Jump to content

Sign in to follow this  

78 Florida High School Rivalries

Recommended Posts

2 minutes ago, ColumbiaHighFan2017class said:

Old Gateway conference 


This was during 1970s


Lake City Columbia 




Ed White 

Forrest (now Westside)




Terry Parker 

For many years Bethune-Cookman played in Jacksonville against Albany State, or Savanna State (both S. Ga). Like the high school conference, made up of mostly, Jax schools, it was called the "Gateway" Classic.  

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Jacksonville and Gateway makes sense. When the snow birds came down south on US1 or A1A  in the winter, Jax was the "Gateway" to tropical and exotic Florida. The land of coconut palms, sandy beaches, sunshine, and snakes, gators, palmetto bugs, mosquitoes, swamp land, yellow fever, oven baking heat, hucksters, and flimflam artist.  #nativeborn 

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

This past year, Fort Myers and North Fort Myers met in the playoffs.  It was the first time ever these two rivals have met in the playoffs...and both schools have been around for 50+ years.  Fort myers won 7-6.

During the regular season, these two teams meet in an old rivalry known as the Battle of the Caloosahatchee River.  So, one can imagine how exciting this was for local folks.  

I am amazed when I hear stories like this.  Due to quirks in our playoff system over the years, certain teams have never met.  

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Some of these rivalry games attracted huge crowds, even back in the Stone Ages.  Fort Lauderdale High and Stranahan first met in 1958.  Beginning in 1968, the game was played on Thanksgiving Day/Eve.  In 1969, with the score tied 15-15, a standing-room crowd of 11,000 watched as Fort Lauderdale High`s Benny LaChance intercepted a Stranahan pass and scrambled out of bounds with three seconds left.  A personal foul gave Fort Lauderdale the ball on the Stranahan 34-yard line. Fort Lauderdale quarterback Al Alvarez scrambled to his left and connected with his receiver as time expired to win 21-15. It was the final game of the `69 season, the victory giving Fort Lauderdale (10-0) its first undefeated season.  Fort Lauderdale then lost in the playoffs  14-6 to Miami Jackson.



Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

There's a reason Rockledge and Cocoa high schools have such a fierce rivalry and it can all be traced back to turf. The current Rockledge High School building was actually Cocoa High School at one time. Yes, Cocoa High School was in Rockledge and then moved to its current location. Once Cocoa high moved, Rockledge high took its place.   Cocoa High School was at the Rockledge location until 1970 and moved into its new facility because of capacity issues


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Update with Evans and Colonial. I just finished the compete history for Colonial. 

They played Evans every year from 1959-1992. 

Colonial's record by years against Evans 

(1959-1975) Colonial went 14-2-1

(1976-1992) Colonial went 1-14

(1993-2017) Colonial and Evans only played twice. In 2007 and 2008 in which Evans won. 

So Colonial went 15-20-1 vs Evans 

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

  • Posts

    • Perspective, I will try to answer your questions.   1. The reason why officials seem to hesitate to blow their whistles is  because the whistle very rarely ends the play itself. Usually, the result of the play, such as a runner running out-of-bounds or a receiver making a catch on the ground. In those type of situations, a defensive player is not going to make a tackle or hit an offensive player after that action just because a whistle did not blow. Forward progress can be tricky, and it is usually better to wait to blow the whistle, and then determine the result of the play instead of blowing a whistle immediately which automatically ends the play. 2. The coaches teaching the players to play to the whistle is incorrect, and most officials would urge coaches to stop teaching that phrase. The result of the play ends the play, not the whistle unless it is an inadvertent whistle. 3. By the letter of the rule the officials do not have the authority to send out a player to the sideline. However, there is an understanding among coaches and officials of the idea of a penalty box, meaning an official can point out to a coach that one of his players is getting out of control, and needs a 'cooling off' period without drawing a penalty. The player then can come back into the game at the coaches discretion. I do not know of one high school coach who has every declined this arrangement. 4. That sounds like a blown call by the officiating crew.
    • I was looking forward to that Chaminade v Cocoa matchup this season. Hopefully they had a home n home setup
    • The Bloodhounds are a bit unsettled at QB, so Lake Gibson's stout defense was too much. Assuming Lake Gibson is able to play Lakeland next week (a big assumption with Covid), LG might ought to be a slight favorite. Lakeland has been completely shut down since Sep. 8, and won't be able to do anything until Tuesday of game week.
    • Thad Franklin got hurt late in the game. AHP has a very athletic defense that owned CM's big O-line. You would think Thad Franklin on a rainy night behind that O-line would be able to score, but no.  CM's O-line needs work on blocking. CM is a very formidable team in 3A.  But I do not think the Lions have the firepower on offense to be considered one of the best teams in the state amongst all classes.    Both teams have quick D's that will give offenses trouble.  AHP's offense needs some reps.           
    • Lions had their chance.  Thad Franklin broke off a big run but Lions fumbled it on the next play due to bad exchange from qb.
  • Who's Online (See full list)

    There are no registered users currently online

  • Popular Contributors

  • Create New...