For starters the playoffs have been as good as advertised. The cream is slowly but surely rising to the top and playing playoff type football!
Lakewood 2015 ATH, Ryan Davis was offered by Alabama this past weekend. Davis is towards the top of the BCP Player of the Year race. Prior to his round 2 performance rushing for 97 yards including touchdown runs of 18, 18, and 24 yards and passed for 128 yards, Davis had a season total: 132/244, 1911 pass yards, .541 %, 18 pass TDs, 4 INTs, 1095 rush yards, 14 rush TDs.
Spoto ATH Todd Sims is starting to become a hot name in the area. Recently attracted the attention of Eastern Michigan’s coach who recruits the area. Headed into Jesuit game last Friday, Sims: 134 carries, 1192 rush yards, 8.9 ypr, 12 rush TDs, 1787 all-purpose yards, 16 total TDs, 3 INTs, 30 solo tackles
We would like to say, this is a surprise. However, it really is not. Tampa Bay Tech was talented enough to make this run. Their regular season inconsistencies had us extremely worried as to how far they could progress through the playoffs. Well, this is where we are now…TBT will travel to Osceola. Tech has unleashed Deon Cain. The stallion is now out the gate. 575 yards, 7 rushing TDs on 59 rushing attempts in the first two playoff games. Titans are not hiding it anymore. Opponents will have to stop or slow Cain because that’s how TBT is going to advance. Ball in the best player’s hands.
Expected!!! We expected Armwood to be in this position. Hosting in round 3 and Bright House Sports Networks Game of the Week versus Gainesville. ALERT: The Hawks allowed 14 points to Venice. But don’t fret! The Hawks scored 42 points themselves. Yeeeeeep, that will help win the game. Armwood held their last 5 opponents out the end zone and posted 8 shutouts so far this season.
SOUTH ST. PETE ON THE GROUND
So, yea…Ryan Davis is the premier name for the Lakewood Spartans and he has much to do with the success of the offense. If we look past the big name dude and the production of the offense as a whole, it’s the rushing attack that has propelled the Spartans to third round playoff heights. As a team, Lakewood has rushed the ball 390 times for 2977 yards. That’s a 7.6 yards per rush and 248.1 yards per game average, producing 38 rushing TDs. At the end of their season, the Spartans should have two 1k rushers; QB Ryan Davis (Currently – 1188) and RB Tyriek Hopkins (currently – 991).
We got East Lake right where we wanted them. Prior to the season, we had a really good feeling the Eagles could make it to this point unscathed. That they have. East Lake will host a talented Ft. Myers team on Black Friday. We thought George Campbell would have his ups and downs because he was the primary scoring threat and teams would do whatever was needed to frustrate him. Not so much the case. He has performed well. What was not expected, Jake Hudson to post numbers like he has. We figured he would be steady. But he has proven to be some where between good and great.
ROUND 1: 9/14, 82 YARDS, .643%, 1TD, 1INT
ROUND 2: 19/23, 214 YARDS, .826%, 2TD, 1INT
SEASON: 142/216, 1898 YRADS, .657%, 23TD, 5INTS
In conclusion, Hudson is productive, tossing TD passes and not turning the ball over.
Clearwater Central Catholic vs Lakeland Christian was very much a reality. Slim chance now after the injury to CCC QB Jeff Smith. This hurts. But does CCC have enough to rally and prove doubter wrong? Tough task without their primary offensive threat and signal caller. On the opposite side of the bracket, Lakeland Christian has a mountain to climb versus Trinity Christian. The reigning 3A champs have the talent of a 6A team. LCS will need to play a perfect game to uproot the home team. “In Christian We Trust!” In the first two weeks of the playoffs, LCS QB Christian Alexander has thrown for 416 yards and 6 TDs. In each game he has completed over 70% of his passes!
ONE MORE GAME CLOSER
If both Indian Rocks Christian and Victory Christian win on Friday, BCP will have two area teams playing each other in the 2A state title game! That would be the ultimate Christmas gift. It is very possible. Both teams have been dominate, but will face their toughest challenge of the season.
State Semifinals – North
North Florida Christian (7-4) at Victory Christian (10-1)
Storm won 46-41 in last year’s state semifinals game
State Semifinals – South
Indian Rocks Christian (11-0) at Glades Day (10-2)
It is very possible that IRC ends the season with three players rushing for over 1000 yards. Currently Zeke Mcgaughy leads the team with 1034 rushing yards. Jacquan Fuller is not far behind with 1011 and Theo Anderson has posted 759 of his own yards on the ground. VC is more balanced. Caleb Lewis owns the air attack at QB and the rushing attack is by committee. All we need is each team to win!
OUT THE CAGE
Malik Davis, Jesuit RB is the oil in the engine and the defense is the frame under the pretty paint job. If Jesuit wants the win, they don’t get fancy, They run the horse, Malik Davis and line up and smack Bishop Moore in the mouth on defense. Jesuit has positioned themselves for the ball to bounce their way a few times a game by playing a full 48 minute game.