TAMPA CATHOLIC AT CLEARWATER CEN. CATH. – Rematch from the September 7th game when CCC defeated the Crusaders 25-0 scoring all 25 points in the second and third period. CCC ATH Jerzhan Newton is a handful. The bruiser is a threat to any tackler and the Marauders will use him to move the ball and the clock limiting TC offensive possessions. Pretty simple for Tampa Catholic, hit on the big plays. CCC defense doesn’t give up much. Have only allowed 101 points this season 58 when combining the total points allowed to Berkeley Preps and Northeast. It will be tough for the Crusaders to push around CCC, but there are areas where the Crusaders can attack CCC and hit a few “chunck plays.”
KEYS TO GAME
CCC: Get after the passer and force mistakes misreading coverages. Entice Tampa Catholic to throw the short passes deterring the deep pass by alignment. Bait QB Charlie Dean to throw into coverage.
TAMPA CATHOLIC: Be explosive on offense and push the ball downfield to expand the top of the CCC secondary. Northeast had significant success extending plays outside the pocket and converting on jump balls and a few deep passes.
Recap Video below of the September game…
JESUIT AT JEFFERSON – The season finale for Jefferson was also against Jesuit. A one point win in overtime for Jefferson. Both teams very familiar with each other. Have been in the same district for several years playing each other twice last season when Jesuit was victorious in the regular season and second round of the playoffs. Both teams have first year starting quarterbacks, Matt Gaffney (Jefferson) and Enzo Tedesco (Jesuit) forcing both teams to rely on their running game. Jesuit arguably played their best game of the season versus Tampa Catholic last Friday and that momentum will be needed to avenge the Jefferson loss from two weeks prior.
KEYS TO GAME
JEFFERSON: Pass protection. It will be tough to run the ball with success against Jesuit. Will need too slow down the box players by mixing in the pass attacking all areas of the field.
JESUIT: Misdirection plays on offense. Jefferson’s defensive team speed is a strength. Slow down the upfield and sideline pursuit by attempting to get the Dragons to be undisciplined (Keys/Reads).
Highlights from the game just a few weeks ago…
CHAMBERLAIN AT MITCHELL – This is the game people who follow Mitchell closely have been waiting for. Chamberlain has felt left out the “In crowd” all season long. Using it as motivation. Some feel Mitchell is ranked too high with BCP while others feel Chamberlain is not ranked high enough. Tyler Riddell, Chamberlain QB will bring his 21 TD passes to Trinity, FL and test the Mustang defense which has accounted for 11 interceptions (SAF Adam Rogers 5 interceptions). Chamberlain will be the most talented team Mitchell has faced since the preseason classic (Zephyrhills). The Chiefs offense is averaging 39 points per game and the defense is allowing just 11.4 P/G. 28 points to 10th ranked Hillsborough and 24 points to #1 ranked Armwood. Mitchell leading rusher Mychael Hamilton is good for 132 rushing yards per game and ATH Kym-mani King is dangerous from any position on the field; 322 rec. yards, 238 KOR yards, 133 PR yards. Mitchell also has plenty of confidence in their pass defense which has produced 37 sacks and 11 interceptions in the regular season.
KEYS TO GAME
MITCHELL: Force Chamberlain to produce lengthily drives on offense. QB Tyler Riddell has supreme confidence in his ability to make any throw. Need blanket pass coverage and make Chamberlain convert on 10+ play drives with limited success through the air.
CHAMBERLAIN: Stop Mitchell RB Mychael Hamilton and force the Mustangs to complete low percentage passes. Make QB Jakob Mattos (97 pass yards per game, .48 completions, 15 TD, 4 INTs) put the game on his shoulders rather than Hamilton running wild.
WIREGRASS RANCH AT LAKE NONA – Tall order for Wiregrass Ranch. The Bulls will hit the road fully anticipating to defeat Lake Nona. Lake Nona is home to QB Michael Kern who has thrown for over 3,000 yards this season; 305 passing yards per game and 39 TD passes. The Wiregrass Ranch defense has force 12 interceptions. Multiple interceptions versus Leto, Sickles and Auburndale. Lake Nona “double trouble” receivers Anthony Queeley and Anthony Manning each have 1,000+ receiving yards and 27 combined touchdown receptions. The Lion offense is potent in the air and average on the ground. Scoring 34 points per game, but also allowing 20 points per game. The Lions scored 40 or more points in four games this season and have allowed 30 or more points in three games this season. Wiregrass Ranch will have opportunities to score if the Bulls can control the field position. WGR has been better than expected defensively. Zephyrhills scored 29 points and Plant dropped 56 points on the Bulls. Outside of those two high scoring games, WGR allowed 8.5 points P/G in the remaining 8 games.
KEYS TO GAME
WIREGRASS RANCH: Run the football. Lake Nona is not extremely heavy or athletic on the defensive line. The Bulls will have an advantage if they commit to the ground game. Must eat up clock, move the ball and keep Kern and the Lake Nona offense on the sideline.
LAKE NONA: Create special team plays. WGR is able to matchup with the skill of Lake Nona. Where the Lions can create separation is by creating positive plays on special teams. A punt block or two will be detrimental to Wiregrass Ranch.