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  1. 15 hours ago, HornetFan said:

    Orlando City Soccer Stadium held a football bowl game last season and it was well received. Ideal size for HS Championships and a location in the center of the state with plenty of hotels and restaurants; two major highways intersect right next to it (I-4 and the 408). No brainer unless the FHSAA thinks they need larger than a 25,500 seating capacity. A problem I could see could be the Covid-19 restrictions in place by City of Orlando and Orange County.

    Sadly, I don't think the restrictions will be gone in Florida till a vaccine (Orlando) is widely available. Florida's cases seem to be on the rise. While current treatments available have greatly reduced fatality, it is still highly transmissible and puts a big strain on the healthcare system. Can't wait for an effective vaccine or improved treatments. 

  2. 5 hours ago, ColumbiaHighFan2017class said:

    Though I will say at least SFL is more transparent with transfers, up here in North and Central FL many counties the transfers are never reported by the media, for example a team up here like Lee probably gets similar transfers to what STA would get in a normal year but most people wouldn't know that as the media up in Jacksonville never cover transfers so it would seem from outside that they are all homegrown talent but a lot of stuff happens behind closed doors in jacksonville only for the media to look the other way 

    Very true. The same applies to Orlando. But if you follow the game carefully, you know. In the Orlando area, it is not always active recruiting. Some programs tend to sell themselves. 

  3. 41 minutes ago, HornetFan said:

    The popularity of 7v7 has increased the contact between the players, especially on the all-star teams that have been created. Just as players in the NBA have been trying to assemble super teams, these high schoolers are working at the same goal. A team I follow is much improved this season as the result of almost 10 transfers, with almost all performing important starting roles. The transfer rule has made this possible.

    No doubt there is some stacking of teams in metro Orlando. But even with that, it is not as bad as down south. There it is totally out of hand and has been even before the era of open enrollment. That is because, coaches openly recruit the kids from the pee wee leagues. There are literally no guard rails. The population density which is greater than in Orlando makes it easy even if the kid has no reliable transportation. 

  4. 7 minutes ago, HornetFan said:

    I agree; this is a local rivalry game between two teams that play a very physical game of football. Expect emotions to run high and penalties should be plentiful. These kids know each other well and bragging rights will add to the intensity. I still expect Edgewater will win this based upon greater depth and talent. Next year could be entirely different as kids tend to drift between schools in Orlando as local supremacy shifts back and forth. Recruiting has destroyed the balance we used to have in Central Florida.

    Partially, but not to the same extent it has in Dade country and to a lesser extent, Broward country. There, probably a total of a half dozen schools sop up just about all the talent. It has led to multiple state titles for: St Thomas, Chaminade, American Heritage, Northwestern, Central and Booker T. Washington. However, as a result, the rest of these counties' teams tend to be mediocre, with a few exceptions such as Columbus and Western (recently). The Orlando area still has talent spread out among more teams. 

  5. 8 hours ago, Perspective said:

    The devil's advocate response to your 'bad part' scenario is that only one team can advance from the Region  The two best teams are likely going to end up playing each other at some point -- what difference does it make if it's the first game or the third or fourth game.   That said, I agree with your comment.  In a perfect world, the two best teams would play in the Regional championship game, not in the opening playoff game. 

    You want a bad scenario:  take one of those winless teams that S1nglewing is talking about.  Let's say they avoid a play-in game.  Then, the team that they are scheduled to play in the first round gets hit hard with Covid -- so hard that they are forced to cancel their game, resulting in a forfeit.  And then, low and behold, it happens a second or perhaps even a third time . . . next thing you know, you've got a winless team winning a regional championship.  Talk about an asterisk!   I mean, something like that could only happen in 2020.   :P

    My laugh was more of the nervous variety. I did not intend to take humor out of our precarious position. But what you outline could easily happen. 

  6. 6 hours ago, Jambun82 said:

    EagleEye, could you clarify what you mean when you state that the "ego' of both teams will lead to at least 25 penalties in the game? Thank you. 

    I can't answer for EagleEye, but the following comments may lend some perspective.

    Last year's game was attended by over 4,000 fans and was played with a lot of emotional intensity.  Edgewater shares a boundary with Jones, among other schools, and there tends to be a lot of emotional intensity between the schools as the game (when scheduled) is played for bragging rights. Over the last 20 years or so, when Jones was down, several Jones kids have appeared on Edgewater rosters. 

