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October 7, 2002

National High School Top 25 - Week 6

( ) = last week's ranking

1. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (4-0) (1)
Maurice Drew had a scintillating 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and ran for 88 yards and two scores on just nine carries in a 56-27 win over La Costa Canyon from southern California. The streak is now at 129 straight games, and the Spartans will go for 130 with a matchup with No. 3 Poly this Saturday on Cal-Berkeley's campus.

2. Parkview, Lilburn, Ga. (5-0) (2)
Dustin Wade threw for 151 yards in just one half of play as Parkview beat Central Gwinnett 28-0. Brad Lester, a junior, ran for 154 yards and three of the four Panthers' scores. Parkview will host Meadowcreek Friday.

3. Poly, Long Beach, Calif. (4-0) (3)
Seven different Jackrabbits found the end zone in an easy 48-0 win over Rialto. Leon Jackson threw for three scores and Poly ran for over 200 yards on the ground. Poly will try to end De La Salle's streak on Saturday.

4. St. Edward's, Lakewood, Ohio (7-0) (4)
Could the Eagles have been guilty of looking ahead? They struggled against Muskegon, the third-best team in Michigan heading into the game, and escaped with a 20-15 home win. QB Shaun Carney ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third for St. Ed's, who will take on St. Ignatius Saturday in what is called the "Holy War" in northeastern Ohio.

5. Union, Tulsa, Okla. (5-0) (5)
Spencer McIlwain ran for 154 yards and three touchdowns and Union's defense held star junior RB Chris Jones to just 48 yards in a 48-0 Union romp over Edmond North. The Redskins will get a test this week, traveling to state-ranked and unbeaten Ponca City on Friday.

6. Independence, Charlotte, N.C. (6-0) (6)
The Patriots looked dominating in their win over West Charlotte, which was supposed to be a test. Chris Leak threw for 245 yards and two scores on 15-for-25 passing and ran for two scores, Garry White ran for 110 yards, and Dale Autry had 103 yards receiving in the 54-14 win.

7. Ely, Pompano Beach, Fla. (5-0) (7)
Tyrone Moss sat out a second straight game with a bum ankle, but it didn't matter as Ely beat Stranahan 50-24 behind 150 yards in 21 carries from Norris Smith, who found the end zone three times. It appears Ely will not be challenged until the last two weeks with back-to-back games against Deerfield Beach and Dillard.

8. Central Dauphin, Harrisburg, Pa. (6-0) (8)
Over 11,000 people saw what may be the best game of the season in Pennsylvania, and possibly the entire East Region, as Mike Probst hit Scott Moore in the corner of the end zone from six yards out with six seconds left in the game to give the Rams a 23-21 win over Bishop McDevitt. The score came after Justin Taylor caught an 85-yard touchdown pass to put McDevitt ahead.

9. Penn, Mishawaka, Ind. (7-0) (9)
Tony West ran for 173 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries, part of a rushing attack that neared 450 yards for the game as Penn rolled over South Bend Adams 65-0. Adams did not complete a pass and managed less than 50 yards on the ground.

10. Rockhurst, Kansas City, Mo. (5-0) (10)
Tony Temple ran for 267 yards and four touchdowns and added a fifth score on a nine-yard reception as the Hawklets beat Edina, the third-best team in Minnesota, 35-22 on the road. Rockhurst will host Dallas Jesuit Prep this Friday.

11. Warren G. Harding, Warren, Ohio (7-0) (11)
Dimitrios Makridis blocked an extra-point attempt in the second overtime to give Harding a hard-fought 20-19 win over Youngstown Boardman, the same team that knocked St. Ignatius out of the rankings. The game was played in horrible weather and it showed as the teams combined for less than 300 yards of total offense.

12. Valdosta, Valdosta, Ga. (3-0-1) (15)
The Wildcats get to jump three spots without playing a game. However, the week off allowed Valdosta to prepare for Madison County, currently rated in Florida's overall Top 10.

13. Lincoln, Tallahassee, Fla. (4-0-1) (16)
Fred Rouse passed the century mark in punt return yardage, however, it was a school-record 98-yard touchdown reception that put the sophomore receiver into the record books and propelled Lincoln to a 28-18 win over Lake City Columbia. The reception came on a third down with Lincoln up just three points.

14. Trinity, Louisville, Ky. (7-0) (14)
Not even a tornado warning could stop the Shamrocks from extending their winning streak to 16 games, as Brian Brohm passed for 192 yards and two scores as Trinity easily beat South Oldham 45-0. The tornado warning caused a brief delay to the start of the game, but it didn't matter as the Shamrocks kept rolling.

