A look at gridiron rankings for the past decade

Published on April 23, 2014 with No Comments

Spring practice is about to get underway across the Panhandle and the state of Florida.

With that in mind the website, www.floridahsfootball.com, decided to rank its ultimate dynasty rankings for high school football.

Of the 200 teams ranked, No. 52 to 200 have been released and there is some local flavor to the rankings.

According to Joshua Wilson, Publisher of FloridaHSFootball.com, the way the teams have been ranked focused on the past 10 years for nearly 450 teams that have made the playoffs.

“It is a decade and we felt it would be a good thing to keep things in perspective. Going beyond 10 years or cutting it short with the amount of information readily available for us ton consider could have many different effects,” wrote Wilson to his websites readers.

“With that we are launching what we believe is the first ever attempt to establish dynasty rankings for high school football in Florida.”

To made the formula work, FloridaHSFootball took 10 years worth of the Associated Press/Florida Sports Writers Association final regular season polls and gave teams points in each classification based upon final standing. A first place team in would earn 10 points.

Then they came up with a playoff points system going from 32 points with the state champion of each classification down to 1 point for the worst team in the playoffs. To make this as simple as possible, the later a team exited the playoffs, they received a higher point value after records were imputed with amount of points determined based upon overall winning percentage. If a bracket only had 16 teams the highest 8 teams were given 32 points down to 25 points. The last 8 teams, which exited in the first round got points anywhere from 8 points down to 1 point.

Leading the way from Santa Rosa County was the Pace High School Patriots.

Pace finished in a tie for 70th overall with Boyd Anderson at 161 points.

According to FloridaHSFootball, “This is one Panhandle team you never want to count of the playoff hunt in almost any single year. The Patriots have fallen one game short of getting to the state championship game twice in the last decade.”

One of the teams that has proven to be a thorn for the Patriots, the Nease Panthers finished tied for 68th overall with 163 points.

Both of the Patriots’ losses to Nease came along the Atlantic coast where one game featured former Heisman Trophy quarterback Tim Tebow while the other game was a dramatic overtime affair that was decided by an extra point deemed wide after it was kick high in the air and what appeared to some over the goalpost.

Checking in at tied at 135 was the Navarre Raiders.

Navarre, according to the website, has become a known playoff challenger and came close to making it to the state finals in 2012. Overall the Raiders have made the playoffs five times over the last ten years and finished tied in the rankings with DeLand and Land O’Lakes.

Milton High School finished in a tie at 158 with New Smyrna Beach and the team once fielded by Pine Castle Christian High.

According to FloridaHSFootball.com, Milton has a lot of heritage and history behind them and have continued to find ways to make the playoffs even if the season doesn’t look as good on paper.

In the last 10 years the Panthers have made the postseason five times.

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