"Don Bosco's dominance on defense and with national wins in Florida and Ohio, they proved they are the best of the best in 2011" by David Schuman, NationalUnderclassmen.com
Mahwah, NJ (PRWEB) December 22, 2011
Don Bosco Prep, NJ reigned supreme going wire to wire in the first annual NUC Top 25 High School Poll. The Ironmen finished the season (11-0) by outscoring their opponents 452 to 92. They beat out-of-state foes Mission Viejo, CA; Manatee, FL; and St. Edward, OH. Don Bosco Prep, NJ now has a winning streak that goes back 46 games.
Coming in a very close second were the Shamrocks of Trinity, KY. The Rocks finished the season (14-0) by decimating their opponents 697 to 116. Trinity, KY beat out-of-state opponents Cathedral, IN; St. Xavier, OH; and Archbishop Moeller, OH. They finished the season with a 25 game winning streak. They are also a squad that will make noise next year with so many impact underclassmen coming back.
Steele, TX and Miami Central, FL fell out of the final NUC Top25 losing state championship games in their respective states. The Plant, FL Panthers rebounded from a midseason loss to Armwood, FL to capture the FHSAA 8A title over Miramar, FL moving them into the rankings at #17. The final new team in the rankings is the Lakers from Lake Oswego, OR. They finished the season (14-0) capturing the OSAA 6A State Championship.
Miramar, FL fell from #4 in the country to #18 with it loss to Plant, FL 31-20. Westlake, CA saw its undefeated season come to an end 35-0 at the hands of De La Salle, CA. The loss saw them drop from #9 to #23 in the country. Making moves upward were Norland, FL and Armwood, FL. Both schools won their respective state classification championships earning them a small boost of two spots.
The overall NUC Top25 Player of the Year goes to the athlete that helped his team the most in its final run in the playoffs. That honor goes to NUC Alum Duke Johnson. The Miami Commit ran for over 900 yards in the payoffs scoring 15 touchdowns while guiding his team to the FHSAA 5A State Title. Runner-up is super junior Robert Nkemdiche who helped guide his Grayson, GA squad to the GHSAA 5A State Title. Nkemdiche finished the season with over 500 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns while finishing the with more than 30 TFL's on the season.
1. Don Bosco Prep (NJ) Ironmen
Coach: Greg Toal
Season Complete: NJIAA Non-Public Group 4 Champion.
2. Trinity (KY) Shamrocks
Coach: Bob Beatty
Season Complete: Kentucky 6A State Champion.
3. Norland (FL) Vikings
Coach: Daryle Heidleburg
Last Game: The Vikings pitched their fourth shutout of the season while NUC alum Duke Johnson put the finishing touches on a great season with five touchdowns in 38-0 win.
Season Complete: Florida 5A State Champion.
4. Our Lady of Good Counsel (MD) Falcons
Coach: Bob Milloy
Season Complete: WCAC Champion.
5. Armwood (FL) Hawks
Coach: Sean Callahan
Last Game: The Hawks returned two picks for scores in route to a 41-30 win over Miami Central, FL in the 6A State Championship game.
Season Complete: Florida 6A State Champion.
6. De La Salle (CA) Spartans
Coach: Bob Ladouceur
Last Game: De La Salle not only pitched its fifth shutout of the season they did it against high powered Westlake, CA in the CIF Open Division Bowl Game by the score of 35-0.
Season Complete: CIF NCS Champs and California Open Division Bowl Winners.
7. Bishop Gorman (NV) Gaels
Coach: Tony Sanchez
Season Complete: Nevada 4A State Champion.
8. Grayson (GA) Rams
Coach: Mickey Conn
Season Complete: Georgia 5A State Champion.
9. Lake Travis (TX) Cavaliers
Coach: Hank Carter
Last Game: The Cavaliers won their fifth straight 4A title in Texas with a 22-7 win over Midway, TX.
Season Complete: UIL 4A DI Texas State Champion.
10. Southlake Carroll (TX) Dragons
Coach: Tony Trevino
Last Game: The Dragons won a seesaw battle versus Hightower, TX for the Texas 5A DI title 36-29.
Season Complete: UIL 5A DI Texas State Champions.
11. Bellevue (WA) Wolverines
Coach: Butch Goncharoff
Season Complete: Washington 3A State Champion.
12. Maryville (TN) Rebels
Coach: George Quarles
Season Complete: Tennessee 6A State Champion.
13. Olive Branch (MS) Conquistadors
Coach: Scott Samsel
Season Complete: Mississippi 6A State Champion.
14. Page (NC) Pirates
Coach: Kevin Gillespie
Season Complete: North Carolina 4AA State Champion.
15. Tucker (GA) Tigers
Coach: Franklin Stephens
Season Complete: Georgia 4A State Champions.
16. Katy (TX) Tigers
Coach: Gary Joseph
Season Complete: Loss in the third round of the Texas UIL 5A DI playoffs.
17. Plant (FL) Panthers
Coach: Robert Weiner
Last Game: Captured the 8A State Championship with 31-20 win over Miramar, FL.
Season Complete: Florida 8A Champion.
18. Miramar (FL) Patriots
Coach: Damon Cogdell
Last Game: Fell to Plant, FL in the 8A State Championship game 31-20.
Season Complete: Florida 8A Runner-up.
19. John Curtis (LA) Patriots
Coach: J.T. Curtis
Season Complete: LHSAA 2A State Champion.
20. Skyline (TX) Raiders
Coach: Reginald Samples
Season Complete: UIL 5A DI Texas Semifinalist.
21. Gaffney (SC) Indians
Coach: Dan Jones
Season Complete: Lost in SC 4A DI State Championship
22. Buford (GA) Wolves
Coach: Jess Simpson
Season Complete: Georgia 2A Runner-up.
23. Westlake (CA) Warriors
Coach: Jim Benkert
Last Game: Took one on the chin as powerhouse De La Salle, CA shutout the Warriors 35-0.
Season Complete: CIF Southern Division Champion.
24. Staley (MO) Falcons
Coach: Fred Bouchard
Season Complete: MSHSAA Class 5 State Champion.
25. Lake Oswego (OR) Lakers
Coach: Steve Coury
Season Complete: Oregon 6A Champion.
JUST OUTSIDE: Bolingbrook, IL (13-1); Camden County, GA (12-1); Carmel, IN (14-1); Dekaney, TX (14-2); Desert Vista, AZ (13-1); Glades Central, FL (12-1); Goose Creek, SC (14-1); Hamilton, AZ (13-1); Harrison, MI (10-1); Lone Peak, UT (14-0); Manatee, FL (13-2); Miami Central, FL (13-1); North Allegheny, PA (14-1); Prattville, AL (12-2); Steele, TX (15-1); St. Ignatius, OH (13-2); Union, OK (13-1); Warren Central, IN (11-1); West Monroe, LA (13-2).
FELL OUT OF RANKINGS
Steele (TX) Knights
Coach: Michael Jinks
Last Game: Fell to Spring Dekaney 34-14 in 5A DII Championship game.
Season Complete: UIL 5A DII Texas State runner-up.
Miami Central (FL) Rockets
Coach: Telly Lockette
Last Game: The Rockets were doomed by two early turnovers which led directly to scores for Armwood, FL in 41-30 loss in FHSAA 6A Championship game.
Season Complete: Florida 6A Runner-up.