FOX Sports Next Top 50 - Week 9

Game of the Week in Ohio

There's a huge battle in Ohio, American Heritage heads to the Pelican State, and three new teams enter the Top 50. As FOX Sports Next takes a look at the best high school football teams in the nation.

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The Upset Watch:

No. 18 St. Edward (OH) @ No. 4 St. Ignatius (OH)
No. 22 Byrnes (SC) @ Dorman (SC)
No. 31 American Heritage (FL) @ West Monroe (LA)

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Team

1 (1)
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Manatee (7-0) Bradenton, FL

Venice was the best team that Manatee had faced in the last month, and they were still no match for the Nation's No. 1 team. Palmetto brings an undefeated record to Bradenton on Friday, but they'll leave defeated.

Last: Def Venice 56-27
Next
: 10/26 Palmetto (7-0)
2 (2)
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John Curtis (7-0) River Ridge, LA

Curtis was off last week, and Clark is going to wish that Curtis was off again this week.

Last: Idle
Next: 10/26 Clark (1-7)
3 (3)
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Trinity (8-0) Louisville, KY

Trinity faces its last challenge of the season against a three loss Moeller team. All of Moeller's losses have come to teams that have been ranked in the Top 50 at one point in the season.

Last: Idle
Next
: 10/26 Archbishop Moeller (OH) (6-3)
4 (6)
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St. Ignatius (9-0) Cleveland, OH

St. Ignatius remained focused in beating a very good St. Xavier team. Now comes the biggest test of the season in unbeaten St. Edward.

Last: Def St. Xavier 32-21
Next
: 10/27 No. 18 St. Edward (9-0)
5 (4)
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Bellevue (8-0) Bellevue, WA

It's at this point of the season that we wish the good teams from smaller states like Bellevue, Bishop Gorman, Trinity, etc.. could play a national playoff, because the home schedule is frankly, boring.

Last: Def Liberty 49-11
Next: 10/26 @ Mercer Island (5-3)
6 (5)
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Katy (7-0) Katy, TX

Katy will waltz past Strake Jesuit this week, but the road gets significantly tougher as we get to the last two games of the regular season and the brutal Texas State Playoffs.

Last: Def Seven Lakes 38-13
Next: 10/27 @ Strake Jesuit (1-6)
7 (7)
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Vista Murrieta (8-0) Murrieta, CA

Vista Murrieta had what looked like a tough game against rival Murrieta Valley, but the Broncos made short work of them. Mesa is a solid team, we'll see if they have any better luck.

Last: Def Murrieta Valley 45-17
Next: 10/26 @ Murrieta Mesa (6-2)
8 (8)
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DeSoto (7-0) DeSoto, TX

DeSoto took care of business against a good Midlothian team with a convincing 52-24 victory. A trip to Duncanville poses no threat to the Eagles.

Last: Def Midlothian 52-24
Next: 10/26 @ Duncanville (2-5)
9 (9)
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University (7-0) Ft. Lauderdale

University will cruise into the playoffs undefeated including a big win over Edison of Miami this week.

Last: Def West Minster Christian 27-0
Next: 10/26 Edison (3-3)
10 (10)
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Butler (9-0) Matthews, NC

By record and history, Butler's game against Independence looks huge. One look at a common opponent, Butler beat Vance 48-6 while Vance beat Independence 35-0, and one wonders how even these team really are?

Last: Def South Mecklenberg 58-0
Next: 10/26 Independence (9-1)
11 (11)
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North Allegheny (8-0) Wexford, PA

Shaler Area provided a nice breather after several tough games for the Tigers. North Hills will be a better game for North Allegheny, but one they should still handle.

Last: Def Shaler Area 55-7
Next: 10/26 North Hills (6-2)
12 (12)
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Good Counsel (7-1) Olney, MD

Good Counsel blew out a very good St. John's squad last week, and the Falcons should be able to do the same to Bishop O'Connell this week.

Last: Def St. John's 41-17
Next
: 10/27 Bishop O'Connell (5-3)
13 (13)
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De La Salle (8-0) Concord, CA

The only intrigue left in De La Salle's season is who will they play in the California Open Division Bowl game in six weeks?

