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Booker T. Washington wins 2013 HSFB100 National Title

By on December 23, 2013 5:45 am

Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington defeated three different state champions that all finished ranked inside the Top 20 in the HSFB100 to claim a national title.

HSFB100 HeaderThe HSFB100 is compiled by national high school football analyst Dallas Jackson and is based on input given from in-person evaluations and tape breakdown by local high school sports writers, regional recruiting analysts, and coaches as well as other media partnerships. Read more about the poll philosophy here.

Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington defeated three different state champions that all finished ranked inside the Top 20 in the HSFB100 to claim a national title.

The team held off challenges from Allen (Texas) High and Bellflower (Cali.) St. John Bosco as power state football really flexed its muscle this season.

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To end the year there were 61 teams from the five best states in the country.

Texas (16), Florida (15), Georgia (12), California (10), and Louisiana (8) had the majority of the poll.

Ohio was the only other state with more than five as the Buckeye State was represented by six programs.

With that a look at which teams are included in the updated HSFB100:

 

1 Booker T. Washington Miami FL 14-0
HSFB100 and Florida Class 4A Champions: Booker T. Washington made a jump to the top of the poll early in the season and rode it to the finish. The team downed three teams that won a state title and finished inside the Top 20 of the HSFB100. It also added wins over three other nationally relevant teams.
2 Allen Allen TX 16-0
Texas 5A Division I Champions:Allen won back-to-back state titles in Texas’ highest classification. It ends the year No. 2 and inside the Top 5 for the third time in five years as it was No. 2 in 2008 and No. 4 in 2012. Kyler Murray returns and could push Allen to a three-peat.
3 St. John Bosco Bellflower CA 16-0
California Open Division Champion: The Braves led from gun-to-whistle against Concord (Cali.) De La Salle and won its first state title. This was the wrong season to have such a great team as it finished No. 3 although it would have won the national title each of the last four years. This is one of the best teams from SoCal in the last decade.
4 Central Miami FL 13-1
Florida Class 6A Champions: Central blew Armwood out of the water in the state title game and finished off a stellar season, 52-7. The team was the preseason No. 1 and with one loss stayed inside the Top 5 for the duration of the year. The Rockets have now won three titles in four years.
5 DeSoto DeSoto TX 14-1
DeSoto lost an absolute heartbreaker to Allen to end its season. In the closing minutes of the game the Eagles forced a punt which took an awkward bounce and one of its own players returning the ball to Allen. The next play was a pass interference — the second of the drive — which gave Allen additional yards and stopped the clock. The touchdown to win the game was devastating for a team that was as high as No. 2 in the HSFB100 at one point.
6 De La Salle Concord CA 14-1
As expected De La Salle represented the NorCal region in the CIF Open Division game and the Spartans gave St. John Bosco all it wanted. The final score was not decided until an interception late in the fourth quarter which cemented the team as a Top 10 finisher.
7 Mountain Pointe Phoenix AZ 14-0
Arizona Division I Champions: Mountain Pointe wrapped up its state championship by defeating HSFB100 Hamilton. This was a stellar season for the wire-to-wire No. 1 team in Arizona. It opened the year beating Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman and then went through the rest of the state. This was a very good year in Arizona and this is a great final ranking for Mountain Pointe.
8 Cedar Hill Cedar Hill TX 13-2
Texas 5A Division II Champions: Cedar Hill is the first two-loss team to ever end the season ranked in the Top 10 of the national rankings. The Longhorns lost to Allen and DeSoto early in the season but rebounded to defeat Katy (Texas) High to win a state title. The defense improved as the year went on and the offense was always explosive.
