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December 2, 2012
FHSAA Playoffs coming down the home stretch
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So we've finally arrived to that point you guys (and gals). For the 1A thru 4A Classifications, it's time for eight teams to go strap it up for some jewelry; while the final four are set for each of the 5A thru 8A classes. There's numbers supporting that we are seeing the teams that we've assumed would be at this point all along; with the exception of a FEW names of course, but the teams that are playing this week are here because? Well, quite frankly, because they belong here.
The combined records of the eight teams playing for a ring this weekend within the 1A-4A classes are 95-7. They feature three undefeated teams in Trenton (1A), Dade Christian (2A), and University School (3A). This weekend also features four 1-loss teams with University Christian (2A), Madison County (3A), and both Booker T. Washington and Bolles carrying the same 12-1 total to this point. And last but shamelessly not least, 18 out of those 20 teams left in the 3A-8A classes were on a particular person's (HINT, HINT) ballot for more than 75% of the season, and the only two not to make it (Navarre and Miami Jackson) are certainly (at least in Navarre's case) looking like arrogant oversights for not being included……
Call me whatever you want, just don't call me late for dinner. Call these teams "Cinderella's", and we may have words. You can possibly call them bridesmaids and never the brides, but you can't call teams that are consistent 9+ winners and/or playing in late November a Cinderella. This immediately eliminates teams like a 2-loss Apopka or Miami Central, or even a 3-loss Immokalee squad just to name a few. Yeah, they may not have been able to get out of their own way at times at the beginning of the season, but show of hands for anyone that didn't think these teams would actually be undefeated or with only one-loss, two-loss max right now…anyone?
There are three that we can perhaps pull out the sharpie and begin to write on the nametag, which would bring me to Navarre, Miami Jackson and Osceola. The Raiders only loss came at the hands of Pensacola 29-28 in tandem with an impressive showing against Columbia, while Osceola is undefeated having dispatched Lakeland, and all Jackson has done is gone on the road and defeated American Heritage (Plantation), Norland and Glades Central; ON THE ROAD. If the Generals pull this one off, it's the stuff that only Disney could produce. A win back in the muck against Immokalee and a win against either Godby or Robinson and Mickey's head would explode. Talk about a fairy tale. Good thing they'd already be in Orlando huh?