St. Xavier tops preseason national prep football poll

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Following one of the more difficult deliberations in recent summers, Cincinnati St. Xavier has been pegged as the top-ranked team in the 2007 preseason PrepNation National Prep Poll.

The National Prep Football Poll is compiled by high school sports journalist Jamie DeMoney with input from sportswriters, experts, and coaches and is the official national poll of JJHUddle.com/Ohio high magazine.



National Prep Football Poll – Preseason

The National Prep Football Poll is compiled by high school sports journalist Jamie DeMoney with input from sportswriters, experts, and coaches and is the official national poll of JJHUddle.com/Ohio high magazine. The national Top 25 and expanded regional Top 25's follow with 2006 won-loss-tie records:

Following one of the more difficult deliberations in recent summers, St. Xavier (Cincinnati) has been pegged as the top-ranked team in the 2007 preseason National Prep Poll.

The Bombers, who return 16 starters including seven regulars off their 2005 undefeated state championship team, narrowly edged Carroll (Southlake, Texas), DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) and Northwestern (Miami) for the No. 1 nod.

Six St. Xavier players had received Division I scholarship offers by the end of the summer. Coach Steve Specht says a half dozen more are capable of playing at least at the Division I-AA level next year.

St. Xavier's superior overall schedule and continuity in its coaching staff were the deciding factors in this first poll. However, as with the teams ranked in spots 2 through 25, every team will be evaluated and re-evaluated during each week of the season.

The Bombers first major test of the season will come September 2 at the Kirk Herbstreit Classic in Cincinnati when they'll meet No. 3 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.). The game is tenatively scheduled to be aired on ESPN.

# School Record Note LW
1. Cincinnati, Ohio, St. Xavier 10-2-0 seeks second state title in three years   
2. Southlake, Texas, Carroll 16-0-0 5A champ four of last five seasons   
3. Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha 12-0-0 plays No. 1 St. Xavier on Sept. 2   
4. Miami, Fla., Northwestern 15-0-0 plays No. 2 Carroll on Sept. 15   
5. Long Beach, Calif., Poly 11-2-0 five CIF crowns last 10 years   
6. Katy, Texas 13-1-0 led by UCLA-bound RB Aundre Dean   
7. Charlotte, N.C., Independence 16-0-0 nation's longest active win streak (108)   
8. Batesville, Miss., South Panola 15-0-0 four-time defending 5A champ   
9. Warner Robins, Ga., Northside 15-0-0 returns state offensive MVP QB Marques Ivory   
10. Chandler, Ariz., Hamilton 13-1-0 three state titles in school's nine-year history   
11. Roswell, Ga. 13-1-1 tied for 5A state crown last season   
12. Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei 8-3-0 Arizona Cardinals QB Matt Leinart played here   
13. Jenks, Okla. 13-1-0 eight 6A championships in 11 years   
14. Maryville, Tenn. 15-0-0 coach George Quarles is 108-9 in eight seasons   
15. Pittsburgh, Pa., Central Catholic 10-2-0 prep home of Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino   
16. River Ridge, La., John Curtis 14-0-0 443 wins for coach J.T. Curtis, second most all-time   
17. Virginia Beach, Va., Salem 12-1-0 RB Kevin Whaley has three 1,000-yard seasons   
18. Pahokee, Fla. 14-0-0 features Miami recruit DT Micanor Regis   
19. Chicago, Ill., St. Rita 13-1-0 defending 7A state titlist   
20. Cincinnati, Ohio, Colerain 13-1-0 38-3 over last three years   
21. Sherman Oaks, Calif., Notre Dame 11-1-0 QB Dayne Crist committed to Notre Dame   
22. Gaffney, S.C. 15-0-0 seeks fourth state crown in five years   
23. Littleton, Colo., Columbine 13-1-0 four 5A titles since 1999   
24. Muskegon, Mich. 14-0-0 QB Chris Crawford is 18-2 as starter   
25. Jersey City, N.J., St. Peter's 11-1-0 led by blue chip QB Will Hill   