9 Katy Katy TX 15-1
Katy fell in the state finals to Cedar Hill due to a serious of miscues. The Tigers are one of the best programs in the country and its final ranking is tied to Cedar Hill as that contest looked like a toss-up that could go either way, every time. Rodney Anderson will return as the lead running back next year and the team will be expected to march back to the state finals.
10 Northwestern Rock Hilll SC 15-0
South Carolina 4A Division II Champions: Northwestern was the top team in the state from the start of the season and it capped its season with a state title win over Stratford.
11 Mallard Creek Charlotte NC 15-0
North Carolina 4AA Champions: Mallard Creek returned a ton of starters and continued to improve as the season went on. This is the first state title for a relatively new program and it went wire-to-wire inside the Top 25.
12 Moeller Cincinnati OH 14-1
Ohio Division I Champions: Ohio had a new team look like the top team most every week but in the end Moeller earned a repeat of its state title performance.
13 Dwyer West Palm Beach FL 15-0
Florida Class 7A Champions: Dwyer went from unranked in the preseason to a Top 15 finish. The team was tough on defense and had a balanced attack offensively.
14 Mentor Mentor OH 13-2
Mentor steadily improved as the season went and it fell just short of a state title as it lost to Moeller by three in the finals.
15 Hoover Hoover AL 15-0
Alabama Class 6A Champions: Hoover fought and clawed to reach the title game and then relied on its defense and rushing attack to win the state title against HSFB100 Auburn. This could be a team that has enough returning for preseason No. 1 consideration in 2014.
16 Jenks Jenks OK 12-0
Oklahoma Class 6A Champions: Jenks was the class of the state all season and completed its title run with a dominant performance in the finals against HSFB100 Tulsa (Okla.) Union.
17 Norcross Norcross GA 13-2
Georgia Class AAAAAA Champions: Norcross learned a lot from getting crushed — and quitting on the field — against Booker T. Washington. Without that humbling experience the team would not have rebounded to defend its state championship.
18 American Heritage Plantation FL 15-1
Florida Class 5A Champions: There was little doubt that this team would win the state title in its classification. That is not to say this was not a Top 25 team but the predictability is a product of Florida having one too many classes.
19 Bishop Gorman Las Vegas NV 13-2
Nevada Division I Champions: The Gaels put together a difficult schedule but its wins were marginalized by what St. John Bosco is doing in California and its ranking is now based more on its good losses to Mountain Pointe and Booker T. Washington.
20 Coppell Coppell TX 9-2
A solid season came to a close against DeSoto in the 5ADI second round.
21 St. Edward Lakewood OH 11-2
St. Edward was in rotation for the top team in the state before it lost to Mentor in regional finals.
22 Centreville Clifton VA 15-0
Virginia Division 6 Champions: This year was a three-team race in Virginia and one that Centreville came out way ahead of. It crushed HSFB100 Oscar Smith in the state finals for its final statement of the season.
23 Creekside Fairburn GA 15-0
Georgia Class AAAAA Champions: Creekside capped a fantastic season with its first-ever state title. It was dominant in against Kell and Tucker to prove it belonged in the Top 25 to end the season.
24 East Jefferson Metairie LA 15-0
Louisiana Class 4A Champions: East Jefferson wrapped up its first-ever state title and ended the year as the top team in the state. Louisiana has re-emerged as a powerhouse state for high school football and downing Neville and Edna Karr to end the year was impressive.
25 St. Joseph Regional Montvale NJ 10-1
New Jersey Non-Public Group 3 Champions: St. Joe would have been a Top 10 team had it not fallen to Don Bosco late in the season. It concluded the year with an impressive win over Pope John Paul XXII to win its title.
26 Bellevue Bellevue WA 14-0
