Posted: 1:09 pm Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Football: Dwyer, Palm Beach Gardens, Boynton Beach ranked in preseason AP poll 

By Anthony Chiang

Despite losing 20 starters from last season’s team, Dwyer is entering the year with high expectations.

The Panthers are the highest rated area team in the Associated Press preseason state football rankings, which was released Wednesday. Dwyer comes in at No. 2 in the Class 7A poll after winning the state title in 2013. The only team ranked ahead of the Panthers is Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas.

In the Class 8A poll, Fort Pierce Central will start the season at No. 7 and Palm Beach Gardens is right behind the Cobras at No. 8.

Boynton Beach has high expectations after turning in its best football season in school history last year, and the preseason rankings reflect that. The Tigers are No. 8 in the Class 6A poll.

Clewiston is No. 5 in the Class 4A poll.

Although Royal Palm Beach (7A), Lake Worth (7A), Glades Central (4A), American Heritage (3A), Pahokee (3A), and Glades Day (2A) did not make the rankings, they all received votes.

The Associated Press Preseason Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and AP poll 2013 final rankings:

Class 8A
Record Pts Prv
1. Miramar (11) 0-0 133 2
2. Apopka (2) 0-0 117 3
3. Dr. Phillips (3) 0-0 115 4
4. First Coast 0-0 97 RV
5. Coral Gables 0-0 74 NR
6. Plant 0-0 69 7
7. Fort Pierce Central 0-0 58 8
8. Palm Beach Gardens 0-0 44 NR
9. Charles Flanagan 0-0 37 9
10. Monarch 0-0 26 NR

Others receiving votes: South Dade (0-0) 25, West Orange (0-0) 23, Lake Mary (0-0) 22, Manatee (0-0) 17, Winter Park (0-0) 8, Christopher Columbus Catholic (0-0) 5, Coral Glades (0-0) 4, Spruce Creek (0-0) 2, Vero Beach (0-0) 2, Cypress Bay (0-0) 1, Alonso (0-0) 1.

Class 7A
Record Pts Prv
1. St. Thomas Aquinas (14) 0-0 156 4
2. Dwyer (2) 0-0 126 1
3. Niceville 0-0 123 7
4. Kissimmee Osceola 0-0 99 6
5. East Lake 0-0 89 2
6. Sickles 0-0 69 5
7. Fletcher 0-0 47 NR
8. Port Charlotte 0-0 31 9
9. Lake Nona 0-0 29 NR
10. Tate 0-0 26 NR

Others receiving votes: Fleming Island (0-0) 17, Lakeland (0-0) 16, Pinellas Park (0-0) 15, Haines City (0-0) 11, Melbourne (0-0) 7, Lincoln (0-0) 7, Royal Palm Beach (0-0) 7, Lake Worth (0-0) 3, Plantation (0-0) 2.

Class 6A
Record Pts Prv
1. Miami Central (12) 0-0 155 1
2. Armwood (3) 0-0 144 2
3. Mainland (1) 0-0 130 5
4. Naples 0-0 93 RV
5. Ed White 0-0 78 9
6. Miami Carol City 0-0 58 10
7. Columbia 0-0 45 6
8. Boynton Beach 0-0 38 NR
9. Heritage 0-0 20 3
10. Pace 0-0 19 NR

Others receiving votes: Springstead (0-0) 19, Largo (0-0) 16, Hallandale (0-0) 13, Escambia (0-0) 10, South Fort Myers (0-0) 10, Jefferson (0-0) 9, Winter Haven (0-0) 9, St. Augustine (0-0) 8, South Lake (0-0) 5, Venice (0-0) 1.

Class 5A
Record Pts Prv
1. Plantation American Heritage (16) 0-0 160 3
2. South Sumter 0-0 132 7
3. Pensacola Catholic 0-0 121 1
4. Lake Wales 0-0 73 NR
5. Lakewood 0-0 65 NR
(tie) Clay 0-0 65 NR
7. Merritt Island 0-0 50 4
8. Cardinal Gibbons 0-0 40 NR
(tie) West Florida 0-0 40 5
10. Palm Bay 0-0 34 RV

Others receiving votes: Godby (0-0) 27, North Marion (0-0) 22, Bishop Kenny (0-0) 15, Wakulla (0-0) 12, Jesuit (0-0) 11, Pasco (0-0) 8, Suwannee (0-0) 4, Island Coast (0-0) 1.

Class 4A
Record Pts Prv
1. Miami Washington (16) 0-0 160 1
2. Cocoa 0-0 141 2
3. Bolles School 0-0 131 NR
4. Gulliver Prep 0-0 86 NR
5. Clewiston 0-0 69 5

Others receiving votes:
Glades Central (0-0) 28, Florida (0-0) 13, Madison County (0-0) 6, Fort Lauderdale University (0-0) 6.

Class 3A
Record Pts Prv
1. Trinity Christian-Jacksonville (16) 0-0 160 1
2. Clearwater Central Catholic 0-0 139 5
3. Westminster Christian 0-0 115 3
4. Ocala Trinity Catholic 0-0 89 RV
5. Melbourne Central Catholic 0-0 61 2

Others receiving votes:
Tampa Catholic (0-0) 37, Delray American Heritage (0-0) 26, Lakeland Christian (0-0) 7, Pahokee (0-0) 6.

Class 2A
Record Pts Prv
1. Champagnat Catholic (15) 0-0 159 1
2. Victory Christian (1) 0-0 140 NR
3. North Florida Christian 0-0 110 4
4. Indian Rocks 0-0 72 RV
5. University Christian 0-0 60 3

Others receiving votes:
Glades Day (0-0) 48, Warner Christian (0-0) 24, Carrollwood Day (0-0) 6, First Baptist (0-0) 6.

Class 1A
Record Pts Prv
1. Trenton (13) 0-0 157 4
2. Blountstown (3) 0-0 142 1
3. Dixie County 0-0 113 2
4. Lafayette 0-0 107 NR
5. Union County 0-0 84 3

Others receiving votes:
Baker School (0-0) 15, Port St. Joe (0-0) 13, Northview (0-0) 9.

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