Week Six Game of the Week: Apopka (5-0, 0-0 district) at West Orange (5-0, 0-0 district), 7:30 p.m.
If you don’t have a ticket purchased by the time you read this, it may be too late. If you’re not in a seat at Raymond Screws Stadium at least a half-hour before kickoff, you may be standing. Yep, this game is that big of a deal. The West Orange Warriors have lost 15 consecutive games to Apopka, dating back to 1998, but for 60 minutes on Friday night, what has happened in the past likely will be the furthest thing from the minds of the young men who take the field for these two state-title contenders. Both teams feature dynamic offensive attacks that average more than 40 points per game (Apopka averages 45 points per contest, while the Warriors average 41.8). With Olympia and Evans both in the midst of a rebuilding year, this could very well be the de facto Class 8A District 4 championship game. That means that, in addition to bragging rights, home field advantage in the playoffs is likely on the line, too.
Week Six's other games:
Boone (2-3, 0-0 district) at Dr. Phillips (5-0, 1-0 district), 7:30 p.m.
Scouting report: The de facto district championship for Class 8A District 5, this game marks a return to district play for the Panthers and the first district contest for the Braves. Dr. Phillips, ranked atop the state in Class 8A, will undoubtedly be favored — but in no way should the Panthers underestimate Boone. The Braves have hung tough through five games against arguably the toughest first-half schedule in the state. Boone defeated University and Winter Park and lost to West Orange, Timber Creek and Apopka — all of whom but Timber Creek were playoff teams in 2013. Extra point: Dating back to 2006, the winner of this game has gone on to win the district.
Ocoee (1-3, 1-0 district) at East River (2-3, 1-1 district), 7:30 p.m.
Scouting report: After notching their first win of the season back in Week Four, the Knights should be well rested after a bye week. Returning to district play, Ocoee will have to bring the offense from its win over Lake Howell — and not the one that went scoreless in three games prior — to hang with a high-octane Falcons offense. East River is averaging 31.2 points per game and played well in losses to Winter Park and Timber Creek. Extra point: The Knights won this contest in 2013, 20-14.
Evans (1-4, 0-0 district) at Olympia (0-4, 0-0 district), 7:30 p.m.
Scouting report: Two teams that have had their respective struggles in the first half of the season, especially on the offensive side of the ball, get a fresh start and an opportunity to emerge with an important district win. While the Titans are fresh off of a 49-7 loss to Timber Creek, the Trojans have some momentum following a 17-7 win over Ridge High School. Extra point: Olympia won a close one in 2013, 28-21.
CFCA (4-1, 3-1 division) at Legacy Charter (3-1, 3-1 division), 7 p.m.
Scouting report: Sole possession of second place in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference’s Beach Division is on the line in this coverage area showdown. These teams have defeated two of the same opponents (Faith Christian and Merritt Island Christian) and share a common defeat to Orlando Christian Prep. Extra point: Legacy took this rivalry match a season ago, 27-0.
Hawthorne (1-4) at Foundation Academy (2-3), 7 p.m.— Thursday, Oct. 2
Scouting report: The Lions will host the Hornets, a Class 1A program hailing from just east of Gainesville, in this Thursday night special. This contest figures to be a defensive slugfest of sorts. Hawthorne is averaging just 10.4 points per contest and Foundation is not faring significantly better at 15.8 points per game. Extra point: This is the first meeting between these programs.
Windermere Prep (4-0) at Lake Mary Prep (0-4), 7 p.m.
Scouting report: The Griffins discontinued their program in 2013 after having their most successful season in school history in 2012. Getting back on the field in 2014 after a season off his set the program back significantly. Lake Mary Prep has scored just 13 points in four games this season. In contrast, the Lakers have scored 220. Extra point: Lake Mary Prep is in its first year with the SSAC and therefore is not eligible for this season’s playoffs.