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Written by richard burton, December 3, 2008, 0 Comments,
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The second week of the Florida High School Athletic Association state football playoffs is complete and already there has been a great deal of excitement across the eight classifications.

All eight of last year’s state champions are still alive, but that is the only trend which has really stood up to this point.

In the second week, the home team split 48 games across the state. Also, with the realigning of the playoffs so that the district runner-up could meet the district champion in the second game of the regionals, a good deal of upsets occurred.

There were 23 rematches from the regular season and only 12 teams were able to sweep the season series. There are still nine district runner-ups alive, out of the 48 playoff teams, with four of those residing in Class 6A.

In Class 6A, the home team was 2-6 in round two. The home team in Class 1A was 0-4 in the second weekend of the postseason, but Class 3A saw the host schools go 7-1.

Class 3A is joined by 1B and 2B as the only classes without a district runner-up still alive. Only Class 3A and 5A saw their home teams compile winning marks in the second round.

This week, the four smaller classes will decide which teams go to the state title games at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando Dec. 12-13 while the four larger classes will set their state semifinal pairings.

Here is a look at each class and some of the top performers to this point in the postseason:

CLASS 6A

Apopka (10-2) at Seminole (Sanford) (10-2): Seminole’s Andre DeBose has scored seven touchdowns in two playoff games and has been a threat out of the backfield (14 carries, 283 yards, four touchdowns) and as a receiver (nine catches, 203 yards, three touchdowns).

The other members of the “Seminole Three,” Ray Ray Armstrong and Dyron Dye, have also made their impact in the postseason. Armstrong has thrown for 244 yards and three scores, while Dye had an interception return for a touchdown against Spruce Creek and has keyed a defense that has allowed 57 yards per game on the ground in the postseason, which included a matchup against DeLand’s Mike Gillislee, a Florida commit.

While DeBose and Co. have been hot, Apopka’s running game might be even hotter. The Blue Darters rushed for 495 yards and had three players break the century mark in the opening round against Timber Creek (Orlando). Last week, Apopka got 276 yards rushing and four scores from quarterback Jeremy Gallon (a Michigan commit) in avenging a regular-season loss to East Ridge (Clermont).

Gallon, who also tossed two touchdown passes against East Ridge, has rushed for 413 yards in the postseason and has accounted for seven scores (five rushing). Apopka has won both of its games away from home. The last time they won multiple games in the postseason on the road was in 2001, when they claimed the Class 6A state title.

Boone (Orlando) (10-2) at Royal Palm Beach (10-2): Boone is competing in its third regional final in a row, thanks to knocking off Dr. Phillips for the second straight year in the regional semis. The Braves, who lost to Dr. Phillips during the regular season, have allowed seven points in two playoff games. James Washington, Boone’s leading rusher during the regular season with just under 1,600 yards, has 137 yards and three scores in the playoffs, but quarterback Sam Hatsell has had some fine moments as well over the opening two rounds.

Royal Palm Beach, which lost 24-0 to Boone two years ago in the regional semis, has seen quarterback Marvin Payne hit 20-of-34 passes for 329 yards and three scores in the playoffs. Junior standout Chris Dunkley had a 71-yard scoring reception last week in Royal Palm Beach’s second straight postseason victory over Vero Beach and added an interception return for a score in the first round.

Miramar (10-2) vs. Deerfield Beach (10-2) at Coral Springs High School: Has there been a team in the state that has played in two more exciting games than Miramar so far in the playoffs? Quarterback Eugene Smith has thrown touchdown passes in the final 12 seconds to lift Miramar to heart-stopping wins over Miami Carol City and Cypress Bay. Smith, who hit on 25-of-32 passes for 343 yards and four touchdowns last week, helped his team avenge a 41-40 regular season loss to Cypress Bay. So far, Smith is 43-of-66 for 590 yards and seven touchdowns in the playoffs.

Smith and Co. will run into a Deerfield Beach squad which is playing in its fourth regional final in sixth seasons. The two teams met in the regional finals in 2005 with Deerfield Beach taking a 21-14 win. The Bucks appear to be getting back to normal with the return of junior tailback Cassius McDowell from injury. McDowell has over 330 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns in the postseason, while senior quarterback Denard Robinson has also produced seven touchdowns in the playoffs. Last week, Robinson had 271 all-purpose yards and five scores in helping Deerfield Beach to a rout over a Boyd Anderson team it lost to during the regular season without McDowell.

Northwestern (Miami) (10-1) vs Killian (Miami) (10-2) at Florida International University: Northwestern avenged a regular-season loss to Central (Miami) with a 38-32 thriller decided on a late scoring pass from Teddy Bridgewater to Tyrell Lewis with 15 seconds left. The win was the sixth straight on the road for the Bulls, who have won 41 of their last 42 games overall. Northwestern, which got a great game in the opening round from its defense, has been sparked by the return of junior defensive tackle Tim Chandler.

Northwestern will try to run its all-time postseason mark to 3-0 against Killian which it meets in the playoffs for the first time since 2005. Bridgewater has completed 25-of-43 passes for 414 yards and six touchdowns in the playoffs. To get past Killian, the Bulls must focus on stopping tailback Lamar Miller (Miami commit), who rushed for over 200 yards and three touchdowns in winning the battle and the war against Palmetto (Miami) and Jaamal Berry (Ohio State commit) in the regional semis. Killian won’t be intimidated in this one, having traveled to Lakeland and giving the Dreadnaughts all they could handle before falling 27-21 during the regular season.

CLASS 5A

Pine Forest (Pensacola) (11-0) at Orange Park (10-2): Orange Park was 1-9 last season but has made a great turnaround under first-year coach Danny Green, who has led both Haines City and Columbia (Lake City) to championship-game appearances. Last week, the Raiders knocked off previously unbeaten Mainland (Daytona Beach), 21-20, to make it to the regional finals for the first time since 1992 under the late coach Bob Williams.

Orange Park likes to run the football, but was held to 91 yards on 30 carries by Mainland, which forced it to use the arm of Andrew Denton to pick up its second straight playoff win over the Bucs. Denton, who was 2-of-2 for 33 yards in the Raiders’ first-round win over Pine Ridge (Deltona), hit on 8-of-12 passes for 183 yards and two scores against Mainland.

The Raiders, who ran for 301 yards against Pine Ridge, have a trio of backs in Demtre Baker (18 carries, 146 yards, two touchdowns in playoffs), C.J. Stallworth (20 carries, 138 yards) and Albrey Felder (17 carries, 88 yards) that can get the job done. Pine Forest, coached by veteran Jerry Pollard, knocked off Niceville and its highly touted junior tailback Roy Finch to get the regional finals for the second time in three seasons. The Eagles are led on offense by Jamarius Green (four touchdowns in playoffs) and Shawn Morris (23 carries, 131 yards, one touchdown). This will be the first regional final road playoff game for Pine Forest since 1988 and this will feature a great coaching battle between Green and Pollard.

