Dakota Hamm

Branford running back Dakota Hamm tries to shed an Interlachen defender Friday night.

LIVE OAK — Even without playing last week, the Lafayette High football team won.

In the latest RPI rankings release Tuesday by the Florida High School Athletic Association, the Hornets climbed a spot to No. 2 in Region 3-1A, passing Dixie County.

The top two seeds in each region of the lowest two classes receive a first-round bye.

Lafayette, which topped the region in the initial release before dropping its first game Oct. 11 against Maclay, had an RPI rating of 0.647, trailing only two-time defending state champion Madison County in the region. The 7-2 Cowboys’ rating is 0.661.

Dixie, which had been second in the first two rankings, slipped to third with a 0.641 rating.

Also climbing the region’s rankings is Branford, fresh off a 27-10 win Friday against Interlachen. The Buccaneers, who had been fifth in the first two rankings, rose a spot to fourth with a rating of 0.511. Hilliard, which had been fourth, slipped to fifth with a 0.498 rating.

The sixth and final playoff spot in the region currently belongs to Fort White with a rating of 0.452. The Indians are followed by Union County (0.439), Bell (0.412) and Hamilton County (0.296).

In Class 5A, Suwannee remains just out of the eight playoff spots in Region 1. The Bulldogs’ rating of 0.492 is ninth, the same place SHS has sat in each of the RPI rankings so far this season. Sitting in front of Suwannee in the final playoff position is Choctawhatchee with a rating of 0.513, while Ribald is right behind SHS with a 0.472 rating.

The Bulldogs will have a chance Friday to help their cause when they host Godby, which currently is sixth in the region with a 0.553 rating.

Wakulla, the District 2 leader, also tops the region rankings with a 0.659 rating. Following the War Eagles are Westside (0.616), Raines (0.574) and Pine Forest (0.566). Baker County is fifth in the region with a 0.563 rating, while Parker is seventh with a rating of 0.518.

The top four seeds in the region will go to the district champions. Joining Wakulla (District 2), the other top-rated district teams are Westside (District 3), Raines (District 4) and Pine Forest (District 1).

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