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Head coach J.T. Curtis joked that finding space shouldn't be
"I guess we will have to squeeze it in there," he said. "We will find a place for it right in the middle of all the others and proudly display it."
The team that took the field this year was one of the most talented in the nation. It could have as many as 17 players sign college scholarships -- six seniors are committed to FBS-level programs, two have offers, six players in the Class of 2014 have offers and one from the Class of 2015 does as well.
Badie carried 69 times for 814 yards and 18 touchdowns, while Horton was responsible for 743 yards on 71 carries.
Curtis said the combination was difficult for opponents to stop.
"Badie is explosive and physical," Curtis said. "At 208 pounds, he's running a 4.35 at college camps and, combined with his vision, it was impressive. And Tevin is a similar type of back. There was no break for the defenses."
The defense for the Patriots recorded seven shutouts and did not allow an opponent to score more than one touchdown. The team recorded 27 takeaways during its 14-game season.
According to Curtis, the run to the program's first national title was as special as he imagined.
"It really is something that you don't think about, but it has some kind of magical feeling to it," Curtis said. "To win the highest award you can achieve as a high school team is special. It is humbling to have it happen and have your name mentioned in the same class as other really great teams nationally.
"I am proud of this team and honored to be given this title."
With that a look at the rankings:
* - indicates forfeit of games
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