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Booker T. Washington wins 2013 HSFB100 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:


1Booker T. WashingtonMiamiFL14-0
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.
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.
3St. John BoscoBellflowerCA16-0
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.
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.
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.
6De La SalleConcordCA14-1
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.
7Mountain PointePhoenixAZ14-0
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.
8Cedar HillCedar HillTX13-2
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.
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.
10NorthwesternRock HilllSC15-0
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.
11Mallard CreekCharlotteNC15-0
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.
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.
13DwyerWest Palm BeachFL15-0
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
18American HeritagePlantationFL15-1
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.
19Bishop GormanLas VegasNV13-2
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.
A solid season came to a close against DeSoto in the 5ADI second round.
21St. EdwardLakewoodOH11-2
St. Edward was in rotation for the top team in the state before it lost to Mentor in regional finals.
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.
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.
24East JeffersonMetairieLA15-0
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.
25St. Joseph RegionalMontvaleNJ10-1
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.
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.
Trinity improved throughout the season and almost won a rematch against DeSoto but fell to the Eagles in Class 5ADI quarterfinals.
Part of the Trinity rebound was claiming victory over this Dragon team. Southlake Carroll lost to Trinity in 5ADI third round.
29BinghamSouth JordanUT13-0
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.
30Mater DeiSanta AnaCA10-3
Two of the teams three losses came to St. John Bosco including the PAC5 finals.
Centennial won the Inland Section but lost in CIF Regional Bowl to St. John Bosco.
32Mount CarmelChicagoIL13-1
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.
33Brother RiceBloomington HillsMI14-0
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.
Georgia AAAA Champions: Griffin knocked off Sandy Creek and Carrollton in convincing fashion to close the season and claim a state title.
35North GwinnettSuwanneeGA13-2
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.
Washington, D.C. Catholic Athletic Conference Champions: DeMatha was loaded but had its best win compromised when Godby fell early in Florida.
37ChaminadeWest HillsCA14-2
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.
38South DadeHomesteadFL15-1
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.
39Salpointe CatholicTucsonAZ14-0
Arizona Division II Champions: A very strong year in Arizona included the Division II winners.
40Oscar SmithChesapeakeVA14-1
The Virginia 6A runner-ups pushed into the Top 25 late in the year but was dominated by Centreville in the finals.
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.
42Colquitt CountyMoultrieGA11-3
Colquitt lost to Norcross in Class AAAAAA semifinals and Hoover in the regular season.
43Blue SpringsBlue SpringsMO14-0
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.
44Dutch ForkIrmoSC12-3
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.
The Rebels lost to Dutch Fork in semifinals. It was still the No. 3 team in the state of South Carolina.
Apopka was forced out of rhythm in the Class 8A finals where it was beat by South Dade.
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.
48St. Thomas AquinasFt. LauderdaleFL10-3
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.
49John CurtisRiver RidgeLA10-2
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.
After being a preseason Top 10 team, Serra buoyed down outside of the Top 25 and then lost to Chaminade in Sectional finals.
Davidson made a run deep into the playoffs but lost to Moeller in semifinals.
Folsom was named Sac-Jaquin Section Champions but lost to De La Salle in CIF Regional Bowl.
Colerain pushed into the Top 25 at one point but lost to Moeller in the regional finals.
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.
55East LakeTarpon SpringsFL13-1
East Lake gained a lot of respect late in the year but lost to Dwyer in Class 7A semifinals.
56MainlandDaytona BeachFL12-2
