Booker T. Washington Senior High Celebrates Top MaxPreps National Football Ranking

"All year around we work hard," quarterback Treon Harris said of the team, which won all 14 games it played this past season

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    The Booker T. Washington Senior High School football team celebrated a major victory Friday, as it was honored for finishing number one in the MaxPreps national football rankings. NBC 6's Laura Rodriguez has the story.

    The Booker T. Washington Senior High School football team celebrated a major victory Friday, as it was honored for finishing number one in the MaxPreps national football rankings.

    "All year around we work hard," quarterback Treon Harris said.

    The team also won the Florida 4A state championship for a second consecutive year. The Tornadoes recorded a perfect 14-0 record in 2013.

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    The Central High School Rockets take on the Booker T. Washington Senior High School Tornadoes Friday night. Rival coaches Roland Smith and Tim "Ice" Harris spoke about the big matchup.

    "We feel real proud about this moment, this one moment that we discussed about, we talked about, we rehearsed it over and over," head coach Tim Harris said.

    MaxPreps.com evaluates high school teams across the country and the website's national football editor believes the undefeated team from Overtown deserved the number one spot for several reasons.

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    Coach Tim Harris and his Tornadoes team celebrated their 2012 championship in a parade through the streets of Overtown Thursday. The coach, Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho and players Matthew Thomas and Denver Kirkland spoke about what it means.

    "We look at strength of schedule, we look at how teams do against the quality of opponents that they play and Booker T. Washington did exceptionally well," said Stephen Spiewak of MaxPreps.

    Coach Harris said the trophy the school received Friday means more than an award. Among other things, it's a symbol of pride for the community.

    "We talk to them about being role models, and being able to set the tone for all the young kids that's falling behind them," he said.

    Many of the players have already signed with college teams. Some still haven't made their decisions.

    "It's very sad that we gotta separate, but we'll all be at the top one day," Treon Harris said.