Power Rankings — Week 3 Top 10
If Week 1 was about getting the feet wet, Week 2 was about making adjustments. Now, we’re getting a much clearer identity for each team, some of which may be surprising for both good and bad reasons. Remember, these are rankings of the current state of the team, not necessarily a “who would beat who” contest.
1. Wakulla (0-1) – Last week: 1; beat Cathedral Prep, 31-14; This week: at Madison County
Big win for the War Eagles, who beat a team that hadn’t beaten during the regular season in over three years. That was the last potential loss for Wakulla until it hits district play.
2. Godby (1-1) – Last week: 3; beat Chiles, 41-31; This week: at Niceville
The Cougars win wasn’t without struggle, but the fight to push back on the road in a must-execute second half displayed a lot of the make-up of this year’s team. Defense still needs to put its imprint on a game, but the offense and special teams are beginning to roll.
3. Rickards (2-0) – Last week: 2; beat Leon, 12-10; This week: at Choctawhatchee
The Raiders could have easily lost to a Leon team that is struggling offensively. That’s underperforming for a talented team. Rickards needs Kalen Riles back catching passes.
4. NFC (2-0) – Last week: 5; beat Valwood (Ga.), 42-6; This week: vs. Chiles
The Eagles got two big defensive plays and a lot of offense to burn another Georgia team. Now they face a 7A team brimming with confidence. Could this week’s game be an exciting northside rivalry? Great game out of the gate that could go either direction.
5. Florida High (2-0) – Last week: 6; beat East Gadsden, 38-21; This week: at FAMU DRS
The Seminoles have quickly displayed cohesion despite a young team. While the offense is running the ball well, it’s the defense’s ability to create havoc in the backfield that’s becoming the signature of this year’s Florida High team. Should have no problem in a university school showdown this week.
6. Lincoln (0-3) – Last week: 4; lost to Columbia, 23-14; This week: at Bradenton Manatee
Yes, the Trojans have scheduled tough, but at some point you’ve got to find a way to win, especially in winnable games. That requires execution, something Lincoln didn’t do well enough last week. Another big opponent this week.
7. Chiles (1-0) – Last week: 7; lost to Godby, 41-31; This week: at NFC
No need for the Timberwolves to drop after a moral victory against Godby. Chiles proving it is quite talented this year. It just needs to learn how to win. Juicy and suddenly even matchup this week.
8. Taylor County (0-1) – Last week: 9; beat Hamilton County, 18-14; This week: at Starke Bradford
Good win for the Bulldogs, who are playing without injured senior Tremont Sellers right now. Ideally the big defensive end is back for a game against Chiles next week, but for now Taylor County has the depth to handle lesser opponents, such as this week’s team that went 1-9 last year.
9. Jefferson County (2-0) – Last week: NR; beat FAMU DRS, 44-6; This week: bye
The Tigers are beating the teams they should beat at the moment following a strong summer. A week off heading into district play could be a good thing at the moment. Monticello is currently back on the map.
10. Blountstown (1-1) – Last week: NR; beat Baker, 28-21; This week: at Chipley
Big rebound win (against a 10-2 opponent last year) after a season-opening loss. Buy the Tigers more than Liberty County in this spot, but that will get settled in a few week’s time with a huge rivalry game.
Dropped out: Leon (1-1), Madison County (0-2); Outside looking in: Liberty County (1-1), John Paul II (2-0), Franklin County (1-1), Aucilla Christian (0-1), FAMU DRS (0-2), West Gadsden (0-2), Maclay (0-2), Munroe (0-2)
#BEATBRIAN WEEK 2 PICKS
•Gainesville St. Francis over Aucilla Christian
•Blountstown over Chipley
•Chiles over NFC
•W.S. Neal over East Gadsden
•Florida High over FAMU DRS
•Franklin County over Munroe
•Niceville over Godby
•Thomasville Brookwood over John Paul II
•Mosley over Leon
•Liberty County over Rutherford
•Bradenton Manatee over Lincoln
•Sneads over Maclay
•Wakulla over Madison County
•Choctawhatchee over Rickards
•Taylor County over Bradford
•Baker over West Gadsden
#BEATBRIAN WEEK 2 WINNER
Congrats to Pat Burnham, who got 13 of 15 picks correct and won himself a $25 Visa gift card and a Tervis tumbler of his choice. Shoutout to DeAndre Hardee for getting 12 correct and for beating me. The rest of y’all didn’t get it done, but there’s always next week. Voting for Week 4 opens Sunday morning. Don’t miss out on a chance to win a 55-inch TV and $300 of local catering to host a party.