Warren Enjoying Finish

Forgive <b>Jonathan Warren</b> if his mind isn't focused on recruiting at the moment. Sure, the Madison County standout is enjoying the process, one that included an unofficial visit to The Swamp last Saturday for Florida State's emotional win over Florida. An excited Warren thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and the outcome. Making it even better, Warren's headed back to Gainesville a week from Friday for the Class 2A state championship game.

Warren's Cowboys, who won a state title two years ago in Doak Campbell Stadium, tangle with Hollywood Chaminade in a highly-anticipated showdown.

Chaminade, which rolled up 426 yards of offense in last Friday's easy win over Immokalee has outscored its three playoff opponents 133-21. The squad features nationally-rated players such as Octavious Darby and John Dunlap.

The Lions fell to Jacksonville Bolles 6-0 in last year's state finale.

Of course, Madison County isn't a slouch by any means. The Cowboys also have dominated their playoff competition and have reeled off 12 consecutive wins since opening the season with a 10-10 tie against Brooks County (Ga.).

"Next Saturday is going to be every high school players' dream -- and that's to play in the state championship game," Warren told TheTerritory Thursday afternoon before heading out to practice. "I can't wait."

Warren, of course, is also on the radar screen of a number of collegiate programs, including Florida State and Florida, just to name a few. While the Gators have held a slight edge in the process since the early going, Warren says that has changed.

"What a game that was Saturday -- a nail-biter," Warren asid. "I didn't know who to pull for, Florida or Florida State. Florida had been my top (pick) but when Florida State pulled out that game, I was leaning more towards them. Right now I would have to say they are pretty much even."

Warren, who still needs to qualify academically, says he received a recent telephone call from FSU assistant coach Jody Allen earlier this week.


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