FOX Sports Next Top 50 - Week 1

Cord Sandberg leads the New #1

A look at the Top 50 High School Football teams in the country, including a New No. 1.

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1 (2)
Manatee (1-0) Bradenton, FL

Manatee dispatched with its opening opponent Osceola with relative ease, but the going gets tougher this week with Miramar paying a visit.

Last: Def Osceola 49-14
Next
: 9/2 Miramar (0-0)
2 (3)
Skyline (0-0) Dallas, TX

Skyline's season begins this week.

Next: 9/1 The Woodlands (0-0)
3 (4)
Grayson (1-0) Loganville, GA

Grayson used a powerful running game and a suffocating defense to wear down McEachern in the Corky Kell Classic. Grayson may get Central's best shot as Grayson represents the first of three Top 10 opponents for the Rockets.

Last: Def McEachern 31-12
Next
:
8/31 No. 17 Miami Central (0-0)
4 (1)
Trinity (2-0) Louisville, KY

Trinity got a scare in a 27-23 win over a solid Montgomery Bell (TN) team. The road doesn't get any easier with games coming up against Elder and St. Xavier of Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Last: Def Montgomery Bell (27-23)
Next
: 9/7 Elder, Ohio (1-0)
5 (6)
Santa Margarita (1-0) Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Santa Margarita's trip to the desert was much more fruitful as the Eagles brought 1500 pounds worth of offensive line and a quarterback in Johnny Stanton who feels like 1500 pounds when opponents try to tackle him. After dispatching Brophy Prep (AZ) 27-14, Santa Margarita gets a relative breather this week.

Last: Def No. 33 Brophy Prep 27-14
Next
:
8/31 @ Long Beach Jordan (1-0)
6 (7)

Don Bosco Prep (0-0) Ramsey, NJ

The Ironmen have another week to get ready for No. 49 Gilman who could be 0-2 by the time they face Don Bosco. If Miami Central has the toughest early schedule in the nation, Gilman's isn't far behind.

Next: 9/8 No. 49 Gilman (Baltimore, Md.)
7 (8)
Bellevue (0-0) Bellevue, WA

Bellevue and Euless Trinity open their season this week, and while Trinity may be there at the end of the season, the Bellevue option game is a tough road to hoe for a young Trojans defense.

Next: 8/30 No. 21 Euless Trinity (Texas)
8 (9)
Washington (0-0) Miami, FL

Washington opens its season this week against Carol City who was once a power in Dade County. Can they be again? They'll find out quickly against a loaded Booker T. Washington squad.

Next: 8/31 Carol City (0-0)
9 (20)
Bishop Gorman (1-0) Las Vegas, NV

Bishop Gorman got off to a fast start against No. 5 Good Counsel and really controlled the game more than the 27-22 score might indicate. Up next is a trip to Hawaii to take on St. Louis on the FOX Sports National Game of the Week (Check Local Listings)

Last: Def No. 5 Good Counsel 27-22
Next
:
9/1 @ St. Louis (HI) (1-1)
10 (14)
Archbishop Moeller (1-0) Cincinnati, OH

Moeller was impressive in its dismantling of No. 40 Gilman, going up 28-0 in the first half before winning 35-14. Moeller can't look past a good Christian High School team from Grand Rapids, Mich.

Last: Def No. 40 Gilman 35-14
Next
: 9/1 Christian (Grand Rapids, MI) (1-0)
11 (10)
Lake Travis (0-0) Austin, TX

Lake Travis opens its season this week against Judson. 

Next: 8/31 @ Judson (0-0)
12 (11)
De La Salle (0-0) Concord, CA

The best time to get De La Salle is early before their offense finds its rhythm. De La Salle survived last year's game against Bellarmine 26-23. Will the Spartans prevail again?

Next: 8/31 @ Bellarmine (0-0)
13 (12)
Plant (1-0) Tampa, FL

Plant survived a scare from Boyd Anderson falling behind 6-0 in the second quarter before getting things rolling enroute to a 36-12 victory. Plant should get a good test this week from Tampa Jesuit as well.

Last: Def Boyd Anderson 36-12
Next
:
8/30 @ Tampa Jesuit (0-0)
14 (16)
Byrnes (1-0) Duncan, SC

Byrnes kicked the season off in style with a convincing 42-21 win over No. 24 Oscar Smith (VA). A trip to Woodruff to take on the Wolverines should prove less of a challenge.

Last: Def No. 24 Oscar Smith 42-21
Next
: 8/31 @ Woodruff (1-1)
15 (13)
Carroll (0-0) Southlake, TX

Southlake Carroll's toughest test of the year may be its first test of the year, No. 30 Allen High School.

