The Rams outpointed a pair of unbeaten powerhouses, Butler, Kans. and Mississippi Gulf Coast, both 12-0, to gain the prestigious honors. Butler and Mississippi Gulf Coast finished tied for second.
"It was extremely tough to choose between those three teams," said J.C. Grid-Wire editor, Hank Ives. "I've been doing this for 48 years and I swear this might have been the toughest of all. CCSF's opponents were 80-51, which was a very impressive stat, and eight of their foes had winning records. They averaged 40 points per game and gave up just 20."
The Rams, coached by George Rush, were making their fifth straight appearance in the California title contest. They previously won the national title in 2003, 2001, 2000, and 1999.
Butler won in 1996 for the second time (1981), has long been the perennial champion in the Kansas circuit, and again was a dominant force. Head Coach Troy Morrell has put together an enviable record over his eight years with the Grizzlies.
Mississippi Gulf Coast won the J.C. Grid-Wire national championship way back in 1971, and came up with another spectacular eleven this season. They led the Mississippi Conference in just about all offensive and defensive categories. Rumors have it that coach Steve Campbell is being sought by at least one four-year school in the south.
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