To reach the state finals, to finally fill in the blank on its glittering postseason resume that lacked championship glory, Largo knew it would have to vanquish Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.
For the next two years, though, Largo will not get that chance.
The Florida High School Athletic Association released tentative district assignments Monday for football with the Packers dropping from Class 5A to 4A.
Largo is now in 4A-10 with Boca Ciega, Dixie Hollins, Dunedin and Gibbs. Aquinas, which beat the Packers in the state semifinals for the second straight time last week, remains in 5A.
"I would have liked to get another shot at them," Largo coach Rick Rodriguez said.
But if the Packers make the playoffs again, they could face another formidable opponent in Armwood, which has advanced to six straight region finals and won two state titles in that span.
"That would be another good test for our program," Rodriguez said of the Hawks.
Tarpon Springs and Northeast benefitted the most from the realignment. The Spongers stay in 4A but are no longer in a district with nemesis Land O'Lakes. Instead, Tarpon Springs joins Ridgewood, River Ridge and Wiregrass Ranch.
The Vikings move out of Armwood's region, going from 4A to 5A in a district (5A-9) that includes Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg and Seminole.
"I've got no complaints," Northeast coach Jay Austin said.
Clearwater, Countryside, East Lake, Palm Harbor University and Springstead are in 5A-8, the same region that includes state powers Chamberlain, Plant and Lakeland.
There are travel concerns for county teams in Class 3A and 2B.
Lakewood and Osceola now are in 3A-8 with Blake, Jefferson and Spoto. Meanwhile, Clearwater Central Catholic is in 2B-5 with Berkeley Prep, Cocoa Beach, Frostproof, Mulberry, Orlando Lake Highland Prep, Orlando Lake Nova and Tampa Catholic.
St. Petersburg Catholic joins Clewiston, Fort Myers Bishop Verot, Fort Myers Dunbar, Fort Myers Gateway Charter, Lake Placid and Cardinal Mooney in 2B-6.