Monday, October 12, 2009

Independence No. 19 in national poll

Unbeaten Independence is No. 19 in the National Prep Football Poll, which was released Monday.

Two other area unbeatens are in the poll's East Coast regional rankings. Independence is No. 4, Butler (6-0) is No. 6 and Rock Hill (7-0) is No. 7.

The national poll:

1. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aquinas (5-0-0), extended win streak to 29
2. Duncan, S.C., Byrnes (6-1-0), seeks seventh state title in eight years
3. Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco (4-0-0), blasted Clifton, 71-0
4. Cedar Hill, Texas (6-0-0), averaging 42 points per game
5. Cleveland, St. Ignatius (7-0-0), nipped Warren Harding, 10-7
6. Westlake Village, Calif., Oaks Christian (5-0-0), RB Malcolm Jones committed to UCLA
7. Lakeland, Fla. (5-0-0), six state crowns since 1986
8. Dallas, Skyline (6-0-0), nine players committed to FBS colleges
9. Loganville, Ga., Grayson (7-0-0), DT Shawn Green headed to Georgia Tech
10. Peoria, Ariz., Centennial (7-0-0), 34-point average win margin
11. Huntington Beach, Calif., Edison (5-0-0), OL Roman Sapolu will play at Oregon St.
12. Round Rock, Texas, Stony Point (6-0-0), only 31 points allowed this year
13. Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha (6-0-0), beat regionally ranked Good Counsel, 24-21
14. Chesapeake, Va., Smith (6-0-0), QB Phillip Sims became state all-time leader in passing yards
15. Warner Robins, Ga., Northside (6-0-0), 60-3-0 since ’05 season
16. Miami, Washington (6-0-0), DE Lynden Trail is Florida-bound
17. Jenks, Okla. (6-0-0), handled state-ranked Broken Arrow, 42-24
18. River Ridge, La., John Curtis (5-0-0), 24 straight wins against La. foes
19. Charlotte, N.C., Independence (8-0-0), came from behind to beat Providence, 31-27
20. Denver, Mullen (6-0-0), only 21 points allowed all year
21. Hampton, Va., Phoebus (6-0-0), defending Division 5 titlist
22. Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South (7-0-0), scoring 48 points per game
23. Fort Thomas, Ky., Highlands (7-0-0), seven state titles last 13 years
24. Sammamish, Wash., Skyline (5-1-0), led by BYU-bound QB Jake Heaps #25. Cincinnati, Moeller (7-0-0), thumped state-ranked Elder, 35-13.

The regional poll:

East Coast region
1. Duncan, S.C., Byrnes, 6-1-0
2. Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha, 6-0-0
3. Chesapeake, Va., Oscar Smith, 6—0-0
4. Charlotte, N.C., Independence, 8-0-0
5. Hampton, Va., Phoebus, 6-0-0
6. Matthews, N.C., Butler, 6-0-0
7. Rock Hill, S.C., 7-0-0
8. Frederick, Md., Linganore, 6-0-0
9. Olney, Md., Good Counsel, 5-1-0
10. Fairfax, Va., Robinson, 6-0-0

- Cliff Mehrtens

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