** Updated 12/16/04**

Updated 12/29/2018

 

FLORIDA's BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS - 20 Year Summary

 

Here is an analysis of the best high school teams in Florida since I began rating them in 1999.

 

The first category is strictly based on Average Power Ranking or "Strength" vs. In-State Opponents, regardless of classification or school population.

 

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 120 games vs. Florida high schools over the past 20 seasons.

 

Selection criteria is based upon "on field" performance versus FLORIDA SCHOOLS ONLY. It is "unofficial" 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 2018:

 

Rank

School

Power

1

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale)

156.14

2

Miami Central

152.68

3

Armwood (Seffner)

151.83

4

Lakeland

149.29

5

Miami Northwestern

148.70

6

Washington (Miami)

148.00

7

Bolles (Jacksonville)

147.68

8

Madison County (Madison)

147.10

9

Mainland (Daytona Beach)

147.04

10

Manatee (Bradenton)

146.27

 

Rounding out the Top 50:

 

Rank

School

Power

11

Lincoln (Tallahassee)

146.03

12

Apopka

145.53

13

Naples

145.39

14

Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens)

144.94

15

Columbia (Lake City)

144.78

16

Christopher Columbus (Miami)

144.18

17

Glades Central (Belle Glade)

143.95

18

Trinity Christian (Jacksonville)

143.78

19

Plant (Tampa)

143.78

20

Venice

143.76

21

Palm Bay (Melbourne)

143.73

22

Cocoa

143.71

23

Miami Carol City

143.53

24

Hillsborough (Tampa)

143.07

25

Godby (Tallahassee)

143.00

26

Niceville

142.97

27

St. Augustine

142.97

28

American Heritage (Plantation)

141.99

29

Jefferson (Tampa)

141.36

30

Deerfield Beach

140.92

31

Pine Forest (Pensacola)

140.81

32

Miami Southridge

140.36

33

Lake Gibson (Lakeland)

139.43

34

Osceola (Kissimmee)

139.42

35

Raines (Jacksonville)

139.35

36

Miramar

139.29

37

Dr. Phillips (Orlando)

139.24

38

Plantation

138.95

39

Pace

138.93

40

Vero Beach

138.85

41

Miami Norland

138.40

42

South Dade (Homestead)

138.13

43

Fletcher (Neptune Beach)

137.98

44

Lake Brantley (Altamonte Springs)

137.79

45

Ely (Pompano Beach)

137.76

46

Charlotte (Punta Gorda)

137.39

47

Atlantic (Delray Beach)

137.18

48

Jesuit (Tampa)

137.14

49

Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale)

137.05

50

Edgewater (Orlando)

137.01

 

Rounding out the top 100:

 

Rank

School

Power

51

Pensacola

136.92

52

Dillard (Fort Lauderdale)

136.91

53

Miami Jackson

136.86

54

Bartram Trail (St. Johns)

136.71

55

Chaminade (Hollywood)

136.58

56

Riverview (Sarasota)

136.41

57

Rockledge

136.37

58

Southeast (Bradenton)

136.33

59

Fort Myers

136.15

60

Merritt Island

136.02

61

Wakulla (Crawfordville)

136.00

62

Palmetto

135.89

63

Immokalee

135.88

64

Miami Killian

135.74

65

Cypress Bay (Weston)

135.59

66

Monsignor Pace (Miami)

135.55

67

Gainesville

135.44

68

Ed White (Jacksonville)

135.20

69

Kathleen (Lakeland)

135.07

70

North Marion (Citra)

135.06

71

Escambia (Pensacola)

135.05

72

Palm Beach Gardens

134.68

73

Lake Mary

134.47

74

Winter Park

134.47

75

Fleming Island (Orange Park)

134.46

76

Choctawhatchee (Fort Walton Beach)

134.46

77

First Coast (Jacksonville)

134.43

78

Oviedo

134.40

79

Largo

134.39

80

Navarre

134.13

81

Milton

134.12

82

Crestview

134.01

83

Pahokee

133.91

84

Seminole (Sanford)

133.87

85

Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes)

133.81

86

Clay (Green Cove Springs)

133.65

87

South Sumter (Bushnell)

133.63

88

Sandalwood (Jacksonville)

133.53

89

Buchholz (Gainesville)

133.50

90

Winter Haven

133.43

91

Lake Wales

133.37

92

East Lake (Tarpon Springs)

133.27

93

Boone (Orlando)

