UIL Top 100 Teams
In celebration of 100 years of UIL Texas high school football, the UIL and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football have teamed up to honor the best, the brightest and the most unforgettable icons and legends in the sport’s illustrious history. With the help of some of the state’s foremost experts and historians, the UIL and DCTF will honor 100 of the most iconic teams in the state's illustrious history, presented by HEB.
Each week throughout the 2020 season, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football will announce 10 honorees on the list, an indelible honor to be known as one of the greatest in Texas high school football history. Fans will then have an opportunity to weigh in, voting for the team they think is the best of the best, to be named as a UIL 100 Fan’s Choice.
It all leads up to a celebration as big as Texas, celebrating the UIL’s 100 Teams — and the Fan’s Choice Top 10 — at the UIL Texas high school football state championship games at AT&T Stadium in Arlington this December.
UIL 100 YEARS, 100 TEAMS — WEEK 6
1971 San Antonio Lee
With a pass happy offense led by Tommy Kramer and an opportunistic defense, Lee rolled to the 4A state title with a 14-0-1 record. The Rebels trailed in all five of their playoff outings, including the 28-27 victory over Wichita Falls at Texas Stadium, yet time and time again they found a way in the fourth quarter to get the win.
1924 Dallas Oak Cliff
Oak Cliff HS, now known as Adamson High School earned the city of Dallas their first state title with a 31-0 win over the Waco Tigers led by legendary head coach Paul Tyson.
1976 San Antonio Churchill
The 1976 4A State Champions nabbed a perfect 15-0 record beating Temple 10-0 in the title game. This Churchill squad still holds the record for fewest points allowed during the playoffs by a team in the UIL’s largest classification.
1995 La Marque
The term “Black Out” used to describe a hard-hitting defensive unit originated with the 1995 Cougars who outscored their opponents 561-68 and posted nine shutouts on the way to a 16-0 record.
2008 Lake Travis
The 2008 Cavilers claimed the 4A DI State Championship Title by outscoring their opponents 748-256 averaging 49 points per game with their high-flying passing attack led by current quarterback Garrett Gilbert.
One of Texas high school football's first truly dominant squads, the Eagles — anchored by star running back Aultman Smith — brought home the state championship with a 12-0-1 record, which included wins over two small college teams.
Coach Harry Stiteler's Lions boasted one of the state's all-time most ferocious defenses, allowing just 58 points all season en route to a 12-1-1 record and a co-state championship shared with Highland Park after a 7-7 draw in the championship game.
Is this legendary coach Gordon Wood's best team? We say yes — the Lions were Wood's only undefeated state champions, pummeling opponents defensively by allowing just 43 points all year as they brought home another crown.
Fueled by an unstoppable running game led by Adam Taylor and Rodney Anderson, the Tigers mauled their way to the 5A Division II state championship — the program's seventh title — and averaging a ludicrous 51.8 points per game.
A legendary squad down in DeWitt County, the Gobblers — led by legendary running back Robert Strait — used back-to-back title game losses as motivation to finish the job, plowing past all comers to a 16-0 state championship season.
Honorees Named to the "UIL 100 Years, 100 Teams" List
Led by legendary head coach Chuck Curtis the Tigers stormed to the 1962 Class 4A state title with a 15-0 record culminating with a dominating 52-0 win over Rockdale in the title game. Jacksboro shut out four of their five playoff opponents with only Rockwall finding the end zone on the Tigers in the area round of the playoffs.
2003 Galena Park North Shore
The team that started the dynasty, North Shore led by head coach David Aymond, QB Bobby Reid and a lights out defense rolled to a 15-0 record and a state title win over The Woodlands 23-7. North Shore outscored opponents 702-89 and is considered one of Houston’s all-time great teams.
Lead by superstars Authur Whittington and Alois Blackwell the 1974 Gobblers squad capped off their second-straight perfect 15-0 season with a 19-7 state title winning victory over Gainesville to claim the 3A state title.
One of the first true Air Raid offensive attacks the state of Texas had ever seen soared to a perfect 16-0 record and a 32-17 4A state title over La Marque lead by the 1994 Texas High School Football Player of the Year and future 2008 Hall of Fame inductee, Brandon Steward.
1943 San Angelo
Jewell Wallace’s program was flat out dominant this season, outscoring opponents 418-94 on their way to a 14-0 record and a 26-13 win over Lufkin in the state championship game.
Charles Hudson’s program only allowed 26 points all season, half of which came in their state title win over Dallas Oak Cliff. Bryan finished the season 9-1-1.
1944 Port Arthur
One of the Golden Triangle's legendary squads, coach Tom Dennis' Yellow Jackets mauled opponents with a ferocious defense, soaring to a 13-1-1 record and the program's second state championship.
Put into a one-team district for the first and only time in UIL history, the Mustangs — a six-man squad — played seven games against 11-man teams, winning all of them, before dominating every opponent in the playoffs for a remarkable undefeated state championship season.
