Completely agree and have said the same in the past on this board. One need not play a brutal schedule to win a state title. In fact, some teams are probably hurting their chances of winning a title by scheduling too aggressively.
That said, when teams start looking and acting like superteams, reloading themselves with an inordinate number of transfers, expectations naturally arise concerning competition. What's the justification of fielding a superteam in order to play a Hialeah High?
I would love for Lakeland to play a tougher schedule, purely for the entertainment value. But for all the people who fall over themselves trying to justify that playing a harder schedule is the only way to win state........Lakeland had one of the easiest schedules in the state last year.....and still won the tough games when needed......by at least two scores, if not more.
I just find it laughable the consistent attempt to bring Lakeland down....on a message board.
Not to defend Lakeland, for the practice is not defensible, but it is a lot easier to schedule the South Florida minnows than it is the better teams from South Florida, is what you are looking for is for the SF team to travel two years in a row.
They are probably not too many Central Florida schools willing to travel to, say, Traz Powell, for a return date.
Someone recently stated that Lakeland "consistently beat(s) south Fla powers." There are some folks on the board who routinely ridicule OOS schools who beat up on FL cupcakes so they can say they beat a FL school. What is the line of thinking of Lakeland scheduling south FL programs who are clearly outclassed?...other than the possible joy it gives some Polk County fans to say it beat up on the big city boys? I honestly never understood this.