State Championship Football Games By the Numbers, Cocoa To Play Tonight For Class 4A Title
By Joshua Wilson, Florida High School Football // December 7, 2017
16 Teams, 19 State Titles Represented in Orlando
ORLANDO, FLORIDA — With all the games set for the 2017 FHSAA Football State Championships this week, including our own Cocoa Tigers, we’ll take a fun look at some numbers involving the 16 remaining teams that will be playing this coming weekend at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
4 — Number of teams from the 904 area code, the most of any one area code in the Sunshine State.
6 — The number of teams returning to the state championships that appeared in them last year.
3 — The number of state champions from 2016 that are defending their reign. Plantation American Heritage (Class 5A), Cocoa (Class 4A), and University Christian (Class 2A) are the teams defending their state championships.
5 — The guaranteed number of new state champions crowned over the three days in Orlando with Class 8A, Class 7A, Class 6A, Class 3A, and Class 1A all seeking new state champions.
10 — The number of new teams appearing in the 2017 state championships that did not appear last year.
1 — The number of state championship rematches from 2016. That will be the Class 2A state championship between Champagnat and University Christian.
29 — The number of years the last time (1988) a Miami-Dade or Broward County team did not appear in a state championship game in either of the two highest classifications.
4 — The number of state championship games featuring at least one team (Class 8A, Class 7A, Class 5A, Class 3A) that has never won a football state championship in school history.
20 — The number of years that have passed since the last time (1997) that Raines won a state championship.
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