September 4: Orlando/Jacksonville

Week 1 in Florida High School football sees two games in Orlando/Jacksonville Area that feature playoff opponents in non-District match-ups. Here is a preview of those games.

Boone at Olympia: Boone has been one of the most consistent programs in the state (11-3 in '08, 14-1 in '07, 9-5 in '06, 9-3 in '05). Olympia should have their best team in years and is looking to make some noise this season. These are clearly two of the top 10 teams in the Orlando Area.

At Olympia it all starts with a pair of Northwestern commits: QB Trevor Siemian and WR Rashad Lawrence. The addition of RB Jarius Pace is huge for balance, the normally stout Brave's defense will have their work count out for them. Siemian has all the tools and many expect him to be Central Florida's finest signal caller, if not the best in the state.

Boone QB Sam Hutsell will need to be on his game. They should stick with the strong running game behind Max Lang, but replacing a quality back like James Washington is never easy. This team knows how to win, recently they have won this type of match-up with their blue collar, fundamentally sound approach.

In the end it looks like it is Olympia's time to make a run, they seemingly have more firepower offensively, and they play this at home.

Olympia 31, Boone 23

Jackson at Raines: Non District match-up of two teams who field plenty of talent and could be dangerous down the road.

Jackson went undefeated in the regular season in 2008, they were finally beaten in the second round of the playoffs by St. Augustine. Jackson has three play-making WR's in Derek Owens, Marquel Wade, and Dorian Guy. Raines counters with one of the top pure WR's in Florida: South Carolina commit Sean Tapley.

Raines was an extremely disappointing 2-8 last year, they will look to rebound this season. Miami DT commit Louis Nix can be the most disruptive force in the state when he wants to be. This team could come out of nowhere if they gel as a unit.

Jackson has the winner's mentality that Raines needs.

Jackson 27, Raines 24


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