North Gwinnett enters top 5 in Southeast

Ty Freeman

The CSS Southeastern High School Football Top 25 is released every Monday at noon on

1. Booker T. Washington, Miami, FL (3-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 1) Senior quarterback Treon Harris completed 14 of 18 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns and Booker T.’s defense recorded its second shutout of the season in a 45-0 rout of Carol City (FL) on Wednesday. | THIS WEEK: At Jackson, Miami, FL 9/19


2. Karr, New Orleans, LA (2-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 2) Karr trailed St. Augustine 24-14 at the end of three quarters, but quarterback Speedy Noil took over in the final quarter and threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another to give Karr the 33-24 comeback win. | THIS WEEK: BYE, then Curtis 9/26


3. St. Thomas Aquinas, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (2-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 3) Madre London rushed for 101 hard-earned yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns in St. Thomas Aquinas’ 27-13 win over 2012 national champion Curtis. London’s 61-yard touchdown run on the third play of the second half gave Aquinas a 21-0 lead and quarterback Wade Freebeck finished 12 of 20 passing for 155 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown pass to Devante Peete on the first play of the second quarter. | THIS WEEK: Miramar 9/20


4. Miami Central, FL (2-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 5) Dalvin Cook had 21-, 67- and 37-yard touchdown runs and finished with 162 yards on nine carries in Central’s 49-0 win over Coral Reef (FL). Quarterback Keith Reed tossed touchdowns to Tavius Brown and Da’Vante Phillips and the Rockets outscored Coral Reef 42-0 in the opening half. | THIS WEEK: At Don Bosco Prep (NJ) 9/21


5. North Gwinnett, Suwanee, GA (3-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 6) North Gwinnett proved to be the top team in Georgia by storming back from a 14-0 deficit to beat rival Norcross 36-17. The Bulldogs could argue that they have the best receiving corps in the country and Friday was Nate Brown’s night as the senior hauled in four Hayden Sphire touchdown passes. | THIS WEEK: Meadowcreek 9/20


6. Northwestern, Rock Hill, SC (4-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 7) Quarterback Mason Rudolph and host Northwestern led 28-14 at halftime and outlasted Byrnes’ furious comeback attempt in a 42-35 overtime classic. Rudolph threw five touchdown passes and rushed for a score, and the Oklahoma State-commit found Julian Shockley in overtime for the game-winning touchdown. Wideout Quadarius Fair has eight touchdown catches in the Trojans’ four wins. | THIS WEEK: BYE, then Lancaster (SC) 9/27


7. Ensworth, Nashville, TN (3-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 8) Vanderbilt-commit Michael Sawyers and Xavier Forrest are a pair of 300-pound tackles that dominate the line of scrimmage. The physicality extends to the backfield with 6-foot-1, 220-pound RB D’Andre Ferby. Ensworth opened the season with a 27-26 win over powerhouse Trinity (KY) and raced to a 55-13 over Brainerd in Week 2 and come off its bye to play a tough Father Ryan team on Friday. | THIS WEEK: Father Ryan (TN) 9/20


8. Hoover, AL (3-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 9) Hoover scored on its first seven possessions and was equally dominant defensively in its 63-0 thrashing of Jackson-Olin (AL). Quarterback Jake Hutcheson completed 7-of-11 of his passes for 142 yards and threw three touchdowns. On the ground, Marcus Webb and Aaron Lawler paced the Buccaneers with two rushing touchdowns apiece. | THIS WEEK: Northridge (AL) 9/20


9. Curtis, River Ridge, LA (2-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 4) Curtis ran for 156 yards on 49 carries (3.2 average) in its 27-13 loss to St. Thomas Aquinas on Friday. The Patriots finished with 264 total yards on offense and did not score until the fourth quarter. | THIS WEEK: At East St. John 9/20


