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Who is in the lead for The News-Press/Naples Daily News Football and Volleyball rankings as Week 8 begins?

Week 7 in the highschool football and volleyball landscapes across Southwest Florida continued to supply more answers. The News-Press and Naples Every day News will rank the Top 10 football and volleyball teams in Collier and Lee counties and LaBelle each week. The facility rankings are based on record, strength of schedule, and head-to-head matchups for the realm’s 30-plus schools.

Listed here are the Top 10 teams in The News-Press/Naples Every day News Football Rankings heading into Week 8.


1. Bishop Verot (6-1)
Last week: 1
Evaluation: Nothing’s changing here anytime soon. The Vikings hung tough and erased a 28-7 deficit within the second half against a really strong Jesuit team, taking a 29-28 lead before falling in the ultimate minute of motion. Verot will look to maneuver to 7-1 this Thursday against Gateway in district play.

2. First Baptist (4-2)
Last week: 3
Evaluation: It was mentioned in last week’s rankings that if First Baptist defeated Wekiva, the No. 2 spot was theirs. The Lions defeated the Mustangs 42-35 on the road, moving to 4-2 on the season with the gauntlet of their schedule being within the rear-view mirror. Expect a much lighter challenge this week when FBA travels to St. John Neumann.

3. Dunbar (5-1)
Last week: 2
Evaluation: The Tigers drop by virtue of First Baptist’s win over Wekiva, but Dunbar can reclaim the spot. Sammy Brown’s group has to travel to Lowndes to tackle a superb Vikings team that is amongst one of the best in Georgia. If Dunbar can get redemption this time around, there will likely be an actual conversation for the No. 2 spot in these rankings.

4. Golden Gate (4-2)
Last week: 4
Evaluation: The Titans were idle last week, recovering from a 48-46 loss to First Baptist. This week, Golden Gate is back in motion, taking up Barron Collier on the road in The News-Press/Naples Every day News Game of the Week.

5. Naples (6-1)
Last week: 5
Evaluation: The Golden Eagles proceed to do every thing right, posting back-to-back shutouts, this time against Palmetto Ridge. Naples scored on nine of its 23 offensive plays, hitting paydirt nearly 40 percent of the time against the Bears. Next up is the fiftieth edition of the Coconut Bowl against Lely.

6. Barron Collier (5-1)
Last week: 7
Evaluation: The Cougars jump back as much as No. 6 on this poll following a 20-19 win against South Fort Myers. Barron won the sport with backup quarterback Brian Williams, who began instead of injured starter Niko Boyce. The Cougars’ defense has been stout this season, and it is going to be put to the test once more versus No. 4 Golden Gate.

7. Fort Myers (4-2)
Last week: 6
Evaluation: The Greenies didn’t play last week, but nonetheless hit their low water mark on this poll at No. 7. Fort Myers has shown vulnerability on defense as of late, allowing a combined 34 points to Charlotte and East Lee County, not to say 40 to Dunbar, 49 to St. Thomas Aquinas, and 14 to Riverdale. The Green Wave will look to maintain their playoff hopes alive against South Fort Myers in district motion.

8. South Fort Myers (4-2)
Last week: 8
Evaluation: The Wolfpack hold at No. 8 despite losing to No. 6 Barron Collier, being inside one rating within the closing stages. South’s playoff probability went down following last week’s loss, but have a probability to enhance their standing this week in a must-win game against Fort Myers. If South wins, the Wolfpack control their very own destiny to a district title.

9. Mariner (6-0)
Last week: 9
Evaluation: The Tritons have been off and can have their biggest game of the season so far, a contest with North Fort Myers that is prone to determine the district champion in Class 3S-District 14. Mariner and North must win the district to make the postseason, making this game much more appetizing within the lead up.

