Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Power Poll

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Power Poll

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All games at 7 p.m. unless indicated; last week's rankings in parentheses.

1. (2) TRINITY CHRISITAN (1-0), CLASS 3A

Last week: d. St. Augustine, 40-0.

Friday's game: Daytona Beach Warner Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Comment: Trinity looked every bit the part as the area's most complete team last week, handing the tradition-rich Yellow Jackets one of their worst beatings in more than a decade. Trinity vaults to the top spot on the strength of that win. By the looks of last week, that won't be the last savage rout the Conquerors are involved in.

2. (1) FIRST COAST (1-0), CLASS 8A

Last week: d. Ribault, 12-7.

Friday's game: Fletcher

Comment: The Buccaneers were in midseason form on the defensive side of the ball, erasing Ribault's running game and showing why they're so difficult to move the chains on. As bad as 12 points looked in the final output, First Coast showed plenty of promise on offense. Running back Jaha McCray and receiver D.J. Matthews looked solid for Week 1. First Coast dropped from sixth to ninth in the AP state poll.a

3. (3) BOLLES (1-0), CLASS 4A

Last week: d. Hernando, 35-22.

Friday's game: DeLand, 7:30 pm.

Comment: With a four-touchdown game last week, Dexter Carter Jr. showed everyone why the Bulldogs are so difficult to pin down. If Bolles can find a playmaker to put beside Carter - and if injuries don't start piling up -awatch out. Bolles has won 61 of its last 64 regular-season games.a

4. (4) FLETCHER, CLASS 7A

Last week: d. Stanton, 46-13.

Friday's game: at First Coast.

Comment: The Senators know that they have to get better at protecting the football (three turnovers last week), but all in all, it wasn't a bad start. All new skill position guys handled the load relatively well, although the schedule toughens up quick.

5. (6) COLUMBIA (2-0), CLASS 6A

Last week: d. Gainesville, 49-7.

Thursday's game: d. Tallahassee Lincoln, 28-14.

Comment: Totally took apart the state's fifth-ranked team in Class 6A last week and did the same on Thursday against the Trojans. Back Lonnie Underwood has six touchdowns and the Tigers are dominating on defense. …

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