10. Manatee, Bradenton, FL (3-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 10) Manatee topped Washington D.C.’s Friendship Collegiate Academy 23-13 on Friday. Manatee quarterback Josh Meyer threw for 168 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns. The defense held Friendship Collegiate’s Arizona-commit running back Jonathan Haden to 35 yards on 10 carries. | Sarasota (FL) 9/20


11. University, Ft. Lauderdale FL (3-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 11) Before last week’s bye, four-star running back Jordan Scarlett rushed for two touchdowns, and quarterback Sean White connected twice with Sam Bruce for scores in University’s 47-12 win over Norland (FL). | THIS WEEK: Somerset Academy (FL) 9/20


12. Sandy Creek, Tyrone, GA (2-0-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 13) Sandy Creek erupted for a 28-0 lead after the first quarter and went on to beat East Coweta (GA) 54-35 on Friday. Quarterback Cole Garvin completed 12-of-18 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Delvin Weems rushed for 121 yards and Eric Swinney added 87 yards on the grown while scoring four total touchdowns. | THIS WEEK: BYE, then At Fayette County 9/27


13. McEachern, Powder Springs, GA (3-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 15) McEachern scored 35 points in the second quarter to take a 41-0 halftime lead and beat Pebblebrook (GA) 53-7 on Friday. The Indians forced Pebblebrook into three fumbles and an interception in the first half. Quarterback Ty Clemons rushed 11 times for 67 yards and went 9-of-13 passing for 87 yards. | THIS WEEK: At Marietta (GA) 9/20


14. Godby, Tallahassee, FL (2-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 16) Godby scored on six of their first seven possessions and topped East Gadsden (FL) 63-0 on Friday. J.T. Bradwell completed 9 of 13 passes in the opening half for 151 yards and three touchdowns to give Godby a 47-0 advantage. FSU-commit Jacob Pugh started on defense, but also caught 19- and 20-yard touchdown passes in the win. | THIS WEEK: Leon (FL) 9/20


15. Buford, GA (3-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 17) Nine Buford players found the endzone in a 63-0 win over Hancock Central (GA) Friday. Starting quarterback Taylor Mitchell finished 6-of-9 passing for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Josh Thomas, Thomas Wilson, Ryan Coleman, Martin Mangram and Austin Simpson all finished with one rushing score each. | THIS WEEK: BYE, then at Banks County 9/27


16. Byrnes, SC (2-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 12) Byrnes took Northwestern to overtime, but ultimately lost 42-35. Byrnes had a chance to cut the halftime lead to a touchdown, but Isaiah Hill was stopped inside the 1-yard line on fourth-and-goal and Northwestern took its two-touchdown lead into intermission. Byrnes quarterback Shuler Bentley rushed for two touchdowns and tossed three more in the loss. | THIS WEEK: At Clinton 9/20


17. South Panola, Batesville, MS (4-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 18) South Panola answered a North Little Rock (AR) interception return for a touchdown with a Darrell Henderson screen pass from Rip Kurk that the senior took 76 yards for the touchdown. The Charging Wildcats regained the lead, but Henderson broke his second big play of the night on an 80-yard touchdown run and South Panola held on to win 24-23. | THIS WEEK: At Memphis University (TN) 9/20


18. Colquitt County, Moultrie, GA (3-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 19) Colquitt County’s defense continues to impress and held Carver-Columbus (GA) to just 90 yards of total offense in its 34-0 win. Ole Miss-commit Jamiyus Pittman broke his leg in the second quarter and that will be a big loss for the Packers as they enter region play in one of the best regions in Georgia. | THIS WEEK: At Lowndes 9/27


19. Whitehaven, Memphis, TN (4-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 21) Whitehaven has survived three close contests this season and edged Memphis Central (TN) 23-21 on Friday. Ramadi Warren scored three second-half touchdowns that propelled visiting Whitehaven to a 27-19 victory over White Station (TN) in week 3, and Whitehaven continues using strong second-half performances.| THIS WEEK: Melrose (TN) 9/20


