LIVE OAK — The lone undefeated team in the region, Lafayette High sits atop the Region 3-1A rankings in the FHSAA’s initial RPI rankings.
The rankings, which are used to seed the postseason and are based off a team’s winning percentage as well as their opponents’ winning percentage and the winning percentage of their opponents’ opponents, were released for the first time Tuesday afternoon.
The first year using the RPI system, the 7-0 Hornets top the region with an RPI rating of 0.682. That is the second highest in Class 1A in the state, trailing only Baker’s 0.708.
In the region, Dixie County follows the Hornets with an RPI of 0.671. The Bears are 6-1 after losing to LHS on Friday.
Madison County, the two-time reigning Class 1A state champion, is third in the initial ranking with an RPI of 0.637. The Cowboys are 5-2 after falling to Lakewood and Columbia the past two weeks.
Rounding out the region rankings are Hilliard (0.492), Branford (0.463), Union County (0.455), Bell (0.441), Fort White (0.416) and Hamilton County (0.287).
The top six teams in the region will make the playoffs with the 3-4 Buccaneers currently sitting fifth.
In Class 5A, Suwannee sits just outside the top 8 that would qualify for the Region 1 playoffs. The Bulldogs, who are 4-3, have an RPI rating of 0.476, just behind Arnold’s 0.480. West Florida follows SHS with a rating of 0.473 with Baker County at 0.472.
Wakulla, who Suwannee faces Friday, leads the region with an RPI of 0.664, which is the fifth highest in the class. Westside is second in the region with a 0.615 rating.
Godby, another District 2-5A foe that Suwannee still must play, is third in the region with an RPI of 0.565.
The top four seeds in the region will go to the district champions with the other four playoff berths going to the highest remaining ranked teams. In addition to Wakulla (District 2-5A) and Westside (District 3-5A), the highest ranked district teams are Pine Forest (Region 1-5A) with a rating of 0.561 and Raines (District 4-5A) with a rating of 0.547.