The bye weeks for the Avon Park and Sebring football teams couldn’t have come at a better time.

The Red Devils and Blue Streaks are enjoying successful seasons, but the victories have come at a price with each team having a number of players bruised and banged up after the first seven weeks of action.

Class 4A Avon Park is 5-2 on the season and the Red Devils are coming off a tough 21-14 loss to Fort Meade last week.

Avon Park has gotten better over the course of the season with an improved running game helping the Red Devils to dictate the pace of the game.

Avon Park’s defense has been solid all season and an improved offense has the Red Devils in position to make a run at the postseason.

Avon Park is back on the gridiron next Friday night with a home game against Cardinal Mooney (Sarasota).

The Red Devils host Lakleand Christian on Oct. 26 and wrap up the regular season with a key game at county rival Lake Placid on Nov. 2.

Depending on how things shake out, both teams could be battling for a playoff spot the final week of the regular season.

Class 6A Sebring is an impressive 6-1 on the season with its only blemish a double-overtime loss to Hardee the second week of the season. The Blue Streaks are a perfect 2-0 in District 8.

“The bye week comes at a good time for us,” said Sebring head coach LaVaar Scott. “We’ve got several guys who could use the time off to rest and heal up.”

Sebring is coming off a physical 26-0 win over Kathleen (Lakeland) last Friday night. The previous week, the Blue Streaks dismantled district opponent Auburndale by a score of 44-28.

Sebring is back in action next Friday night with a key District 8 clash at Lake Wales.

The Highlanders are 5-1 overall and 1-0 in district play. Lake Wales plays Lake Region in a district tilt tonight and should have no trouble beating the Thunder.

That would set up a showdown next week between Sebring and Lake Wales with both teams unbeaten in district play and first place in the district standings on the line.

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