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What We Learned: Four thoughts from Week Four
Southwest Orange Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2015 5 years ago

What We Learned: Four thoughts from Week Four

by: Steven Ryzewski Senior Sports Editor


In what was easily the worst week for the coverage area this season, just two programs — CFCA and Olympia — scored victories on Friday, Sept. 18. Here are a few takeaways from an otherwise forgettable Friday of football.


The accomplishment isn’t so much that CFCA destroyed Mount Dora Bible, 62-0 — MDB isn’t exactly a good team. Rather, the accomplishment is that, with a young team, Eagles coach John Davis has engineered a three-game winning streak following a deflating lost to rival Legacy to open the season. Now, his Eagles are tied with those Eagles for second place in the Coastal Orange conference as each has a record of 3-1.


It’s not just that area teams lost on Sept. 18, it’s how some of the games went down. Windermere Prep’s 52-0 loss certainly was worth a double-take, and we can expect to find out a lot about the mentality of the Lakers when they return to action after a bye this Friday. 

Windermere Prep is one of three teams in the SSAC’s Coral Bay division sitting at 2-2, and the Lakers will play two of those teams — Keswick Christian and Bishop McLaughlin — in the next four weeks.


It’s one thing to schedule winnable games and another to actually win those games. Olympia’s schedule this fall started with a tough Seminole squad before entering a stretch of five games in which the Titans either had a reasonable expectation of winning or would be outright favored. 

Through three of those games — against East Ridge, Colonial and Cypress Creek, respectively — coach Kyle Hayes’ squad has taken care of business and tripled its win total from 2014. Olympia should defeat Evans on Friday to make it four in a row. 

The confidence the Titans are building up now will be important, because the final four games of the schedule — against Apopka, Dr. Phillips, Oak Ridge and Winter Park, respectively — are a tough stretch for any team.


If there could be value in an essential meaningless out of district loss to an opponent that competes in a completely different classification, it’s this: At least it happened now.

Whatever weaknesses of West Orange were exposed in a 42-14 defeat by Class 3A powerhouse Trinity Christian, it is better that the Warriors address those now, in September, than have them exposed in November when it counts — or even next week, on Oct. 2, when they travel to Apopka to open district competition.

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