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To the comment by Frank for NW. I agree Jacory Harris is extremely talented, more than anything his poise and solid decision-making in the pocket. As for Roland Smith, I've heard there are a few young coaches in Dade eager to jump on board  that revamped UM coaching staff next year.

As for Shardy, you make a few good points, but I think you're overblowing Lakeland's schedule a bit.

Granted NW did not play outside its county until the final game. Lake brantley, by the way, proved it was the best team in the Orlando area by taking down Apopka and Edgewater in the playoffs.

NW is in the process of scheduling a major out-of-state opponent next season likely in the Kirk Herbstreit Challenge.

As for Lakeland's opponents,

St. Xavier -- good scheduling as Lakeland did go to this year's Ohio challenge.

Mainland and St. Thomas are each quality opponents, products of a 5A bracket that is more spread out around the state than 6A.

But that's where it gets a little questionable.

Kathleen? I was there. They barely beat Pace on a field goal that followed a roughing the passer call.

then you have Lake Gibson, which beat Plant but lost to Winter Haven, the same Winter Haven, which beat Armwood in 2OT on a bad year by Armwood standards and the Winter Haven team that got slaughtered by Plant. That's Plant, which beat Booker T. by 5 points.

By the way, NW does play perennial teams from this area, like Booker T., whom they beat in the preseason 20-6 with 9 starters on the bench, and Central twice (80-12 combined score), and North Miami Beach 42-20.

While Lakeland beats Norland and Krop at home, two teams that this season, at least, weren't exactly Dade powerhouses. They combined for a 5-16 record. Typical scheduling in recent years when Lakeland has played teams like Miami High when they were on down years.

It would be interesting to see if Lakeland would agree to face some teams like Booker T. (which by the way has asked to play them next season) or a Glades Central or a Pahokee, not sub .500 squads to later claim that they've handled teams from strong football areas.