Editor’s note: These are power rankings, meaning hypothetical head-to-head matchups aren’t considered. Actual head-to-head games, how the team is trending and recently performed are weighed. Considerations to keep teams where they were after a loss are based on the opposition’s strength and how close a game was.
Miami Northwestern entered Saturday night’s game against IMG Academy with one of the best defenses in the state. The Bulls had allowed just 14 points over their first three games on the strength of five seniors who have already earned Power 5 offers.
It took a bit longer than expected — two halves played in two nights due to a lightning postponement on Friday — but the season opener for defending independent state champion Saint Stephen’s was well worth the wait.