** Updated 12/16/04**

Updated 12/31/2015

 

FLORIDA's BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS - 17 Year Summary

 

Listed below is an analysis of the best High School teams in Florida since I began rating them sixteen years ago in 1999.

 

The first category is strictly based on Average Power Ranking or "Strength" vs. In-State Opponents

 

The second category is based on total WINS vs. In-State Opponents

 

The third category reflects the winningest programs by percentage vs. In-State Opponents

 

In order to qualify, teams must have played at least 102 games vs. Florida high schools over the past 17 years.

 

Selection criteria is based upon "on field" performance versus FLORIDA SCHOOLS ONLY and does not reflect forfeit wins or losses as mandated by the FHSAA. Additionally, post season contests as well as any known postseason "in state" bowl games have been included in the calculation.

 

Here are the 10 strongest football programs in the state from 1999 through 2015:

 

Rank

School

Power

1

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale)

145.56

2

Miami Central

141.48

3

Armwood (Seffner)

141.09

4

Lakeland

138.46

5

Bolles (Jacksonville)

138.38

6

Washington (Miami)

138.21

7

Manatee (Bradenton)

137.35

8

Miami Northwestern

137.21

9

Madison County (Madison)

137.14

10

Lincoln (Tallahassee)

136.83

 

Rounding out the Top 50:

 

Rank

School

Power

11

Mainland (Daytona Beach)

136.70

12

Glades Central (Belle Glade)

135.80

13

Naples

135.52

14

Apopka

134.79

15

Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens)

134.73

16

Palm Bay (Melbourne)

134.54

17

Columbia (Lake City)

133.96

18

Christopher Columbus (Miami)

133.40

19

Godby (Tallahassee)

133.36

20

Niceville

133.08

21

Hillsborough (Tampa)

133.01

22

St. Augustine

132.82

23

Plant (Tampa)

132.43

24

Jefferson (Tampa)

132.26

25

Trinity Christian (Jacksonville)

132.06

26

Cocoa

131.89

27

Venice

131.34

28

Pine Forest (Pensacola)

131.29

29

Pace

130.66

30

Miami Carol City

130.28

31

Ely (Pompano Beach)

130.04

32

Deerfield Beach

129.69

33

Plantation

129.60

34

Pensacola

129.51

35

American Heritage (Plantation)

129.38

36

Lake Gibson (Lakeland)

129.29

37

Miami Southridge

129.04

38

Edgewater (Orlando)

128.41

39

Miramar

128.34

40

Osceola (Kissimmee)

128.26

41

Lake Brantley (Altamonte Springs)

128.21

42

Cypress Bay (Weston)

128.08

43

Dr. Phillips (Orlando)

128.00

44

Miami Killian

127.97

45

Southeast (Bradenton)

127.78

46

Miami Norland

127.71

47

Fletcher (Neptune Beach)

127.60

48

Raines (Jacksonville)

127.56

49

South Dade (Homestead)

127.48

50

Charlotte (Punta Gorda)

127.13

 

Rounding out the top 100:

 

Rank

School

Power

51

Vero Beach

126.90

52

Dillard (Fort Lauderdale)

126.89

53

Miami Jackson

126.88

54

Atlantic (Delray Beach)

126.64

55

Ed White (Jacksonville)

126.57

56

Merritt Island

126.47

57

Milton

126.25

58

Monsignor Pace (Miami)

126.11

59

South Sumter (Bushnell)

125.82

60

Fort Myers

125.78

61

Jesuit (Tampa)

125.78

62

Palm Beach Gardens

125.74

63

Choctawhatchee (Fort Walton Beach)

125.70

64

Immokalee

125.42

65

North Marion (Citra)

125.40

66

Rockledge

125.33

67

Largo

125.33

68

First Coast (Jacksonville)

125.31

69

Wakulla (Crawfordville)

125.19

70

Oviedo

125.16

71

Gainesville

125.09

72

Kathleen (Lakeland)

125.02

73

Palmetto

124.96

74

Riverview (Sarasota)

124.74

75

Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes)

124.60

76

Bartram Trail (St. Johns)

124.40

77

Seabreeze (Daytona Beach)

124.34

78

Lake Mary

124.27

79

Escambia (Pensacola)

124.25

80

Lake Wales

124.13

81

Chaminade (Hollywood)

124.03

82

Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale)

124.01

83

Fleming Island (Orange Park)

123.82

84

Pahokee

123.80

85

Countryside (Clearwater)

123.51

86

Mosley (Lynn Haven)

