FloridaHSFootball.com releases statewide rankings

FloridaHSFootball.com

FloridaHSFootball.com, a partner of USA TODAY High School Sports, has released its first set of rankings for the 2016 season using their new hybrid system for ranking teams.

The new hybrid rankings system consists of several different factors to ranking a team, that includes a selected media panel representing all areas of the state, factors in two computer polls that rank state teams and factors in strength of schedule of all teams that receive votes from the media panel.  The strength of schedule is compiled by FloridaHSFootball.com weekly using data driven from each team’s schedule.

The two computer polls used for consideration are from USA TODAY and MaxPreps. Later on during the season, Joe Pinkos’ rankings will be added to give more weight to the rankings throughout the season.

Starting after Week 1, a margin of victory/loss weight will also become a factor in the rankings with the most recent games weighing more into the rankings than games that were played several weeks prior.

Overall, the goal of FloridaHSFootball.com’s hybrid rankings system is to rank teams that deserve it not only through the eyes of our voters, but also letting other factors that are data driven to help bring forth a solid ranking that can be used for years to come for a variety of reasons.

“The new hybrid rankings were designed not just to reward teams based upon their previous week’s gains, but also to reward for scheduling,” said FloridaHSFootball.com Publisher Joshua Wilson. “This gives rankings a whole new meaning by having the support of a dedicated media panel while letting data-driven numbers provide for an entirely different kind of ranking of high school football teams in Florida.”

Each week the rankings will have the ranking of the team with first place votes in parenthesis, followed by team record, a ranking percentage that looks similar to a BCS-style percentage and previous week’s ranking. Teams that also received votes will be listed with the percentage ranking as well.

12 teams each week will be ranked in Classes 5A to 8A, while 6 teams will be ranked in Classes 1A to 4A. There will also be a Top 20 for large school classes (5A to 8A) and a Top for small school classes (1A to 4A) that will also be included in the rankings from each class. The Top 20 and Top 10 list will be derived from the rankings percentage each receives.

FloridaHSFootball.com’s Hybrid Rankings will be posted at Noon each Tuesday following Week 1 on FloridaHSFootball.com and will be distributed to media outlets around the state each week via email shortly thereafter.

FloridaHSFootball.com’s Florida High School Football Hybrid Rankings
Week 1
August 22, 2016

Ranking, team, first place votes in parenthesis, record, previous ranking

CLASS 8A

1. Flanagan (9), 0-0, .864, –
2. Apopka (2), 0-0, .792, –
3. Columbus (1), 0-0, .777, –
4. Miami Southridge (2), 0-0, .688, –
5. Deerfield Beach, 0-0. .674, –
6. Dr. Phillips, 0-0, .570, –
7. Manatee, 0-0, .549, –
8. Orange City University, 0-0, .512, –
9. Kissimmee Osceola, 0-0, .483, –
10. Delray Beach Atlantic, 0-0, .460, –
11. Miramar, 0-0, .443, –
12. Mandarin, 0-0, .435, –

Others Receiving Votes: West Orange .418, Plantation .394, Lake Brantley .386, Coral Gables .376, Miami Killian .362, Sandalwood .345, South Dade .345, Lake Worth .336, Treasure Coast .304, Palm Beach Gardens .304, Vero Beach .299, Boone .298, Oak Ridge .296, Steinbrenner .287, Piper .261

CLASS 7A

1. St. Thomas Aquinas (14), 0-0, .995, –
2. Columbia, 0-0, .827, –
3. Lakeland, 0-0, .784, –
4. Venice, 0-0. .725, –
5. Braden River, 0-0, .605, –
(tie) Dwyer, 0-0, .605, –
7. Bartram Trail, 0-0, .568, –
8. Viera, 0-0, .542, –
9. Plant, 0-0, .530, –
10. Plant City, 0-0, .460, –
11. Lincoln, 0-0, .437, –
12. Tampa Bay Tech, 0-0, .423, –

Others Receiving Votes: Mater Academy .393, Buchholz .393, Oakleaf .380, Kathleen .345, Palm Beach Lakes .340, South Fort Myers .319, Winter Haven .318, Hagerty .306, Chiles .305, South Broward .281, McArthur .268, Harmony .229

CLASS 6A

1. Miami Central (14), 0-0, .935, –
2. Armwood, 0-0, .869, –
3. Mainland, 0-0, .826, –
4. Miami Carol City, 0-0, .771, –
5. Miami Northwestern, 0-0, .597, –
6. Ocala Vanguard, 0-0, .582, –
7. Niceville, 0-0, .565, –
8. Pine Forest, 0-0, .528, –
9. Navarre, 0-0, .520, –
10. Naples, 0-0, .500, –
11. Boyd Anderson, 0-0, .454, –
12. Fort Myers, 0-0, .411, –