Chamberlain (Tampa) 11-1 at Lakeland (12-0): Lakeland is back to the regional finals after a year’s absence. The Dreadnaughts have won 12 consecutive home playoff games dating back to a 2001 loss to Hillsborough (Tampa). Lakeland has won all four playoff games with Chamberlain, including three by shutout. The last meeting between the schools in the postseason was in 2005.

Aaron Truedell rushed for three touchdowns in Lakeland’s victory over Osceola (Kissimmee) in the regional semis. Jarred Higgins also threw for 156 yards in the win and sophomore Javares McCoy also has made big plays in the postseason. Chamberlain has been led by quarterback Dontae Aycock, who has produced 10 touchdowns in the postseason (five rushing touchdowns, five passing touchdowns). Kenny Allen has added 229 yards on the ground in the postseason out of the Chiefs’ triple-option attack.

Charlotte (Punta Gorda) (11-1) at Largo (11-1): Largo returns to the regional finals for the second consecutive season. The Packers are paced by tailback Marcel Dunham (eight playoff touchdowns), who had 174 yards rushing and five scores in last week’s shutout win over St. Petersburg.

Largo probably expected to see Venice and junior quarterback Trey Burton, but Charlotte pulled a 25-21 upset to avenge a 56-26 regular-season defeat. Burton was great in defeat with 287 all-purpose yards, but the Tarpons got 179 passing yards from Kyle Midgett and 113 receiving yards from Alex Mut. Scoring machine Mike Bellamy (215 yards rushing in playoffs) is another key player for Charlotte, which is in the regional finals for the first time since 2002.

South Fork (Stuart) (9-3) at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) (12-0): The surprising Bulldogs will be playing in their first regional final after downing Atlantic (Delray Beach) and Palm Bay (Melbourne) to get there. Willie Walker rushed for 196 yards and three scores to lead South Fork past Atlantic. Prior to this season’s playoffs, South Fork had lost five straight playoff games and hadn’t won in the postseason since 1997.

Aquinas has been the model of consistency in Class 5A and is looking for its fifth straight state championship appearance. The defending champions are 1-0 all-time against South Fork in the postseason. Quarterback Ryan Becker has tossed six scores in the postseason, while Gio Bernard has run for two more behind an offensive line which features highly touted junior Brandon Linder.

CLASS 4A

Lincoln (Tallahassee) (9-3) at Fort Walton Beach (10-1): Fort Walton Beach went on the road for a 14-13 win over Pace (Pensacola). The Vikings are looking to get to the state semis for the first time since 1995. Lincoln, which is playing in its second regional final in three seasons, won the only postseason meeting between the two schools. Jawanza Starling, a senior athlete, has scored three touchdowns in the playoffs to pace Lincoln. Lincoln is 4-1 this season against playoffs.

Fort Walton Beach’s only loss came at the hands of Crestview, the only playoff team it faced during the regular season. Still, the Vikings upset Pace, which drubbed Crestview 41-7 in the opening round of the playoffs. Fort Walton Beach may be the charmed team in Class 4A. The Vikings defeated Crestview 14-13 in overtime in the Class 4A-2 tiebreaker and are the only team left in the state that advanced to the playoffs in a tiebreaker shootout.

Seabreeze (Daytona Beach) (7-5) at Ridgeview (Orange Park) (8-4): Two surprise teams meet in Clay County. Ridgeview has produced its first-ever wins in playoff history and is also 2-0 this season against rival Nease (Ponte Vedra Beach). Quarterback Derek Hatcher has produced 404 yards and five touchdowns in the playoffs for the Panthers. His favorite target, Tyler Bass, has 10 catches for 314 yards and three touchdowns, as Ridgeview’s spread attack has been tough to stop.

Seabreeze relies on quarterback Dominique Roberts, who has rushed for 248 yards and three touchdowns on 49 carries. Roberts also has hit on 16-of-28 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns for the Sandcrabs, who have allowed just 357 yards in two postseason games. Seabreeze avenged a regular-season loss to Merritt Island with a 16-0 win in the regional semis. The Sandcrabs are 0-5 at this point of the state playoffs all-time.

Armwood (Seffner) (12-0) at Plant (Tampa) (11-1): A rematch of a 10-2 win for Armwood in the season opener for both teams. This is the fourth consecutive meeting in the playoffs for these two teams. Armwood has won two of the past three playoff meetings. Senior safety Angelo Hadley, who has received interest from Florida, set the Armwood career record with his 19th interception in last week’s 50-20 win over Tampa Bay Tech. Quarterback Myshawn Jackson has ran for 278 yards and two scores in the playoffs and also passed for 147 and two touchdowns against Tampa Bay Tech.

Plant, which is without quarterback Aaron Murray (Georgia commit) due to a knee injury, has turned to its defense in winning its first two playoff games. The Panthers have given up 14 points and 258 yards in those two outings. Phillip Ely has passed for 388 yards in the playoffs and will look to tight end Orson Charles to loosen up a solid Armwood defense.

Booker T. Washington (Miami) (10-1) at Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens) (11-1): This will be the fourth consecutive meeting in the playoffs for these two programs. Washington has sent Dwyer home the last three years, including a 7-6 contest in 2007. Washington has talent all over the field, especially with its junior class featuring Jose Jose (OG), Lynden Trail (DE) and Eduardo Clements (TB), who ran for 154 yards and three scores last week. Dwyer, led by junior athlete and Florida commit Matt Elam, has allowed 122 total yards and 13 points in the postseason. Gerald Christian returned a fumble 102 yards against Westwood (Fort Pierce) for Dwyer last week.

CLASS 3A

Godby (Tallahassee) (10-2) at St. Augustine (12-0): The Yellow Jackets ripped Godby 44-14 last year in the regional finals. Godby will look to turn the tables this time on St. Augustine, which lost quarterback Kyle West to an injury in last Friday’s win over Jackson (Jacksonville). West’s status for the Godby game is unknown at this time. The Yellow Jackets have relied on their defense, though, for most of their success. St. Augustine has given up 461 yards in two playoff game and just 14 points.

Godby has scored over 40 points in each of its playoff games, thanks to the passing of A.J. Graham, who has talented receiver Willie Downs (Florida State commit) at his disposal. Graham has hit on 35-of-57 passes for 544 yards and five scores in the postseason, but the big key will be can he continue that against the Yellow Jackets, who have played in three Class 3A title games this decade.

North Marion (Sparr) 9-3 at Pasco (Dade City) 11-1: The Colts are looking for their fourth consecutive trip to the state semifinals. North Marion’s defense has consecutive playoff shutouts and produced 12 sacks in those wins. Senior tailback Eddie Rocker has rushed for over 300 yards and six touchdowns in the postseason, which has been more than enough for a defense that has given up 113 yards in two playoff games.

