Wow, well here we are. It's hard to believe the regular season ends tonight. For some teams, this is just a postseason tune-up. Armwood, East Bay, Plant City and Spoto will all play next week to open up the playoffs. But for most, tonight is the end of the line. It feels like just yesterday teams kicked off the 2013 campaign. Fans may think the season goes too fast, but for the seniors who end their careers, that has to be the overriding emotion. The end of the road is never pretty. There will be pain. There will be tears. But, ultimately, there will be memories as parents, students and faculty salute those players who chose to be part of something bigger than themselves.
Brandon (3-6) at Berkeley Prep (4-4)
Last week: Brandon lost to Plant City 26-3; Berkeley Prep beat Frostproof 21-3.
Why you should go: This is an odd classification matchup between the 7A Eagles and 3A Bucs. Dylan Dyer's 22-yard field goal was all that kept the Eagles from getting shut out last week.
Leto (0-9) at Spoto (2-7)
Last week: Leto lost to King 53-25; Spoto beat Lennard 21-6.
Why you should go: Dare we say three in a row? Spoto certainly has the chops to pull it off against Leto, and the Spartans could head into next week's postseason in a positive direction. Spoto quarterback Kevin Hobley went 6-of-13 for 161 yards and a pair of TDs last week against Lennard.
Strawberry Crest (6-3) at Armwood (9-0)
Last week: Strawberry Crest DNP; Armwood beat Chamberlain 38-7.
Why you should go: Armwood's Trevor Laurent caught touchdown receptions of 29 and 14 yards last week against the Chiefs, finishing with 93 receiving yards for the game. The Chargers will hope to contain him and bounce back from losing out on a playoff spot.
Bloomingdale (5-4) at Middleton (2-7)
Last week: Wharton beat Bloomingdale 30-23; Middleton lost to Jesuit 35-0.
Why you should go: Tommy McLaughlin has been very good since taking over at quarterback three weeks ago. McLaughlin finished 12-of-18 for 140 yards passing and a TD against the Wildcats and added 41 yards and another score on the ground.
Freedom (2-7) at Riverview (2-7)
Last week: Freedom beat Wiregrass Ranch 33-13; Riverview lost to Newsome 31-7.
Why you should go: Fred McCoy scored the Sharks' lone touchdown last week against the Wolves. The sophomore tailback is second on the team in rushing behind QB Keisean Young.
First Academy Leesburg (8-2) at Seffner Christian (8-1)
Last week: First Academy beat Mount Dora Bible 27-24; Seffner Christian defeated Seven Rivers Christian 57-0.
Why you should go: This is a playoff game for the Crusaders, who locked in the No. 1 seed in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference South Division with last week's win. This makes back-to-back playoff appearances for Seffner Christian, who reached the SSAC title game last year and will play for the title next week if they win tonight.
Gaither (5-4) at Plant City (7-2)
Last week: Gaither defeated Steinbrenner 35-30; Plant City beat Brandon 26-3.
Why you should go: Sterling Day ran for 87 yards and three scores last Friday against the Eagles, and then Plant City edged Strawberry Crest in the tiebreaker to gain a postseason berth. This game will be a good tuneup for the playoffs with the Cowboys having won the Class 7A, District 7 title.
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