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Aquinas Tops ESPNHS Florida Preseason Football Rankings

8/23/2011

St. Thomas Aquinas is No. 1. Nothing new there. But it's a new era for Raider Nation as legendary coach George Smith has retired. Will Aquinas be able to maintain its dominance without him? The POWERADE FAB 50 panel sure seems to think so, putting the Raiders at No. 4 in the nation to start the season.

Here's how our Florida preseason Top 10 shook out:

1. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale)

2. Manatee (Bradenton)

3. Armwood (Seffner)

4. Lincoln (Tallahassee)

5. Cocoa

6. Miami Norland

7. Dr. Phillips (Orlando)

8. Plant (Tampa)

9. Glades Central (Belle Glade)

10. Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens)

On the bubble: Miami Northwestern, Glades Day (Belle Glade), Miami Columbus, Bolles (Jacksonville), American Heritage-Delray, Miami Central, Warner Christian (Daytona), Pensacola, Lakeland, Seabreeze, Godby (Tallahassee), Jupiter Christian