Pasco battered county rival Gulf (New Port Richey) 50-0 in the region semis and welcomes back offensive lineman Mylon Brown (Vanderbilt commit) from injury. The Pirates have gotten five touchdown passes from D.J. Clower in the postseason and are led on the ground by Jamall Haynes, who has rushed for 308 yards in the playoffs. The best matchup here should be between Pasco receiver Josh Johnson (Purdue commit) and North Marion cornerback Jordan Fulford.

DeSoto County (9-3) at Cocoa (11-1): Cocoa has been dominant in the postseason and is playing in its second consecutive regional final. A year ago, the Tigers lost to Naples in the state semifinals. DeSoto County is led by junior tailback Marcus Shaw (426 yards rushing, four touchdowns in the playoffs). This is the first time that DeSoto has ever won multiple playoff games during a postseason run.

Naples (11-1) at Monsignor Pace (Miami) 10-2: Monsignor Pace held off Naples 24-23 in the season opener for both teams. Pace comes off a strong defensive showing in a 13-6 win over previously unbeaten Glades Central. Naples held off Dunbar in the region semis to get here. Naples has been using fullback Carlos Hyde (454 yards rushing, seven touchdowns in the playoffs) for big gains out of its veer-option behind Florida commit Nick Alajajian, who missed the season opener between the two teams. This is the first trip to the regional finals for Pace since 2004.

CLASS 2A

Bolles (Jacksonville) (12-0) at Madison County (Madison) (11-0): This is the second postseason battle in the past three seasons between these two state powers. Bolles knocked off the Cowboys in Madison two seasons and holds a 3-1 edge all-time in playoff meetings. The Bulldogs haven’t been challenged in their first two playoff games, while Madison got by Pensacola Catholic 35-28 on the road in the regional finals.

Bolles totaled 927 yards and 127 points in two playoff games and has seen backs Stephen Barnett (Tulane commit) and Jawan Jamison both go over the century mark in each postseason outing. Madison has a great deal of talent with backs Cory Akins (FSU commit) and Chris Thompson (FSU commit) leading the way. Akins has rushed for 400 yards and seven touchdowns on 39 carries so far in the playoffs, with 251 yards and four scores coming against Pensacola Catholic. Thompson also went over the 100-yard mark against Pensacola Catholic.

Perhaps the best matchup could be on the line when Bolles has the ball. Junior offensive tackle Brent Benedict (6-5, 275) will get to battle it out with Madison’s senior defensive tackle and FSU commit Jacobbi McDaniel (6-1, 278). The X-factor could be the Bolles defense, which has gotten four picks from Matt Barnes in the playoffs, but the Bulldogs must somehow get the defending state champions into passing situations. This will be the 82nd playoff game in school history for Bolles, most in the state.

Gulliver Prep (Miami) (10-1) at Tampa Catholic (9-3): Gulliver enters the state semis on a hot streak with 87 points in its first two playoff games. They will face a Crusader defense that has given up just nine points so far in the postseason. Gulliver is led by tailback Darian Mallary (367 yards rushing, six touchdowns in the playoffs), Daniel Rodriguez (five touchdown receptions in playoffs) and quarterback Michael Strauss (591 yards passing, six touchdown passes in playoffs).

Tampa Catholic’s defense has forced eight turnovers in the postseason, which has made up for a struggling offense. Junior quarterback Christian Green has produced over 200 yards and four touchdowns for Tampa Catholic in the playoffs. This is the best run for Gulliver since it won the Class 2A state title. This year’s road playoff wins for Gulliver were the first ever in school history, after a 0-3 mark.

CLASS 2B

Trinity Catholic (Ocala) (11-1) at Florida High (Tallahassee) (11-1): This will be the third meeting all-time between the two schools in the postseason. Trinity Catholic has taken the first two and is 4-1 all-time away from in the playoffs. Florida High, which lost to Newberry last year in the state semis, ended an eight-game playoff losing streak with a win last week over South Walton. The Seminoles have allowed seven points in two playoff games and are led defensive end Brandon Jenkins (Florida State commit). Jeremy Brown has scored seven touchdowns in the playoffs for Florida High.

The Celtics, meanwhile, are looking to advance to their third Class 2B state title game in four seasons. Trinity Catholic got past a tough Newberry team 27-17 in the regional finals. Junior wide receiver Kadron Boone had 114 yards receiving and a key kickoff return against the Panthers for the Celtics, who have rushed for 545 yards in two playoff outings. Junior tailback Kedrick Rhodes (31 carries, 294 yards in playoffs) will be the X-factor for Trinity Catholic, which features Purdue commit Rob Henry at quarterback.

The biggest battle will between the Florida High defensive front and Trinity Catholic’s offensive line, which has allowed just four sacks this season in a pass-happy attack. The lone common foe between the teams was P.K. Yonge (Gainesville). Trinity Catholic downed the Blue Wave 56-3, while the Seminoles shut out P.K. Yonge 38-0. The Celtics are 6-1 against playoff teams, while Florida High is 5-1. The lone loss for Trinity was to Class 5A Mainland and Florida High’s lone defeat came at the hands of Class 2A Marianna.

Pahokee (10-1) at Frostproof (10-1): If ever there was a chance to knock off the two-time defending state champion Blue Devils, this could be it. Frostproof has won eight consecutive home playoff games and is looking to avenge last year’s loss in the state semis to Pahokee. This will be the sixth meeting in the playoffs between the two schools with Blue Devils winning three of the past five.

Florida commit Nu’Keese Richardson scored a pair of touchdowns last week for Pahokee and junior standout De’Joshua Johnson took over at quarterback and had a scoring toss. Pahokee’s best weapon in the postseason has been tailback Vincent Smith, who has rushed for over 100 yards in both playoff games. Frostproof has been paced by athletic junior Nickell Robey, who has tallied 263 yards and four touchdowns (three rushing) in the playoffs. Frostproof rushed for 363 yards in the regional finals against Wildwood. Frostproof is 5-0 against playoff teams, while Pahokee is 4-1. The loss for the Blue Devils came against Glades Central in the “Muck Bowl.” Frostproof has won 10 straight since a season-opening loss to Class 4A Lake Region.

CLASS 1A

Port St. Joe (10-2) at North Florida Christian (Tallahassee) (8-2): The Sharks went on the road and upset No. 1 Mayo Lafayette and followed that up with a 22-19 win at West Gadsden, a team they had lost to 38-0 during the regular season. Port St. Joe has rushed for 295 yards per game in the playoffs, paced by sophomore Calvin Pryor, who has gained 222 yards in the postseason. This will be the third meeting between Port St. Joe and NFC and second in the state semis. NFC, which has won both previous meetings, knocked off the Sharks 18-13 in the 2006 state semis.

