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Blue Darters #6 in MaxPreps poll despite canceled game with Ocoee

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Despite a cancelled game with the Ocoee Knights last Friday night, the Apopka Blue Darters only fell one spot in the MaxPreps statewide poll of Class 8A schools. Apopka remains unbeaten at 3-0 and ranked #6. This Friday they face the Edgewater Eagles at home.

Other local teams in the top 25 are Lake Mary (#3), (Sanford) Seminole (#4), (Winter Garden) West Orange (#13), Winter Park (#14), (Orlando) Boone (#16), (Orlando) Dr. Phillips (#19), Ocoee (#22), (Altamonte Springs) Lake Brantley (#24), and Oviedo (#25).

How does MaxPreps calculate its computer rankings?

MaxPreps does not poll coaches, sportswriters, or fans. Nor does its staff make any judgments on the merits of any individual team. Prior season history, school size, and comments on message boards are not considered in the MaxPreps Computer Rankings.

The system utilizes the huge number of game results stored in the MaxPreps database. Generally, the more a team wins, the higher the ranking. However, the system takes into account quality wins (against other highly ranked opponents) and strength of schedule.

For example, a team's ranking is hurt more by losing to a team that is ranked below them than a team ranked ahead.

Edgewater at Apopka

The Blue Darters face perhaps their toughest opponent of the early season in the Edgewater Eagles this Friday night at Roger Williams Field on the campus of Apopka High School.

The Eagles are 3-1 on the year with their only loss coming to #1 ranked Venice (Class 8A) on the road. Edgewater has a potent offense, averaging over 42 points per game including 52 and 63 point outputs in its last two games.

This will definitely be a test for an Apopka defense that is allowing less than 5 points per game, including two shutouts. The Eagles are ranked #3 in the MaxPreps 7A poll.

Here are the Week #4 MaxPreps rankings for Class 8A Florida High Schools:

#

School

Ovr.

Rating

Str.

Venice

Treasure Coast (Port St. Lucie)

Lake Mary

Seminole (Sanford)

Deerfield Beach

Apopka

Bartram Trail (St. Johns)

Columbus (Miami)

Osceola (Kissimmee)

Vero Beach

Palm Beach Central (Wellington)

Western (Davie)

West Orange (Winter Garden)

Winter Park

Creekside (St. Johns)

Boone (Orlando)

Riverview Sarasota (Sarasota)

Palmetto (Miami)

Dr. Phillips (Orlando)

Flagler Palm Coast (Palm Coast)

Stoneman Douglas (Parkland)

Ocoee

Sarasota

Lake Brantley (Altamonte Springs)

Oviedo

1 3-0 63.1 38.3
2 3-0 57.0 17.8
3 3-0 51.7 30.6
4 4-0 51.1 15.3
5 3-1 48.4 28.1
6 3-0 46.9 14.1
7 3-1 38.6 26.5
8 1-2 38.4 43.5
9 2-1 38.3 17.4
10 2-1 38.0 31.3
11 4-0 36.7 4.7
12 2-1 36.5 30.3
13 3-1 36.2 9.8
14 3-1 34.7 20.5
15 4-0 33.5 14.0
16 2-1 31.0 13.3
17 3-1 30.8 27.2
18 2-1 30.4 15.4
19 2-2 29.1 25.1
20 2-1 28.4 15.5
21 2-1 27.6 21.5
22 3-0 27.0 6.7
23 3-1 21.0 13.4
24 3-1 20.9 13.7
25 3-0 20.5 -6.4

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