Indianapolis, IN – The Miami Dolphins, represented by Booker T. Washington High School, defeated the Lions, 20-17, to win the 2012 7-on-7 High School National Football Tournament. Booker T. Washington becomes the fourth consecutive team to represent the Miami Dolphins and win the National Tournament.
“It was an awesome run by Booker T.,” said Twan Russell, Director of Youth and Community Programs. The road to the championship had many amazing teams and a lot of close games. Booker T. went undefeated by winning all 12 games over the best talent in the United States. Booker T. showed character and continued to battle through each game. Congratulations to Coach (Tim) Harris and Booker T. Washington on winning the 2012 7-on-7 High School National Tournament. All of us from the Miami Dolphins and South Florida are very proud of you.”
Booker T. Washington went undefeated (12-0) throughout the tournament. Booker T. averaged 42.8 points per game (ppg) while holding the opposition to 20.5ppg, outscoring their opponents 514-246.
After going undefeated in the first day of the tournament (5-0), Booker T. faced Washington and Dallas in Round Robin Play.
The Dolphins (Booker T.) defeated Washington, 56-14. The first three plays by the Dolphins equaled two touchdowns. After six interceptions and eight touchdowns the game was out of reach.
The Dolphins knocked off Dallas, 52-38, to earn the top seed in the AFC Playoffs. The game came down to the wire as Dallas gave the Dolphins the biggest test of the weekend. Three interceptions helped the Dolphins defeat Dallas.
The Dolphins began the AFC Playoffs against divisional rival, the New York Jets. The Dolphins dominated from the opening drive by scoring seven points and never looked back. The Dolphins defeated New York, 48-14.
In the quarterfinals, the Dolphins would face another divisional rival, the New England Patriots. The Dolphins tied the game with 18 seconds left before halftime, tying the game at 28-28. The Dolphins intercepted the ball with 10 seconds left on the clock to hold on to the win, 31-28.
In the semi-finals, the Dolphins faced the Houston Texans. The Dolphins and Texans were very evenly matched and both teams competed to the end. The Dolphins was victorious ending the game with a touchdown that secured a victory, 31-24.
The Dolphins next challenge was against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Dolphins and Bengals collided in the AFC Championship game; however, the Dolphins separated themselves from the Bengals and won by the score, 44-14.
For the 2012 7-on-7 National Championship, the Dolphins would face the Detroit Lions. The Dolphins scored on the opening play and put the Lions on their heels. The Lions would rally back on a seven-play drive and score a touchdown. Afterwards, the Dolphins scored 10 unanswered points to take a 17-7 lead. The Lions continued to battle back, but the Dolphins defense held off the Lions late charge by intercepting a pass to seal the game. Booker T. helped the Dolphins become the first ever four-time champion of the NFL’s HSPD National Tournament.
The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ mission is to emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness, and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through our Junior Training Camps (JTC), Youth Football Clinics, and Youth Football Camps.
Article courtesy of the Miami Dolphins Media Relations.