We’ve got a big shuffle in the middle of our PrepZone Power Poll this week.
Golden Gate’s victory over previously undefeated Lely shot the Titans up the rankings. It also jumbled up spots No. 3 through No. 7.
Each week the PrepZone Power Poll will rank all 11 high school football teams in Collier County. The rankings are compiled by Naples Daily News reporters and editors based on the results from the week before.
Here is the poll entering Week 5 of the regular season:
1. Naples (4-0; Last week: 1)
The Golden Eagles reminded everyone what they usually do against Collier County competition. Following three straight hard-fought wins against out-of-area opponents, Naples started defense of its nine straight district championships with a 37-0 win over Palmetto Ridge.
2. Barron Collier (3-1; Last week: 2)
The Cougars are clicking entering their bye week. Barron Collier has won three straight games following a Week 1 home loss, scoring 31.3 points per game during the streak. The Cougars now have two weeks to rest up for the much-anticipated showdown with Naples on Sept. 27.
3. First Baptist (3-0; Last week: 4)
The Lions did not play last week, but they jumped up in the poll by virtue of Lely’s loss. FBA is one of two remaining undefeated teams in the county. The Lions resume the closest rivalry in Collier County (in terms of physical distance) on Friday when they host Community School. The two schools are less than a half-mile apart.
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4. Golden Gate (3-1; Last week: 7)
After getting shutout in Week 1, the Titans were all the way down at No. 9 in the Power Poll. Now they’ve won three straight games and have only allowed 13 points since that first loss.
Golden Gate shut out Lely, 8-0, in a match-up of first-year coaches Nick Bigica and J.J. Everage on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. Naples
5. Lely (3-1; Last week: 3)
Despite losing its first game, Lely still is a solid team. The Trojans just couldn’t find any offense in an 8-0 loss to Golden Gate. Lely has a bye this week before a district game against winless Palmetto Ridge in Week 6.
6. Immokalee (1-3; Last week: 5)
Indians coach Rodelin Anthony says his team is right there. Immokalee showed some promise in the second half against Barron Collier last week. The Indians scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to make their loss (35-18) respectable. Receiver Franck Pierre scored two more touchdowns and continues to look like a rising star.
Jason Grimes accounted for four TDs for Barron Collier, while Franck Pierre scored twice for Immokalee Naples Daily News
7. Gulf Coast (1-3; Last week: 6)
Even though the Sharks beat Golden Gate this season, they’re well behind the Titans in these rankings. That’s because Gulf Coast has lost three straight games since winning in Week 1 (while Golden Gate has won three straight). The Sharks lost last week while facing one of the top running backs in the country.
8. Palmetto Ridge (0-4; Last week: 8)
The Bears offense has continued to struggle after losing starting quarterback Evan Rodriguez in the preseason. Palmetto Ridge has scored 11 points total this season. The Bears have a week off to rest up and get healthy before a Sept. 27 game at Lely.
9. St. John Neumann (1-3; Last week: 9)
The Celtics have lost three straight but have done so to good (and bigger) programs Oasis, IMG Academy White and Bishop Verot. Neumann lost 49-0 to Verot last week, the second time in three games the Celtics haven’t scored an offensive point.
10. Community School (1-2; Last week: 10)
The Seahawks lost 21-14 at Canterbury, a sign that the young CSN squad is improving. But Community School has its work cut out for it this week with a trip to undefeated and perennial playoff team First Baptist.
11. Marco Island Academy (0-3; Last week: 11)
The Rays have been outscored 116-0 this season.