On Tuesday, the Apopka Blue Darters needed a victory against district rival Seminole, and they delivered when junior placekicker Hayden Kosicki drilled a 34-yard field goal on the last play of the game to Apopka to a 24-23 win over the Seminoles. The Blue Darters overcame a 23-15 deficit in the final quarter to secure the Class 4M District 2 title.
And on Friday night, turnabout was fair play for the Wekiva Mustangs.
Needing a win to secure its place in the Class 3M postseason tournament, the Mustangs rallied from a 14-0 deficit to the Blue Darters with 20 unanswered points, including a seven-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tyray Davis to Joshua Bennett with only seven seconds left in the game.
The Mustangs finished the season at 5-5, while the Blue Darters fell to 7-3.
But now, Apopka and Wekiva begin their playoff seasons... which makes both teams 0-0.
On Friday, Apopka (the number two seed in Class 4M Region 1) hosts the Boone Braves of Orlando, the #7 seed in the region with a 6-4 record. Boone won the 4M District 4 title with a 4-0 record and three wins in its last four games.
Kickoff is at 7 pm at Roger Williams Field on the campus of Apopka High School this Friday night. The winner faces the winner of the Winter Park-Lake Brantley game. If the Blue Darters are victorious, they would host the second-round matchup.
The Mustangs (ranked seventh in 3M Region 1) will take to the road in its first-round game against the Jones Tigers in Orlando. The Tigers (ranked second in the region) finished its season with an 8-2 record and are currently on a seven-game winning streak. On October 21st, Jones defeated Wekiva 21-7.
If the Mustangs prevail, they would face the winner of the Ovideo-Wharton game on November 18th.
Both Apopka and Wekiva would need to win five straight games to win the state championship. Lose one game, and the season is over. Apopka has reached the state finals in two of the last three seasons.