The Eagles, runner-ups in Class 1A in each of the past two seasons, have been led by Tulane commit Cory Ledford (four touchdowns in the playoffs) and Clint Trickett, whose father Rick coaches the offensive line at Florida State. Trickett has connected on 23-of-35 passes for 385 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Eagles to an average margin of victory of 34 points in two playoff outings.

Fort Meade (11-1) at American Heritage (Delray Beach) (9-2): Yet another classic, offense against defense battle. Fort Meade has allowed just 14 points in two playoff wins, while the Stallions have rushed for 880 yards and scored 109 points so far in the postseason. Tamoris Grace (294 yards rushing, four touchdowns) leads Fort Meade, while Jimmy Office is one of the top junior defenders in the state at linebacker.

They’ll have their hands full with the defending state champions. Quarterback Darius Millnes has rushed for 289 yards and two scores in the playoffs, while James Potts has contributed 284. American Heritage has won six playoff games in a row and Fort Meade, which snapped a two-game playoff losing streak to Glades Day, is back in the state semis for the first time since 2005.

CLASS 1B

Victory Christian (Lakeland) (9-3) at Jupiter Christian (12-0): Jupiter, the defending Class 1A state champion, enters the game on a state-best 25-game winning streak. Jupiter has won its first two playoff games by a combined 91 points and has scored over 50 points in both contests. It will meet a Victory Christian team that has scored one offensive touchdown in two weeks, yet rode a defense that has given up 12 points in two playoff games. The two teams met in 2005 when Victory Christian was known as Evangel Christian. In that game, Jupiter Christian was dealt a 41-8 loss.

FAMU (Tallahassee) (9-3) at Warner Christian (South Daytona) (11-1): A rematch of the 2006 state semifinal game that saw FAMU roll to a 37-13 victory. The Rattlers are looking to get back to the state title game and get another shot at possibly Jupiter Christian. Deonte Payne has rushed for 319 yards and seven scores for FAMU in the postseason. Warner has been paced by Breon Allen’s 352 all-purpose yards and four scores in the playoffs. Warner has rushed for 616 yards in two playoff outings. FAMU has won its two playoff games by an average of 36.5 points.

FHSAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

The pairings for the Florida High School Athletic Association state football playoffs. All kickoffs are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. local time unless otherwise noted. The sites of the state semifinals in Classes 6A, 5A, 4A and 3A will be determined following Friday’s regional championship games.

CLASS 6A

Regional championships

Friday, Dec. 5

Region 1

Apopka (10-2) at Seminole (Sanford) (10-2)

Region 2

Boone (Orlando) (10-2) at Royal Palm Beach (10-2)

Region 3

Miramar (10-2) vs. Deerfield Beach (10-2) at Coral Springs High School

Region 4

Miami Northwestern (10-1) vs. Miami Killian (10-2) at Florida International University, Miami

State semifinals

Friday, Dec. 12

Apopka-Seminole (Sanford) winner vs. Boone (Orlando)-Royal Palm Beach winner

Miramar-Deerfield Beach winner vs. Miami Northwestern-Miami Killian winner

State championship

Saturday, Dec. 20

At Citrus Bowl, Orlando

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

CLASS 5A

Regional championships

Friday, Dec. 5

Region 1

Pine Forest (Pensacola) (11-0) at Orange Park (10-2)

Region 2

Chamberlain (Tampa) (11-1) at Lakeland (12-0)

Region 3

Charlotte (Punta Gorda) (11-1) at Largo (11-1)

Region 4

South Fork (Stuart) (9-3) at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) (12-0)

State semifinals

Friday, Dec. 12

Pine Forest (Pensacola)-Orange Park winner vs. Chamberlain (Tampa)-Lakeland winner

Charlotte (Punta Gorda)-Largo winner vs. South Fork (Stuart)-St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) winner

State championship

Friday, Dec. 19

At Citrus Bowl, Orlando

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

CLASS 4A

Regional championships

Friday, Dec. 5

Region 1

Lincoln (Tallahassee) (9-3) at Fort Walton Beach (10-1)

Region 2

Seabreeze (Daytona Beach) (7-5) at Ridgeview (Orange Park) (8-4)

Region 3

Armwood (Seffner) (12-0) at Plant (Tampa) (11-1)

Region 4

Washington (Miami) (10-1) at Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens) (11-1)

State semifinals

Friday, Dec. 12

Lincoln (Tallahassee)-Fort Walton Beach winner vs. Seabreeze (Daytona Beach)-Ridgeview (Orange Park) winner

Armwood (Seffner)-Plant (Tampa) winner vs. Washington (Miami)-Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens) winner

State championship

Saturday, Dec. 20

At Citrus Bowl, Orlando

Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

CLASS 3A

Regional championships

Friday, Dec. 5

Region 1

Godby (Tallahassee) (10-2) at St. Augustine (12-0)

Region 2

North Marion (Citra) (9-3) at Pasco (Dade City) (11-1)

Region 3

DeSoto County (Arcadia) (9-3) at Cocoa (11-1)

Region 4

Naples (11-1) at Monsignor Pace (Miami) (10-2)

State semifinals

Friday, Dec. 12

Godby (Tallahassee)-St. Augustine winner vs. North Marion (Citra)-Pasco (Dade City) winner

DeSoto County (Arcadia)-Cocoa winner vs. Naples-Monsignor Pace (Miami) winner

State championship

Friday, Dec. 19

At Citrus Bowl, Orlando

Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

CLASS 2A

State semifinals

Friday, Dec. 5

Bolles (Jacksonville) (12-0) at Madison County (Madison) (11-0)

Gulliver Prep (Miami) (10-1) at Tampa Catholic (9-3)

State championship

Saturday, Dec. 13

At Citrus Bowl, Orlando

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

CLASS 2B

State semifinals

Friday, Dec. 5

Trinity Catholic (Ocala) (11-1) at Florida High (Tallahassee) (11-1)

Pahokee (10-1) at Frostproof (10-1)

State championship

Saturday, Dec. 13

Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

CLASS 1A

State semifinals

Friday, Dec. 5

Port St. Joe (10-2) at North Florida Christian (Tallahassee) (8-2)

Fort Meade (11-1) at American Heritage (Delray Beach) (9-2)

State championship

Friday, Dec. 12

At Citrus Bowl, Orlando

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

CLASS 1B

State semifinals

Friday, Dec. 5

FAMU (Tallahassee) (9-3) at Warner Christian (South Daytona) (11-1)

Victory Christian (Lakeland) (9-3) vs. Jupiter Christian (12-0) at John I. Leonard High School, Greenacres

State championship

Friday, Dec. 12

At Citrus Bowl, Orlando

Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

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The second week of the Florida High School Athletic Association state football playoffs is complete and already there has been a great deal of excitement across the eight classifications.

