SoFla HS Playoff Games On Tap

SoFla HS Playoff Games On Tap

Peter Ariz
Peter Ariz
Games of note for this upcoming weekend

2A State Championship
Dade Christian-University Christian: Friday at 1:07 with a live telecast on Bright House Sports Network

The Crusaders might be the surprise team of the entire season in South Florida. After knocking of Kelvin Taylor's Glades Day team two weeks ago, they became serious contenders for the state title. I don't know anything about University Christian so it's tough to give real predication, but it's tough to pick against Dade Christian after they beat title favorites Glades Day.

3A State Championship
University School-Madison County: Saturday at 1:07 with a live telecast on Bright House Sports Network

Expect U-School to win big and capture their first state title.

4A State Championship
Booker T. Washington-Jacksonville Bolles: Saturday night at 7:07 with a live telecast on Bright House Network

The Tornadoes have had last year's state title loss to Bolles lingering the entire season and used it as fuel. They will bring the championship back to Miami in Matthew Thomas and Denver Kirkland's final high school game.

5A State Semis
Jackson-Immokalee: Friday at 7:30 - Traz Powell Stadium

The Generals have been one of the biggest surprises of the entire playoffs. QB Quinton "Winky" Flowers has carried the team on his back and will have a tough test against the talented Immokalee defense, led by Mackensie Alexander, Mackenro Alexander, and Deadrin Senat. On offense, Immokalee's most notable player is JC Jackson, a 2014 WR who is committed to FSU. I don't see Jackson winning this game, but if they Winky. Jackson should have a nice home-field advantage at Traz. It should be an electric atmosphere for sure.

6A State Semis
Miami Central-Naples: @Naples 7:30

Naples is sitting at 12-0 this year, but Central should have their way with them. I would be stunned if the Rockets don't win it all this year.

7A State Semis
St. Thomas Aquinas-Manatee: @Aquinas 7:30

While most expect Manatee to run away with the state title, I think this could actually be closer than most predict. Manatee has one of the greatest defensive lines in the history of high school football (not an exaggeration), but St. Thomas is one of the few teams that has a good enough O-Line to possibly contain them enough to slow them down a little bit. I still see Manatee winning, but STA could make it a game.

8A State Semis
Cypress Bay-Columbus: @Cypress Bay 7:30

This is a very intriguing game between two teams that match-up very similarly. The two powerhouses are close from a talent standpoint, so this game could come down to execution. Columbus QB Tucker Beirne holds the keys to the victory for the Explorers. If he plays well, they win. Cypress Bay RB Matt Dayes could be in for a big day, but I think the Explorers pull it out and head to their first state title since 1983, when Mike Shula was quarterbacking them.

Comments (23)

If Aquinas can pull it out... Very possible South Florida sweep!

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Really looking forward to Booker T v. Bolles.

I can imagine The Book wants to go for the throat EARLY.
Dont sleep on Naples my friend, they will win. Naples gets no respect!
I'll be in Orlando this weekend. What's the price of admission?
Manatee Dline mauls opponents seen em live a couple times im suprised we havent taken a look at a couple of prospects on the team
You going to be there Pete?
Good looking out... wish I could watch some of the semis...
whoever wins in the semis with APK and Dr.Phillips is going to win the 8A championship... I think APK is going to be DP though..
Really looking forward to Booker T v. Bolles.

I can imagine The Book wants to go for the throat EARLY.

Before the MIA/FSU game Nigel Patton and Chad Thomas walked up to a recruit who was from Bolles. They told him to make sure their team make it back.

Those guys looked soooo focused. Gave the poor kid a pitbull stare for the next 10 minutes.
Got to see Manatee at Good Counsel (MD) last year and came away really impressed with their defensive line. They played in Good Counsel's backfield much of that game. Peter who is on this year's version of that line that makes them the GOAT?