Last: Def Monte Vista 41-9
Next: 10/26 @ San Ramon Valley (4-4)
14 (15)
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Lincoln (7-0) Tallahassee, FL

Lincoln remains on track to remain unbeaten headed into its season ending showdown with rival Godby.

Last: Def West Port 39-0
Next: 11/2 @ Forest (3-4)
15 (16)
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Steele (7-0) Cibolo, Texas

South San Antonio was no match for Steele. East Central of San Antonio should be a tougher team, but still not up to the Knight's standards.

Last: Def South San Antonio 63-0
Next: 10/26 East Central (5-2)
16 (17)
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Colerain (9-0) Cincinnati, OH

Colerain expected a fight from undefeated Lakota West, and the Cardinals got one in its 57-44 victory. This week's game against Oak Hills gives Colerain a chance to get sharp before the playoff push.

Last: Def Lakota West 57-44
Next: 10/26 Oak Hills (5-4)

17 (18)
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Camden County (7-0) Kingsland, GA

The Wildcats were idle last week, and the schedule sets up nicely with a tune up game against and overmatched Brunswick team before tough road games against Lowndes and Colquitt County.

Last: Idle
Next: 10/26 Brunswick (3-4)
18 (19)
St. Edward (9-0) Lakewood, OH

St. Edward remained perfect by heaping a little more misery on Moeller's once promising season. The battle tested Eagles now have a huge showdown with No. 6 St. Ignatius this week.

Last: Def St. Xavier 27-16
Next: 10/27 @ No. 6 St. Ignatius (9-0)
19 (14)
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Bishop Gorman (7-1) Las Vegas, NV

Teams considered good teams in Nevada are still no match for the Gondoliers as 6-1 Centennial falls to 6-2

Last: Def Centennial 49-20
Next
: 10/25 Desert Oasis (2-6)
20 (20)
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Don Bosco Prep (5-1) Ramsey, NJ

Don Bosco was off last week in preparation for its tough road trip against Bergen Catholic, who already knocked off one Top 50 team this year in Bishop Gorman.

Last: Idle
Next: 10/27 @ Bergen Catholic (4-2)
21 (21)
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Grayson (7-1) Loganville, GA

After its early season slip against Parkview, Grayson is becoming the juggernaut we thought they could be. The Rams had arguably their best performance of the season shellacking a good South Gwinnett team. 

Last: Def South Gwinnett 41-0
Next
: 10/26 @ Archer (6-2)
22 (22)
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Byrnes (8-1) Duncan, SC

Pity Mauldin who had to face Byrnes after an upset loss the week prior. Dorman has what it takes to make the game interesting this week.

Last: Def Mauldin 72-27
Next
: 10/26 @ Dorman (7-2)
23 (23)
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Miami Central (4-2) Miami, FL

Carol City made it interesting, but they were still no match for Central. Another perennial power is up on the docket as Central faces Northwestern this week.

Last: Def Carol City 49-32
Next
: 10/26 Northwestern (6-1)
24 (25)
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Allen (6-1) Allen

Allen enjoyed some time at home after consecutive road games, but it's back on the buses this week for a trip to Boyd in a tough road game.

Last: Def Plano West 47-25
Next: 10/26 @ Boyd (5-2)
25 (26)
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McGill-Toolen (8-0) Mobile, AL

McGill-Toolen is enjoying an easy run of games after playing several tough ones early. The Yellow-Jackets should handle Murphy this week.

Last: Def Baker 49-13
Next: 10/26 Murphy (5-3)
26 (27)
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Washington (6-1) Miami, FL

Washington showed little mercy for Doral Academy in its 71-14 victory. Actually, that's not true, it was 50-0 at halftime.

Last: Def Doral Academy 72-14
Next: 10/26 @ Gulliver Prep (3-4)
27 (28)
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Maine South (9-0) Park Ridge, IL

The Hawks concluded their regular season in style with a 35-14 win over Glenbrook South. Maine South enters Illinois' largest classification as the No. 1 seed and will pummel Lane this week.