  7. 28 minutes ago, HornetFan said:

    I agree; Edgewater should win by 2-3 TDs.

    Yes, Jones's biggest drop off is its defensive line. Last year, Apopka literally could not run the ball on them and had to throw it (something they hardly do) to get any offensive yards. This year, Apopka moved the ball with relative ease and were it not for fumbles (one of which was clearly unforced), Jones would have lost this year's game. 

    Edgewater has many more offensive weapons than Apopka and I would be surprised if they don't score at least 30 on Jones. I only see Jones scoring a maximum of 14-17 points on Edgewater. 

  8. 4 hours ago, EagleEye said:

    With Jones barley scraping by in their last 2 games by 1 point on each and Edgewater coming back on a last second fumble after being out for 2 weeks. I'm going Edgewater to win with at least 25 penalties total game given the "ego" of both teams. If Edge gets some good practice in to fix passing and their awareness I'd give em 12 on Jones. Don't know if it's just the false sense of security from the Apopka game or just Wekiva being on top of it but I'm still wondering how Jones went into OT on their senior night against now 1-3 Wekiva.

    Jones is about 80% of what they were a year ago. If Edgewater is as good as they were when they beat Jones last year, I expect a 14 point win or even more. 

  9. 47 minutes ago, gatorman-uf said:

    So, five games into the season he resigns, but remains a teacher? While they may exist perfectly sound reasons for the move, it seems a bit strange to me. I am sure this is very disheartening to the players and will result in a degree of turmoil with respect to the remaining coaching staff. 

  10. 40 minutes ago, nolebull813 said:

    Does Osceola have that stud QB that went to IMG? I believe he is from GA and has family in Central Florida? 

    He was enrolled and on the squad back in August. I have not been to any of their games, so I don't know for sure he is still there. @ohs vargasshould be able to confirm. 

  11. 25 minutes ago, Pipe Dreams said:

    DP and Palmetto, probably both top 5 in 8A, playing in the first round is brutal. Could have a been a title game if things went normal this year. 

    This was a terrible draw for Dp. A game like this should be played at a neutral site or should be in a much later round. If Dp. wins this game, I hope they make it to the final. 

  12. On 10/1/2020 at 2:08 PM, LAZ said:

    The year was 1986. It was homecoming for UCF and a record crowd of over 23,000 came to the Citrus Bowl anticipating a beat down of then NAIA member Wofford (SC) and The Beach Boys concert which would immediately follow the game. Apparently, the Terriers had other intentions. Their vaunted single wing offense was like nothing I’d ever seen and it was soon obvious the UCF defense hadn’t either. It was probably the most embarrassing moment in Knights history. They lost that homecoming game to a school nobody ever heard of 31-28 putting quite a damper on the whole evening. As for the concert, I barely remember it. 

    Sad emoji represents the outcome. The post was very good as I am sure it brought back cherished memories. 

  13. 7 hours ago, Perspective said:

    I'm curious what experience the schools running the single wing have had with transfers from skill players (namely QB's and WR's)?  Or do the really promising, young QB's and WR's just not show up at schools who run this offense? 

    I can say that Apopka has lost one promising QB and more than a couple good Wide Receivers over the years. However, the damage has not been as bad as you would think. A couple of other zoned APK kids have also gone elsewhere over the years. However, it is not clear whether the decision was football related or due to other factors. 

    It is difficult to pass on a very solid program even if you feel you are not been fully utilized at your expected college position. 

  14. 8 minutes ago, Pipe Dreams said:

    Any other contenders outside Columbus opting out?

    Thanks for the info about Oakleaf. I’ll keep an eye on them!

    Deerfield Beach is one for sure. Western has also been very good the last two years (not sure who they had coming back this year, though). Some of the Palm Beach 8A teams are also decent, but I don't think any of them would beat Orlando's best. 

  15. 35 minutes ago, Pipe Dreams said:

    Probably won't happen, but a final four of....

    Seminole-Apopka

    Dr. Phillips-Osceola

    ....would be crazy!

    It would guarantee O Town's metro area a State title! That would be huge. But it would also be tainted with only Palmetto from Dade/Broward/Palm Beach representing.  

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