Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Welcome to `Wild' Kingdom Reclassification Means Changes in Playoff Format

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Welcome to `Wild' Kingdom Reclassification Means Changes in Playoff Format

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The Florida High School Activities Association made major changes to the setup for high school football.

There will now be six classifications instead of five, and 12 districts per classification instead of 16.

The champion and runner-up from each district still will make the playoffs, but with the decrease in districts the FHSAA has added eight wildcard slots per classification to fill out a playoff field of 32.

The following is how the playoff system will operate with the wild card:

Every three districts will be bunched into a quadrant.

For each quadrant, two wildcard teams will qualify for the playoffs. The teams with the best overall records that did not win or finish as runner-up in their district will gain the wild card.

If teams have the same overall records then a series of tiebreakers are used, in this order: head-to-head; combined victories of all opponents; combined victories of all defeated opponents; combined wins of all the victorious opponents; coin flip.

Pairings will be made by the commissioner, with an emphasis on having the wild cards travel to the strongest district champions in terms of overall record and strength of schedule.

TOP RETURNEES

The area's returning regular-season statistical leaders:

CATEGORY SCHOOL PLAYER STAT

Rushing David Taylor B. Kenny 1,749 Passing Andre Brown Univ. Chr. 1,331 Rec. Carlos Ousley Englewood 730 Sacks Robby Tebow Trinity 13 1/2 Tackles James Smith Ribault 135

NEW BOSSES

As usual, there was quite a bit of turnover among area high school head coaches. The new head coaches for the 1999 season, and the men they replaced:

TEAM NEW COACH OLD COACH

Englewood Lemont Jones Edward Robinson Key. Hts Chuck Dickinson Walt Darty Nease Jacob Kimball Mark McCann Paxon Reggie Williams Ellis McSwain Ridgeview Tom MacPherson

Jim Bernhardt Univ. …

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