2013 Scout.com National Champion

There were at least three worthy contenders to be named Scout.com National Champion, but there can be only one. Here's a look at the final Scout.com Top 50 rankings for the 2013 High School Football season.

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Booker T. Washington's season may have ended three weeks ago, but they were unofficially the leader in the clubhouse with a season that was going to lead them to be name Scout.com 2013 National Champion.

Several teams including Allen (Texas) and St. John Bosco (Calif.) had championship worthy seasons in their own right, but Washington was the choice based the quality of the team as well as the quality of the teams they beat this year.  

The 2012 Florida 4A State Champion was returning a host of starters including quarterback Treon Harris. They got their first test of the season facing off with Georgia's largest classification State Champion Norcross in a Nationally Televised game. The Tornadoes went up to Georgia and walloped the Norcross Blue Devils 55-0, prompting Charlie Daniels to rename his famous song "The Devils got Blown out by Florida."

How good was Norcross? Well, it took them a month to recover from the humiliation, and then they won their own back to back State Championship.

The National Championship may have been settled the next week in Miami as Central played their second game of the season against No. 1 Miami Central. The Rockets featured not one, but two 5-Star running backs in Josephy Yearby and Dalvin Cook. Washington won that game 28-17 in a thriller, and Central went on to win the State Championship in their classification. 

Washington traveled out to Las Vegas, Nev. to take on perennial power Bishop Gorman. This wasn't Gorman's best team of the last few years, but that's still a mighty road trip. Washington took care of business in the desert, and Gorman went on to win their 5th straight State Championship.

Washington would dominate the rest of their schedule including some familiar programs in the playoffs including Glades Central, University, Cocoa, and Bolles. All in all, it was enough to be named 2013 Scout.com National Champion against the toughest field we've seen in three years of this poll.

If it weren't for Washington, No. 2 Allen would be the No. 1 pick. Allen played just about everyone in the State of Texas including 5A-DII Champion Cedar Hill, Southlake Carroll, Coppell, and Pearland, but the State Championship and legitimate claim to a National Championship came in the State Semi-Finals when Allen knocked off No. 5 DeSoto. DeSoto was the only team in 16 games to play Allen within 20 points as they fell to Allen 42-35 two weeks ago. The State Championship against Pearland was notable more for the 54,000+ in attendance than the outcome of the game which seemed inevitable.

No. 3 St. John Bosco is loaded up and down the roster with future collegians, but the Braves didn't just have talent, they had toughness, grit and heart. Bosco moves up to the No. 3 spot after knocking off No. 5 De La Salle, who torments Southern California teams in California's open bowl on a yearly basis. Not this year. Bosco, who was involved in a 70-49 game the week prior against Corona Centennial, won a slugfest with De La Salle 20-14 on Saturday.

We have a champion in the South, Midlands, and West. Archbishop Moeller (Ohio) is our Champion in the North. Do you think anyone would be interested in seeing Moeller take on Washington, Bosco take on Allen with the winner meeting in New Orleans? I know I would.

But with the games all played and the seasons all finished, the Booker T. Washington Tornadoes are the team standing atop the Scout.com Poll, and it's the Tornadoes who join Louisville Trinity (2011) and John Curtis Christian (2012) as Scout.com National Champions.

Rank (Last)

Team (Record) City, ST

1 (1)
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Washington (14-0) Miami, FL

Booker T. Washington knocked off three State Champions and ran roughshod over their competition en route to being named the Scout.com National Champion. Quarterback Treon Harris has a chance of being named Scout.com Player of the Year, and defensive end Chad Thomas named the Defensive Player of the year. Washington won their State Championship last year and remarkably remained focused and hungry the entire season. That's a credit to the character of the players and to head coach Tim "Ice" Harris and his entire staff.

Last: Def Bolles 40-21
Next: Scout.com National Champions
2 (2)
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Allen (16-0) Allen, TX

If it's any consolation, this is easily the best No. 2 team in the history of this poll. Allen dominated Pearland in front of a record 54,327 in attendance at Cowboy Stadium. Junior quarterback Kyler Murray (Link to his performance) is sublime, and the Eagles might open the 2014 poll in the No. 1 Spot. 