15. John Curtis, River Ridge, La. (5-0) (17)
Kris Bush found the end zone twice and five backs ran for more than 40 yards on the evening as John Curtis beat Washington-Marion 23-0.

16. Humble, Texas (4-1) (NR)
Chris Alexander ran for over 200 yards and propelled Humble back into the rankings with a 38-17 win over previously-unbeaten and TexasPrepXtra Top 10 team A&M Consolidated. The Wildcats will face their first opponent this season that was not state-ranked at game time, when they take on Beaumont West Brook this Friday.

17. Gilman, Baltimore, Md. (13)
A second straight unimpressive win, this one over Archbishop Curley (30-20) knocks Gilman down a few pegs in this week's rankings. QB Ambrose Wooden scored on runs of 25, 30, and 80 yards. Gilman will host Loyola this week and will need to keep from looking to next week, when they will play unbeaten and state-ranked Calvert Hall this week, which beat Mt. St. Joseph 56-22 one week after Gilman squeaked by them.

18. Woodland Hills, Pittsburgh, Pa. (6-0) (18)
Ryan Mundy was all over the field, catching three passes for 153 yards, including a school-record and state-record tying 99-yarder, and two touchdowns and adding two interceptions on defense as the Wolverines beat Connellsville 54-3. Woodland Hills outgained Connellsville 462-63 in total offense. Woodland Hills will get their test this week against arch-rival Pittsburgh Central Catholic, who suffered their first loss last weekend in an upset.

19. Madison, San Antonio, Texas (5-0) (19)
The Mavericks saw three backs run for over 100 yards, including 163 yards and a score from Gary Green as Madison beat San Antonio Lee 53-0 in a district game.

20. Timpview, Provo, Utah (7-0) (20)
A balanced attack helped the Thunderbirds beat Payson 49-0 as Spencer Bardsley ran for 141 yards and three scores while Michael Affleck threw for 143 yards and two scores.

21. Downers Grove South, Downers Grove, Ill. (6-0) (21)
Erick Newman ran for 123 yards and the DGS defense held Leyden to under 40 yards of total offense as the Mustangs won 40-0.

22. Sheldon, Eugene, Ore. (5-0) (22)
Alex Brink and the Irish enjoyed an off week this past week, and will continue league play with a game against Thurston on Thursday.

23. Evangel Christian, Shreveport, La. (4-1) (NR)
Jacob Hester has added a strong running game to the already awesome passing attack led by John David Booty, running for 208 yards on 24 carries, as Evangel gave West Monroe back-to-back losses for the first time in 11 years with a 41-21 verdict. The game by Hester was his second consecutive game of over 200 yards rushing. Evangel will begin district play with a contest against Natchitoches on Friday.

24. Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. (4-0) (24)
Marquise Liverpool continues to impress, catching two first-quarter touchdown passes as Bosco beat Kennedy 43-0. John Lopez had a touchdown on both offense and defense, returning a fumble 42 yards for a score and running 55 yards for another score.

25. Desert Vista, Phoenix, Ariz. (5-0) (25)
Clinton Polk scored on an 80-yard kickoff return to break a 21-21 halftime tie, then scored on a 35-yard run later in the third quarter to break another tie and propel the Thunder to a 55-35 win over St. Mary's. Polk added a 74-yard run earlier in the contest and finished with 133 yards on five carries, one of three Thunder backs to top the century mark on the ground. Desert Vista will travel to winless Highland Friday.

Teams to Watch: Bishop McDevitt, Harrisburg, Pa.; Bethlehem Catholic, Bethlehem, Pa.; James Robinson, Fairfax, Va.; St. Joseph's Prep, Philadelphia, Pa.; Morgantown, W.V.; Georgetown Prep, Rockville, Md.; Rock Hill, S.C.; Waco, Texas; Wayne County, Waynesboro, Miss.; 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.; Springdale, Ark.; San Leandro, Calif.; Mayfield, Las Cruces, N.M.; Bethel, Spanaway, Wash.; McQueen, Reno, Nev.; Columbine, Littleton, Colo.

Dropped Out: No. 12 Lufkin, Texas lost to Tyler Lee, Tyler, Texas 21-14; No. 23 Mullen Prep, Denver, Colo. lost to Fairview, Boulder, Colo. 27-21.

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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