After winning their 3rd straight state championship this past fall, there is no doubt that the Hartford Hurricanes are the best high school football team in Vermont. There's a lot of school pride associated with that.
"Our other sports people care about a lot," Hartford Sophomore Trent Durkee says. "but I feel like football is kind of the core of Hartford."
But the team's most recent accomplishment, a national title, didn't happen on the gridiron, but rather online.
They entered the USA Today People's Champion online poll.
"I just looked at it and said, you know what, we could do that," Hartford Athletic Director Joe James says. "We've got pretty good fans and crazy people who will stay up to all hours of the night voting for our team so I just thought we'd give it a shot."
Three rounds and more than 158 thousand votes later, the team was named the best in the country. While Vermont football may not be on the same level as other high school teams in Texas or California, it is clear from this contest the fans are.
"I had people from other schools in Vermont that contacted me and said this is amazing for Vermont," James says.
Along with bragging rights, the school also receives a $500 check. The athletic director says the money will probably go towards a bench and plaque out at the football field so everybody in the community who took part in the contest gets to reap the benefits.
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