Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Everything posted by DarterBlue2

  1. Those are two good choices. Another district that may be very competitive is Region 1, District 1. I have a feeling a couple of the Jacksonville area publics are going to be pretty good this year. Regarding Region 3, District 9, I expect Osceola and West Orange to fight it out for the automatic berth. I would not put too much stock into how Osceola looks in 7v7 over the summer. Despite having a very good QB, it is not their strength and I expect them to be very strong during the regular season. They return too much talent to now be good and they looked fine to me against Edgewater in the
  2. The difference is that aside from Columbus and probably Belan and Gulliver, the privates in Dade don't have the resources to assemble very good to great teams. Of the three, only Columbus, relatively recently, has show a serious interest in going down the path of an Aquinas, AHP or Gibbons. It makes a big difference.
  3. The problem is, talent is necessary, but not necessarily sufficient. You need stable coaching, commitment to the school you play for, adequate facilities, etc., to consistently be a deep threat. With mega teams, both public and private, literally in your backyard, it is difficult to get the kids to stay home. Deerfield has actually been able to keep its talent and do relatively well in the recruiting game. However, for reasons I cannot explain, they tend to fail in the third and fourth rounds.
  4. When I say deep run, I mean making the semis or state title game. In other words, winning at least the Regional title. That's my criterion precisely because some schools have two and sometimes, three relatively easy playoff games. But by the time you get to the fourth round, you are playing a really good team regardless of classification or bracket.
  5. In the past 20+ years, Deerfield Beach has been the most consistent public. But they have only made the title game once, and got blown out after upsetting a talented, but very young MNW team in 2005. They also lost semifinals to Apopka in 2001 and to Edgewater in 2003 and to Miami Northwestern in 2007 and to Columbus in 2019. Apopka, Columbus and Northwestern went on to win states those years. Edgewater fell to a Carol City team that had one of the best high school defenses I ever saw. Dillard has resurrected itself over the past three seasons, but is still awaiting a deep run. It has be
  6. 1. The powerful private schools over the past 20+ years have taken the cream of Broward's talent. 2. Much of Broward's talent has gone to teams in Northwest Dade County. 3. The instability of the coaching staffs at most of the Broward Public schools. I believe the above accounts for most of Broward's public school woes in the past 20+ years. I won't comment on pre 1996, as that was before I started following the game closely.
  7. There has been a lot of building in the Windemere zone over the past 20 years. What used to be semi-rural (Orange groves and the like) are now built up. To be honest, the only part of Orange that is not substantially built up is the extreme East and the very extreme North West. Apopka is about 10 to 15% overcapacity, but that could be solved (at least in theory) by rezoning, as both Edgewater and Wekiva are below capacity.
  8. In Orange County, new high schools are usually built (there are a few exceptions), to cater to an enrollment of approximately 3,000. So, in that sense, at capacity, all but one public high school I can think of, would meet 8A classification. Several Orange County high schools currently have enrollments in excess of 3,000 meaning they exceed capacity. I am not sure what the deal is in Seminole, but all high schools there are currently in either 8A or 7A for football meaning their enrollments vary from about 1,900 up to well over 3,000.
  9. Both will apparently be playing Varsity Football in the their first year of existence and are in a 5A district with two Lake County schools. LBV relieves Dr. Phillips and Freedom, while Horizon was built to relieve Windemere High, but will no doubt impact West Orange High as well with the passage of time. I don't expect either to have an immediate impact on DP or, for that matter, WO football over the immediate future (first two to three years); however, over an intermediate timeframe, both could impact the overall strength and quality of their neighboring programs. It should be in
  10. I assume he was the starter that was injured early in the season. If he's still in that part of Lake County, I expect he will stay. LM is the big dog in that neck of the woods. They have replaced East Ridge which used to be the best in that area.
  11. They will not play Miami Central in 2022. Not in the same class anymore.
  12. Did he play Varsity last year or was he on the freshman squad? He's still a bit undersized (short), but has the makings of a good to very good receiver/slot. Looked solid enough on defense as well.
  13. Give them credit; despite the pounding they took in the title game, they have scheduled tough. That is how you get better.
  14. The first half of your schedule (including the KOC) is very tough. If you go undefeated through the first six games, then you probably go undefeated (at least through the regular season). If Edgewater's QB and OL do not make a significant step up over the summer, I give Venice the edge at home, as Venice looked very good on tape in your jamboree. But it will still be a very good game. As I type this, Venice is an early favorite to at least make it to the 8a Regional final this year, and, perhaps, beyond.
  15. We live in unusual times, where tempers are frayed and a sense of community is not prized. One day, this will pass. But for now, what you observe will continue to be the normal.
  16. Considering the level of talent on the field, it's a shame that high school football does not attract better attendance in Florida. This is probably due to the fact that the state's population is not stable in most of the metro areas along with the fact that there are just a number of other attractions competing for attention. In the 24 seasons I have watched high school football in Florida I have seen dozens of players that eventually went on to the NFL when they were playing at the high school level.
  17. They were up against a very good team.
  18. Edgewater is not far off. The QB needs to improve rapidly over the summer and the O Line needs experience. The defense is already top 20 caliber.
  19. Given the timing of the former HBC's departure, I think LG did the right thing in the circumstances they were faced with.
  20. I will give you input on where you put some of the Central Florida teams. First, Osceola needs to be at least on par with Edgewater. They beat them legitimately in their spring game. Second, on paper, and based on what I saw in their spring jamboree, this Apopka team has the potential to be its best in many years. Now with that said, they were raw in the spring game, but they were missing a few key pieces of the puzzle and were transitioning to a new offense. Third, if you are going to rank Jones 8, then West Orange deserves to be somewhere in the top 20. Jones beat them by a score in a back a
  21. A better question would be: where have their studs gone? Lots of talent still in Miami Gardens, but it doesn't play at CC no more.
  22. It was a bad night. I swear, I had been to colder games in the New York area when I lived up there.
  23. Makes perfect sense. Kid is from Flanagan High. So, that's why he moved. He is a good player.
  24. Is that QB from Pembrook Pines in Broward County? He looks familiar.
  25. In 2002, I watched Edgewater vs Norland in a state title game in Tally. At game time, it was 44 degrees and manageable. By the end of the first half, it was about 30 degrees and I was freezing. I had not brought the right clothes for the weather, and it was a very chilling experience.
  • Create New...