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FVTop25 All-Class | FlaVarsity.com | last sorted on 12/18/2012
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JACKSONVILLE -- Miami Booker T. Washington (4A) claims the top spot in the FlaVarsity.com Top 25 - edging out rival Miami Central (6A) and the only unbeaten team in Florida - University School (3A).
The Tornados collected four first place votes - and collected a total of 333 points to edge the Rockets, who picked up four first place votes and received a total of 328 points. University School received six first place votes but only totaled 326 total points.
Balloting was close down to the final ballot received - showing there was no clear-cut team to designate as 'The best in Florida' - which was not the case for 14 of the 16 weeks of balloting.
Bradenton Manatee (7A) finished sixth behind St. Thomas Aquinas (7A - 314 points) and Apopka (8A - 291 points). The Hurricanes were the nearly unanimous choice as Florida's top team throughout the season, but lost to St. Thomas Aquinas 35-18 in the state semi-finals.
Tallahassee Godby (5A, 267 points) finished seventh after winning the 5A state title. Gainesville (6A) was the highest runner-up team - finishing eighth. Tallahassee Lincoln (7A) was ninth and Dr. Phillips (8A) finished 10th.
The FlaVarsity Top 25 is voted on by sportswriters who cover high school football throughout Florida. Started in 1995, it is Florida's longest-running all-classification poll.
PREVIOUS WINNERS: 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.
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: University Christian (2A, 13-1) 26; Cocoa (4A, 10-3) 18; Miami Jackson (5A, 8-5)14; Fletcher (8A, 11-2)11; First Coast (7A,10-1)10; Miami Northwestern (6A, 8-3) 8; Oviedo (7A, 11-2) 6; Winter Haven (6A, 10-2) 3; Largo (6A, 10-1) 3; Boyd Anderson (7A, 8-5) 3; East Lake (8A, 11-2) 3; Mainland (6A, 9-4) 2; Dade Christian (2A, 13-1) 1; Northview (1A, 11-3) 1; South Sumter (4A, 11-1) 1
PANELISTS: - Mike Ridaught - Prepzoneonline.com; PJ Smith - Orlando-area Correspondent - FlaVarsity; Andre Fernandez - Miami Herald; Doug Pugh - FlaVarsity Senior Correspondent; John Patton - Ocala Star-Banner; Laurel Pfahler - Treasure Coast newspapers; Naji Tobias - Palm Beach Correspondent; Ryan Bonifant - ESPN Radio Pensacola; Steve Berrey - Publisher - FlaVarsity; Joe Dayan - Tampa Bay correspondent; Corey Davis - Northeast Florida correspondent; Corey Long - ESPN High School Florida analyst; Adam Fisher - Naples Daily News