There's a perfect storm brewing over Hillsborough County, and the downpour might start around kickoff tonight at 7:30.
In Florida, only the district champ and runner-up advance to the state region football playoffs. Per Florida High School Athletic Association rules, if two schools are tied for first place in the final district standings, the winner of the regular-season game between the schools is district champion and the loser is the runner-up. If two schools are tied for second place, the winner of the regular-season game between those schools advances to the regional as the district runner-up.
If three schools are tied for first place in the final district standings and one of the three schools defeated the other two, that school is the district champion. The winner of the regular-season game between the two remaining schools will be the runner-up.
But depending on how things unfold tonight, there could be a few two-way and three-way ties that will have to be settled by district tiebreaker. District tiebreakers are played at 7 p.m. on a Monday. Teams will play one quarter against their bracketed opponent. A 10-yard-line overtime tiebreaker procedure will be implemented if the score is tied at the end of the quarter.
Here are the scenarios:
Class 8A-District 6: Plant clinched the program's ninth consecutive district title last week against Wharton, but the runner-up spot is still up for grabs. Bloomingdale can clinch the runner-up spot with a win against Wharton, even if Alonso upsets Plant, as the Bulls defeated Alonso earlier in the season. Alonso and Wharton wins would mean a three-way tie for runner-up and would require a Monday night tiebreaker. If Wharton wins and Alonso loses, Wharton advances as the district runner-up because it won the regular season contest against Bloomingdale.
Class 7A-District 7: Sickles can go undefeated in district and clinch the program's first title with a win against Tampa Bay Tech. Gaither and TBT are 3-1 in district play. If Gaither wins and Tampa Bay Tech loses, Gaither advances as the district runner-up. A win by TBT and Gaither would create a three-way tie for district champion and lead to a Monday tiebreaker. A loss by TBT and Gaither would create a three-way tie for district runner-up with Steinbrenner and force a Monday night tiebreaker.
Class 7A-District 8: Strawberry Crest has completed district play and is 3-1 against district competition. If East Bay defeats Durant and Plant City loses to Brandon, East Bay advances as the district runner-up and Strawberry Crest is the champion. If Plant City wins and East Bay loses, Plant City is the district champion and Strawberry Crest is the runner-up because the Raiders defeated the Chargers last week. If both East Bay and Plant City win, there will be a three-way tie for first place to force a Monday tiebreaker. If Durant and Brandon win, there will be a three-way tie for district runner-up, with Durant as the third team in the tiebreaker and Strawberry Crest as the district champion.
Class 5A-District 9: Jesuit is 1-0 in district play and Spoto is 1-1, having lost to Jesuit and defeated Middleton. A win by Jesuit over Middleton today would give Jesuit the district title and Spoto would advance as runner-up. A win by Middleton would force a three-way tie that would have to be settled by a Monday night tiebreaker.