Elder, St. Ignatius to play for Ohio title

Kevin Armstrong
Wednesday November 26th, 2008

Big games are scheduled in the state playoffs of Ohio and South Carolina this weekend. In Canton, Ohio, battle-tested St. Ignatius (Cleveland) will face Cincinnati's Elder. Meanwhile, Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.) plays Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.), which is seeking redemption for a regular-season loss.

High School Football Power Rankings
Last Week: 1
Trinity (Euless, Texas) (12-0)
Tyree Tucker's 26-yard touchdown catch on a fade route with 15 seconds left propelled the Trojans to a 42-35 win over pass-happy Plano at Texas Stadium.
Next: Saturday vs. Arlington (Texas) at Texas Stadium.
Last Week: 2
Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) (12-0)
Behind tailback Robert Anderson's four TD runs, the Vikings blasted Bradwell Institute (Hinesville, Ga.) 62-21.
Next: Friday at unbeaten Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
Last Week: 3
St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (11-0)
An opportunistic defense highlighted by Crey Riggs' interception and the play of quarterback Ryan Becker (three passing touchdowns) sparked a 35-7 win over Coconut Creek.
Next: Region 4-5A semifinal vs. Dillard (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Friday.
Last Week: 5
Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) (11-0)
Eyeing their 18th CIF title, the Jackrabbits' Melvin Richardson scored a game-winning rushing touchdown with 1:23 left to lead Poly to a 21-17 win over Bishop Amat (La Puente).
Next: Friday at Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.).
Last Week: 6
Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) (11-0)
Quarterback Mywan Jackson (172 rushing yards, three TDs) was the X-factor in a 30-14 win over Winter Haven (Fla.).
Next: Class 4A region quarterfinals Friday vs. Tampa Bay (Fla.) Tech.
Last Week: 7
Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.) (10-0)
In rolling over St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City) -- last year's championship-game opponent -- the Ironmen rode tailback Dillon Romain (109 yards, three TDs) to a 38-13 win.
Next: Thanksgiving game vs. Paramus (N.J.) Catholic.
Last Week: 8
Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) (8-1)
Texas-bound quarterback Garrett Gilbert -- who rushed for three TDs and passed for 290 yards in last week's 38-21 win over Steele (Cibolo, Texas) -- is moving up in the record book as well. He is now second all-time in the Lone Star State in passing attempts and completions.
Next: Friday vs. Alice (Texas) at the Alamodome.
Last Week: 9
De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) (9-1)
Next: Friday vs. Deer Valley (Antioch, Calif.).
Last Week: 10
St. Xavier (Louisville) (11-0)
Tailback Deuce Finch rushed for 198 yards and five TDs in a 48-6 win over Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville).
Next: Friday vs. Manual (Louisville).
Last Week: 11
South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) (13-0)
Stud baseball prospect David Renfroe -- who briefly quit football in the offseason to prepare for the MLB draft -- led the Tigers to a 21-14 win over Northwest Rankin (Miss.).
Next: Friday at Central (Madison, Miss.).
Last Week: 12
Maryville (Tenn.) (12-0)
The Rebels beat Rhea County 28-8 to extend their winning streak to 73 games.
Next: Friday vs. Greeneville (Tenn.) in the TSSAA state semifinal.
Last Week: 13
Lakeland (Fla.) (12-0)
Three defensive touchdowns blew the game open for the Dreadnaughts as they blasted Bloomingdale (Valrico, Fla.) 48-6.
Next: Friday vs. Osceola (Kissimmee, Fla.).
Last Week: 15
John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) (11-1)
The Patriots cruised to a 49-14 win over University Lab (New Orleans) after scoring 29 first-quarter points.
Next: Class 2A regional quarterfinal vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (Hammond, La.) Friday.
Last Week: 16
Skyline (Issaquah, Wash.) (12-0)
Dual threat quarterback Jake Heaps (204 passing yards, two TDs) also rushed for a score in a 38-2 win over Auburn.
Next: Saturday at Ferris (Spokane, Wash.).
Last Week: 17
Centennial (Corona, Calif.) (11-0)
Rick Murray caught three touchdown passes and scored on a 55-yard punt return in a 62-7 win over Yucaipa
Next: Friday at Vista (Murrietta, Calif.).
Last Week: 18
River Hill (Clarksville, Md.) (12-0)
Michael Campanaro rushed for touchdowns of 32 and 23 yards and hauled in a 17-yard pass in a 21-6 victory over Frederick Douglass (Upper Marlboro, Md.).
Next: Friday vs. Century (Eldersburg, Md.).
Last Week: 19
Madison (Fla.) County (10-0)
Senior tailback Cory Akins (13 rushes for 149 yards and three touchdowns) powered Madison County to a 35-0 rout of Marianna (Fla.).
Next: Friday at Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic.
Last Week: 20
Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) (13-0)
Perry Jones rushed for 228 yards and four scores in a 28-21 win over previously unbeaten Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach).
Next: Saturday at Oakton (Vienna).
Last Week: 21
St. Ignatius (Cleveland) (11-0)
Four touchdowns from Patrick Hinkel paved the way to an win easily 34-7 win over Hoover (North Canton, Ohio).
Next: State championship vs. Elder (Cincinnati) Saturday in Canton.
Last Week: NR
Bethel Park (Pa.) (9-0)
An opportunistic defense capitalized on five turnovers en route to a 10-6 upset of No. 4 Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.).
Next: Friday vs. State College.
Last Week: 23
Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.) (13-0)
Quarterback Trad Hunter (two TDs) and tailback Ash Butler guided Dorman to a 38-14 win over Lexington (S.C.).
Next: Friday vs. Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.).
Last Week: 24
Allen (Texas) (12-1)
Meet Jeremiah Williams. The tailback broke out with four rushing touchdowns in a 56-28 win over Coppell (Texas).
Next: Friday vs. Permian (Odessa) at Texas Stadium.
Last Week: 25
Elder (Cincinnati) (13-1)
Tailback Nick Gramke had a 2-yard touchdown run in the 24-10 win over Pickerington Central (Pickerington).
Next:State championship vs. St. Ignatius (Cleveland) Saturday in Canton
Last Week: 24
Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.) (10-1)
Marcus Harris took a direct snap around the left end for a 24-yard TD and had another score in a 35-6 Division 5 regional title game win over Edison (Alexandria, Va.).
Next: Saturday at Phoebus (Hampton, Va.).
Last Week: 4
Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.) (12-1)
The Gators picked an inopportune time for their first loss against unbeaten Bethel Park.
Next: Season complete.

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