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Posted: Tuesday December 23, 2008 3:37PM; Updated: Monday January 5, 2009 12:17PM
Kevin Armstrong Kevin Armstrong >
INSIDE HIGH SCHOOL

St. Thomas Aquinas takes national, Florida crowns

They are the champions. The St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Raiders clinched the top spot in the final SI.com rankings with a convincing 56-7 win over previously unbeaten rival Lakeland (Fla.). Close behind came Allen (Texas) after a 21-14 victory over Hightower (Fort Bend, Texas) for the 5A Division I championship. Allen finished the season No. 3.
High School Football Power Rankings
1
Last Week: 1
St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (15-0)
The back-to-back Class 5A state champions earned their 24th consecutive victory last Friday when they blew out Lakeland (Fla.) 56-7.
Next: Season complete.
 
2
Last Week: 3
Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.) (11-1)
Non-Public Group IV champion.
Next: Season complete.
 
3
Last Week: 4
Allen (Texas) (15-1)
In beating Hightower (Fort Bend, Texas) 21-14 for the 5A Division I championship, the Wildcats gained their first state title. Former reserve quarterback Tucker Carter (238 passing yards) threw three second-half touchdowns.
Next: Season complete.
 
4
Last Week: 5
Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) (16-0)
Capping his prep career with a five touchdown explosion, Texas-bound QB Garrett Gilbert starred in a 48-23 win over Longview for the 4A-1 title.
Next: Season complete.
 
5
Last Week: 5
Plant (Tampa, Fla.) (14-1)
Quarterback Aaron Murray (344 passing yards) spearheaded a 34-14 win over Lincoln (Tallahassee) in the 4A title game.
Next: Season complete.
 
6
Last Week: 14
Centennial (Corona, Calif.) (15-0)
Tailback Arthur Burns (two touchdowns) led the Huskies to a 21-16 win over De La Salle for the Division I title.
Next: Season complete.
 
7
Last Week: 7
Skyline (Issaquah, Wash.) (14-0)
Class 4A state champions.
Next: Season complete.
 
8
Last Week: 9
Trinity (Euless, Texas) (13-1)
Lost to Allen (Texas) in the Class 5A Division 1 quarterfinal.
Next: Season complete.
 
9
Last Week: 10
John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) (13-1)
Class 2A state champs.
Next: Season complete.
 
10
Last Week: 11
Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) (14-1)
Won fourth consecutive Class 6A state championship.
Next: Season complete.
 
11
Last Week: 12
Maine South (Park Ridge, Ill.) (14-0)
Class 8A state champion.
Next: Season complete.
 
12
Last Week: 13
Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) (14-1)
Class 4A-Division 1 state champion.
Next: Season complete.
 
13
Last Week: 2
Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) (14-1)
Fell to Grant (Sacramento), 25-20, in Open Division title game.
Next: Season complete.
 
14
Last Week: 6
De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) (12-2)
Fell to No. 6 Centennial, 21-16, in Division I title game.
Next: Season complete.
 
15
Last Week: 15
St. Ignatius (Cleveland) (14-1)
Division I state champion.
Next:Season complete.
 
16
Last Week: 16
Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) (15-0)
Division 6 state champion.
Next: Season complete.
 
17
Last Week: 17
River Hill (Clarksville, Md.) (14-0)
Class 2A state champion.
Next: Season complete.
 
18
Last Week: 4
Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) (12-1)
Class 4A semifinalist.
Next: Season complete.
 
19
Last Week: 19
Liberty (Bethlehem, Pa.) (15-1)
Class 4A state champion.
Next: Season complete.
 
20
Last Week: 20
Timpview (Provo, Utah) (13-0)
Class 4A state champion.
Next:Season complete.
 
21
Last Week: 24
Union (Tulsa, Okla.) (13-1)
Class 6A state champion.
Next: Season complete.
 
22
Last Week: 22
Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) (14-1)
Class 5A state champion.
Next: Season complete.
 
23
Last Week: NR
Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.) (15-0)
Class 5A state champion.
Next:Season complete.
 
24
Last Week: 24
Muskegon (Mich.) (14-0)
Class 4A state champion.
Next: Season complete.
 
25
Last Week: 25
Oceanside (Calif.) (12-0-1)
San Diego Section Division II champion.
Next: Season complete.

 
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