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Cocoa switches places again in high school state poll

For the second week in a row, Cocoa High and Miami Booker T. Washington switched places.

A host of Cocoa High defenders gang tackle a Lake Highland Prep runner during Friday nights game held at Cocoa High Stadium.

A host of Cocoa High defenders gang tackle a Lake Highland Prep runner during Friday nights game held at Cocoa High Stadium.

Voting in the Class 4A state football polls shifted in BTW’s favor away from Cocoa this week, by one point.

Two more Florida sports writers voted than than did a week ago in balloting compiled by the Associated Press. That may have accounted for the change, while three first-place votes that went to Jacksonville Bolles last week, instead went to the two leaders.

BTW was No. 1 in this, the fifth poll of the year, with nine first-place votes and 152 points. Cocoa was at seven and 151.

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The Tigers will be one of four Brevard County teams playing ranked teams this week, including two playing each other. Cocoa will visit Viera, which held at No. 9 in Class 7A, on Friday at 7 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas stayed atop the 7A poll.

Both the Tigers and Hawks won last week. Cocoa beat Lake Highland Prep in the District 5-4A opener, 49-24, and Viera beat non-district foe Kathleen, 13-7.

Cocoa had overtaken BTW last week after the Tornadoes suffered an unexpected loss to unranked Miami Jackson.

Holy Trinity will host a top-ranked team. Cambridge Christian, in its second week at No. 1 in Class 2A, visits the Tigers, also Friday at 7. Holy Trinity comes off a 54-14 loss at Melbourne Central Catholic, but the Tigers still got six points themselves in 3A voting. MCC, which had not received votes this year, got 13.

Heritage, which received 6A votes, will host Kissimmee Osceola, the No. 2 team in 8A, also Friday.

Palm Bay held at No. 5 in Class 5A. The Pirates host Melbourne this week. The top team in 5A, Plantation American Heritage, was unchanged as were all of the top seven spots.

The other No. 1 teams this week were Apopka in Class 8A, Miami Central in 6A, Clearwater Central Catholic (3A) and Madison County (1A).

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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

Pts.

Previous

1. Apopka (17)

4-0

170

1

2. Kissimmee Osceola

4-0

152

2

3. Flanagan

2-1

115

6

4. Vero Beach

4-0

96

8

5. Miami Southridge

2-1

90

3

6. Seminole

3-0

56

NR

7. Dr. Phillips

3-1

52

7

8. Sandalwood

3-0

50

10

9. Coral Gables

4-0

39

NR

10. Atlantic Community

2-1

34

4

Others receiving votes: University (Orange City) 32, Deerfield Beach 28, Mandarin 6, Miramar 5, Fort Pierce Central 5, Christopher Columbus Catholic 2, Boca Raton Community 2.

Class 7A

Record

Pts.

Previous

1. St. Thomas Aquinas (17)

2-1

176

1

2. Braden River

3-0

151

2

3. Dwyer (1)

3-0

149

3

4. Plant

3-0

120

4

5. Venice

3-0

118

5

6. Lakeland

3-1

83

6

7. Buchholz

3-0

71

7

8. Bartram Trail

3-1

50

8

9. Viera

3-1

32

9

10. McArthur

4-0

15

NR

Others receiving votes: Tampa Bay Tech 11, Lincoln 8, Winter Haven 6.


Class 6A

Record

Pts.

Previous

1. Miami Central (16)

4-0

160

1

2. Armwood

3-0

141

2

3. Mainland

4-0

129

3

4. Ocala Vanguard

3-0

107

4

5. Naples

3-0

94

5

6. Miami Northwestern

3-1

76

7

7. Navarre

3-0

52

8

8. Boyd Anderson

3-0

45

9

9. Niceville

4-0

22

10

10. Pine Forest

3-1

9

6

(tie) Lake Gibson

3-0

9

NR

Others receiving votes: Miami Carol City 8, Miami Norland 6, Charlotte 5, Heritage 4, Sebastian River 4, Dillard 3, Gulf Breeze 2, Matanzas 1, Port Charlotte 1, St. Augustine 1, Tate 1.

Week 4: Heritage 13, Eau Gallie 7

Class 5A

Record

Pts.

Previous

1. Plantation American Heritage (18)

4-0

180

1

2. Jesuit

3-0

162

2

3. Ponte Vedra

3-0

143

3

4. Bishop Moore

3-1

123

4

5. Palm Bay

3-0

110

5

6. Wakulla

2-1

74

6

7. Clay

3-1

64

7

8. Cardinal Gibbons

4-0

57

10

9. North Marion

2-1

46

9

10. Baker County

3-0

13

NR

Others receiving votes: Hallandale 11, Rickards 5, Dunbar 2.

Week 4: Palm Bay 24, Rockledge 0

Class 4A

Record

Pts.

Previous

1. Miami Washington (9)

3-1

152

2

2. Cocoa (7)

2-1

151

1

3. Bolles

3-0

129

3

4. Dunnellon

3-0

105

4

5. Raines

3-0

85

5

Others receiving votes: Orlando Jones 18.

Class 3A

Record

Pts.

Previous

1. Clearwater Central Catholic (9)

4-0

161

2

2. Oxbridge (7)

4-0

157

3

3. Jacksonville Trinity Christian (1)

2-2

128

1

4. Lakeland Christian 

4-0

123

5

5. First Academy

3-0

56

NR

Others receiving votes: Chaminade-Madonna 24, Melbourne Central Catholic 13, Tampa Catholic 12, Holy Trinity 6.

Class 2A

Record

Pts.

Previous

1. Cambridge Christian (17)

4-0

170

1

2. North Florida Christian

3-0

152

3

3. Victory Christian

3-0

131

4

4. Champagnat Catholic

3-0

110

5

5. Jacksonville University Christian

1-2

86

2

Others receiving votes: Northside Christian 31.

Class 1A

Record

Pts.

Previous

1. Madison County (16)

3-0

169

1

2. Pahokee (1)

4-0

154

2

3. Trenton

2-1

124

3

4. Newberry

4-0

104

5

5. Port St. Joe

2-1

97

4

Others receiving votes: South Walton 13, Fort Meade 13, Fort White 6.

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