Chaos! Pandemonium! Utter bedlam!
Crestview lost! Walton won! Niceville hasn’t allowed a single point in eight quarters!
Up is down, down is up, left is right! THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT IS ENDING!
Good, now that all of that is all out of our systems, we’re ready to get into some power rankings for the week, and what a week it was. Strap yourselves in, folks. We’ve got a whole lot of movers and shakers.
As always, please keep in mind these rankings are based on the success each team is having and not necessarily head-to-head matchups.
Ladies and gents, let the trash talk begin!
No. 1 – Niceville (2-0); Last Week: 4
We have ourselves a new No. 1 — a new team to beat.
Question marks abounded after the Eagles mustered just 15 points against Mosley in Week 1. Sure, they pitched a shutout, but Niceville was going to need to put points on the board to compete with the likes of Crestview, Navarre and Lincoln in District 1-7A.
Consider those questions asked and answered. Senior quarterback Will Koch has been a revelation, carving up the Choctaw defense like a Thanksgiving turkey for three touchdowns and 222 yards in a 41-0 rout.
No. 2 - Navarre (2-0); Last Week: 1
Raider quarterback Marlon Courtney woke up feeling ill on Friday morning, but he wasn’t about to his let team down with Pace coming to town.
Like Michael Jordan in “The Flu Game,” Courtney delivered, guiding Navarre to 431 yards of total offense and a 27-0 halftime lead en route to a 34-0 shutout. He finished the night with 197 passing yards and a pair of scores.
No word yet on whether he dunked from the free-throw line. We’ll keep you posted.
No. 3 - Baker (1-0); Last Week: 3
FINAL SCORE: Baker 56, Bye Week 0 … Yeah, that sounds about right.
No. 4 – Walton (2-0); Last Week: 7
Am I overreacting putting the Braves at No. 4? Maybe, but here’s the thing: Walton didn’t just beat South Walton on Friday; it dominated the Seahawks, 27-0, snapping a three-game losing streak to its cross-county rival in the process.
After topping Jay 49-17 in Week 1, the Braves, for all intents and purposes, are back.
No. 5 – Fort Walton Beach (2-0); Last Week: 6
Look, I’m gonna be honest. I’ve still got some reservations, but the Vikings showed a lot of grit shrugging off a 16-10 halftime deficit to beat Arnold 24-16. Fort Walton Beach would have folded under those same conditions a year ago.
This program is growing, and it could hand out a few upsets this year.
No. 6 - Freeport (2-0); Last Week: 8
Another program on the rise, Freeport topped Holmes County 19-7 Friday, claiming its first victory against the Blue Devils in four years.
Oh, and a side note, running back Brandon Siples is #OnPaceGuy for 1,995 rushing yards this regular season.
No. 7 – Crestview (1-1); Last Week: 2
Is it a bit dramatic to drop Crestview down this far after its 32-0 loss to Escambia on Friday? Of course it is. This is a program with 30-plus wins in the past three seasons losing to a program that’s been to the playoffs each of the past three years. Hiccups are gonna happen.
Still, I’m doing my part and providing a little bulletin board material.
No. 8 - Choctaw (1-1); Last Week: 5
OK, here’s what we know: Choctaw beat Pace 29-13 on the road in Week 1. Pace made the playoffs in 2018. Pace is decent.
Niceville beat Choctaw 41-0 in Week 2. The Eagles are pretty good, too, having made the playoffs in 18 straight seasons.
Thus, Choctaw is somewhere in the middle, and that’s not a bad spot to be.
No. 9 – Rocky Bayou (0-2); Last Week: 9
Congrats to coach Josh Childers on the birth of his new kid!
No. 10 – South Walton (0-2); Last Week: 10
An offense featuring Dandy Dozen selections at quarterback and wide receiver has produced seven points in two weeks. Not great, Bob.