It's over. Officially.
After a frantic final weekend of playoff football action, the entire slate of high school state championships has been handed out. In the end, a team from Kentucky which finished playing football weeks ago was deemed the nation's most impressive in the final RivalsHigh 100 rankings, though other squads made late pushes, including a pair of Texas champions. Here's how the biggest of the weekend's state title games shook out:
• No. 4 Austin (Texas) Lake Travis 22, Waco (Texas) Midway 7: It's pretty stinking hard to win a state title in Texas, the nation's most storied state of prep football. It's even harder to win two in a row. Five in a row? That can seem downright impossible, yet it happened on Saturday, when Central Texas power Lake Travis rolled to a win against Waco Midway in Cowboys Stadium. If there was any question that Lake Travis knew just how big an accomplishment that was, just check out the reactions in the video below.
• No. 60 Tampa (Fla.) Plant 31, No. 5 Miramar (Fla.) 20: Plant entered this game as an underdog but emerged from it as one of the most impressive second half of the season squads in the country. The Tampa school rolled to an early 17 point victory and then backed that up with an effective defensive performance in every facet, holding off a team that entered with distant national title aspirations.
• No. 8 Seffner (Fla.) Armwood 40, No. 9 Miami (Fla.) Central 31: This may have been the weekend's best title game, with Armwood holding off a furious Central rally, but it also may be the most conflicted. With rumors of potential rules violations involving both squads, it's possible that both teams might have to vacate their appearances in the title game, which would send one of Florida's most prestigious titles to ... no one.
• No. 42 Spring (Texas) Dekaney 34, No. 10 Cibolo (Texas) Steele 14: In recent weeks, everyone in Texas has been talking about Aledo (Texas) superstar running back Jonathan Gray and the player who surprisingly beat him to a new single season points scored record, Devine (Texas) star Joseph Sadler. Yet, an argument can be made that neither one of those backs is the state's best, with Dekaney stud Trey Williams proving on Saturday that he could take the pressure and bruising that comes with carrying a major offense on the state's largest stage. Williams ran for 203 yards and three touchdowns -- pushing his season totals to 3,890 yards and 48 touchdowns -- en route to a dominant performance from Dekaney at the expense of a program which looked poised to finish in the national top-10.
• No. 18 Concord (Calif.) De La Salle 35, No. 20 Westlake (Calif.) 0: There are dominant performances, and then there are the kind of games turned in by the likes of De La Salle on Saturday. Long one of the nation's best programs, the Concord powerhouse shutout fellow dominant squad Westlake, rolling up five touchdowns and shutting down Westlake's powerful running game en route to the single most noteworthy performance of the weekend in the CIF Open Bowl.
• No. 32 Philadelphia (Penn.) Archbishop Wood 52, Harrisburg (Penn.) Bishop McDevitt 0: If De La Salle was Exhibit A in how to close out a season in dominant fashion, Bishop McDevitt was Exhibit B. In a game which was expected to go down to the wire, Wood jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, thoroughly routing the class of central Pennsylvania in the process.
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