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Jan 15, 2013 5:11 PM by Q2 Sports

Central Football to receive national award Wednesday

BILLINGS - Billings Central's dominant run to the 2012 State A Football Championship has earned the Rams Top 50 national notoriety. The presentation will be delivered Wednesday at an 11:45 a.m. pep rally inside Central's Nelles Center.

The Rams will be presented with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy as part of the eighth annual MaxPreps Football Tour of Champions. Central finished No. 153 in the final rankings and is one of 50 teams being honored from a pool of more than 16,000 varsity programs nationwide.

The Rams (12-0) claimed their second Montana State A championship after beting Dillon 37-7 on Nov. 17. Central also beat Dillon 38-17 earlier in the season. The team's only other State A title came in 2007 when it also finished 12-0.

The MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard recognizes the finest high school football teams in the country through various celebrations and formal ceremonies. The Tour was inaugurated in 2005 and honored 10 premier football programs. Presently, the Football Tour honors 50 of the top scholastic teams in America. In 2007, boys' basketball was added. Girls' basketball became a part of the award program the following year. Girls' volleyball joined the mix in 2010 and in 2011 girls' soccer joined the program. Boys' soccer became the newest addition this season. Representatives from the Army National Guard will present each team with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy in recognition of their outstanding achievements throughout the 2012 season.

MaxPreps.com is the leading online high school sports destination, offering the most comprehensive high school sports coverage, with the latest news, analysis, rankings, and streaming content. A CBSSports.com site, MaxPreps.com aspires to cover every high school team, game, and player by partnering with nearly 35,000 varsity coaches throughout the country. Founded in August 2002, MaxPreps.com is headquartered in Cameron Park, California and is a unit of CBS Interactive.

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