All eight of last year’s state champions are still alive, but that is the only trend which has really stood up to this point.

In the second week, the home team split 48 games across the state. Also, with the realigning of the playoffs so that the district runner-up could meet the district champion in the second game of the regionals, a good deal of upsets occurred.

There were 23 rematches from the regular season and only 12 teams were able to sweep the season series. There are still nine district runner-ups alive, out of the 48 playoff teams, with four of those residing in Class 6A.

In Class 6A, the home team was 2-6 in round two. The home team in Class 1A was 0-4 in the second weekend of the postseason, but Class 3A saw the host schools go 7-1.

Class 3A is joined by 1B and 2B as the only classes without a district runner-up still alive. Only Class 3A and 5A saw their home teams compile winning marks in the second round.

This week, the four smaller classes will decide which teams go to the state title games at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando Dec. 12-13 while the four larger classes will set their state semifinal pairings.

Here is a look at each class and some of the top performers to this point in the postseason:

CLASS 6A

Apopka (10-2) at Seminole (Sanford) (10-2): Seminole’s Andre DeBose has scored seven touchdowns in two playoff games and has been a threat out of the backfield (14 carries, 283 yards, four touchdowns) and as a receiver (nine catches, 203 yards, three touchdowns).

The other members of the “Seminole Three,” Ray Ray Armstrong and Dyron Dye, have also made their impact in the postseason. Armstrong has thrown for 244 yards and three scores, while Dye had an interception return for a touchdown against Spruce Creek and has keyed a defense that has allowed 57 yards per game on the ground in the postseason, which included a matchup against DeLand’s Mike Gillislee, a Florida commit.

While DeBose and Co. have been hot, Apopka’s running game might be even hotter. The Blue Darters rushed for 495 yards and had three players break the century mark in the opening round against Timber Creek (Orlando). Last week, Apopka got 276 yards rushing and four scores from quarterback Jeremy Gallon (a Michigan commit) in avenging a regular-season loss to East Ridge (Clermont).

Gallon, who also tossed two touchdown passes against East Ridge, has rushed for 413 yards in the postseason and has accounted for seven scores (five rushing). Apopka has won both of its games away from home. The last time they won multiple games in the postseason on the road was in 2001, when they claimed the Class 6A state title.

Boone (Orlando) (10-2) at Royal Palm Beach (10-2): Boone is competing in its third regional final in a row, thanks to knocking off Dr. Phillips for the second straight year in the regional semis. The Braves, who lost to Dr. Phillips during the regular season, have allowed seven points in two playoff games. James Washington, Boone’s leading rusher during the regular season with just under 1,600 yards, has 137 yards and three scores in the playoffs, but quarterback Sam Hatsell has had some fine moments as well over the opening two rounds.

Royal Palm Beach, which lost 24-0 to Boone two years ago in the regional semis, has seen quarterback Marvin Payne hit 20-of-34 passes for 329 yards and three scores in the playoffs. Junior standout Chris Dunkley had a 71-yard scoring reception last week in Royal Palm Beach’s second straight postseason victory over Vero Beach and added an interception return for a score in the first round.

Miramar (10-2) vs. Deerfield Beach (10-2) at Coral Springs High School: Has there been a team in the state that has played in two more exciting games than Miramar so far in the playoffs? Quarterback Eugene Smith has thrown touchdown passes in the final 12 seconds to lift Miramar to heart-stopping wins over Miami Carol City and Cypress Bay. Smith, who hit on 25-of-32 passes for 343 yards and four touchdowns last week, helped his team avenge a 41-40 regular season loss to Cypress Bay. So far, Smith is 43-of-66 for 590 yards and seven touchdowns in the playoffs.

Smith and Co. will run into a Deerfield Beach squad which is playing in its fourth regional final in sixth seasons. The two teams met in the regional finals in 2005 with Deerfield Beach taking a 21-14 win. The Bucks appear to be getting back to normal with the return of junior tailback Cassius McDowell from injury. McDowell has over 330 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns in the postseason, while senior quarterback Denard Robinson has also produced seven touchdowns in the playoffs. Last week, Robinson had 271 all-purpose yards and five scores in helping Deerfield Beach to a rout over a Boyd Anderson team it lost to during the regular season without McDowell.

Northwestern (Miami) (10-1) vs Killian (Miami) (10-2) at Florida International University: Northwestern avenged a regular-season loss to Central (Miami) with a 38-32 thriller decided on a late scoring pass from Teddy Bridgewater to Tyrell Lewis with 15 seconds left. The win was the sixth straight on the road for the Bulls, who have won 41 of their last 42 games overall. Northwestern, which got a great game in the opening round from its defense, has been sparked by the return of junior defensive tackle Tim Chandler.

Northwestern will try to run its all-time postseason mark to 3-0 against Killian which it meets in the playoffs for the first time since 2005. Bridgewater has completed 25-of-43 passes for 414 yards and six touchdowns in the playoffs. To get past Killian, the Bulls must focus on stopping tailback Lamar Miller (Miami commit), who rushed for over 200 yards and three touchdowns in winning the battle and the war against Palmetto (Miami) and Jaamal Berry (Ohio State commit) in the regional semis. Killian won’t be intimidated in this one, having traveled to Lakeland and giving the Dreadnaughts all they could handle before falling 27-21 during the regular season.

CLASS 5A

Pine Forest (Pensacola) (11-0) at Orange Park (10-2): Orange Park was 1-9 last season but has made a great turnaround under first-year coach Danny Green, who has led both Haines City and Columbia (Lake City) to championship-game appearances. Last week, the Raiders knocked off previously unbeaten Mainland (Daytona Beach), 21-20, to make it to the regional finals for the first time since 1992 under the late coach Bob Williams.

Orange Park likes to run the football, but was held to 91 yards on 30 carries by Mainland, which forced it to use the arm of Andrew Denton to pick up its second straight playoff win over the Bucs. Denton, who was 2-of-2 for 33 yards in the Raiders’ first-round win over Pine Ridge (Deltona), hit on 8-of-12 passes for 183 yards and two scores against Mainland.

The Raiders, who ran for 301 yards against Pine Ridge, have a trio of backs in Demtre Baker (18 carries, 146 yards, two touchdowns in playoffs), C.J. Stallworth (20 carries, 138 yards) and Albrey Felder (17 carries, 88 yards) that can get the job done. Pine Forest, coached by veteran Jerry Pollard, knocked off Niceville and its highly touted junior tailback Roy Finch to get the regional finals for the second time in three seasons. The Eagles are led on offense by Jamarius Green (four touchdowns in playoffs) and Shawn Morris (23 carries, 131 yards, one touchdown). This will be the first regional final road playoff game for Pine Forest since 1988 and this will feature a great coaching battle between Green and Pollard.

