Week 9 High School Southeastern Football Poll

Sonny Kennedy

*The CSS High School Football Southeastern Top 25 Poll is released every Monday at noon on csssports.com

1. Booker T. Washington, Miami, FL (7-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 1) Northwestern (FL) had six sacks and a chance in the fourth quarter to possibly make something happen, but Booker T. Washington running back Krondis Landry broke free for a 27-yard touchdown run with under three minutes in the ballgame to give the Tornadoes the 21-9 win. | THIS WEEK: Gulliver Prep (FL) 10/17


2. Miami Central, FL (5-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 2) Miami Central outgained Norland (FL) 467 to 88 in total yards and earned a 56-6 win on Friday. Central led 42-0 at halftime, and University of Miami-commit Joseph Yearby rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns in the win. | THIS WEEK: At Northwestern (FL) 10/18


3. Northwestern, Rock Hill, SC (7-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 4) Quarterback Mason Rudolph completed 14 of 17 passes for 211 yards and five touchdowns in the Trojans’ 49-6 win over Clover (SC) on Friday. | THIS WEEK: At Fort Mill (SC) 10/18


4. Ensworth, Nashville, TN (7-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 5) Running back D’Andre Ferby rushed for his 18th touchdown of the season and Rico McGraw and Donovon Sheffield each added a pair of rushing scores in Ensworth’s 48-7 win over Giles County (TN) on Friday. | THIS WEEK: BYE, then at Baylor (TN) 10/25


5. Miramar, FL (7-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 7) Quarterback Nick Jeanty threw three touchdowns and ran for a score to give Miramar a 28-0 lead over Everglades (FL) at the half. Backup quarterback Gerald Hawkins found Kahlil Lewis for an 8-yard touchdown pass to open the second half and Patriots went on to win 38-0. | THIS WEEK: Flanagan (FL) 10/18


6. Hoover, AL (7-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 6) Hoover trailed Hillcrest (AL) 3-0 most of the first half until senior Hagan Scott completed a reverse pass to a wide open Alex Elam for a touchdown to give the Bucs a 7-3 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Hillcrest fumbled and Bradrick Shaw capitalized with his first of two rushing scores and Hoover went on to win 28-6. | THIS WEEK: At Minor (AL) 10/18


7. North Gwinnett, Suwanee, GA (6-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 3) North Gwinnett pulled off a miracle 50-47 comeback over Mill Creek (GA) by scoring the games final 22 points in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Hayden Sphire threw four touchdown passes to Missouri-commit Nate Brown for the second time this season. | THIS WEEK: At Habersham Central (GA) 10/18


8. Manatee, Bradenton, FL (7-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 8) Junior quarterback Joshua Meyer completed 4-of-8 passes for 48 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for 65 yards and a score in Manatee’s 35-14 win over Palmetto (FL). Johnny Lang and Marquel Hines each added rushing touchdowns in the win. | THIS WEEK: At St. Petersburg (FL) 10/18


9. University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (6-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 9) Prior to last week’s bye, Jordan Scarlett ran for two touchdowns and Lajuan Hunt added another touchdown in the opening quarter to put the Suns up 21-0. Quarterback Sean White was equally stellar, going 13 of 15 with 172 yards and two touchdowns as University topped North Broward Prep 63-0. | THIS WEEK: At Glades Central (FL) 10/18


10. St. Thomas Aquinas, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (5-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 10) Safety Natrone Barnes intercepted Northeast (FL) two times to set up touchdowns and also returned a punt for the score to pace St. Thomas Aquinas to its dominating 60-6 win over Northeast on Friday. | THIS WEEK: Cypress Bay (FL) 10/18


11. Godby, Tallahassee, FL (5-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 11) J.T. Bradwell completed 7 of 12 passes for 240 yards and a pair of touchdowns and also hauled in a receiving score as Godby blasted Trinity Christian (FL) 42-6. Jacob Pugh had a sack, one tackle for a loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown in the win. | THIS WEEK: At Rickards (FL) 10/18


12. Sandy Creek, Tyrone, GA (5-0-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 13) Eric Swinney ran in two touchdowns and also caught a receiving score in Sandy Creek’s 49-0 win over Shaw (GA). All three of Swinney’s touchdowns came on plays of at least 55 yards. Demare Kitt caught a touchdown from quarterback Cole Garvin and Delvin Weems ran in a pair of scores. Maceo Brown also found the endzone on a rushing touchdown. | THIS WEEK: Alexander (GA) 10/18


13. McEachern, Powder Springs, GA (7-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 14) Quarterback Ty Clemons threw two touchdown passes to T.J. Rahming and 5-star junior Taj Griffin added two rushing touchdowns in the opening quarter to pace McEachern to a 40-0 win over South Cobb (GA) on Friday. | THIS WEEK: At North Cobb (GA) 10/18


14. Buford, GA (6-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 15) Thomas Wilson had touchdown runs of 13 and 41 yards while also catching an 18-yard scoring pass from Montgomery VanGorder in Buford’s 42-6 win over White County (GA) on Friday. VanGorder also connected with Korie Rogers on a 23-yard touchdown pass. | THIS WEEK: At Dawson County (GA) 10/18


15. Karr, New Orleans, LA (4-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 12) Jaevon Walton ran in three touchdowns, including the game-winner with two minutes remaining as Karr edged Landry-Walker 26-22 on Friday. Safety Bryan Anderson intercepted two passes in the win.| THIS WEEK: King (LA) 10/17


