Prep Football Power Poll Week 11
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)
1. (1) Braden River, 9-0, 50 points (5)
The Pirates won't have star tailback Raymond Thomas (knee injury) for the rest of the season, but they're still rolling as the area's top team.
This week: vs. St. Pete Gibbs, 7:30 p.m.
2. (2) Manatee, 7-2, 40
The West Bradenton vs. East Bradenton showdown pits two playoff-bound clubs this season, with the Canes looking to win their 30th straight over county foes.
This week: vs. Southeast, 7:30 p.m.
3. (3) Palmetto, 6-3, 26
A disappointing two weeks has the Tigers out of the playoffs for the first time
This week: vs. Punta Gorda Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.
4. (4) Southeast, 5-4, 24
Kevin Johnson's 198 rushing yards propelled the Seminoles to last week's playoff clinching win, and gaining ground on Palmetto for No. 3 in the rankings.
This week: at Manatee, 7:30 p.m.
5. (5) Lakewood Ranch, 2-7, 10
A much-needed victory at woeful North Port can be backed up against another winnable road game at Arcadia DeSoto to wrap the season.
This week: at Arcadia DeSoto, 7:30 p.m.
6. (6) Bayshore, 1-8, 5
The Bruins have struggled all season, but end with a trip to Sarasota to face a playoff-bound Cougars club that hasn't looked the part against non-district opponents.
This week: at Cardinal Mooney, 7 p.m.
--Jason Dill, sports reporter
1. (1) IMG Academy, 8-0, 50 (5)
IMG's season is done after Dallas' Triple A Academy chose to forfeit this coming Friday's game at IMG Academy Stadium. Shea Patterson, the consensus No. 1 quarterback in the nation, finished the year with 18 touhdowns and four intereptions.
This week: season complete
2. (2) Saint Stephen's, 7-1, 40
The Falcons are on to the Sunshine State Athletic Conference semifinal in Boca Raton. Quarterback Fred Billy is coming off one of his best performances of the season with 212 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
This week: at Boca Raton Christian, 7 p.m.
3. (3) Cardinal Mooney, 2-7, 30
The Cougars are the runner-up in their district and close the regular season with a winnable game against Bayshore, even without running back Jaz Mongeon.
This week: vs. Bayshore, 7 p.m.
4. (4) Bradenton Christian, 3-6, 20
For the first time this season the Panthers' defense was the star, holding an opponent to single digits for the first time this season Friday against Fort Myers Canterbury.
This week: at St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut, 7 p.m.
5. (5) Out-of-Door Academy, 2-7, 10
Freshman quarterback Anthony Squitieri has been excellent in the second half of the season, throwing for at least 146 yards in each of his past five games.
This week: vs. Fort Myers Canterbury, 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.