Last: Def Pearland 63-28
Next: State Champion / Scout.com Midland Champion
3 (6)
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St. John Bosco (16-0) Bellflower, CA

If Allen is the best No. 2 team in the history of this poll, Bosco is by far the best No. 3 team and a worthy National Champion in their own right. Bosco looked pedestrian in a game against Loyola in September, but after that, they were indestructible. Mighty De La Salle is the only team to stay within three touchdowns of the Braves the rest of the season. Bosco played a tough schedule that included Mater Dei (twice), Chandler of Arizona, and Inland Division Champ Corona Centennial. Bosco brings back 5-Star quarterback Josh Rosen, but virtually every other starter will be on a D1 college roster next year.

Last: Def No. 5 De La Salle 20-14
Next: State Champion / Scout.com West Champion

4 (3)
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Miami Central (13-1) Miami, FL

Miami Central lost early to No. 1 Booker T. Washington in a tight game, but the Rockets left little doubt who was the best team in their classification as Central stomped previously unbeaten Armwood 52-7 to claim the 4A State Championship and prove they still belong in the Top 5.   

Last: Def Armwood 52-7
: State Champions
5 (4)
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DeSoto (14-1) De Soto, TX

When DeSoto took a 35-20 lead over No. 2 Allen with less than nine minutes left to play, the Eagles had to like their chances. It wasn't meant to be for the 2013 squad though as Allen staged a furious comeback to knock out DeSoto. The Eagles played one of the toughest schedules in the country with wins over Tulsa Union (OK), Euless Trinity (twice), Coppell, and Cedar Hill among others. 

: Lost to No. 2 Allen 42-35
Next: Season Over

6 (5)
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De La Salle (14-1) Concord, CA

De La Salle hadn't lost an Open Bowl to a Southern California team, having won four in a row since the game was implemented. The Spartans ran into a whole different level of team than usual though in No. 3 Bosco. The Spartans have heavy attrition on offense looking towards next year, but expect De La Salle to be a Top 10 program next year; they always reload. 

Last: Def No. 19 Folsom 49-17
Next: 12/21 No. 6 St. John Bosco 15-0
7 (8)
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Hoover (15-0) Hoover, AL

The Bucs made sure the only magic in Auburn was with the University as Hoover bludgeoned Auburn High School in a 20-3 win. Hoover saved their best defensive performance for when it mattered the most, claiming their second consecutive State Championship in Alabama's largest classification. 

Last: Def Auburn 20-3
Next: State Champions
8 (9)

Northwestern (15-0) Rock Hill, SC

Like Hoover, Northwestern may have saved their best performance for last. The Trojans hung 62 on a very good Stratford team to claim their second State Championship in the last four years. After Northwestern's overtime win over Byrnes on September 13th, no one played the Trojans within four touchdowns.

Last: Def Stratford 62-35
Next: State Champions
9 (10)
Archbishop Moeller (14-1) Cincinnati, OH

Moeller claimed their second straight State Championship in Ohio's largest classification with an epic win over Mentor. Mentor won 55-52 and claimed wins during the course of the season against heavyweights the likes of 2011 Scout National Champion Louisville Trinity, Colerain, St. Xavier, Indianapolis Cathedral, and La Salle among others. Say this about Ohio's State Champions, they certainly earn it through the course of the whole year.

Last: Def Mentor 55-52
Next: State Champions
10 (11)
Brother Rice (14-0) Bloomfield Hills, MI

Brother Rice got a little more resistance from a powerful Muskegon team, but the Warriors still won their State Championship handily. Brother Rice took on the best Michigan head to offer as well as hosting Ohio power St. Ignatius this year.

