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Posts posted by DarterBlue2

  1. The winner and automatic playoff qualifier from 8a, Region 1, District 4 will be decided this Friday when Lake Mary comes to Apopka. Currently Apopka is 4-0 in the district and Lake Mary is 3-1. To a degree, Lake Mary has more at stake as if they lose the game, there is a significant chance they may not make the playoffs. For Apopka a loss, especially if they beat Wekiva in their final game of the season, still leaves them in a good position to make the playoffs. It just means they would have to travel from game one. 

    Looking at the records of both teams, Apopka has been more impressive than Lake Mary. However, given what is at stake, records probably go out the window. Also, Lake Mary has an impressive sophomore QB who has a quick release and a good deep ball. So, I don't see this game as a sure win for Apopka. 

    With that said, I am going to go with the Darters winning a close game by 7. The lower scoring the game is, the better Apopka's chances in my opinion. I think the final score will be Apopka 17, Lake Mary 10. If the winner scores more than 30, then I think LM may pull the upset.   

  2. 10 minutes ago, OldSchoolLion said:

    Maybe you are just picking the wrong games to watch, Darter.  :lol:  There are numerous programs out there are playing football as good or better than they ever have.  I think we should be celebrating those accomplishments instead of focusing on the relative few  who are underperforming.

    I think a lot of the teams outperforming are doing so due to some of the better programs underperforming. In other words, I am not sure that there is a lot of real improvement on part of several teams that have winning records this year. In watching the Evans' game versus Apopka, I am not sure that Evans is really any better than they have been over the past five years. Yet, they probably finish 6-4 and could even finish 7-3 (I give them a 50/50 chance of doing the latter if the back to back losses don't get to them).

  3. 5 minutes ago, nolebull813 said:

    It just means that you can’t take scores from one game or one team and use that as some justification on why Team A is gonna beat Team B. 

    And it especially tells you that it’s all about matchups. Every team is different 

    On any given night, a team may have kids out with injuries and/or suspended. If the team is not deep, it makes all the difference in the world. Matchups are a part of the equation, but with 15-19 year old kids you also don't get the consistency you would from adults. 

  4. 3 minutes ago, Perspective said:


    Just out of curiosity, what holiday is it?  End of Hurricane Season?  Start of Snowbird Season?  I just want to make sure I didn't ignore any one of my Facebook friends on their special day.  B)

    I think it is just a teacher workday in Orange County. I will ask the wife when she gets home. As an administrator she gets to work even though the kids are out. 

  5. 2 hours ago, topnotch305 said:

    Hey it's your poll. U gave reasoning for DFB but not other the schools. I'm just waiting to see what DFB does in playoffs. Seem to always choke during that time of year. 

    One year, 2005, they did pull the huge upset against MNW in the semis. But in the title game they did choke against an okay Palm Beach Gardens team. 

  6. 1 minute ago, Perspective said:

    What was with all the Thursday night games?  Shared-field arrangements?  Weather? 

    In Orange County, it was due to today (Friday) being a student holiday. Since several Seminole County teams were in districts with Orange County teams, inter-county were play was on Thursday. In Dade County Thursday night games are usually due to shared field arrangements as many (probably the majority) of Dade public schools don't have their own fields. 

  7. 5 hours ago, badbird said:

    I was right on West Orange and Evans.  I think Lake Mary poses a problem.  I’ve yet to see Lake Mary but I have seen Apopka twice.  lake Mary will be well coached but will they have enough athletes to win.  I think it will be a close game

    You were. The West Orange game could have gone either way. WO lost because the QB they started was not able to find his receivers with any consistency. But the WO defense did a great job containing Apopka's offense.

    Evans did not have enough on its defensive front to stop Apopka's run game and Apopka's offensive line punished them, especially in the second quarter. In fact Apopka's third touchdown, was scored despite Evans tackling the runner more than eight yards out. However, the line was able to push him into the end zone despite this. 

    I agree on Lake Mary being a tough game mostly, in my opinion, because their quarterback is very talented for a sophomore and they have a couple tall receivers. Further, with last night's results, I think the winner of this game wins the district, so a lot is at stake.