Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Newsome ready to attack Kissimmee Osceola; Armwood faces undefeated Gainesville

Newsome (8-4) at Kissimmee Osceola (12-0)

Where: Kowboy Stadium, 420 S Thacker Ave., Kissimmee.

At stake: A berth to the Class 7A state semifinals against the winner of the Oviedo-Lincoln game.

Last week: Newsome defeated Durant 21-14; Osceola defeated Ridge 29-28.

The Kowboys: Osceola advanced, thanks to stopping a two-point conversion attempt on the game's final play. … Osceola's defense has pitched four shutouts this year and the offense has scored more than 42 points six times. … Quarterback Daequan Harrison doesn't throw often (28 of 67 for 552 yards) but is efficient. … Harrison has thrown 12 TDs to just one INT. … Stafon McCray is the workhorse, compiling 1,545 yards rushing and TDs this year. Davante Small (821), Dwight Fagan (547) and Ladderien Wilson (420) have all run for more than 400 yards this season and Small has 12 rushing TDs. … Santiago Hoffman (12 catches for 268 yards) is the only Kowboys receiver with more than four catches on the year.

The Wolves: Newsome mirrors Osceola in style with a run-oriented offense. QB Will Worth guides the team's Wing-T offense with a mix of running and passing. Running backs Clint Carnell and John Hendricks complement Worth and the rushing attack. … Worth doubles as a linebacker on the defense. Ramsey Bennett, Darius McGrew, Aaron Wade and Ricardo Rodriguez will look to strengthen the pass defense after allowing big yards against Durant.

Armwood (9-3) at Gainesville (12-0)

Where: Citizens Field, 1400 NE Eighth Ave., Gainesville.

At stake: A berth to the 6A state semifinals against the winner of the Lake City Columbia-Navarre game.

Last week: Armwood defeated Hillsborough 9-7; Gainesville defeated Vanguard 21-10.

The Hurricanes: Gainesville is undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the most recent 6A state poll. It's the first undefeated season in school history. … Last year, Armwood defeated Gainesville 17-14 in the region finals. … This is Gainesville's third straight region final appearance. … Mark Cato, who started last year against the Hawks, scored on a 3-yard run in that game but lost a fumble that led to Armwood's late game-winning TD. … Running back Ralph Webb ran for 174 yards and two TDs last week against Vanguard.

The Hawks: Armwood's run has been fueled by its defense. The defending state champions have allowed only 13 points in two playoff games, a better effort than its first two playoff games last year. Safeties Leon McQuay III and Kyle Gibson anchor the unit. … The offense continues to sputter despite having QB Alvin Bailey, one of the state's best athletes. Bailey has been hampered by a turf toe injury. … Darrell Richardson has been a standout since moving from quarterback to receiver.

Compiled by Darek Sharp and Brandon Wright, Times correspondents

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