As we get ready to tee it up for high school football tonight, we continue to look at the playoff races in the smaller classifications.
One of the bigger games this weekend is an interesting 2A match up between Raines and Ribault in Jacksonville. The Northwest Classic is usually played at the Gator Bowl - but hasn't been there in several years since the inception of the Jaguars. Maybe it's because the Raines/Ribualt game might draw a bigger crowd.
Raines has won this game for the last seven years and Ribault coach Anthony Flynn wants the trophy to be moved to Ribault. This is a Saturday tilt - so if you're not doing anything on in the Jacksonville area - check this game out. Winner is the district champ, loser is the runner-up.
3-1A - Providence needs a win over defending 1A champ North Florida Christian to make it to the post-season. Eagles need a win to stay alive in defending their crown. This one's for all the marbles as Trinity Christian (Jax) has clinched the district crown. Can Clint Trickett and company get that much-wanted rematch with Trinity? They've got to get by the Stallions first.
Bishop Moore defeated Jones last night - so Bishop Moore is in as district champ and Frostproof is the runner-up.
OTHER GAMES OF NOTE - CLASS 2A
In 1-2A, Godby will take on Rickards. If the Cougars win, they're district champs... if not - there is a 3-way shootout for the title with Madison County.
Cocoa takes on Rockledge in the Bar-b-que Bowl with a playoff berth on the line. Roc
kledge must win to force a possible three-way tie with Astronaut. Otherwise, Cocoa is the district champ and Astronaut is the runner-up.
The state's oldest rivalry, Desoto and Hardee will match up for the title in 6-2A. The winner is the champ and the loser is the runner-up. Waiting in the wings for the loser is Robinson while the winner gets the winner of St. Pete Cathlolic/Tampa Jesuit.
Cardinal Gibbons takes on American Heritage Plantation in the battle for 8-2A. Winner is the district champ, loser is the runner-up.
Glades Central needs to beat Suncoast to win the district 7-2A, but that's a forgone conclusion.
In 2B, it looks like this:
1-2B - winner of the Pensacola Catholic/Chipley game is the champion. If Chipley loses, it's a three-way tie for second between Marianna, Chipley and Walton. Pensacola Catholic is in regardless.
2-2B - Taylor County wins the district with a victory over the Baby Noles from Florida High. If Florida High wins, then the 'Noles are the champs and Taylor Co. is the runner-up. Florida High holds the tie-breaker over Fort White in head-to-head.
3-2B - Bolles is in - Episcopal/West Nassau winner is the runner-up.
4-2B - Trinity Catholic wins the district with a victory over Mount Dora. A Hurricane win could create a three-way tie with Newberry (provided the Panthers win over Williston). A Williston win and a TC win creates a three-way tie for second with Newberry and Mount Dora.
5-2B - Tampa Catholic is the district champ - Lake Highland Prep is the runner-up.
6-2B - Winner of the Dunbar/Clewiston game is the district champ - loser falls into a three-way tie with Island Coast, provided the Gators knock off Labelle. If not, the loser is the runner-up.
7-2B - The standings show Pahokee at undefeated in the district, but there's speculation the Blue Devils may have to forfeit a district game. With that said, Pahokee needs to beat University to clinch the district championship. A loss to University puts Pahokee on the outside looking in and puts North Broward Prep as the district champ.
8-2B - Chaminade Madonna Prep is back on top and Gulliver Prep is battling Monsignor Pace for the runner-up spot. Should be a key game to watch from Opa-Locka.
1-1A - Freeport has won the district and South Walton is the runner-up.
2-1A - As it seems to always do - it comes down to the battle for the Apalachicola River. Blountstown and Liberty County go at it and if Blountstown can win, they're the district champ and Port St. Joe is the runner-up. If Liberty County wins, it's a three-way tie - provided Port St. Joe wins over rival Wewa...
4-1A - Melbourne Central Catholic is in - Crescent City is in with a win over John Carroll. If John Carroll wins, it's a possible three-way tie with Holy Trinity.
5-1A - Dixie County is the Champ and Wildwood needs a win over The Villages to claim the runner-up spot. If the Buffalo pull the upset and Hilliard beats Chiefland, it's a three-way tie.
6-1A - The Battlin' Miners of Fort Meade roll into Clearwater to take on the Central Catholic Maurauders. Should be a great game with Fort Meade clinching the district with a win. A CCC win, along with a Berkeley Prep win over Indian Rocks Christian creates a three-way tie for second. If Fort Meade and Berkeley Prep win, Fort Meade's the champ and Berkeley Prep is the runner-up.
7-1A - Calvary Christian takes on American Heritage-Delray for the title...loser is the runner-up.
8-1A - Parkway is the champ - Westminster Christian can gain the runner-up bid with a win over the Dolphins of Marathon. A Marathon win and a win by Dade Christian over Archbishop Curley creates a three-way tie.
1-1B - Jefferson County is the champ, and FAMU High needs a win over winless Rocky Bayou to clinch the runner-up spot.
2-1B - Hawthorne takes on Arlington Country Day for the district crown. If ACD wins, then it's a possible three-way tie with Lafayette, if Lafayette wins over St. John's Country Day.
3-1B - Warner Christian takes on Florida Air for the championship. Winner is the district champ, loser is the runner-up.
4-1B - Pine Castle is the champ and Agape Christian is the runner-up.
5-1B - Victory Christian is the champ, Admiral Farragut is the runner-up.
6-1B - Out-of-Door (Sarasota) is the champ, Evangelical Christian (Fort Myers) is the runner-up.
7-1B - Jupiter Christian is the champ, Glades Day is the runner-up.
8-1B - Macarthur North is the champ, Sheridan Hills Christian is the runner-up.
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Here are the scores from last night's action:
Fort Lauderdale Stranahan 46, Monarch 16
Fort Walton Beach 23, Mosley 6
Gainesville Buchholz 35, Middleburg 35
Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna 42, Doral Academy 0
Melbourne Central Catholic 50, Heritage 10
Miami High 44, Coral Park 7
Miami Carol City 14, American 0
Miami Columbus 60, Ronald Reagan 0
Miami Dr. Krop 23, North Miami 10
Miami Northwestern 61, Miami Beach 0
Miami Palmer Trinity 42, Posnack 8
Miami Southridge 31, Coral Reef 14
Miami Sunset 35, Braddock 21
North Miami Beach 38, Goleman 8
Orlando Bishop Moore 23, Orlando Jones 0
Ormond Beach Calvary Christian 42, Lighthouse Christian 6
Palm Beach Gardens 29, Port St. Lucie West Centennial 21
Southwest Miami 46, Hialeah Gardens 21
St. Augustine St. Joseph 62, Florida School for the Deaf 6
Sunshine Ranches Archbishop McCarthy 42, Hallandale 6