Hoover High School
New Jersey Drive
After games ending Sunday, Sept. 11
Top-ranked Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) was not the only team from the Garden State to open the season with an impressive victory last weekend.
Two other teams from New Jersey that also looked strong in first games were Holy Spirit of Absecon and Bergen Catholic of Oradell. Both were among seven new teams voted into this week’s POWERADE FAB 50.
Holy Spirit, No. 45 in this week’s rankings, pulled away from Oakcrest (Mays Landing, N.J.) 41-16 in the fourth quarter. The Spartans featured a one-two backfield punch of Nigel Jones and Donta Pollack. Jones rushed for two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and had 20 carries for 116 yards. Pollack added two touchdowns, but had more yards with 32 carries for 201.
Bergen Catholic, No. 48 in this week’s rankings, faced an even stronger foe as it went up against East Region ranked La Salle (Wyndmoor, Pa.). The Crusaders won 41-17 and unleashed an effective passing attack. Quarterback Jonathan Germano threw for 305 yards and four scores while receiver John Tsimis had seven catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
The No. 1 Ironmen, meanwhile, probably didn’t spend too much time slapping each other on the back following their 35-7 victory over previous No. 6 Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) last Saturday night on their home field.
Coach Greg Toal’s team is turning around this week for a long road trip to Florida to face No. 19 Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.). If Manatee were to pull off the upset, that also would be good news for No. 9 Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) since Good Counsel owns a double-overtime victory over the Hurricanes.
|Rank||School (City, State)||Record||Points (First Place Votes)||Prev|
|1||Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)||1-0||250 (5)||1|
|2||St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)||2-0||244||2|
|3||De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)||1-0||239||3|
|4||Allen (Allen, Texas)||3-0||237||4|
|5||Armwood (Seffner, Fla.)||2-0||230||5|
|6||Katy (Katy, Texas)||2-0||223||7|
|7||Euless Trinity (Euless, Texas)||3-0||219||8|
|8||St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio)||3-0||216||9|
|9||Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)||2-0||207||11|
|10||Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)||3-1||205||10|
|11||Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)||3-0||198||16|
|12||Prattville (Prattville, Ala.)||2-1||196||12|
|13||Harrison (Farmington Hills, Mich.)||3-0||195||14|
|14||Servite (Anaheim, Calif.)||2-0||184||17|
|15||Maine South (Park Ridge, Ill.)||3-0||179||18|
|16||Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)||3-0||175||19|
|17||Pittsburgh Central Catholic (Pittsburgh)||2-0||163||20|
|18||St. Xavier (Cincinnati)||3-0||162||25|
|19||Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.)||1-1||158||24|
|20||Union (Tulsa, Okla.)||2-0||151||29|
|21||Hoover (Hoover, Ala.)||3-0||140||22|
|22||Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)||3-0||139||26|
|23||Warren Central (Indianapolis)||4-0||138||27|
|24||Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.)||2-0||133||32|
|25||Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.)||3-0||127||28|
|26||Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)||3-0||121||35|
|27||Maryville (Maryville, Tenn.)||3-0||117||30|
|28||Coppell (Coppell, Texas)||3-0||115||31|
|29||Miami Norland (Miami, Fla.)||2-0||114||33|
|30||Phoebus (Hampton, Va.)||2-0||106*||34|
|31||Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.)||2-0||106*||36|
|32||Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.)||1-1||105||6|
|33||Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.)||3-0||100||38|
|34||DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas)||3-0||88||43|
|35||Daphne (Daphne, Ala.)||3-0||80||44|
|36||Denton Ryan (Denton, Texas)||3-0||79||41|
|37||Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)||2-0||68||46|
|38||Rockhurst (Kansas City)||3-0||60||45|
|39||Gaffney (Gaffney, S.C.)||4-0||59||49|
|40||McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga,)||3-0||56||48|
|41||Glenbard West (Glen Ellyn, Ill.)||3-0||48||47|
|42||St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.)||1-0||47||NR|
|43||Butler (Matthews, N.C.)||2-1||27||NR|
|45||Holy Spirit (Absecon, N.J.)||1-0||22||NR|
|46||Myrtle Beach (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)||3-0||20||NR|
|47||Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.)||1-1||17||50|
|48||Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.)||1-0||15*||NR|
|49||Cedar Falls (Cedar Falls, Iowa)||3-0||15*||NR|
|50||Steele (Cibolo, Texas)||3-0||14||NR|
*Ties in points are broken according to which team was ranked higher by a majority of panelists.
Also Receiving Votes: Buford (Buford, Ga.) 4-0; Centennial (Corona, Calif.) 0-1; Gilman (Baltimore) 2-1; Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) 1-1; Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.) 1-1; Skyline (Dallas) 3-0; Valdosta (Valdosta, Ga.) 3-0.
Dropped Out: Previous No. 13 Jenks (Jenks, Okla.); No. 15 Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.); No. 21 Pearland (Pearland, Texas); No. 23 Mullen (Denver); No. 37 Centennial (Corona, Calif.); No. 40 South Panola (Batesville, Miss.); No. 42 Gilman (Baltimore)
Panelists: Kynon Codrington (Miami, Fla.); Doug Huff (Wheeling, W. Va.); Jim McCormick (Philadelphia); Brian Stumpf (Torrance, Calif.); Mark Tennis (Stockton, Calif.)
Contributors: David Auguste, Mike Grimala, Randy Jennings, Paul Muyskens, Lucas O’Neill, Brandon Parker, Chris Parish