Last: Def Muskegon 38-21
Next: State Champions
11 (12)
St. Joseph Regional (9-1) Montvale, NJ

St. Joseph Regional rebounded nicely after an upset loss to Don Bosco Prep to handily defeat Pope John Paul XXIII in New Jersey's Non-Public Group 3 bracket. Despite the setback against Don Bosco two weeks ago, the Green Knights knocked off DeMatha (MD), St. Peter's Prep, and Paramus Catholic among others.

Last: Lost to Don Bosco Prep 28-21
Next: Non-Public Group 3 Champion
12 (13)
Mountain Pointe (14-0) Phoenix, AZ

Mountain Pointe played two games this week in order to take home their State Championship. Weather pushed the Semi-Final game to Monday, and Mountain Pointe took care of business in a 27-9 win over Desert Ridge before blowing out Hamilton on Saturday to claim the AIA crown.

Last: Def Hamilton 42-19
Next: State Champions
13 (14)
East Jefferson (15-0) Metairie, LA

East Jefferson capped off an impressive unbeaten season with an impressive win over then No. 16 Edna Karr. It was considered an upset at the time, but maybe it shouldn't have been as the Warriors were impressive all season, especially on defense. In one 10 game stretch this year East Jefferson only gave up 15 total points.

Last: Def No. 16 Karr 38-28
Next: State Champions
14 (15)
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John Curtis (10-2) River Ridge, LA

Curtis ran a gauntlet of a schedule through the middle of the season facing Karr, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), and East St. John. Once the Patriots cleared those four games, it was easy sailing the rest of the way through including a 32-0 win over University Lab to claim another State Championship.

Last: Def University Lab 32-0
Next: 12/12 State Champions
15 (16)
Centreville (15-0) Clifton, VA

With their convincing win over Oscar Smith, Centreville left little doubt who the top team in Virginia was in the 2013 season. Centreville won all of their playoff games in similar convincing fashion, winning all five by at least 20 points including the 35-6 win over Oscar Smith to claim the State Championship. With their two leading rushers coming back next season, this may be the start of more things to come for the Wildcats.

Last: Def Oscar Smith 35-6
Next: State Champions
16 (17)
Dwyer (15-0) Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Dwyer capped off an unbeaten season to claim their second State Championship with a convincing win over Niceville. Dwyer took the lead late in the third quarter and never looked back. Running back Alonzo Smith helped power the Panthers to their first unbeaten season with 219 yards and two touchdowns in the State Championship Game.

Last: Def Niceville 55-33
Next: State Champions
17 (39)
Cedar Hill (14-2) Cedar Hill, TX

Cedar Hill might be the No. 3 team in the country. After all, the only teams they lost to all season were both in the Top 5, Allen and DeSoto. The Longhorns staked a claim to the 5A-D2 State Championship with an inspired performance against Katy. Cedar Hill jumped on top early, fell behind, then rallied to take the State Title. Cedar Hill will be returning the dangerous combination of quarterback Justin McMillan and receiver DeMarkus Lodge (Video Link) for the 2014 season. 

Last: Def No. 7 Katy 34-24
Next: State Champions
18 (27)

Aledo (16-0) Aledo, TX

Aledo had a historic season. The Bearcats didn't just run the table to go 16-0, they scored over 1000 points while giving up 140 on the season. Aledo's average score in 16 Games? 64-9. Why isn't Aledo ranked higher? Scheduling. The Bearcats annihilated their schedule, but they didn't come head to head with any of Texas' heavyweights. This could be the best team in the country, but the only thing we really know is that they're by far the best team in 4A-D1, which means they're awfully good.    

Last: Def Brenham 38-10
Next: 12/21 Brenham (14-1)
19 (18)
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Bellevue (15-0) Bellevue, WA

Bellevue won their sixth straight State Championship with a lopsided win over Eastside Catholic. Even their own players were bored with the schedule this year.

Last: Def Eastside Catholic 52-20
Next: State Champions
20 (19)
Punahou (11-0) Honolulu, HI

Punahou won a hard fought game against Mililani earlier this year, and they repeated the feat in a thrilling 28-22 State Championship game. Punahou had one of the best defenses I saw all season.

