For the second straight week to start the season, the No. 1 team in the PrepZone Power Poll lost on Friday.
But Naples isn’t alone in taking an “L”. Four of the top five teams in last week’s poll lost. In fact, just three of the 11 high school football teams in Collier County won on Friday (six lost, two didn’t play).
Because so many teams lost, there wasn’t a big shakeup in this week’s rankings. The second half of the field got bumped down a spot thanks to a surprise 2-0 teams. Keep reading to find out who it is.
Each week, the Daily News reporters and editors will rank all 11 football teams in Collier County top to bottom. Here is the PrepZone Power Poll heading into Week 3:
1. Naples (1-1; Last week: 1) – The Golden Eagles lost 26-17 at home to Miami-Palmetto, but they looked better in a loss to a good team than they did in a Week 1 win over a bad team (30-18 over Miami-Edison). Naples fell behind 13-0 in the first 10 minutes but outplayed Class 8A Palmetto the rest of the way. Because of that, the Eagles don’t drop.
2. Golden Gate (2-0; Last week: 2) – Titans fans surely will not be happy they didn’t climb to No. 1. After all, Golden Gate was No. 2 last week, took care of business on Friday, and the only team ahead of them lost. But after the Titans struggled to dispatch Lemon Bay, we’re not ready to jump them past powerhouse Naples just yet.
3. Barron Collier (1-1; Last week: 3) – The only reason the Cougars don’t drop after squandering a two-touchdown lead on Friday is because two public school teams behind them lost, too. Barron Collier showed it still has talent, it just needs to finish stronger after losing 32-31 to Clearwater-Superior Collegiate.
A look at Barron Collier High School's home football game against Clearwater Superior Collegiate. Dana Caldwell, firstname.lastname@example.org; 239-253-7401
4. Immokalee (0-2; Last week: 4) – Who would have thought the Indians would start 0-2? Mighty Immokalee is one of just two 0-2 teams in Collier, joining last-place Marco Island. But things will be much different when the Indians get quarterback R.J. Rosales back.
University School got four touchdowns from running back Freddy McIntosh in a 42-12 victory over Immokalee on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Wochit
5. Gulf Coast (2-0; Last week: 8) – The Sharks are 2-0 but behind three teams with worse records? Well, Gulf Coast hasn’t exactly beaten stiff competition (Lely and Hialeah). Plus the Sharks lost 40-0 to Immokalee in the preseason, so they can’t move past the Indians. However, by climbing three spots in the poll, Gulf Coast is the biggest riser this week.
The Gulf Coast High School football team rode a strong fourth quarter showing by its defense to a 28-14 victory over Hialeah. Naples Daily News
6. Palmetto Ridge (0-1; Last week: 5) – On Friday, the Bears looked like exact opposites of the team that won big in the preseason. They lost 35-7 to a good Riverdale team in their season opener.
Quantavius Brown runs for more than 200 yards, four scores as Riverdale cruises past Palmetto Ridge Andrew Sodergren, email@example.com, 239-263-4731
7. First Baptist (1-0; Last week: 6) – The Lions didn’t play on Friday, but they dropped a spot in the poll solely because Gulf Coast moved to 2-0 on the season. The Sharks moved up, pushing FBA down.
8. St. John Neumann (1-0; Last week: 7) – Neumann won on Friday after its Week 1 game was rained out. The Celtics stay behind First Baptist because FBA’s win (54-14 over Evangelical Christian) was more impressive than Neumann’s 21-12 home win over St. Petersburg Catholic.
After a scoreless first half, St. John Neumann got two touchdowns from Jensen Jones and went on to beat St. Petersburg Catholic, 21-12, on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Wochit
9. Lely (0-1; Last week: 10) – The Trojans move up a spot without playing because Community School lost.
10. Community School (0-1; Last week: 9) – The Seahawks lost to a very good Glades Day team, so it might not be fair to drop them behind Lely. But it was a bad loss, 41-10, and Lely gets the benefit of the doubt being a much larger public school.
11. Marco Island Academy (0-2; Last week 11) – The Manta Rays managed just 30 yards of offense in a 39-0 loss to Oasis.