Washington Class 3A Champions: It was hard to evaluate Bellevue because the competition level in Washington was down considerably this season. The Wolverines are the class of the Pacific Northwest and while it may not be fair the team will almost always needs a signature win to justify higher rankings.
27 Trinity Euless TX 11-3
Trinity improved throughout the season and almost won a rematch against DeSoto but fell to the Eagles in Class 5ADI quarterfinals.
28 Carroll Southlake TX 11-2
Part of the Trinity rebound was claiming victory over this Dragon team. Southlake Carroll lost to Trinity in 5ADI third round.
29 Bingham South Jordan UT 13-0
Utah Class 5A Champions: The Miners went through Utah with relative ease. The team also added a victory over the top team in Colorado, Valor Christian.
30 Mater Dei Santa Ana CA 10-3
Two of the teams three losses came to St. John Bosco including the PAC5 finals.
31 Centennial Corona CA 11-3
Centennial won the Inland Section but lost in CIF Regional Bowl to St. John Bosco.
32 Mount Carmel Chicago IL 13-1
Illinois Class 7A Champions: The defensive line and running game paced the program this year. A lone loss to Loyola likely kept the team from nearing the Top 25.
33 Brother Rice Bloomington Hills MI 14-0
Michigan Division II Champions: Brother Rice battled for the top spot in Michigan much of the year but came away the lone HSFB100 program in the state.
34 Griffin Griffin GA 15-0
Georgia AAAA Champions: Griffin knocked off Sandy Creek and Carrollton in convincing fashion to close the season and claim a state title.
35 North Gwinnett Suwannee GA 13-2
North Gwinnett had climbed into the Top 10 at one point in the season but it was derailed late. It fell in the state finals to Norcross.
36 DeMatha Hyattsville MD 11-1
Washington, D.C. Catholic Athletic Conference Champions: DeMatha was loaded but had its best win compromised when Godby fell early in Florida.
37 Chaminade West Hills CA 14-2
California Division II Champions: Chaminade defeated Gardena (Cali.) Serra to win its section title and then finished the season with wins in the Regional and CIF Bowls.
38 South Dade Homestead FL 15-1
Florida Class 8A Champions: South Dade avenged its only loss of the season in the playoffs and then went on to defeated HSFB100 Apopka for the title.
39 Salpointe Catholic Tucson AZ 14-0
Arizona Division II Champions: A very strong year in Arizona included the Division II winners.
40 Oscar Smith Chesapeake VA 14-1
The Virginia 6A runner-ups pushed into the Top 25 late in the year but was dominated by Centreville in the finals.
41 Guyer Denton TX 14-2
Texas 4A Division I Champions:Guyer was expected to win the state title and it did. The top of this class has been thinned of a lot of quality over the last few years and it hurt the overall ranking because it was hard to get a gauge of where this team belongs.
42 Colquitt County Moultrie GA 11-3
Colquitt lost to Norcross in Class AAAAAA semifinals and Hoover in the regular season.
43 Blue Springs Blue Springs MO 14-0
Missouri Class 6A Champions: Blue Springs was the wire-to-wire top team in the state. It needed a signature win to be higher as Missouri is just a mid-level state for football.
44 Dutch Fork Irmo SC 12-3
South Carolina 4A Division I Champions: The Silver Foxes downed Byrnes in the semifinals and then went on to finish the job with an exclamation point over Sumter.
45 Byrnes Duncan SC 12-2
The Rebels lost to Dutch Fork in semifinals. It was still the No. 3 team in the state of South Carolina.
46 Apopka Apopka FL 13-2
Apopka was forced out of rhythm in the Class 8A finals where it was beat by South Dade.
47 Buford Buford GA 15-0
Georgia AAA Champions: Buford is a defense-first team in Georgia that has quality depth from a lower classification to compete with bigger schools. It won both AAA titles in the two years at this level.
48 St. Thomas Aquinas Ft. Lauderdale FL 10-3
Aquinas signature win was over Curtis but it beat the team up and caused a loss the next week. It progressed but lost to Dwyer in third round of 7A playoffs.
49 John Curtis River Ridge LA 10-2
Louisiana Select Division II Champions: Curtis played its best game in the final week of the season by dominating a quality Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab program. It was an up-and-down year for the Patriots but one that resulted in another state title.
