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North Marion (9-3) at Pasco (11-1)

When: 7:30 tonight

Where: W.F. Edwards Stadium, Dade City

Admission: $7

Winner: Will host Class 3A state semifinal Dec. 12 against winner of Tallahassee Godby-St. Augustine.

Radio: WDCF 1350-AM

Web: www.wdcf1350.com

How they got here: Pasco def. Orlando Bishop Moore (37-20), then Gulf (50-0); North Marion def. Crystal River (42-0), then Williston (49-7)

Need to know: The Pirates' region final berth marks the first for a North Suncoast team since Hudson advanced to play North Marion in 2005. The Cobras lost that one 42-0. … The last Pasco team to reach a region final was the 1992 team, which finished 14-0 with the North Suncoast's lone state title. … Pasco's other third-round berth was in 1983 under Don Herndon. The Pirates lost that game at Palatka 18-13.

Izzy Gould, Times staff writer

Statistical leaders

Quarterbacks

Pasco: D.J. Clower, Sr. (1,199 yds., 18 TDs, two INTs)

North Marion: Chuckie Looney, Jr. (1,176 yds., nine TDs, six INTs)

Running backs

Pasco: Jamall Haynes, Sr. (236 att., 1,578 yds., 15 TDs)

North Marion: Eddie Rocker, Sr. (155 att., 1,365 yds., 18 TDs)

Wide receivers

Pasco: Josh Johnson, Sr. (32 rec., 466 yds., nine TDs)

North Marion: Shaquille Neal, Sr. (27 rec., 601 yds., three TDs)

Defense

Pasco: Mark Christmas, Sr., DT (141/2 sacks, 68 tackles)

North Marion: Jordan Fulford, Sr., CB (82 tackles, five INTs)

Pasco vs. North Marion preview box 12/04/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 10:37pm]
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