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Below is a list of schools, broken down by county, that have never won an FHSAA playoff game.  This is not an all-inclusive list.  I believe it does capture most schools currently in Class 3A and above.

There are 31 schools from Central FL, 16 from South FL, and 7 from North FL.  After each school name, I have listed the year the school was founded, when known.

18 of the 54 schools are at least 25 years old.  Orange County has more than any other county in the state with 7 schools and Orange/Osceola combined has 11 of the schools. 

 

Brevard County

Cocoa Beach 1964   

Space Coast 2001    

 

Broward County

Coral Springs 1975   

Coral Springs Charter 1999      

Monarch 2003     

 

Citrus County

Lecanto 1984   

 

Clay County

Keystone Heights 1965   

 

Collier County

Golden Gate 2004    

Gulf Coast 1998     

Palmetto Ridge 2005     

 

Duval County

Atlantic Coast 2010     

Providence 1997   

 

Flagler County

Matanzas 2005     

 

Hernando County

Brooksville Central 1988   

Weeki Wachee 2010     

 

Highlands County

Lake Placid   

 

Hillsborough County

Freedom 2002     

Strawberry Crest 2009     

 

Lee County

East Lee County 2007     

Ida S Baker 2004     

 

Leon County

Chiles 1999     

St John Paul II 2001     

 

Martin County

Jensen Beach 2004     

 

Miami-Dade County

Braddock 1989   

Ferguson 2003     

Reagan 2006   

Southwest 1956   

Varela 2000     

Westland 2007   

 

Orange County

Colonial 1958  

Cypress Creek 1992       

East River 2009     

Freedom 2003     

Lake Nona 2009     

Ocoee 2005     

Windermere 2017    

 

Osceola County

Celebration 2003     

Gateway 1986   

Liberty 2007       

Poinciana 1991   

 

Palm Beach County

Boynton Beach 2001   

Spanish River 1983    

 

Pasco County

Fivay 2010      

Wesley Chapel 1999     

 

Pinellas

Osceola 1981   

 

Polk County

Lake Region 1995     

Tenoroc 2008     

 

Putnam

Interlachen 1968   

 

St Lucie County

Port St Lucie 1989   

 

Sarasota

North Port 2001   

 

Seminole County

Hagerty 2005    

 

Volusia

Deltona 1988   

Pine Ridge 1994     

University 2010    

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18 minutes ago, OldSchoolLion said:

Below is a list of schools, broken down by county, that have never won an FHSAA playoff game.  This is not an all-inclusive list.  I believe it does capture most schools currently in Class 3A and above.

There are 32 schools from Central FL, 16 from South FL, and 7 from North FL.  After each school name, I have listed the year the school was founded, when known.

18 of the 55 schools are at least 25 years old.  Orange County has more than any other county in the state with 7 schools and Orange/Osceola combined has 11 of the schools. 

 

Brevard County

Cocoa Beach 1964   

Space Coast 2001    

 

Broward County

Coral Springs 1975   

Coral Springs Charter 1999      

Monarch 2003     

 

Citrus County

Lecanto 1984   

 

Clay County

Keystone Heights 1965   

 

Collier County

Golden Gate 2004    

Gulf Coast 1998     

Palmetto Ridge 2005     

 

Duval County

Atlantic Coast 2010     

Providence 1997   

 

Flagler County

Matanzas 2005     

 

Hernando County

Brooksville Central 1988   

Weeki Wachee 2010     

 

Highlands County

Lake Placid   

 

Hillsborough County

Freedom 2002     

Strawberry Crest 2009     

 

Lee County

East Lee County 2007     

Ida S Baker 2004     

 

Leon County

Chiles 1999     

St John Paul II 2001     

 

Martin County

Jensen Beach 2004     

 

Miami-Dade County

Braddock 1989   

Ferguson 2003     

Reagan 2006   

Southwest 1956   

Varela 2000     

Westland 2007   

 

Orange County

Colonial 1958  

Cypress Creek 1992       

East River 2009     

Freedom 2003     

Lake Nona 2009     

Ocoee 2005     

Windermere 2017    

 

Osceola County

Celebration 2003     

Gateway 1986   

Liberty 2007       

Poinciana 1991   

 