Last: Def Glenbrook South 35-14 
Next
: 10/27 Lane (5-3)
28 (30)
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Hoover (8-0) Hoover, AL

Hoover is no stranger to championship seasons, and the Bucs are making another run. Minor was the latest victim. A trip to Tuscaloosa County is always tough.

Last: Def Hillcrest 31-17
Next
: 10/26 @ Tuscaloosa County (7-1)
29 (31)
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Mission Viejo (8-0) Mission Viejo, CA

Mission Viejo took Tesoro's best shot. Trailing 21-14 at halftime, the Diablos hit back and ran off a 28-3 third quarter for the win. Mission Viejo will waltz over Trabuco Hills this week before facing off with an unbeaten El Toro squad for its league championship.

Last: Def Tesoro 55-32
Next: 10/26 Trabuco Hills (4-4)
30 (32)
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Skyline (8-0) Sammamish, WA

Skyline concluded its regular season with a shutout win over Issaquah. The Spartans playoff season begins on November 10th.  

Last: Def Issaquah 21-0
Next: TBD
31 (33)
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American Heritage (7-0) Delray Beach, FL

Cardinal Newman proved to be a paper Tiger. American Heritage traveled to West Palm and delivered a smack down. The Stallions are in for a fight this week at Louisiana power West Monroe.

Last: Def Gulliver Prep 41-7
Next: 10/27 @ West Monroe (LA) (7-1)

32 (34)
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Bentonville (8-0) Bentonville, AR

We knew Van Buren wouldn't hold up against Bentonville, and they didn't. Springdale isn't up to its usual standards and is about to get rolled by Bentonville.

Last: Def Van Buren 55-7
Next: 10/26 @ Springdale (4-4)
33 (35)
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Coppell (7-0) Coppell, TX

Flower Mound proved to be a tougher win for Coppell than we might have expected. The Cowboys should still crush Marcus this week.

Last: Def Flower Mound 27-18
Next: 10/26 Marcus (2-5) 
34 (36)
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Skyline (6-1) Dallas, TX

Sunset was not looking forward to a visit from Skyline, but the Raiders didn't completely demoralize them, winning only 56-0. This week Skyline hosts Richardson, and they're not likely to be hospitable guests.

Last: Def Sunset 56-0 
Next
: 10/26 Richardson (3-4)
35 (37)
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Ensworth (9-0) Nashville, TN

Ensworth had all season to prepare with its game against Brentwood Academy, and the Tigers' defense looked sharp in a 20-0 shutout win. Now it's back to the patsies.

Last: Def Brentwood Academy 20-0
Next: 10/26 Father Ryan (3-6)
36 (38)
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Oscar Smith (8-1) Chesapeake, VA

After starting the season with such a tough schedule, Oscar Smith has to be getting a little bored. The Tigers took care of business against Deep Creek in a 58-0 win. Grassfield poses a better matchup, but they may have been caught looking ahead as they suffered their first loss of the season last week.

Last: Def Deep Creek 58-0
Next
: 10/26 Grassfield (7-1)
37 (39)
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Carroll (6-1) Southlake, TX

Carroll is strolling through its schedule including a 45-0 win over Northwest last week. A trip to Keller should be a walk in the park as well.

Last: Def Northwest 45-0 
Next
: 10/25 @ Keller (2-5)
38 (40)
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Mesquite (8-0) Mesquite, TX

The Skeeters won the battle of Mesquite with a 56-10 win over North Mesquite. Lee is going to get skewered this week.

Last: Def North Mesquite 56-10
Next: 10/26 Lee (1-6)
39 (41)
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Gilman (5-2) Baltimore, MD

Gilman had a long week to get ready for a Monday night game against a good Calvert Hall team. It will be a short turn around to play McDonough on Saturday.

Last: 10/12 Def Loyola Blakefield 47-7
Next: 10/22 @ Calvert Hall (7-1)
40 (42)
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Narbonne (8-0) Harbor City, CA

Narbonne will battle complacency until their inevitable meeting with Crenshaw in the City-Section playoffs as the Gauchos hope to be chosen for one of the State Bowls (no state playoffs in California).

