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The final FHSAA regular season standings are here. And let’s just say these are way better than last week’s.

It’s not the set that will determine who is and who is out of the playoffs. That will come on Sunday, when the FHSAA announces the playoff brackets for each of the classifications.

Here are five takeaways from the final set of the regular season:

Lely is on a radiator and is now in the playoffs.

The Trojans, after starting 0-3, looked like they had no business in the playoffs. Now, after picking up five wins in their last six games, Lely would be the No. 8 seed in the 3S-Region 4 class. A win on Thursday against Golden Gate might have a lot to do with it – the Titans are now ranked 246th and out of the playoff picture after being last week, in the Oct. 26 standings. A win over Immokalee on Friday night would cement their playoff status. What a difference a single week can make.

The FHSAA Got it Right: First Baptist Skips ECS

Finally, the Lions skipped the Sentinels and are now in a position to host a regional final rather than traveling to Fort Myers for this game. ECS has the third-worst schedule rating in Southwest Florida at -3.05, while Cape Coral’s is -3.06 and Estero’s is -5.29. It was only a matter of time when First Baptist skipped ECS and looked to hold on to that spot before Sunday, separated by just seven spots.

Immokalee desperately needs help.

Redwood will need a miracle to get into the playoffs as a heartbreaking loss puts them 10th in the 4S-Region 4 class, 53 spots behind Sarasota, who currently hold the No. 8 seed. see how much a win over Lely would improve their status, but it could spark drama before Sunday.

Bishop Verot jumps more than 50 places. Was it too much for them?

If you’re a Vikings fan, the dream scenario would be to be the No. 4 seed – or the worst regional champion at this point. If so, then the two favorites from FSU High and Cocoa would face off in the state semifinals, while Verot would travel to Bradford, a team the FHSAA has ranked in the top 15 all season. MaxPreps has the Tornadoes at No. 40 in the state, behind Cocoa and FSU. If the season ended today, Verot would go to FSU, while Cocoa would go to Bradford.

Could Gulf Coast play in a regional final?

That’s certainly a possibility, as the Sharks are seeded second in Class 4S-Region 4 behind Venice, an undisputed state title favorite. If Gulf Coast holds its standings, which they should (they are 43 spots ahead of third-seeded Manatee), they would host Lakewood Ranch or Sarasota, with an outside shot it could be Lehigh. This could arguably be Southwest Florida’s best first-round game.

FHSAA Rankings

Top 15

State ranking, school

43. Napoli

56. Bishop Verot

61. First Baptist

68. CSE

75. Dunbar

77. Gulf Coast

79. North of Fort Myers

121. Fort Myers

146. Bar Necklace

163. Riverdale

166. Estero

188. The Top

194. Lely

200. Naples Community School

246. Golden Gate

Follow Southwest Florida sportswriter Alex Martin on Twitter: @NP_AlexMartin. For the best sports coverage in Southwest Florida, follow @newspresssports and @ndnprepzone on Instagram.


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