Next: 8/31 @ No. 30 Allen (0-0)
16 (15)
Armwood (0-0) Seffner, FL

Armwood begins its season this week against Brandon.

Next: 8/31 Brandon (0-0)
17 (17)
Miami Central (0-0) Miami, FL

Miami Central's kamikaze schedule begins this week with a trip to No. 3 Grayson. The Rockets should be fresh in their first game of the season. They'll need to be with the next three weeks that include Grayson, No. 1 Manatee, and No. 8 Washington.

Next: 8/31 @ No. 3 Grayson (Loganville, GA)
18 (18)
Vista Murrieta (0-0) Murrieta, CA

Vista Murrieta opens its season this week hosting out of state ThunderRidge (CO). This game is featured on FOXSportsWest.com's Prepzone

Next: 8/31 ThunderRidge (CO) (0-0)
19 (19)
St. Ignatius (1-0) Cleveland, OH

St. Ignatius was impressive in its opening 31-7 win over an always tough Cardinal Mooney squad. The going doesn't get any easier as the Wildcats play host to Michigan power De La Salle (MI).

Last: Def Cardinal Mooney 31-7
Next
:
9/1 De La Salle (MI) (1-0)
20 (5)
Good Counsel (0-1) Olney, MD

The desert proved unkind as No. 20 Bishop Gorman outlasted the Gaels 27-22. Good Counsel needs to rebound quickly as its front-loaded schedule has Gilman up next.

Last: Lost to No. 20 Bishop Gorman 27-22
Next
: 8/31 Gilman (0-1)
21 (21)
Trinity (0-0) Euless, TX

Euless Trinity opens its season with a road trip to the Great Northwest to take on regional powerhouse No. 7 Bellevue.

Next: 8/30 No. 7 Bellevue 
22 (23)
Katy (0-0) Katy, TX

The Tigers open their season this week at home against Klein.

Next: 8/31 Klein
23 (25)
John Curtis (0-0) River Ridge, LA

Curtis opens its season this week against Franklinton before its big showdown with No. 13 Tampa Plant on 9/7.

Next: 8/31 @ Franklinton
24 (26)
Lincoln (0-0) Tallahassee, FL

Lincoln opens its season this week at home against Pensacola.

Next: 8/30 Pensacola
25 (28)
DeSoto (0-0) DeSoto, TX

DeSoto opens its season this week with a road trip to Martin.

Next: 8/31 @ Martin (0-0)
26 (37)

University (1-0) Ft. Lauderdale

The Suns were impressive in dispatching Trotwood-Madison (OH) on their trip to Ohio last week. Hosting Island Coast should be a less daunting task.

Last: Def No. 27 Trotwood-Madison (OH) 33-14
Next: 8/31 Island Coast (1-0)
27 (NR)
Mission Viejo (1-0) Mission Viejo, CA

There weren't many questions about the defense, but how would a host of new faces gel on offense? So far so good.

Last: Def Centennial (Bakersfield) 35-0
Next: 8/31 Mission Hills (0-0)
28 (30)
Immokalee (1-0) Immokalee, FL

Immokalee should be heavy favorites in nearly all of its regular season games, and LaBelle was no match for the Indians. Seminole will provide a much tougher test coming off of a win against DeLand.

Last: LaBelle 47-0
Next: 8/31 @ Seminole (1-0)
29 (31)
Central Dauphin (0-0) Harrisburg, PA

Central Dauphin opens its season this week on the road against Manheim Township.

Next: 8/31 @ Manheim Township (0-0)
30 (32)
Allen (0-0) Allen

Allen jumps into its schedule with both feet lining up against No. 15 Southlake Carroll in Week 1. 

Next: 8/31 No. 15 Carroll
31 (41)
Cocoa (1-0) Cocoa, FL

Cocoa dominated American Heritage in a 25-7 victory. This week the Tigers play host to St. Joseph's Prep of Philadelphia, Pa.

Last: Def American Heritage 25-7
Next: 8/31 St. Joseph's Prep (0-0)
32 (43)
Bolingbrook (1-0) Bolingbrook, IL

The Raiders rolled in their season opener against Plainfield South. Romeoville is coming off a 39-0 defeat at the hands of Hindsdale South. I hope they use a running clock in Illinois.

Last: Def Plainfield South 33-6
Next: 8/31 @ Romeoville (0-1)
33 (34)
McGill-Toolen (1-0) Mobile, AL

The Yellow Jackets dominated Northridge in its opener 27-0.

