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The Prep Zone Power Poll powered by Anytime Fitness of Gainesville – 2023 Football Poll #5


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Mainland (Daytona Beach) continues to hold sizable lead in regional rankings

GAINESVILLE — The high school football season is nearing the halfway mark as we head into week 5 tonight.

With four weeks in the books, the top team in The Prep Zone Power Poll continues to hail from Daytona Beach.

Mainland improved to 4-0 by blanking then-No. 9 Raines (Jacksonville), 26-0. With the win, the Bucs remained at the top of the regional all-classification rankings and were nearly unanimous again this week, receiving 11 of the 12 first-place votes.

Buchholz (Gainesville) remained second.

The Bobcats, led by Myles Graham’s 209 yards rushing, trounced Creekside (St. Johns) 49-20 in their District 3-4S opener.

Buchholz (4-0) received the other first-place vote as they prepare for a showdown with another unbeaten in No. 6 Vanguard (Ocala) Friday night at Citizens Field in Gainesville.

Hawthorne remained 3rd after extending its winning streak to 16 games in a row but the Hornets had to work for it against then-No. 10T South Sumter (Bushnell).

The Hornets (4-0) trailed 21-14 at halftime but outscored the Raiders 28-0 in the second half to pull away for a 42-21 win.

Bartram Trail (St. Johns) was off last week but moved up a spot to 4th after last week’s fourth-ranked team Trinity Christian (Jacksonville) lost at RV Bolles (Jacksonville) 26-21. The Bears (2-1) now have a showdown with St. Johns County rival No. 7 St. Augustine on Friday night.

Trinity Christian (2-2) dropped five spots to 9th after the loss to Bolles, who won its first game of 2023 but just missed moving back into the rankings this week as the Bulldogs (1-3) are the first team receiving votes.

Bradford (Starke) rounds out the top five after pounding Eastside (Gainesville), 34-7. The Tornadoes (4-0) are off this week before facing rival Keystone Heights in week six.

Vanguard moved up a spot to 6th as the Knights handed previously unbeaten RV Leesburg a 42-29 setback.

St. Augustine (3-0) moved up to No. 7 and prepared for their showdown with Bartram Trail by hammering Menendez (St. Augustine), 44-6.

Mandarin (Jacksonville) moved up two more spaces to 8th as they took care of previously unbeaten RV Atlantic Coast (Jacksonville), 30-0. The Mustangs (4-0) travel to Creekside on Friday night.

Following Trinity Christian and rounding out the top 10 is University Christian (Jacksonville). The Christians (2-1) were off last week and take a nearly nine-hour trip to the end of Florida this week at Key West.

The Prep Zone Power Poll ranks the top 20 high school football, girls basketball, boys basketball, softball & baseball teams (regardless of FHSAA classification) across 26 counties in North Florida (Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Madison, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, Sumter, St. Johns, Suwannee, Taylor, Union & Volusia counties). It is voted on weekly by sportswriters and sportscasters and it is powered by Anytime Fitness of Gainesville.

(School, followed by classification, first-place votes, current record, and total voting points)
1. Mainland (Daytona Beach) (3S) (11) (4-0) – 239
2. Buchholz (Gainesville) (4S) (1) (4-0) – 222
3. Hawthorne (1R) (4-0) – 206
4. Bartram Trail (St. Johns) (4S) (2-1) – 191
5. Bradford (Starke) (2S) (4-0) – 183
6. Vanguard (Ocala) (3S) (4-0) – 173
7. St. Augustine (3S) (3-0) – 163
8. Mandarin (Jacksonville) (4M) (4-0) – 157
9. Trinity Christian (Jacksonville) (1M) (2-2) – 132
10. University Christian (Jacksonville) (1M) (2-1) – 116
11. Suwannee (Live Oak) (2S) (3-0) – 112
12T. DeLand (4S) (3-1) – 91
12T. Williston (1R) (4-0) – 91
14. Raines (Jacksonville) (2M) (2-1) – 82
15. University (Orange City) (4S) (4-0) – 74
16. South Sumter (Bushnell) (2S) (3-1) – 68
17. Oakleaf (Orange Park) (4S) (2-0) – 39
18. Union County (Lake Butler) (1R) (2-1) – 35
19. Trinity Catholic (Ocala) (1S) (1-2) – 33
20. Madison County (1R) (2-0) – 28
Also receiving votes: Bolles (Jacksonville) (2M) (1-3) – 23; Ponte Vedra (4S) (2-1) – 16; Spruce Creek (Port Orange) (4S) (4-0) – 16; Palatka (2S) (4-0) – 9; Fort White (1R) (4-0) – 8; Fleming Island (Orange Park) (4S) (2-1) – 6; Lake Minneola (Minneola) (4S) (1-2) – 4; Leesburg (3S) (3-1) – 2; New Smyrna Beach (4S) (3-0) – 1.

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