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December 20, 2013

Booker T. Washington goes wire-to-wire

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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.

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SCHOOL CLASS W/L LW PTS RESULTS
1 Miami Washington 4A 14-0 1 300 won class 4A title over Bolles 40-21
2 Miami Central 6A 13-1 2 288 won class 6A title over #5 Armwood 52-7
3 Palm Bch Gardens Dwyer 7A 15-0 4 273 won class 7A title over #9 Niceville 55-39
4 American Heritage-Plantation 5A 12-1 6 265 won class 5A title game 66-8 over Clay
5 South Dade 8A 14-1 13 254 won Class 8A title 41-28 over #3 Apopka
6 Apopka 8A 13-2 3 226 LOST 8A title game to #13 South Dade 41-28
7 Tarpon Springs East Lake 8A 13-1 7 206 LOST TO #4 Dwyer 31-24 - OT
8 Niceville 7A 13-2 9 194 LOST to #4 Dwyer 55-39 in 7A title game
9 Daytona Mainland 6A 12-2 8 191 LOST to #2 Miami Central 28-15
10 Tampa Plant 8A 11-2-1 10 169 LOST to #3 Apopka 45-28
11 Seffner Armwood 6A 14-1 5 168 LOST 6A title game to #2 Miami Central 52-7
12 Miramar 8A 12-2 11 161 LOST to Palm Beach Garens 12-10
13 Jacksonville Trinity Chr. 3A 12-1 18 148 won Class 3A title 34-7 over Clearwater CC
14 Manatee 8A 11-1 12 136 season over
15 Fort Pierce Central 8A 11-2 15 119 season over
16 St. Thomas Aquinas 7A 10-3 14 113 season over
17 Kissimmee Osceola 7A 11-3 17 100 LOST to #9 Niceville 31-30 state semi-finals
18 Orlando Dr. Phillips 8A 11-1 16 88 season over
19 Davie University School 4A 9-3 20 71 season over
20 Deerfield Beach 8A 11-1 22 63 season over
21 Champagnat Catholic 2A 13-0 NR 53 won class 2A title 14-6 over Victory Christian
22 Cocoa 4A 11-2 21 51 season over
23T Pensacola Catholic 5A 11-1 19 46 season over
23T Palm Beach Gardens 8A 11-3 24T 46 LOST to #13 South Dade 38-21 in 8A semi-finals
25 Jax. Bolles 4A 11-3 NR 37 LOST class 4A title to #1 Booker T. Washington 40-21
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: - Merritt Island (5A, 11-1) 28 season over; Clay (5A, 10-5) 21 LOST class 5A title to #6 American Heritage 66-8; Heritage (6A 12-1) 19 LOST to #2 Miami Central 54-3; Jax. First Coast (8A, 11-2) 15 season over; Bartram Trail (6A, 8-6) 10 LOST to #4 Armwood 35-28 - 3OT state semi-finals; Clearwater Cent. Catholic (3A, 11-2) 10 LOST to #18 Jax. Trinity Chr. 34-7 in 3A state finals; Coral Gables (8a, 11-2) 8 LOST to South Dade 6-0 - Regional finals; Lakewood (5A, 10-4) 5 LOST to Clay 40-38 state semi-finals; Tallahassee Godby (5A, 9-2) 4 season over; Trenton (13-1) 4 won class 1A title 14-0 over Blountstown; Vero Beach (8A, 9-2) 3 season over; Lake Wales (5A, 9-5) 3 LOST to American Heritage 41-17 state semi-finals; Flanagan (8A, 9-2) 2 season over; Tampa Sickles (7A, 11-2) 1 season over; West Florida Tech (5A, 10-2) 1 season over

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.

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.



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