Impressive outings each of the past two weeks helped Ocoee make a huge leap into this week’s Sentinel Super 16 football rankings.
The Knights came up big on defense in the fourth quarter on Friday to knock off then-No. 9 Wekiva with a 24-20 win. Ocoee, which enters the Super 16 at No. 10, opened the season with a 13-0 lead at top-ranked Apopka on Sept. 17 before falling short in that game 15-13.
Ocoee returns to the field Monday at home against Evans. The Trojans returned to practice on Tuesday after being forced into quarantine due to COVID-19 infections two weeks ago.
Apopka held off No. 5 Dr. Phillips in a 14-7 win last week and maintains a slim hold on the top spot ahead of No. 2 Edgewater, No. 3 Jones and No. 4 Seminole.
Seminole plays at ninth-ranked Lake Minneola this week in a matchup of Super 16 teams. The Hawks moved up two spots in the rankings following a convincinig win at Tohopekaliga.
Edgewater’s game Friday at Wekiva was canceled on Tuesday due to positive COVID-19 test results within its football team.
The Super 16 includes last week’s ranking in parenthesis if different and current win-loss records.
Sentinel Super 16
1. Apopka (2-0): Blue Darters rushed for 245 yards and senior Jaquan Lowman scored two touchdowns, including one for 73 yards, in a 14-7 win vs. No. 5 Dr. Phillips (1-1). Next: Friday at No. 15 Lake Brantley (1-1).
2. Edgewater (1-1): Sophomore RB C.J. Baxter carried the ball 13 times for 99 yards and 2 TDs and caught three passes for 85 yards in a 36-6 win vs. then-No. 10 Winter Park (1-1). Next: Friday, Oct. 9 vs. No. 8 Timber Creek (2-0).
3. Jones (1-0): Last week’s game vs. Evans (0-0) was canceled. Tigers defeated Bishop Moore 32-26 on Sept. 17. Next: Friday at Lake Nona (2-0).
4. Seminole (2-0): Senior QB Timmy McClain scored on a 4-yard run in the first quarter and a 63-yard run in the second quarter during a 31-14 win vs. Daytona Beach Mainland (1-1). Next: Friday at No. 9 Lake Minneola (1-0).
5. Dr. Phillips (1-1): Junior Joanes Fortilien and senior Jalen Thompson combined for nine catches for 88 yards in a 14-7 loss at No. 1 Apopka (2-0). Next: Friday at Windermere High (0-1).
6. DeLand (1-0): Bulldogs debuted with 39-0 win vs. Deltona (0-2) as Timar Rogers recorded three of the team’s five sacks and C.J. Ashford intercepted a pass. Next: Friday vs. Port Orange Spruce Creek (1-1).
7. Osceola (1-0): Kowboys rushed for 257 yards and junior RB Roshaun Dudley scored two touchdowns on three carries in a 56-0 win vs. Liberty (0-1). Next: Friday vs. Cypress Creek (0-2).
8. Timber Creek (2-0): Senior Marcus Manuel caught three passes for 116 yards and 2 TDs and the Wolves scored 34 first-quarter points in a 61-7 vs. Windermere High (0-1). Next: Friday at Colonial (1-1).
9 (11). Lake Minneola (1-0): Senior RB Sidarius Walker scored on touchdown runs of 15 and 37 yards during a season-opening 41-8 win at Tohopekaliga (0-1). Next: Friday vs. No. 4 Seminole (2-0).
10. (NR) Ocoee (1-1): Sophomore QB Dylan Wade tossed 2 TDs passes and rushed for another score while Malik Harp and Zoren Tobe intercepted passes in a 24-20 win at then-No. 9 Wekiva (1-1). Next: Monday vs. Evans (0-0).
11. (9). Wekiva (1-1): Kendall Wilson II blocked a punt and Tamareon Foster returned it 22 yards for a touchdown in a 24-20 loss vs. Ocoee (1-1). Next: Friday, Oct. 9 at No. 5 Dr. Phillips (1-1).
12. Lake Mary (2-0): Rams scored 30 points in first quarter, including rushing and receiving TDs by senior Rocco Underwood, in a 37-7 win vs. Oak Ridge (1-1). Next: Friday vs. West Orange (0-1).
13 (10). Winter Park (1-1): Wildcats forced four turnovers and senior Dakota Mitchell scored on a short run in the second quarter, but No. 2 Edgewater (1-1) prevailed 36-6. Next: Friday vs. Hagerty (1-1).
14 (13). Bishop Moore (1-1): Senior Daniel Flatch rushed 16 times for 115 yards and a TD in a 21-14 win at South Sumter (0-3). Janiero Crankfield did not play after suffering an injury in Hornets' first game. Next: Friday at Tohopekaliga (0-1).
15 (14). Lake Brantley (1-1): Jonathan Schrager tallied 15 tackles and Noah Hudak rushed for 210 yards and four scores on 10 carries in a 55-37 win vs. Lyman (0-2). Next: Friday vs. No. 1 Apopka (2-0).
T-16 (15). Boone (1-1): Landon Nedabylek was named Orlando TD Club defensive player of the week after forcing three turnovers and scoring a touchdown in a 31-24 win vs. West Orange (0-1). Next: Friday vs. Clermont East Ridge (1-0).
T-16. Orange City University (2-0): QB Adan Figueroa rushed for three touchdowns to lead Titans to a 26-7 win at Daytona Beach Seabreeze (1-1). Next: Friday at Flagler Palm Coast (1-1).
Next in line: St. Cloud (1-0), Lake Nona (2-0), Oviedo (2-0), Evans (0-0).
This article was published first on OrlandoSentinel.com. Reporter J.C. Carnahan can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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