Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary linebacker Dante Booker and his teammates won a coveted second consecutive state championship on Thursday night. The four-star linebacker spearheaded a defensive attack that secured a defensive shutout against Trotwood-Madison.
The Irish went through the regular season and postseason unscathed and Booker played a major role in the effort.
"Not too many people get an opportunity to win a state championship so I'm pretty blessed to have won two," said Booker. "It's an unbelievable feeling. I can't explain it. We didn't talk about the satiate title all year until the week of. It doesn't get any better than this."
Booker went in-depth on the defense's key performance in preserving the shutout.
"That's what we do," he stated. "We play defense at St. Vincent-St. Mary. We heard throughout the season how many points we'd give up to the top offenses in the playoffs. We decided that wasn't going to happen and we set out to prove it."
"They (Trotwood-Madison) were a good team and it's saying something for us to shut them out," he continued. "We're a good team and we like to focus on ourselves more than the competition."
The two-time state champion linebacker and Ohio State commit discussed how he and his teammates dealt with the pressure of meeting expectations this season.
"There wasn't any pressure for us because of the hard work and dedication we have to the game," Booker explained. "We work hard so the pressure goes away and we expect to go out and do what we have to and what we have been coached."
Booker will join his teammate Parris Campbell in taking an official visit to Ohio State during January.
Booker Discusses State Title
Scout Football Top Stories
4-star OL Banks Names New Top TenEl Cerrito (Calif.) four-star offensive lineman Aaron Banks named a new top ten on Monday night...
Scout Football8:49 AM
2018 4-Star Safety Jaiden Woodbey Enjoys OhioCINCINNATI, Ohio -- Four-star junior safety Jaiden Woodbey impressed with his play last Saturday in St. John Bosco's win over St. Xavier in the Crosstown Showdown. He talked about…
Scout Football8:30 AM
SEC Suitor Leads the Way for Malik GaryeWith a quartet of official visit destinations in mind, Malik Garye says one suitor has already done enough to claim the top spot in his recruitment.
Scout Football6:45 AM
The Ultimate East TeamNaming an Ultimate Team out of the East is not simple in trying to get the pieces to fit. See who's on the team here...
Scout Football6:27 AM
Scout's Top 10 National HSFB Rankings Week 2The Top 10 teams in the Scout High School Football Top 10.
Scout FootballYesterday at 5:50 PM