ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Central Florida school football fans can usually count on watching some great postseason games, even in December.
With just two weeks left in the 2022 season, six schools representing four counties across Central Florida will hit the field for state semifinal games on Friday, Dec. 2. At stake are berths in state championship games Dec. 15-17 at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.
If history is any indication, at least a few Central Florida schools may find their way to state title games. Of the area’s six schools competing in state semifinals, four have combined for nine state championships.
We ask you the fan to vote on which school has the best shot at winning a state championship in 2022. We summarized each team and their accomplishments below. Take a read and then please vote in our poll.
Apopka (10-3) at Palm Beach Central (12-1), Class 4M state semifinal
The Blue Darters (10-3) are a perennial postseason power, having won three state championships (2001, 2012, 2014) and finished as state runner-up in 2013, 2019 and 2021.
This year, Apopka has slowly molded itself into a state title contender after a slow start. The Blue Darters and their single-wing offense have won eight of their last nine games, including a hard-fought 30-23 victory against Lake Mary in the Region 1 final.
Apopka has run the ball well with Zeldrick Roberts (698 yards, 11 touchdowns, and Kaleb Hicks (396, five TDs), and found a gem in freshman quarterback Tyson Davison (529 yards passing, five TDs). Five Blue Darters have rushed for 150 yards or more.
Defensively, the Blue Darters have superb senior linebacker Rashad Watson (121 tackles), and senior defensive end Kaven Call (eight sacks), a UCF commit. Watson also is an impact player on offense.
Apopka faces a Palm Beach Central team that features a balanced offense with five players with 100 yards or more receiving, dynamic dual-threat quarterback Ahmad Haston (2,143 yards passing, 30 TDs, eight interceptions, and 402 yards rushing, 14 TDs), and wide receiver Javorian Wimberly (811 yards, six TDs).