MaxPreps is celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer. In recognition
of a decade as America's source for high school sports, we will look
back at the top teams, athletes, games and moments of the MaxPreps era
over the next month.
There have been many memorable teams and seasons during MaxPreps' 10-year run. While it's nearly impossible to definitively claim which team had the best season over the last 10 years, here's an attempt to identify the 10 best squads from 2002-2011.Top 10 football teams of the MaxPreps era10. 2009 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
The 2009 national champions relied on a dynamic offense and a punishing defense to overwhelm a schedule that featured two prominent out-of-state games.
The Ironmen kicked off their season with a bang, demolishing California powerhouse De La Salle, 30-6. The next week, Don Bosco Prep traveled to Alabama and notched an 11-point victory over defending Class 6A champion Prattville.
Quarterback Gary Nova
drove the offense, while senior running back Tony Jones
had a huge year on the ground, rushing for 34 touchdowns.
As is typical of Greg Toal-coached squads, the defense was the backbone of the team. James Kittredge
, Steele Divito
, Bryan Murphy
and a young Darius Hamilton
made the front seven extremely difficult to run on. The secondary finished with 16 interceptions.