20. Apopka, FL (3-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 24) Apopka exploded for a school-record 80 points in its 80-26 win over Wekiva (FL). J.J. Simmons rushed for 178 yards and scored six touchdowns while compiling 341 all purpose yards. | THIS WEEK: At Boone (FL) 9/20


21. Maryville, TN (4-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 22) John Garrett ran for two touchdowns and completed 9-of-14 passes for 146 yards in Maryville’s 42-20 win over Knoxville West (TN). Sean Prevo scored a rushing touchdown and John Garrett ran in a pair of touchdowns in the win. Maryville topped Webb (TN) 35-15 in its season opener, and rolled past Alcoa (TN) 31-2 in Week 2. | THIS WEEK: Hardin Valley Academy (TN) 9/20


22. Opelika, AL (3-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 23) Reggie Hall scored four touchdowns in Opelika’s 36-20 win over Phenix City (AL). Hall’s scores came on rushes of 78, 3 and 22 yards and a 38-yard screen pass from Matthew Christian. |THIS WEEK: Carver-Montgomery (AL) 9/20


23. Tucker, GA (3-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 25) Tucker stormed to a 32-0 halftime in its 46-12 win over Arabia Mountain (GA) on Friday. Elijah Sullivan scored two first half touchdowns and Dominick Sanders and Stephen Reynolds also added first half scores. THIS WEEK: Dunwoody (GA) 9/20


24. East Lake, Tarpon Springs, FL (3-0) | LAST WEEK (N/R) East Lake scored on all but its final drive in Thursday’s 48-0 rout of Dunedin (FL). Artavis Scott returned a spectacular 70-yard punt return in the win. | THIS WEEK: At Clearwater (FL) 9/20


25. Auburn, AL (2-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 14) Smiths Station (AL) became an overnight contender after rolling past Auburn in a 34-18 upset on Friday. Smiths Station’s defense shut out Auburn’s offense in the second half and held them to a single first down and 45 total yards in the half. Tyrus Flakes scored on a 9-yard run and a 77-yard kickoff return in the loss. | THIS WEEK: At Lanier (AL) 9/19




Out of the Top 25: Norcross


20. Norcross, GA (1-2) | LAST WEEK (No. 19) Norcross lost its second game of the season and surrendered its 14-0 lead over North Gwinnett before falling 36-17. A.J. Bush finished 14-of-26 passing for an interception and a touchdown. | THIS WEEK: At Duluth (GA) 9/20


Under Consideration: Blackman (TN), Bolles (FL), Boyd Anderson (FL), Brentwood Academy (TN), Brandon (MS), Carver (AL), Dutch Fork (SC), Fayetteville (AR), Greenwood (AR), Hillgrove (GA), Immokalee (FL), Lovejoy (GA), Neville (LA), North Little Rock (AR), Smiths Station (AL), Spanish Fort (AL), Trinity Christian (FL), Tuscaloosa Co. (AL).




Week 4 Results


No. 1 Booker T. Washington 45, Carol City 0


No. 2 Karr 34, St. Augustine 24


No. 3 St. Thomas Aquinas 27, No. 4 Curtis 13


No. 5 Miami Central 49, Coral Reef 0


No. 6 North Gwinnett 36, No. 20 Norcross 17


No. 7 Northwestern 42, No. 12 Byrnes 35 (OT)


No. 8 Ensworth 56, Pope John Paul 3


No. 9 Hoover 63, Jackson-Olin 0


No. 10 Manatee 23, Friendship Collegiate 13


No. 13 Sandy Creek 54, East Coweta 35


Smiths Station 34, No. 14 Auburn 18


No. 15 McEachern 53, Pebblebrook 7


No. 16 Godby 61, East Gadsden 0


No. 17 Buford 63, Hancock Central 0


No. 18 South Panola 24, North Little Rock 23


No. 19 Colquitt County 34, Carver-Columbus 0


No. 21 Whitehaven 23, Memphis 21


No. 23 Opelika 36, Central-Phenix City 20


No. 24 Apopka 80, Wekiva 26


No. 25 Tucker 46, Arabia Mountian 12

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