisburg, Pa. (7-1) (NR)
The only loss this season for McDevitt was a loss to No. 6 Central Dauphin on a touchdown with six seconds left in the game. Other than that game, McDevitt has steamrolled opponents, with a 42-0 win over Harrisburg the latest verdict. Backup tailback Lesean McCoy, replacing an injured Jesse Pitt, ran for 140 yards on 17 carries. Pitt injured his knee in the first half of the CD game and is expected to return either this weekend or the following weekend.

Teams To Watch: San Leandro, Calif.; Mayfield, Las Cruces, N.M.; Bethel, Spanaway, Wash.; McQueen, Reno, Nev.; Columbine, Littleton, Colo.; Mountain View, Mesa, Ariz.; Chino, Calif.; Eden Prairie, Minn.; Olathe North, Olathe, Kan.; Blue Springs, Mo.; Wheaton North, Wheaton, Ill.; Millard North, Omaha, Neb.; Warren Central, Indianapolis, Ind.; Providence Catholic, New Lenox, Ill.; Wayne County, Waynesboro, Miss.; Harrison, Kennesaw, Ga.; Richmond County, Rockingham, N.C.; Male, Louisville, Ky.; Madison County, Madison, Fla.; North Shore, Galena Park, Texas; Opelika, Ala.; 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.

Dropped Out: No. 24 Desert Vista, Phoenix, Ariz. lost to Marcos de Niza, Tempe, Ariz. 20-16.

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