Name The All-Time DMV Football Champion

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Name the All-Time DMV Football Champion
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WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) -- High school football fans -- we're on a mission to name the All-Time Championship Football Team in DMV history!

We've scoured the record books, talked to local coaches and narrowed down our list of the top 16 championship teams in the area.

Read up on the teams below and get ready to vote! We'll be setting the brackets on Monday. 

Each week, your votes determine which teams advance to the next rounds and which team will ultimately be named the DMV's All-Time Football Champion.

Virginia:

-Centreville 2000: Under head coach Mike Skinner, the Wildcats hung on to defeat Deep Creek 28-26, and win their first state title. They finished the season 12-2. Two players from that team went on to play in the NFL: corner back Marcus Hamilton played for the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and center Will Montgomery played for the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets and is currently a member of the Washington Redskins.

-Westfield 2007: Westfield defeated Woodbridge 42-14, completing a 15-0 overall record, which was reported by the Washington Post to be the first 15-0 record in Virginia state football history. This team did not boast highly touted recruits, but it was known for the bond between team members. Six touchdowns were scored by six different Westfield players in the 2007 title game.

-Broad Run 2009: This was Broad Run's second consecutive undefeated season. The Spartans defeated Amherst County, 21-16. It was also the second year in a row that Broad Run topped Amherst, the previous back-to-back defending state champions.

-Briar Woods 2011: Briar Woods defeated Christiansburg 28-26 to win its second consecutive Virginia AA Division 4 title and finish the season 14-1. With three minutes and 42 seconds on the clock, the Falcons held off a Christiansburg come-back. Briar Woods went on to win the 2012 state title, its third in a row.

Maryland:

-Seneca Valley 1997:  In the '97 game against Suitland, the undefeated Screamin' Eagles beat the Rams 7-0 off of a pick-six. There were no offensive scores that game. "We were over-matched in every category, but pulled off the win," said head coach Fred Kim. This Seneca Valley team beat two-time defending state champion, Sherwood, during the regular season. The Eagles went on to win the championship in 1998 and 1999. To date, Seneca Valley has won 12 state titles in football.

-Urbana 2001: Urbana hung on to defeat Patuxent 7-6 for a Maryland 3A state title. The victory marked the football program's 50th consecutive win and fourth straight state title. The Hawks were champions in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.

-Suitland 2006: The Rams lost their first game of the season -- it fueled them to a state title and a 13-1 overall record. Suitland was down 21-0 and came back to beat Sherwood 39-38, with a four-yard run in overtime and an extra point. The team was led by beloved head coach Nick Lynch, who died in a car accident on December 31, 2008.

-Quince Orchard 2007: The Cougars were down 16 points in the fourth quarter, during which they scored 29 points to win, 36-30 and complete a 14-0 season. It was the second state title in the school's history.

DC:

-H.D. Woodson 1993: H.D. Woodson defeated Anacostia 14-12 in overtime to claim the school's first DCIAA title since 1987. Under the leadership of Woodson head coach Bob Headen, the Warriors won the last eight games of the regular season and finished 9-3 overall. Woodson defeated Anacostia 6-0 in 1994 for a second consecutive title.

-Cardozo 1996: Cardozo topped Anacostia, 36-32. This was the Clerks' first DCIAA title game appearance since 1988 and first DCIAA championship victory since 1968. Cardozo finished the season 8-3. The game featured Anacostia's current head coach, Cato June, who went on to play for the Colts in Super Bowl XLI. He returned to coach his alma mater in 2012. 

-Dunbar 2005: Former Dunbar Coach Craig Jefferies remembers this as one of his favorite games. The Crimson Tide was down by one at the half and came back to defeat Coolidge 43-14. Jefferies' players were motivated in the 2005 Turkey Bowl by a 27-26 regular season loss to Coolidge in October -- a defeat that Jefferies said ended the Crimson Tide's 68-0 record against DCIAA opponents. The 2005 title game featured Arrelious Benn, who went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles and Vontae Davis, who played for the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts.

-Ballou 2006: This was a thrilling DCIAA title game in which Ballou squeaked past Dunbar for the 34-33 win. The Knights finished the season 9-3 overall for their first DCIAA title. Ballou had fallen to Dunbar in the playoffs five years in a row before the 2006 championship win. The match-up featured Ballou's Marvin Austin, who went on to play defensive tackle for the NY Giants and Dunbar's Arrelious Benn, who went on to play wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles.


Private Schools
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-Archbishop Carroll 1987: The Lions defeated DeMatha 9-3 under head coach Maurice "Maus" Collins. His team finished the season 10-1 and the victory marked the school's third Metro Conference title in five years. This would also be Collins' final season at Carroll. He coached at the school for 29 years and boasted 237 victories. Collins died in 2007. The Washington Post reported that when he retired in 2000, he was the ninth-winningest football coach in the country with a career record of 322-74-9.

-St. John's 1989: St. John's defeated DeMatha 29-13 to finish the season 10-1. The Cadets were a dominant force in the Washington Metro Athletic Conference, which was eventually reorganized into the WCAC. 1989 is the most recent championship-winning football team in the school's history.

-DeMatha 1998: A personal favorite of former head coach Bill McGregor's. DeMatha was undefeated this season. The team blanked Paul VI, 62-0, in the semis and went on to defeat Gonzaga, 49-13, in the WCAC Championship. Sixteen players from that year went on to play college ball, including Maryland's Jamar Perrin.

-Good Counsel 2009: Behind head coach Bob Milloy, who holds the Maryland state record for most championship victories at eight wins, the Falcons (11-1) ended DeMatha's reign in the WCAC with a 14-7 victory. Prior to the 2009 win, Good Counsel had lost five consecutive championships to DeMatha. Since the 2009 season, the Falcons have won four straight WCAC titles.

*Special thanks to GameDayMagazine's Andy Hayes, MocoFootball.com's Mike Cornejo, Anacostia's Cato June, Good Counsel's Bob Milloy, Suitland's Ed Shields, Gilman's Bill McGregor & Oxon Hill's Craig Jefferies for all your insights, memories and dedication to high school football in the DMV.

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