Several notable changes in the FHSAA's final football classes

Jon Santucci
Palm Beach Post

The Florida High School Athletic Association released the final districts for the 2022 and 2023 seasons on Thursday morning. 

Most of the districts in the new metro and suburban classes remain the same, but there were a handful of changes.

Here are some of the notable changes from the initial districts that were released earlier this month. 

Previously:Where each Florida high school football team lands in new metro/suburban classifications

Analysis:5 takeaways from Florida's new high school football classifications

Dayon Rawls (9) carries the ball during the Riverside vs Pine Forest Region 1-6A semifinal high school football game at Pine Forest High School in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021.

Riverside moves to District 3-2M

The Generals, which were ranked as high as No. 3 in Class 6A last in the USA Today Florida Network high school football poll last fall, will be in District 3-2M with Ed White and Westside. The initial release had Riverside in a very strong District 1 with other Jacksonville powers Andrew Jackson, Raines and Ribault. Riverside was moved because Baldwin, which initially was in District 3, is now in a suburban classification. 

Baldwin hosted Jackson High in a football game Friday, October 9, 2020 at Baldwin High School. (Will Dickey/Florida Times-Union)

Teams switching classifications

Baldwin now is in District 5-2S with Baker County, Fernandina Beach, West Nassau and Yulee. The school is located on the outskirts of western Duval County.

Glades Day, which is on the edge of Palm Beach County, was in District 5-1M with Benjamin, Cardinal Newman and SLAM in West Palm Beach but has moved to the rural classification. 

Aucilla Christian has moved from District 2-1S to the rural classification. Fort Meade, which was in Region 4 of the rural classification, now is in District 4-2S with Discovery, Frostproof, Mulberry and Tenoroc. 

St. John Paul II's Jaishaun Frazier (18) leads his team onto the field during the pregame introduction.

Two-team districts

Every district game has postseason implications, but that certainly is taking on a different meaning in a pair of Suburban 1 classes next fall.

District 2-1S and District 7-1S both will be two team districts with the winner of the lone district game being guaranteed a postseason spot. District 2 is FAMU and St. John Paul II in Tallahassee District 7 is John Carroll Catholic in Fort Pierce and Cardinal Mooney in Sarasota. Both districts initially were three-team districts. 

Aucilla Christian was moved from District 2 to the rural classification and Bradenton Christian, which was in District 7, has decided to go independent.

Sebastian River High School defensive lineman Timothy Smith (50) wraps up Astronaut High School's Abreon Torres on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, during a game in Sebastian.

And what about ... 

Lake Highland Prep, which went undefeated and won the Sunshine State Athletic Conference's 11-man AAAA championship in 2021, is listed as a member by both the FHSAA and SSAC. The FHSAA has Lake Highland Prep in District 4-2M with Bishop Moore and Lake Buena Vista. The SSAC put out a tweet earlier this week with Lake Highland Prep in its 11-man South Division.

Sebastian River is not listed as being in a district or being an independent. The Sharks played in Class 6A last fall. Sebastian River made consecutive playoff appearances in 2015 and 2016 and came within decimal points of being an at-large playoff team in 2019. Sebastian River also boasts a handful of major college signees in the past decade, so it's surprising to see them omitted from the list. FHSAA public relations specialist Ashton Moseley said in email Thursday that the FHSAA still is waiting to hear from Sebastian River about its status for the upcoming season.

Calls to the FHSAA, Lake Highland Prep and Sebastian River were not immediately returned.