Palm Beach County

Boynton Beach 2001   

Spanish River 1983    

 

Pasco County

Anclote 2009     

Fivay 2010      

Wesley Chapel 1999     

 

Pinellas

Osceola 1981   

 

Polk County

Lake Region 1995     

Tenoroc 2008     

 

Putnam

Interlachen 1968   

 

St Lucie County

Port St Lucie 1989   

 

Sarasota

North Port 2001   

 

Seminole County

Hagerty 2005    

 

Volusia

Deltona 1988   

Pine Ridge 1994     

University 2010    

Madison county vs Niceville.  Who you got in 2019

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This is an update to a thread I did prior to the 2019 season.  Six teams fell of the list since then, but the vast majority remain.  About 30 of the teams on the list opened in 2000-2010.  Not that I would be expecting them to win state titles, but the reality is that many of these programs have struggled to get traction.  Some who have managed to make the playoffs have gotten routinely blown out. 

There is an argument to be made that new, large schools should not be automatically classified according to their population in order to allow the programs to get a taste of winning, which can help build interest amongst the fan base and pool of potential players. 

 

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23 hours ago, OldSchoolLion said:

Below is a list of schools, broken down by county, that have never won an FHSAA playoff game.  This is not an all-inclusive list.  I believe it does capture most schools currently in Class 3A and above.

There are 31 schools from Central FL, 16 from South FL, and 7 from North FL.  After each school name, I have listed the year the school was founded, when known.

18 of the 54 schools are at least 25 years old.  Orange County has more than any other county in the state with 7 schools and Orange/Osceola combined has 11 of the schools. 

 

Brevard County

Cocoa Beach 1964   

Space Coast 2001    

 

Broward County

Coral Springs 1975   

Coral Springs Charter 1999      

Monarch 2003     

 

Citrus County

Lecanto 1984   

 

Clay County

Keystone Heights 1965   

 

Collier County

Golden Gate 2004    

Gulf Coast 1998     

Palmetto Ridge 2005     

 

Duval County

Atlantic Coast 2010     

Providence 1997   

 

Flagler County

Matanzas 2005     

 

Hernando County

Brooksville Central 1988   

Weeki Wachee 2010     

 

Highlands County

Lake Placid   

 

Hillsborough County

Freedom 2002     

Strawberry Crest 2009     

 

Lee County

East Lee County 2007     

Ida S Baker 2004     

 

Leon County

Chiles 1999     

St John Paul II 2001     

 

Martin County

Jensen Beach 2004     

 

Miami-Dade County

Braddock 1989   

Ferguson 2003     

Reagan 2006   

Southwest 1956   

Varela 2000     

Westland 2007   

 

Orange County

Colonial 1958  

Cypress Creek 1992       

East River 2009     

Freedom 2003     

Lake Nona 2009     

Ocoee 2005     

Windermere 2017    

 

Osceola County

Celebration 2003     

Gateway 1986   

Liberty 2007       

Poinciana 1991   

 

Palm Beach County

Boynton Beach 2001   

Spanish River 1983    

 

Pasco County

Fivay 2010      

Wesley Chapel 1999     

 

Pinellas

Osceola 1981   

 

Polk County

Lake Region 1995     

Tenoroc 2008     

 

Putnam

Interlachen 1968   

 

St Lucie County

Port St Lucie 1989   

 

Sarasota

North Port 2001   

 

Seminole County

Hagerty 2005    

 

Volusia

Deltona 1988   

Pine Ridge 1994     

University 2010    

Are Matanzas and Deltona's wins against New Smyrna Beach and Tampa Freedom respectively in the first round of the "playoffs" this year not being considered? Also, Matanzas started playing football in 2006, not 2005. 

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11 hours ago, AmstaffNole said:

Atlantic Coast beat Lincoln this year in regional quarterfinal...

