When the champions were crowned this past week in the inaugural Tri-County Championships, it filled a void that south Florida high school football players and teams were missing because of the Coronavirus.
Because the FHSAA started the season nearly two months before Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County programs had the okay to start conditioning and working out. That eliminated all of Broward and Palm Beach public schools – and all but five programs in Miami-Dade.
The idea to start this came from the athletic leaders in each of the counties who felt that not giving their athletes an opportunity to play as many games as possible wouldn’t be fair – so this playoff format was born.
While many of the programs will play in districts this next season – as the pandemic loosens the grip – keeping this Tri-County Championships around for those teams who fail to make a playoff spot – but still needs to gain exposure in the post season.
A lot would have to happen to see that happen – especially getting it okayed by the FHSAA.
GREAT GAMES FOR THREE COUNTIES
It was indeed quite an inaugural year for these playoffs – and so many teams had the chance to play into December – a first for so many south Florida area programs.
8A GOLD DIVISION
Miami Christopher Columbus 27, Deerfield 24
Boca Raton 24, Palm Beach Gardens 17
Delray Beach Atlantic 44, Plantation 6
Fort Lauderdale 35, Hollywood South Broward 6
Fort Lauderdale Dillard 32, North Miami Beach 6
Miami Norland 41, Coconut Creek 28
PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS HIGH SCHOOL