High School football playoff schedule announced
As expected, North Fort Myers and Bishop Verot will play on as high school football moves into the postseason.
Playoff brackets and final rankings were released Sunday morning by the FHSAA.
Bishop Verot is the second seed in Region 3A-3, and will have a bye in this Friday’s first round of action. The Vikings will be home against either Palm Beach Gardens Benjamin or West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman a week from Friday.
“We’ll let our kids rest up, heal up,” Bishop Verot Head Coach Josh Vogelbach said following Friday’s victory against North Fort Myers. “We’ve got some things we need to work on — fundamental stuff. So we’ll use next week for that.”
A bye to start the playoffs is familiar territory for Verot, as they faced the same path last season. The Vikings came out of the bye week with a 45-17 victory over LaBelle before losing to eventual championship game representative, Cocoa High School.
“Coaches, we’ll start scouting both teams,” Vogelbach said. “Our kids, we’ll use it as a ‘heal up,’ fundamental week.”
The final FHSAA rankings have Bishop Verot as the No 5 team in Florida Class 3A.
Bishop Verot defeated North Fort Myers 21-14 on Friday.
North Fort Myers, meanwhile, draws a backyard brawl against old rival Fort Myers High. The Green Wave will be the home team for Friday’s game. Fort Myers is the third seed in Region 6A-4, with the Red Knights seeded sixth.
For North, the game will be an opportunity not only to advance, but to avenge a one-sided loss to Fort Myers during the regular season.
The Red Knights were 24th statewide in the final Class 6A standings.
“It’s a good group, we broke expectations,” said North Head Coach Dwayne Mack following Friday’s game against Verot. “We lost a lot last year, and people didn’t expect a lot of us.”
The Red Knights won two postseason games last season, before losing to Naples in the regional final.
There was quite a shakeup in the lower half of the 6A-4 bracket as a result of a number of losses in the final Friday of the regular season.
Dunbar moved up to fifth place, which may or may not be something to celebrate.
The fifth seed sends the Tigers on a long bus ride across Alligator Alley to face Miami Central, fourth in the region.
Lely slipped to seventh place and will travel to Fort Lauderdale Dillard.
South Fort Myers did make the playoffs, but as the eighth seed has to go to Naples on Friday.
The Wolfpack moved past Barron Collier to make the postseason after BC lost to Gulf Coast.
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