Where are the local teams in state preseason polls?
Plant is the area’s top large school, according to rankings released earlier this week by floridahsfootball.com.
The Panthers were No. 6 in the preseason poll for teams in Class 5A-8A, behind Miami Central, St. Thomas Aquinas, Apopka, Manatee and Tallahassee Godby – Plant’s preseason opponent this weekend.
Armwood was No. 12, just ahead of East Lake in the top 20. Other big schools from the area that received votes were Largo, Pasco, Lakewood, Robinson, Jefferson, Hillsborough and Countryside.
In the small schools division, Clearwater Central Catholic was Tampa Bay’s top team, at No. 8. Tampa Catholic was 18th, and Miami Washington held the top spot.
Full disclosure: I’m one of the voters in the poll. But no need to harass me, because I ranked every team perfectly, especially yours, and I totally put your team’s rival way low.