By Tamas Mondovics

Area teams in Class 8A District 6 enjoyed a great season with Bloomingdale coming close to its first playoff chance in five years, led by head coach John Booth.

Unfortunately, the Bulls have to try again next year as the program fell short of the shot at the playoffs.

The Newsome Wolves, led by head coach Kenneth Hiscock, finished the season with a 5-5 record, not bad for a program, but a far cry from the team’s most recent winning season streak.

Riverview Sharks (2-7), led by former East Bay coach Michael Thornton, have a long way to go and are also looking to get back in the game.

The feeling of hoping for a better future season may also be similar for the Cougars at Durant who had to concede to a disappointing 3-7, 1-3 record, a much different outcome compared to last year’s undefeated regular season run.

The Class 7A District 8 season, which brought Plant City (7-2), Strawberry Crest (6-3) and East Bay to a three-team tiebreaker, provided exciting football drama.

For the first time since 1973, the 2013-2014 fall football Class 7A, District 8 title went to East Bay, thanks to a couple of last-minute East Bay touchdowns at Raiders Stadium in Plant City.

When the final whistle was blown and his battle-tested team’s district championship became a reality, East Bay coach Frank LaRosa’s words he said early in the season came rushing back.

Larosa said in an interview ahead of game one, “As I have said before, it all comes down to what happens on the field. And that is where it counts.”

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