Here is the first round Edgewater High School and FHSAA football state playoff pairings announced on Sunday, November 5th. All games will be played Friday, November 10th at 7:30pm.
Class 8A, Region 1
No. 8 Spruce Creek at No. 1 Winter Park
No. 5 Apopka at No. 4 Seminole
No. 6 Boone at No. 3 Flagler Palm Coast
No. 7 Lake Mary at No. 2 Wekiva
The matchup that will likely turn heads in 8A-Region 1 is No. 5 Apopka at No. 4 Seminole. The winner faces either No. 1 Winter Park or No. 8 Port Orange Spruce Creek in the second round.
Apopka makes the playoffs for the 18th consecutive season.
No. 3 Wekiva hosts No. 6 Lake Mary and No. 7 Boone is on the road at No. 2 Flagler Palm Coast.
It’s the third playoff berth in four years for Wekiva, but the first time in school history as a district champ.
Boone returns to postseason play after missing in 2016. That’s 15 playoff appearances in 18 seasons since 2001 for the Braves.
Class 8A, Region 2
No. 8 Manatee at No. 1 Kissimmee Osceola
No. 5 Ridge Community at No. 4 Dr. Phillips
No. 6 Gateway at No. 3 Sarasota Riverview
No. 7 Olympia at No. 2 Vero Beach
We could see a second-round matchup between Osceola andcDr. Phillips in 8A-Region 2.
No. 1 Osceola hosts No. 8 Manatee and No. 4 Dr. Phillips hosts no. 5 Davenport Ridge Community.
Osceola won its seventh straight district championship and is making its 11th consecutive playoff appearance.
Dr. Phillips, winner of 10 consecutive district titles, makes the playoffs for the 12th consecutive season during a streak that started in 2006.
Gateway won a tiebreaker over Olympia to take the No. 6 spot. They’ll travel to No. 4 Sarasota Riverview in what is just the second playoff berth in 33 seasons of football. The Panthers also advanced as a district runner-up two years ago.
No. 7 Olympia is at No. 2 Vero Beach.
Class 7A, Region 1
No. 8 East Ridge at No. 1 Bartram Trail
No. 5 Columbia at No. 4 Lincoln
No. 6 Fleming Island at No. 3 Jacksonville Lee
No. 7 Buchholz at No. 2 Edgewater
Clermont East Ridge edged out Hagerty for the eighth and final spot in 7A-Region 1. Both teams finished with 35.50 averages according to the live broadcast, but East Ridge advances due to winning the regular season matchup.
East Ridge is at No. 1 Bartram Trail.
The Knights are in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, when it was a district runner-up. East Ridge had a six-year streak of postseason play from 2003-2008.
No. 2 Edgewater is at home vs. Gainesville Buchholz. The Eagles experienced a huge turnaround under new coach Cameron Duke, going from 0-10 in 2016 to 8-2 and back to the playoffs as district champs.
Edgewater won its second district title since winning eight during a 10-year span (2001-10).
Class 7A, Region 2
No. 8 Winter Haven at No. 1 Lakeland
No. 5 Wiregrass Ranch at No. 4 Lake Nona
No. 6 East River at No. 3 Tampa Plant
No. 7 Gaither at No. 2 Viera
Lake Nona, the No. 4 seed in 7A-Region 2, hosts Wiregrass Ranch with the winner moving on to face either No. 1 Lakeland or No. 8 Winter Haven.
East River snagged the No. 6 spot and will be on the road against No. 3 Tampa Plant. The winner plays either No. 2 Viera or No. 7 Gaither.
Class 6A, Region 13
No. 8 Matanzas at No. 1 Miami Northwestern
No. 5 Miami Central at No. 4 Palm Bay Heritage
No. 6 Miami Carol City at No. 3 Dillard
No. 7 Miami Norland at No. 2 Mainland
No. 2 Daytona Beach Mainland will host No. 7 Miami Norland in the first round. Norland will be making its third trip to the area after playing at Jones and Apopka earlier this season.
