LIVE OAK — The first loss of the season cost Lafayette High two spots in the Florida High School Athletic Association’s second RPI rankings.
The Hornets sat atop Region 3-1A in the initial rankings based on the strength of its undefeated record.
However, following a 69-43 loss to Maclay, the Hornets slipped behind Madison County and Dixie County in this week’s rankings released Tuesday.
The Hornets’ rating was 0.635, percentage points behind Dixie’s 0.640. Madison, the two-time defending state champion, has an RPI of 0.654.
The Cowboys were third in the initial rankings, while Dixie was second. Both Madison and the Bears are 6-2.
Branford also remains in playoff position heading into the final three weeks of the regular season. The 4-4 Bucs are fifth in the region with an RPI rating of 0.493. That would send Branford to Hilliard, the fourth seed, to open the playoffs. The Red Flashes, who beat Branford 26-14 on Oct. 4, have a rating of 0.529.
Union County is sixth in the region — the final playoff spot in Class 1A — with a rating of 0.447. Fort White (0.425), Bell (0.420) and Hamilton County (0.287) round out the rankings.
In Class 5A, Suwannee remained just outside the top eight spots and a playoff berth in Region 1. The Bulldogs were ninth in the region in the initial RPI rankings released Oct. 8 with a rating of 0.476.
Despite a 28-18 loss to region-leading Wakulla on Friday, the Bulldogs remained ninth with a rating of 0.482. Suwannee was just behind Parker’s 0.505 and in front of Ribault’s 0.471.
Behind Wakulla in the region are Westside (0.611), Godby (0.578) and Raines (0.573), followed by Pine Forest (0.566), Baker County (0.520) and Choctawhatchee (0.512).
Baker County was 11th in the initial rankings, utilizing a 21-15 win Friday against Orange Park to climb to sixth. Parker also climbed into playoff position after sitting 13th in the initial rankings.
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).