Seven Georgia teams in Southeastern Top 25

Rob Saye

*The CSS High School Football Southeastern Top 25 Poll is released every Monday at noon HERE

1. Booker T. Washington, Miami, FL (14-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 1) The Tornadoes piled up 511 yards of offense and claimed their 26th straight victory and consecutive Class 4A state titles with a 40-21 win over Bolles (FL). Treon Harris completed 15 of 27 passes for 226 yards and rushed for 86 yards, finishing with three touchdowns. Sophomore running back Mark Walton added 124 rushing yards and two touchdowns. | Class 4A State Champions

2. Miami Central, FL (12-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 2) Miami-commit Joseph Yearby sat with a fractured fibula and Dalvin Cook led the rushing attack with 73 of the Rockets 84 yards. Keith Reed found Da’Vante Phillips for three touchdown passes. Phillips finished with eight receptions for 211 yards to go with his three scores and Reed added a rushing touchdown in their 28-15 win over Mainland (FL). | THIS WEEK: Armwood (FL) 12/14 | Class 6A State Championship

3. Northwestern, Rock Hill, SC (15-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 3) Mason Rudolph threw for a state championship game record eight touchdowns and added a rushing score as the Trojans ignited to a 62-35 win over Stratford (SC). Dupree Hart caught 21 passes for 255 yards and four touchdowns and Quadarius Fair hauled in seven receptions for 175 yards and four touchdowns. | Class 4A Div II State Champions

4. Apopka, FL (13-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 4) Apopka snapped a 21-game Plant (FL) home winning streak with a 45-29 semifinals win on Friday. Chandler Cox carried the ball 24 times for a career-high 185 yards and the Blue Darters increased their season points total to 724. Apopka is 22 points away from the state record for most points in a season. | THIS WEEK: South Dade (FL) 12/14 | Class 8A State Semifinals

5. Hoover, AL (15-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 5) Hoover blocked an Auburn punt late in the opening quarter and Chris Demoss recovered it to put the Buccaneers ahead 7-0. Bradrick Shaw caught a 40-yard shovel pass for a touchdown and rushed for a 1-yard score. This marks Hoover’s 30th consecutive win and the program’s 10th state championship.| Class 6A State Champions

6. Maryville, TN (15-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 9) Quarterback John Garrett threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Rebels to a 44-7 rout of Hendersonville (TN) and their 14th state title. Garrett also rushed for a touchdown and Maryville outgained the Commandos 495-174 yards. | Class 6A State Champions

7. Buford, GA (14-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 7) Callaway’s 14-7 lead at halftime gave the Wolves their first halftime deficit of the season. Running back Joshua Thomas quickly got Buford out of the hole and finished with 221 yards and three touchdowns. The defense held Callaway scoreless in the second half and Buford cruised to a 24-14 win.| THIS WEEK: Washington County (GA) 12/13| Class 3A State Championship

8. Karr, New Orleans, LA (13-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 8) Karr topped Landry-Walker (LA) 29-0 to advance to its fourth straight state final. Devante “Speedy” Noil and Jaevon Walton each ran for two touchdowns. | THIS WEEK: East Jefferson (LA) 12/14 | Class 4A State Championship

9. Ensworth, Nashville, TN (11-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 10) Ensworth scored all 27 points in its 27-10 victory over Memphis University (TN) in the final quarter. The rally was sparked with three interceptions in the fourth quarter. 2015 4-star Vanderbilt commit Donovan Sheffield returned one of the interceptions for a touchdown. The win gives Ensworth its fourth straight championship. | Division II AA State Champions

10. American Heritage, Plantation, FL (13-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 11) Patriots’ running back Sony Michel took 15 carries for 128 yards and three touchdowns in American Heritage’s 48-16 win over Lake Wales (FL). Isaiah McKenzie ran for a touchdown and took a kickoff back for a touchdown. Michel has rushed for 706 yards and nine touchdowns this postseason. | THIS WEEK: Clay (FL) 12/13| Class 5A State Championship

11. Tucker, GA (14-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 12) Tucker rallied back from a 14-0 deficit to top defending state champion Gainesville 20-14. The defense intercepted Clemson-commit Deshaun Watson four times. Dominick Sanders scored two touchdowns to pace the Tigers.| THIS WEEK: Creekside (GA) 12/13 | Class 5A State Championship

12. North Gwinnett, Suwanee, GA (13-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 13) North Gwinnett overcame four turnovers as running back C.J. Leggett ran for 292 yards and four touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 27-21 win over McEachern (GA). Nate Brown caught a touchdown pass from Hayden Sphire and Michael D’Angola hit two clutch fourth quarter field goals in the pouring rain. | THIS WEEK: Norcross (GA) 12/14 | Class 6A State Championship

13. Dwyer, Palm Beach Gardens, FL (14-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 20) Daniel Parr rushed for a Dwyer touchdown in overtime and Shawann Lurry intercepted East Lake (FL) quarterback Jake Hudson’s third-down pass attempt to seal the 31-24 win over the previously unbeaten Eagles. | THIS WEEK: Niceville (FL) 12/13| Class 7A State Championship

14. East Lake, Tarpon Springs, FL (13-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 6) East Lake set a school record with 13 wins this season but fell to Dwyer (FL) 31-24 in overtime in the state semifinals. The Eagles trailed 24-10 with 6:48 remaining and forced overtime with a 65-yard George Campbell touchdown catch from Artavis Scott and a Scott interception that set up a Devin Abraham touchdown reception. | Eliminated in the Class 7A State Semifinals

15. Spanish Fort, AL (13-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 16) Spanish Fort topped Muscle Shoals 35-14 to capture its second straight 5A state title. Tyler Johnston threw for 219 yards and ran in a score to lead the Toros. | Class 5A State Champions

