FOX Sports Next Top 50 - Week 14

As the playoffs heat up, some teams can't stand the heat and some rise to the challenge. We have eight new teams in the FOX Sports Next Top 50 this week and another slew of top matchups.

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Top 50 Games

No. 3 Vista Murrieta vs No. 28 Centennial (CA)
No. 10 Whitmer vs No. 36 Archbishop Moeller (OH)
No. 18 Camden County vs No. No. 23 Norcross (GA)

Rank (Prev)

Team

1 (1)
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Manatee (12-0) Bradenton, FL

Manatee had already pummeled its 2nd round opponent once this season, and the Hurricanes had little mercy for Venice the second time around. Central of Fort Pierce brings a sparkling resume into its game with the Nation's No. 1 team including a 40-14 win over Martin County last week.

Last: Def Venice 56-7
Next
: 11/30 Central (Fort Pierce) (11-0)
2 (2)
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John Curtis (12-0) River Ridge, LA

Call this one progress, Riverside lost by 59 earlier this year to Curtis, they only lost by 52 this time. Springfield is the next team to get blown out by Curtis in the Semi-Finals.

Last: Def Riverside 62-10
Next: 11/30 Springfield (12-1)
3 (3)
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Vista Murrieta (13-0) Murrieta, CA

Vista Murrieta had its hands full in the second half before defense and special teams took over to win a comfortable 34-0 game against a good Rancho Cucamonga team. Now comes the showdown with a Southern California perennial power in Corona Centennial in the Inland Division Championship which will be shown on FOX Sports West on Friday.

Last: Def Rancho Cucamonga 34-0
Next: 11/30 No. 28 Centennial (12-1)
4 (4)
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Katy (12-0) Katy, TX

Katy was shocked by La Porte on Thanksgiving weekend last year, and while that was a 3rd round matchup, the Tigers made sure it was a happy holiday by blowing out Langham Creek. Who should be up next but last year's 3rd round spoilers, La Porte.

Last: Def Langham Creek 49-0
Next: 11/30 La Porte (11-1)
5 (6)
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DeSoto (12-0) DeSoto, TX

Last week I said we were about to find out how good No. 23 Coppell actually is. I'm not sure we found out, but we did find out just how good No. 5 DeSoto is. Wow. If the Eagles can maintain this level of play, they should be in good shape to win a State Championship. But there are no letdown games moving forward. Every team is capable of beating every other team in the Texas quarter-finals.

Last: Def No. 23 Coppell 42-14
Next: 11/30 Bowie (11-1)
6 (7)
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University (10-0) Ft. Lauderdale

If DeSoto had the most impressive performance of the week, University's 34-17 win over No. 19 American Heritage wasn't far behind. University's next opponent isn't as good as American Heritage, but the Suns can't afford a letdown, because Central Catholic is good enough to take advantage. 

Last: Def American Heritage 34-17
Next: 11/30 Central Catholic (11-1)
7 (5)
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Bellevue (13-0) Bellevue, WA

The Wolverines weren't challenged in the Semi-Finals and should cruise to their 419th straight 3A Championship. 

Last: Def Mt. Si 37-7
Next: 11/30 Eastside Catholic (13-0)
8 (8)
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North Allegheny (13-0) Wexford, PA

North Allegheny had a gut check game with a talented and hot Woodland Hills team. The Tigers came from behind to win 21-14. In theory, 7-5 McDowell should be a breather this week.

Last: Def Woodland Hills 21-14
Next: 11/30 McDowell (7-5)
9 (9)
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Butler (14-0) Matthews, NC

It had been three months since Butler beat Mallard Creek 27-6 in Week 0, but not much changed as the Bulldogs took care of business with a convincing 27-0 win. Butler faces off with Jack Britt this week for the State Championship.


Last: Def Mallard Creek (27-0)
Next: 12-1 Jack Britt (13-2)

10 (46)
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Whitmer (14-0) Toledo, OH

To a certain extent Whitmer was relatively untested going into its game against No. 10 Mentor. Mentor had dispatched two Top 10 opponents on consecutive weeks, but Whitmer figured out a way to slow down the high powered Mentor attack. If Mentor was Ohio's hottest team, Whitmer's next opponent Moeller might be next. Moeller lost three in the regular season but is peaking at the right time.

Last: Def No.10 Mentor 62-34 
Next: 12/1 No. 36 Archbishop Moeller (11-3)
11 (12)
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Good Counsel (11-1) Olney, MD

(11/19) Good Counsel made good on its rematch with DeMatha for the WCAC Championship in a 26-14 win.  Good Counsel lost its first game of the season before running off 11 straight including wins over Gilman, Dematha (twice), and St. Joseph Regional (N.J.).

