Games of the Week

Several critical district games highlight the schedule for this week across the state. Pahokee is taking on a 6A school as they get ready for the 'Muck Bowl' and the playoffs, the annual "Coconut Bowl' has district implications in Naples, and MNW needs a win to make the playoffs.

Hialeah(6-2) at Miami Northwestern(7-1):

Miami Central has won District 13- 6A and this is the game to decide who the 2nd playoff team is. Both teams are 3-1 in the district. MNW is the 2 time defending state champion, but is a completely different team this year. They are a running team behind seniors Daquan Hargrett (77-770) and Tyresse Jones(51-231). Hialeah counters with their own top RB Jerron Seymour who has 937 yards on 108 carries. Neither team has gotten much out of their passing game, so defense and special teams figure to decide this one. Hialeah has a great DL led by junior's Corey Lemonier(8 sacks) and Calvin Smith(4 sacks). MNW junior Corvin Lamb has been a monster on kickoff returns with 5 for td's.

Naples(7-1) at Lely(7-1)

The annual "Coconut Bowl' is for the District 14- 3A championship. Both teams are headed to the playoffs. Naples is led by RB's Carlos Hyde and Greg Pratt running behind a great offensive line featuring Nick Alajajian. They are a true 'thunder and lightning' duo as Hyde is a bruiser and Pratt has tremendous burst. QB Juno Prudhomme has been steady and efficient with 10 td's passing. As usual the defense is very good. Lely counters with RB Darion Hall who is having a spectacular season. The junior has 1455 yards rushing with 18 td's. There is plenty of skill position talent with QB Dennis Marcellin and WR Jeff Charelus. Defensively, 2 seniors- S Errol Boyd(71 tackles) and LB Emmanuel Edouard(81 tackles)- will need to be on top of their game against Hyde.

Lakeland(8-0) at Osceola(6-2)

This is for the District 8- 5A championship. Osceola snapped Lakeland's 53 game winning streak last year and then beat them again in the playoffs. The Kowboys were not stopped until the state championship game vs. St Thomas. Osceola runs the ball with 9 players having 17+ touches. Senior Semaj Washington lead the way with 646 yards. Junior LB Marc Deas leads the defense with 71 tackles and the most points they have allowed is 20. Lakeland HC Billy Castle was named the 'Coach of the Century' by the FHSAA last year. His teams are known for a great running game and tough defense. This team is no different. Junior QB Jarrod Haggins is a difference maker on the offensive side of the ball.

Cypress Bay(7-1) at Everglades(7-1)

Cypress Bay is #3 in 6A and Everglades is #8. With a win, Cypress Bay takes District 11. A win by Everglades forces a 3 team playoff with Miramar(#4). Offensively for Cypress Bay electric RB Jason Douglas has over 600 yards. The defense is led by senior LB's Shane Gordon and Austin Gamble. Everglades counters with RB's Damian Fortner(713 yards) and Kwamainie Johnson(228). WR Rodney Rumph is one to watch. The Everglades defense has been great.

Boone(8-0) at Dr. Phillips(7-1)

This is for the District 5- 6A championship, both teams are headed to the playoffs. Boone reached the state championship game last year, but lost to MNW. They have come back strong this year behind senior RB James Washington(1068 yards). A big offensive line is led by Dave Harding. A very good Boone defense will be tested by an extremely talented Dr. Phillips team. Junior WR's Ricardo Miller and Kenny Shaw are 2 of the best prospects in the state for 2010, they haul in passes from QB Nico Ranierl. RB Demetrius Hart brings balance and big play ability. LB E.J. Carter is a standout on defense.

Boca Raton(7-1) at Dwyer(7-1)

Two undefeated teams in District 14- 4A. Dwyer is led by senior RB Donald Russell, junior WR/S Matt Elam, junior TE/DE Gerald Christian and senior ATH Bradley Wallace. Elam is highly touted and perhaps a top 5 prospect in the state for 2010. Christian is not far behind. Russell is a workhorse back with some elusiveness. The Dwyer defense is always strong and this year is no exception, they have pitched two shutouts and held Glades Central to 6 points in a loss. Boca Raton will attempt to air it out with QB Eddie Sullivan(1588, 23 td's). His favorite targets are Brandon Bishop, Terrell Williams, and Jeremy Retzsch. Dwyer junior CB Robert Clark will have his hands full.

Pahokee(7-2) at Vero Beach(7-1)

Non district clash between 2 teams headed to the playoffs. Pahokee always likes to 'play up' and this will be another one of those tests(Vero is 6A). Pahokee is filled with great athletes, but perhaps the best is senior Nu'keese Richardson. The UF commit is just a dynamite football player. Junior WR D'Joshua Johnson is one to keep an eye on. Senior RB Vincent Smith is a steady hand on offense as he has been a big part for 3 years. The defense is headed by LB's Brandon Hawthorne and Carlos Lammons, both fly to the football. Vero Beach has one of the best football players in the state: Zeke Motta. Defensively he is a monster: loves to hit. RB Ben Harrison will need to be at his best.

Hillsborough(6-3) at Tampa Bay Tech(7-1)

The winner secures the second spot in District 11- 4A behind powerhouse Armwood. Hillsborough is led by RB Lindsey Lamar who has 1222 rushing yards with 16 TD's. This is a balanced offense with QB Tarean Austin(1397, 16 td's) throwing to Charles Lovett(672, 9 td's). There are not many teams that have that type of balanced production. The defense will need to get better. Tampa Bay Tech does have an outstanding defense, but will need more production and points from RB Maurice Hagens and QB Angel Rodriguez.

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