123.50

87

Astronaut (Titusville)

123.25

88

Homestead

123.23

89

DeLand

122.88

90

Winter Haven

122.86

91

North Miami Beach

122.78

92

Boone (Orlando)

122.75

93

Clay (Green Cove Springs)

122.73

94

Buchholz (Gainesville)

122.59

95

East Lake (Tarpon Springs)

122.57

96

Durant (Plant City)

122.38

97

Trinity Catholic (Ocala)

122.34

98

Winter Park

122.15

99

Fort Walton Beach

122.12

100

New Smyrna Beach

122.12

 

The Top 10 - IN STATE Wins from 1999 through 2015:

 

Rank

School

Wins

1

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale)

207

2

Armwood (Seffner)

200

3

Bolles (Jacksonville)

199

4

Lakeland

195

5

Glades Central (Belle Glade)

179

5

St. Augustine

179

7

Trinity Christian (Jacksonville)

176

8

Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens)

174

8

Fort Meade

174

10

Mainland (Daytona Beach)

172

 

Rounding out the Top 50:

 

Rank

School

Wins

11

Naples

171

12

Madison County (Madison)

170

13

Miami Central

169

14

Apopka

165

15

Palm Bay (Melbourne)

164

16

Lincoln (Tallahassee)

160

16

South Sumter (Bushnell)

160

18

Manatee (Bradenton)

159

19

Washington (Miami)

158

20

Miami Northwestern

157

21

Osceola (Kissimmee)

154

21

American Heritage (Delray Beach)

154

23

Christopher Columbus (Miami)

152

24

Jefferson (Tampa)

151

25

Plant (Tampa)

149

25

North Florida Christian (Tallahassee)

149

27

Cocoa

147

28

Lake Gibson (Lakeland)

145

28

Jesuit (Tampa)

145

30

Columbia (Lake City)

143

30

Hillsborough (Tampa)

143

32

North Marion (Citra)

142

33

Godby (Tallahassee)

140

33

American Heritage (Plantation)

140

33

Fort Myers

140

33

Wakulla (Crawfordville)

140

37

Ely (Pompano Beach)

139

37

Fletcher (Neptune Beach)

139

39

Dr. Phillips (Orlando)

138

39

Atlantic (Delray Beach)

138

41

Edgewater (Orlando)

137

41

Largo

137

43

South Dade (Homestead)

136

43

Chaminade (Hollywood)

136

45

Lake Brantley (Altamonte Springs)

135

45

Vero Beach

135

47

Deerfield Beach

134

47

Merritt Island

134

49

Immokalee

133

49

Countryside (Clearwater)

133

 

Rounding out the Top 100:

 

Rank

School

Wins

51

Monsignor Pace (Miami)

132

51

Palm Beach Gardens

132

53

Pace

131

53

Charlotte (Punta Gorda)

131

55

Venice

130

56

Pahokee

129

56

Belen Jesuit (Miami)

129

58

Hardee (Wauchula)

126

59

Raines (Jacksonville)

124

59

First Coast (Jacksonville)

124

61

Oviedo

123

61

Winter Haven

123

61

Clewiston

123

64

Niceville

121

64

Boone (Orlando)

121

66

Plantation

120

66

Lake Wales

120

66

Astronaut (Titusville)

120

66

Trinity Catholic (Ocala)

120

70

Pine Forest (Pensacola)

119

70

Miramar

119

70

Miami Killian

119

70

Southeast (Bradenton)

119

74

Rockledge

117

74

Clay (Green Cove Springs)

117

74

East Lake (Tarpon Springs)

117

77

Miami Carol City

116

77

Pensacola

116

79

Miami Southridge

114

80

Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale)

113

81

Ed White (Jacksonville)

112

81

Bartram Trail (St. Johns)

112

81

Winter Park

112

84

Lake Mary

111

84

Coral Gables

111

86

Kathleen (Lakeland)

110

86

Baker County (Glen St. Mary)

110

88

Gainesville

109

89

Booker (Sarasota)

108

90

Palmetto

107

91

Lakewood (St. Petersburg)

106

91

Nease (Ponte Vedra Beach)

106

93

Miami Norland

105

93

Seabreeze (Daytona Beach)

105

95

Dillard (Fort Lauderdale)

104

95

Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes)

104

97

Durant (Plant City)

103

97

Suwannee (Live Oak)

103

99

Milton

102

100

Melbourne

101

 

The Top 10 Teams by IN STATE Win Pct. From 1999 through 2015:

 

Rank

School

Pct.

