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National Prep Poll
August 6, 2012
Preseason National Prep Football Poll
By Jamie DeMoney

The National Prep Football Poll is compiled by Jamie DeMoney of XOS Digital with input from sportswriters, experts, and coaches.

This is the 26th consecutive season for World Features Syndicate's National Prep Poll. It is the 13th straight year the National Prep Poll has been compiled by Jamie DeMoney.

The national Top 25 and regional Top 10's follow with 2011 won-loss-tie records:

# School Record Note LW
1. Bradenton, Fla., Manatee 13-2 Class 7A champ in 2011; both losses to Top 5 teams   
2. Concord, Calif., De La Salle 13-1 three-time defending Open Division state titlist   
3. Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Santa Margarita 13-2 Nebraska-bound QB Johnny Stanton one of 15 returning starters   
4. Dallas, Texas, Skyline 14-1 five seniors committed to FBS schools   
5. Miami, Fla., Booker T. Washington 12-2 18 starters back including DB Michael Johnson (Florida St.)   
6. Duncan, S.C., Byrnes 13-2 seeks fifth state title in last six years   
7. Loganville, Ga., Grayson 15-0 features blue chip DE Robert Nkemdiche (Clemson)   
8. Southlake, Texas, Carroll 16-0 Texas A&M-committed QB Kenny Hill leads defending 5A/I champ   
9. Austin, Texas, Lake Travis 16-0 set record with fifth straight state title last year   
10. Murrieta, Calif., Vista Murrieta 9-5-x reigning CIF-SS Inland champ   
11. Tampa, Fla., Plant 15-0-xx four state crowns last six years   
12. Louisville, Ky., Trinity 14-0 seven state titles since ‘03   
13. Bellevue, Wash. 14-0 12 players are third-year starters   
14. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St. Thomas Aquinas 10-3 Prep Poll champ in ’08 and ‘10   
15. Miami, Fla., Central 14-0-xx first three games vs. Top 10 teams   
16. River Ridge, La., John Curtis 14-0 coach J.T. Curtis has 506 wins   
17. Olney, Md., Good Counsel 12-0 first three games vs. ranked foes   
18. Tulsa, Okla., Union 13-1 four-time defending 6A titlist   
19. Las Vegas, Nev., Bishop Gorman 15-1 39 straight wins vs. Nev. teams   
20. Matthews, N.C., Butler 11-2 third-year starting QB Riley Ferguson headed to Tennessee   
21. Oradell, N.J., Bergen Catholic 8-3 all losses to Top 10 teams last year   
22. Baltimore, Md., Gilman 10-1 Michigan commit Henry Poggi (TE-DL) among 13 returning starters   
23. Nashville, Tenn., Ensworth 12-1 defending state champ returns 15 starters   
24. Cincinnati, Ohio, Moeller 9-4 first five opponents are non-Ohio teams   
25. Detroit, Mich., Cass Tech 11-3 four seniors committed to Big Ten schools   

Northeast Region
1. Oradell, N.J., Bergen Catholic (8-3)  
2. Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco Prep (11-0)  
3. Harrisburg, Pa., Central Dauphin (15-1)  
4. Wexford, Pa., North Allegheny (14-1)  
5. Warminster, Pa., Archbishop Wood (14-1)  
6. Montvale, N.J., St. Joseph Regional (10-2)  
7. Erial, N.J., Timber Creek (12-0)  
8. Monroeville, Pa., Gateway (9-3)  
9. Endwell, N.Y., Maine-Endwell (12-0)  
10. Everett, Mass. (13-0)  

East Coast Region
1. Duncan, S.C., Byrnes (13-2)  
2. Olney, Md., Good Counsel (12-0)  
3. Matthews, N.C., Butler (11-2)  
4. Baltimore, Md., Gilman (10-1)  
5. Chesapeake, Va., Oscar Smith (14-1)  
6. Goose Creek, S.C. (14-1)  
7. Hampton, Va., Phoebus (13-2)  
8. Rock Hill, S.C., South Pointe (15-1)  
9. Ashburn, Va., Stone Bridge (10-2)  
10. Elkton, Md., Eastern Christian (0-0-y)  

Southeast Region
1. Bradenton, Fla., Manatee (13-2)  
2. Miami, Fla., Booker T. Washington (12-2)  
3. Loganville, Ga., Grayson (15-0)  
4. Tampa, Fla., Plant (15-0-xx)  
5. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St. Thomas Aquinas (10-3)  
6. Miami, Fla., Central (14-0-xx)  
7. River Ridge, La., John Curtis (14-0)  
8. Nashville, Tenn., Ensworth (12-1)  
9. Seffner, Fla., Armwood (0-15-x)  
10. Hoover, Ala. (13-2)  

Midwest Region
1. Louisville, Ky., Trinity (14-0)  
2. Cincinnati, Ohio, Moeller (9-4)  
3. Detroit, Mich., Cass Tech (11-3)  
4. Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South (10-2)  
5. Cleveland, Ohio, St. Ignatius (13-2)  
6. Cincinnati, Ohio, St. Xavier (10-4)  
7. Wheaton, Ill., Wheaton-Warrenville South (10-4)  
8. Mentor, Ohio (11-2)  
9. Indianapolis, Ind., Cathedral (13-2)  
10. Fort Thomas, Ky., Highlands (15-0)  

