ORLANDO, Fla. -- Though Terrence Alls (Miami/Dade Christian) wound up on the wrong side of the scoreboard Friday afternoon in the FHSAA Class 2A Final, there were still plenty of positives to be derived.
The 6-foot, 165-pound Duke wide receiver commitment agreed that making it to the actual state championship game was an accomplishment in itself. All along, nobody really gave them a chance.
Alls said that just by making it this far, they proved their point.
"This whole year, everybody doubted us," he said. "They were down on us all year, but we proved everybody wrong.
"I will always remember the journey. My brothers that all came in ninth grade, we set the foundation. Just to be a part of it, I feel proud."
With high school football chapter of his life completed, Alls will begin to turn the page. The Blue Devils and coach David Cutcliffe's offense is the focus.
And it all starts in the weight room.
"I am ready for college ball, just get in the weight room and get bigger," Alls said.
His choice to attend school in Durham, N.C., was multidimensional. Not only is it an improving football program in an auto-qualifier conference, Duke is one of the nation's most prestigious academic institutions.
Certainly, the academic opportunity was one that wasn't overlooked.
"I am just blessed to have the opportunity to get the scholarship," he said. "I am very excited to help that team out and hopefully compete for a championship. The first thing on my list was academics and they were one of the top schools. And I feel like I can fit in their system."