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  1. I’m waiting for someone to blame this on Lakeland too.
    4 points
  2. I’m looking for 2024 schedules not 2023
    3 points
  3. Some schools never have a prayer of winning a state title, especially in today's age. Call them exhibition games for all I care. Just give them more games. More games, more money. More games, more exposure. As long as we don't confuse it for what it is not, I don't see an issue.
    3 points
  4. I do like the mention of adapting the Georgia model of cross-region bracketing and think it would be worth considering for all classifications. This would allow two teams from the same District/Region to meet in the state finals, rather than one team being eliminated in the Region finals. If AHP and Norland (now both in District 4A-15) happen to be the two best teams in 4A this year, it would seem more desirable to have them meet in the state finals, or at least the state semi-finals. The issue of travel has been pointed out as a deterrent to the Georgia model in Florida, but perhaps it could at least be utilized in a "North" and "South" bracket.
    3 points
  5. I don't hate this as a concept if you just look at it as just "more football" for kids/coaches/fans. I personally wouldn't hate having a "B" bracket so long as the winner of said bracket is not considered a state champion...because they're not. But more football isn't a bad thing, it is just all about perspective. You cannot call these teams state champions. I am concerned this is just a cash grab from the FHSAA though. If they can "prove" that it works in the rural divisions, then they can have more football games at the higher levels of classification and rake in the money....
    3 points
  6. Four road games?!?! How is Venice going to make their numbers work??
    2 points
  7. Isn't this basically what the Sunshine State Athletic Association did at the end of this past season -- where every team participated in some form of post-season play and the teams were grouped together based on their records/rankings? I'm wondering if this is a proactive effort to keep football alive and kicking in the rural areas. Regardless, I'm not a fan of the 'bottom half' of any classification being able to compete for a "state championship."
    2 points
  8. I see Vero is traveling to Brevard, hope EG fights better this time around
    1 point
  9. Last season they only had 2
    1 point
  10. I thought that was weird. Usually it’s 2 and it’s forced district games that are local. I think one year they didn’t leave Sarasota County
    1 point
  11. I have said a million times that promotion/relegation system is the way to go, but I also understand that many communities/coaches don't understand the benefits of a system like that for the vast majority of programs. I feel like this is dipping their toe in the water of it to prove it is viable. One of my contentions is that pro/rel allows teams to be competitive against likewise teams (based on previous years). The "B" division essentially is that (except for that year). Now, would I call this specific group "state" champions, probably not, but that is the least of my concerns. If they are doing seeding, of course there is greater # of mismatches. That is why you are doing seeding, so that the #2 doesn't play the #1 seed in the first round. I don't think the goal is to get 64 teams per class into the playoffs, I think the goal is to show that we can make a competitive system based on MaxPreps rankings. Now, I do like the idea of taking the rural class as a whole and making it just the North and South and removing regions as a whole. That is something @DisabledAccount aka ColumbiaFan often promoted.
    1 point
  12. Even if this works for the Rural class(es), I object strenuously to any such implementation in the other classes. So the intent is to have like 14-15 "state champs" with half of them coming from the lower echelons of each class? Or am I missing something?
    1 point
  13. So, the Rural B State Champion would, at best, be the 17th best rural team in the state, huh? Hmmmm.
    1 point
  14. 1968 regular season game Melbourne beat Norland 25-18 after Lynn Blackman for Melbourne busted 2 long touchdowns runs in the 4th quarter to seal the game
    1 point
  15. Well, I know that I, for one, can go to bed tonight and rest peacefully knowing that no coaches, assistant coaches, handlers or other representatives of any Florida high school football program will reach out to any of these players or their families to 'discuss their options.'
    1 point
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