Tampa, Fl - The Hillsborough Terriers are finally champions of the Class 6A-District 8 title, with the announcement on Monday, that the Florida High School Athletic Association wanted more time before ruling on an eligibilty issue involving a player with Jefferson High School.
That off the field announcement, was good news for Hillsborough (8-1, 5-1) who won't have to play for a district title they thought they had already won, on the field.
It was also good news for Armwood (7-3, 5-1), who finishes the season as the 6A-8 runnerup, leaving Sickles (6-3, 4-2) to hope for better things next season.
The FHSAA says they are still reviewing the possible use of an academically ineligible player by Jefferson, which could still result in the forfeiture of two district wins, over King and Sickles, and a non-distrcit win over Newsome.
But with today's nonruling, a tiebreaker won't be necessary.
All three schools had been preparing for a possible tiebreaker game that would have been held at Hillsborough High tonight.
Sickles and Armwood would have played for one quarter, with the winner moving on the face Hillsborough for another quarter. If Hillsborough had won, they would have automatically retained their district title. But if the Terriers had lost, they would have played the loser from the first game, for the runnup slot.
Now Hillsborough can put that senario behind them and concentrate on the postseason, which for them, begins at home against the surprising Osceola Warriors (4-1, 7-3) the runnerup in Class 6A-7.
Armwood will begin their playoff's on the road, when they travel to Largo (5-0, 9-0) to take on the Packers, winners of Class 6A-7, in one of the more intriguing first-round matchups in the bay area.