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Top 25 High School Football Teams: DeMatha Moves To Top Five, Good Counsel, Friendship Collegiate & Stone Bridge Retain Top Spots

1:44 PM, Sep 3, 2012   |    comments
In week two, Good Counsel stays at no. 1. From left: LB Dorian O'Daniel, WR Andre Levrone & CB Kendall Fuller(Photo credit, Ryan Gibson)
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- It's finally September and we have a bunch of changes in our week two rankings. 

1) Good Counsel (1-1)

Last week (#1): 20-19 (O/T) win against Gilman.

This week: @St. Joseph's (NJ), 9/8 4:45 p.m.

One thought: If Good Counsel isn't able to produce an impressive win, they could slide out of the top spot.

2) Friendship Collegiate (1-0)

Last week (#2): Mt. St. Joseph PPD

This week: Bye

One thought: The Washington Post reported last Wednesday that Friendship canceled its scheduled game with Eastern Christian Academy. In Steve Yada's article, head coach Azaar Abdul-Rahim is quoted: "It's not in our best interest to even play a game where a team isn't sanctioned."

3) Stone Bridge (1-0)

Last week (#3): 31-14 win against Robinson.

This week: Chantilly, 9/7, 7:30 p.m.

One thought: During an interview over the summer, head coach Mickey Thompson called the match-up against Chantilly "the biggest game of the season."

4) DeMatha (1-0)

Last week (#5): 52-14 win against Hillside (NC).

This week: @Calvert Hall, 9/7, 7 p.m.

One thought: Wide receiver Cam Phillips should become a household name by mid-October. The junior snagged four touchdowns catches last Friday.

5) Quince Orchard (1-0)

Last week (#4): 28-12 win against Sherwood.

This week: @Blair, 9/7, 6:30 p.m.

One thought: The Cougars had some trouble running the football last Friday against Sherwood. Look for them to establish their rushing attack early against Blair.

6) Briar Woods (1-0)

Last week (#6): 20-15 win against Broad Run.

This week: @Park View, 9/7, 7 p.m.

One thought: Running back Cory Colder is making us look foolish for leaving him off of our all-area players list. Last week Colder pounded the Spartans for 148 rush yards on 28 carries, and scored the game winning touchdown with less than a minute left.

7) Hylton (1-0)

Last week (#10): 10-0 win against Battlefield.

This week: @Patriot, 9/7, 7 p.m.

One thought: Hylton already has its toughest game crossed off the schedule. The Bulldogs lost to the Bobcats in the playoffs both in 2010 and 2011. 

8) Suitland (1-0)

Last week (#9): 40-0 win against McKinley.

This week: Oxon Hill, 9/8, 2 p.m.

One thought: Ohio State bound athlete Taivon Jacobs posted three touchdowns in week one, including a 76-yard interception return.

9) Gonzaga (2-0)

Last week (#12): 33-13 win against McDonogh.

This week: @St. Joe's Prep (PA, at Navy), 9/8, 4:30 p.m.

One thought: The Eagles stout defense and running game are both rolling right now. Their showdown on September 22 against Good Counsel will be a must see. 

10) Wise (1-0)

Last week (#7): 20-0 win against Franklin.

This week: @High Point, 9/7, 7 p.m.

One thought: High Point is a very underrated team and could give Wise a scare.

11) Damascus (1-0)

Last week (#14): 41-6 win against Clarksburg.

This week: @Watkins Mill, 9/7, 6:30 p.m.

One thought: Touted recruit Zach Bradshaw took a punt return and an interception to the house on Friday. In August, ESPN reported that Bradshaw decommitted from Penn State and committed to Virginia.

12) Yorktown (1-0)

Last week (#13): 42-28 win against Bowie.

This week: @Wakefield, 9/7, 7:30 p.m.

One thought: The Patriot defense reportedly looked a little shaky against Bowie. Wakefield is coming off of a 73-0 loss to T.C. Williams and should be the right tuneup needed by Yorktown.

13) Churchill (1-0)

Last week (#16): 34-0 win against Kennedy.

This week: Whitman, 9/7, 6:30 p.m.

One thought: Senior quarterback Jonathan Lee did a ton of damage with his legs -- 10 carries, 117 yards -- last Friday. Churchill will rely on his versatility in 2012.

14) Dunbar (2-0)

Last week (#17): 28-0 win against Oxon Hill.

This week: Options, 9/7, 7 p.m.

One thought: No surprise here: quarterback Lamel Matthews has some pretty solid chemistry with his brother Delonte at the wide receiver position. 

15) Lake Braddock (0-1)

Last week (#8): 28-27 loss against Centreville

This week: Annandale, 9/7, 7:30 p.m.

One thought: The second half adjustments just weren't there for the Bruins last week in Centreville. Lake Braddock had 21 points at halftime.

16) Westfield (1-0)

Last week: 51-13 win against South Lakes

This week: @T.C. Williams, 9/8, 1:30 p.m.

One thought: The Bulldogs used seven different ball carriers in their week one victory. Expect everyone to pitch in this season if the team wants to continue to climb the rankings.

17) Seneca Valley (1-0)

Last week (NR): 35-20 win against Einstein

This week: Northwest, 9/7, 6:30 p.m.

One thought: Junior quarterback Calvin Reighard will probably be asked to throw the ball more than 13 times this week against Northwest. How will he respond?

18) Chantilly (1-0)

Last week: 48-7 win against Woodson

This week: @Stone Bridge, 9/7, 7:30 p.m.

One thought: Boy, did we sleep on the Chargers during our preseason rankings. Quarterback Sonny Romine can throw darts all over the field and junior running back DeAndre Harris has big play ability.

19) C.H. Flowers

Last week (#22): 27-6 win against Largo

This week: Parkdale, 9/8, 2 p.m.

One thought: Flowers doesn't receive its first real test on the schedule until September 29 against the Suitland Rams. 

20) St. John's

Last week (#20): 21-7 win against Loyola Blakefield

This week: @Wilson, 9/8, 2 p.m.

One thought: We thought their offense would be more explosive at this point.

21) Bishop O'Connell

Last week (NR): 27-12 win against Bishop Ireton

This week: @Massanutten Academy, 9/8, 1 p.m.

One thought: The Knights' spread attack is going to give a majority of the defenses they play serious problems.

22) Bullis

Last week (NR): 40-0 win against St. Mary's Ryken

This week: @Bishop Ireton, 9/8, 1:30 p.m.

One thought: Sophomore running back Devonte Williams found the end zone three times last Friday.

23) South County

Last week (#16): 36-35 loss to Hayfield

This week: Oakton, 9/7, 7:30 p.m.

One thought: The Stallions schedule is brutal. Following Oakton, it's: West Potomac, @T.C. Williams, @Robinson and Lake Braddock.

24) Northwest

Last week (NR): 32-7 win against Blake

This week: @Seneca Valley, 9/7, 6:30 p.m.

One thought: Quarterback Matty Callahan was inaccurate last week (9-for-26). The senior will have to respond on the road this week, against a stingy Viking defense.

25) T.C. Williams

Last week (NR): 73-0 win against Wakefield

This week: Westfield, 9/8, 1 p.m.

One thought: The Titans had 73 points at the end of the third quarter last Friday. If they tried hard enough, they could've scored 100.

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