The winner faces either No. 3 Dillard or No. 6 Miami Carol City.
It wasn’t a great regular season by Mainland standards, but the Bucs make the playoffs for the 24th consecutive year, extending their Sentinel coverage area record. This season made it 15 district titles in a span of 18 seasons (2000-17) for the Daytona Beach dynasty.
Four team from the same district make the playoffs for the first time as No. 1 Miami Northwestern, No. 5 Miami Central, Miami Carol City and Miami Norland all advance.
Class 5A, Region 4
No. 8 Merritt Island at No. 1 Plantation American Heritage
No. 5 Bishop Moore at No. 4 Fort Pierce Westwood
No. 6 Cardinal Gibbons at No. 3 Jones
No. 7 Palm Bay at No. 2 Rockledge
Jones is the No. 3 seed in 5A-Region 4 and will host a tough matchup against No. 6 Cardinal Gibbons in the opening round.
The winner moves on against either No. 2 Rockledge, which beat 4A Cocoa in the final week of the season, or No. 7 Palm Bay.
No. 5 Bishop Moore is on the road at No. 4 Fort Pierce Westwood with the winner likely to face No. 1 Plantation American Heritage, who hosts Merritt Island.
Class 4A, Region 3
No. 4 Lake Placid at No. 1 Cocoa
No. 3 Lake Highland Prep at No. 2 Avon Park
Lake Highland Prep is the No. 3 seed in 4A-Region 3 and will be on the road in the first round against No. 2 Avon Park.
No. 1 Cocoa hosts No. 4 Lake Placid.
Class 3A, Region 2
No. 4 Melbourne Central Catholic at No. 1 The First Academy
No. 3 King’s Academy at No. 2 Oxbridge Academy
The First Academy will host No. 4 Melbourne Central Catholic, who edged out Trinity Prep on a tiebreaker for the final spot in 3A-Region 2.
The winner plays either No. 2 Oxbridge Academy or No. 3 King’s Academy.
MCC and Trinity each finished with a 36.56 in average points, according to the broadcast, but MCC won two Category 2 games.
Class 2A, Region 2
No. 4 Zephyrhills Christian at No. 1 Lakeland Victory Christian
No. 3 Seven Rivers Christian at No. 2 Gainesville St. Francis
Foundation Academy missed out on a playoff spot despite a 7-3 finish.
Zephyrhills Christian holds on to the final spot in 2A-Region 2.
Class 1A, Region 4
No. 4 Williston at No. 1 Pahokee
No. 3 Frostproof at No. 2 Wildwood
Wildwood (9-0) is the No. 2 seed in 1A-Region 4 and will host No. 3 Frostproof in the first round.
Wildwood played Frostproof as a district opponent last year, losing 49-14.
The winner plays either No. 1 Pahokee or No. 4 Williston in the second round.
FHSAA Playoff Points System
Four teams in each region throughout Class 8A-5A earned the top four spots and home field advantage in the first round as district champs. The other four wild card spots were awarded to teams with the highest playoff points average.
The new playoff format awards points for wins and losses in a four-tier system based on the win-loss records of opponents.
Only four teams reach the playoffs per region in Class 4A-1A, based solely on a team’s points average.
Teams are seeded from highest to lowest in points average.
Teams earn 50 points (Category 1) for wins over opponents that won 80 percent or more of its games; 45 points (Category 2) for wins over opponents that won between 60-79 percent of its games; 40 points (Category 3) for wins over opponents that won between 40-59 percent of its games; and 35 points (Category 4) for wins over opponents that won less than 39 percent of its games.
Three additional bonus points are given for wins over a team that reached the playoffs in either 2015 or 2016.
For losses, teams are awarded 30 points (Category 1 loss), 25 points (Category 2), 20 points (Category 3) and 15 points (Category 1) depending on the overall record of opponents.