133.10

94

University School (Davie)

132.95

95

Coral Gables

132.93

96

Tampa Bay Tech

132.72

97

Durant (Plant City)

132.45

98

DeLand

132.44

99

North Miami Beach

132.38

100

Hardee (Wauchula)

132.30

 

The Top 10 - IN STATE Wins from 1999 through 2018:


Rank

School

Wins

1

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale)

240

2

Armwood (Seffner)

237

3

Lakeland

228

4

Bolles (Jacksonville)

224

5

Trinity Christian (Jacksonville)

209

6

Madison County (Madison)

208

7

St. Augustine

207

8

Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens)

203

9

Naples

202

10

Glades Central (Belle Glade)

200

 

Rounding out the Top 51:

 

Rank

School

Wins

11

Mainland (Daytona Beach)

197

12

Miami Central

193

13

Miami Northwestern

189

14

Apopka

189

14

Fort Meade

189

16

Plant (Tampa)

184

16

Palm Bay (Melbourne)

184

18

Osceola (Kissimmee)

183

19

Christopher Columbus (Miami)

181

20

Cocoa

179

21

Manatee (Bradenton)

178

22

Lincoln (Tallahassee)

177

23

Washington (Miami)

176

24

Jesuit (Tampa)

175

24

South Sumter (Bushnell)

175

26

Jefferson (Tampa)

172

27

American Heritage (Plantation)

171

28

Dr. Phillips (Orlando)

170

28

American Heritage (Delray Beach)

170

30

Atlantic (Delray Beach)

169

31

Lake Gibson (Lakeland)

168

32

Columbia (Lake City)

167

32

Vero Beach

167

32

Chaminade (Hollywood)

167

32

Clearwater Central Catholic

167

36

Venice

166

36

North Florida Christian (Tallahassee)

166

38

Wakulla (Crawfordville)

165

39

Hillsborough (Tampa)

164

39

Fort Myers

164

41

Godby (Tallahassee)

163

42

North Marion (Citra)

161

43

Fletcher (Neptune Beach)

160

44

Deerfield Beach

159

44

South Dade (Homestead)

159

44

Immokalee

159

47

Edgewater (Orlando)

158

48

Raines (Jacksonville)

157

48

Charlotte (Punta Gorda)

157

50

Largo

155

50

Pahokee

155

 

Rounding out the Top 101:

 

Rank

School

Wins

52

Bishop Moore (Orlando)

154

53

Merritt Island

152

54

Hardee (Wauchula)

151

55

Lake Brantley (Altamonte Springs)

150

55

Belen Jesuit (Miami)

150

57

Monsignor Pace (Miami)

149

58

Countryside (Clearwater)

148

59

Pace

146

59

Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale)

146

61

Miami Carol City

145

61

Ely (Pompano Beach)

145

63

Palm Beach Gardens

144

64

Winter Park

143

65

Miami Southridge

142

66

Plantation

141

66

Winter Haven

141

68

Miramar

140

68

Oviedo

140

68

Clay (Green Cove Springs)

140

68

Boone (Orlando)

140

72

East Lake (Tarpon Springs)

139

72

Baker County (Glen St. Mary)

139

74

Niceville

138

75

Lake Wales

138

76

Bartram Trail (St. Johns)

137

76

Rockledge

137

78

Pine Forest (Pensacola)

136

78

Astronaut (Titusville)

136

80

First Coast (Jacksonville)

135

81

Southeast (Bradenton)

134

81

Trinity Catholic (Ocala)

134

83

Clewiston

133

84

Coral Gables

131

85

Gainesville

129

86

Palmetto

128

87

Miami Killian

127

87

Lake Mary

127

89

Navarre

126

89

Lakewood (St. Petersburg)

126

89

Pensacola Catholic

126

92

Pensacola

125

92

Kathleen (Lakeland)

125

94

Dillard (Fort Lauderdale)

124

95

Riverview (Sarasota)

123

96

Ed White (Jacksonville)

122

97

Seminole (Sanford)

121

98

Tampa Bay Tech

120

98

Durant (Plant City)

120

98

Booker (Sarasota)

120

98

Suwannee (Live Oak)

120

 

The Top 10 Teams by IN STATE Win Pct. From 1999 through 2018:

 

Rank

School

Pct.