Northeast Region
1. Pittsburgh, Pa., Central Catholic (10-2-0)  
2. Jersey City, N.J., St. Peter's (11-1-0)  
3. Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco Prep (12-0-0)  
4. Bethlehem, Pa., Liberty (14-2-0)  
5. Philadelphia, Pa., Saint Josephs Prep (9-3-0)  
6. Everett, Mass. (12-0-0)  
7. Melville, N.Y., St. Anthony's (11-0-0)  
8. Wayne, N.J., Wayne Hills (12-0-0)  
9. Easton, Pa. (12-2-0)  
10. Upper St. Clair, Pa. (16-0-0)  
11. Folsom, Pa., Ridley (13-1-0)  
12. Oradell, N.J., Bergen Catholic (6-4-0)  
13. Montvale, N.J., St. Joseph Regional (4-6-0)  
14. Pittsburgh, Pa., Woodland Hills (8-3-0)  
15. Wexford, Pa., North Allegheny (9-3-0)  
16. Harrisburg, Pa., Bishop McDevitt (9-4-0)  
17. McKeesport, Pa. (8-3-0)  
18. Middletown, N.J., South (11-1-0)  
19. Manasquan, N.J. (12-0-0)  
20. Brockton, Mass. (6-6-0)  
21. Ansonia, Conn. (13-0-0)  
22. Churchville, N.Y., Churchville-Chili (8-1-0)  
23. Greenwich, Conn. (12-1-0)  
24. Downington, Pa., West (10-2-0)  
25. Monroeville, Pa., Gateway (6-5-0)  

East Coast Region
1. Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha (12-0-0)  
2. Charlotte, N.C., Independence (16-0-0)  
3. Virginia Beach, Va., Salem (12-1-0)  
4. Gaffney, S.C. (15-0-0)  
5. Matthews, N.C., Butler (12-3-0)  
6. Summerville, S.C. (12-1-0)  
7. Chantilly, Va., Westfield (11-1-0)  
8. Duncan, S.C., Byrnes (11-2-0)  
9. Chesapeake, Va., Oscar Smith (10-2-0)  
10. Olney, Md., Good Counsel (10-2-0)  
11. Chantilly, Va. (10-4-0)  
12. Greenville, N.C., Rose (16-0-0)  
13. Greenwood, S.C. (13-2-0)  
14. Parkersburg, W.Va. (14-0-0)  
15. Fort Washington, Md., Friendly (14-0-0)  
16. Wilmington, N.C., Hoggard (14-1-0)  
17. Laurinburg, N.C., Scotland (8-4-0)  
18. Manassas, Va., Osbourn (14-0-0)  
19. Hampton, Va., Phoebus (13-1-0)  
20. Conway, S.C. (13-2-0)  
21. Concord, N.C. (13-3-0)  
22. Dumfries, Va., Potomac (11-2-0)  
23. Clifton, Va., Centreville (6-4-0)  
24. Rockingham, N.C., Richmond (12-1-0)  
25. Damascus, Md. (8-3-0)  

Southeast Region
1. Miami, Fla., Northwestern (15-0-0)  
2. Batesville, Miss., South Panola (15-0-0)  
3. Warner Robins, Ga., Northside (15-0-0)  
4. Roswell, Ga. (13-1-1)  
5. Maryville, Tenn. (15-0-0)  
6. River Ridge, La., John Curtis (14-0-0)  
7. Pahokee, Fla. (14-0-0)  
8. Miami, Fla., Booker T. Washington (12-2-0)  
9. Prattville, Ala. (15-0-0)  
10. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St. Thomas Aquinas (12-2-0)  
11. Seffner, Fla., Armwood (11-2-0)  
12. Jacksonville, Fla., Bolles (14-0-0)  
13. Lakeland, Fla. (15-0-0)  
14. Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Nease (14-1-0)  
15. Smyrna, Tenn. (13-2-0)  
16. Norcross, Ga. (12-1-0)  
17. Bastrop, La. (15-0-0)  
18. Tampa, Fla., Plant (15-0-0)  
19. Valdosta, Ga., Lowndes (6-4-0)  
20. Daphne, Ala. (9-3-0)  
21. Hoover, Ala. (13-2-0)  
22. Belle Glade, Fla., Glades Central (12-3-0)  
23. West Monroe, La. (10-1-0)  
24. Lakeland, Fla., Lake Gibson (10-3-0)  
25. Suwanee, Ga., Peachtree Ridge (11-3-1)  