Chamberlain (Tampa) 11-1 at Lakeland (12-0): Lakeland is back to the regional finals after a year’s absence. The Dreadnaughts have won 12 consecutive home playoff games dating back to a 2001 loss to Hillsborough (Tampa). Lakeland has won all four playoff games with Chamberlain, including three by shutout. The last meeting between the schools in the postseason was in 2005.

Aaron Truedell rushed for three touchdowns in Lakeland’s victory over Osceola (Kissimmee) in the regional semis. Jarred Higgins also threw for 156 yards in the win and sophomore Javares McCoy also has made big plays in the postseason. Chamberlain has been led by quarterback Dontae Aycock, who has produced 10 touchdowns in the postseason (five rushing touchdowns, five passing touchdowns). Kenny Allen has added 229 yards on the ground in the postseason out of the Chiefs’ triple-option attack.

Charlotte (Punta Gorda) (11-1) at Largo (11-1): Largo returns to the regional finals for the second consecutive season. The Packers are paced by tailback Marcel Dunham (eight playoff touchdowns), who had 174 yards rushing and five scores in last week’s shutout win over St. Petersburg.

Largo probably expected to see Venice and junior quarterback Trey Burton, but Charlotte pulled a 25-21 upset to avenge a 56-26 regular-season defeat. Burton was great in defeat with 287 all-purpose yards, but the Tarpons got 179 passing yards from Kyle Midgett and 113 receiving yards from Alex Mut. Scoring machine Mike Bellamy (215 yards rushing in playoffs) is another key player for Charlotte, which is in the regional finals for the first time since 2002.

South Fork (Stuart) (9-3) at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) (12-0): The surprising Bulldogs will be playing in their first regional final after downing Atlantic (Delray Beach) and Palm Bay (Melbourne) to get there. Willie Walker rushed for 196 yards and three scores to lead South Fork past Atlantic. Prior to this season’s playoffs, South Fork had lost five straight playoff games and hadn’t won in the postseason since 1997.

Aquinas has been the model of consistency in Class 5A and is looking for its fifth straight state championship appearance. The defending champions are 1-0 all-time against South Fork in the postseason. Quarterback Ryan Becker has tossed six scores in the postseason, while Gio Bernard has run for two more behind an offensive line which features highly touted junior Brandon Linder.

CLASS 4A

Lincoln (Tallahassee) (9-3) at Fort Walton Beach (10-1): Fort Walton Beach went on the road for a 14-13 win over Pace (Pensacola). The Vikings are looking to get to the state semis for the first time since 1995. Lincoln, which is playing in its second regional final in three seasons, won the only postseason meeting between the two schools. Jawanza Starling, a senior athlete, has scored three touchdowns in the playoffs to pace Lincoln. Lincoln is 4-1 this season against playoffs.

Fort Walton Beach’s only loss came at the hands of Crestview, the only playoff team it faced during the regular season. Still, the Vikings upset Pace, which drubbed Crestview 41-7 in the opening round of the playoffs. Fort Walton Beach may be the charmed team in Class 4A. The Vikings defeated Crestview 14-13 in overtime in the Class 4A-2 tiebreaker and are the only team left in the state that advanced to the playoffs in a tiebreaker shootout.

Seabreeze (Daytona Beach) (7-5) at Ridgeview (Orange Park) (8-4): Two surprise teams meet in Clay County. Ridgeview has produced its first-ever wins in playoff history and is also 2-0 this season against rival Nease (Ponte Vedra Beach). Quarterback Derek Hatcher has produced 404 yards and five touchdowns in the playoffs for the Panthers. His favorite target, Tyler Bass, has 10 catches for 314 yards and three touchdowns, as Ridgeview’s spread attack has been tough to stop.

Seabreeze relies on quarterback Dominique Roberts, who has rushed for 248 yards and three touchdowns on 49 carries. Roberts also has hit on 16-of-28 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns for the Sandcrabs, who have allowed just 357 yards in two postseason games. Seabreeze avenged a regular-season loss to Merritt Island with a 16-0 win in the regional semis. The Sandcrabs are 0-5 at this point of the state playoffs all-time.

Armwood (Seffner) (12-0) at Plant (Tampa) (11-1): A rematch of a 10-2 win for Armwood in the season opener for both teams. This is the fourth consecutive meeting in the playoffs for these two teams. Armwood has won two of the past three playoff meetings. Senior safety Angelo Hadley, who has received interest from Florida, set the Armwood career record with his 19th interception in last week’s 50-20 win over Tampa Bay Tech. Quarterback Myshawn Jackson has ran for 278 yards and two scores in the playoffs and also passed for 147 and two touchdowns against Tampa Bay Tech.

Plant, which is without quarterback Aaron Murray (Georgia commit) due to a knee injury, has turned to its defense in winning its first two playoff games. The Panthers have given up 14 points and 258 yards in those two outings. Phillip Ely has passed for 388 yards in the playoffs and will look to tight end Orson Charles to loosen up a solid Armwood defense.

Booker T. Washington (Miami) (10-1) at Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens) (11-1): This will be the fourth consecutive meeting in the playoffs for these two programs. Washington has sent Dwyer home the last three years, including a 7-6 contest in 2007. Washington has talent all over the field, especially with its junior class featuring Jose Jose (OG), Lynden Trail (DE) and Eduardo Clements (TB), who ran for 154 yards and three scores last week. Dwyer, led by junior athlete and Florida commit Matt Elam, has allowed 122 total yards and 13 points in the postseason. Gerald Christian returned a fumble 102 yards against Westwood (Fort Pierce) for Dwyer last week.

CLASS 3A

Godby (Tallahassee) (10-2) at St. Augustine (12-0): The Yellow Jackets ripped Godby 44-14 last year in the regional finals. Godby will look to turn the tables this time on St. Augustine, which lost quarterback Kyle West to an injury in last Friday’s win over Jackson (Jacksonville). West’s status for the Godby game is unknown at this time. The Yellow Jackets have relied on their defense, though, for most of their success. St. Augustine has given up 461 yards in two playoff game and just 14 points.

Godby has scored over 40 points in each of its playoff games, thanks to the passing of A.J. Graham, who has talented receiver Willie Downs (Florida State commit) at his disposal. Graham has hit on 35-of-57 passes for 544 yards and five scores in the postseason, but the big key will be can he continue that against the Yellow Jackets, who have played in three Class 3A title games this decade.

North Marion (Sparr) 9-3 at Pasco (Dade City) 11-1: The Colts are looking for their fourth consecutive trip to the state semifinals. North Marion’s defense has consecutive playoff shutouts and produced 12 sacks in those wins. Senior tailback Eddie Rocker has rushed for over 300 yards and six touchdowns in the postseason, which has been more than enough for a defense that has given up 113 yards in two playoff games.

