Spearheaded by the three-pronged attack of Travis Wright (13), Dalyn Dawkins and James Quick, Trinity mauled opponents in 2011. It won by an average of 41.5 points -- a number that jumped to 49.4 in the playoffs. Even scarier, the Shamrocks could be even better next year. Wright, Dawkins and Quick -- a trio that combined for 4,295 yards and 60 touchdowns -- are all juniors.
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Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
Billed as the nation's premier defense during the preseason, Don Bosco lived up to its lofty hype. It stifled offenses behind U.S. Army All-Americans Darius Hamilton, Yuri Wright and Elijah Shumate, allowing a mere 92 points. The Ironmen have now won 46 consecutive games and six straight Non-Public Group 4 titles. Simply put: They're the most consistent program in the country.
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Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
Bosco may boast the nation's best defense, but not by much. Fronted by five-star defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the Rams' unit was equally unforgiving, notching six shutouts in 2011. The last one, a 24-0 blanking of Walton (Ga.) in the Class 5A championship, was a consummate display of dominance: Grayson surrendered 95 total yards, negative 19 in the first half.
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Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)
All-everything athlete Stefon Diggs was the headliner for Good Counsel, but four-star running back Wes Brown (pictured) was the engine that made it go. He amassed 1,382 yards and 22 touchdowns, 383 yards and seven scores coming in two playoff games. Diggs wasn't bad, either. He accounted for 1,443 all-purpose yards in leading the Falcons to their third consecutive WCAC title.
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Armwood (Seffner, Fla.)
Following a regular season in which the Hawks' D appeared impenetrable -- it collected 28 sacks in 10 games through Nov. 4 -- linebacker Eric Striker and Co. allowed an average of 22.8 points in the playoffs. They came through when it mattered most. Armwood notched four turnovers, including two first quarter pick-sixes, to oust Miami Central for the Florida Class 6A title. Eleven seniors -- including Florida-bound running back Matt Jones (pictured), South Carolina-bound offensive lineman Cody Waldrop and South Florida-bound safety Jarvis McCall -- hold offers to play at the next level.
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Lake Travis (Austin)
With a resounding 22-7 win over Midway, Lake Travis completed its storied "Drive for Five", a quest for an unprecedented fifth consecutive Texas Class 4A Division 1 title. This one may have been the sweetest. Pegged as nonfactors following quarterback Michael Brewer's (Texas Tech) graduation, the Cavaliers averaged 45.3 points per game. Their offensive stats were astounding: Quarterback Baker Mayfield (11) threw for 3,788 yards and 45 touchdowns, and Zach Austin, Varshaun Nixon, Colin Lagasse and Griffin Gilbert all accounted for more than 1,000 all-purpose yards.
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Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
From almost any perspective, Carroll was a team of destiny in 2011. It trailed in the second half on six separate occasions, finding a way to win every time. Junior wunderkind Kenny Hill (pictured) led the charge. The 6-1, 205-pound quarterback totaled 2,790 passing yards, 1,398 rushing yards and 46 total touchdowns -- and ran for dramatic game-winning scores in both the state semifinals and finals.
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Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.)
After capturing 10 Washington Class 3A titles in the past 12 season, Bellevue has long established itself as a perennial contender. This year was no different. Behind their run-centric Wing-T offense -- and the dazzling play of senior quarterback and cornerback Tyler Hasty -- the Wolverines outscored opponents 538-167.
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Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
If not for a three-point loss to Armwood on Aug. 26, Bishop Gorman may sit atop this list. The Gaels rattled off 15 consecutive victories to end the year, riding the stellar play of Shaquille Powell (2,427 rushing yards, 40 touchdowns) and Anu Solomon (2,770 passing yards, 41 touchdowns). Tony Sanchez also deserves due. Since his taking over as coach in 2009, Gorman is 32-3 with three Nevada Class 4A titles.
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Miami Norland (Miami)
As far as clutch performances go, few were more impressive than that of Norland's Duke Johnson. The 5-9, 170-pound dynamo ran for 1,036 yards in five playoff games, single-handedly carrying the Vikings to the Florida Class 5A championship. Perhaps no team better embodied the ground-and-pound philosophy: Norland outrushed opponents an incredible 3,521-657 this season.
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De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
For all of De La Salle's vaunted defenses over the years -- of which there are many -- this one may have been its best. The Spartans surrendered just six touchdowns in their final 11 games, suffocating opponents behind linebackers Michael Barton and Michael Hutchings. Saturday's championship was a microcosm of the season: Coach Bob Ladouceur's crew held high-flying Westlake -- previously averaging 47.6 points per game -- scoreless in a 35-0 rout.
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Carmel (Carmel, Ind.)
After trailing 20-0 in the second quarter of its Nov. 14 playoff with Warren Central, Carmel mounted one of the more remarkable comebacks of the season. It rallied to cut the deficit to three, eventually topping the Warriors with 23 seconds remaining. The Greyhounds also beat Ben Davis, Center Grove and Penn en route to the Indiana Class 5A title, thanks in large part to a trio of D-I talents: Langston Newton, Shawn Heffern and Jimmy Herman are committed to Kentucky, Indiana and Purdue, respectively.
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A Florida state championship regular -- coach Robert Weiner and Co. have earned a title berth in each of the past four seasons -- Plant was overlooked entering its Class 8A title clash with Miramar. No longer. The Panthers knocked off the Patriots 31-20, sparked by key performances from quarterback James Few (pictured) and tailback Wesley Bullock. The latter was especially effective. The 5-6, 150-pound Bullock ran for 124 yards and a touchdown, his seventh consecutive 100-yard game.
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Page (Greensboro, N.C.)
Possibly the unlikeliest member of the Top 15, Page climbed into the national spotlight after ousting a pair of traditional Carolina powers, Butler and Mallard Creek. It wasn't a fluke. N.C. State-bound quarterback James Summers (pictured) tallied 622 rushing yards, 434 passing yards and 15 total touchdowns in five playoff games.
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Maryville (Maryville, Tenn.)
No stranger to in-state success, Maryville boasts a 104-4 record since coach George Quarles' arrival in 2004. This team was his best. ACC commits quarterback Patton Robinette (UNC) and center Jay Guillermo (Clemson) anchored a high-powered offense, and the defense surrendered just eight points per game. The Rebels won 14 of 15 contests by two touchdowns or more.
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