Top football teams of the decade
Quince Orchard in 2007 ... Hylton in 2002 ... DeMatha in 2003. Which team was the best of the decade? Rank them on the jump -- and if you feel especially passionate about one team, state your case in the comments or email us. We'll publish the best reader takes on the blog as long as you include your full name and city and state in the comment/email.
Here's the list. Below, we included a few details on the teams to jog your memory.
Urbana 2001 – Led by wide receiver Billy Gaines and sophomore linebacker Eric Lenz, the Hawks ended the season with a 7-6 victory over Patuxent in the Maryland 3A final, their fourth consecutive state title, and state-record 50 th straight victory. Only one Virginia team (Hampton) has won four straight titles, and the Virginia record for consecutive victories is Hampton’s 40.
Robinson 2001 – Led by 2,000-yard rusher Mike Imoh, the Rams topped a nationally-ranked Deep Creek team in the Virginia AAA Division 6 semifinals. Adam Fassnacht and Chase Anastasio also played key roles for the 12-1 state champs.
Georgetown Prep 2002 – Led by RB Marcus Mason and WR Rice Moss, the Little Hoyas went 9-0, their third consecutive undefeated season.
Hylton 2002 – Led by DB Deon Butler (a third-round pick by the Seahawks last April), the Bulldogs went 13-1, won the AAA Division 6 title and allowed just 4.0 points per game.
DeMatha 2003 – It was just the start of the Stags’ run in which they won six straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles, but it was their most dominant showing. With an offensive line that featured Edwin Williams, only one opponent played DeMatha closer than 17 points, and the Stags outscored their opponents, 405-54, and won the WCAC title with a 23-3 victory over Gonzaga.
Westfield 2003 – Led by QB Sean Glennon, WR Eddie Royal and sophomore RB Evan Royster, the Bulldogs went 14-0 en route to the Virginia AAA Division 6 title. Westfield won three straight games against previously undefeated foes in the region final and state semi and final to claim the title.
Potomac (Md.) 2004 – The Wolverines won the first of their consecutive Maryland 2A titles by completing a 14-0 season, outscoring their opponents, 482-39.
Damascus 2005 – No area public school can match the Hornets’ three state titles this decade. This was the second of the three, the only one of which came after an undefeated season.
Gwynn Park 2005 – Talk about talent coming to fruition. With six Division I players, the Yellow Jackets not only went 14-0 to claim the Maryland 3A title, but also beat several strong teams, including Friendly, Suitland, Westlake, Lackey, River Hill, as well as Potomac, which went on to win its second straight Maryland 2A crown.
Friendly 2006 – Led by QB Joe Haden and WRs Lamaar Thomas and Vincent Hill, the Patriots danced their way to a 14-0 season and the Maryland 3A title, winning all of their games by at least 19 points.
Quince Orchard 2007 – With three future major-college linemen, not only did the Cougars finish undefeated and win the Maryland 4A title, they did so by completing a stunning fourth-quarter comeback against previously-undefeated Arundel in the state final.
River Hill 2008 – Before River Hill won the 2007 Maryland 2A title, Howard County had not won a championship since 1998. This team had the core – led by RB-DB Michael Campanaro and RB-LB Zach Martin -- that led the Hawks to 40 straight victories and its second straight Maryland 2A title.
Josh Barr and Alan Goldenbach
December 9, 2009; 2:07 AM ET
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