16. Byrnes, Duncan SC (6-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 16) Quarterback Shuler Bentley completed 18 of 22 passes for 293 yards and five touchdowns in Byrnes’ 57-0 win over Riverside (SC) on Friday. Backup quarterback Michael Young added a pair of touchdown throws and wideout Shaedon Meadors led the way with three touchdowns and 164 receiving yards. | THIS WEEK: Gaffney (SC) 10/18


17. Apopka, FL (6-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 17) Prior to last week’s bye, Apopka exploded to more than 600 yards of offense in its 52-35 win over West Orange (FL). J.J. Simmons added 125 yards and two touchdowns in the win. | THIS WEEK: Evans (FL) 10/18


18. Colquitt County, Moultrie, GA (5-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 18) Prior to last week’s bye, Sihiem King scored both Packers touchdowns while rushing for 170 yards and hauling in more 126 receiving yards in Colquitt County’s 17-14 win over Tift County (GA). | THIS WEEK: Brunswick (GA) 10/18


19. East Lake, Tarpon Springs, FL (6-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 19) East Lake trailed 7-0 after an impressive 13-play opening drive from Seminole (FL), but Weston Fordham’s two first-half touchdowns got the Eagles back on track as they rolled to a 51-13 win. | THIS WEEK: At Countryside (FL) 10/18


20. Maryville, TN (7-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 20) Head coach George Quarles notched his 200th career victory at Maryville on Friday in the Rebels 28-10 victory over Lenoir City. The milestone came in less than 215 games at the school. Quarterback John Garrett found Tyler Vaught and Kelby Brock for touchdowns. | THIS WEEK: William Blount (TN) 10/18


21. Tucker, GA (6-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 21) Nekyle Lundi caught a 40-yard, game-winning hail mary from Joseph Farrar to lift Tucker past rival Stephenson (GA) 31-28 on Friday. Duke Shelley added a game-changing punt return touchdown in the win. | THIS WEEK: Southwest DeKalb (GA) 10/18


22. Carrollton, GA (6-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 24) Sophomore running back Jarvis Terrell paced Carrollton to a 49-12 rout over Troup (GA) with four rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Will Garrett completed a 65-yard touchdown pass to junior Dante Wigley in the victory. | THIS WEEK: Shaw (GA) 10/18


23. Oak Grove, Hattiesburg, MS (7-0) | LAST WEEK (No. 25) Oak Grove scored five rushing touchdowns and a third quarter field goal to roll to its dominating 38-10 road win over Meridian (MS) on Friday. | THIS WEEK: Terry (MS) 10/18


24. St. Augustine (4-1) | LAST WEEK (N/R) Quarterback Toi Jackson threw for a season-high 356 yards and four touchdowns in St. Augustine’s 49-21 win over Brother Martin (LA) on Friday. Stanley Morgan hauled in two touchdowns and tight end Charles Jones scored his first touchdown of the season on a 75-yard catch and run. | THIS WEEK: At Archbishop Rummel (LA) 10/19


25. Oxford, MS (7-0) | LAST WEEK (N/R) Oxford jumped to a 37-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 40-9 home win over Lewisburg (MS) on Friday. Quarterback Jack Abraham threw three touchdowns and running back Kenzie Phillips ran in a pair of scores. | THIS WEEK: At New Hope (MS) 10/18


Under Consideration: Blackman (TN), Brandon (MS), Columbia (FL), Curtis (LA), Dwyer (FL), Fayetteville (AR), Fulton (TN), Goose Creek (SC), Greenwood (AR), Madison County (AL), Montgomery Bell Academy (TN), Muscle Shoals (AL), Neville (LA), Northside-Warner Robins (GA), Oakland (TN), Pulaski Academy (AR), Smiths Station (AL), Spanish Fort (AL), South Panola (MS), Stephenson (GA), Tupelo (MS), York (SC).




Opelika, AL (6-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 22) Lost 3-0 to Smiths Station (AL) on Friday. |THIS WEEK: At Jefferson Davis (AL) 10/18

Hillgrove, Powder Springs, GA (5-1) | LAST WEEK (No. 23) Lost 27-17 to North Cobb (GA) on Friday| THIS WEEK: At Kennesaw Mountain (GA) 10/18




No. 1 Booker T. Washington 21, Northwestern Miami 9

No. 2 Miami Central 56, Norland 6

No. 3 North Gwinnett 50, Mill Creek 47

No. 4 Northwestern 49, Clover 6

No. 5 Ensworth 48, Giles County 7

No. 6 Hoover 28, Hillcrest 6

No. 7 Miramar 38, Everglades 0

No. 8 Manatee 35, Palmetto 14

No. 9 University BYE

No. 10 St. Thomas Aquinas 60, Northeastern 6

No. 11 Godby 42, Trinity Christian 6

No. 12 Karr 26, O. Perry Walker 22

No. 13 Sandy Creek 49, Shaw 0

No. 14 McEachern 40, South Cobb 0

No. 15 Buford 42, White County 6

No. 16 Byrnes 57, Riverside 0

No. 17 Apopka BYE

No. 18 Colquitt County BYE

No. 19 East Lake BYE

No. 20 Maryville 28, Lenoir City 10

No. 21 Tucker 31, Stephenson 28

Smiths Station 3, No. 22 Opelika 0

North Cobb 27, No. 23 Hillgrove 17

No. 24 Carrollton 49, Troup 12

No. 25 Oak Grove 38, Meridian 10

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