My overall season record: 23-5
Mainland (8-0) vs. Seabreeze:Mainland wins 60-0.
In their last 12 meetings, Mainland has won 10 times, with 33 points being the largest margin. That's going to change come Friday. The Bucs have no visible weaknesses at any position or facet of the game, while the Sandcrabs have looked vulnerable in the same.
Seabreeze came within minutes of upsetting Deltona, but the Wolves pulled off the go-ahead score in the end to win 10-6. The Bucs are coming off their most impressive win, a 63-7 thrashing of New Smyrna.
Expect the Bucs to find the end zone early and often while holding Seabreeze scoreless.
Matanzas (5-2) vs. Deltona: Matanzas wins 21-10.
“Win and you’re in Part 2.” After a two-game skid -- including a 13-7 heartbreaking loss to Pine Ridge -- the Pirates can't afford a loss this week. With running back Philip Moultrie sidelined last week, due to injury, the Pirates struggled on offense. Now that he's returned to the team, Matanzas will be able to run the ball, set up play action plays and wear down the defense.
Deltona also struggled last week before beating Seabreeze at the end of the game.
Last year, Deltona made history by getting to the postseason for its first time. It's the Pirates' turn. They're going to make their own history Friday at the “Ship.”
Flagler Palm Coast (2-5) at Mandarin: Mandarin wins 30-6.
The Bulldogs played their best game last week, but it was against woeful DeLand. Mandarin is a different beast. The Mustangs run a similar offense to DeLand, but they have better personnel.
Mandarin has also been stingy this season, although the Mustangs have given up over 70 points in the last two weeks. If the FPC quarterback can get into rhythm as he did last week to compliment Que’Shaun Byrd, the Bulldogs will have a chance.
Father Lopez (2-5) at First Academy: First Academy wins 48-7.
The Green Wave defense has struggled in every game this season, including the two wins. Every opponent has scored at least 30 points against Lopez, which makes it near impossible to win.
Given a formidable opponent in Cocoa Beach last week, Lopez fell 34-21.
While the defense hasn’t played well at all, the offense has also played well under expectations this season. It has only managed to go over 20 points just three times this year.
This week will prove to be another tough outing for the Green Wave. First Academy has annihilated each of its opponents except its 14-10 over Trinity Catholic, which beat Lopez 45-0. The Green Wave will struggle against the Royals on both sides of the ball.