The Apopka Blue Darters' season came to a harsh ending in Sanford Friday night - losing to Seminole 42-14 in the Class 4M-District 1 semifinals.
The Seminoles move on to the district finals with a 10-2 record.
Seminole's senior quarterback, Karson Siqueiros-Lasky, threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another, while four other players for Seminole scored rushing touchdowns.
It was the second time this year Seminole defeated the Blue Darters; the first time was on September 29th, 21-3 in the regular season.
The two teams have had quite a history in the last five years.
In 2019, Apopka defeated Seminole in the regional finals and went on to the state championship.
In 2020, Seminole defeated Apopka 28-24 in the state semifinals and won the state championship.
In 2021, Apopka defeated Seminole 28-27 in the regional finals and went on to the state championship.
In 2022, Apopka beat Seminole 24-23 in week four and went on to the state championship.
In the last five years, the series stands at 3-3.
The Seminoles took a 15-0 lead after the first quarter and 22-0 by halftime. They extended their lead to 29-0 before the Blue Darters scored their first touchdown - a 4-yard run by quarterback Tyson Davison with 3:04 left in the third quarter. Apopka scored again in the final period when senior running back Reggie McBride scored on a 37-yard touchdown run to close out the scoring.
The Blue Darters finish the season with an 8-4 record, all four losses coming against playoff teams.
Since 2018, the Blue Darters have a 19-6 record in the postseason, which includes four trips to the final four and three state championship finals in the last five years. Apopka won the state championship in 2001, 2012, and 2014.
It was the 24th straight season Apopka has made the postseason.