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Raiders are national champs!

For the second time in three seasons, the final No. 1 ranking in the National Prep Poll belongs to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St. Thomas Aquinas.

The Raiders' average margin of victory was 37 points with wins over 12 playoff qualifiers from three different states. They have only two losses since the start of the 2007 season.

1. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St. Thomas Aquinas 15-0 second Prep Poll title in three years 2 
2. Batesville, Miss., South Panola 15-0 six state titles in eight years 3 
3. Lakewood, Ohio, St. Edward 15-0 won first state championship 4 
4. Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco Prep 12-0 five straight Non-Public crowns 5 
5. Concord, Calif., De La Salle 14-0 repeat Open Division state champ 8 
6. Pearland, Texas 16-0 beat then-No. 1 Trinity for 5A/I title before over 43,000 fans 13 
7. Denver, Colo., Mullen 14-0 5A champ outscored foes a combined 517-89 7 
8. Chandler, Ariz., Hamilton 15-0 three consecutive 5A titles 9 
9. Hampton, Va., Phoebus 15-0 third straight undefeated season 10 
10. South Jordan, Utah, Bingham 13-0 back-to-back 5A champ 11 

For the second time in three years, a loss by Trinity (Euless, Texas) has helped lift St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) to the final No. 1 position in the POWERADE FAB 50 national football rankings.

The difference this year is the Raiders had to wait out a pulsating Texas Class 5A Division I state championship played Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium.

After winning its own Class 5A championship over Plant (Tampa, Fla.), 29-7, St. Thomas Aquinas ended its season at 15-0, but were not No. 1 yet.

Trinity entered its final game No. 1, but lost to Pearland (Pearland, Texas), 28-24, in a matchup of undefeated teams that drew more than 43,000 fans.

In the 2008 season, Trinity was No. 1 in the FAB 50 before losing in an earlier round of the Texas state playoffs to Allen (Allen, Texas). St. Thomas Aquinas then took over and finished by dominating Lakeland (Lakeland, Fla.), 56-7, to win a Class 4A state crown.

1 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)  15-0 250 (5) 2  
2 South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) 15-0 243 3  
3 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) 12-0 241 4  
4 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 14-0 235 5  
5 Pearland (Pearland, Texas)  16-0 227 12  
6 Phoebus (Hampton, Va.) 15-0 224 6  
7 Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 15-0 220 7  
8 Butler (Matthews, N.C.) 16-0 215 9  
9 St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) 15-0 207 10  
10 Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) 13-0 201 11


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Raider Mom

Good kids deserve it all.

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