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Central Florida Schools Highlight FHSAA Football Finals Weekend
Class 5A, 6A, 7A, and 8A championships Dec. 11-12 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl

Orlando, Fla. (December 7, 2015) – After crowning four champions to open the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Football Finals last weekend, the Central Florida Sports Commission, City of Orlando, Orange County Public Schools and Boone High School are set to welcome eight more teams, December 11-12 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl. Classes that comprise the state’s largest schools, including local teams Bishop Moore, Osceola and Viera, will battle for state championships in what is expected to be a high-energy atmosphere.

“Florida continues to be the nation’s leader in top-level high school football and the quality of players and coaches on display at the Orlando Citrus Bowl will be unmatched anywhere,” said Central Florida Sports Commission President and CEO John Bisignano. “We look forward to working with our long-time partners at the FHSAA to showcase that talent on such a big stage while bringing visitors from across the state to The City Beautiful. If last week’s action is any indication, this weekend is sure to be one of the most exciting in FHSAA Football Finals history.”

Schedule:
Friday, December 11
1:07 p.m. – Class 5A – Wakulla (Crawfordville) vs. Bishop Moore (Orlando)
The weekend kicks off Friday afternoon as Wakulla makes the 250-mile trek to face Bishop Moore, whose campus sits just 10-minutes from the Citrus Bowl. Both schools are 13-1 and feature high-powered offenses and lockdown defenses. Wakulla is out-scoring teams by 25 points a game while BMHS is winning by an average of 22 a night. Both schools are looking to make modern history with Wakulla’s two state titles coming in 1980 and 1981 while Bishop Moore took its only crown in 1970.

7:07 p.m. – Class 7A – Viera vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale)
The school with the second-most titles in FHSAA history meets a program looking for its first when St. Thomas Aquinas squares off with Viera Friday night. Aquinas has eight championships, including last season, and heads into the 2015 finals 12-1. Viera was founded in 2006 and has never been to a state final. The Hawks were 6-4 in the regular season, but have dominated in four postseason games. 

Saturday, December 12
1:07 p.m. – Class 6A – Miami Central vs. Armwood (Seffner)
For the third straight season, Miami Central and Armwood meet in the Class 6A championship game. Miami Central is looking to become just the fourth school in FHSAA history with four-straight state titles. Booker T. Washington accomplished the feat last weekend. This year, Miami Central (11-2) has made easy work of opponents since a one-point loss to Miami Carol City, which they avenged in the second round of the postseason. Armwood is a perfect 14-0 and its closest game was a five-point win over Tampa Bay Tech earlier in the season.

7:07 p.m. – Class 8A – Flanagan (Pembroke Pines) vs. Osceola (Kissimmee)
The final game of the FHSAA Football Finals pits newcomer Flanagan against last season 7A runner-up Osceola. Flanagan is 11-2 on the year and posted six shutouts, including each of the first three games of the postseason. The school, founded in 1996, is looking for a first state football championship. Osceola will make the short trip from Kissimmee to the Citrus Bowl for the second-straight year, and fourth time in school history, winning in 1998. The Kowboys are 13-1 this year and are averaging nearly 35 points a game in the postseason.

Tickets are on sale for all games on Ticketmaster, the Amway Center Box Office and on game day at the Citrus Bowl gates.  General admission seats for each game are $12 with a select number of reserved seats available for $17.

Previous weekend’s Results:
Class 1A - Trenton 56, Port St. Joe 21
Class 2A - University Christian 61, Cambridge 16
Class 3A - Trinity Christian (Jacksonville) 30, American Heritage (Delray Beach) 3
Class 4A - Washington (Miami) 43, Raines (Jacksonville) 23

This year marks the ninth-straight season the FHSAA Football Finals will be hosted in Orlando. Attracting athletes and spectators from across the state of Florida, the event will bring valuable revenue to the hotels, restaurants, and attractions of Central Florida. Initial estimates project that, in total, all eight games will bring approximately 25,000 in attendance and generate more than 1,500 room nights.

For full information about the 2015 FHSAA Football Finals, visit the official website at RoadToOrlando.org or Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/roadtoorlando.

About Central Florida Sports Commission:
The Central Florida Sports Commission pursues marquee and amateur sports events for Central Florida that drive visitors to our region. The Sports Commission represents the City of Orlando as well as Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. In 2015, the Sports Commissions event calendar is projected to drive 75 events and more than 221,000 visitors, 181,000 room nights and $112 million in economic impact to the Central Florida region. More information at CentralFloridaSports.org

About Orlando Citrus Bowl:
The Orlando Citrus Bowl is owned and operated by the City of Orlando. Since opening in 1936 as a Works Progress Administration project by President Franklin D. Roosevelt at a cost of $115,000 and a capacity of 8,900, the stadium has undergone numerous expansions and name changes over the years. The historic venue underwent a massive $207.7 million reconstruction in 2014 which yielded 90% all-new construction and a completely modernized stadium. The numerous enhancements and amenities include 41,000 lower bowl seats with chair backs, two 360-degree concourses, multiple giant video displays, a 20,000-square-foot plaza deck, a vibrant open-air exterior and unique indoor & outdoor club spaces to serve 5,000 patrons. These upgrades have bolstered the Orlando Citrus Bowl's ability to draw new high-profile events like neutral-site college football games, NFL pre-season match-ups and big-name concerts while retaining its signature annual bowl games and events. The City of Orlando and its partners at Florida Citrus Sports expect the recent reconstruction to generate a $300 million annual economic impact. More information at OrlandoCitrusBowl.com.