50 Serra Gardena CA 12-1
After being a preseason Top 10 team, Serra buoyed down outside of the Top 25 and then lost to Chaminade in Sectional finals.
51 Davidson Hilliard OH 13-1
Davidson made a run deep into the playoffs but lost to Moeller in semifinals.
52 Folsom Folsom CA 14-1
Folsom was named Sac-Jaquin Section Champions but lost to De La Salle in CIF Regional Bowl.
53 Colerain Cincinnati OH 12-1
Colerain pushed into the Top 25 at one point but lost to Moeller in the regional finals.
54 Aledo Aledo TX 15-0
Texas 4A Division II Champions: Aledo returned all five offensive lineman and a talent skill group. The team set an all-time scoring record and went over 1,000 points.
55 East Lake Tarpon Springs FL 13-1
East Lake gained a lot of respect late in the year but lost to Dwyer in Class 7A semifinals.
56 Mainland Daytona Beach FL 12-2
Mainland advanced deeper than many thought it would but lost to Miami Central in Class 7A semifinals.
57 Edna Karr New Orleans LA 13-2
Karr was a preseason favorite but ended the year as the Louisiana Class 4A runner-up as East Jefferson rose to the occassion.
58 Loveland Loveland OH 15-0
Ohio Division II Champions: Loveland needed a few close escapes to make the finals but once it got there it was a punishing rush attack and defense that forced seven turnovers that stole the show.
59 Desert Ridge Mesa AZ 11-2
Desert Ridge lost to Serra to open the year and then to Mountain Pointe in semifinals.
60 Poly Long Beach CA 10-2
Poly was up-and-down this year and lost to Mater Dei in PAC5 semifinals a week after playing its best game.
61 Mission Viejo Mission Viejo CA 11-1
Viejo had a quality season but lost to Mater Dei in PAC5 quarterfinals.
62 Paramus Catholic Paramus NJ 10-2
New Jersey Non-Public Group IV Champions: Paramus Catholic split with Don Bosco and lost to St. Joe Regional. The cluster of teams in the state was confusing but all four that made the rankings were clearly worthy.
63 Don Bosco Ramsey NJ 7-4
Bosco is the highest-ever ranked four-loss team. It battled in most all of its games but lost to Paramus Catholic in semifinals.
64 DePaul Catholic Wayne NJ 10-2
New Jersey Non-Public Group II Champions: DePaul ran its way to the first state title in school history. The biggest win may have been over Don Bosco, however.
65 McEachern Powder Springs GA 11-3
McEachern got hot to enter the playoffs but lost to North Gwinnett in Class AAAAAA semifinals.
66 Union Tulsa OK 11-3
Union looked like it was going to compete for a state title but was soundly beaten in the finals and earned a Class 6A runner-up.
67 Neville Monroe LA 12-1
This is another team that got caught in the East Jefferson buzz-saw, falling in the semifinals.
68 Collins Hill Suwannee GA 11-2
Collins Hill had a big win over North Gwinnett in the regular season but lost in quarterfinals to McEachern.
68 Acadiana Lafayette LA 14-1
<louisiana Class 5A Champions: The Wreckin’ Rams battered their way to a state title by rushing through Destrehan and Parkway in the final two rounds.
70 Archer Lawrenceville GA 12-1
Archer entered the postseason undefeated and unranked but then lost to North Gwinnett in the second round.
71 Manvel Manvel TX 12-2
Manvel peaked in beating Pearland in the regular season and then lost badly in the Texas 5ADII third round to Katy.
72 Armwood Seffner FL 14-1
Armwood was dominated in the state finals by Miami Central but was the Class 6A runner-up.
73 Pearland Pearland TX 14-2
Pearland started off solid in the state finals against Allen but it ended in a rout.
74 Plant Tampa FL 11-2-1
Start slow and end tough is the standard answer for Plant. This team lost to Apopka in Class 8A semifinals.
75 Sandy Creek Tyrone GA 11-1-1
The team tied Plant early and then lost in the playoffs and did not defend its state title.
76 Central Fort Pierce FL 11-2
A big win over Manatee made the season and then the program lost to Plant in 8A quarterfinals.
77 Manatee Bradenton FL 11-1
Manatee had pushed into the Top 25 but then fell to a tough Ft. Pierce Central team in the playoffs.
78 Cy-Fair Cypress TX 12-2
Cy-Fair played great defense and ran the ball well but lost to Pearland in the 5ADI quarterfinals.
79 Auburn Auburn AL 13-2