Others Receiving Votes: Miami Norland .404, Escambia .389, Choctawhatchee .375, Tate .373, St. Augustine .358, Charlotte .351, Lake Gibson .333, Nease .305, Dillard .304, Port Charlotte .297, Boynton Beach .295, Matanzas .294, Brandon .293, Palmetto Ridge .290, Clearwater .278

CLASS 5A

1. Plantation American Heritage (13), 0-0, .966, –
2. Bishop Moore (1), 0-0, .743, –
3. Jesuit, 0-0, .707, –
4. Clay, 0-0, .637, –
5. Wakulla, 0-0, .583, –
6. Rickards, 0-0, .576, –
7. Hallandale, 0-0, .567, –
8. North Marion, 0-0, .517, –
9. Jefferson, 0-0, .500, –
10. Merritt Island, 0-0, .459, –
11. Ribault, 0-0, .413, –
12. West Florida, 0-0, .406, –

Others Receiving Votes: Ponte Vedra .405, Cardinal Gibbons .401, Dunbar, .391, Palm Bay .375, Suwannee .351, Pensacola .326, Coconut Creek .324, Nature Coast .310, Bay .263

CLASS 4A

1. Miami Booker T. Washington (14), 0-0, .956, –
2. Cocoa, 0-0, .899, –
3. Bolles, 0-0, .794, –
4. Raines, 0-0, .672, –
5. Glades Central, 0-0, .651, –
6. Dunnellon, 0-0, .575, –

Others Receiving Votes: University School .366, East Gadsden .366, Avon Park .321, Miami Edison .270

CLASS 3A

1. Jacksonville Trinity Christian (13), 0-0, .934, –
2. Delray American Heritage (1), 0-0, .851, –
3. Tampa Catholic, 0-0, .794, –
4. Clearwater Central Catholic, 0-0, .782, –
5. Chaminade-Madonna, 0-0, .682, –
6. Oxbridge Academy, 0-0, .670, –

Others Receiving Votes: Trinity Catholic .457, Lakeland Christian .412, Westminster Christian .399, Taylor County .352; Holy Trinity .329

CLASS 2A

1. University Christian (13), 0-0, .912, –
2. Cambridge Christian (1), 0-0, .826, –
3. North Florida Christian, 0-0, .728, –
4. Naples First Baptist, 0-0, .718, –
5. Admiral Farragut, 0-0, .654, –
6. Northside Christian, 0-0, .549, –

Others Receiving Votes: Community School of Naples .480, Victory Christian .478, Carrollwood Day .381, Champagnat Catholic .339, Foundation Academy .327, Village Academy .317, Moore Haven .299, Deltona Trinity Christian .251

CLASS 1A

1. Trenton (12), 0-0, .952, –
2. Port St. Joe, 0-0, .809, –
3. Madison County (2), 0-0, .793, –
4. Pahokee, 0-0, .620, –
5. Fort White, 0-0, .566, –
6. Dixie County, 0-0, .558, –

Others Receiving Votes: Blountstown .499, Fort Meade .467, Union County .445, South Walton .430, Baker .350, Cottondale .318, Vernon .314

LARGE SCHOOLS (5A-8A) TOP 20

1. St. Thomas Aquinas (7A), 0-0, .995, –
2. Plantation American Heritage (5A), 0-0, .966, –
3. Miami Central (6A), 0-0, .935, –
4. Armwood (6A), 0-0, .869, –
5. Flanagan (8A), 0-0, .864, –
6. Columbia (7A), 0-0, .827, –
7. Mainland (6A), 0-0, .826, –
8. Apopka (8A), 0-0, .792, –
9. Lakeland (7A), 0-0, .784, –
10. Columbus (8A), 0-0, .777, –
11. Miami Carol City (6A), 0-0, .771, –
12. Bishop Moore (5A), 0-0, .743, –
13. Venice (7A), 0-0, .725, –
14. Jesuit (5A), 0-0,.707, –
15. Miami Southridge (8A), 0-0, .688, –
16. Deerfield Beach (8A), 0-0, .674, –
17. Clay (5A), 0-0, .637, –
18. Braden River (7A), 0-0, .605, –
(tie) Dwyer (7A), 0-0, .605, –
20. Wakulla (5A), 0-0, .583, –

SMALL SCHOOLS (1A-4A) TOP 10

1. Miami Booker T. Washington (4A), 0-0, .956, –
2. Trenton (1A), 0-0, .952, –
3. Jacksonville Trinity Christian (3A), 0-0, .934, –
4. University Christian (2A), 0-0, .912, –
5. Cocoa (4A), 0-0, .899, –
6. Delray American Heritage (3A), 0-0, .851, –
7. Cambridge Christian (2A), 0-0, .826, –
8. Port St. Joe (1A), 0-0, .809, –
9. Bolles (4A), 0-0, .794, –
10. Tampa Catholic (3A), 0-0, .794, –

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.