1

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale)

0.9000

2

Lakeland

0.8945

3

Bolles (Jacksonville)

0.8884

4

Armwood (Seffner)

0.8621

5

Madison County (Madison)

0.8586

6

St. Augustine

0.8524

7

Glades Central (Belle Glade)

0.8404

8

Trinity Christian (Jacksonville)

0.8302

9

Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens)

0.8286

10

Naples

0.8261

 

Rounding out the Top 50:

 

Rank

School

Pct.

11

Miami Central

0.8244

12

Washington (Miami)

0.8144

13

Fort Meade

0.8093

14

Mainland (Daytona Beach)

0.8075

15

Lincoln (Tallahassee)

0.7960

16

Palm Bay (Melbourne)

0.7923

17

Apopka

0.7820

18

South Sumter (Bushnell)

0.7767

19

Christopher Columbus (Miami)

0.7716

20

American Heritage (Delray Beach)

0.7700

21

Manatee (Bradenton)

0.7681

22

Miami Northwestern

0.7621

23

University School (Davie)

0.7570

24

North Florida Christian (Tallahassee)

0.7525

25

Cocoa

0.7500

26

Hillsborough (Tampa)

0.7409

27

Jesuit (Tampa)

0.7360

28

Vero Beach

0.7337

29

Columbia (Lake City)

0.7333

30

Plant (Tampa)

0.7304

31

Osceola (Kissimmee)

0.7264

32

Jefferson (Tampa)

0.7260

33

American Heritage (Plantation)

0.7254

33

Fort Myers

0.7254

33

Wakulla (Crawfordville)

0.7254

36

Atlantic (Delray Beach)

0.7188

37

Lake Gibson (Lakeland)

0.7178

38

Largo

0.7135

39

Fletcher (Neptune Beach)

0.7092

40

Countryside (Clearwater)

0.7074

41

Lake Brantley (Altamonte Springs)

0.7068

42

South Fort Myers

0.7063

43

Trinity Catholic (Ocala)

0.7059

44

North Marion (Citra)

0.6995

45

South Dade (Homestead)

0.6974

45

Chaminade (Hollywood)

0.6974

47

Pace

0.6968

48

Godby (Tallahassee)

0.6965

49

Niceville

0.6954

50

Palm Beach Gardens

0.6947

 

Rounding out the Top 100:

 

Rank

School

Pct.

51

Dr. Phillips (Orlando)

0.6935

52

Ely (Pompano Beach)

0.6915

53

Monsignor Pace (Miami)

0.6839

54

Charlotte (Punta Gorda)

0.6788

55

Hardee (Wauchula)

0.6774

56

Merritt Island

0.6768

57

Venice

0.6736

58

Pahokee

0.6719

59

Edgewater (Orlando)

0.6716

60

First Coast (Jacksonville)

0.6703

61

Deerfield Beach

0.6700

62

Pine Forest (Pensacola)

0.6685

63

Cypress Bay (Weston)

0.6667

64

Belen Jesuit (Miami)

0.6649

65

Pensacola

0.6629

66

Immokalee

0.6617

67

Oviedo

0.6578

68

Raines (Jacksonville)

0.6561

69

Plantation

0.6486

70

Winter Haven

0.6406

71

Astronaut (Titusville)

0.6349

72

Lake Wales

0.6316

73

Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale)

0.6278

74

Clewiston

0.6276

75

Boone (Orlando)

0.6269

76

Southeast (Bradenton)

0.6230

77

Baker County (Glen St. Mary)

0.6215

78

Miramar

0.6198

78

Miami Killian

0.6198

80

Fleming Island (Orange Park)

0.6197

81

Miami Southridge

0.6196

82

Rockledge

0.6190

83

Clay (Green Cove Springs)

0.6094

84

Miami Carol City

0.6073

85

Lake Mary

0.6066

85

Coral Gables

0.6066

87

East Lake (Tarpon Springs)

0.6062

88

Winter Park

0.6054

89

Ed White (Jacksonville)

0.6022

90

Bartram Trail (St. Johns)

0.5989

91

Kathleen (Lakeland)

0.5946

92

Palmetto

0.5847

93

Booker (Sarasota)

0.5838

94

Timber Creek (Orlando)

0.5802

95

Miami Norland

0.5801

96

Durant (Plant City)

0.5722

97

Milton

0.5667

98

Gainesville

0.5648

99

Lakewood (St. Petersburg)

0.5638

99

Nease (Ponte Vedra Beach)

0.5638