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Class 2A region football capsules

By Rodney Page, Bob Putnam
Quarterback Jaylin Jackson does a little bit of everything for Cambridge Christian. (Times 2016)

Games Friday at 7:30 p.m.

No. 3 Admiral Farragut (5-5) at No. 2 Indian Rocks Christian (8-2)

Players to watch: IRC's Alejandro Bryant has stepped into the starting running back role and played well. He has 658 rushing yards and scored nine touchdowns. He was a thorn in AFA's side the first time the teams played. Blue Jackets' safety and quarterback Keondrae Miller scored the winning touchdown against IRC in a 40-35 win. Receiver Zion Roland, a USF commit, is a deep-ball threat.

Notable: The Golden Eagles have played well against the Blue Jackets recently. They have won three of the past four and the only loss was 42-41 in overtime game in 2015 when AFA won 10 games.

Coach says: "I have a lot of respect for Admiral Farragut and coach (Rick) Kravitz. They do a very good job over there. From our standpoint, we forget about what happened last time and worry about playing better." — Indian Rocks Christian interim coach Jason Stokes.

Predictions

Page: IRC 28-21

Putnam: IRC 42-38

No. 4 Southwest Florida Christian (4-3) at No. 1 Cambridge Christian (7-2)

Player to watch: Cambridge Christian's Jaylin Jackson is the top quarterback in Class 2A, Region 3 (and 10th in the state), throwing for 2,236 yards and 27 TDs. He is also the Lancers' top rushing threat (509 yards, nine TDs) in the wake of Andrew Cunningham tearing his ACL. And did we mention Jackson also plays on defense, notching three interceptions this season?

Notable: This is Southwest Florida Christian's first time in the playoffs. The program has been around less than a decade.

Coach says: "They have a really good quarterback (6-foot-5, 190-pound senior Jairus Johnson) and some good receivers so we're going to have to contain them. And with (Cunningham) out we're relying on Jaylin Jackson more than ever. He just shows me more and more every week. He's the best quarterback I'm around week-to-week." — Cambridge Christian coach Bob Dare

Predictions

Rodney Page: Cambridge Christian 34-21

Bob Putnam: Cambridge Christian 49-28

No. 4 Zephyrhills Christian (7-2) at No. 1 Victory Christian (8-1)

Players to watch: ZCA senior running back Alonzo Sampson has been the top ball carrier with 1,079 yards and eight touchdowns. He also has 109 tackles to lead the defense. Junior wide receiver/defensive back Kavbion Marbra has five interceptions and 13 catches for 294 yards and four touchdowns. Victory Christian senior Eddie Hopkins is the offensive focus with 1,075 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Senior Bradley Clark has seven receiving touchdowns. Tailback Semaj James scored twice against the Warriors in the first game.

Notable: The Warriors had two chances in the final minutes to beat Victory Christian in the first meeting. A touchdown was called back due to holding and they were stopped on fourth and 1 to end another drive. It turned out to be a 20-14 loss.

Coach says: "We know we can compete with them. We had our chances in the first game. I expect it to be the same kind of game this time around and hopefully we can make some plays." — ZCA coach Mike Smith

Predictions

Page: Victory Christian 19-17

Putnam: Victory Christian 24-21