High-SchoolFlorida: Armwood

Florida Football Rankings: Week 13

November, 21, 2011
The playoffs are in full swing, and it's only a matter of time before teams start dropping out of the top 25. This week's biggest upset came when No. 8 Lincoln, a perennial power which captured a state title last year and was in the top 10 all but one week this season, fell to Fleming Island in the 7A regional quarterfinals. Countryside (No. 15), Chaminade-Madonna (No. 20) and Lake Brantley (No. 22) also lost.

The most intriguing matchup of this upcoming weekend has to be Dr. Phillips and Plant. DP advanced to the state finals last year, a run that was vacated due to FHSAA rules violations, while Plant fell in last year's 5A championship to St. Thomas Aquinas. Both Panther squads are characterized by creative offenses and punishing defenses. Whoever wins will be positioned nicely to advance through the north bracket and into the 8A finals.

Here's how the state's top 5 looks as of Monday, Nov. 21:

1 (1) Armwood, 11-0
2 (2) Miramar, 10-0
3 (3) Miami Norland, 10-0
4 (4) Manatee, 9-2
5 (5) Miami Central, 10-0

For the full POWERADE Florida Weekly Rankings, including capsules on the state's top 25 teams, click here.
The Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) football team, No. 2 in the POWERADE FAB 50 ESPNHS Team Rankings, barely escaped with a 35-31 win over a 5-6 Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.) squad on Friday night in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs.

But a bigger problem for the Hawks could be an eligibility probe being conducted by the Florida High School Athletic Association.

The FHSAA is pursuing an investigation after Armwood requested an eligibility ruling recently for senior offensive lineman Jack Lightsey, who was allowed to play in Friday night’s game by the FHSAA. ABC Action News in Tampa Bay reported that Lightsey has been living in an apartment in the Armwood school district while his parents own homes in Orlando and Indian Rocks Beach.

A major issue at hand for the FHSAA investigation is whether false information was given on documents submitted in Lightsey’s transfer process to Armwood from Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.) last spring. FHSAA spokesperson Corey Sobers told the ABC affiliate, “Armwood initially requested an eligibility ruling. Based on the information provided, we have decided to launch an investigation."

This week’s close win over a team with a losing record could very well have implications on the Hawks’ (11-0) place in the national rankings, especially given how they were dominated for much of the second half. The larger issue looms, however, as this investigation process ensues. If the FHSAA inquiry finds that regulations have been violated, there is the potential for Armwood to forfeit its season and vacate any playoff wins.

Florida Football Rankings: Week 11

November, 8, 2011
Armwood remained perfect atop the Florida rankings and continues to be rated the nation's No. 2 team in the POWERADE FAB 50. But the game of the week -- and maybe the year, thus far -- was the shootout between Miami Central and Belen Jesuit. The Rockets escaped with a 59-56 victory on an Emilio Nadelman field goal in the fourth overtime. Meanwhile, Cooper City (9-0) proved it was for real by topping St. Thomas Aquinas, 21-16, to claim the district title. The Cowboys vault into the top 10 as a result.

Heading into the playoffs, here's what the top five looks like:

1 Armwood (10-0)
2 Miramar (9-0)
3 Miami Norland (8-0)
4 Manatee (7-2)
5 Miami Central (8-0)

For capsules on the top 25 teams in the state, see the full POWERADE Florida Weekly Rankings.

Aquinas, Armwood live up to top billing

August, 29, 2011

St. Thomas Aquinas and Armwood, the two top-rated teams in the state, each won their opening game in the ESPNHS Football Kickoff this weekend. Check back with us later today to see how those wins affected their standing in the POWERADE FAB 50 national and regional team rankings. Meanwhile, Cocoa saw its 38-game winning streak come to an end, falling 17-7 to Colerain (Ohio).

- Read more about Aquinas' win over Prattville (Ala.)
- Read more about Armwood's victory over Las Vegas Bishop Gorman

Which Florida teams do you think deserve to be in the FAB 50? Let us know in the comments.