 

First Weekend of FHSAA Football Finals Set
Class 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A championships Dec. 4-5 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl

Media Contact: Nate Weyant 407-515-6560 nweyant@centralfloridasports.org

Orlando, Fla. (November 30, 2015) – The first weekend of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Football Finals are set with teams from four classes completing the Road to Orlando. The Central Florida Sports Commission, City of Orlando, Orange County Public Schools and Boone High School are hosting all eight championships over the course of two weeks at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.

“Florida continues to be the nation’s leader in top-level high school football and the quality of players and coaches on display at the Orlando Citrus Bowl will be unmatched anywhere,” said Central Florida Sports Commission President and CEO John Bisignano. “We look forward to working with our long-time partners at the FHSAA to showcase that talent on such a big stage while bringing visitors from across the state to The City Beautiful.”

Schedule:
Friday, December 4
1:07 p.m. – Class 2A – University Christian (Jacksonville) vs. Cambridge (Tampa)
The first game of the 2015 FHSAA finals sees 13-0 Cambridge Christian and 10-3 University Christian battling for the 2A championship. Cambridge is making a first appearance in the finals while University owns seven state championships, most recently in 2012.

7:07 p.m. – Class 1A – Port St. Joe vs. Trenton
Familiar foes face off in the Class 1A title game with Port St. Joe and Trenton meeting for the second time this season. Trenton enters the game a perfect 13-0 and handed Port St. Joe (11-1) its only loss of the season, 48-13 on Sept. 11. Port St. Joe is the defending state champion, its latest of four titles, while Trenton won in 2013.

Saturday, December 5
1:07 p.m. – Class 3A – American Heritage (Delray Beach) vs. Trinity Christian (Jacksonville)
Winning a combined five of the last six Class 3A state championships, American Heritage and Trinity Christian will meet in the first game of day two. Trinity Christian (10-2) has won the last two state titles and five total since 2002 while American Heritage (13-0) owns three championships since 2007, most recently in 2011.

7:07 p.m. – Class 4A – Washington (Miami) vs. Raines (Jacksonville)
The first weekend of action concludes Saturday night as Miami Washington looks to defend its three-straight state championships against Jacksonville Raines. Washington is 8-5 on the year and has been dominant in the postseason. Raines (12-1) has been equally impressive on the Road to Orlando and is making its first trip to the state finals since winning in 1997.

Second weekend schedule (teams to be decided Dec. 4)
Friday, December 11
1:07 p.m. – Class 5A – Wakulla or Clay vs. Tampa Jesuit or Orlando Bishop Moore
1:07 p.m. – Class 7A – Columbia or Viera vs. Braden River or St. Thomas Aquinas

Saturday, December 12
1:07 p.m. – Class 6A – Armwood or Tate vs. Miami Central or Naples
1:07 p.m. – Class 8A – Osceola or West Orange vs. Miami Columbus or Flanagan

Tickets are on sale for all eight title games, hosted Dec. 4-5 and 11-12 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl. Tickets can be purchased on Ticketmaster, the Amway Center Box Office and on game day at the Citrus Bowl gates.  General admission seats for each game are $12 with a select number of reserved seats available for $17.

This year marks the ninth-straight season the FHSAA Football Finals will be hosted in Orlando. Attracting athletes and spectators from across the state of Florida, the event will bring valuable revenue to the hotels, restaurants, and attractions of Central Florida. Initial estimates project that, in total, all eight games will bring approximately 25,000 in attendance and generate more than 1,500 room nights.

For full information about the 2015 FHSAA Football Finals, visit the official website at RoadToOrlando.org or Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/roadtoorlando.

About Central Florida Sports Commission:
The Central Florida Sports Commission pursues marquee and amateur sports events for Central Florida that drive visitors to our region. The Sports Commission represents the City of Orlando as well as Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. In 2015, the Sports Commissions event calendar is projected to drive 75 events and more than 221,000 visitors, 181,000 room nights and $112 million in economic impact to the Central Florida region. More information at CentralFloridaSports.org

About Orlando Citrus Bowl:
The Orlando Citrus Bowl is owned and operated by the City of Orlando. Since opening in 1936 as a Works Progress Administration project by President Franklin D. Roosevelt at a cost of $115,000 and a capacity of 8,900, the stadium has undergone numerous expansions and name changes over the years. The historic venue underwent a massive $207.7 million reconstruction in 2014 which yielded 90% all-new construction and a completely modernized stadium. The numerous enhancements and amenities include 41,000 lower bowl seats with chair backs, two 360-degree concourses, multiple giant video displays, a 20,000-square-foot plaza deck, a vibrant open-air exterior and unique indoor & outdoor club spaces to serve 5,000 patrons. These upgrades have bolstered the Orlando Citrus Bowl's ability to draw new high-profile events like neutral-site college football games, NFL pre-season match-ups and big-name concerts while retaining its signature annual bowl games and events. The City of Orlando and its partners at Florida Citrus Sports expect the recent reconstruction to generate a $300 million annual economic impact. More information at OrlandoCitrusBowl.com.

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