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Status Replies posted by DarterBlue2
Big game for Apopka this week. BOL there, I am hoping Apopka can perhaps surge into the playoffs somehow....
I might be wrong but with already solid Defenses, I think DFB and Miramar's Offense are picking up a bit. As a whole they probably at minimum on par with any 8A team in Region 3 or 4. Columbus is really not that good this year talent wise but because they are so well coached and usually peak late in the playoffs they would probably be the slight favorite right now in 8A Regions 3-4.
As far rankings, I would probably go:
Palm Beach Central
North Miami Beach
Palm Beach Gardens
Thanks for the BOL wishes. Under the district champ/runner up regime, this game would be a win or done for Apopka. Under the new points system, Apopka has a decent chance of still making it as a very low seed even if it loses to Wekiva on Friday. That said, if Apopka does not win, even if it makes the playoffs, it would be on an extremely down note.
Looking at your South Florida 8A rankings, I have no problem with the top 4, although I may order them a little differently, perhaps putting Columbus/Miami Senior above Miramar. I would also consider putting South Ridge in that top group. However, I am farther away from the action than you, so I will defer to your judgment.
In terms of ranking the North Regions of 8A, I would put the top teams something like this (teams within the two tiers are in no particular order):
- Vero Beach
- Winter Park
- Lake Mary
- Sarasota Riverview
- Sanford Seminole
- Dr. Phillips
I am 99% sure that the North representative in the State Championship game will be one of the 10 teams listed above. I would rank Boone as the weakest and least likely of the lot to make it. While I would rank Osceola and Vero Beach as probably the most likely. If it were based on pure talent, I would include Wekiva as a third likely team. However, until I see them make a deep run, I am a little skeptical of their chances.
Apopka has the talent to make a deep run if it plays its best football. However, there are undercurrents that may make it very unlikely they will do so. In any case, Apopka will need to beat Wekiva Friday to ensure a post season spot. At this stage, I think the champion comes from 8A South.