Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Doral Academy At St. Thomas Aquinas Preview

     The three-time defending FHSAA Class 7A state champion St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders host the Doral Academy Firebirds on Friday night at Brian Piccolo Stadium in a regional final. The Raiders have not lost a playoff game since losing at Dwyer in 2013.
     Doral Academy(10-2) are making their second playoff appearance in school history and have never gotten this deep into the postseason.  The Firebirds beat Nova 36-26 last week in a regional quarterfinal then went on the road last week and got by Dwyer 6-5 in a regional semifinal. They have outscored their opponents 438-152 this year and averaged 36 points per game.
     Wide receivers Brieon Fuller and Natavious Payne intend to get open down the field for pass receptions from quarterback Myles Hayes. The Firebirds rushing attack will depend on running back Shemar Paul to gain yardage.

Carol City At Miami Northwestern Preview

     Two schools from District 16 battle it out as the defending FHSAA Class 6A state championship Carol City Chiefs challenge the Miami Northwestern Bulls at Traz Powell Stadium in a regional final on Friday night. It will be the fourth meeting between both teams in the last two years.
     Last year the Bulls won the regular season game and district title, however the Chiefs knocked off the Bulls in a regional semifinal. Miami Northwestern did defeat Carol City earlier this season.
     Carol City(8-3) have won seven consecutive playoff games on the road in the past two years and that includes the 2016 championship game held in Orlando.  The Chiefs have outscored their opponents 315-65 this season and allowed five points per game. They compiled four straight shutouts and six overall this year. They blanked Dillard 23-0 in a regional quarterfinal and upended Mainland 17-10 last week in a regional semifinal.
     The Chiefs have a rushing attack that consists of running backs Camron Davis and Nay'quan Wright. They got Marlon Smith in the quarterback spot and can use wide receiver Legend Moore as a backup. Smith will fire passes to wide receivers Phenol Williams, Treyunn Lane and Moore down the field.
     Miami Northwestern(9-2) have put together shutouts in two of their last three games. The Bulls routed Matanzas 33-0 in a regional quarterfinal followed by a 24-18 victory over district rival Miami Central in a regional semifinal last week. They have outscored their opponents 293-95 and allowed eight points per game this year.
     The Bulls have quarterback Chatarius Atwell Jr. to dictate the pace on offense. Look for running back Corey Hammett to get the majority of carries from the backfield. Atwell intends to find wide receivers Derrick Davis and Justin Hill for pass completions.

Cardinal Gibbons At American Heritage Preview

     It is a rematch of District 16 rivals as the Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs go across Broward County to Plantation and face the American Heritage Patriots at Heritage Field in a Class 5A regional final. Both teams played against each other earlier this year in Fort Lauderdale and the Patriots won 23-19.
     Cardinal Gibbons(11-1) have played in the same district with the Patriots going back to 2009 and been second best to them. The Chiefs have compiled four shutouts this season. They stopped Jones in Orlando 43-30 in a regional quarterfinal and last week got by Rockledge 19-14 in a regional semifinal. The Chiefs have outscored their opponents 419-97 this season as they averaged 34 points for and eight points points against per game.
     Quarterback Nik Scalzo has slew of running backs to hand the ball off to that includes Vincent Davis, Jordan Riggins and Tajae Davis. Scalzo will attempt to connect passes to wide receivers Carlos Sandy, Brandon Lee, Levontae Decius and Dimon Stewart. Linebacker Donnell Bennett III is at the helm of the Cardinal Gibbons defense.
     American Heritage(10-0) are the defending FHSAA Class 5A state champions and have won the state title three of the last four years. The Patriots currently have a 24-game winning streak and not lost a game since the 2015 playoffs. They blasted Merritt Island 52-0 in a regional quarterfinal and beat Bishop Moore 56-27 in a regional semifinal last week. They have outscored their opponents 377-78 this year and averaged 37 points for with seven points against per game.
     The Patriots have several options in the backfield with running backs Miles Jones, Jordan Johnson and Tyler Jones along with quarterback Cam Smith. Wide receivers Anthony Schwartz, Joshua Alexander and Tyler March intent to get open for passes from Smith.

University School At Cocoa Preview

     The defending FHSAA Class 4A state champion Cocoa Tigers host the University School Sharks in a state seminfinal on Friday night. The winner will play in the Class 4A state title contest at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on December 7.
     University School(9-1) played their first two playoff games at home in Davie. The Sharks disposed of Glades Central 44-21 in the regional semifinal and edged Monsignor Pace 42-39 in a regional final last week. With the exception of a 2-0 forfeit win over Village Academy, they have outscored their 271-185 in their other nine games this season.
     Running back Kenny McIntosh leads the Sharks offense with his rushing attack along with fellow running back Michael Hurt. They use both George Bubrick and Nick Vattiato at the quarterback position. Wide receivers Zay Flowers, Joshua Sanguinetti, Jordan Irizarry and Christian Wells will try to get open down the field.

Chaminade-Madonna At Clearwater Central Catholic Preview

     The Chaminade-Madonna Lions visit Clearwater Central Catholic on Friday night in a Class 3A state semifinal. The winner faces the victor between Oxbridge Academy and Florida State University for the Class 3A state championship on December 9 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
     Chaminade-Madonna(9-2), who was a state finalist last year, enter this contest on an eight-game winning streak. The Lions have not given up a point during the FHSAA playoffs as they blanked American Heritage 38-0 in a regional semifinal and pounded Benjamin 56-0 last week in a regional final. They have outscored their last eight opponents 369-39 and averaged 46 points for along with four points against per game.
     The Lions have a tremendous running back with Shaun Shivers who can score from any portion of the field. Wide receivers Xavier Williams, Marvin Alexander, Marlin Mayo and Logan Giordano are expected to make pass receptions from quarterback Daelen Menard.

Florida State University At Oxbridge Academy Preview

     The Florida State University Seminoles travel south to West Palm Beach and challenge the Oxbridge Academy Thunderwolves in a Class 3A state semifinal at William H. Pitt Stadium on Friday night. The winner of the contest will face either Chaminade-Madonna or Clearwater Central Catholic in the Class 3A title game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on December 9.
     Oxbridge Academy(9-1) have won nine consecutive games and lost their opening game to Archbishop Wood in Orlando by one point. The Thunderwolves beat Kings Academy 42-7 in a regional semifinal and downed Melbourne Central Catholic 32-7 last week in a regional final. They have outscored their opponents 379-53 this year with averaged 37 points for and five points against per game.
     The Thunderwolves generate yardage from their rushing game with running back James Meeks and Luis Gonzalez in the backfield. Quarterback Gio Richardson will look for wide receivers V'Lique Carter, Keidron Smith, De' John King, Carlos Silencieux and C.J. Smith downfield.

Pahokee At Madison County Preview

     The Pahokee Blue Devils make a long trip up north and face the Madison County Cowboys in a Class 1A state semifinal on Friday night. The winner will play for the Class 1A state championship at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on December 7.
     Pahokee(9-2) has won their last six playoff games and come into this contest on a three-game winning streak. After a 33-27 overtime win over Glades Central in the Muck Bowl, the Blue Devils beat Williston 41-17 in a regional semifinal and last week topped Frostproof 42-28 in a regional final. They have outscored opponents 267-206 this season.
     The Blue Devils have an even attack with the run and the pass. Quarterback Deonte Nelson can hand the ball off to running backs Jaterie Washington and LeVonski Williams. Wide receivers Tyler Gilbert and Lonkevious McFadden will look to get open down the field.