Last: Def San Pedro 28-7
Next: 10/26 @ George Washington Prep (4-4)
41 (43)
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Goose Creek (9-0) Goose Creek, SC

Goose Creek has had an easy schedule, but its trip to Wando could have been dangerous. The Gators handled the trip like champions. This week's trip to West Ashley should be much more relaxed.

Last: Def Wando 35-14
Next: 10/26 @ West Ashley (1-8)
42 (44)
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Lincoln-Way East (9-0) Frankfort, IL

Lincoln-Way East easily finished off its undefeated regular season. The Griffins take on Plainfield Central to open its playoff schedule, and Lincoln-Way East should win big.

Last: Def Joliet West 42-6
Next: 10/26 Joliet West (3-5)

43 (45)
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Muskegon (8-0) Muskegon, MI

Muskegon didn't get caught looking ahead, beating an outmatched Kenowa Hills soundly. A trip to Zeeland East is much more daunting as both teams bring unbeaten records into the contest.

Last: Def Kenowa Hills 45-7
Next: 10/26 Plainfield Central (6-3)
44 (46)
Norcross (8-0) Norcross, GA

Norcross beat an out-manned Mountain View team 48-6 and should easily handle its trip to Peachtree Ridge this week.

Last: Def Mountain View 48-6
Next: 10/26 @ Peachtree Ridge (3-4)
45 (47)
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Gateway (7-1) Monroeville, PA

Gateway has shrugged off its loss to North Allegheny and whipped a good Penn-Trafford team. The Gators are rolling towards the playoffs and peaking at the right time.

Last: Def Penn-Trafford 42-0
Next: 10/26 @ McKeesport (5-3)
46 (NR)
St. John Bosco (4-4) Bellflower, CA

Bosco had to forfeit its first four games of the season after self reporting an eligibility problem with one of its players. The same thing happened with Vista Murrieta in 2011, and just like Vista Murrieta, no one has beaten Bosco on the field. The Braves took a big step towards securing a Trinity League Championship last week.

Last: Def Mater Dei 27-19
Next: 10/26 @ Servite (3-5)

47 (49)
South Pointe (9-0) Rock Hill, SC

South Pointe was expected to crush Clover this week; they did. The Stallions trip to York this week. York's dream season has been upset by back to back losses. South Pointe looks to make it three in a row for the Cougars.

Last: Def Clover 42-0
Next: 10/26 @ York (7-2)
48 (NR)
Paramus Catholic (5-1) Paramus, NJ

Wiped out by Don Bosco Prep two weeks ago, the Paladins rebounded nicely to beat a good St. Joseph Regional squad. The Paladins have a pair of tough games remaining including Friendship (DC) and Bergen Catholic.

Last: Def No. 24 St. Joseph Regional 44-35
Next: 10/26 Friendship (DC) 
49 (NR)
ThunderRidge (7-1) Highlands Ranch, CO

We should have known we were on to something when ThunderRidge came to California and gave No. 7 Vista Murrieta all it wanted in a 37-26 loss. The Grizzlies haven't lost since.

Last: Def Chaparral 14-7
Next: 10/25 Mountain Vista (4-4)

50 (50)
New Bern (9-0) New Bern, NC

New Bern looked less than impressive in a 19-7 win against Laney, but the Bears should still saunter into the playoffs 10-0 after this week's trip to Rose. 

Last: Def Laney 19-7
Next: 10/26 @ Rose (3-6)

In - Paramus Catholic (NJ), St. John Bosco (CA), ThunderRidge (CO)

Out - St. Joseph Regional (NJ), Dwyer (FL), Ben Davis (IN)

Scott began with Scout as the Southeast Regional Manager in 2002. In addition to his recruiting responsibilities, Scott developed and ran the National Scout Combine series from 2005 thru 2008. Scott has been Director of Scouting since 2006 and oversees the Recruiting Rankings for Scout.

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