Viera to host Tampa Bay Tech, Holy Trinity gets first-round bye
The FHSAA football playoff pairings were announced Sunday and the Viera Hawks are scheduled to host Tampa Bay Tech Friday night in the Class 7A, Region 2 quarterfinals. Holy Trinity will receive a first-round bye.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
The brackets are set.
Time for some playoff football.
The FHSAA revealed the final RPI standings and playoff pairings Sunday morning and there were no surprises for either the Viera High Hawks or the Holy Trinity Tigers.
Viera (6-3) is the No. 3 seed in Class 7A, Region 2 behind No. 1 Armwood (9-1) and No. 2 Lakeland (10-0). Winter Haven (7-3) is the No. 4 seed.
The Hawks will host No. 6 Tampa Bay Tech (7-3) in a regional quarterfinal game scheduled for Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
For what it’s worth, Viera is ranked No. 36 in the state by MaxPreps. Tampa Bay Tech is No. 33.
In Class 3A, the Holy Trinity Tigers (6-4) are seeded second in Region 2 behind Lakeland Christian (8-1). Those two teams have been at the top of the RPI rankings for much of the season.
Holy Trinity is scheduled to play the regional semifinal Nov. 15 at home against the winner of the first-round matchup between No. 3 First Academy (4-5) and No. 6 Trinity Prep (5-5).
Should the Tigers win that game, they will advance farther in the playoffs than any other Holy Trinity team in program history.
While Sunday morning was a good day for the Viera and Holy Trinity programs, they weren’t the only ones transitioning from the regular season to playoff mode.
Melbourne (7-3) made the Class 7A playoffs as the No. 8 seed and will face a tall task against Armwood in the regional quarterfinals.
Melbourne Central Catholic (3-6), meanwhile, is the No. 5 seed in Class 3A and will be on the road against No. 4 Frostproof (5-5) in the first round.
In Class 4A, the Cocoa Tigers (6-3) are the No. 1 seed in Region 2 and received a first-round bye. Astronaut (5-5) checks in as the No. 5 seed and will hit the road to play No. 4 Keystone Heights (7-2) in the opening round.
As expected, Rockledge (8-1) is the top seed in Class 5A, Region 3. The Raiders will host No. 8 Chamberlain (6-4) in the first round. Also making the cut is Eau Gallie (9-1) as the No. 5 seed. The Commodores will face No. 4 Jesuit (8-2) in Tampa in the quarterfinals.
If you’re looing for some football playoff action this week, only two of the eight Brevard County teams who qualified – Viera and Rockledge – will be playing at home.