With its 45-14 victory Friday over All Saints’ Academy, the Bishop McLaughlin football team earned the No. 3 seed in the South Division of the Sunshine State Athletic Conference for the end-of-the-year playoff game.
The Hurricanes host Winter Garden Foundation Academy on Friday at 7 p.m. in their final game of the season. Foundation Academy finished as the third-place team in the SSAC North.
“We were kind of hoping to sneak into the top two,” Bishop McLaughlin coach Matt Nardo said. “We ended up the third seed, which puts us out of the tournament playoff system.”
Under the SSAC playoff format, the top two seeds from each division advance to the SSAC semifinals. The top seed from the North plays the No. 2 seed from the South, and vice versa, with the winners meeting a week later for the championship.
Still, at 6-3, Bishop McLaughlin has matched its most successful season in school history, which it set two years ago after finishing 6-4 for its first winning season. The Hurricanes can do one better with a victory Friday.
“We were 3-7 last year with a lot of the same kids, and to come back and have a chance to completely flip our record is a huge achievement for these kids,” Nardo said. “It shows how hard they’ve worked in the offseason and how hard they’ve worked to come together.”