Mainland advanced deeper than many thought it would but lost to Miami Central in Class 7A semifinals.
57Edna KarrNew OrleansLA13-2
Karr was a preseason favorite but ended the year as the Louisiana Class 4A runner-up as East Jefferson rose to the occassion.
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.
59Desert RidgeMesaAZ11-2
Desert Ridge lost to Serra to open the year and then to Mountain Pointe in semifinals.
60PolyLong BeachCA10-2
Poly was up-and-down this year and lost to Mater Dei in PAC5 semifinals a week after playing its best game.
61Mission ViejoMission ViejoCA11-1
Viejo had a quality season but lost to Mater Dei in PAC5 quarterfinals.
62Paramus CatholicParamusNJ10-2
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.
63Don BoscoRamseyNJ7-4
Bosco is the highest-ever ranked four-loss team. It battled in most all of its games but lost to Paramus Catholic in semifinals.
64DePaul CatholicWayneNJ10-2
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.
65McEachernPowder SpringsGA11-3
McEachern got hot to enter the playoffs but lost to North Gwinnett in Class AAAAAA semifinals.
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.
This is another team that got caught in the East Jefferson buzz-saw, falling in the semifinals.
68Collins HillSuwanneeGA11-2
Collins Hill had a big win over North Gwinnett in the regular season but lost in quarterfinals to McEachern.
The Wreckin’ Rams battered their way to a state title by rushing through Destrehan and Parkway in the final two rounds.
Archer entered the postseason undefeated and unranked but then lost to North Gwinnett in the second round.
Manvel peaked in beating Pearland in the regular season and then lost badly in the Texas 5ADII third round to Katy.
Armwood was dominated in the state finals by Miami Central but was the Class 6A runner-up.
Pearland started off solid in the state finals against Allen but it ended in a rout.
Start slow and end tough is the standard answer for Plant. This team lost to Apopka in Class 8A semifinals.
75Sandy CreekTyroneGA11-1-1
The team tied Plant early and then lost in the playoffs and did not defend its state title.
76CentralFort PierceFL11-2
A big win over Manatee made the season and then the program lost to Plant in 8A quarterfinals.
Manatee had pushed into the Top 25 but then fell to a tough Ft. Pierce Central team in the playoffs.
Cy-Fair played great defense and ran the ball well but lost to Pearland in the 5ADI quarterfinals.
Alabama Class 6A runner-up was in the top five within the state all season.
Lamar was inside the Top 25 at one point early in the year but lost to Pearland in 5ADI third round.
81HillgrovePowder SpringsGA12-2
Another quality Georgia team that lost to North Gwinnett, This time in the regional finals.
82North ShoreHoustonTX12-1
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.
83UniversityFt. LauderdaleFL10-3
University fell to Miami Central, Manatee, and finally Booker T. Washington.
84Spanish FortSpanish FortAL15-0
Alabama Class 5A Champions: The Toros won the third state title in four years. This is the last year in 5A for the team.
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.
86Valor ChristianHighlands RanchCO13-1
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.
87St. AugustineNew OrleansLA9-2
Thought to be part of the Big Three in the Louisiana preseason, it lost in the third round to Rummel.
88Lake TravisAustinTX12-2
Returning to the rankings after a two year hiatus, the Cavaliers lost in 5ADII semifinals to Cedar Hill.
89ParkwayBossier CityLA13-1
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.
90Bishop AlemanyMission HillsCA10-2
Alemany had a solid season and defeated Corona Centennial early in the year but lost in semifinals to St. John Bosco.
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.
92BrennanSan AntonioTX15-0
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.
93Broken ArrowBroken ArrowOK10-3
Broken Arrow lost to Union in semifinals but beat Arkansas champion Bentonville early in the season.
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.
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.
96Central CatholicPortlandOR14-0
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.
97Oak GroveHattiesburgMS14-1
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.
98Warren CentralIndianapolisIN13-3
Indiana Class 6A Champions: Warren Central avenged all three losses in its playoff run and justified its preseason ranking with a state title.
Hawaii Division I Champions: The best team in Hawaii went wire-to-wire atop the state rankings and claimed a state title.
100Bowling GreenBowling GreenKY14-0
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.

