Every week The News Herald will rank all 18 of the football teams in its coverage area. The rankings are compiled by The News Herald staff and will be based on a combination of win-loss record and strength of schedule.
1. Mosley (1-1)
The Dolphins bounced back from a 15-0 road loss to Niceville in Week 1 by routing rival Bay 40-0 at Tommy Oliver Stadium. It was a dominant performance in which Mosley outgained the Tornadoes 363-54, and the loss to Niceville looks less concerning after the Eagles posted another shutout of Choctawhatchee.
Up next: Sept. 6 at Wakulla
2. Blountstown (1-0)
The Tigers were off in Week 2, but the dominance displayed in their 43-10 road victory over Arnold is enough to earn them the No. 2 spot. Blountstown is currently ranked No. 9 in 1A by FloridaHSFootball.com, though we think the Tigers could be shooting their way up the rankings very soon.
Up next: Sept. 6 vs. Marianna
3. Marianna (2-0)
It has been a banner starter for the Bulldogs, who followed a 34-14 Week 1 win with a 21-0 road victory over Port St. Joe. Marianna got rushing touchdowns from Caleb Torbett, Brady Donaldson, and Jaden Smith, and the defense pitched its first shutout since Oct. 28, 2016.
Up next: Sept. 6 at Blountstown
4. Vernon (1-1)
The Yellowjackets played up in competition in Week 1 and took a 53-20 loss to 7A Crestview, but they displayed the explosive potential in a 42-18 win over Rutherford that had them ranked No. 7 in 1A coming in.
Up next: Sept. 6 vs. Autauga Academy (Ala.)
5. Sneads (2-0)
The Pirates made it two blowout victories in as many weeks with a 44-9 rout of Liberty County. Sneads scored 32 points in the first quarter alone before triggering a running clock early in the second half.
Up next: Sept. 6 at Holmes County
6. Port St. Joe (1-1)
The Tiger Sharks will likely drop in the state rankings from their No. 5 position following their shutout loss to Marianna. PSJ should remain a factor in 1A, though the Tiger Sharks will have to spend the next three weeks on the road.
Up next: Sept. 6 at Franklin County
7. Graceville (2-0)
The Tigers have gotten off to a great start under first-year head coach Barry Gardner, opening the year with a pair of road victories: 16-8 over Bay in Week 1 and 6-0 over Chipley in Week 2.
Graceville gets to play its next two games at home before what could be a big 1A showdown at Port St. Joe on Sept. 27.
Up next: Sept. 13 Holmes County
8. Arnold (0-2)
The Marlins showed improvement in a 24-16 home loss to Fort Walton Beach following their lopsided loss to Blountstown in the opener. First-year head coach Norris Vaughan’s group will need to start filling the win column soon, however, if they’re going to remain in the top 10.
9. Rutherford (1-1)
The Rams were blitzed by visiting Vernon after taking a 34-21 win over North Bay Haven in the opener. Making matters worse for Rutherford was a season-ending injury suffered by senior running back Montell Bouie.
The Rams still have some talented playmakers in Brian Edwards and Antwoine Givens, but the loss of Bouie will be hard to absorb.
Up next: Sept. 6 at Taylor County
10. North Bay Haven (1-1)
The Buccaneers round out the top 10 thanks to an impressive performance in a 35-0 victory over Franklin County. It was the first win for NBH since the 2017 season.
Up next: Sept. 6 at Bay
11. Bay (0-2
12. Chipley (0-2)
13. Holmes County (1-1)
14. Bozeman (1-1)
15. Wewahitchka (1-1)
16. Franklin County (1-1)
17. Liberty County (0-2)
18. Cottondale (0-2)