It was a big week for Florida football, and Sunshine State teams continue to represent in the national POWERADE FAB 50 ESPNHS Team Rankings. Manatee lost a tough contest to a nationally ranked squad, Armwood and Lincoln had big wins and Aquinas rested up. Here's the breakdown:
Florida Top 25, Week 2 (last week's ranking in parenthesis):
1. (1) St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale): 1-0
The Raiders enjoyed the bye week coming off their win over POWERADE FAB 50 ranked Prattville (Prattville, Ala.) to start the season. Aquinas opens district play against Cypress Bay (Weston) on Friday night.
2. (2) Armwood (Seffner): 2-0
Armwood led 33-6 at the half en route to a convincing 54-6 whipping of Brandon. The Hawks are off this weekend and return to action on Sept. 16.
3. (4) Lincoln (Tallahassee): 1-0
Head coach Yusef Shakir kicked off the season on the right note with a hard fought 20-7 win over Pensacola. Next up is a tough road contest with Valdosta (Valdosta, Ga.).
4. (3) Manatee (Bradenton): 0-1
The Hurricanes came up short in a 24-17 double overtime loss to POWERADE FAB 50 No. 11 Good Counsel. Junior QB Cord Sandberg threw for over 240 yards, but Manatee was held on a fourth and inches play in the second overtime frame. Sandberg and company look to get back on track against Riverview (Sarasota) this week.
5. (6) Miami Norland: 1-0
Senior LB Keith Brown led the defense with fifteen tackles in the Vikings' 23-7 win over American (Hialeah). Mr. Football USA candidate RB Randy "Duke" Johnson returns from suspension when Norland battles Miami Northwestern on Saturday.
6. (9) Glades Central (Belle Glade): 1-0
Big play DB/WR Will Likely returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown as the Raiders downed Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens), 24-10, on ESPN. Likely has started since his freshman year and made himself a household name with his performance. Glades takes on Seminole Ridge (Loxahatchee) this weekend.
7. (7) Dr. Phillips (Orlando): 1-0
Boise State-bound QB Nick Patti directed the Panthers to a 32-21 win over Apopka. The Elite 11 QB accounted for over 300 yards and four touchdowns. Dr. Phillips plays host to Olympia.
8. (14) Miami Central: 0-0
The Rockets had their game against Southridge (Miami) cancelled due to lightning. Central tangles with cross-town rival Booker T.
9. (16) Miami Columbus: 0-0
Mother Nature played a role in the action this weekend in Miami-Dade County. The Explorers had their game with Palmetto (Miami) cancelled due to weather. Columbus plays hometown rival Belen this week at FIU Stadium.
10. (13) Bolles (Jacksonville): 1-0
The Bulldogs crushed Bayside, 55-21. Next up for the Dogs is a contest against Plantation American Heritage.
See the rest of the Top 25, plus bubble teams and those that dropped from the rankings, after the jump.
11. (12) Miramar: 1-0
12. (8) Plant (Tampa): 1-0
13. (11) Booker T. (Miami): 1-0
14. (15) Godby (Tallahassee): 1-0
15. (NR) Winter Park: 1-0
16. (NR) Olympia (Orlando): 1-0
17. (23) North Florida Christian (Tallahassee): 1-0
18. (17) Lakeland: 1-0
19. (NR) University School (Davie): 1-0
20. (25) Miami Northwestern: 1-0
21. (NR) DeLand: 1-0
22. (NR) Belen Jesuit (Miami): 1-0
23. (NR) Pasco (Dade City): 1-0
25. (NR) Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood): 1-0
25. (NR) Cypress Bay (Weston): 1-0
On the Bubble: American Heritage-Delray (1-0), St. Johns Bartram Trail (1-0), Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons (1-0), Clearwater Countryside (1-0), Naples Golden Gate (1-0), Hillsborough (1-0), Melbourne Holy Trinity (1-0), Lake Wales (1-0), Miami Monsignor Pace (1-0), Pace (1-0), Palm Beach Gardens (1-0), Pine Forest (1-0), Ocala Forest (1-0), Plantation American Heritage (1-0)
Dropped Out: Apopka (0-1), Orlando Boone (0-1), Cocoa (0-2), Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer (0-1), Orlando Edgewater (0-1), Belle Glade Glades Day (0-1), Mainland (0-1), Orlando Jones (0-1), Pensacola (0-1), Seabreeze (0-1)