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Flag football final four

While the rest of the state (or at least the flag-football-playing parts) figure out their regional finalists Saturday, Broward's are set -- with some surprising results.

Dillard, last year's state runner-up: gone. Monarch, last year's other Broward quarterfinalist: done. Miramar, which won the whole thing in 2006: bounced at home by District 24 champ Everglades last Wednesday.

(In fact, this reporter's not-so-informed preseason predictions correctly identified just one of five district winners this year...)

The real winners: Douglas (which beat Piper 26-7 on Friday to reach the regional semis), Plantation, Hollywood Hills and Everglades. Two of these four will represent the county in Boca Raton in Friday's quarterfinals, and one will reach next Saturday's state Final Four.

Here's guessing Douglas wins at least one game. The Eagles survived a tough district (beating the aforementioned Monarch 19-7) with one of the area's best records (14-1). Plantation, meanwhile, scored a couple of upsets and travels to Douglas on Tuesday with just a 6-5 record.

The other side isn't as clear. Hollywood Hills won big over talented Cypress Bay for the District 23 title, but Everglades' D looked downright dominant against Miramar.

Call it a toss-up. Either way, Boca Raton will see a couple of contenders come Friday.

--Patrick Dorsey (e-mail)