Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Independence No. 23 in national prep football poll

Independence High is ranked No. 23 in the first National Prep Football poll of the season. Duncan Byrnes (S.C.) is No. 2 behind Florida 5A champ St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale).

St. Thomas, which has about a dozen potential Division I recruits in their senior class, will play a difficult schedule that kicks off with an August 29 trip to play Upper Arlington, Ohio, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. On October 2, Aquinas will host Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) in a much-anticipated nationally televised matchup.

In the East Coast regional rankings, Byrnes is No. 1, Independence No. 3, Butler No. 5, Sumter, SC is No. 7 and Rock Hill South Pointe is No. 8. Independence plays Butler and South Pointe this season.

The National Prep Football Poll is compiled by high school sports journalist Jamie DeMoney with input from sportswriters, experts, and coaches. The national Top 25 and regional Top 10's follow with 2008 won-loss-tie records:
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#1. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aquinas (15-0-0), two-time defending 5A champ
#2. Duncan, S.C., Byrnes (14-1-0), travels to No. 1 Aquinas on Oct. 5
#3. Miami, Northwestern (13-2-0), seeks second 6A title in three years
#4. Katy, Texas (13-3-0), back-to-back 5A/II titlist
#5. Cleveland, Glenville (11-1-0), went 1-1 against ’08 state champ St. Ignatius
#6. Chesapeake, Va., Smith (15-0-0), defending Division 6 champion
#7. Lakewood, Calif. (10-3-0), led by USC-bound QB Jesse Scroggins
#8. Bellevue, Wash. (14-0-0), plays at No. 4 Katy on Sept. 12
#9. Sammamish, Wash., Skyline (14-0-0), hosts No. 15 Oaks Christian on Sept. 18
#10. Cedar Hill, Texas (12-2-0), leading rusher Ben Malena (Texas A&M) returns
#11. Valdosta, Ga., Lowndes (12-1-0), three 5A crowns since ‘04
#12. Jenks, Okla. (12-2-0), seventh time in preseason Top 25 since ‘00
#13. Cincinnati, Elder (13-2-0), Division I runner-up last year
#14. Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco (11-1-0), plays No. 18 De La Salle and No. 19 Prattville this season
#15. Westlake Village, Calif., Oaks Christian (14-0-0), QB Nick Montana is son of NFL legend Joe
#16. Allen, Texas (15-1-0), 5A/I champ returns all five offensive linemen
#17. Lakeland, Fla. (14-1-0), plays at No. 18 De La Salle on Sept. 25
#18. Concord, Calif., De La Salle (12-2-0), six-time Prep Poll champion
#19. Prattville, Ala. (13-1-0), has three straight 6A titles
#20. Bethlehem, Pa., Liberty (15-1-0), defending 4A champ returns state MVP QB Anthony Gonzalez
#21. Peoria, Ariz., Centennial (14-0-0), seeks fourth straight 5A/II title
#22. Dallas, Skyline (12-2-0), nine seniors are Division I commitments
#23. Charlotte, N.C., Independence (13-1-0), seven state titles this decade
#24. Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha (10-2-0), seven-time defending WCAC champ
#25. River Ridge, La., John Curtis (14-1-0), 23 state titles in 34 years
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^Northeast=
#1. Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco, 11-1-0
#2. Bethlehem, Pa., Liberty, 15-1-0
#3. Harrisburg, Pa., McDevitt, 10-3-0
#4. Montvale, N.J., St. Joseph’s, 11-1-0
#5. Oradell, N.J., Bergen Catholic, 9-3-0
#6. State College, Pa., 12-1-0
#7. McKeesport, Pa., 8-3-0
#8. Wayne, N.J., Wayne Hills, 12-0-0
#9. Lansdale, Pa., North Penn, 14-1-0
#10. Central Valley, N.Y., Monroe-Woodbury, 11-1-0
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^East Coast=
#1. Duncan, S.C., Byrnes, 14-1-0
#2. Chesapeake, Va., Oscar Smith, 15—0-0
#3. Charlotte, N.C., Independence, 13-1-0
#4. Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha, 10-2-0
#5. Matthews, N.C., Butler, 12-2-0
#6. Olney, Md., Good Counsel, 11-1-0
#7. Sumter, S.C., 12-3-0
#8. Rock Hill, S.C., South Pointe, 15-0-0
#9. Chantilly, Va., Westfield, 9-3-0
#10. Hampton, Va., Phoebus, 15-0-0
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^Southeast=
#1. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aquinas, 15-0-0
#2. Miami, Northwestern, 13-2-0
#3. Valdosta, Ga., Lowndes, 12-1-0
#4. Lakeland, Fla., 14-1-0
#5. Prattville, Ala., 13-1-0
#6. River Ridge, La., John Curtis, 14-1-0
#7. Miami, Central, 8-4-0
#8. Tampa, Fla., Plant, 14-1-0
#9. Madison, Miss., Madison Central, 12-2-0
#10. Nashville, Tenn., Montgomery Bell, 10-2-0
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^Midwest=
#1. Cleveland, Glenville, 11-1-0
#2. Cincinnati, Elder, 13-2-0
#3. Cleveland, St. Ignatius, 14-1-0
#4. Cincinnati, Colerain, 11-2-0
#5. East St. Louis, Ill., 13-1-0
#6. Cincinnati, Moeller, 6-5-0
#7. Chicago, Mount Carmel, 10-3-0
#8. Wheaton, Ill., Wheaton Warrenville South, 8-2-0
#9. Sterling Heights, Mich., Stevenson, 10-2-0
#10. Louisville, Ky., St. Xavier, 12-1-0
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^Midlands=
#1. Denver, Mullen, 12-2-0
#2. Florissant, Mo., Hazelwood Central, 12-2-0
#3. Sandy, Utah, Alta, 13-1-0
#4. Blue Springs, Mo., 9-2-0
#5. Hutchinson, Kan., 11-2-0
#6. Eden Prairie, Minn., 11-1-0
#7. Plymouth, Minn., Wayzata, 13-0-0
#8. South Jordan, Utah, Bingham, 11-3-0
#9. Littleton, Colo., Columbine, 11-2-0
#10. Iowa City, Iowa, 10-1-0
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^Southwest=
#1. Katy, Texas, 13-3-0
#2. Cedar Hill, Texas, 12-2-0
#3. Jenks, Okla., 12-2-0
#4. Allen, Texas, 15-1-0
#5. Peoria, Ariz., Centennial, 14-0-0
#6. Dallas, Skyline, 12-2-0
#7. Tulsa, Okla., Union, 13-1-0
#8. Round Rock, Texas, Stony Point, 13-2-0
#9. Garland, Texas, 11-2-0
#10. Longview, Texas, 13-3-0-x
x-one loss by forfeit
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^West Coast=
#1. Lakewood, Calif., 10-3-0
#2. Bellevue, Wash., 14-0-0
#3. Sammamish, Wash., Skyline, 14-0-0
#4. Westlake Village, Calif., Oaks Christian, 14-0-0
#5. Concord, Calif., De La Salle, 12-2-0
#6. Anaheim, Calif., Servite, 7-4-0
#7. Mission Viejo, Calif., 10-2-0
#8. Long Beach, Calif., Poly, 14-1-0
#9. Sherman Oaks, Calif., Notre Dame, 11-1-0
#10. Huntington Beach, Calif., Edison, 7-3-0

