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High school football playoff projections within 24 hours of official release

Miramar takes down St. Thomas Aquinas

Miramar finishes the regular season 8-1 with a win at St. Thomas Aquinas before going for a Class 8A playoff run. Players celebrate, and coach AJ Scott, running back Katravis Geter and linebacker/safety Jesse Smith react.

Miramar finishes the regular season 8-1 with a win at St. Thomas Aquinas before going for a Class 8A playoff run. Players celebrate, and coach AJ Scott, running back Katravis Geter and linebacker/safety Jesse Smith react.

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The Florida High School Athletic Association will officially release final playoff point standings, first-round pairings and brackets during a live show at 11 a.m. on Sunday .

Wells Dusenbury and David Furones of the Sun Sentinel will also have a live show set to start shortly after the release of the brackets with instant analysis and reaction at 12:15 p.m.

As we are now within 24 hours of the official release, we project what playoff seeding will look like. Keep in mind these are merely projections – like when Joe Lunardi does college hoops “bracketology” — and not the official playoff seeds.

In Class 8A-5A, the four district champs get the top four seeds and host in the first round while four wild-card teams get seeds 5-8; in regional quarterfinals, No. 1 hosts No. 8, 2 plays 7, 3 vs. 6 and 4 gets 5. In Class 4A-1A, four teams get in per region based on points – regional semifinals pair 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3.

Region 3-8A

1. Miramar 40.89

2. Palm Beach Central 39.22

3. Deerfield Beach 39.1

4. Atlantic 38.56

5. Plantation 39.7

6. Western 38.0

7. Seminole Ridge 36.6

8. Park Vista 35.78

The Soul Bowl on Saturday night had its playoff implications in Class 8A diminished significantly – because of a result in New Jersey. St. Joseph Regional, which beat Deerfield in Week 2 this season, won against DePaul Catholic on Saturday. That locks up the No. 3 seed for Deerfield Beach. Yes, that’s what it came down to. Had St. Joseph not pulled it off, the Bucks would’ve been banking on Dillard to win Saturday night — which it did — to clinch the third seed.

Miramar jumped up to No. 1 in the region with its big win against St. Thomas Aquinas .

Park Vista, by way of its win against Palm Beach Gardens, Douglas’ loss to Plantation, West Boca’s win over Cardinal Newman and Atlantic’s win over Wellington, takes over the final spot at 35.78 over Douglas (35.22) and Monarch (35.11). Madness.

Region 4-7A

1. St. Thomas Aquinas 40.11

2. Dwyer 39.22

3. Doral Academy 38.4

4. West Broward 37.2

5. Forest Hill 38.00

6. Nova 36.7

7. Mater Academy 35.4

8. South Miami 34.89

Note: Some Miami-Dade County results that do not appear to have been reported anywhere still may affect points for Doral, Mater and South Miami, but those are unlikely move any of those teams.

Miramar makes statement with victory at St. Thomas before playoffs

How do you one-up yourself a week after clinching your first district title since 2013?

One way is to go into St. Thomas Aquinas and take down a three-time defending state champion in their place.

Freshman running back Katravis Geter ran for three touchdowns and Miramar, fresh off its victory at…

St. Thomas Aquinas’ loss to Miramar was not enough to knock the Raiders off their post.

Entering the final week, South Miami was 7 and Mater 8. A South Miami win could’ve boded well for South Broward to sneak in at 5-5, but as it stands, Mater’s win gets the Lions to No. 7 to play at Dwyer while the Cobras appear to be STA-bound in regional quarterfinals.

Region 4-6A

1. Miami Northwestern 40.89

2. Daytona Beach Mainland 36.67

3. Dillard 36.1

4. Palm Bay Heritage 35.22

5. Miami Central 40.60

6. Carol City 38.11

7. Miami Norland 37.11

8. Matanzas 36.11

Shivers' big day helps Chaminade-Madonna topple previously unbeaten University School

Shaun Shivers has a habit of making his presence felt in the big moments.

The reigning Sun Sentinel Offensive Player of the Year, Shivers has been the rock for a Chaminade-Madonna program that’s been one of the best in Class 3A the past two seasons. Playing in his final regular season game, the…

Dillard’s win at the Soul Bowl on Saturday night bumped the Panthers up to No. 3, hosting Carol City – like they did in a blowout first-round loss to the eventual Class 6A state champions last year.

Intriguing Miami-Dade County storyline developed here with another Norland win in Week 11 coupled with Matanzas’ loss. The four powerful District 16-6A teams are all getting in (we already knew this) – but get this: they’re all in different first-round matchups and theoretically could all play each other in regional semifinals if all advance.

Region 4-5A

1. American Heritage 43.75

2. Rockledge 42.0

3. Orlando Jones 39.0

4. Fort Pierce Westwood

5. Orlando Bishop Moore 40.67

6. Cardinal Gibbons 40.3

7. Palm Bay 38.33

8. Merritt Island 37.22

The difference between the sixth and fifth seed for District 16-5A runner-up Cardinal Gibbons: 120 miles one way. Orlando Bishop Moore lost to Sanford Seminole in Week 11, but that’s a Category-1 team. With some help elsewhere, Bishop Moore remains above Gibbons after the Chiefs ended with a landslide victory over Hollywood Hills. Moore travels to lowly Fort Pierce Westwood; Gibbons goes all the way to Orlando to take on a much tougher Jones squad.

American Heritage (8-0), now winners of 22 in a row, takes the No. 1 seed. Should Heritage and Gibbons have a rematch, it would come in regional finals. The Patriots will play Merritt Island, which gets in over Suncoast (36.33).

Watch out for those two Orlando teams, and suddenly, Rockledge looks solid after a Week 11 win over defending Class 4A state champ Cocoa.

Region 4-4A

1. University School 42.5

2. Key West 40.13

3. Miami Pace 39.75

4. Glades Central 37.33