10. Community School (6-0)
Last week: 10
Evaluation: The Seahawks proceed to win, most recently a 49-0 rout of ABF Academy out of Hialeah. CSN is 6-0 under first-year coach Michael Stannard and will have zero problems moving to 7-0 this week when this system takes on Canterbury at home.

First Five Out: Immokalee (3-4), Gulf Coast (4-2), Estero (5-1), Lely (4-2), East Lee County (2-4)


1. Barron Collier (15-4)
Last week: 1
Evaluation: The Cougars went 3-2 at Venice’s Battle on the Beach, losing to Viera and Bishop Kenny before beating Clearwater Central Catholic, Florida High, and Venice. Barron tacked on one other resumé win Tuesday night against No. 3 First Baptist, winning in 4 sets. Next for the Cougars is the Warrior Invite in Miami this weekend, facing Doral Academy, Boca Raton Christian, and Divine Savior in pool play.

2. Seacrest Country Day (16-2)
Last week: 2
Evaluation: The Stingrays proceed to churn out results, most recently a sweep of a CSN team that entered the sport winning their last nine contests. Seacrest has a tune-up game against Naples on Thursday before joining Barron in Miami, taking up Cypress Bay, St. Brendan, and University School in pool play.

3. First Baptist (16-4)
Last week: 3
Evaluation: The Lions had a probability to down the No. 1 team in Southwest Florida, but got here up short against the Cougars in 4 sets. Last week, First Baptist did defeat Bishop Verot in what might be a rematch within the district semifinals. Before that, FBA can even head to Miami, playing Westminster Christian, Boca Raton, and Southwest in pool play on Friday.

4. Community School (16-6)
Last week: 4
Evaluation: The Seahawks saw their nine-game win streak conclude with a sweep by No. 2 Seacrest. Sitting at 16-6, Alicia MacIntyre Ewerth’s group has another game against Neumann come Thursday before districts are to be played next week.

5. Canterbury (14-8)
Last week: 5
Evaluation: The Cougars grabbed an enormous win before the season concluded, winning in 4 sets over a feisty Verot team that just about took the match to the fifth set. Canterbury has another regular season game before districts, a road contest at Gulf Coast on Thursday.

6. Gulf Coast (16-6)
Last week: 6
Evaluation: The Sharks have had an excellent season under John Alvarez, winning 15 games at this point within the season. Gulf Coast is poised to make a run in Class 5A, and a win over Canterbury on Thursday would further solidify that belief.

7. Bishop Verot (18-6)
Last week: 7
Evaluation: The Vikings are making progress, but it surely is just not where it must be just yet should the team wish to surprise teams locally. Verot nearly went to a fifth set with Canterbury, falling in 4 sets in a competitive match. The Vikings will get LaBelle at home on Wednesday, before possibly seeing the Cougars for a 3rd time within the district semifinals next week.

8. Estero (14-9)
Last week: 8
Evaluation: The Wildcats did what they were alleged to do Thursday night, and that was to beat North Fort Myers. John Ban’s group has another regular season game to go, a tilt with Ida Baker. If Estero wins that game, they’ll be an ideal 10-0 in LCAC play this 12 months, having not dropped a single set to an LCAC opponent.

9. Riverdale (13-9)
Last week: 9
Evaluation: The Raiders are looking for consistency before next week, because the team was in a position to beat Fort Myers on the Wildcat Invite 11 days ago, but has been in some surprisingly close matches against inferior opponents. Riverdale has another game against Bonita Springs on Thursday before district play.

10. Fort Myers (16-6)
Last week: 10
Evaluation: The Greenies are sitting at 16-6, with a pair of games against Bonita Springs and Charlotte still on the docket before districts. It’s prone to expect a split here, giving Fort Myers a daily season record of 17-7. That will be one of the best mark under coach Shannon Puder in her third 12 months leading this system.

First Five Out: St. John Neumann (13-7), North Fort Myers (17-6), Bonita Springs (14-7), SFCA (18-7), Marco Island (17-5)


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