Football

Cocoa sticks at No. 1, Viera and Palm Bay ranked

Cocoa High’s football team held the top spot in this week’s Class 4A football poll compiled by the Associated Press and selected by Florida sports writers.

Jones QB Tyrese Jones is taken down for a loss by Daquan Evans of Cocoa during Friday's game.

Jones QB Tyrese Jones is taken down for a loss by Daquan Evans of Cocoa during Friday’s game.

Following a 41-6 win over Orlando Jones on Friday, the Tigers (4-1) received 13 of 16 first-place votes. They visit Astronaut on Friday, Week 9 of the high school football season.

Palm Bay (6-0) remained No. 4 in Class 5A voting. The Pirates host 5-2 Merritt Island on Friday in the game that will determine the leader in the District 14-5A standings. The Mustangs were listed among teams receiving votes in the poll but not enough to make the top 10. Plantation American Heritage was 5A’s No. 1 team.

Last week, Palm Bay won at Space Coast, 45-0. Merritt Island has won four games in a row.

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Viera moved up a spot in the 7A rankings to No. 9, and St. Thomas Aquinas kept the No. 1 spot. The Hawks (5-2), with a 55-24 win over Martin County last week, put themselves into the top spot in District 6-7A.

In Class 3A, where Oxbridge Academy was No. 1, Melbourne Central Catholic received votes but not enough to crack the top five. The Hustlers clinched the District 6-3A title with a 52-7 win over John Carroll last week.

The rest of the No. 1 teams were Apopka in Class 8A, Mainland of 6A, Cambridge Christian in 2A and Madison County (1).

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Florida High School Football Polls

By The Associated Press

The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and previous rankings:

Class 8A

Record

Points

Previous

1. Apopka (14)

7-0

149

1

2. Kissimmee Osceola (1)

8-0

136

2

3. Flanagan

6-1

109

3

4. Vero Beach

7-0

98

4

5. Coral Gables

6-0

91

5

6. Seminole

7-0

69

6

7. Deerfield Beach

5-1

51

8

8. Park Vista Community

8-0

40

9

9. Miami Southridge

5-2

29

10

10. Mandarin

5-0

27

NR

Others receiving votes: Miami Palmetto 10, Sandalwood 8, Christopher Columbus Catholic 8.

Brevard high school football standings

Class 7A

Record

Points

Previous

1. St. Thomas Aquinas (14)

4-2

147

1

2. Plant

6-0

125

3

3. Venice (1)

6-0

121

5

4. Dwyer

6-0

117

4

5. McArthur

7-0

76

6

6. Braden River

5-1

73

2

7. Lakeland

6-1

59

7

8. Hagerty

6-1

33

9

9. Viera

5-2

27

10

10. Tampa Bay Tech

6-1

17

NR

Others receiving votes: Winter Haven 12, South Broward 10, Lincoln 3, R.E. Lee 3, Buchholz 2.

Class 6A

Record

Points

Previous

1. Mainland (11)

7-0

152

1

2. Ocala Vanguard (2)

6-0

131

2

3. Miami Northwestern (1)

6-1

116

6

4. Armwood

6-1

114

3

5. Naples

7-0

89

5

6. Carol City (2)

4-2

73

7

7. Miami Central

6-2

68

4

8. Navarre

7-0

52

8

9. Niceville

7-0

43

9

10. Sebastian River

6-0

24

NR

Others receiving votes: Lake Gibson 8, Charlotte 5, St. Augustine 3, Boyd Anderson 1, Port Charlotte 1.

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Class 5A

Record

Points

Previous

1. Plantation American Heritage (16)

7-0

160

1

2. Jesuit

7-0

143

2

3. Ponte Vedra

6-0

128

3

4. Palm Bay

6-0

113

4

5. Bishop Moore

6-1

85

6

6. Baker County

6-0

77

7

7. Cardinal Gibbons

5-1

59

5

8. Rickards

6-1

50

9

9. Wesley Chapel

7-0

32

10

10. Nature Coast Tech

7-0

14

NR

Others receiving votes: Wakulla 7, Clay 6, Merritt Island 3, Belleview 2, West Florida 1.

Class 4A

Record

Points

Previous

1. Cocoa (13)

4-1

157

1

2. Bolles (1)

6-0

141

2

3. Dunnellon (1)

6-0

119

3

4. Miami Washington (1)

5-3

106

4

5. Raines

5-0

105

5

Others receiving votes: Jones 6, Miami Edison 6.

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Class 3A

Record

Points

Previous

1. Oxbridge Academy (10)

6-1

135

1

2. Lakeland Christian (3)

6-1

99

2

3. Jax Trinity Christian (1)

5-2

95

3

4. Clearwater Central Catholic

6-1

77

4

5. First Academy

6-0

63

5

Others receiving votes: Melbourne Central Catholic 50, Tampa Catholic 21, Chaminade-Madonna College Prep 20.

Class 2A

Record

Points

Previous

1. Cambridge Christian (14)

7-0

140

1

2. Victory Christian

6-0

124

2

3. Champagnat Catholic

4-0

105

3

4. Jax University Christian

5-2

84

5

5. Northside Christian

6-1

83

NR

Others receiving votes: First Baptist 12, North Florida Christian 12.

Class 1A

Record

Points

Previous

1. Madison County (13)

7-0

139

1

2. Pahokee (1)

7-0

127

2

3. Trenton

5-1

112

3

4. Newberry

6-1

72

4

5. West Gadsden

7-1

59

5

Others receiving votes: Baker School 19, Fort White 19, Port St. Joe 13.

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