1

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale)

0.8955

2

Lakeland

0.8941

3

Madison County (Madison)

0.8739

4

Armwood (Seffner)

0.8650

5

Bolles (Jacksonville)

0.8649

6

St. Augustine

0.8381

7

Trinity Christian (Jacksonville)

0.8294

8

Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens)

0.8286

9

Naples

0.8279

10

Miami Central

0.8178

 

Rounding out the Top 50:

 

Rank

School

Pct.

11

Glades Central (Belle Glade)

0.8097

12

Mainland (Daytona Beach)

0.8008

13

Palm Bay (Melbourne)

0.7764

14

Washington (Miami)

0.7753

15

Apopka

0.7746

16

Christopher Columbus (Miami)

0.7735

17

Fort Meade

0.7683

18

Lincoln (Tallahassee)

0.7662

19

Miami Northwestern

0.7652

20

Cocoa

0.7650

21

University School (Davie)

0.7643

22

Vero Beach

0.7626

23

Plant (Tampa)

0.7541

24

American Heritage (Plantation)

0.7533

25

Manatee (Bradenton)

0.7479

26

Jesuit (Tampa)

0.7479

27

Osceola (Kissimmee)

0.7469

28

North Florida Christian (Tallahassee)

0.7378

29

American Heritage (Delray Beach)

0.7359

30

South Sumter (Bushnell)

0.7353

31

Atlantic (Delray Beach)

0.7348

32

Columbia (Lake City)

0.7293

33

Hillsborough (Tampa)

0.7289

34

Wakulla (Crawfordville)

0.7269

35

Victory Christian (Lakeland)

0.7261

36

Fort Myers

0.7162

37

Chaminade (Hollywood)

0.7137

38

Venice

0.7124

39

Lake Gibson (Lakeland)

0.7119

40

Jefferson (Tampa)

0.7107

41

Fletcher (Neptune Beach)

0.7080

42

Clearwater Central Catholic

0.7076

43

Dr. Phillips (Orlando)

0.7054

44

Godby (Tallahassee)

0.6996

45

South Dade (Homestead)

0.6974

46

Largo

0.6951

47

Glades Day (Belle Glade)

0.6929

48

Raines (Jacksonville)

0.6916

48

Charlotte (Punta Gorda)

0.6916

50

Bishop Moore (Orlando)

0.6906

 

Rounding out the Top 100:

 

Rank

School

Pct.

51

Hardee (Wauchula)

0.6895

52

Niceville

0.6866

53

Deerfield Beach

0.6853

54

Countryside (Clearwater)

0.6852

55

Blountstown

0.6838

56

First Academy (Orlando)

0.6833

57

Pahokee

0.6828

58

Lafayette (Mayo)

0.6820

59

Port St. Joe

0.6812

60

Trinity Catholic (Ocala)

0.6802

61

North Marion (Citra)

0.6793

62

Dunnellon

0.6791

63

Dixie County (Cross City)

0.6787

64

Lake Brantley (Altamonte Springs)

0.6726

65

Monsignor Pace (Miami)

0.6712

66

Pace

0.6697

66

Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale)

0.6697

68

Park Vista (Lake Worth)

0.6688

69

South Fort Myers

0.6688

70

Belen Jesuit (Miami)

0.6667

71

Immokalee

0.6653

72

Land O'Lakes

0.6651

73

Merritt Island

0.6638

74

Edgewater (Orlando)

0.6583

75

King's Academy (West Palm Beach)

0.6571

76

Dade Christian (Miami)

0.6556

77

Palm Beach Gardens

0.6545

78

Calvary Christian (Fort Lauderdale)

0.6483

79

Pine Forest (Pensacola)

0.6476

80

Plantation

0.6468

81

Baker County (Glen St. Mary)

0.6465

82

Nature Coast Tech (Brooksville)

0.6456

83

Miami Southridge

0.6425

84

Oviedo

0.6422

85

Cypress Bay (Weston)

0.6416

86

Winter Park

0.6413

87

Melbourne Central Catholic

0.6404

88

Winter Haven

0.6380

89

Gulliver Prep (Pinecrest)

0.6368

90

Miami Carol City

0.6360

91

First Coast (Jacksonville)

0.6338

92

Ely (Pompano Beach)

0.6332

93

Fleming Island (Orange Park)

0.6322

94

Jupiter Christian

0.6307

95

Warner Christian (South Daytona)

0.6288

96

Miramar

0.6278

96

University Christian (Jacksonville)

0.6278

98

Boone (Orlando)

0.6250

99

Lake Wales

0.6244

100

Lakeland Christian

0.6232