Midlands Region
1. Highlands Ranch, Colo., Valor Christian (14-0)  
2. South Jordan, Utah, Bingham (9-3)  
3. Eden Prairie, Minn. (12-1)  
4. Jefferson City, Mo. (8-2)  
5. Kansas City, Mo., Staley (14-0)  
6. Kansas City, Mo., Rockhurst (10-2)  
7. Hutchinson, Kan. (11-2)  
8. Sandy, Utah, Jordan (11-3)  
9. Ankeny, Iowa (11-2)  
10. Omaha, Neb., Millard North (7-3)  

Southwest Region
1. Dallas, Texas, Skyline (14-1)  
2. Southlake, Texas, Carroll (16-0)  
3. Austin, Texas, Lake Travis (16-0)  
4. Tulsa, Okla., Union (13-1)  
5. Las Vegas, Nev., Bishop Gorman (15-1)  
6. Katy, Texas (12-1)  
7. Euless, Texas, Trinity (12-1)  
8. Fayetteville, Ark. (12-2)  
9. Phoenix, Ariz., Brophy (11-1)  
10. Chandler, Ariz., Hamilton (13-1)  

West Coast Region
1. Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-1)  
2. Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Santa Margarita (13-2)  
3. Murrieta, Calif., Vista Murrieta (9-5-x)  
4. Bellevue, Wash. (14-0)  
5. Anaheim, Calif., Servite (10-2)  
6. Corona, Calif., Centennial (12-2)  
7. Harbor City, Calif., Narbonne (11-3)  
8. Sammamish, Wash., Skyline (11-3)  
9. Portland, Ore., Jesuit (9-4)  
10. Upland, Calif. (12-1)  

x-All losses by forfeit
xx-Includes one win by forfeit
y-Did not play football last season

FEATS OF THE WEEK: Three teams from Florida have captured National Prep Football Poll titles since 2006. Preseason No. 1-ranked Bradenton, Manatee –- with 12 starters back from a state championship team -– aims to become the fourth. Senior Cord Sandberg, who enters his third year as starting quarterback, is a Mississippi St. recruit. He totaled 3,000 combined passing and rushing yards and 29 touchdowns while leading the Hurricanes to the Class 7A title. Manatee’s defense is anchored by an outstanding group of linemen, including blue chip tackle Derrick Calloway (uncommitted) and end Blake Keller (UCF), who had 14 sacks last year. The Hurricanes won 13 games in 2011 and had just two early season losses: to eventual Prep Poll champ Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco and Olney, Md., Good Counsel, which ended the year ranked No. 4. This year’s schedule is without any out-of-state opponents, but features a showdown with No. 15 Miami, Central on Sept. 14. Veteran coach Joe Kinnan, who has been Manatee’s coach in two different stints, is 269-68-0 in 32 total seasons at the school.

Past National Prep Poll champs, with records and coaches:
1987--Fontana, Calif. (14-0-0), Dick Bruich
1988--Prichard, Ala., Vigor (13-0-0), Harold Clark
1989--Odessa, Texas, Permian (16-0-0), Gary Gaines
1990--Aldine, Texas (15-0-0), Bill Smith
1991--Indianapolis, Ben Davis (14-0-0), Dick Dullaghan
1992--Valdosta, Ga. (14-0-0), Nick Hyder
1993--Cleveland, St. Ignatius (14-0-0), Chuck Kyle
1994--Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-0-0), Bob Ladouceur
1995--Cleveland, St. Ignatius (14-0-0), Chuck Kyle
1996--Hampton, Va. (14-0-0), Mike Smith
1997--Hampton, Va. (13-0-0), Mike Smith
1998--Concord, Calif., De La Salle (12-0-0), Bob Ladouceur
1999--Shreveport, La., Evangel (15-0-0), Dennis Dunn
2000--Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-0-0), Bob Ladouceur
2001--Concord, Calif., De La Salle (12-0-0), Bob Ladouceur
2002--Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-0-0), Bob Ladouceur
2003--Concord, Calif., De La Salle (13-0-0), Bob Ladouceur
2004--Southlake, Texas, Carroll (16-0-0), Todd Dodge
2005--Southlake, Texas, Carroll (16-0-0), Todd Dodge
2006--Lakeland, Fla. (15-0-0), Bill Castle
2007--Cincinnati, St. Xavier (15-0-0), Steve Specht
2008--Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aquinas (15-0-0), George Smith
2009--Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco (12-0-0), Greg Toal
2010--Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aquinas (15-0-0), George Smith
2011--Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco (12-0-0), Greg Toal

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About the National Prep Poll: Compiled weekly weekly since 1987 and distributed by World Features Syndicate and the Associated Press, the National Prep Poll is the nation's second oldest weekly high school sports rankings. Doug Huff compiled the rankings from 1987 until 1999. Jamie DeMoney has compiled the poll since the start of the 1999 basketball season to the present.

The National Prep Poll is the only high school poll distributed to newspapers and Web sites around the United States by the Associated Press national wire service.

Among the criteria used in the weekly compilation of the National Prep Poll rankings are strength of schedule, the ability to accomplish the ultimate goal on a team's schedule (i.e. winning a championship), impact players and performers, a team's coaching and recent tradition.

About PrepNation.com: PrepNation.com was originally launched August 1, 2001 by Jamie DeMoney for the purpose of creating a permanent online home for the National Prep Poll football and boys basketball rankings.

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