Posted: 2:13 pm Monday, July 14th, 2014

Football: Fort Pierce Central 12th, Dwyer 13th in Florida top 25 pre-season poll 

By Jodie Wagner

Fort Pierce Central is ranked No. 12 and Dwyer is a spot behind at No. 13 in the Florida Top 25 pre-season football poll released Monday by NationalHSFootball.com.

Dwyer won its second state title and finished with its first undefeated football season in school history in 2013. The Panthers are ranked No. 13 in a state pre-season football poll. (Photo by Allen Eyestone)

Dwyer won its second state title and finished with its first undefeated football season in school history in 2013. The Panthers are ranked No. 13 in a state pre-season football poll. (Photo by Allen Eyestone)

The Cobras won the District 8-8A championship in 2013 and advanced to the regional finals before falling to Tampa-Plant 17-7. Fort Pierce Central finished 10-2.

The Panthers were the Class 7A state champions in 2013, finishing the season 15-0 after beating Niceville 55-39 in the state title game Dec. 13 in Orlando.

Fort Pierce Central and Dwyer are the only area teams ranked in the top 25.

Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas is the No. 1-ranked team in the state, followed by Plantation-American Heritage, Miami-Booker T. Washington, Miramar and Miami-Central.

Dwyer beat St. Thomas-Aquinas 35-28 in a Class 7A regional final Nov. 29.

Fall practice begins Aug. 4 for Palm Beach County schools.

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