And Fletcher the week earlier which according to what @Joshua Wilson was telling me before play in games will count in the FHSAA record books as playoff games 

 

which also means as @Jambun82mentioned above both matanzas and deltona also got their first wins in the playoffs this year 

 

also technically monarch has a postseason win by forfeit in 2014 over Miramar which pushed them into the second round over Flanagan

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4 minutes ago, OldSchoolLion said:

In a stunning turn of events, the FHSAA has implemented a "playoff stimulus package" whereby all FL HS teams will be granted a playoff win this season in the record books

More like a playoff appearance

 

There was quite a few schools who still managed to walk away with 0 playoff wins after losing their "postseason Play-in"

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5 hours ago, ColumbiaHighFan2017class said:

More like a playoff appearance

 

There was quite a few schools who still managed to walk away with 0 playoff wins after losing their "postseason Play-in"

I understand.  I was being sarcastic my literal friend.

As far as I am concerned, everything this year is a big asterisk in the record books.  That is not to say that winning a state title this year will be easy, nor is it to say that kids should not be extremely proud to win a state title.  But with some teams absent and some teams not at full strength, it won't quite be the same.  That said, one would hope that kids will just flat out enjoy playing regardless of what's on the line. 

Concerning the classification of a play-in games as a playoff game...It used to be a huge deal to make the playoffs and a source of great pride, even if one lost in the first round.  I think we have taken away from the prestige by allowing so many teams in.    My comments are not necessarily specific to this year.

Maybe it's just me, but allowing teams with losing records to play in the playoffs just strikes me as odd.  If it is that important to allow teams to play in the post-season, have bowl games.     

    

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11 minutes ago, OldSchoolLion said:

I understand.  I was being sarcastic my literal friend.

As far as I am concerned, everything this year is a big asterisk in the record books.  That is not to say that winning a state title this year will be easy, nor is it to say that kids should not be extremely proud to win a state title.  But with some teams absent and some teams not at full strength, it won't quite be the same.  That said, one would hope that kids will just flat out enjoy playing regardless of what's on the line. 

Concerning the classification of a play-in games as a playoff game...It used to be a huge deal to make the playoffs and a source of great pride, even if one lost in the first round.  I think we have taken away from the prestige by allowing so many teams in.    My comments are not necessarily specific to this year.

Maybe it's just me, but allowing teams with losing records to play in the playoffs just strikes me as odd.  If it is that important to allow teams to play in the post-season, have bowl games.     

    

Even back in the 70s and 80s it was possible to make the playoffs with a losing record if you had a small district and beat all the teams in it and we also had situations like 2015 where Eastside made playoffs at 1-9 with their only win coming over winless belleview in a 3 team district

 

 

The reason it was done is because the FHSAA didn't think they had any chance of actually making it through the season with a normal district format 

 

Take teams like gainesville and Fletcher for instance who missed close to a month worth of games with multiple stoppages, having a strict district setup would not only punish them but also their fellow district opponents who could have their schedules upended because of their inability to contain the virus and now imagine that in a 8 or 9 team district with little flexibility as it is and having to force Teams to play 3 or 4 games in a 14 day stretch

 

 

It was a mess that had no solution so even though I felt the playoffs (at least in the manner done) was unnecessary but they set it up the best that it could be done and just using a blanket statement like "teams with losing records shouldn't make it" is not always a symbol of the best team 

 

Last year Wolfson missed the playoffs at 8-2 to a 5-5 TCA team but who in their right minds would say that Wolfson would have actually beaten TCA (in fact I believe they used to play only for Wolfson to be tired of losing to them and refused to play anymore)

 

A record isn't always indicative of the ability of the team, for example the last 3 opponents Columbia has played had more wins than them yet columbia won 2 by double digits and knocked off a 1 loss Mainland team who's only loss came to undefeated Sanford Seminole who's playing in the 8a regional finals this week 

 

And yes this year is really just a case of "do the best you can with the circumstances" so I don't disagree with the general idea that the playoffs do get devalued with more teams but I also don't believe records should be the best use of determining playoff teams because the schedules are so unbalanced because teams these days like to schedule easy games and inflate their record while avoiding solid teams who have to overschedule just to find teams willing to play them 

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2 hours ago, ColumbiaHighFan2017class said:

Even back in the 70s and 80s it was possible to make the playoffs with a losing record if you had a small district and beat all the teams in it and we also had situations like 2015 where Eastside made playoffs at 1-9 with their only win coming over winless belleview in a 3 team district

 

 

The reason it was done is because the FHSAA didn't think they had any chance of actually making it through the season with a normal district format 

 