Last: Def Mililani 28-22
Next: State Champions
21 (20)
Jenks (13-0) Jenks, OK

Jenks and Westmoore will play Thursday for the State Championship as their game was postponed because of severe weather in the Midlands.

Last: Def Union 38-22
Next: State Champions
22 (21)
Blue Springs (14-0) Blue Springs, MO

Rock Bridge fell to the mighty Blue Springs Wildcats just like everyone before them. Blue Springs trounced the competition in Missouri this year with no one playing the Wildcats within 17 points this year.

Last: Def Rock Bridge 35-14
Next: State Champions
23 (22)

Folsom (14-1) Folsom, CA

Folsom probably felt pretty good about their chances against De La Salle. Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. The Spartans jumped on Folsom early and often and cruised to a 42-17 win. That game takes little away from Folsom who had a terrific year. They're not the first nationally ranked team to get stomped by De La Salle in September.  

Last: Lost to No. 5 De La Salle 42-17
Next: Season Over
24 (23)
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Mentor (13-2) Mentor, OH

We'll say this for Mentor, they play some of the most exciting games in the nation. Two weeks ago the Cardinals advanced to the Finals with a 41-38 win over St. Edward, but they fell in the Finals to No. 10 Archbishop Moeller in a thrilling 55-52 game. Mentor avenged an earlier loss to St. Ignatius by dominating the rematch 26-3 in the quarterfinals.

Last: Lost to No. 10 Archbishop Moeller 55-52
Next: State Runner-Up

25 (24)
Colerain (12-1) Cincinnati, OH

I can't imagine Colerain has too many good things to say about Archbishop Moeller who ended the Cardinals' season. There's mutual respect there of course, but frustration as well.  Colerain faces a rebuilding year next year losing a solid nucleus of seniors, but the Cardinals always find a way to re-load.

Last: Lost to Archbishop Moeller 35-26
Next: Season Over
26 (25)
Miramar (12-1) Miramar, FL

Miramar suffered a let down after trouncing undefeated Deerfield Beach the week before getting bounced by Palm Beach Gardens. Miramar had big wins in 2013 against St. Thomas Aquinas, Deerfield Beach, and Plantation among others.

Last: Lost to Palm Beach Gardens 12-10
Next: Season Over

27 (26)
Coppell (9-2) Coppell, TX

Coppell's season ended at the hands of No. 4 DeSoto in a thriller. Coppell's only two losses of the year came to No. 4 DeSoto and No. 2 Allen.

Last: Lost to No. 4 DeSoto 34-30
Next: Season Over
28 (NR)
Guyer (14-2) Denton, Texas

The Wildcats started the season 0-2, with a loss to 5A State Champ Cedar Hill and a forfeit. The forfeit must have upset Denton Guyer, because the Wildcats took it out on the rest of their schedule. The Wildcats had some battles in the playoffs including a Semi-Final showdown with Highland Park before knocking off Brennan 31-14. Brennan had no answer, well, no one had an answer for the nation's No. 1 dual-threat quarterback Jerrod Heard (Video Link). Guyer loses Heard to the University of Texas, but Head Coach John Walsh and Guyer will reload.

Last: Def Brennan 31-14
Next: State Champions 
29 (28)

Salpointe Catholic (14-0) Tucson, AZ

Like Mountain Pointe, Salpointe Catholic played two playoff games last week in order to claim their State Championship. The Lancers walloped Deer Valley 55-7 on Monday before hammering a good Chaparral team 46-20 in the Championship Game. Salpointe Catholic dominated their schedule like few others. The Lancers broke 40 points in every game and only two teams broke into double digits against their defense.    

Last: Def Chaparral 46-20
Next: State Champions
30 (7)
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Katy (15-1) Katy, TX

Katy's schedule, or lack there of, may have betrayed the Tigers when it mattered the most. Katy ran into a talented, battle tested Cedar Hill team who came out swinging and never let up. Katy had been getting a little fat on cupcakes through most of the season including winning their State Quarterfinal and Semi-Final by a combined score of 108 to 14. 

