Circling back to competitive balance, one of the purported factors in support for the Metro-Suburban reclassification was the history of lopsided matchups in state championship games. Last year's 7 championship games (excluding 1R-1M which was not reclassified) were decided by 2,6,18,21,28,28, and 35 points. It will be interesting to see if this year's matchups are more closely contested. Good luck to all!
This recap makes me think the title game between Lakeland and Venice will be a shootout. I know both teams have offenses that can score points, but it sounds like the Venice defense might be a little more susceptible to giving up the big play. Slight nod to Lakeland if I'm handicapping this game with an over/under in the 60's, if not 70's. I'll vote this one "Most Likely to go into Overtime."
That's why Mainland High has the longest consecutive "Public School" playoff streak in the state of Florida. Mainland is currently at 29 years and it started in 1994. Lakeland High's streak started in 1993. Don't remember the year (2010's ?) when they were disqualified but that ended their streak. ( Shameless Homer Plug ).