Baker and Navarre football shined in the season opener, each validating the hype of Final Four runs in 2016.
Niceville, meanwhile, looks to be every bit of the powerhouse its postseason streak of 16 years represents.
Following a 35-6 win at Holmes County, the Gators are ranked third in 1A in every major poll — Associated Press, FloridaHSFootball.com and MaxPreps. The memories still fresh from last year's 14-0 campaign (Pahokee's state championship win was later forfeited), Baker (1-0) will look for its 16th straight win tonight as it travels to Vernon (1-0), which beat Freeport 28-14 on the road in the opener.
Coming off a 56-35 win over Pensacola Catholic at Bennett C. Russell Stadium, Navarre (1-0) is No. 6 in the FloridaHSFootball.com 6A poll and No. 8 by MaxPreps and the AP. The Raiders, also No. 17 in the FloridaHSFootball.com Top 25 rankings, travel to Charlie Ward's 1-0 Booker T. Washington crew tonight.
Niceville (1-0), fresh off a 48-7 running-clock win over Lincoln at Eagles Stadium, was the only area team to crack the USA TODAY Sports Super 25 Computer Rankings at No. 23. The Eagles are ranked 11th in 6A by MaxPreps and are on the bubble of FloridaHSFootball.com's 6A poll. They host 1-0 East Ridge tonight.
Crestview, coming off a 37-2 win over Bay at Jack Foster Stadium, is also on the bubble of FloridaHSFootball.com's 6A poll. The 1-0 Bulldogs host 2-0 St. Martin tonight.