September 15, 2009

By Stephen Spiewak,

Thanks to a dominating performance against California power De La Salle, Don Bosco Prep jumped to No. 8 in the Xcellent 25. The Ironmen held the Spartans to six points and no touchdowns. De La Salle had just 54 total yards. Don Bosco Prep can enhance its resume when it travels to Alabama later in the month to take on defending 6A state champion Prattville.

Cedar Hill and St. Xavier, two of the top programs in Texas and Ohio respectively, also rose in the rankings thanks to impressive performances in marquee games. Cedar Hill was able to hold off Euless Trinity in a big non-district game, while St. Xavier traveled to Louisville and downed the St. Xavier Shamrocks.

Other teams making their season debut in the Xcellent 25 are Jenks (Okla.), Grayson (Ga.), and Stony Point (Texas).

High School Football Power Rankings
Last Week: 1
St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (2-0)
The Raiders blasted Boyd Anderson 46-6. In his second game with Aquinas, Lamarcus Joyner had 155 all-purpose yards. The Raiders will have a final tuneup against Cardinal Gibbons this week before their mammoth showdown with No. 2 Byrnes.
Last Week: 2
Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) (3-0)
The Rebels continue to dominate, handling Greer 52-6. Chas Dodd led the offense with five touchdowns.
Last Week: 3
Elder (Cincinnati) (3-0)
For the second time in three games, the Panthers defeated a defending state champion, beating Kentucky 6A titlist Trinity 26-7. Elder's Greater Catholic League schedule begins this week with LaSalle.
Last Week: 5
Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) (2-0)
Despite a pedestrian night by star quarterback Phillip Sims, Smith rallied for 42 straight points and never looked back against Indian River.
Last Week: 6
Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) (3-0)
Still not convinced that Lowndes is back? The Vikings pitched a shutout against Ware County and have allowed only 31 points in three games.
Last Week: -
Central (Miami) (2-0)
While the Rockets' offense remains one of the most impressive in the state, the defense remains the story. After shutting down Mainland last week, the defense pitched a shutout against Killian..
Last Week: 12
Cedar Hill (Texas) (4-0)
The Longhorns continue to take on all comers. After beating De Soto and Rider to begin the season, Cedar Hill took out Texas powerhouse Trinity (Euless, Texas) last Saturday.
Last Week: 16
Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) (1-0)
The Ironmen beat even the most optimistic projections for their season opener against De La Salle (Calif.). Led by an outstanding defensive performance, Don Bosco Prep was able to rout the Spartans 30-6.
Last Week: 9
DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) (2-0)
A tough Gilman squad was no match for DeMatha, as the Stags' offense, led by Iowa-commit Marcus Coker, erupted for 56 points..
Last Week: 10
Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) (2-0)
The Lions looked great on both sides of the ball, beating Muir 51-0. Nick Montana threw for four touchdowns and Malcolm Jones rushed for 129 yards on only 12 carries.
Last Week: 10
Curtis (River Ridge, La.) (1-0)
Salmen is up next for Curtis on Friday after a bye week.
Last Week: 11
Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) (2-0)
A 42-12 victory over Ballard should have the Spartans ready for a primetime showdown with No. 10 Oaks Christian.
Last Week: 13
Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.) (3-0)
Centennial exploded for another impressive win, a 42-6 victory over Willow Canyon. A challenge from Brophy Prep (Phoenix) is next Thursday night.
Last Week: 14
Central (Madison, Miss.) (4-0)
A 4-0 start has the Jaguars poised for a run at the 6A state title. Peyton Johnson scored five touchdowns in a blowout of Canton.
Last Week: 15
Northwestern (Miami) (1-0)
The Bulls were off this week and play Hialeah on Thursday.
Last Week: 17
Longview (Texas) (3-0)
A 30-point win over Natchitoches Central has the Lobos undefeated heading into a big matchup with 5A power Lufkin this weekend.
Last Week: 18
Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) (2-0)
With a 37-14 win over Clovis East, Servite continues to be one of the top teams in Southern California. Pac-5 rival Crespi awaits on Friday night.
Last Week: 24
St. Xavier (Cincinnati) (3-0)
The Bombers continue to resemble St. Xavier squads of the past, and not the 4-6 Bombers of 2008. The defense, always stout under coach Steve Specht, held Louisville's St. Xavier to only six points.
Last Week: -
Stony Point (Round Rock, Texas) (3-0)
Stony Point surges into the rankings after another near-perfect performance. The Tigers, who beat Waco 45-7, have only allowed 10 points all season.
Last Week: 20
Highlands (Fort Thomas, Ky.) (4-0)
Highlands continues to handle its business against early-season opponents, shutting out Withrow (Ohio) 21-0. The Bluebirds host Boone County on Friday night.
Last Week: NR
Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) (3-0)
After edging Camden County and Warner Robbins in consecutive weeks, Grayson handily defeated Dacula 44-0. The Rams are a serious threat in Georgia's AAAAA classification.
Last Week: NR
Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.) (2-0)
Junior quarterback Matt Johnson led a balanced offensive attack for the Crusaders, who return 17 starters from a year ago. Running back Jameel Poteat is averaging 132 rushing yards per game.
Last Week: 23
St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.) (2-0)
The Seraphs put Long Beach Poly in a very unfamiliar position: 0-2. Devon Blackledge rushed for nearly 300 yards as St. Bonaventure exacted revenge for its only loss on 2008.
Last Week: NR
Jenks (Tulsa, Okla.) (2-0)
Jenks enters the Xcellent 25 after an exciting 27-25 win over rival Union in the Backyard Bowl. Zack Lenger rushed for two second-half touchdowns to power the Trojans.
Last Week: 25
Butler (Matthews, N.C.) (3-0)
Thanks to the fine play of junior quarterback Christian Lemay, Butler remains undefeated after holding off a tough Richmond team 38-31. Lemay tossed for over 300 yards and accounted for five touchdowns.

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