Pasco battered county rival Gulf (New Port Richey) 50-0 in the region semis and welcomes back offensive lineman Mylon Brown (Vanderbilt commit) from injury. The Pirates have gotten five touchdown passes from D.J. Clower in the postseason and are led on the ground by Jamall Haynes, who has rushed for 308 yards in the playoffs. The best matchup here should be between Pasco receiver Josh Johnson (Purdue commit) and North Marion cornerback Jordan Fulford.

DeSoto County (9-3) at Cocoa (11-1): Cocoa has been dominant in the postseason and is playing in its second consecutive regional final. A year ago, the Tigers lost to Naples in the state semifinals. DeSoto County is led by junior tailback Marcus Shaw (426 yards rushing, four touchdowns in the playoffs). This is the first time that DeSoto has ever won multiple playoff games during a postseason run.

Naples (11-1) at Monsignor Pace (Miami) 10-2: Monsignor Pace held off Naples 24-23 in the season opener for both teams. Pace comes off a strong defensive showing in a 13-6 win over previously unbeaten Glades Central. Naples held off Dunbar in the region semis to get here. Naples has been using fullback Carlos Hyde (454 yards rushing, seven touchdowns in the playoffs) for big gains out of its veer-option behind Florida commit Nick Alajajian, who missed the season opener between the two teams. This is the first trip to the regional finals for Pace since 2004.

CLASS 2A

Bolles (Jacksonville) (12-0) at Madison County (Madison) (11-0): This is the second postseason battle in the past three seasons between these two state powers. Bolles knocked off the Cowboys in Madison two seasons and holds a 3-1 edge all-time in playoff meetings. The Bulldogs haven’t been challenged in their first two playoff games, while Madison got by Pensacola Catholic 35-28 on the road in the regional finals.

Bolles totaled 927 yards and 127 points in two playoff games and has seen backs Stephen Barnett (Tulane commit) and Jawan Jamison both go over the century mark in each postseason outing. Madison has a great deal of talent with backs Cory Akins (FSU commit) and Chris Thompson (FSU commit) leading the way. Akins has rushed for 400 yards and seven touchdowns on 39 carries so far in the playoffs, with 251 yards and four scores coming against Pensacola Catholic. Thompson also went over the 100-yard mark against Pensacola Catholic.

Perhaps the best matchup could be on the line when Bolles has the ball. Junior offensive tackle Brent Benedict (6-5, 275) will get to battle it out with Madison’s senior defensive tackle and FSU commit Jacobbi McDaniel (6-1, 278). The X-factor could be the Bolles defense, which has gotten four picks from Matt Barnes in the playoffs, but the Bulldogs must somehow get the defending state champions into passing situations. This will be the 82nd playoff game in school history for Bolles, most in the state.

Gulliver Prep (Miami) (10-1) at Tampa Catholic (9-3): Gulliver enters the state semis on a hot streak with 87 points in its first two playoff games. They will face a Crusader defense that has given up just nine points so far in the postseason. Gulliver is led by tailback Darian Mallary (367 yards rushing, six touchdowns in the playoffs), Daniel Rodriguez (five touchdown receptions in playoffs) and quarterback Michael Strauss (591 yards passing, six touchdown passes in playoffs).

Tampa Catholic’s defense has forced eight turnovers in the postseason, which has made up for a struggling offense. Junior quarterback Christian Green has produced over 200 yards and four touchdowns for Tampa Catholic in the playoffs. This is the best run for Gulliver since it won the Class 2A state title. This year’s road playoff wins for Gulliver were the first ever in school history, after a 0-3 mark.

CLASS 2B

Trinity Catholic (Ocala) (11-1) at Florida High (Tallahassee) (11-1): This will be the third meeting all-time between the two schools in the postseason. Trinity Catholic has taken the first two and is 4-1 all-time away from in the playoffs. Florida High, which lost to Newberry last year in the state semis, ended an eight-game playoff losing streak with a win last week over South Walton. The Seminoles have allowed seven points in two playoff games and are led defensive end Brandon Jenkins (Florida State commit). Jeremy Brown has scored seven touchdowns in the playoffs for Florida High.

The Celtics, meanwhile, are looking to advance to their third Class 2B state title game in four seasons. Trinity Catholic got past a tough Newberry team 27-17 in the regional finals. Junior wide receiver Kadron Boone had 114 yards receiving and a key kickoff return against the Panthers for the Celtics, who have rushed for 545 yards in two playoff outings. Junior tailback Kedrick Rhodes (31 carries, 294 yards in playoffs) will be the X-factor for Trinity Catholic, which features Purdue commit Rob Henry at quarterback.

The biggest battle will between the Florida High defensive front and Trinity Catholic’s offensive line, which has allowed just four sacks this season in a pass-happy attack. The lone common foe between the teams was P.K. Yonge (Gainesville). Trinity Catholic downed the Blue Wave 56-3, while the Seminoles shut out P.K. Yonge 38-0. The Celtics are 6-1 against playoff teams, while Florida High is 5-1. The lone loss for Trinity was to Class 5A Mainland and Florida High’s lone defeat came at the hands of Class 2A Marianna.

Pahokee (10-1) at Frostproof (10-1): If ever there was a chance to knock off the two-time defending state champion Blue Devils, this could be it. Frostproof has won eight consecutive home playoff games and is looking to avenge last year’s loss in the state semis to Pahokee. This will be the sixth meeting in the playoffs between the two schools with Blue Devils winning three of the past five.

Florida commit Nu’Keese Richardson scored a pair of touchdowns last week for Pahokee and junior standout De’Joshua Johnson took over at quarterback and had a scoring toss. Pahokee’s best weapon in the postseason has been tailback Vincent Smith, who has rushed for over 100 yards in both playoff games. Frostproof has been paced by athletic junior Nickell Robey, who has tallied 263 yards and four touchdowns (three rushing) in the playoffs. Frostproof rushed for 363 yards in the regional finals against Wildwood. Frostproof is 5-0 against playoff teams, while Pahokee is 4-1. The loss for the Blue Devils came against Glades Central in the “Muck Bowl.” Frostproof has won 10 straight since a season-opening loss to Class 4A Lake Region.

CLASS 1A

Port St. Joe (10-2) at North Florida Christian (Tallahassee) (8-2): The Sharks went on the road and upset No. 1 Mayo Lafayette and followed that up with a 22-19 win at West Gadsden, a team they had lost to 38-0 during the regular season. Port St. Joe has rushed for 295 yards per game in the playoffs, paced by sophomore Calvin Pryor, who has gained 222 yards in the postseason. This will be the third meeting between Port St. Joe and NFC and second in the state semis. NFC, which has won both previous meetings, knocked off the Sharks 18-13 in the 2006 state semis.