Last: 11/18 Def DeMatha 26-14
Next
: Season Over
12(13)
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De La Salle (12-0) Concord, CA

Narbonne or Vista Murrieta? De La Salle takes one step closer to its Open Bowl showdown with the top team from the South.

Last: Def Amador Valley 49-0
Next: 12/1 Logan (12-1)
13 (14)
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Steele (12-0) Cibolo, Texas

Steele didn't have any trouble with Roosevelt last week as was to be expected.  Edinburg North won't be much of a threat either.

Last: Def Roosevelt 45-0
Next: 11/30 Edinburg North (10-2)
14 (26)
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Narbonne (13-0) Harbor City, CA

Now that the formalities are over, Crenshaw and Narbonne can decide the City-Section Championship. Narbonne is still a heavy favorite over the Cougars, but Crenshaw is the only team in the City-Section that belongs on the field with the Gauchos. How top-heavy is the City-Section? Narbonne and Crenshaw beat their six playoff opponents by an average of 49-6.

Last: Def Carson 39-12
Next: 12/1 Crenshaw (12-1)
15 (10)
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Mentor (12-2) Mentor (OH)

Mentor knocked off two straight Top 10 opponents in the Ohio playoffs, but a third Top 50 game was too much for the Cardinals after its 3OT classic with St. Ignatius two weeks ago. Mentor fell to No. 46 Whitmer 62-34 to end its season. 

Last: 11/24 Lost to No. 46 Whitmer 62-34
Next: Season Over

16 (15)
St. Edward (11-1) Lakewood, OH

(11/19) St. Edward fell to Mentor in Week 2 of the Ohio State Playoffs. 

Last: 11/9 Lost to Mentor 63-56
Next: Season Over
17 (16)
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Trinity (12-1) Louisville, KY

Trinity got a battle from Scott County to the tune of a 21-14 win as the Shamrocks continue to fight their way through a tougher than expected Kentucky State Playoff bracket. This week it's for all the marbles against an unbeaten Pleasure Ridge Park team.

Last: Def St. Xavier 15-14
Next
: 12/1 Pleasure Ridge Park (15-0)
18 (20)
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Camden County (11-1) Kingsland, GA

Camden County cruised past East Coweta and will face its toughest test of the season in Norcross in a quarterfinal worthy of being a State Championship game.

Last: Def East Coweta 34-14
Next: 11/30 No. 23 Norcross (12-0)
19 (17)
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Bishop Gorman (12-1) Las Vegas, NV

Bishop Gorman beat Reed 49-24 in the Semi-Finals and will beat Liberty this week for their State Championship.

Last: Def Reed 49-24
Next
: 12/1 Liberty (12-1)
20 (22)
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Miami Central (9-2) Miami, FL

Central beat Northwestern 35-17 at the end of October, and the Rockets extended their margin of victory in the one that counted. Palm Bay is a good team, but one that Central should handle setting up a Semi-Final showdown with either Mainland or Naples.

Last: Def Northwestern 34-7
Next
: 11/30 Palm Bay (8-4)
21 (24) Booker T Washington Logo Washington (11-1) Miami, FL

Gulliver Prep wasn't expected to be a challenge last week, but 57-0? The Tornadoes have beaten their first two round opponents by a combined 128-0. Cocoa will be a much different squad than Washington's first two playoff opponents.

Last: Def Gulliver Prep 57-0
Next: 11/30 Cocoa (10-2)
22 (25)
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Hoover (13-0) Hoover, AL

Hoover had a 9/28 rematch with Vestavia Hills, and the Bucs were up to the challenge as they dispatched the Rebels 21-7 to move to the State Semi-Finals. They take on a strong Clay-Chalkville whose only loss as by one point to Huntsville more than a month ago. 

Last: Def Vestavia Hills 21-7
Next
: 11/30 Clay-Chalkville (12-1)
23 (42)
Norcross (12-0) Norcross, GA

Norcross' stingy defense handled South Gwinnett 27-7, but now the Blue Devils must make the long 350 mile drive to Kingsland, Ga. to take on Camden County in a quarterfinal battle worthy of a State Final.

Last: Def South Gwinnett 27-7
Next: 11/30 No. 18 Camden County (11-1)
24 (27)
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Skyline (13-0) Sammamish, WA

Undefeated Camas put up a fight, but in the end, they fell to Skyline the way so many others before them have. Bellarmine Prep is up next. They're only loss on the season was 42-38 to Lakes the first week of September.

Last: Def Camas 51-28
Next: 12-1 Bellarmine Prep (12-1)
25 (28)
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Allen (11-1) Allen, TX

Allen had a very tough matchup with the undefeated Mesquite Skeeters, and the Eagles prevailed 42-28. By comparison Round Rock Westwood should be an easier opponent this week, but Allen can't afford to be caught looking ahead.

