Video: Most dominant high school football programs
Here are the most dominant programs of the last decade, read below for a look at the most dominant teams of the past.
High school football teams from Ohio, Illinois, Florida, Texas and California all made claim to "Team of the Decade" in MaxPreps' list of the greatest teams from each decade in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Though football has changed since the days of jump passes and leather helmets, the one thing that hasn't is that certain programs and coaches develop a formula for success that leads to greatness.
The following is a look at each of the programs that earned the moniker "Team of the Decade."
The Maroons hold the slight edge over Fostoria (Ohio) for the team of the first decade of the 20th century. Moline has an unofficial national championship in 1900 when it went 9-0 in its second year of existence. Moline also won a pair of mythical Illinois state titles in 1904, when it went 9-0, and 1907, when it went 8-1. The 1904 team outscored opponents 304-0 while the 1907 team outscored opponents 262-19. Included in that total is a 73-0 win over Chicago Englewood, which laid claim to national championships in 1908 and 1909. Moline also went 10-0 in 1906 and had a 172-0 win over Galva in 1902 in which Henry Kelting kicked a national record 27 extra points that still stands today. Moline went 66-13-6 in the decade (Fostoria went 69-15-8), outscored opponents 1,671 to 309 and gave up just 60 points from 1904 to 1908.1910s
Oak Park-River Forest (Oak Park, Ill.)
No real mystery here. Oak Park posted four mythical national championships during the decade and had the most wins of any team in the nation during the decade with 93. The team won four national championship games, including wins over powerhouses Everett (Mass.) 32-14 in 1912 and Toledo Scott (Ohio) 32-7 in 1913. The teams from 1912 and 1913 each averaged over 50 points per game.1920s
The Tigers edge the Pine Bluff (Ark.) Zebras for the team of the 1920s, but not by much. Waco won four Texas state championship (and were undefeated, unscored upon in 1921, the season prior to the state playoffs) while Pine Bluff won five state titles. Waco outscored opponents 4,371 to 249 in 10 seasons (37.1 points scored to 2.1 scored against) while Pine Bluff outscored opponents 3,491 to 401 (30.1-3.5). Waco had the best record in the nation for the 1920s at 107-7-3 while Pine Bluff was 100-12-4. They each won a national championship — Waco in 1927 and Pine Bluff in 1925. Waco gets the edge for the higher win total and the higher scoring average.1930s
Washington (Massillon, Ohio)
Paul Brown coached the Tigers eight of the 10 seasons during the 1930s, winning five straight state championships between 1935 and 1939 and three mythical national champions in 1935, 1936 and 1939. The Tigers went 78-17-5 and also had four 10-0 seasons during the decade. They also outscored opponents 2,914 to 537.1940s
A challenger to Washington (Massillon, Ohio) for team of the 1930s, Miami Senior gets the nod for the 1940s. The Stingarees posted three straight undefeated seasons in the early 1940s, going 10-0 in 1941 and 9-0 in 1942 and 1943. Miami was the mythical national champion in 1942 and 1943. Miami posted a record of 78-13-2 during the decade and had five seasons with nine or more wins.1950s
Washington (Massillon, Ohio)
The Tigers have to be the choice in the 50s as well, thanks to six state championships and four mythical national championships. Chuck Mather led Washington to national titles in 1950, 1952 and 1953. Leo Strang guided the Tigers to a national crown in 1959. Washington was 82-7-2 in the decade with four 10-0 seasons. The Tigers outscored opponents 3,228 to 656.1960s
Coral Gables (Fla.)
The Cavaliers edge Valdosta (Ga.) for the title in the 1960s. Nick Kotys coached Coral Gables the entire decade, posting a record of 92-13-4. Coral Gables won state championships in 1963, 1964, 1967 and 1968 while winning national championships in 1964, 1967, 1968 and 1969. Coral Gables was 13-0 in 1967, 12-0 in 1964 and 11-0 in 1969.1970s
Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati)
The Crusaders had a great record the first half of the 1970s, but fell short of a title five straight years. The final five years of the decade, however, were spectacular. Under coach Gerry Faust, Moeller won state titles in 1975, 1976, 1977 with three straight 12-0 seasons. After going 9-1 in 1978, the Crusaders finished the decade with another 12-0 record and a state title. Archbishop Moeller also earned national championships in 1976, 1977 and 1979. For the decade, the Crusaders were 103-7.1980s
The high school football program with the most all-time wins had, perhaps, its greatest decade in the 1980s when it won national titles in 1984 and 1986 and claimed state crowns in 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1989. Under coach Nick Hyder, the Wildcats posted a record of 125-10 with three 15-0 seasons. The 125 wins is the best for any school in the 1980s. 1990s
St. Ignatius (Cleveland)
The Wildcats edge out De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), which had the decade's best record at 125-1, for several reasons. St. Ignatius played in a state playoff system while De La Salle did not. The Wildcats also were ranked in the final Top 25 rankings eight seasons during the 1990s, finishing No. 1 in the nation in 1993 and 1995. The Wildcats also won five straight state championships between 1991 and 1995 and again in 1999. St. Ignatius reached the semifinals every year during the 1990s and reached the finals seven times. The Wildcats also finished just four wins behind De La Salle's national best 125 wins during the decade with 121 (121-14).2000s
De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Hard to deny the Spartans in the 2000s. They extended their national record win streak to 151 victories during the decade and were ranked No. 1 in the nation in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003. The 2001 and 2003 teams rank among the top three high school football teams of all time, according to MaxPreps' list of the Top 50 greatest high school football teams of all-time. The Spartans also won a California state championship in 2007 and 2009 and posted a 121-10 record in the decade.