By now, if you follow high school football, you already know that there have been changes for the 2021 season.
Because of Covid, the usual cycle for districts, will take a detour this year – as enrollment based on the numbers during the pandemic, has put several teams – statewide – in a district, class or region they have never competed in before – and while many will stay the same when the numbers are counted after the season, there could be a few schools that may still wind up in new surroundings.
WHAT WILL CHANGE
In 8A, a few schools have been moved around, but Deerfield Beach, Western, Miami Palmetto and Miami Christopher Columbus still are the teams to beat.
In 7A, it’s all about nationally rated Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas and Fort Lauderdale Dillard as the series contenders.
Miami Northwestern and Miami Norland will be the teams to keep an eye on in 6A, where Miami Central has been in place for several years.
Speaking of nationally-rated Miami Central, the two-time defending state champions have moved to 5A and will be joined by much improved Miami Killian and nationally-rated Plantation American Heritage, where the Patriots have reloaded from last year’s state championship.
When it comes to 4A, there are a number of teams ready to throw their hat into the ring, but Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons is the favorite. Winning two of the past three years, the Chiefs will also have Miami Monsignor Pace, Miami Gulliver Prep, Miami Carol City, Miami Booker T. Washington and Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian Academy, making the move up from 3A.
Speaking of 3A, nationally-rated Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna is searching for a record-setting sixth straight trip to the state finals – with talented Miami Edison once again looking to knock the Lions out of the playoffs.
With Hialeah Champagnat Catholic also looking for an amazing sixth consecutive trip to the 2A state finals, the Lions are indeed loaded up, but there are other programs who have improved as well.
Programs such as Miami Dade Christian and Hollywood Avant Garde Academy.
Monarch (Coconut Creek)
West Boca Raton – up from 7A
Coral Glades (Coral Springs)
Cypress Bay (Weston)
Flanagan (Pembroke Pines)
Taravella (Coral Springs)
Dr. Krop (Miami) – up from Independent
Miami Beach – up from 7A
West Broward (Pembroke Pines)
Coral Reef (Miami)
South Dade (Homestead)
Atlantic (Delray Beach)
Blanche Ely (Pompano Beach)
Olympic Heights (Boca Raton)
Piper (Sunrise) – down from 8A
Dillard (Fort Lauderdale) – up from 6A
Nova (Davie) – up from Independent
St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale)
South Broward (Hollywood)
Doral Academy (Miami)
Mater Academy (Hialeah Gardens)
Miami Southridge – up from 6A
Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes)
Coconut Creek – up from 5A
Northeast (Oakland Park)
Plantation – down from 7A
American (Hialeah) – down from 7A
Belen Jesuit (Miami)
Miami Northwestern – up from 5A
American Heritage (Plantation)
Stranahan (Fort Lauderdale)
Hialeah-Miami Lakes – up from Independent
Miami Central – down from 6A
North Miami Beach
Somerset Academy (Pembroke Pines) – up from 4A
St. Brendan (Miami) – up from Independent
Booker T. Washington (Miami)
Calvary Christian (Fort Lauderdale) – up from 4A
Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale)
Coral Springs Charter
Gulliver Prep (Pinecrest)
Miami Carol City
Monsignor Pace (Miami)
North Broward Prep (Coconut Creek)
NSU University School (Fort Lauderdale)
Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale)
Everglades Prep (Homestead)
Florida Christian (Miami) – up from Independent
Palmer Trinity (Palmetto Bay)
Somerset South Homestead – up from Independent
Somerset Silver Palms
Westminster Christian (Miami)
Archbishop Carroll (Miami) – up from Independent
Avant Garde (Hollywood) – up from Independent
Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah)
Dade Christian (Miami) – up from Independent
Westminster Academy (Fort Lauderdale)
Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches) – down from 6A
Coral Shores (Tavernier)
Miami Coral Park
Miami Country Day
Mourning (North Miami)
Palm Glades Prep (Miami)
Pembroke Pines Charter
Ransom Everglades (Miami)
Somerset Academy Key (Deerfield Beach)
True North (Miami)