NUC 2011 Top 25 High School Football Team Rankings: Final Edition

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Don Bosco Prep of New Jersey is named #1 in the NUC Top 25 for High School Football Top 25 Rankings

"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,

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

Record: (11-0)

Season Complete: NJIAA Non-Public Group 4 Champion.

2.     Trinity (KY) Shamrocks

Coach: Bob Beatty

Record: (14-0)

Season Complete: Kentucky 6A State Champion.

3.     Norland (FL) Vikings

Coach: Daryle Heidleburg

Record: (15-0)

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

Record: (12-0)

Season Complete: WCAC Champion.

5.     Armwood (FL) Hawks

Coach: Sean Callahan

Record: (15-0)

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

Record: (13-1)

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

Record: (15-1)

Season Complete: Nevada 4A State Champion.

8.     Grayson (GA) Rams

Coach: Mickey Conn

Record: (15-0)

Season Complete: Georgia 5A State Champion.

9.     Lake Travis (TX) Cavaliers

Coach: Hank Carter

Record: (16-0)

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

Record: (16-0)

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

Record: (14-0)

Season Complete: Washington 3A State Champion.

12. Maryville (TN) Rebels

Coach: George Quarles

Record: (15-0)

Season Complete: Tennessee 6A State Champion.

13. Olive Branch (MS) Conquistadors

Coach: Scott Samsel

Record: (15-0)

Season Complete: Mississippi 6A State Champion.

14. Page (NC) Pirates

Coach: Kevin Gillespie

Record: (15-0)

Season Complete: North Carolina 4AA State Champion.

15. Tucker (GA) Tigers

Coach: Franklin Stephens

Record: (15-0)

Season Complete: Georgia 4A State Champions.

16. Katy (TX) Tigers

Coach: Gary Joseph

Record: (12-1)

Season Complete: Loss in the third round of the Texas UIL 5A DI playoffs.

17. Plant (FL) Panthers

Coach: Robert Weiner

Record: (14-1)

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

Record: (13-1)

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

Record: (14-0)

Season Complete: LHSAA 2A State Champion.

20. Skyline (TX) Raiders

Coach: Reginald Samples

Record: (14-1)

Season Complete: UIL 5A DI Texas Semifinalist.

21. Gaffney (SC) Indians

Coach: Dan Jones

Record: (14-1)

Season Complete: Lost in SC 4A DI State Championship

22. Buford (GA) Wolves

Coach: Jess Simpson

Record: (14-1)

Season Complete: Georgia 2A Runner-up.

23. Westlake (CA) Warriors

Coach: Jim Benkert

Record: (14-1)

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

Record: (14-0)

Season Complete: MSHSAA Class 5 State Champion.

25. Lake Oswego (OR) Lakers

Coach: Steve Coury

Record: (14-0)

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).


Steele (TX) Knights

Coach: Michael Jinks

Record: (15-1)

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

Record: (13-1)

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.


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