2American Heritage-Plantation (5A- 16): The defending Class 5A state champion will
be solid once again. Key players like QB Torrance
Gibson and DB Tarvarus McFadden will have the
Patriots in contention for another state title.
3Miami Central (6A- 16): The Rockets have won three state titles in the last four years.
But they will have to defend their Class 6A
championship with a rebuilt offensive line and
new talent at running back.
4Armwood (6A- 8): The Hawks return most of their starters from last season, which is a very
big advantage for any team. Another run to the
state finals is likely for this Florida powerhouse.
5Trinity Christian – Jacksonville (3A- 1): The defending Class 3A state champion
returns a talented group that will be hard to
defend. Athletes like CB Kevin Toliver II and OLB
Jeffery Holland are among those who will be in
6Miramar (8A- 12): Miramar will not have the familiar face of coach Damon Cogdell
on the sideline this fall, but the Patriots should
have enough talent on the field to contend for a
7Cocoa (4A- 5): A quality schedule and the return of several skill position players will
have the Tigers in position to possibly make the
state finals for the first time since 2010.
8Plant (8A- 6): Led by QB Rex Culpepper and OL Jake Fruhmorgen, Plant is poised
for a big season. Expect a deep playoff run and
a possible return to the state championship
game in December.
9Dwyer (7A- 13): The defending Class 7A state champion has some question marks
entering the season, but players like QB Daniel Parr and WR Tavares Martin will help keep
things rolling for the Panthers.
10Booker T. Washington (4A- 8): Tim Harris Jr. takes over this premier pro-
gram from his father and there are enough
quality players to have the Tornadoes in the
hunt for another state championship.
11Mainland (6A- 9): The Buccaneers do not rebuild, they reload. And with the
amount of talent on this year’s roster, a trip
to the Class 6A state championship game is a
12Niceville (7A- 1): Niceville will have some strong athletes on the field this fall like
WR Elijah Stove and S Romeo Finley. An Aug. 23
game against Alabama’s Clay-Chalkerville High
will show just how talented the Eagles are.
13Apopka (8A- 4): QB Chandler Cox, who stepped in last year for coach Zack Dar-
lington’s Blue Darters, will lead the charge as a
talented Apopka squad eyes a deep playoff run.
14 Dr. Phillips (8A- 5): The Panthers picked up some quality transfers during
the offseason and those players are expected
to be major contributors in what prognostica-
tors believe will be a strong season.
15Flanagan (8A- 12): After finding suc- cess in coach Devin Bush’s first season
at the helm, the Falcons appear poised to make
a playoff run this fall. Linebacker Devin Bush Jr.,
the coach’s son, will lead the charge.
16 First Coast (8A- 1): First Coast should be one of the most solid programs in the
Jacksonville area. QB De’Andre Johnson and
WR Trystan Payton form a dynamic combination
that will be hard for opposing defenses to stop.
17Sickles (7A- 7): RB Ray Ray McCloud, QB Isaac Holder and an experienced
offensive line should have the Gryphons flying
high this season under the leadership of coach
18Fort Pierce Central (8A- 8): The Co- bras have been very successful under
head coach Josh Shaffer, and while there are
some question marks entering the season expect Fort Pierce to be a playoff contender.
19 Osceola-Kissimmee (7A- 6): The Kow- boys have one of the top defenses in the
Orlando area with linebackers Riley Nicholson
and Shavai Gordon leading the way. Another
deep playoff run is possible.
20 Coral Gables (8A- 14): One of Florida’s original powerhouse teams is back. After surprising fans and opponents last season,
the Cavaliers won’t be able to fly under the radar with a strong roster of returning talent.
21South Dade (8A- 16): Winning the Class 8A state championship has
had a tremendous impact on the South Dade
program and coach Johnnie Hankins’ team is
expected to have another strong effort this fall.
22East Lake (7A- 9): ATH George Campbell and LB Carson Lydon are among the players coach Bob Hudson is relying on to lead this
Pinellas County program back to the playoffs.
23 Columbia (6A- 3): Rusher Lonnie Un- derwood is back for his third season as
a starter and LB Zedric Woods provides defensive leadership as the Tigers have a wealth of
talented underclassmen on the roster.
24South Sumter (5A- 6): South Sumter has what might be the best team in
school history. RB Anderson Faulk and LB Brice
Hatcher will lead the Raiders both on and off
the football field this fall.
25 Godby (5A- 3): It will be a different Cou- gars program without the leadership of
coach Ronnie Cottrell. But with quality coaches
and talent still surrounding the program, don’t
expect much of a fall off.
1St. Thomas Aquinas (7A- 15): The Raiders enter the season with a talented group of players, including some solid trans- fers, which makes it hard not to place them at the top of the list. Athletes like RB Jordan Scarlett, WR Sam Bruce,
CB Rashard Causey, WR Devante Peete and DT Brandon Boyce are
just some of the names that will be heard during the season. A state
championship run is almost certain for this talented team.
St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Devante
Peete, a 6-foot- 6, 200-pound receiver, caught
five touchdown passes last season.
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