We still have three weeks left of the regular season, but many schools will be learning of their postseason fate this week along with all of them learning their fate by the end of the night, next week. There are 23 districts that are affected in our coverage area, so we’ve tried to give you the Cliff’s Notes version in advance of the chaos. There are many potential match-ups that are juicier than a Filet Mignon, so we’ve also tried to give you some of the potential dance partners opposite our coverage area districts as well.
Fort Meade (7-0, 2-0) travels to The Muck to face Pahokee (6-1, 2-0) this Friday for what amounts to the district championship game. The Miners still have their annual rivalry with Frostproof next week, but will be heavily favored–as will Pahokee be in their final district game at Pierson-Taylor on the 30th. Winner of this district gets the runners-up from 1A-7, which contains juggernauts Trenton along with the always tough Dixie County and Newberry who are effectively deciding the second spot this Friday when Newberry hosts Dixie. Trenton has pretty much sewn-up the championship spot at this point. No matter which way you shake it, the first two rounds should provide some first-class small-school football with the four teams that will represent.
Foundation Academy’s OT win over the reigning 2A State Champions Victory Christian (2-5, 1-1) last week puts the Storm in a position of win-or-go-home when they host Cornerstone Charter (4-3, 1-1) next Friday, October 30th. Foundation’s essentially your champions in this district, so they’ll likely host Warner Christian out of South Daytona, while the Storm will be hoping for a victory over the Ducks that would have them traveling to Deltona-Trinity Christian in the first round.
Cambridge Christian (7-0, 2-0) and Carrollwood Day School (6-1, 3-0) have a huge showdown next week to determine the champions/runners-up provided the Lancers pass their test this week vs. Bradenton Christian. Winner of this district gets the loser of Admiral Farragut vs. Northside Christian in the first round.
Northside Christian (7-0, 1-0) and Admiral Farragut (7-1, 1-0) will battle next week to give us who’s the champion and who’s traveling the first round of the playoffs. The winner of this district will host the runners-up of the Cambridge/CDS district (2A-5).
Lakeland Christian (8-0, 1-0) and Tampa Catholic (6-1, 1-0) will square-off next week to determine the champion and runners-up. The winner of this district will get the runners-up from District 3A-3, which will be determined on the same night when Ocala-Trinity Catholic and Winter Park-Trinity Prep face each other.
Cardinal Mooney (2-5, 2-0) travels to Clearwater Central Catholic (8-0, 2-0) next week to determine the order of finish for the postseason. This district is opposite of 3A-6, which will have their postseason order determined the same night when Fort Pierce’s John Carroll Catholic (5-2, 1-0) and Melbourne’s Holy Trinity Episcopal (6-1, 1-0) face each other.
Tenoroc’s (4-3, 3-1) on the verge of making program history, but standing in the way are the Bishop Verot Vikings (6-2, 3-1) next week and Mulberry (1-7, 1-3) this week. The leaders, Avon Park (7-0, 4-0) are in the drivers seat to win the district with games versus LaBelle and Lake Placid left. Winner of this district gets the loser of the Cocoa-Astronaut game that will determine the champion and runners-up in 4A-5 that’s being played this Friday.