The top high school football teams in Central Florida, as selected by the Bright House Sports Network staff:
1. Cocoa (11-1) – Tigers won their fourth state championship in program history by defeating Jacksonville Bolles 31-17 for the 4A crown.
2. Mainland (11-1) – A nightmare start doomed the Bucs chances in a 33-7 loss to Miami Carol City in the 6A, Region 4 final.
3. Dr. Phillips (12-3) – Panthers allowed a 10-0 fourth quarter lead to slip away and suffered a gut-wrenching 14-10 loss to Miami Southridge in the 8A state championship game.
4. Seminole (12-1) – ‘Noles lost a 37-34 double overtime thriller to Dr. Phillips in the 8A state semifinals.
5. Apopka (9-1) – Blue Darters were ranked No. 1 in Class 8A before a stunning 40-39 home loss to Timber Creek.
6. Orange City University (8-2) – Titans are 24-6 on the field the last three years but haven’t made the playoffs in any of those seasons.
7. Bishop Moore (11-2) – Hornets couldn’t generate enough offense to hang with top-ranked Plantation American Heritage in a 20-7 region final loss.
8. Palm Bay (10-1) – Pirates went undefeated in the regular season but couldn’t overcome a 21-0 first quarter deficit in a second round playoff loss to Bishop Moore.
9. Viera (9-3) – Hawks won 19 games the last two seasons, which included an appearance in a state championship game and the region finals.
10. Jones (9-2) – Both losses for the Tigers came at the hands of Cocoa.
11. Osceola (10-1) – Kowboys streak of four straight seasons getting to at least the state semifinals was snapped Friday night as Treasure Coast upset the Kowboys 28-27.
12. Winter Park (9-4) – Wildcats came together late in the season for an impressive postseason run that included wins against Wekiva and Timber Creek before losing to Seminole.
13. Wekiva (7-4) – Mustangs missed a chance for their first ever postseason victory by committing four turnovers in a 30-21 loss to Winter Park.
14. Melbourne Central Catholic (11-1) – Hustlers advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in program history before losing to Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna 42-17.
15. Lake Brantley (7-5) – Patriots had the lead in the final minute of second round playoff game against Seminole but couldn’t hold on for a victory.
16. Spruce Creek (7-4) – Hawks got to the postseason for the first time since 2008 but fell short in a first round playoff loss to Lake Brantley.
17. South Sumter (10-2) – Raiders couldn’t complete an incredible comeback against Jacksonville Bolles in a 31-26 loss to the Bulldogs.
18. Hagerty (9-2) – Historic season for the Huskies included setting a school record for victories with nine.
19. Timber Creek (8-4) – Wolves advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2012 but lost to Winter Park in the region semifinals.
20. Ocoee (7-4) – Knights won their first ever district championship but got blasted by Bartram Trail 52-13 in the first round of the playoffs.
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