2014 area district football outlook

Published: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 05:20 PM.

DISTRICT 1-5A: The four Bay County schools were unable to advance out of a strong district that featured West Florida and Pensacola Catholic each winning a first-round regional matchup to meet in a confrontation won by Catholic. The Crusaders were edged 9-7 by Clay in the region title game.

All of the schools to the west will be replacing a starting quarterback this season, two of them all-state selections Joey Baker of West Florida and Cody Henry of Catholic. However, the Jaguars and Crusaders remain the standard until one of the locals can break through and claim a playoff spot.

It would appear that Bay and Mosley have the best opportunity of the county representatives to do so in 2014, with Arnold a dark horse at least in the beginning.

The district: Arnold, Bay, Gulf Breeze, Mosley, Pensacola Catholic, Rutherford, West Florida.

DISTRICT 1-4A: Marianna has had a difficult time in recent years advancing out of this district and won’t be favored to do so this season. In 2013, East Gadsden County and Florida High represented the strength of the four-school district, each winning a regional opener.

Florida High survived their region semifinal collision before losing in the region championship. Those schools appear to reload each season, and will be the ones to beat, at least in the early going.

The district: East Gadsden, Florida High, Marianna, Walton.



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