Last: Def No. 35 Mesquite 42-28
Next: 11/30 Round Rock Westwood (9-3)
26 (29)
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Bentonville (12-0) Bentonville, AR

Bentonville probably got more than they were expecting from (8-3) Southside in a 28-21 win, but they survived to face Fayetteville this week. Bentonville won the last matchup 24-17 earlier this month. 

Last: Def Southside 28-21
Next: 11/30 Fayetteville (9-3)
27 (30)
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Skyline (11-1) Dallas, TX

Skyline was in dire need of a challenge before the games got serious in the State Playoffs, and Horn provided a good test for the Raiders without really threatening them. Skyline moves on to face an undefeated Westfield team.

Last: Def Horn 47-28
Next
: 11/30 Westfield (12-0)
28 (NR)
Centennial (12-1) Corona, CA

Centennial reloads every year, and every year they are playing their best at the end of the season. With a new starting quarterback and a new running back, the Huskies improved their offensive numbers this year, and they needed is to give Upland its first loss last week. Up next is the big test and a rematch in last year's CIF-SS Inland Final, No. 3 Vista Murrieta.

Last: Def Upland 46-36
Next: 11/30 No. 3 Vista Murrieta (13-0)
29 (19) American Heritage Logo American Heritage (11-1) Delray Beach, FL

American Heritage saw its season come to and end, but there's no shame in losing to a team as good as University. The highlight of the Stallions' season was its 9/7 win over Armwood. 

Last: 11/23 Lost to No. 7 University 34-17
Next: Season Over

30 (NR)
North Gwinnett (11-1) Suwanee, GA

Last week we said that North Gwinnett was capable of beating anyone, and the Bulldogs proved it by upsetting No. 11 Grayson. The way the game played out, it may not have been considered much of an upset. North Gwinnett won handily 28-10. North Gwinnett's only loss of the season came in September to Norcross. Both teams are still alive in Georgia's 6A Quarterfinal.

Last: Def No. 11 Grayson 28-10
Next: 11/30 Lovejoy (11-1)
31 (31)
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Ensworth (12-0) Nashville, TN

Ensworth had Thanksgiving off before facing off with Memphis University for the Division II AA State Championship in Tennessee. Ensworth already beat MUS 35-28 in its first game of the season.

Last: Idle
Next: 11/29 Memphis University (10-2)
32 (33)
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Carroll (11-1) Southlake, TX

Carroll has breezed through the easy part of its playoff schedule, but now things will heat up with a faceoff with Euless Trinity this week. Trinity played a brutal opening schedule and has won nine straight.

Last: Def El Dorado 73-23
Next
: 12/1 Trinity (10-2)
33 (37)
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St. Ignatius (11-2) Cleveland, OH

(11/19) St. Ignatius found out what St. Edward found out two weeks ago, that Mentor is for real. It took three overtimes to out the Wildcats who finish their season at 11-2.

Last: (11/16) Lost to No. 22 Mentor 57-56 (3OT)
Next
: Season Over
34 (38)
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Gilman (9-2) Baltimore, MD

(11/19) Gilman left little doubt this time. Calvert Hall gave the Greyhounds a scare in a 24-14 Gilman win on 10/22. This time Gilman left little doubt in a convincing 35-7 victory to claim the MIAA 'A' Title. 

Last: Def Calvert Hall 35-7
Next: Season Over
35 (NR)
Poly (9-3) Long Beach,CA

A candidate for comeback team of the year, Long Beach Poly was left for dead earlier this season after dropping three straight games including a 56-0 blowout by Narbonne. But the young Jackrabbits got some experience and have knocked off two Top 50 teams in consecutive weeks hanging the first loss on Mission Viejo and St. John Bosco. Poly's running game is a thing to behold and the defense is big and fast.

Last: Def No. 36 St. John Bosco 13-10
Next: 12/1 Mater Dei (10-2)
36 (NR)
Archbishop Moeller (11-3) Cincinnati, OH

Welcome back Crusaders. Archbishop Moeller had been ranked in the Top 5 at one point this season, but the Crusaders didn't start playing like it until the end of the year, when it's most important. Moeller has knocked off Top 50 teams Louisville Trinity and Colerain this month and gets a shot at Whitmer on Saturday.

Last: Def Pickerington North 26-21
Next: No. 10 Whitmer (14-0)
37 (48)
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Glenbard West (14-0) Glen Ellyn, IL

In an old-fashioned slugfest, Glenbard West edged No. 41 Lincoln-Way East 10-8. What the game lacked in firepower it made up for in drama as the teams West survived a 4th and 10 from the 13 in the closing minutes, and that stop proved to be the difference.

Last: Def Lake Zurich 19-13
Next: State Champions

38 (NR)
Ocean Lakes (13-1) Ocean Lakes, VA

We said that the quarterfinal game between Ocean Lakes and No. 32 Oscar Smith had the feel of a State Championship, and the game lived up to its billing. Ocean Lakes knocked off Oscar Smith to claim its spot in the Top 50.