Midwest Region
1. Cincinnati, Ohio, St. Xavier (10-2-0)  
2. Chicago, Ill., St. Rita (13-1-0)  
3. Cincinnati, Ohio, Colerain (13-1-0)  
4. Muskegon, Mich. (14-0-0)  
5. Youngstown, Ohio, Mooney (14-0-0)  
6. Frankfort, Ill., Lincoln-Way East (12-1-0)  
7. Louisville, Ky., Trinity (14-1-0)  
8. Cleveland, Ohio, Glenville (9-2-0)  
9. Indianapolis, Ind., Warren Central (15-0-0)  
10. Lakewood, Ohio, St. Edward (9-2-0)  
11. Mentor, Ohio (13-2-0)  
12. Mount Prospect, Ill., Prospect (11-2-0)  
13. Dublin, Ohio, Coffman (9-4-0)  
14. Joliet, Ill., Joliet Catholic (6-4-0)  
15. Indianapolis, Ind., Ben Davis (9-4-0)  
16. Chicago, Ill., Mount Carmel (12-2-0)  
17. Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Brother Rice (11-1-0)  
18. Mequon, Wis., Homestead (14-0-0)  
19. Massillon, Ohio, Washington (7-5-0)  
20. Cleveland, Ohio, St. Ignatius (6-4-0)  
21. Cincinnati, Ohio, Elder (6-4-0)  
22. Cincinnati, Ohio, Moeller (5-5-0)  
23. Hilliard, Ohio, Davidson (15-0-0)  
24. Carmel, Ind. (12-3-0)  
25. Louisville, Ky., Male (11-1-0)  

Midlands Region
1. Littleton, Colo., Columbine (13-1-0)  
2. St. Paul, Minn., Cretin-Derham Hall (10-1-0)  
3. Denver, Colo., Mullen (13-1-0)  
4. Kansas City, Mo., Rockhurst (6-4-0)  
5. Eden Prairie, Minn. (14-0-0)  
6. Blue Springs, Mo., South (13-0-0)  
7. Omaha, Neb., Millard North (8-4-0)  
8. South Jordan, Utah, Bingham (14-0-0)  
9. Omaha, Neb., Westside (12-1-0)  
10. Jefferson City, Mo. (7-5-0)  
11. Lincoln, Neb., Southwest (10-1-0)  
12. Castle Rock, Colo., Douglas County (11-2-0)  
13. Bettendorf, Iowa (10-2-0)  
14. Champlin, Minn., Champlin Park (8-2-0)  
15. St. Louis, Mo., Christian Brothers (11-2-0)  
16. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Lake City (12-0-0)  
17. Sandy, Utah, Alta (11-3-0)  
18. Hutchinson, Kan. (13-0-0)  
19. Omaha, Neb., Creighton Prep (5-5-0)  
20. Blue Springs, Mo. (9-2-0)  
21. Highlands Ranch, Colo., Mountain Vista (10-2-0)  
22. Creve Coeur, Mo., DeSmet (3-6-0)  
23. Olathe, Kan., South (6-4-0)  
24. Kansas City, Mo., Oak Park (6-4-0)  
25. West Des Moines, Iowa, Valley (10-2-0)  

Southwest Region
1. Southlake, Texas, Carroll (16-0-0)  
2. Katy, Texas (13-1-0)  
3. Chandler, Ariz., Hamilton (13-1-0)  
4. Jenks, Okla. (13-1-0)  
5. Euless, Texas, Trinity (11-1-0)  
6. Tulsa, Okla., Union (7-4-0)  
7. Cedar Hill, Texas (16-0-0)  
8. DeSoto, Texas (10-4-0)  
9. Phoenix, Ariz., Brophy (9-3-0)  
10. Peoria, Ariz., Centennial (14-0-0)  
11. Muskogee, Okla. (10-3-0)  
12. Spring, Texas, Westfield (13-1-0)  
13. Lufkin, Texas (11-1-0)  
14. Mesquite, Texas (7-5-0)  
15. Texarkana, Ark., Arkansas (11-2-0)  
16. Spring Branch, Texas, Smithson Valley (9-2-0)  
17. Allen, Texas (13-2-0)  
18. Houston, Texas, Klein Forest (9-3-0)  
19. Garland, Texas (12-3-0)  
20. Austin, Texas, Westlake (12-3-1)  
21. Abilene, Texas (8-5-0)  
22. North Las Vegas, Nev., Canyon Springs (8-4-0)  
23. Copperas Cove, Texas (12-3-0)  
24. Fayetteville, Ark. (9-3-0)  
25. Artesia, N.M. (14-0-0)  