The Eagles, runner-ups in Class 1A in each of the past two seasons, have been led by Tulane commit Cory Ledford (four touchdowns in the playoffs) and Clint Trickett, whose father Rick coaches the offensive line at Florida State. Trickett has connected on 23-of-35 passes for 385 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Eagles to an average margin of victory of 34 points in two playoff outings.

Fort Meade (11-1) at American Heritage (Delray Beach) (9-2): Yet another classic, offense against defense battle. Fort Meade has allowed just 14 points in two playoff wins, while the Stallions have rushed for 880 yards and scored 109 points so far in the postseason. Tamoris Grace (294 yards rushing, four touchdowns) leads Fort Meade, while Jimmy Office is one of the top junior defenders in the state at linebacker.

They’ll have their hands full with the defending state champions. Quarterback Darius Millnes has rushed for 289 yards and two scores in the playoffs, while James Potts has contributed 284. American Heritage has won six playoff games in a row and Fort Meade, which snapped a two-game playoff losing streak to Glades Day, is back in the state semis for the first time since 2005.

CLASS 1B

Victory Christian (Lakeland) (9-3) at Jupiter Christian (12-0): Jupiter, the defending Class 1A state champion, enters the game on a state-best 25-game winning streak. Jupiter has won its first two playoff games by a combined 91 points and has scored over 50 points in both contests. It will meet a Victory Christian team that has scored one offensive touchdown in two weeks, yet rode a defense that has given up 12 points in two playoff games. The two teams met in 2005 when Victory Christian was known as Evangel Christian. In that game, Jupiter Christian was dealt a 41-8 loss.

FAMU (Tallahassee) (9-3) at Warner Christian (South Daytona) (11-1): A rematch of the 2006 state semifinal game that saw FAMU roll to a 37-13 victory. The Rattlers are looking to get back to the state title game and get another shot at possibly Jupiter Christian. Deonte Payne has rushed for 319 yards and seven scores for FAMU in the postseason. Warner has been paced by Breon Allen’s 352 all-purpose yards and four scores in the playoffs. Warner has rushed for 616 yards in two playoff outings. FAMU has won its two playoff games by an average of 36.5 points.

FHSAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

The pairings for the Florida High School Athletic Association state football playoffs. All kickoffs are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. local time unless otherwise noted. The sites of the state semifinals in Classes 6A, 5A, 4A and 3A will be determined following Friday’s regional championship games.

CLASS 6A

Regional championships

Friday, Dec. 5

Region 1

Apopka (10-2) at Seminole (Sanford) (10-2)

Region 2

Boone (Orlando) (10-2) at Royal Palm Beach (10-2)

Region 3

Miramar (10-2) vs. Deerfield Beach (10-2) at Coral Springs High School

Region 4

Miami Northwestern (10-1) vs. Miami Killian (10-2) at Florida International University, Miami

State semifinals

Friday, Dec. 12

Apopka-Seminole (Sanford) winner vs. Boone (Orlando)-Royal Palm Beach winner

Miramar-Deerfield Beach winner vs. Miami Northwestern-Miami Killian winner

State championship

Saturday, Dec. 20

At Citrus Bowl, Orlando

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

CLASS 5A

Regional championships

Friday, Dec. 5

Region 1

Pine Forest (Pensacola) (11-0) at Orange Park (10-2)

Region 2

Chamberlain (Tampa) (11-1) at Lakeland (12-0)

Region 3

Charlotte (Punta Gorda) (11-1) at Largo (11-1)

Region 4

South Fork (Stuart) (9-3) at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) (12-0)

State semifinals

Friday, Dec. 12

Pine Forest (Pensacola)-Orange Park winner vs. Chamberlain (Tampa)-Lakeland winner

Charlotte (Punta Gorda)-Largo winner vs. South Fork (Stuart)-St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) winner

State championship

Friday, Dec. 19

At Citrus Bowl, Orlando

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

CLASS 4A

Regional championships

Friday, Dec. 5

Region 1

Lincoln (Tallahassee) (9-3) at Fort Walton Beach (10-1)

Region 2

Seabreeze (Daytona Beach) (7-5) at Ridgeview (Orange Park) (8-4)

Region 3

Armwood (Seffner) (12-0) at Plant (Tampa) (11-1)

Region 4

Washington (Miami) (10-1) at Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens) (11-1)

State semifinals

Friday, Dec. 12

Lincoln (Tallahassee)-Fort Walton Beach winner vs. Seabreeze (Daytona Beach)-Ridgeview (Orange Park) winner

Armwood (Seffner)-Plant (Tampa) winner vs. Washington (Miami)-Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens) winner

State championship

Saturday, Dec. 20

At Citrus Bowl, Orlando

Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

CLASS 3A

Regional championships

Friday, Dec. 5

Region 1

Godby (Tallahassee) (10-2) at St. Augustine (12-0)

Region 2

North Marion (Citra) (9-3) at Pasco (Dade City) (11-1)

Region 3

DeSoto County (Arcadia) (9-3) at Cocoa (11-1)

Region 4

Naples (11-1) at Monsignor Pace (Miami) (10-2)

State semifinals

Friday, Dec. 12

Godby (Tallahassee)-St. Augustine winner vs. North Marion (Citra)-Pasco (Dade City) winner

DeSoto County (Arcadia)-Cocoa winner vs. Naples-Monsignor Pace (Miami) winner

State championship

Friday, Dec. 19

At Citrus Bowl, Orlando

Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

CLASS 2A

State semifinals

Friday, Dec. 5

Bolles (Jacksonville) (12-0) at Madison County (Madison) (11-0)

Gulliver Prep (Miami) (10-1) at Tampa Catholic (9-3)

State championship

Saturday, Dec. 13

At Citrus Bowl, Orlando

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

CLASS 2B

State semifinals

Friday, Dec. 5

Trinity Catholic (Ocala) (11-1) at Florida High (Tallahassee) (11-1)

Pahokee (10-1) at Frostproof (10-1)

State championship

Saturday, Dec. 13

Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

CLASS 1A

State semifinals

Friday, Dec. 5

Port St. Joe (10-2) at North Florida Christian (Tallahassee) (8-2)

Fort Meade (11-1) at American Heritage (Delray Beach) (9-2)

State championship

Friday, Dec. 12

At Citrus Bowl, Orlando

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

CLASS 1B

State semifinals

Friday, Dec. 5

FAMU (Tallahassee) (9-3) at Warner Christian (South Daytona) (11-1)

Victory Christian (Lakeland) (9-3) vs. Jupiter Christian (12-0) at John I. Leonard High School, Greenacres

State championship

Friday, Dec. 12

At Citrus Bowl, Orlando

Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

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