The Bloomingdale Bulls had never played a football game after Thanksgiving. But on November 23, 2018, they made history as they entered into the 3rd round of the playoffs. Going against 2017’s State Champs, Venice High School, they played their all, ending the school’s best season in 31 years. The Bulls had only been to the playoffs twice prior and never past the first round.
Bloomingdale played its first football game in the fall of 1987 under Coach Coleman. It was a rocky start as a new school and a new team, going 0-10 in their flagship season. Over the next two decades, Bloomingdale Football struggled, playing under 10 different coaches and winning an average of 3 games per season. 2014 brought a renewed sense of hope under Coach Brian Surcy, with a strong quarterback, a 9-1 season, and playoffs in sight. However, the Bulls fell short in the first round. In 2015, they struggled once again with a 1-9 season, ranking 318th in the state and 5,598 nationally.
2016 would be the year of change. Under Principal Sue Burkett and a new Head Coach Max Warner, the Bulls did something different. It was time to change the culture. With a renewed spirit and sense of work ethic, the Bulls went 6-4 in their first season under Warner, slashing their national rank in half. In 2017, with a 7-3 season, the Bulls went to the playoffs against Tampa Bay Tech, a team they had not beaten in 11 years. The season ended 7-4 in that game.
Today, Bloomingdale is proud to boast an 11-2 season in 2018 and two playoff wins. They took W’s against their Rival Newsome HS and Tampa Bay Tech, the toughest district opponent who they had not beaten since 2006. The Defense ranked 1st in the State, and as a Team the Bulls ranked 28th in the State and 243 in the Nation! The Team turned out xx Players with a 3.5 GPA or better, xx All-Conference Players, All-State Players, and xx signed College Recruits.
“They changed the culture at Bloomingdale High School; they changed the culture in Valrico,” said Coach Max Warner. With an intense off-season schedule and a brand new weight room, The Bulls look to do it again in 2019 under new head coach and previous defensive coordinator Jake Coulson.