There will be plenty at stake next Friday as area teams battle for playoff berths and postseason positioning. Here is a breakdown of how each district race on the Suncoast currently sits (the first- and second-place teams in each district earn automatic spots in their classification’s state series playoffs).
Class 8A-District 6
Riverview moved to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in district play with Friday night’s 41-14 win over Newsome. It is real simple for Riverview when it battles district cellar dweller Tampa Alonso on Oct. 28: beat the Ravens and win the program’s first district championship since 2008.
- If Riverview falls to Alonso, it could claim the district championship with a Newsome victory over Manatee and a Hillsborough Riverview victory over Palm Harbor University.
- Manatee will be the biggest Tampa Alonso fan next week because the Hurricanes will win the district title if they beat Newsome and Alonso defeats Riverview.
- If Manatee defeats Newsome and Riverview defeats Alonso, Manatee will be the district runner-up to the Rams.
- If Newsome defeats Manatee, Riverview beats Alonso, Riverview and Newsome will finish first and second, respectively, in the district standings.
- If Newsome beats Manatee and Alonso beats Riverview, Newsome, the Rams and the Hurricanes would play in a three-way district tiebreaker. The tiebreaker for both of the automatic qualifying spots in the state playoffs could feature a fourth team if Newsome, and Alonso win and Palm Harbor University defeats Hillsborough Riverview.
Class 7A-District 11
Nothing was solved despite victories by Venice and Braden River over Lakewood Ranch and Palmetto, respectively, on Friday night. However, all Venice needs to do to win the district title next week is beat Palmetto.
- If Palmetto beats Venice and Sarasota beats Braden River, Palmetto would be the district champion and Venice would be the district runner-up.
- If Venice loses to Palmetto and Braden River beats Sarasota, Palmetto, Venice and Braden River would meet in a three-way tiebreaker to determine the district champion and district runner-up.
- Braden River can only win the district title in a three-way tiebreaker. It would need to beat Sarasota and have Palmetto beat Venice for a tiebreaker to come to fruition.
- If Braden River loses to Sarasota and Venice beats Palmetto, there will be a three-way tiebreaker for the second and final district playoff berth between Braden River, Sarasota and Palmetto as each team would have two district losses and each team would be 1-1 in matchups involving the other two schools.
- Sarasota’s only hope of making the playoffs is as a district runner-up, and that can only be accomplished by beating Braden River and somehow finding itself in a Monday night tiebreaker that it would have to win.
- Lakewood Ranch and North Port have been eliminated from playoff consideration
Class 6A-District 10
Port Charlotte and Charlotte have clinched the district’s two automatic playoff berths. They will play for the district championship next Friday at Pirates Cove.
Class 5A-District 11
Wauchula Hardee claimed the district championship and a first-round home playoff game with Friday night’s 20-10 win at Southeast. The winner of next Friday’s game at Tornado Alley between Southeast and Booker will claim second place in the district.
Bayshore, DeSoto County and Lemon Bay have been eliminated from playoff consideration.
Class 3A-District 5
Cardinal Mooney has qualified for the playoffs and next Friday’s contest at Clearwater Central Catholic is the defacto district championship game.