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DarterBlue2

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  1. When you play Apopka you get astigmatism!:)
  2. Makes sense. The people knowledgeable of those teams have probably all died off by now.
  3. So, I assume these players were all-time best at Columbia. But I noticed that no one was listed before the 1940s. And, I believe Columbia has been around before 1940 and probably played football before then. Is there any reason no "golden age" old timers were not on your list? Lack of information, etc.?
  4. Maybe and maybe not. Apopka is one of a few Central Florida schools that has enough talent, and a culture of winning, that allows them to compete with the better south Florida schools. This year there is no chance of a rematch, as schedules have been set. However, there is a decent chance there will be a basis for comparison as Apopka has American Heritage Plantation on its schedule and you will play them, too. Apopka does not fear or back down from any challenge because there is a belief that a loss is a learning experience. In fact though we have won three state titles, we have never done so undefeated. I am sure Apopka would be willing to play MNW over the next few years, if an agreement acceptable to both programs can be reached.
  5. It was! Was forced to spend the night as I had three young men with me and driving conditions were scary. The fog had come in during the final quarter of the game and was as thick as pea soup when we left. I drove about 10 miles down I-10 and decided the risk was not worth it.
  6. I was at that game. First trip to Doak Campbell and Apopka's first trip to the finals. I did not know what to expect, but liked that Apopka offense.
  7. This was a gimme. Apopka only completed one pass (for a long touchdown) in handing the Bulls a 34-16 beating in the 6A title game in 2001 up at the Doak. Now to be fair, the Darters should have been two for two on passes as Antoine Coley dropped one in the endzone when he was wide open. While a running team, it is slightly misleading to describe Apopka as one dimensional as it always has multiple backs and often the ball is snapped to multiple individuals during the course of a game.
  8. That is correct on all fronts. The Cypress Bay Apopka game was a classic!
  9. More than the gate for many schools and for many sports.
  10. Billy Rolle, Miami Northwestern twice, Killian once, and Southridge once.
  11. I don't know what's wrong with little Jesse. He constantly craves attention but in the wrong way. Strikes me as a kid that did not make the cut for the team and must now somehow compensate for that by being a jerk on the message board.
  12. Orlando Evans, which tied Southridge in 1991, 20 years after Bishop Moore gave Orlando its first state title. If I am right, you are a tricky guy with a wry sense of humor.
  13. The FHSAA changed the rules after this game. I had just moved to the Orlando area the year before, and the grandson of a lady I stayed with for the first three months I was in the area, was a backup on that Evans team.
  14. Yeah, but we did not win a state championship that way. Besides which, most APK drives don't last 17 plays as there is usually a big 40 yard pickup on one of the plays!
  15. Probably the first of many dominoes to fall given the recent uptick in Florida. I could see a few of the upper income public schools doing the same if they are allowed. The risk is real, both to the kids and their families. Tough decisions will have to be made and the more informed are likely to err on the side of safety.
  16. Yes, I say this because Lake Brantley did the year before. My thoughts have nothing to do with the talent or fundamental coaching of the two teams. It has to do with three things. Northwestern does not see single wing or for that matter triple option football down in south Florida. That right there would have been a touchdown in Apopka's favor. Also, on a team, not individual player basis, Apopka had more speed than Boone. The two Jeremy's Gallon and Wright, would have been good for at least an additional touchdown. Also, while I think from an X and O standpoint that Coach Z was probably Darlington's equal, I do think that when it came to trick plays, Darlington was a master. So, I would credit Apopka with a third touchdown. At the end of the day, MNW would still have won as they just had too much talent and from that perspective were probably the best team in the country. I think a final score in MNW vs Apopka hypothetical match up that year would have been something like: MNW 42 Apopka 21. Apopka's secondary would have had a lot of trouble defending Tommy Streeter and Aldarius Johnson.
  17. Sandalwood eliminated Apopka in the second round that year coming from behind to win in the fourth quarter. Then the next week Lake Brantley beat them at Lake Brantley in a game where I thought the score did not reflect the actual run of play. I felt Brantley was at least 10 points better than that Sandalwood team on that night.
  18. They were the district champions if my memory serves me correctly. But if they traveled to Deland for the first round, that does not make much sense. NM - Badbird got it right. I forgot about the Oviedo loss which was a huge upset.
  19. Boone is surrounded by significant football talent just outside its zoning border to the northwest (Jones kids), to the immediate north, some kids zoned for Edgewater, and, to a lesser extent, to its south, Oak Ridge zoned kids, most of whom now chose to go to Jones due to William's success at Jones. If Boone actively encouraged transfers (I probably did not say this delicately enough), and could pick up three to five of the more talented kids from nearby, they could be a deep playoff contender most years. Playing with just what they have within the zone, the best the school could hope for is, as you suggested, a run every four or five years at best. In a sense it is unfortunate. It is a very nice place to take in a game, and the fan base turns out in droves when the team is decent. The Northwestern/Boone state title game drew one of the all time best crowds for a state title game. Boone's contribution to the crowd was probably at least 50% and you know the Bulls travels with largest south Florida crowd.
  20. Actually, on one of the three runs, Boone traveled to Sarasota, Palm Beach County, and Palm Beach county again to get to the semifinal against Lake Brantley (which relatively speaking was a home game). I believe it was the first run in 2006 when they went 6/4 in the regular season before getting hot in the playoffs. That Boone team 2006-2008 was blessed with its best overall sophomore class of all time. It took them some time to get their act together in 2006 but came of age in the playoffs and showed they were no fluke in 2007 and 2008. Boone has always been very well coached. Many of the assistants who are Ziglar alumni, have done fine coaching in the area, specifically at Timber Creek High. If Ziglar had had the talent at his disposal of a Darlington, Gierke or others, he would have been blessed with many, many deep playoff runs. A mark of his success is that back in the early 2000s he had the third highest number of former Boone players in the NFL (exceeded only by Evans and Apopka alumni) despite the fact Boone up to that time had never had a deep playoff run. Yes, of course I remember Ray Ray, Gallon and DiMarco, all in their own right, Central Florida legends!
  21. Boone High School? Phil Ziglar (Sp)? 2006, lost to Lake Brantley in one of the most exciting games I ever saw; 2007, beat Apopka in a heart breaker (if we had a kicker that year it would have gone to Overtime); 2008, lost to Seminole High when Seminole drove the length of the field to retake the lead in the final minute of the game.
  22. I remember now. Gallon was starting for the first time at Apopka that year and played mostly running back. Andy Summerlin was the regular Quarterback. The following year, Gallon took most of the snaps. And, yes, he went on to star at Michigan and if he had been about three inches taller, would probably have starred in the NFL as well. Gallon was an exceptional athlete. But due to his size, I always felt he would have been an even better soccer player had he been introduced to that sport. He was built quit a bit like Diego Maradonna the star forward from Argentina.
  23. Lake Brantley beat Apopka in the first or second game of the season. I believe the score was either 3-0 or 6-0. Apopka squandered a couple of scoring opportunities on a wet evening. The game was very close, and could have gone either way. LB eventually lost to the Northwestern Bulls 35-14. The game was actually close at the half 21-14. However, Lake Brantley fumbled the ball away early in the third quarter, and the Bulls capitalized and scored. The game was effectively over at that point. That Bulls team was one of the best high school teams I have ever seen.
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