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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.

By Josh Barr and Alan Goldenbach  |  December 9, 2009; 2:07 AM ET
Categories:  Decade's Best , Football  
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This post does not belong in this area but it's one of the few Football related articles I can post on...I think it's disgraceful that Linganore was not ranked by the Washington Post this year. They should be ranked either number 1 or at the very least number 2.....They're ranked number 21 in the nation in USA Today's top 25, being 2 spots behind Good Counsel. Good Counsel was in a higher division but they did loose this year. Both Urbana and Linganore where ranked last year. But due to "economic reasons", only Urbana was ranked this year and they're only a few miles from Linganore. Linganore had the toughest road to the Championship this year. They've beaten 3 of the post's top 20 teams. Well, demolished them would be more accurate. They played Huntingtown in the championship when Huntingtown was ranked 4th!!!....And in an article leading up to the game the Washington Post recognized Linganore as being "HEAVY FAVORITES"! How can a team be a heavy favorite and NOT BE RANKED?!!??! C'mon people, let the Washington Post know that they cannot insult our intelligence purely because they refused to spend the few hundred extra bucks a year to cover Linganore.

Posted by: jacob21703 | December 9, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I find the rankings hard to believe. I pesonally have seen about 75% of these teams, and I have to say that by far the best team is the 2006 Friendly Team. I ranked them #1 followed by Potomac, MD and Gwynn Park. The potomac team was a dominant one they beat this friendly team with a sophomore Joe Haden at Quarterback in two very competetive games that season. And the Gwynn Park team was great. Although they beat Friendly by four points in a very controversal game. The 2006 Friendly Team was the best of the bunch though. This should have been the second title for Friendly in a row. They were robbed the prior year by Lackey in the playoffs in which they scored two consecutive touchdowns that were not called as such. Joe Haden breaks the plain with the football gets up to celebate and the refs say its a fumble, come on. The this team had talent galore. the 2007 team would have won another state title but had to forfeit games because of an alleged illegal player. Which was untrue. And just last year Westlake wins the state title with at least 4 players (that I personally know of one being Gerald Bledsoe) from what should have been a Friendly Dynasty. Coach George Earley is gone and with him so is Friendly Football. I recently went to a game and was disgusted at the lack of coaching in his abscence. Westlake is benefitting from it though. They had illegal players (from Friendly High School, Navon Hobby for example) and were allowed to participate in the playoffs. I thought you couldnt live in P.G. and go to a Charles County PUBLIC School. I guess I was wrong.

Posted by: dinkydeuce | December 10, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

If this is to include single season performances, then I'd include 2004 Suitland HS, featuring current PSU All-American LB, Navorro Bowman.

Note that they won the stacked 4A South (including Derrick Williams at Roose), beat Broadneck and Damascus along the way, and they may have likely repeated in 2005 if Navorro Bowman wasn't injured. Damascus won in 2003 and 2005.

Suitland won again in 2006 setting the record for greatest comeback in a miracle finish against a stacked Sherwood team featuring Deante Twyman (sp), and coaches with (I believe) 12 State titles combined.

Posted by: CoachOrr | December 11, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: ntlekt | December 12, 2009 2:02 AM | Report abuse

You cannot be serious. This is my second posted comment. I agree at least one of those Suitland tems should be on the list. But what about the undefeated 2003 Parkdale team which defeated the Washington Posts beloved Damascus team handley in the state semi's. You have several teams that dont belong on this list. you cannot put a team that has a loss on the list over teams that are undefeated. Robinson 2001, Hylton 2002, and Georgetown Prep has to go as well (WHO DO THEY PLAY THAT IS ANY GOOD?) I still say no team on this list can beat 2006 Friendly.

Posted by: dinkydeuce | December 12, 2009 2:35 AM | Report abuse

the 2003 or 2009 Linganore team could be on this list! This years Linganore team has two players going to the big ten, one going to JMU, and several others going to play college ball. They shut out Quince orchard on the road, the first time that QO has been shut out in six years!

Posted by: jjfooty | December 15, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: nivla | December 15, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't get how you can leave off at least 1 of those Suitland teams. The 04 Suitland team beat Defending 4A Champion Damascus in the State Title Game and went down to Broadneck in the Semi-Finals and just dominated them. The 06 team just found ways to win including beating a undefeated Flowers team at Flowers to get out of the region. Nick Lynch got the most of those teams. They have to be considered.

Posted by: tb0816 | December 15, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

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