Apopka’s game at Dr. Phillips on Friday canceled

Apopka’s game at Dr. Phillips on Friday canceled

No date set for rescheduling the rivalry

Friday’s game between The Apopka Blue Darters and Dr. Phillips Panthers has been canceled/postponed, and no date for rescheduling has been set. The Blue Darters are currently 1-1 on the season with an opening night 44-7 victory over Ocoee, a postponed game against Miami Norland that Apopka led 14-6 at halftime, and a 42-35 loss to the Lakeland Dreadnaughts last Thursday. Dr. Phillips is 2-0.

The postponement/cancellation interrupts what is perhaps the greatest rivalry in Central Florida high school football.

Last season The Apopka Blue Darters came into the game 3-0 and ranked #1 in state polls, while the Panthers were also 3-0 and ranked #2. The game was a classic, with Apopka rallying from a 14-point halftime deficit with two second-half touchdowns and an ad-libbed 2-point conversion by quarterback Demitri Burch to edge Dr. Phillips 15-14.

The come-from-behind victory was eerily similar to 2015 when Apopka trailed 20-6 at halftime but rallied past the Panthers 22-20.

Apopka leads the all-time series 15-8.

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