Archer upsets #1 Grayson 

(10-15-17) After several weeks of  stability in the SSN National Public HS Football rankings it all busted wide open this week.

#1 Grayson, who has held down the top spot since week 1, was upset on Friday night by its rival Archer 6-3.

Michael Johnson (who also does the kick-offs and punting) hitt two field goals (20 and 28 yards)  to provide all the points the Tigers would need for the win and the defense did the rest.

Archer Head Coach Andy Dyer told

“We beat a great football team. My hat’s off to our kids and our coaches. Their heart, they never quit, they never stopped believing. We’ve been on the wrong side of the heartbreaker with them twice (in the last four years). It feels good to be on the other side. Our kids’ resiliency was great. We’re in good shape. Over the course of 48 minutes that helped us a lot.”

With the win Archer enters the Top 10 at #10, while Grayson with the loss drops out of #1 and the rankings.

The new #1 is Wake Forest,  the Cougars continue to roll after picking up a 54-13 win over Cornith Holders. The win is their 24th consecutive win in a row. The Cougars move up from #3 spot and passed #2 DeSoto on the way to the top spot.

Sidney drops of the bubble after suffering their 1st lost of the season to Troy 48-21 in a conference game.

The new team on the bubble is Toledo Whitmer who beat Fremont Ross 41-3 to move to 8-0 on the season.

For Centennial (Az) it was what happened off the field rather than on the field.

**Phoenix Sierra Linda who has been outscored 436-6 in its seven football games this season canceled its home game Friday night against Peoria Centennial.

Centennial (7-0) did not consent to the cancellation, so the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Executive Board might impose a $1,500 fine on Sierra Linda.

The Tolleson Union High School District put out a statement on Thursday:

“Per bylaws set forth by the Executive Board of the AIA, Sierra Linda High School has requested to cancel its game on Friday against Centennial, due to the real possibility of grave injury to its current roster of players. The team is currently undermanned due to injuries to key players in their last game. The Tolleson Union High School District puts student safety first and we do not want to do anything that would jeopardize that. It is our hope that Centennial High School would understand. Again, we thank the AIA for having this bylaw in place and we plan to adhere to their process”

The only school not changing a spot in the rankings is DeSoto who remains at #2. Six of the Top 10 teams scored 50 or more points in their wins.

SSN National Public HS Football Rankings
Week 8 – 10-15-17

  1. (3)-Wake Forest (N.C.) (8-0) – beat Corinth Holders 54-13, up next Rolesville
  2. (2)-DeSoto (Texas) (6-0) beat Grand Prairie 56-9, up next Irving
  3. (4)-Cartersville (Ga) (8-0) – beat Sandy Creek 63-0, up next Chapel Hill
  4. (5)-Centennial (Peoria, Az) (7-0) – **Sierra Linda up next Willow Canyon
  5. (6)-Bingham (UT) (9-0) – beat American Fork 48-21, up next Cyprus
  6. (7)-Sheridan (Wyoming) (8-0) – beat Laramie 55-14, up next Cheyenne East
  7. (8)-Lincoln-Way East (Ill) (8-0) – beat Thornwood 49- 6, up next Bolingbrook
  8. (10)-Cocoa (Florida) (6-0) – Everglades Prep Academy 56-0, up next Bartram Park
  9. (9)-Centennial (Corona, California) (5-1) – beat Santiago 61-14, up next Corona
  10. (NR)-Archer (Lawrenceville, Ga) (7-0) beat Grayson 6-3, up next Rockdale County

Drops out
(1)-Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) (6-1) – lost to Archer (7-0) 6-3 up next Newton
(On The Bubble) Sidney (Ohio) (7-1) – lost to Troy (6-2) 48-21

On the Bubble
Toledo Whitmer (Ohio) (8-0) beat Fremont Ross 41-3, up next Toledo St. St. Francis de Sales



Lincoln-Way East’s Devin O’Rourke (FB   6’6, 250) being named to Under Armour All-American game January 4th in Orlando.