2005 Southlake Carroll
Perhaps coach Todd Dodge's finest team, quarterback Greg McElroy led the Dragons' high-flying attack and backed up a stingy defense as Carroll soared to another undefeated season, their second straight title and their third in four years.
2018 Galena Park North Shore
Coach Jon Kay's Mustangs mowed down opponents in the rough-and-tumble Houston area behind quarterback Dematrius Davis and running back Zach Evans, then capped the undefeated season with an iconic Hail Mary victory over Duncanville.
1973 Tyler John Tyler
After being picked to finish last in their district, lead behind coach Corky Nelson and superstar running back Earl Campbell the Lions roared their way to a 15-0 record and a 21-14 4A state championship over Austin Reagan.
1993 Converse Judson
The Rockets grabbed its second consecutive 5A DI State Champions defeating Plano 36-13 lead by two-time all-state running back Jerod Douglas who broke his own state title game rushing record with 245 yards and 4 rushing TDs.
In Jeff Cordell’s first season at the helm, the Leopards won their first state title outscoring opponents 601-130. Gainesville’s run was powered by a strong senior class and playmakers including Terrius Purvey’s 1,900 yards and future Texas Tech player and NFL veteran Darcel McBath.
2017 Texarkana Pleasant Grove
The team that introduced the state to the newest East Texas powerhouse. The Hawks’ Wing-T offense and speedy defense carried them to their only unbeaten record and kicked off what has been a modern run of excellence in 4A under head coach Josh Gibson.
1945 Highland Park
Head coach Curtis Esker’s team outscored opponents 468-52 en route to a 12-0-2 record; the Scots tied Waco High 7-7 in the state championship game.
1978 Houston Stratford
In a 15-0 season, the Spartans scored 532 points, which was second-best at the time in the history of Texas’ largest high school classification and held nine opponents to a touchdown or less. They ran the wishbone for more than 7,000 yards their running back set a 4A single-season rushing record.
2000 Midland Lee
The third of three straight state championship teams under head coach John Parchman, Midland Lee capped off a 13-2 season with a 33-21 win over Austin Westlake at DKR Memorial Stadium.
1960 Denver City
Don Orr’s squad posted a sensational 15-0 record and capped it off with the 4A state title knocking off Bellville 26-21. The Mustangs had pitched shutouts in their first four playoff games capping off their dominant season with a hard fought title victory.
The Tigers put the “three” in three-peat with this dominant season, running to just the second undefeated season in the program’s illustrious history and mowing down opponents thanks to an offensive line anchored by Willie Everett.
As their legendary coach W.T. Johnston battled for his life against a rare disease on the sideline, the Eagles scratched and clawed their way to a second straight state championship, riding a terrific running game led by Darwin Barlow to an emotional title.
One of the first integrated teams to win a state championship, the pass-catch duo of Jim Lindsey and Elmo Wright proved to be an all-time connection as the Bulldogs romped to the 2A state title.
Coach Scott Phillips’ crowning achievement, the Indians bruising defense powered Waxahachie to its first and only state championship, toppling defending champion A&M Consolidated in the title game.
The first of back-to-back state champions, coach Dale Keeling’s blasted opponents to the tune of 640 points for and 123 points against during a perfect run to the 3A Division I crown.
How do you pick among the Bulldogs’ seven title teams since 2008? The 2017 squad gets the nod on the power of sheer dominance, as running back Keaontay Ingram led an offense that averaged more than 46 points per game in a perfect season.
Few teams have embodied the toughness of the Permian Basin as Joe Coleman’s undersized ’46 Bronchos, who raced to a 14-0 state championship season on the strength of defense and quarterback Hayden Fry.
1972 Odessa Permian
The second championship team for the Panthers were one of the most fearsome offensive machines of the ‘70s as quarterback David Shipman, receiver Joe Bob Bizzell and running back Ricky Sutherland guided MOJO to the 4A crown.
1994 Tyler John Tyler
Though it’s known by most for its role in the wild playoff victory over Plano East, coach Allen Wilson’s Lions were much more than that, a dominant force on both sides that rolled to a 16-0 season and the third title in the Rose City’s history.
One of the true six-man powerhouses, the Panthers rolled to the regional title and started what would eventually become a national record 55-game winning streak.
1973 Big Sandy
The beginning of a three-peat for the Wildcats, coach Jim Norman’s squad boasted one of the all-time legendary high school football defenses as Lovie Smith led a unit that allowed just 21 points during their 14-0 season.
With a defense anchored by do-it-all safety Jason Bragg and one of the earliest forms of the wide-open spread offense, the Yellow Jackets brought home the elusive state championship for the first time.
1989 Fort Hancock
It's hard to choose just one of the legendary Fort Hancock squads that dominated the six-man ranks of the late 1980s and early 1990s — winning five titles, including four straight from 1988-91, and 70 consecutive games at one point — but the dominating 1989 squad fits the bill best.
