Gene Cox Stadium, Dec. 9-11, 2021 (Classes 1A-3A)
DRV PNK Stadium, Dec.16-18, 2021 (Classes 4A-8A)
Two of Florida's most consistent contenders clash in the championship game of the state's largest classification. Apopka has made the playoffs every year since 2000. The impressive 22-season streak now includes the program making their sixth title game appearance in program history in 2021. The Blue Darters have already captured state championships in 2001, 2012 and 2014, and finished as state runner-up in 2019. During their current eight-game winning streak, they've allowed six or fewer points in seven of their wins, including a 21-0 victory in the 8A Semifinals vs. Treasure Coast. Venice's postseason streak has now stretched to ten years, with the Indians last missing the playoffs in 2011. For the sixth straight season, the program advanced to at least the Region Finals. John Peacock's squad now has the opportunity to collect their third state title overall, and second in the past five seasons.
Florida's premier program faces a first-time finalist in the 7A Championship. No team has won more championships in state history than St. Thomas Aquinas. The Raiders have 12 state titles overall, and seven in the past 11 seasons (including each of the last two years). The nationally-ranked program once again brings a roster loaded with Power 5 recruits into the title game. Tampa Bay Tech is well-established as one of the Bay Area's premier programs, but now the Titans look to prove they belong amongst the state's elite. The Titans earned the top seed in the entire state for the 7A classification, and can complete a perfect 15-0 season with a win over Aquinas.
In the 6A Championship, either Pine Forest or Jesuit will take home their first state title in at least 20 years. Pine Forest is back in the championship for the first time since 2006, and could take home to Pensacola the program's first title since 2000. After a loss in the season opener, the Eagles have reeled off 12 straight wins, including seven games with more than 40 points scored. A ground game racking up more than 275 yards/game features three players with double-digit rushing TDs: Tierra Wilson, Miequle Brock and Kobe Johnson. Jesuit has ended an even longer title game appearance, advancing to a championship game for the first time since 1992. The Tigers' lone state championship win came in 1968. But this isn't completely new territory for one of the Bay Area's best programs. Jesuit had advanced to the Final Four five times from 2015 to 2020, before breaking through this year and beating Miami Northwestern in the 6A Semifinals. Their perfect 14-0 record entering the title game includes a win over St. Thomas Aquinas. In the playoffs, the Tigers have won every game by at least 25 points, and hold the highest national rank of any Florida team.
The 5A title game features one of the state's best programs of the past decade against a program trying to reclaim the glory they achieved decades ago. No program has won more state titles since 2010 than Miami Central. The Rockets are 7-time state champions, all within the past 11 seasons. With a win, the perennial power would set a new Dade County record for most championships. Merritt Island won a thriller over Sebring in the 5A Semifinals, advancing to the championship game thanks to a last-minute field goal by Brady Denaburg. It clinched the Mustangs' first title game appearance since 1989. Now the program hopes to bring home to Brevard County their fourth state title, and their first championship since 1979.