The regular season for prep football in the state of Florida began last week and we here at the Hernando Sun want to give you the Hernando County reader all the insight you can get during the 2018 campaign. We will be doing a weekly Top 5 ranking of the five teams within Hernando County. We now take a look at the Hernando Sun Top 5 Prep Football Poll heading into Week 2 of the regular season.
No. 1 Hernando (1-0, 0-0): It was an overall dominating performance by Hernando last week when they defeated Fivay 40-7. The Leopards were able to receive solid performances across the board on offense and defense, with this week’s contest against Dakota Ridge of Littleton, Colorado being one of Hernando’s toughest of the season.
No. 2 Springstead (1-0, 0-0): There was never any real doubt that Springstead was going to have a very good team this fall, but the Eagles made sure to drive home that point last week in their season opening contest. The Eagles drummed Central to the tune of 41-0 and cruised to an easy season opening victory. This week Springstead will face off against a more formidable opponent in Weeki Wachee at home.
No. 3 Nature Coast (0-1, 0-0): No team out of Hernando County had a tougher season opener than Nature Coast Technical, as they went on the road and faced Ridgeview. Though the Sharks fell 30-27, Nature Coast was able to get a huge performance out of running back Michael Weston, who rushed for over 200 yards. The Sharks will now turn their attention to Bushnell South Sumter this week.
No. 4 Weeki Wachee (0-1, 0-0): The Hornets are still smarting from a season opening 37-20 loss to Lake Weir and have to quickly regroup as they’ll face a Springstead team seemingly operating on all cylinders. Jacob Gray’s group has a tough stretch ahead with Springstead, Hudson Fivay, Central and then Inverness Citrus.
No. 5 Central (0-1, 0-0): No team in Hernando County was shutout other than Central in the season opener. There was always going to be growing pains to start off for first-year head coach John Warren. The Bears are young and must change around culture.