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PNJ Power Poll Week 9: Pace on the rise | USA Today High School Sports

1. Navarre Raiders 8-0 , 2-0

Skinny: The Raiders just keep rolling. Navarre added to its program’s best start in history with a 35-0 win over District 2-6A rival Milton. After eight games, the Raiders will take on open week.

Next: Bye.

2. Tate Aggies 6-1, 2-0

Skinny: The Aggies secured a playoff spot and ended Escambia’s postseason hopes with a win over the Gators last Friday. The Aggies will get a shot at one of the premier teams in the Panhandle this Friday in preparation for the District 1-6A championship in Week 10.

Tate knocks off Escambia, eyes district title game

Next: Friday at Choctaw.

3 . Pine Forest Eagles 6-1, 2-0

Skinny: Like Tate, the Eagles secured a playoff spot by beating Washington last week. Pine Forest will host Niceville this Friday and seek to be battle tested for the crucial Tate game the following week.

Next: Hosts Niceville Friday.

4. Pensacola Tigers 3-4, 0-2

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Skinny: The Tigers suffered a tough, one-point loss to District 1-5A foe Arnold. Though it’s not an ideal scenario, the Tigers’ playoff hopes are still alive. However, they will need to win out in district play and get some help.

Next: Hosts Mosley Friday*

5. Escambia Gators 4-4, 0-2

Skinny: The defending District 1-6A champs will fail to repeat this year after a loss at Tate. The Gators will take a week off before returning for two home games — including the Battle for Ye’ Olde Wash Boiler vs. Pensacola High.

Under coach Mickey Lindsey, the Patriots make the biggest jump of the week in the PNJ power poll.

Under coach Mickey Lindsey, the Patriots make the biggest jump of the week in the PNJ power poll.

Next: Bye.

6. West Florida Jaguars 4-3, 1-1

Skinny: After besting undefeated Bay last week, it seems the Jaguars deserve a jump. However, its week one loss to Escambia makes it tough for them to skip the Gators. The Jags will seek to continue to climb the District 1-5A rankings this Friday when they travel to face Arnold.

Next: Friday at Bay.*

7. Pace Patriots 3-5, 1-1

Skinny: The Patriots outran Gulf Breeze’s passing attack for a key District 2-6A win last week. The Patriots will rest this week and focus on returning to preserve their playoff hopes.

Next: Bye.

8. Gulf Breeze Dolphins 2-6, 1-1

Skinny: The Dolphins have now dropped two straight after being outscored 48-26 by Pace. Gulf Breeze will get some rest Friday night, and hope to stun the district with a win over Navarre the following week.

Next: Bye.

9. Milton Panthers 5-3, 0-2

Skinny: After an overtime thriller two weeks ago, the Panthers were shut out by Navarre on Friday. Milton’s hopes aren’t out the window, but they are slim. The Panthers need a win over Pace in two weeks and a little extra help from Gulf Breeze.

Next: Bye.

10. Catholic Crusaders 2-6, 1-1

Skinny: The Catholic Crusaders have now dropped two straight after a District 1-3A loss to Taylor County. The Crusaders district season is over, and will now await the result of Taylor County vs. Florida High.

Next: Hosts Washington Friday.

11. Washington Wildcats 0-7, 0-2

Skinny: The Wildcats held an open week and used it to prepare for a district challenge this week. Xavier Saulsberry — top dual-threat QB in the area — and the Pine Forest Eagles will come to town, and the Wildcats may have their hands full in search of their first win.

Next: Friday at Catholic.

12. Northview Chiefs 2-5, 1-1

Skinny: The Chiefs grabbed a playoff spot with a 7-0 win over Jay. The Chiefs will be ready for a battle this week when they travel to face the undefeated Braves.

Next: Friday at Walton.

13. Jay Royals 1-7, 0-2

Skinny: The Royals contained Northview’s potent offense, but were unable to put points on the board in a key District 1-1A game.

Next: Friday at Rocky Bayou Christian.

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