Super 25 Battle of Champions pits top high school football teams of past few years

Super 25 Battle of Champions pits top high school football teams of past few years

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Super 25 Battle of Champions pits top high school football teams of past few years

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Sep 20, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) carries the ball in the second half against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 24-19. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-224494 ORIG FILE ID: 20150920_lbm_db4_319.JPG

Bengals RB Giovani Bernard played his high school football at St. Thomas Aquinas back in 2008. (Aaron Doster, USA TODAY Sports)

What was the best high school football team of the past few years? Without a time machine and the ability to match teams from different seasons on the field, that’s impossible to determine, but that won’t stop us from trying.

For the next week or so, USA TODAY High School Sports is holding the Super 25 Football Battle of Champions tournament.

The top four teams in the final Super 25 rankings for the last eight years are in contention to create the field of 32. The teams were seeded based on Ken Massey’s computer power rankings and the simulation was played multiple times to determine the results. Winners advance until the ultimate champion is crowned.

Starting tomorrow, we’ll show you the matchups and scores from each day’s events, based on the computer simulation. We’re not expecting any injuries, but there may be some smack talk.

Here are the teams that we’re using in the simulation, along with their final Super 25 ranking from that season:

2008

  1. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale (15-0)
  2. Centennial, Corona, Calif. (15-0)
  3. Allen, Texas (15-1)
  4. Lake Travis, Texas (16-0)

2009

  1. Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. (12-0)
  2.  Abilene, Texas (15-0)
  3. Highlands, Fort Thomas, Ky. (15-0)
  4. West Monroe, La. (15-0)

2010

  1. South Panola, Batesville, Miss. (15-0)
  2. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (14-0)
  3. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale (15-0)
  4. Bingham, South Jordan, Utah (13-0)

2011

  1. Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. (11-0)
  2. Trinity, Louisville (14-0)
  3. Armwood, Sefner, Fla. (15-0)
  4. Grayson, Loganville, Ga (15-0)

2012

  1. John Curtis, River Ridge, La. (14-0)
  2. Bellevue, Wash. (14-0)
  3. Katy, Texas (15-0)
  4. Butler, Matthews, N.C. (15-0)

2013

  1.  Booker T. Washington, Miami (14-0)
  2. Allen, Texas (16-0)
  3. Miami Central, Miami (15-1)
  4. St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (16-0)

2014

  1. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas (15-0)
  2. Booker T. Washington, Miami (15-0)
  3. De La Salle, Concord, Calif (14-0)
  4. Allen, Texas (16-0)

2015

  1. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas (15-0)
  2. Colquitt County, Moultrie, Ga. (15-0)
  3. De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (13-1)
  4. IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla. (9-0)

And here is how the bracket looks:

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