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St. Thomas, Central - Finish 1, 2!

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JACKSONVILLE – St. Thomas Aquinas finished what it started two years ago, by capturing the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Top 25 trophy for the second time in three years.

The Raiders were a unanimous #1, after sharing the first place vote distribution all season long with Manatee (a 31-7 semi-final victory for the Raiders) and Cocoa (the 2A champion). St. Thomas Aquinas started the pre-season Top 25 as the #8 ranked team and quickly moved to #1 after two weeks and stayed there the remainder of the season.

Miami Central, the pre-season #1 team, finished #2 by walloping previous #6 Dr. Phillips 42-27 in the class 6A finals. The Rockets edged out Cocoa (2A) by one point. The Tigers of Cocoa have the state’s longest winning streak at 38 straight after a come-from-behind victory over Glades Central, 14-13 in the 2A state championship game. Tampa Jefferson (3A champion) moved up four spots to #4 after beating #15 Miami Norland 44-34 in the 3A championship game.

Dr. Phillips and Armwood (4A, previously ranked #3) finished tied for fifth, with both teams losing in the state championship game.

Four top-10 ranked teams fell in the state semi-finals, including #10 Dwyer (ranked fifth) to #5 Armwood (ranked third) 22-20, #11 Manatee (ranked #2) to St. Thomas Aquinas, #12 St. Augustine (ranked ninth, to #4 Jefferson) and #13 Lakeland (ranked #9) to #7 Plant.
Tallahassee Lincoln jumped 13 spots to #9 after an upset win over Armwood. The Trojans were 3-4 at one point in the season before an eight game winning streak put them as the 4A champions. Ocala Trinity Catholic used its three-overtime victory over University School of Davie (ranked #16) to move up three spots to #8.

Cypress Bay entered the final poll after nearly beating Miami Central in the state semi-finals, before falling 30-27. The Lightning finished 11-3 and ranked #23.

RN School (FPV) Class W/L LW PTS
1 St. Thomas Aquinas(13) 5A 15-0 1 300
2 Miami Central 6A 14-1 7 280

3 Cocoa 2A 14-0 4 279
4 Jefferson 3A 15-0 8 260
5T Dr. Phillips 6A 14-1 6 226
5T Armwood 4A 14-1 3 226
7 Tampa Plant 5A 12-3 14 204
8 Ocala Trinity Catholic 2B 14-0 11 201
9 Tallahassee Lincoln 4A 11-4 24 198
10 Dwyer 4A 12-2 5 197
11 Manatee 5A 13-1 2 173
12 St. Augustine 3A 13-1 10 161
13 Lakeland 5A 13-1 9 155
14 Glades Central 2A 12-2 13 144
15 Miami Norland 3A 13-2 15 143
16 Davie University 2B 12-1 17 106

17 Pensacola 3A 12-1 16 97
18 South Fort Myers 3A 12-1 12 96
19 Jacksonville Trinity Christian 1A 12-2 21 88
20 Madison County 2A 12-1 19 84
21 Punta Gorda Charlotte 4A 12-1 20 43
22 Gainesville 4A 11-3 18 42
23 Weston Cypress Bay 6A 11-3 NR 38
24 Melbourne Palm Bay 4A 12-1 23 27
25 Fleming Island 5A 12-1 22 25
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: -- Miami Northwestern (6A, 9-3) 23; Glades Day (1B, 10-4) 19; Clearwater Countryside (5A, 12-1) 12; Cape Coral Island Coast (2B, 12-1), 11; Jacksonville Bolles (2B, 11-1), 9; Jacksonville First Coast (4A, 11-1), 8; Southeast (Bradenton) (3A, 10-3) 8; American Heritage – Delray (1A, 11-3), 6; Miami Columbus (6A, 10-1), 5; Naples (3A, 11-1), 3; Sanford Seminole (6A, 11-3), 2; Warner Christian (1B, 13-1), 1

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