1959 Corpus Christi Ray
Bill Stages’s program dominated competition to the tune of 447-72 during a perfect 14-0 season, bringing a state championship home to the Coastal Bend.
Ennis defended their 2000 state title in style rattling off an impressive 16-0 record to run their winning streak to 27 games. Despite the Lions spread offense triggered by Graham Harrell the son of head coach Sam Harrell, the Ennis defense shined all year allowing just 11.7 points per game, including a 21-0 shutout of Chad Morris’ Bay City Blackcats at the Astrodome in the state title game.
The Tigers, led by one of the great defenses in the spread offense era of TXHSFB dominated all-comers in a 16-0 season that will be fondly remembered by those who love defense. The Tigers pitched ten shutouts, allowed just 3.9 points per game and rolled to one of the most dominant state title wins in the 6A level you’ll ever see, obliterating Lake Travis 34-7 in front of a partisan crowd of 43,718 at NRG Stadium.
Known as “The Boys of ‘56,” the 1956 Bulldogs won their second straight state championship led by "Mr. Touchdown" Joseph Anzalone. This victory added the 35th straight win to Stamford’s legendary streak, and are still celebrated in the Big Country to this day.
1989 Odessa Permian
The 1988 Panthers may have the fame, but it was the 1989 Permian squad that stand among legends, surging to a 16-0 season and toppling Aldine 28-14 in their state-record ninth state championship appearance as running back Chris Comer brought MOJO Magic another title.
1932 Fort Worth Masonic Home
Head coach Rusty Russell took up the job at Masonic Home after serving in WWI. The Mighty Mites were often overmatched in terms of size but Russell’s unique trickeration and short passes helped level the playing the field eventually getting Masonic Home to the state title game against Corsicana where they tied 0-0 but lost on penetrations.
The gold standard for the Temple program, the 1979 team was led by the legendary Kenneth Davis. Bob McQueen’s Wildcats ran the table at 15-0, brought Temple its first state title, outscored opponents 480 to 89 and held opponents to six points or less 11 times.
The second of a back-to-back state championship run, the Jaybirds were the culmination of coach Phil Mitchell's vision to become six-man football's most dominant force as the legendary "J-Bird" offense ran roughshod to a perfect year and another crown.
1996 Austin Westlake
Triggered by quarterback Drew Brees, the Chaps' pass-happy offense overwhelmed opponents while the defense stood tall en route to a 16-0 mark and the first Austin-area state championship in the largest UIL classification.
1938 Corpus Christi (Miller)
The legends of the Coastal Bend, Harry Stiteler’s group outscored opponents 466-85 on their way to the school’s first-ever state championship and a 13-0-1 record.
Led by head coach Tom Kimbrough, the Wildcats soared to a state championship in the late '80s, running the table at 16-0 by outscoring opponents 452-213.
The most legendary team during the Bobcats' 68-game winning streak, legendary coach G.A. Moore and his senior quarterback Adam Herrin lead the Bobcats to win their third straight state championship, etching their name into Texas high school football lore.
Under the direction of coach Chris Koetting, the Wildcats blazed their way through 2A Division I with their relentless "Air Canada" offense triggered by quarterback Tanner Schaefer, capturing a perfect 16-0 mark and a 2A Division I state championship.
Captained by Hall of Fame guard Chal Daniel and coached by the late great Pete Shotwell, the Lobos’ 14-0 team from 1937 was Longview’s gold standard for 81 years until 2018. Shotwell’s team outscored opponents 382 to 81.
1975 Big Sandy
Perhaps the most dominatn team in Texas high school football history, Jim Noran’s 14-0 squad was the completion of the Wildcats’ three-peat in the 70s. The closest anyone came to beating this team was Groom in the state championship, 28-2. The Wildcat offense averaged an impressive 58.9 points per game, outscoring opponents 824 to 15 on the year.
Led by East Texas legend Rodney Thomas, the Indians won the first of back to back 2A state titles in 1989 with a 16-0 record capped off with a dominant playoff run where through the first five rounds their average margin of victory was 41 points. The Indians were pushed in the title game by powerful Lorena, but Groveton managed to pull out a hard fought 20-13 win as Thomas ran for 221 yards and a touchdown in the title game.
The Bulldogs brought home their only state title in school history with an unbeaten run of 14-0, capped off with a 20-7 win over Sweetwater in front of 7,500 fans in Nederland. Nederland’s defense was the story all year, allowing a paltry 3.86 points per game.
Headlined by all-everything running back Damien Jackson, the Trojans trounced their way through the six-man football ranks, finishing off a perfect 15-0 state championship season by beating 12 of their opponents by the 45-point mercy rule.
2016 West Orange-Stark
Boasting perhaps the fiercest defense of the last decade in Texas high school football, coach Cornel Thompson's Mustangs crushed opponents on a weekly basis, allowing just 69 points all season in a 16-0 run to the 4A Division II state championship.