Our staffers’ predictions for the second round of the playoffs. All games at 7:30 tonight.
Class 2A, Region 3
No. 3 Seffner Christian at No. 2 Northside Christian
Rodney Page: Seffner Christian 35-28. The Isaiah Knowles to Mike Trigg combination is too much for the Mustangs to stop.
Bob Putnam: Seffner Christian 42-40. The Crusaders, who have won eight straight, continue their momentum.
No. 4 Admiral Farragut at No. 1 Cambridge Christian
Rodney Page: Admiral Farragut 28-21. The Blue Jackets are playing better and will avenge an early-season loss to the Lancers.
Bob Putnam: Admiral Farragut 27-24. This time, the Blue Jackets apply pressure to get back to the region final.
Class 3A, Region 3
No. 5 Clearwater Central Catholic at No. 1 Berkeley Prep
Rodney Page: Berkeley Prep 26-23. The Bucs have had a week off to prepare. The key is stopping the CCC run attack.
Bob Putnam: CCC 20-14. The Marauders have improved quite a bit since the season opener.
Class 4A, Region 3
No. 4 Clewiston at No. 1 Lakewood
Rodney Page: Lakewood 34-7. The Spartans have too much on both sides of the ball, and it helps playing at home.
Bob Putnam: Lakewood 42-6. The Spartans treat this as a tuneup for what could be a long playoff run.
No. 3 Tampa Catholic at No. 2 Delray Beach American Heritage
Rodney Page: Tampa Catholic 30-28. The Crusaders have enough offense to pull off a slight upset on the road.
Bob Putnam: American Heritage 20-16. Tough task for the Crusaders, who are 2-4 on the road this season.
Class 5A, Region 3
No. 8 Chamberlain at No. 4 Jesuit
Rodney Page: Jesuit 18-16. Chamberlain is playing awfully well, but the Tigers pull out a close one thanks to their defense.
Bob Putnam: Chamberlain 21-19. The Chiefs are playing their best football at the right time.
Class 5A, Region 2
No. 4 Nature Coast at No. 1 Orlando Jones
Rodney Page: Jones 31-14. The Sharks will have a hard time keeping with the Jones (sorry).
Bob Putnam: Jones 28-13. The Sharks might be outmanned in this one.
Class 6A, Region 2
No. 5 Clearwater at No. 1 Gaither
Rodney Page: Gaither 32-30. This is two good offenses squaring off. The Cowboys have just a bit more.
Bob Putnam: Gaither 21-20. The outcome could come down to which team has the ball in the final seconds.
No. 3 Lake Minneola at No. 2 Largo
Rodney Page: Largo 24-16. The Packers will rely on their defense while the offense does just enough to advance.
Bob Putnam: Largo 14-13. Defense will be the difference as the Packers pull through.
Class 7A, Region 3
No. 3 Manatee at No. 2 Mitchell
Rodney Page: Manatee 21-17. Manatee handled Pinellas Park last week, but will have a harder time against the Mustangs defense.
Bob Putnam: Manatee 28-20. The Hurricanes have the advantage in the trenches.
Class 7A, Region 2
No. 5 Bloomingdale at No. 1 Armwood
Rodney Page: Armwood 17-7. The Hawks defense has been lockdown and likely will be again this week.
Bob Putnam: Armwood 21-0. The Hawks post their seventh straight and second against the Bulls this season.
No. 6 Tampa Bay Tech at No. 2 Lakeland
Rodney Page: Lakeland 35-13. This is a tough ask for any team. Tech hangs around early but Lakeland has too much talent.
Bob Putnam: Lakeland 28-6. Dreadnaughts prevail to set up showdown with Armwood in the region final.
Class 8A, Region 2
No. 4 Steinbrenner at No. 1 Sarasota Riverview
Rodney Page: Riverview 31-21. The Rams have lost two games by a total of 11 points. The home team grabs the momentum late and pulls it off.
Bob Putnam: Steinbrenner 21-20. The dream season continues for the Warriors who knock off the top seed in the region.