Last: Def No. 32 Oscar Smith 14-10
Next: 12/1 Hylton (11-2) 
39 (39)
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Goose Creek (12-1) Goose Creek, SC

Goose Creek was forced to forfeit its win over Bluffton, effectively ending its season unbeaten, yet unfulfilled.

Last: 11/17 Def Bluffton 35-25 (win subsequently forfeited)
Next: Season Over
40 (36)
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St. John Bosco (8-5) Bellflower, CA

Bosco ran into the wrong team at the wrong time for its first on-field loss of the season. Long Beach Poly rebounded from a disastrous start of the season to knock off two of California's best teams in back to back weeks in the playoffs. Last week, Bosco was the victim. Bosco returns nearly its entire roster and will be a National Title contender next year.

Last: 11/23 Lost to Long Beach Poly 13-10
Next: Season Over

41 (40) Colerain Logo 
Colerain (12-1) Cincinnati, OH

(11/19) Colerain fell victim to Archbishop Moeller who is playing like the Top 5 team that they were at one point during the season before losing three of five games mid-season. Colerain finished the season with wins over St. Xavier (twice), Elder, Lakota West, and Sycamore among others to finish 12-1.

Last: Lost to Archbishop Moeller 24-21
Next: Season Over
42 (45)
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New Bern (14-0) New Bern, NC

New Bern advances to the State Championship with its 23-6 win over Scotland. Porter Ridge brings a lofty 13-1 record into the game with its only loss coming to Weddington in mid-October.

Last: Def Scotland 23-6
Next: 11/30 Weddington (13-1)
43 (47)
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Mission Viejo (11-1) Mission Viejo, CA

(11/19) Mission Viejo caught a hot Long Beach Poly team at the wrong time. Poly lost three straight games early in the season by a combined score of 105-18. The Jackrabbits have it rolling now though and have won eight straight, knocking off one of the nation's top teams. 

Last: 11/16 Lost to Long Beach Poly 21-16
Next: Season Over
44 (41)
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Lincoln-Way East (13-1) Frankfort, IL

Lincoln-Way East lost a slugfest to No. 48 Glenbard West and finished runner up for the State Championship in Illinois.

Last: 11/24 Lost to Glenbard West 10-8
Next: Season Over

45 (35)
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Mesquite (11-1) Mesquite, TX

The Skeeters put up a good fight against No. 28 Allen, but Allen proved to be the better team.  

Last: 11/23 Lost to No. 28 Allen 42-28
Next: Season Over
46 (50)
Carver (12-1) Montgomery, AL

Carver had another close win over a good Spain Park team. Carver is 3-0 in the playoffs with an average margin of victory of four points. Opelika is up next, a team Carver beat by three touchdowns two months ago.


Last: Def Spain Park 26-20
Next: 11/30 Opelika (9-4)
47 (NR)
Valor Christian (11-2) Highlands Ranch, CO

Valor Christian began the season in the Top 50, but the Eagles only lasted one week as they opened their season with a loss to Mullen. No one is playing better in Colorado right now than Valor Christian. The Eagles didn't just knock Top 50 ThunderRidge out of the Top 50, they knocked them out, then kicked snow in their faces in a 49-3 win. The State Championship this week feels like merely a formality.

Last: Def ThunderRidge 49-3
Next: 12/1 Cherokee Trail (12-1)
48 (NR)
Maryville (15-0) Maryville, TN

Maryville is on a three season winning streak and will face off in a rematch of last year's State Championship Game against Whitehaven. If only we could figure out a way to get the winner of this game to play Ensworth.

Last: Def Siegel 47-43
Next: Whitehaven (15-0)
49 (NR)
Christian (13-1) Grand Rapids, MI

Christian dropped its second game of the season as they blew a lead against Archbishop Moeller, but the Eagles were perfect the rest of the way enroute to winning the Division 3 State Championship in Michigan.

Last: Def St. Mary Prep 40-37
Next: State Champions
50 (50)
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Grayson (10-2) Loganville, GA

Last week we said North Gwinnett was capable of beating anyone on any given night. Last week, they beat No. 11 Grayson who had been as hot as any team in the nation. 

Last: 11/24 Lost to North Gwinnett 28-10
Next
: Season Over

Out: Don Bosco (NJ), Oscar Smith (VA), St. Bonaventure (CA), Paramus Catholic (NJ), Muskegon (MI), Byrnes (SC), Coppell (TX), ThunderRidge (CO)

 In: Ocean Lakes (VA), Valor Christian (CO), Long Beach Poly (CA), Archbishop Moeller (OH), Centennial (CA), North Gwinnett (GA), Maryville (TN), Christian (MI)

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