Last: Lost to Cedar Hill 34-24
Next: Season Over
31 (29)
Norcross (12-2) Norcross, GA

The last time, and maybe the only time fans remember Norcross was the opening game of the season when the Blue Devils weren't just humbled, they were humiliated by No. 1 Booker T. Washington 55-0 on National television. Two weeks later, Norcross was beaten by North Gwinnett. After some soul searching, the team that began the season in the Top 10 finally emerged, and Norcross claimed back to back State Championships in Georgia's largest classification.

Last: Def No. 36 North Gwinnett 31-14
Next: State Champions
32 (30)

Mallard Creek (16-0) Charlotte, NC

Mallard Creek laid waste to anyone who stood in their path this season. No one played the Mavericks under 17 points since August, and Mallard Creek's average margin of victory in the playoffs was nearly 40 points.

Last: Def Wake Forest 59-21
Next: State Champions
33 (31)
Paramus Catholic (10-2) Paramus, NJ

Paramus Catholic claimed the New Jersey Non-Public Group 4 Championship with a grueling win over St. Peter's Prep. The Paladins advanced to the Championship game after avenging an October loss to Don Bosco Prep by beating the Ironmen in the Semi-Finals 21-20. 

Last: Def St. Peter's Prep 13-6
Next: New Jersey Non-Public Group 4 Champions
34 (32)

DeMatha (11-1) Hyattsville, MD

DeMatha is the first in the clubhouse with a Championship as the Stags claimed  a DC Championship with a convincing win over St. John's. DeMatha's 11-1 record included good wins over Phoebus (VA), Godby (FL), and Good Counsel (DC) among others.

Last: Def St. John's 31-10
Next: DC Champions
35 (33)
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Manatee (11-1) Bradenton, FL

Manatee lost their starting quarterback in the first quarter against a good Fort Pierce Central team, and that spelled doom against a team as good as the Cobras.

Last: Lost to Fort Pierce Central 17-15
Next: Season Over
36 (34)

Bingham (14-0) South Jordan, UT

Bingham beat Brighton 38-37 earlier this year, but there was no doubt left after the rematch in the State Championship game. Bingham drilled Brighton to cap off a perfect 14-0 record. Bingham's perfect season included two wins over Brighton and a 24-21 win over Valor Christian (Colo.). No one played the Miners within three touchdowns in the playoffs as Bingham dominated.

Last: Def Brighton 38-13
Next: State Champions
37 (35)
Acadiana (14-1) Lafayette, LA

Acadiana and Parkway scheduled a football game and a basketball game broke out. Acadiana had set the 5A Championship rushing record by halftime. The 41 points were a little misleading as Parkway went to the onside kick early and converted twice as they trailed big early in the game. 

Last: Def Parkway 77-41
Next: State Champions
38 (36)
Spanish Fort (15-0) Spanish Fort, AL

Spanish Fort took it up a notch as the stakes increased. The Toros slugged out a Semi-Final win against Saraland, then won convincingly against Muscle Shoals to claim the State Championship in Alabama's second largest classification. This is Spanish Fort's third State Championship in the last four years.     

Last: Def Muscle Shoals 35-14
Next: State Champions
39 (37)

St. Edward (12-2) Lakewood, OH

St. Edward fell to Mentor in consecutive seasons. The two epic games had a combined score of 98-94 with Mentor coming out on top both times. St. Edward had some big wins this season including Archbishop Moeller, Glenville, and Eastern Christian Football Academy of Maryland.

Last: Lost to No. 37 Mentor 41-38
Next: Season Over
40 (38)
Maryville (15-0) Maryville, TN

Once Maryville knocked off Blackman two weeks ago in the Semi-Finals 28-16, the State Championship was merely a formality. But the Rebels still had to play it out, and play it out they did. Maryville crushed Hendersonville 44-7. Maryville claimed their third State Championship in the last four years.     