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Indy goes to Byrnes for a 7x7 and gets kicked all over the place. How can they be #3 in the East?

Silk_milk said...

Look out for the SHARKS.....#23 in the nation!!!!! GO Big I....

Silk_milk said...

Independence sent their 2nd and 3rd string to the Byrnes 7x7. The key players represented the Carolina Panthers in the NFL national 7x7 tournament that same week. They went 7-1 against the top players in the country!!! That's why they are ranked #23 in the nation....

Anonymous said...

Richmond County State Champs.Who cares about polls?

Anonymous said...

Ummm okay defiantly they sent there jv down to byrnes silk milk right varsity went to minnesota and dominated against best teams in nation. richmond isnt winning it this year im predicting independence htye are fast talented and most athletic team in state easily belive it or not they still strong as you know what they have some undersized guys but they still stronger and more physical then your best guys guarentee it

Anonymous said...

If the line play on both sides for Indy is strong they will be hard to handle.

Anonymous said...

Cleveland St. Ignatius defeated #5 Glenville in the playoffs and #13 Cincinnatti Elder for the State Championship and they're not ranked??? By the end of the season, Glenville will barely make the playoffs and iggy will go deep, possible repeat. Look out for the WILDCATS!!!

Anonymous said...

Indy will get their butts kicked by South Pointe.