Editor's note: Programs are ranked based on how they are performing against their own schedules, not based on hypothetical head-to-head matchups.
Voting points breakdown: 10 for first, 8 for second, 6 for third, 4 for fourth, 2 for fifth, 1 for sixth.
(Last week, school, record, points with first-place votes in parentheses)
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1. (1) Braden River, 5-0, 60 points (6)
A program-record six interceptions coupled with QB Jacob Huesman's 259-yard passing game earned the Pirates a unanimous first-place ranking for the first time this season.
This week: at North Port, 7:30 p.m.
2. (2) Manatee, 2-2, 48
The Hurricanes were off last week, and head to Lutz for a possible district title game.
This week: at Lutz Steinbrenner, 7:30 p.m.
3. (3) Palmetto, 4-1, 36
A slow start turned into a routine blowout of county foe Bayshore, with Brandon Luckett's emergence (seven catches, 97 yards, two TDs) in the passing game.
This week: at Lakewood Ranch, 7:30 p.m.
4. (4) Southeast, 1-3, 22
The Seminoles were off last week, and host an Arcadia DeSoto offense that hasn't scored more than 10 points in a game this season.
This week: vs. Arcadia DeSoto, 7:30 p.m.
5. (4) Lakewood Ranch, 1-4, 14
Quarterback troubles have plagued the Mustangs as the combo of Grant Weisman and Justin Curtis have produced 12 INTs and one TD in 79 passing attempts.
This week: vs. Palmetto, 7:30 p.m.
6. (6) Bayshore, 0-4, 6
A valiant first-half effort against No. 3-ranked Palmetto, where the Bruins trailed 7-0, was stymied with the Tigers aerial efforts.
This week: at Sarasota Booker, 7:30 p.m.
--Jason Dill, sports reporter
1. (1) IMG Academy, 4-0, 60 (6)
IMG had a bye week to prepare for yet another game with national championsihp implications. Montvale's St. Joseph Regional is the top team from New Jersey and presents the Ascenders a chance at wins over the two best teams from the state.
This week: vs. St. Joseph Regional (N.J.), 7 p.m.
2. (2) Saint Stephen's, 4-0, 48
The Falcons' high-powered offense returns to action Friday after being limited to its worst scoring output two weeks ago before a bye week.
This week: at Spring Hill Bishop McLaughlin, 7 p.m.
3. (4) Bradenton Christian, 1-3, 30
Brett Gerber has been a bright spot during the toughest two-week stretch on the Panthers' schedule. The linebacker recorded 21 tackles and blocked a kick during Friday's 65-15 loss to St. Petersburg Northside Christian.
This week: at Out-of-Door, 7 p.m.
4. (3) Cardinal Mooney, 0-4, 20
The Cougars finally enter district play this week against winless Clearwater Calvary Christian. The winner could contend for the second playoff spot in Class 3A-5.
This week: vs. Clearwater Calvary Christian, 7 p.m.
5. (5) Out-of-Door Academy, 1-3, 18
Out-of-Door had a bye week to prepare for its rivalry game against Bradenton Christian. The loser will effectively be eliminated from postseason contention.
This week: vs. Bradenton Christian, 7 p.m.
--David B. Wilson, sports reporter
Voters: Sports reporters Jason Dill, David B. Wilson and Alan Dell; Sports correspondent Chad Brockhoff; Sports editor Andy Marks; Sports graphic designer Alex Barrett.