Baker and Navarre may soon have company in the FloridaHSFootball.com ranks.
Niceville (2-0), fresh off two shutouts to open the season, has moved into the “First Five Out” in the 7A poll, which features District 1 rival Navarre (2-0) at No. 7.
Also firmly in the top 10 is Baker (2-0) at No. 2 in 1A.
Niceville earned its way on the “First Five Out” list following a 15-0 season-opening win over Mosley and a 41-0 blowout over Choctaw.
Just how good has the Eagles’ defense been? Try holding opposing backfields to a negative output collectively and nary a red zone trip all year. In eight quarters, opponents have just 11 first downs.
Meanwhile on the other side of the ball, senior quarterback Will Koch has been a revelation. The 6-foot-3 signal caller has thrown for 232 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, and rushed for 186 yards and two scores to accent 175 rushing yards from lead back Shawn Parker.
On a good path to shoring up their 19th straight postseason trip, the Eagles travel to a resurgent Fort Walton Beach (2-0) Friday night for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Navarre, meanwhile, has held steady for two three straight weeks at No. 7. The Raiders followed up a 28-21 win over archrival Gulf Breeze with a 34-0 victory over Pace that featured quarterback Marlon Courtney completing 13-of-20 passes for 197 yards and two TDs. The junior now has six touchdowns on the year with a 23-for-35 completion for 368 yards, while lead back Jaydin Antonio has 158 rushing yards and three touchdowns through two games.
Navarre, fresh off two straight district titles, travels to Milton (1-0) on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Baker, which enjoyed a bye in Week 2, trails only defending champion Madison County (2-0, 25th in the Florida Top 25) in the poll. The Gators are also No. 2 in the Associated Press Florida High School Football Poll, which have Navarre and Niceville in the "Others receiving votes" category of 7A.
Bidding for a fifth straight Final Four appearance, the Gators have won 30 straight regular-season games entering Friday night’s home tilt against rival South Walton (0-2) at 7 p.m.