Jones High opens atop 2023 Sentinel Super 16 football rankings

High school football officially kicks off this week with regular-season openers Friday night.

Jones High opens the season as the No. 1 team in the Sentinel Super 16 rankings followed by Sanford Seminole at No. 2 and state runner-up Apopka at No. 3.

The Orlando Sentinel coverage area includes Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake and southwest Volusia counties.

All team records listed below are from 2022. Team info includes final ranking from last season and Week 1 opponent.

Sentinel Super 16

1. Jones (11-3): State semifinalist is 33-3 vs. Orange, Lake, Osceola, Seminole, Volusia and Brevard county teams since 2019, which includes 2-3 record vs. Edgewater. 2022: No. 1. Next: Friday vs. Cocoa (11-3).

2. Seminole (9-3): New head coach Karl Calhoun Jr. takes over a well-rounded team that is 32-5 the past three years with undefeated state title season in 2020. 2022: No. 4. Next: Friday vs. Rockledge (9-3).

3. Apopka (11-4): Sophomore QB Tyson Davison and three seniors on offensive line are among 13 returning starters from squad that finished state runners-up three of past four years. 2022: No. 3. Next: Friday at No. 12 Ocoee (9-5).

4. Edgewater (12-1): Region finalist has nine returning starters on defense. Secondary includes safeties Jaden Brown and Ja’Torian Mack and CB Kylen Meadows. 2022: No. 2. Next: Friday vs. Bishop Moore (8-4).

5. Osceola (10-4): Depth at most positions and the return of four starters on offensive line should help relatively young state semifinalists stay afloat. 2022: No. 5. Next: Friday at Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast (4-7).

6. DeLand (6-5): Stephon Ross moves to O-line after starting on defense as a freshman. Cornerbacks Javon Ross and Marvin Lake lead the secondary. 2022: No. 14. Next: Friday vs. Daytona Beach Mainland (11-4).

7. Lake Mary (8-4): Senior WRs Caden Harshbarger, Carson Hinshaw and Logan Cook combined for 89 rec., 1,248 yards and 12 TDs for region finalists. 2022: No. 6. Next: Friday vs. No. 16 Dr. Phillips (4-6).

8. Lake Minneola (10-2): Linebacker and secondary units are strengths for region finalist, led by DBs Quenton Taylor, Jonah Cali and Anthony Franklin. 2022: No. 10. Next: Friday vs. Bradenton Manatee (6-4).

9. Olympia (6-5): Junior MLB Nolan McClanahan returns from knee injury to anchor defense alongside senior linemen Brandon Dumezil and Bennett Seays. 2022: No. 15. Next: Friday vs. No. 10 Wekiva (5-6).

10. Wekiva (5-6): Senior Joshua Bennett and sophomore Anthony Gay are playmaking options on offense for team breaking in a new offensive line. 2022: No. 13. Next: Friday at No. 9 Olympia (6-5).

11. West Orange (7-5): District champs the past three years, Warriors return offensive line that includes seniors Bryce Czachorowski and Elijah Mays and junior Nico Marti. 2022: No. 8. Next: Friday vs. Oak Ridge (1-9).

12. Ocoee (9-5): Junior WR Tavion Greaves and sophomore RB Raymond Green are young players expected to emerge for state semifinal team. 2022: No. 7. Next: Friday vs. No. 3 Apopka (11-4).

13. Oviedo (10-2): Senior WRs Marquet Williams and Cameron Keels, among seven returning starters, combined for 881 yards, 11 TDs last season. 2022: No. 11. Next: Friday at Lake Brantley (5-6).

14. Winter Park (10-2): Wildcats graduated deep class that accounted for bulk of production. Seniors Mathius Hill and Jonathon Paulinho return to offensive line. 2022: No. 9. Next: Friday at Lake Nona (3-7).

15. Boone (6-5): Braves started three freshmen last year and have a lot of returning experience on defense, led by linebackers and linemen. 2022: No. 17. Next: Friday at Timber Creek (5-5).

16. Dr. Phillips (4-6): Senior OLB Damien Jackson and DE Johnny Fudge are among a unit that returns seven starters. 2022: No. 16. Next: Friday at No. 7 Lake Mary (8-4).

Next in line: 17. Bishop Moore (8-4), 18. Evans (3-7), 19. Lake Brantley (5-6), 20. Eustis (5-6).

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