About Dallas Jackson

Dallas Jackson is the national high school football analyst for He has been compiling the HSFB100 rankings since the 2007 season. His work has been featured in Sports Illustrated, American Football Monthly, among many others, and he was featured in the Frontline special, Football High.


  1. Four Texas teams in the top 10 is not enough lol. All jokes aside great season of HSFB. Congrats to BTW on a great season. South Florida football is on a roll this year we also have a few national champions in the little leagues too.

  2. This was one of the best years for power states. No question.

    The top of this list is amazing. It stinks that a three-way tie would have been the most crazy thing ever.


  3. Are you saying that Louisianna and Georgia are better than Ohio? If so, I’ll say it again. 20 for 20 Ohio is second to no one.

  4. I am not saying that at all. I think the top three in Ohio are ranked ahead of the top three in both of those states. Moeller and Mentor for sure are. St. Eds is ahead of the first team in Louisiana, too. And in the same ballpark as Norcross in Georgia.

    I will certainly disagree that THIS YEAR Ohio does not have a Top 20 that can go head to head with any state. It is easily behind Texas and Florida this year. It is probably also behind California.

    I think Ohio, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama THIS YEAR would have good debates when you get going 20 for 20. It isn’t always like that but this year it is.

    I will be doing expanded state rankings here to close out the year and we can have more discussions on the subject.


  5. It’s kinda hard to lean towards any of the 3. Great year at the top for the power States. .. Hey DJ Katy might see the light now

  6. I have had MULTIPLE interactions regarding Katy this offseason.

    I have some news on it but don’t want to release it on Christmas and have it get ignored. Be ready.


  7. Three great teams we got to watch this year.thanks for the entertainment DJ.

  8. I will only consider Texas has having as strong a top 20 as Ohio. Florida and California are a no go. Also Louisiana is getting all of these squads nationally ranked based on what? I expressed how average Karr and Augustine were weeks ago despite all the D1 overrated talent they had and both squads come up with no ships, losing to teams that no one but the playa from Louisiana (cajun) knows about.

  9. DJ, not a bad top 100. I have to disagree about Fulton, though. They scored a ton of points, but every team they played was a patsy. They would not beat Maryville or Ensworth. Blackman, Oakland, and Alcoa would be good games for them.

  10. This year was the hardest to decide in since I started helping with rankings in 2006 and doing them on my own in 2008.

    2011 was somewhat of a debate nationally with Trinity and Don Bosco but it was fairly easy if you got to see both teams live (which few pollsters take the time to do).

    This one was near impossible.


  11. Well, line them up. Let’s see your Ohio Top 20. I will be doing rankings for all the states soon.


  12. I dunno, man.

    I saw Blackman v Oakland in the playoffs (I live in the Boro) and I saw Ensworth vs Trinity and vs BA…. I think Fulton would have taken it to all of them.

    Alcoa and Maryville are probably better coached (and that isn’t a knock against Coach Black) but I don’t think they would have been able to beat Fulton. That is just THIS year and not most years but I feel good about Fulton as the top team in Tennessee.


  13. In defense of Ensworth, Trinity plays everybody tough. No matter their record they are still a solid team. Plus, it was the first game of the season on the road in a hostile venue. Ensworth did what they had to do. Other then their slip up against BA they handled business. BA is another team that could beat anybody on any given Friday night. Living in Murfreesboro you of all people should know that between Ensworth, BA, and MBA, it’s whoever recruited the best that particular year. Lol.

  14. I’d say that GA and LA might be on par with OH this year, but not AL. St X, who is realistically the 6th or 7th best team in OH could beat 19 out of the top 20 teams in AL(yes, I think they would beat Spanish Fort, Auburn, and Vestavia Hills). However, I think Hoover would beat Norcross and East Jefferson. Moeller/Hoover would be a hell of a game, but I give the slight edge to Hoover in that one.

  15. Are they FINALLY going to travel out of state and take on a top power on the road. I know they waxed Bellevue in Houston. I’d like to see them take a trip to Seattle and play the Wolverines up there.

  16. Ha. Indeed.

    I really wasn’t all that impressed with either of those three this year. Ensworth, IMO, did not improve much from the opening week to the final week. I think this was one of Bower’s worst seasons at the helm.

    BA could be nasty next year.


  17. There really isn’t anything to suggest St. X would beat Auburn, Spanish Fort, etc.

    They lost to every good team they played.


  18. No. Katy isn’t going to travel.

    I have details on it that I am trying to firm up.


  19. So you actually See Bowling Green, KY a better fit in the 100 then Louisville Male. Just wanted your thoughts, as Louisville Male Plays a tight tough schedule compared to BG??

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