2014 State FHSAA Football Finals
Class 1A: Port St. Joe 16, Hamilton County 0
Class 2A: Victory Christian Acad. 54, Indian Rocks Christian 16
Class 3A: Trinity Christian 27, American Heritage 7
Class 4A: Booker T. Washington 54, Bolles 35
Class 5A: American Heritage 38, Godby 0
Class 6A: Miami Central 24, Armwood 10
Class 7A: St. Thomas Aquinas 31, Osceola 0
Class 8A: Apopka 30, Columbus 23
Transfers Bolster St. Thomas Aquinas
TWO RECENT TRANSFERS HAVE ADDED TO THE already deep talent pool at St. Thomas Aquinas as the Raiders prepare to defend their Class 7A state title. Michael Irvin Jr., son of NFL Hall of Famer Michael
Irvin, and Kedonis Haslem, son of Miami Heat basketball
player Udonis Haslem, have each transferred to the Fort
Irvin Jr. follows his father, who graduated from Aquinas in
1984. The elder Irvin went on to star as a wide receiver for
the University of Miami Hurricanes and the Dallas Cowboys.
Irvin Jr. played last season at Prestonwood Christian in
Plano, Texas, where he had 223 career receptions for 2,741
yards and 34 touchdowns.
Haslem transfers from Dade Christian in Miami
and strengthens the Raiders’ lines with his 6-foot- 4,
THE NEW DISTRICT
alignments have been made
by the FHSAA and they will
be in effect for the next four
The assignments are
based on student enrollment
in the fall of 2014 and are divided by the upper two-thirds
in Class 5A through 8A and
Classes 4A through 2A, with
the Class 1A rural districts
having their own criteria.
In the past, the alignments
were made on a two-year
cycle, but this is the first year
of a four-year cycle.
“The enrollments are
more stabilized compared
to the earlier part of the
century,” said FHSAA official
Corey Sobers. “Now we can
have a longer cycle to help
develop rivalries, and so
each school can get to know
each other better.”
CLASS ASSIGNMEN TS
CLASS 8A: 89 schools
( 2,332 to 4,492 students)
CLASS 7A: 86 schools
( 1,939 to 2,331 students
CLASS 6A: 79 schools
( 1,593 to 1,938 students)
CLASS 5A: 82 schools
( 1,115 to 1,592 students)
CLASS 4A: 40 schools
(681 to 1,114 students)
CLASS 3A: 28 schools
(291 to 680 students)
CLASS 2A: 33 schools
( 1 to 290 students)
CLASS 1A: 41 schools
( 1 to 600 students)
INDEPENDENT: 79 schools
Graham Building North Fort Myers
FROM STARRING AS A RUNNING BACK AT Mariner High School in Cape Coral where he was named Florida’s “Mr. Football” in 1997 to becoming a team captain for the Steve Spurrier-led led Florida
Gators, Earnest Graham and Florida football have long gone
hand in hand.
After finishing his Gator run as one of the school’s best
running backs with 33 rushing touchdowns and 3,065
rushing yards on 603 carries, Graham’s pro career kept him
in the state as an undrafted running back with the Tampa
Now, the 34-year-old Florida native is giving back as he
enters his second season as the head football coach at
North Fort Myers High School.
Graham replaced 18-year veteran Ron Hoover at the start
of 2014, and he led the Red Knights to a 5-5 record in his
A topsy-turvy offseason ended up stabilizing for the former
Buccaneer running back after he surprisingly resigned from
the North Fort Myers job. Graham was then listed as one
of 66 applicants for the vacant Lehigh Acres Senior head
coaching job, but he soon rescinded his resignation and
returned to the Red Knights.
Graham hopes to bring some of his winning ways to North
Fort Myers and he definitely knows how to produce. He still
is the second-leading rusher in Lee County history, trailing
only Noel Devine, who ironically is a volunteer coach on
The Red Knights will have some momentum heading into
the new season.
They started sluggish by going 0-4, but ended up winning
their next four of six games, including three straight to close
the 2014 regular season.
Two Schools Could Join Elite Group
AFTER EARNING THREE CONSECUTIVE STATE football championships, Miami Central and Booker T. Washington will be trying to join an elite group this fall.
Both Miami Central (Class 6A) and Washington (4A) hope
to join North Florida Christian of Tallahassee and Suwannee
as the only schools in state history to win four straight titles.
Washington bounced Jacksonville’s Bolles in the Class 4A
title game last year, 54-35, while Miami Central handled Armwood, 24-10, in the Class 6A championship. Bolles has the
most state tournament appearances with 34 and also the
most state titles with 11, the most recent coming in 2011.
North Florida Christian won its championships from
1998-2001, with the first three coming in Class 1A and the
final one as a Class 2A squad. Suwannee claimed titles in
1987-1990, all as a Class 3A school.
The two schools with three-straight state championships
are not strangers. Washington and Miami Central squared
off in the third game of the year last season, with Washington prevailing 28-17. Washington will open the season by
putting its 41-game winning streak on the line at Class 7A
defending state champion St. Thomas Aquinas, which brings
a 13-game winning streak into the game. It is tentatively
scheduled for Aug. 28.
THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
BY BRIAN WIERIMA Hot Reads
2017 CB/ WR recruit Marco
Wilson of American Heritage
Plantation High School (Fla.) was
featured on ESPN.com making
a sweet one-handed grab while
back-flipping. You can find the
video at gridironstuds.com.