By JASON DILL
IMG Academy jumped to No. 17 in the latest MaxPreps national football rankings. The Ascenders (8-1) also soared to No. 1 in Florida based off last Friday's 50-21 destruction of previously undefeated Clearwater Central Catholic.
The 9-1 Marauders entered the contest as the No. 1 ranked team in Class 3A, according to the Associated Press.IMG's ascension is the best in the two-year program's history.
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By becoming the top-ranked team in the state, according to MaxPreps, the Ascenders leaped state power Miami Booker T. Washington, who remains undefeated at 10-0 after a 38-0 victory over Miami Edison.
IMG's last chance to improve its national ranking comes this Friday when the Ascenders host Hialeah Champagnat Catholic, who won the Class 2A state championship last season.