The regular season for high school football finished on Friday. But, between district champions and teams that qualified with enough points, the playoffs will begin this Friday. In Class 1A-4A, there were no district champions; playoff teams were determined by a playoff system. In the upper classifications, district champions were awarded playoff spots as were other teams that qualified on a points basis. .
In regional semifinals, Union County will take on Madison County, the top team in the state rankings at 10-0 on the season; Union County is 6-4. Lafayette will face Dixie County. Lafayette (9-1) has as similar record to the Bears (10-0). That being said, Dixie County’s third ranking in 1A might give the Hornets some trouble.
Williston rounds out the local circuit of high school football in 1A. This match-up will be a tale of two devils. The Williston Red Devils have a record of 5-5. The fourth ranked Pahokee Blue Devils are sitting at 8-2-1.
All games take place November 10th at 7:30. Sites are Madison County, Dixie County, and Pahokee.
Only one local high school qualified for the playoffs in this class but the game could be a thrilling one nonetheless.
Saint Francis Catholic (8-1) could meet its match against Seven Rivers Christian (9-2). Saint Francis was looking toward an undefeated season. However, the Wolves fell to St. John Paul II in the final week of the regular season. Meanwhile, Seven Rivers Christian took two early losses before ending the season on a seven game winning streak. Saint Francis hosts this game.
Region 3A will give two area high school football teams the chance to move on.
Newberry barely made the playoffs with a record of 3-6 and will come in as underdogs against Taylor County and their record of 7-3. Taylor County gets home field advantage.
The Fort White Indians (7-3) will host Florida High (5-5). Florida High is 3-2 on the road, but Fort White is undefeated at home.
We’re almost out of the smaller regions. But, not before we talk about other area schools qualifying for the playoffs in this class.
Bradford (8-1) will have two advantages over Keystone Heights (4-5). First, their record is better and they will play at home.
Dunnellon High will also play at home against Trenton. Dunnellon’s record is 7-2, just behind Trenton’s 8-2.
Class 6A-Regional Quarterfinals
Gainesville High will be at district champion Ocala Vanguard in a rematch of a game earlier this season that Vanguard won 31-24. The Gainesville Hurricanes posted a regular season record of 8-2 and Vanguard finished 9-0.
Class 7A-Regional Quarterfinals
Buchholz qualifies via points and comes in as a seven seed and they will play at two seed Orlando Edgewater. Edgewater is 8-2 while the Bobcats are at 5-5. Columbia County is a five seed and they will face four seed and district champion Tallahassee Lincoln.
All games will be played at 7:30 pm.