Kevin Armstrong
Monday January 5th, 2009

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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