BREAKING: FHSAA Announces New Team Classifications for 2019-2020
Oh boy... They say change is good, but sometimes it depends on how that change may affect you!
The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) has announced new team classifications for the upcoming 2019 and 2020 football seasons. The FHSAA placement of football teams in their respective classifications in based on the member school's enrollment size.
We expected some changes, but huge changes in Class 6A may shake up the landscape affecting classes other than 6A.
THE TOUGHEST DISTRICT IN THE USA, DISTRICT 6A-16, IS NO MORE....
MIAMI NORTHWESTERN, MIAMI CENTRAL, AND MIAMI CAROL CITY WILL NO LONGER FIGHT IN SAME DISTRICT
Florida's District 6A-16 has been known for quite some time as the toughest district in THE COUNTRY. With perennial state powers Back-To-Back 6A Defending State Champ Miami Northwestern, Miami Carol City, Miami Central and Miami Norland all housed in one district, it often left two of the state's top teams from entering the playoffs in the pre Playoff Point System era. When the FHSAA integrated Playoff Points, it proved how much this district was stacked, as 4 of the 5 teams entered the playoffs due to tough scheduling in their district alone.
Miami Central and Miami Norland remain in this district, but The West, Carol City and Hialeah Miami-Lakes are no longer.
We're pretty sure that HML is happy to see new teams like Miami Southridge, Belen Jesuit, and South Miami replace them in this often pivotal placement in this tough South Florida district known perennially for ultimately advancing to become the Class 6A State Champion.
The New District 6A-16
THREE REIGNING STATE CHAMPS MOVING TO NEW CLASSIFICATIONS
Back-To-Back Defending 6A State Champs Miami Northwestern has moved down to Class 5A, District 16. The West is now in a district with Miami Jackson, Miami Killian, Miami Springs, and Key West. This placement should bode well for the Bulls, but ultimately they may face a key matchup in the playoffs versus Plantation American Heritage.
New Class 5A State Champ Cardinal Gibbons has moved to Class 4A, Region 4. The Chiefs no longer have to face district nemesis Plantation American Heritage.... They will now have to beat Miami Carol City or Miami Booker T. Washington or Glades Central or USchool to exit Region 4 of the Playoffs to advance to the State Championship.
Back-To-Back Defending 4A State Champs Jacksonville Raines has moved up to Class 5A. Their journey to repeat as state champs has gotten tougher with newcomer and 6A Back-to-Back State Champs Miami Northwestern now in the Class 5A mix.
MIAMI CAROL CITY IS NOW IN CLASS 4A
Perennial State Powerhouse Miami Carol City moves down two classifications from Class 6A to Class 4A. The Chiefs are now in Class 4A, Region 4... the same Region as perennial 4A power Miami Booker T. Washington and newcomer 5A State Champ Cardinal Gibbons.
Miami Carol City HC Benedict Hyppolite may have to face his former coach and former boss, the Legend Miami Booker T. Washington Head Coach "Ice" Harris to advance in playoffs now that Chiefs are in Class 4A
A FEW NEW NOTABLE RE-ALIGNMENTS
The Wekiva Mustangs have moved down from Class 8A to Class 7A. This means that Wekiva won't have to face Mandarin or Apopka in their path to a State Championship. With a new face on the block like Wekiva, perennial 7A State Powers Lakeland, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Venice will be sure to welcome the newcomer Mustangs with non-open arms.
Official FHSAA Press Release: FHSAA Announces Football Classifications For 2019 and 2020 Seasons