Alabama Class 6A runner-up was in the top five within the state all season.
80 Lamar Houston TX 11-1
Lamar was inside the Top 25 at one point early in the year but lost to Pearland in 5ADI third round.
81 Hillgrove Powder Springs GA 12-2
Another quality Georgia team that lost to North Gwinnett, This time in the regional finals.
82 North Shore Houston TX 12-1
North Shore was bested by to Cy-Fair in 5ADI third round. It lost playing a pretty good game but was done in by its mirror image.
83 University Ft. Lauderdale FL 10-3
University fell to Miami Central, Manatee, and finally Booker T. Washington.
84 Spanish Fort Spanish Fort AL 15-0
Alabama Class 5A Champions: The Toros won the third state title in four years. This is the last year in 5A for the team.
85 Rummel Metairie LA 10-3
Louisiana Select Division I Champions: Rummel was a bit of a surprise to repeat. It avenged a loss to St. Augustine and then held off Byrd for the title.
86 Valor Christian Highlands Ranch CO 13-1
Colorado Class 5A Champions: There was not much resistance in Colorado for Valor Christian. The team dominated the class and fell in a close contest to Utah state champions, Bingham.
87 St. Augustine New Orleans LA 9-2
Thought to be part of the Big Three in the Louisiana preseason, it lost in the third round to Rummel.
88 Lake Travis Austin TX 12-2
Returning to the rankings after a two year hiatus, the Cavaliers lost in 5ADII semifinals to Cedar Hill.
89 Parkway Bossier City LA 13-1
Parkway never got into the Top 25 but was a mid-40s program nearing the end of the season. It finished as the Class 5A runner-up.
90 Bishop Alemany Mission Hills CA 10-2
Alemany had a solid season and defeated Corona Centennial early in the year but lost in semifinals to St. John Bosco.
91 Hamilton Chandler AZ 11-3
Hamilton was not the preseason favorite in Arizona for the first time in a handful of years and it ended the campaign as the Arizona Division I runner-up.
92 Brennan San Antonio TX 15-0
The Bears defense was strong all year and it carried the team to the Texas 4A Division I finals. It ultimately fell to Denton Guyer but was a great year.
93 Broken Arrow Broken Arrow OK 10-3
Broken Arrow lost to Union in semifinals but beat Arkansas champion Bentonville early in the season.
94 Bentonville Bentonville AR 11-2
Arkansas 7A Champions: Bentonville played some its best football over the final weeks of the season and downed Ft. Smith Southside, Conway, and Cabot to win the title.
95 Fulton Knoxville TN 14-0
Tennessee Class 4A Champions: Fulton had the most prolific offense in the history of the state and finished with the No. 5 scoring team in the history of high school football.
96 Central Catholic Portland OR 14-0
Oregon Class 6A Champions: The team went through the best in the state in the regular season and finished it off in the playoffs. It was a special year for the program.
97 Oak Grove Hattiesburg MS 14-1
Mississippi Class 6A Champions: Oak Grove proved to the best team in a relatively balanced but improved state this year. There were five teams to cycle through the HSFB100 before Oak Grove settled in.
98 Warren Central Indianapolis IN 13-3
Indiana Class 6A Champions: Warren Central avenged all three losses in its playoff run and justified its preseason ranking with a state title.
99 Punahou Honolulu HI 11-0
Hawaii Division I Champions: The best team in Hawaii went wire-to-wire atop the state rankings and claimed a state title.
100 Bowling Green Bowling Green KY 14-0
Kentucky 5A Champions: There was some debate at multiple points in the season as to which program was the top team in Kentucky but Bowling Green proved it was the real deal each week.
  • Pre-Preseason Top 25

       
    Football Team 2014
    1. Bishop Gorman
    Las Vegas (NV)
    No. 3
    2. De La Salle
    Concord (CA)
    No. 2
    3. Miami Central
    Miami (FL)
    No. 13
    4. Katy
    Katy (TX)
    No. 14
    5. Centennial
    Corona (CA)
    No. 16
    6. DeMatha
    Hyattsville (MD)
    NR
    7. DeSoto
    DeSoto (TX)
    No. 20
    8. St. John Bosco
    Bellflower (CA)
    No. 19
    9. Archer
    Lawrenceville (GA)
    No. 41
    10. Bingham
    South Jordan (UT)
    No. 18
    Pre-Preseason Poll 2014