From Staff Reports
The Apopka Blue Darters are on a roll. With a 28-14 win over the Dr. Phillips Panthers, Apopka stands at 3-0 heading into district play this Friday.
The victory launched the Blue Darters into the #5 slot on the MaxPreps 8A State Poll. The loss dropped Dr. Phillips (1-2) to #18.
MaxPreps does not poll coaches, sportswriters, or fans. Nor does its staff make any judgments on the merits of any individual team. Prior season history, school size, and comments on message boards are not considered in the MaxPreps Computer Rankings.
The system utilizes the huge number of game results stored in the MaxPreps database. Generally, the more a team wins, the higher the ranking. However, the system takes into account quality wins (against other highly ranked opponents) and strength of schedule.
For example, a team's ranking is hurt more by losing to a team that is ranked below them than a team ranked ahead.
The Blue Darters begins its 8A District 3 campaign this Friday on the road against the Ocoee Knights. The Knights are 3-0 this season, ranked #23 and coming off a 34-13 win against Olympia. Apopka defeated Ocoee 15-13 last season.
Here are the Week #1 MaxPreps rankings for Class 8A Florida High Schools:
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