Game 1: Saint Thomas Aquinas vs. Cypress Bay
On Friday, September 7th, Prep Zone heads to Broward County for a showdown between a pair of neighboring powers?St. Thomas Aquinas and host Cypress Bay. The game will stream live on FOXSportsFlorida.com at 7:00 pm ET. The visiting Raiders, ranked No. 6 in Florida by FNF Magazine, had an inauspicious finish to their 2011 season, losing 6-3 to Palm Beach Dwyer in the Class 7A regional finals. The six-time state champs are led by 6-foot-4, 270-pound DE Joey Bosa, an Ohio State commit. Offensively, Aquinas has a dangerous gunslinger in QB John O’Korn, a Houston commit, and a big-time lineman in Kyle Schafenacker, a Connecticut commit.
Cypress Bay, No. 12 in the state, return six starters on both sides of the ball from last year’s regional semifinalist. The Lightning’s Wing-T attack features a big-time back in senior Matt Dayes, a North Carolina State commit. But Cypress Bay can sling it, too. A top target is 6-foot-1 senior wide receiver Alex Montgomery, who’s headed to Wake Forest. On the defensive side of the ball, senior defensive backs Nico Marley (Tulane commit) and Boaz Joseph (Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin offers) spearhead a unit that allowed just 14.2 points per game in 2011.
Ohio Sate commitment Joey Bosa
Game 2: Tallahassee Lincoln at Covington St. Paul
On Friday, September 7th, Prep Zone travels to the New Orleans for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic, featuring two huge Florida vs. Louisiana matchups at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The opener, which will stream live on FOXSportsFlorida.com at 7:00 pm ET, pits Tallahassee Lincoln against Covington St. Paul, two respective powers that are eyeing state title runs in 2012.
The visiting Trojans will feature an inexperienced, but promising sophomore quarterback in Kendall Randolph. He’ll get some help from a pair of explosive wide outs in 6-foot Reggie Davis, a Georgia commit, and 6-foot-4 Taj Williams (Alabama, South Carolina, South Florida offers).
Lincoln also features a massively talented offensive front, which includes a pair of projected Division I linemen in 6-foot-4, 290-pound tackle Dakota Deyent and 6-foot-3, 260-pound Andrew Laubach. Defensively, Lincoln is led by linebacker James Hearns, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound wrecking ball who is committed to Florida.
Host Covington St. Paul also has a first-time starter at quarterback in senior Collin D’Angelo. The Wolves’ strength is a big-time offensive line, led by senior tackles Christian Voekel and Stephen Leblanc. Defensively, St. Paul possesses a pair of standout performers in senior safety Jay Washington and senior linebacker Ed Duplessis.
Game 3: Tampa Plant @ River Ridge John Curtis
The nightcap is a showdown between two national powerhouses?Tampa Plant (No. 10 in USA Today Super 25) and River Ridge John Curtis (No. 7, Super 25), which will air live on Sun Sports immediately following the Tampa Bay Rays game. The defending Class 8A state champs from Florida will showcase their ‘Air Attack’ offense, triggered by 6-foot-1 senior quarterback Aaron Banks.
Senior running back Wesley Bullock and senior wide receiver Dereck Mann provide two big-time targets, while Florida State commit Ricky Klepel, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound tackle, supplies the protection. Defensively, the Panthers replace seven starters from last season, but return senior safety Paris Bostick, a Georgia commit, and senior linebacker Mitchell Wright, a South Florida commit.
The 24-time state champion John Curtis returns 16 starters from last year’s Class 2A title-winning squad, including a pair of speedy senior running backs in Sherman Badie (Memphis, Minnesota, Tulane offers) and Tevin Horton, who make the Patriots’ split back, veer offense a nightmare for opposing defenses. On defense, John Curtis returns seven starters, highlighted by senior cover cornerback Richard Allen, a Tulane commit, and senior linebacker Duke Riley (Arizona, Mississippi, TCU offers).