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December 20, 2013
Booker T. Washington goes wire-to-wire
JACKSONVILLE - Booker T. Washington ends where it started - on top of the high school world in the state of Florida.
Washington becomes the third team to go 'wire to wire' as the number one team in the FlaVarsity Top 25 - joining the 2004 Armwood Hawks and the 2007 Northwestern Bulls.
The Tornados received all 12 first-place votes, and Miami Central ( a 28-17 loser to Washington) received all 12 second place votes. Pollsters differed between American Heritage-Plantation and Dwyer - and South Dade was included in the top five of all 12 ballots.
Apopka, which had been the No. 3 team, fell to No. 6 after losing to South Dade. Armwood, which was ranked as high as number 4 - tumbled to 11th after being pounded by Central 52-7.
Tarpon Springs East Lake, which took Dwyer to overtime before losing - checked in at No. 7, followed by Niceville, the 7A runner-up - at no. 8. Daytona Beach Mainland, which came the closest to beating Miami Central (other than Booker T.) finished 9th.
Washington has the dubious distinction of beating three state champions this year - from three different states. The Tornados knocked off Norcross to start the season 55-0. Norcross won the Georgia 6A crown. Washington traveled to Las Vegas and beat Bishop Gorman, the Nevada champion - and of course, the earlier-mentioned win over Miami Central.
1995 - Jacksonville Bolles (14-0) - Class 4A Champs - ranked in top 15 of USA Today
1996 - Lake Butler-Union County (14-0) -Class 3A Champs - third straight title and won 52 straight before losing.
1997 - Miami Carol City (14-1) - Class 6A Champs - defeated unbeaten Lake City-Columbia.
1998 - Miami Northwestern (15-0) - Class 6A Champs - held Southeast to -6 yards rushing. Led by Antonio Bryant.
1999 - Lakeland (15-0) - Class 5A Champs - beat Springfield Rutherford 41-14. Went on to win 60 straight regular-season games.
2000 - Belle Glade Glades Central (15-0) -Class 3A Champs - won three straight 3A titles and made four straight championship game appearances - won 47 straight before losing in third round of the playoffs in 2001.
2001 - Tallahassee Lincoln (14-0-1) - Class 4A champs, beat St. Thomas Aquinas. Only tie was to Valdosta.
2002 - Pompano Beach Ely (14-1) - Class 5A Champs - beat Tampa Wharton
2003 - Chaminade Prep Lions (13-1) - Class 2A Champs - beat #1 Madison Co. 27-0 in title game. Only loss was to Bolles.
2004 - Armwood (Seffner) (14-0) - Class 4A Champs - wire-to-wire. Second straight 4A title. Scored more points than any team in FHSAA history.
2005 - Lakeland (15-0) - Class 5A Champs - second straight year - ranked #1 in USA Today Currently on a 30-game winning streak.
2006 - Co-champions - Lakeland (15-0) and Miami Northwestern (15-0) - Lakeland entered the weekend almost a unanimous #1 but a surprising rally by St. Thomas Aquinas and a dominant performance by Northwestern resulted in the first-ever tie for the #1 trophy.
2007 - Miami Northwestern (15-0) - The Bulls left no doubt as to who the top program was, winning the national #1 ranking as well.
2008 - St. Thomas Aquinas (15-0) - The Raiders rolled over Lakeland 56-7 en route to a national championship - the fourth year in a row that Florida won the title.
2009 - William T. Dwyer (14-1) - The Dwyer Panthers won the class 4A title easily over #2 Niceville to clinch the Top 25.
2010 - St. Thomas Aquinas (15-0) - Raiders win their second trophy in three years with a dominating
2011 - Armwood (15-0)* - Hawks win the trophy after winning the 6A championship over Miami Central *later vacated all victories due to violation of FHSAA rules.
2012 - Booker T. Washington (13-1) - Only a loss to Miami Central blotted the record of the Tornados, who won each game by an average of 39 points. Most of the Tornados are back - so watch out for 2013.