MIAMI (CBS4) – “We are the Champions!”

The announcement was made loud at clear at Booker T. Washington High School Monday morning.

When Principal William Aristide mention during the morning announcement that the school’s football team was both state and national champs, the student body cheered.

“This is great for our school culture overall, for our student body, our kids are excited, our parents are excited, our teachers. It’s just a wonderful, wonderful opportunity our kids representing our community,” said Aristide.

On Saturday night in Orlando the Booker T. Washington Tornadoes took on the Jacksonville Bolles and won their 26th consecutive game. The win wrapped up their second undefeated season, a huge victory in the school’s history.

“This was just a stepping stone; it solidifies the team as the number one team in the country. We put a lot of hard work and we deserve this,” said head coach Tim “Ice” Harris.

Two days after the triumphant win the champions were back at school.

“It feels unbelievable. It is great knowing we won the national championship for Booker T. Washington,” said running back Mark Walton.

The 2013 championship trophy was placed front and center in the school for all of the student body to see. That’s where the players said it belongs.

“It feels wonderful to know we brought this national championship back to our school. Knowing we did it for our community and all the people supporting us the whole year,” said linebacker Terry Jefferson.

Now that there are back in class the principal wanted to stress all their players are student athletes and now it is time to focus on academics and get their seniors off to college, hopefully with scholarships. A parade is in the planning stages for the national champions and expected to take place sometime before the holidays.


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