Last: Def Northridge 27-0
Next: 8/31 @ UMS-Wright (0-0)
34 (22)
Maine South (1-0) Park Ridge, IL

Maine South controlled the game against Warren, but will get a tougher test from Wheaton-Warrenville South, Arguably the Hawks' toughest test of the regular season.

Last: Def Warren 28-14
Next
:
8/31 @ Wheaton-Warrenville South
35 (29)
Valley (2-0) West Des Moines, IA

Valley rolled past Waukee, but should face a tougher test this week against Dowling.

Last: Def Waukee 45-21
Next: 8/31 Dowling (2-0)
36 (35)
Cass Tech (0-0) Detroit, MI

Cass Tech got all it wanted from a talented Brother Rice team in a 25-18 victory. The going should be a little easier this week against Northwestern.

Last: Def Brother Rice 25-18
Next: 8/31 Northwestern (0-1)
37 (36)
Manvel (0-0) Manvel, TX

Manvel opens its season this week at Spring. 

Next: 8/31 @ Spring
38 (39)

Steele (0-0) Cibolo, Texas

Steele has a tough opening test with a road trip to Madison this week.

Next: 8/31 @ Madison
39 (42)
Butler (2-0) Matthews, NC

Butler has gotten off to an impressive start, and Olympic was no match for the Bulldogs. Butler has a week off to prepare for Vance.

Last: Def Olympic 69-7
Next: 9/8 @ Vance (2-0)
40 (44)
Dwyer (0-0) Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Dwyer opens its season this week against an always tough Glades Central team.

Next: 8/31 Glades Central
41 (45)
Guyer (0-0) Denton, TX

Guyer gets tested right away as it opens its season against Cedar Hill this week.

Next: 8/31 Cedar Hill
42 (NR)
Walton (1-0) Marietta, GA

Any team with running back Tyren Jones on it should be considered a threat nationally. He torched Brookwood for over 300 yards and five touchdowns in the season opener.

Last: Def Brookwood 35-24
Next: 8/31 @ McEachern (0-1)
43 (46)
Union (0-0) Tulsa, OK

Union doesn't waste any time testing itself either against fellow Oklahoma power Jenks.

Next: 8/31 Jenks
44 (47)
Skyline (0-0) Sammamish, WA

Skyline opens its season this week at home against Bothell.

Next: 8/31 Bothell
45 (NR)
Mullen (1-0) Arvada, CO

Mullen wasn't quite ready to give up the title of "Best Team in Colorado." The Mustangs "upset" No. 48 Valor Christian to open the season. It doesn't get easier, No. 12 De La Salle (CA) is next. Mullen has a week off to prepare for that dreaded option.

Last: Def No. 48 Valor Christian 14-13
Next: 9/7 @ No. 12 De La Salle (CA)
46 (49)
North Allegheny (0-0) Wexford, PA

North Allegheny opens its season this week with a trip to Mt. Lebanon.

Next: 8/31 Mt. Lebanon
47 (50)
Ensworth (2-0) Nashville, TN

Lexington Catholic (KY) proved to be no match for Ensworth as the Tigers romped to a 62-14 win. 

Last: Def Lexington Catholic (62-14)
Next: 8/31 @ McCallie (0-1)
48 (33)
Brophy Prep (1-1) Phoenix, AZ

Brophy Prep had a quick turnaround after playing on a Wednesday and facing No. 5 Santa Margarita on Saturday. The big men from Orange County were too much. However, Boulder Creek may be in for a long night against a rested, talented Brophy Prep squad. 

Last: Lost to No. 5 Santa Margarita (CA) 27-14
Next: 8/31 @ Boulder Creek (1-0)
49 (40)
Gilman (0-1) Baltimore, MD

Gilman could be this year's Manatee, end up being the best 0-2 or 0-3 team in the nation. Gilman faced No. 11 Moeller last week, gets No. 20 Good Counsel this week, and No. 6 Don Bosco in Week 3.

Last: Lost to No. 11 Archbishop Moeller (OH) 35-14
Next: 8/31 @ No. 20 Good Counsel (0-1)
50 (24)
Oscar Smith (1-1) Chesapeake, VA

The Tigers aren't likely to run into another team as good as No. 15 Byrnes, who was too much for them in Week 0. 

Last: Lost to No. 15 Byrnes (SC) 42-21
Next
:
9/7 @ Great Bridge

In - Mission Viejo (CA), Mullen (CO), Walton (GA)
Out - Trotwood-Madison (OH), Hamilton (AZ), Valor Christian (CO)

 

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