Last: Def Hendersonville 44-7
Next: State Champions
41 (40)
Trinity (11-3) Euless, TX

Two of Trinity's losses came to No. 4 DeSoto. The Trojans were playing some of their best ball at the end of the season, but it still wasn't quite enough to knock off a powerful DeSoto team. Trinity eliminated Southlake Carroll two weeks ago when the Dragons had climbed as high as No. 30 in the Top 50.

Last: Lost to No. 4 DeSoto 48-41
Next: Season Over
42 (41)
Griffin (15-0) Griffin, GA

Once the Bears knocked off Sandy Creek, the rest of the season looked like a formality. It wasn't that easy of course, but Griffin took care of Carrollton to win their State Championship.

Last: Def Carrollton 56-35
Next: State Champions
43 (42)
Byrnes (12-2) Duncan, SC

Like Miramar, Byrnes is another team that had a letdown at the wrong time the week after their most impressive win of the season. Dutch Fork entered the playoffs after a loss to North Augusta, but have reeled off three straight wins including ending Byrnes season.

Last: Lost to Dutch Fork 31-21
Next: Season Over
44 (43)
Valor Christian (13-1) Highlands Ranch, CO

Valor Christian won another State Championship in Colorado, and the Eagles rolled through the playoffs. Valor Christian knocked off No. 1 seed Fairview 56-16. Valor Christian's only loss on the year came to Utah State Champion Bingham in a 24-21 thriller on September 7th. The Eagles also took on Fresno Central to open the season and beat the Grizzlies convincingly 31-7.

Last: Def Fairview 56-16
Next: State Champions
45 (44)
Buford (15-0) Buford, GA

The Wolves are no stranger to the Top 50, and they're no stranger to State Championships. They keep moving up in Classifications (they're schedule to move up again next year), and they keep beating anyone put in front of them. This season marks Buford's sixth State Championship in two years, and they've won the Championship both years that they've been elevated to 3A in Georgia.

Last: Def Washington County 35-19
Next: State Champions
46 (45)
Karr (12-2) New Orleans, LA

Karr had been in some battles this year, so they were tested against East Jefferson, the Cougars were just beaten by a talented and undefeated East Jefferson squad. Karr faces a big rebuilding job in 2014. All-World athlete Speedy Noil will be tough to replace.

Last: Lost to East Jefferson 38-28
Next: Season Over
47 (46)
Kimberly (14-0) Kimberly, WI

With a name like Kimberly and a mascot like the Papermakers, this team had to be tough to survive. The Papermakers became State Championship takers with their 51-10 demolition of Oshkosh North in the State Championship two weeks ago. Kimberly was powerful on both sides of the ball averaging 40 points in the playoffs. The Papermakers held 10 opponents to 10 points are less including four of five in the playoffs.

Last: Def Oshkosh North 51-10
Next: State Champions
48 (47)
Hilliard Davidson (13-1) Hilliard, OH

Hilliard Davidson fell valiantly to Archbishop Moeller in a 13-11 Semi-Final loss. It was the only defeat of the season for the Wildcats who beat the likes of Wayne, Pickerington North, and Dublin Coffman among others.      

Last: Lost to Archbishop Moeller 13-11
Next: Season Over
49 (48)
Oscar Smith (14-1) Chesapeake, VA

It's tough to tell if Oscar Smith's easy schedule played a part in their loss to a battle tested Centreville, or if Centreville was just that much better than the Tigers. Oscar Smith had a terrific season, but they weren't up to the challenge in the State Championship Game.

Last: Lost to Centreville 35-6
Next: Season Over
50 (49)
Pearland (14-2) Pearland, TX

There was no shame in getting beaten by No. 2 Allen. The score looked lopsided at 63-28, and the game may never have been in doubt, but Pearland fought and scrapped admirably. As the runner-up in Texas' largest classification with wins over Lamar and Madison among others, Pearland holds on to their Top 50 spot.

Last: Lost to No. 2 Allen 63-28
Next: Season Over

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