LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The high school football playoffs start this week, and 15 Southwest Florida teams have a shot at a state championship.
For the first time since 2004, Lehigh Acres will host a playoff game. The lightning will take on the Venice Indians this Friday at home.
There are a lot of teams in our area fighting for a 6A state title. The biggest name is Naples, who went undefeated and got the top seed in their region. They'll host South Fort Myers.
But the biggest match-up is likely North Fort Myers at Fort Myers. It'll be the second time in three years these heated rivals will play in the playoffs.
Other teams playing Friday include Dunbar playing a game at Miami Central, and Lely play at Dillard in Fort Lauderdale.
Charlotte County is also represented by Charlotte High, who head to Fort Pierce to play Westwood; and Port Charlotte, who visit Hillsborough High in Tampa.
And how about Cypress Lake? Friday, they'll have their first playoff game since 1995! They'll host North Miami Beach.
Lemon Bay travels to Tampa Catholic for a Class 4A matchup.
Bishop Verot actually gets a bye week after going 8-2, and will play the winner of this week’s Cardinal Newman/Benjamin game.
St. John Neumann Catholic in Naples hosts Miami Christian, and Moore Haven goes to Naples to play First Baptist.