Prep Football: Titans receive top honor

February 22, 2012

Rockford Boylan Catholic head football coach Dan Appino accepts the Army National Guard national ranking trophy recognizing the Titans as one of the top 50 high school football teams in the country. (Photo by Matt Nestor)

By Matt Nestor
Prep Sports Reporter

The Boylan Titans spent two seasons establishing their football team as one of the top football teams in the state.

After two straight state championships, in two different classes, the Titans received their validation. If there were any doubts beyond that, they have now received national recognition for their efforts.

The Seventh Annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions has recognized the Boylan Titans with an Army National Guard national ranking trophy.

The Titans are one of only 50 schools in the entire country that will be presented with the trophy for their work in the previous football season. MaxPreps ranks more than 16,000 high school football teams to determine who gets the trophy.

MaxPreps.com, one of the top high school sports sites, uses a system called the Freeman Rankings to determine the top teams. Wins are the biggest factor in the system, taking into account not only the total wins, but giving more points for quality wins and margin of victory.

On behalf of MaxPreps, I would like to congratulate Coach (Dan) Appino and the Boylan Catholic High School football team,” President and Founder Andy Beal said. “Together, MaxPreps and the Army National Guard have built the most prestigious nationwide high school sports awards program in America today.”

Seniors led the way for the Titans this past season, with Lamont Toney, Tyreis Thomas and Dean Lowry all setting records as the Titans repeated as state champions.

MaxPreps is a resource we have used for a number of years,” Appino said. “For us to be nationally honored by them and the Army National Guard is a blessing. It is a great recognition for our players and coaches.”

From the Feb. 22-28, 2012, issue

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