West Coast Region
1. Long Beach, Calif., Poly (11-2-0)  
2. Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei (8-3-0)  
3. Sherman Oaks, Calif., Notre Dame (11-1-0)  
4. Ventura, Calif., St. Bonaventure (10-2-0)  
5. Mission Viejo, Calif. (9-3-0)  
6. Lake Balboa, Calif., Birmingham (11-3-0)  
7. Bellevue, Wash. (14-0-0)  
8. Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-1-0)  
9. Corona, Calif., Centennial (11-1-0)  
10. Honolulu, Hawaii, St. Louis (11-1-0)  
11. Huntington Beach, Calif., Edison (11-3-0)  
12. Norco, Calif. (12-2-0)  
13. Portland, Ore., Jesuit (13-0-0)  
14. Carlsbad, Calif. (10-0-2)  
15. Orange, Calif., Lutheran (14-1-0)  
16. Riverside, Calif., JW North (14-0-0)  
17. Newhall, Calif., Hart (8-5-0)  
18. Compton, Calif., Dominguez (13-1-0)  
19. Kahuku, Hawaii (11-2-0)  
20. Clovis, Calif., East (12-1-0)  
21. Westlake Village, Calif., Oaks Christian (15-0-0)  
22. Oceanside, Calif. (9-3-1)  
23. Anaheim, Calif., Servite (8-4-0)  
24. Edmonds, Wash., Edmonds-Woodway (12-1-0)  
25. Portland, Ore., Grant (11-1-0)  

FEATS OF THE WEEK: Preseason No. 1 Cincinnati, St. Xavier aims to become the first Ohio team since 1995 to earn a National Prep Poll title. Coach Steve Specht's Bombers, with one state title and a 36-3 record since 2005, face arguably the nation's toughest schedule. Their regular season opponents include No. 3 Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha, plus regionally ranked Louisville, Ky., Trinity; Cleveland, Glenville; and Lakewood, Ohio, St. Edward. St. Xavier returns 16 starters from a team that lost only to eventual national champion Lakeland, Fla., in overtime, and nationally ranked Cincinnati, Colerain last season. Senior running back Darius Ashley will lead the offense after back-to-back 1,000 rushing yard seasons. Linebacker Fred Craig (Stanford) is back to lead a defense that has allowed only seven points per game the last two seasons.

Past National Prep Poll champs, with records and coaches:
1987–Fontana, Calif. (14-0-0), Dick Bruich
1988–Prichard, Ala., Vigor (13-0-0), Harold Clark
1989–Odessa, Texas, Permian (16-0-0), Gary Gaines
1990–Aldine, Texas (15-0-0), Bill Smith
1991–Indianapolis, Ben Davis (14-0-0), Dick Dullaghan
1992–Valdosta, Ga. (14-0-0), Nick Hyder
1993–Cleveland, St. Ignatius (14-0-0), Chuck Kyle
1994–Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-0-0), Bob Ladouceur
1995–Cleveland, St. Ignatius (14-0-0), Chuck Kyle
1996–Hampton, Va. (14-0-0), Mike Smith
1997–Hampton, Va. (13-0-0), Mike Smith
1998–Concord, Calif., De La Salle (12-0-0), Bob Ladouceur
1999–Shreveport, La., Evangel (15-0-0), Dennis Dunn
2000–Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-0-0), Bob Ladouceur
2001–Concord, Calif., De La Salle (12-0-0), Bob Ladouceur
2002–Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-0-0), Bob Ladouceur
2003–Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-0-0), Bob Ladouceur
2004–Southlake, Texas, Carroll (16-0-0), Todd Dodge
2005–Southlake, Texas, Carroll (16-0-0), Todd Dodge
2006–Lakeland, Fla. (15-0-0), Bill Castle.


About the National Prep Poll: Compiled weekly since 1987 and a property of World Features Syndicate, the National Prep Poll is the nation's second oldest weekly high school sports rankings and are the only high school rankings distributed to newspapers and Web sites around the United States by the Associated Press national wire service. The National Prep Poll is the first of the three major high school football and boys basketball polls to released each week during the season.

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