St. Joseph’s last second loss against Tallahassee John Paul II last week was devastating for their playoff hopes.
The Flashes (2-3) dropped from a tie for seventh to 12th in the Region 2-2A rankings. They have three games to make up 12 points. Considering Gainesville Oak Hall is 6-1 and also outside the playoff positions, St. Joseph may be playing for pride at this point.
Region 2-2A Top 10
1. Victory Christian 40.17 (1)
2. Gainesville St. Francis 38.33 (2)
3. Lecanto Seven Rivers Christian 37.38 (4)
4. Zephyrhills Christian Academy 36.75 (3)
5. Gainesville Oak Hall 34.17 (5)
6. Winter Garden Foundation Academy 33.86 (6)
7. Daytona Beach Halifax Academy 30 (T7)
8. South Daytona Warner Christian 27.86 (9)
9. Orlando Agape Christian 26.8 (10)
10. Ocala St. John Lutheran 26.67 (11)
12. St. Joseph 24 (T7)
Ponte Vedra and Menendez both scored running clock victories over district opponents and dropped spots. But, that is the nature of the new playoff systems.
Teams are not only rewarded for winning, but beating good teams. To put it charitably, Terry Parker, who lost to Ponte Vedra 49-13 and Palatka, who lost to the Falcons 49-0, are not good teams. Meanwhile, other teams in their respective districts picked up big wins last week.
Bolles’ last-second win over Bishop Kenny was a new wound in a series that has found a way to favor the Bulldogs for more than four decades. Bolles (6-1, 3-0) leapt five places to fourth in this week’s Region 1-5A standings. The Bulldogs host Terry Parker this week—see the previous paragraph to get an indication of the Braves’ chances in that one—and host the Sharks on Oct. 27 for what may be a district decider.
Bishop Kenny (5-2, 1-2), Trinity Christian (5-3, 2-1) and the Sharks (5-2, 3-0) will be fighting for two playoff berths. Tallahassee Rickards (5-1) and Crawfordville Wakulla (6-2) have the inside track for the two other spots.
As for the Falcons, they cannot afford anymore slip-ups. Clay is rounding into form, as it typically does at this time of year. The Blue Devils bludgeoned Ridgeview 49-3 last week. It’s a win that took Clay (5-2, 3-0) from a tie for eighth to fifth in the Region 2-5A rankings.
The Blue Devils will host Baker County (6-1, 3-0) for the District 5-5A title on Friday night. These two split their meetings last year with Clay winning when it mattered in the playoffs.
Menendez fans will hope Baker County beats Clay, because it would likely help the Falcons leapfrog the Blue Devils — provided Menendez wins out, which is a must if the Falcons want to make the playoffs.
Region 1-5A Top 10
1. Tallahassee Godby 43.57 (2)
2. Pensacola West Florida 41.14 (1)
3. Tallahassee Rickards 39.17 (3)
4. Bolles 38.57 (9)
5. Crawfordville Wakulla 38.50 (4)
6. Ribault 37.86 (7)
7. Bishop Kenny 37.43 (5)
8. Trinity Christian 37.25 (8)
9. Ponte Vedra 36.0 (6)
10. Lynn Haven Mosley 34.29 (10)
Region 2-5A Top 10
1. Hernando 38.60 (1)
T2. Baker County 37.71 (2)
T2. Zephryhills 37.71 (T5)
4. Belleview 36.71 (T8)
5. Clay 36.29 (T8)
6. Menendez 36.14 (4)
7. Wesley Chapel 35.75 (T5)
8. Anclote 35.57 (3)
9. Nature Coast Tech 34.83 (11)
10. Ridgeview 34.50 (7)
For the third straight week, St. Augustine leads the regional standings.
The Yellow Jackets (6-0, 2-0) will have a lot of supporters in the Florida panhandle on Friday night when they travel to play Nease (4-3, 2-0) for the District 4-6A title. Why? Because a Nease win would mean St. Augustine would claim one of the wildcard spots that will be coveted by whoever finishes second in District 2-6A and District 3-6A.
Gulf Breeze (7-1, 2-0) will travel to Navarre (7-1, 2-0) on Oct. 27. Also that night Niceville (6-1, 2-0) will host Crestview (6-0, 2-0) for the District 3-6A title.
Despite the Yellow Jackets’ comfortable finish to the season—Nease, Middleburg and Palatka have a combined five wins this season—it’s unlikely St. Augustine would be overtaken in the Region 1-6A standings if it keeps winning.
That means, the Yellow Jackets would host every round of the regional playoffs and have the possibility to host a Class 6A state semifinal if they make it that far. Tuesday, the FHSAA said the higher seed will host in the playoffs. The school that had the higher points average in the regular season would host the state semifinals.
A lot can happen between now and December, but Seffner Armwood leads Region 2-6A with 46.0 points.
Region 1-6A Top 10
1. St. Augustine 43.67 (1)
2. Crestview 41.17 (2)
3. Niceville 39.14 (3)
4. Pensacola Escambia 39.0 (4)
5. Pensacola Pine Forest 37.0 (5)
6. Navarre 36.0 (6)
7. Gulf Breeze 34.86 (T8)
8. Cantonment Tate 34.83 (7)
9. Fort Walton Beach 34.57 (T8)
10. Nease 33.14 (10)
For the second straight week the No. 1 seed in Region 1-7A lost. Bartram Trail’s win over Fleming Island last week not only puts the Bears (5-2, 3-0) in the driver’s seat in District 3-7A, it means that they would likely play any regional playoff games at home.
Lake City Columbia is the region’s top team with 40.43 points, but the Tigers (5-2, 1-1) are tentatively a wildcard out of District 2-7A.
Friday night will go a long way toward deciphering who wins the District 2-7A title as Columbia hosts Fletcher (6-1, 2-0) in a pivotal contest. Should the Senators win — and they have won six straight since a season-opening loss to Bishop Kenny — they would have a chance to win the district title on Oct. 26 against Lee (6-1, 3-0) in The Backyard.
Tallahassee Lincoln (3-4) has already won the District 1-7A title. The Trojans have contests against Raines and Tallahassee Godby remaining. Both of those games will play an impact on whether Ponte Vedra makes it into the playoffs as a wildcard in Class 5A.
Bartram Trail fans should keep an eye on Orlando Edgewater. The Eagles (6-1, 4-0) travel to face Clermont East Ridge (5-2, 3-1) this week host Oviedo Hagerty (5-2, 3-1) on Oct. 27. A pair of wins over two quality opponents may bump Edgewater over whoever escapes the highly competitive District 2-7A.
Region 1-7A Top 10
1. Lake City Columbia 40.43 (2)
2. Bartram Trail 40.29 (4)
3. Fleming Island 39.29 (1)
4. Lee 38.86 (3)
5. Orlando Edgewater 37.71 (6)
6. Tallahassee Lincoln 35.86 (T8)
7. Gainesville Buchholz 35.71 (7)
8. Clermont East Ridge 35.57 (5)
9. Tallahassee Chiles 34.71 (10)
10. Oakleaf 34.17 (16)
17. Creekside 29.57 (12)