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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