Florida’s two most northwest counties are striking different paths to complete postseason competition in high school sports like volleyball, swimming and golf this fall.

Santa Rosa County programs are expecting the option to opt in for a traditional district-regional-state postseason format by the FHSAA’s Sept. 18 State Series deadline.  

Escambia County public schools, however, are expected to uniformly opt out, sacrificing FHSAA state tournament pursuits for an extended season and a shot at an inaugural, and perhaps only, county championship.

“For all sports, the state gave us an option to extend the season, and that’s what we’ve done,” Escambia County athletic director Roger Mayo said. “We’ve given them the option to play beyond the district tournaments so they can get at least 75-80 percent of their season completed.”