Take teams like gainesville and Fletcher for instance who missed close to a month worth of games with multiple stoppages, having a strict district setup would not only punish them but also their fellow district opponents who could have their schedules upended because of their inability to contain the virus and now imagine that in a 8 or 9 team district with little flexibility as it is and having to force Teams to play 3 or 4 games in a 14 day stretch

 

 

It was a mess that had no solution so even though I felt the playoffs (at least in the manner done) was unnecessary but they set it up the best that it could be done and just using a blanket statement like "teams with losing records shouldn't make it" is not always a symbol of the best team 

 

Last year Wolfson missed the playoffs at 8-2 to a 5-5 TCA team but who in their right minds would say that Wolfson would have actually beaten TCA (in fact I believe they used to play only for Wolfson to be tired of losing to them and refused to play anymore)

 

A record isn't always indicative of the ability of the team, for example the last 3 opponents Columbia has played had more wins than them yet columbia won 2 by double digits and knocked off a 1 loss Mainland team who's only loss came to undefeated Sanford Seminole who's playing in the 8a regional finals this week 

 

And yes this year is really just a case of "do the best you can with the circumstances" so I don't disagree with the general idea that the playoffs do get devalued with more teams but I also don't believe records should be the best use of determining playoff teams because the schedules are so unbalanced because teams these days like to schedule easy games and inflate their record while avoiding solid teams who have to overschedule just to find teams willing to play them 

ColumbiaFan...the norm in the 70's and 80's was larger districts and only the champion advanced.  For instance, this was a 3A south FL district in 1981.  Playoff teams from such districts did not have losing records!   

Chaminade

Ely

Fort Lauderdale

Hallandale

Northeast

Pompano Beach

Stranahan

St Thomas Aquinas

Concerning records, please see the post below.  Though records do not always tell the story of a team, the odds of a team with a marginal record making a deep playoff run are, relatively speaking, very small. 

  

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35 minutes ago, ColumbiaHighFan2017class said:

Even back in the 70s and 80s it was possible to make the playoffs with a losing record if you had a small district and beat all the teams in it and we also had situations like 2015 where Eastside made playoffs at 1-9 with their only win coming over winless belleview in a 3 team district

 

 

The reason it was done is because the FHSAA didn't think they had any chance of actually making it through the season with a normal district format 

 

Take teams like gainesville and Fletcher for instance who missed close to a month worth of games with multiple stoppages, having a strict district setup would not only punish them but also their fellow district opponents who could have their schedules upended because of their inability to contain the virus and now imagine that in a 8 or 9 team district with little flexibility as it is and having to force Teams to play 3 or 4 games in a 14 day stretch

 

 

It was a mess that had no solution so even though I felt the playoffs (at least in the manner done) was unnecessary but they set it up the best that it could be done and just using a blanket statement like "teams with losing records shouldn't make it" is not always a symbol of the best team 

 

Last year Wolfson missed the playoffs at 8-2 to a 5-5 TCA team but who in their right minds would say that Wolfson would have actually beaten TCA (in fact I believe they used to play only for Wolfson to be tired of losing to them and refused to play anymore)

 

A record isn't always indicative of the ability of the team, for example the last 3 opponents Columbia has played had more wins than them yet columbia won 2 by double digits and knocked off a 1 loss Mainland team who's only loss came to undefeated Sanford Seminole who's playing in the 8a regional finals this week 

 

And yes this year is really just a case of "do the best you can with the circumstances" so I don't disagree with the general idea that the playoffs do get devalued with more teams but I also don't believe records should be the best use of determining playoff teams because the schedules are so unbalanced because teams these days like to schedule easy games and inflate their record while avoiding solid teams who have to overschedule just to find teams willing to play them 

For some perspective, ST Thomas Aquinas was 8-2 in 1988, but did not make the 4A playoffs.  Eventual state champion Dillard won the district title over STA in the ninth game of the season that year and only the Panthers advanced.  In 1978, the Raiders went 9-1, but lost the district title to Ely in the ninth game of the season and did not make the playoffs.  If a 9-1 team today did not make the playoffs, some folks would go off the deep end.  District games back then were huge when the sole playoff berth was on the line....and winning a district title could be a source of great prestige.  I miss that today.           

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