16. Byrnes, SC (12-2) | LAST WEEK (No. 14) Byrnes fell to Dutch Fork (SC) 31-21 and suffered its first home playoff loss in 12 years. Shuler Bentley completed 20 of 36 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns. | Eliminated in the Class 4A Div I State Semifinals

17. Oak Grove, Hattiesburg, MS (14-1) LAST WEEK (No. 19) Oak Grove opened the scoring in the second half with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Kirk McCarty to Cameron Myers. Tupelo (MS) responded with a 4-yard rushing touchdown by Quinn Tiggs on the ensuing drive. McCarty found Logan Scott for a fake field goal-touchdown pass at the end of the third quarter and the Warriors held on for a 14-7 victory. | Class 6A State Champions

18. Miramar, FL (12-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 17) Palm Beach Gardens (FL) took a 12-10 lead into halftime and both teams went scoreless in the second half as the Gators upset Miramar in the regional finals. At one point Miramar’s receivers dropped seven passes in a row. | Eliminated in Class 8A Regional Finals

19. Norcross, GA (11-2) | LAST WEEK (No. 23) Norcross answered three Colquitt County field goals with a 1-yard touchdown run by James Keeling that cut the halftime deficit to 9-7. The Blue Devils held Colquitt scoreless in the second half and took the lead with 6:12 remaining when quarterback A.J. Bush found Myles Autry for a 19-yard touchdown pass. Bush was effective running the ball and tallied a game-high 119 yards on the ground. | THIS WEEK: North Gwinnett (GA) 12/14 | Class 6A State Championship

20. Creekside, Fairburn (GA) (14-0) | LAST WEEK (N/R) The Seminoles topped previously unbeaten Kell 55-10 in the semifinals to advance to their first state championship. Dexter Knox rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns and the explosive offense scored on four one-play touchdown drives. Creekside has beaten its four playoff opponents by an average 31.5 points per game. | THIS WEEK: Tucker (GA) 12/13 | Class 5A State Championship

21. Sandy Creek, Tyrone, GA (11-1-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 18) Sandy Creek blew a 26-17 fourth quarter lead to Griffin (GA) and lost its first home game since 2008. | Eliminated in the 4A State Quarterfinals

22. Oxford, MS (14-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 15) Oxford could not claim its first state title as Picayune (MS) rallied for a 42-35 victory. Kenzie Phillips had three rushing touchdowns to lead Oxford.| Class 5A State Runner-up

23. Fulton, Knoxville, TN (14-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 25) Quarterback Penny Smith was 7-of-15 passing for 143 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 44 yards on 10 carries. Xavier Hawkins caught two touchdowns and recorded two receiving touchdowns as the Falcons flew past Giles County (TN) 54-14. | Class 4A State Champions

24. Manatee, Bradenton, FL (11-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 21) Early in the playoffs, starting quarterback Joshua Meyer suffered a separated right shoulder and the Hurricanes fell 17-15 to Fort Pierce Central (FL), their only loss of the season. | Eliminated from Class 8A State Playoffs in Regional Semifinals

25. Colquitt County, GA (11-3) | LAST WEEK (No. 21) Colquitt kicker Jose Vega hit three first-half field goals, but Norcross answered and held Colquitt scoreless in the second half. The Packers managed just 176 total yards of offense and lost 14-9. | Class 6A State Semifinals


Out of the Top 25

Auburn, AL (13-1)| LAST WEEK (No. 25) Auburn could not find any offense against state champion Hoover and managed just one field goal in a 20-3 loss. |Class 6A State Runner-up


Under Consideration: Armwood (FL), Cabot (AR), Carrollton (GA), Curtis (LA), Dutch Fork (SC), East Jefferson (LA), Griffin (GA), Madison Academy (AL), Niceville (FL), Picayune (MS), South Dade (FL), University Lab (LA), Washington County (GA)


Week 16 Results


1. Booker T. Washington 40, Bolles 21 | Class 4A State Championship


2. Miami Central 28, Mainland 15 | Class 6A State Semifinals


3. Northwestern 62, Stratford 35 | Class 4A Div II State Championship


4. Apopka 45, Plant 21| Class 8A State Semifinals


5. Hoover 20, Auburn 3 | Class 6A State Championship


Dwyer 31, 6. East Lake 24 (OT)| Class 7A State Semifinals


7. Buford 24, Callaway 14 | Class 3A State Semifinals


8. Karr 29, Landry Walker 0 | Class 4A State Semifinals


9. Maryville 44, Hendersonville 7 | Class 6A State Championship


10. Ensworth 27, Memphis University 10 | Division II AA State Championship


11. American Heritage, Plantation 48, Lake Wales 16 | Class 5A State Semifinals


12. Tucker 20, Gainesville 14 | Class 5A State Semifinals


13. North Gwinnett 27, McEachern 21| Class 6A State Semifinals


14. Byrnes Eliminated in the Class 4A Div I State Semifinals


Picayune 42,15. Oxford 35 | Class 5A State Championship


16. Spanish Fort 35, Muscle Shoals 14 | Class 5A State Championship


17. Miramar | Eliminated in Class 8A Regional Finals


18. Sandy Creek | Eliminated in the 4A State Quarterfinals


19. Oak Grove 14, Tupelo 7 | Class 6A State Championship


20. Dwyer 31, East Lake 24 (OT) | Class 7A State Semifinals


23. Norcross 14, 21. Colquitt County 9 | Class 6A State Semifinals


22. Manatee| Eliminated from Class 8A State Playoffs in Regional Semifinals


24. Fulton, Knoxville 54, Giles County 14 | Class 4A State Championship


Hoover 20, 25. Auburn 3 | Class 6A State Championship


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