High schools from South Florida captured five different FHSAA football titles in 2016. The region dominated as they won all the large school classifications from Class 8A to 5A.
St. Thomas Aquinas walloped Plant 45-6 in the Class 7A state championship game. The Raiders won their third consecutive state title and 10th overall. They improved to 7-0 on the same field in Orlando where they now have captured seven state titles in the last ten seasons.
Another Broward County school returned to the top of Class 5A as American Heritage edged Ponte Vedra 35-33. The Patriots won their third state title in the last four years.
Two traditional powers from Dade County waited quite a while to win a state championship. Carol City got by Lake Gibson 14-6 in the Class 6A title game and the Chiefs got their first state title since 2003 and fifth overall.
Southridge overcame a ten-point deficit to beat Dr. Phillips 14-10 in the Class 8A state championship game. It was the first state title for the Spartans since 1993.
Pahokee captured their first state title for the first time since 2007 as they stopped Baker 34-21 for the Class 1A crown. It was the seventh overall state championship for the Blue Devils.
Chaminade-Madonna got to the Class 3A state title game and lost to Trinity Christian Academy 24-13. The Lions were looking to win their first state title since 2005.