Posted: 9:35 am Friday, January 16th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
After months of deliberation and speculation, the FHSAA released its final realignment plan for football districts. This format will be in place for the next two seasons, and then the state will begin this process again.
John Carroll was the only local school approved to move districts. Port St. Lucie and St. Andrew’s appealed their placement but the requests were denied.
District 13-5A, a three-team district that guarantees either Wellington or Spanish River will be a playoff team in 2009, remained intact. It is one of five three-team districts in the area.
Conversely, District 7-2B will have nine teams, including Pahokee. That will be a frustration for the Blue Devils, who typically schedule as many big schools as they can during their non-district slate. With eight district games and the Muck Bowl, Pahokee will have only one more opponent to schedule next season.
For a look at how this compares to the plan proposed Dec. 15, click here.
Here are the district layouts for this area (the top two teams in each district advance to the playoffs):
Palm Beach Gardens
Palm Beach Central
Port St. Lucie
John I. Leonard
Royal Palm Beach
West Boca Raton
Fort Pierce Central
Palm Beach Lakes
Fort Pierce Westwood
Pembroke Pines Charter
Coral Springs Charter
North Broward Prep
University (Ft. Lauderdale)
Holy Trinity Episcopal
Melbourne Central Catholic
Academy (Coral Springs; eligible in 2010)
Pope John Paul II
Village Academy (Delray Beach; eligible in 2010)
Boca Raton Christian