1. Mitchell: 8-1 to start off the first nine games of the regular season, the Mustangs did what to many was the unthinkable — winning a district championship in a new district. Mitchell was able to pull off the feat despite getting paired up in a district with Sickles, East Lake, Pinellas Park, Sunlake and Leto. Now Mitchell will start the postseason with a home game and have been playing some of their best football as of late.
2. Wiregrass Ranch: The Bulls have had the toughest regular season schedule of any team in Pasco County and they just ended it with an away game against Largo. Now Wiregrass Ranch will be in the thick of one of the toughest regions in Class 7A and would have to get by the likes of Armwood and Lakeland if they looked to advance in the playoffs.
3. River Ridge: Traveling down to the southernmost point of the continental United States was quite the trip for River Ridge. The trek before the playoffs began was a good experience for the Royal Knights. Now, Ryan Benjamin’s club will play a postseason home game and River Ridge has only lost once in the region quarterfinals since 2014.
4. Zephyrhills: Though the Bulldogs weren’t able to win the Class 5A, District 11 championship, Zephyrhills finished the season on a good note. After starting off 2019 at 0-3, the Bulldogs won five out of their last seven games, with the one loss coming against River Ridge.
5. Fivay: The Falcons have been the biggest surprise of the 2019 season in Pasco County. After losing running back Jayvon Wilson a year ago, Fivay continued to find ways to run the football just as effectively despite not having him in the backfield. This 2019 season has been Matt Durchik’s best coaching job yet.