(2) Central Rockets vs. Clermont East Ridge Knights (1-0)
Friday at East Ridge, 7:30 p.m.
The Central Rockets begin their drive for five straight with a trip to Clermont, Florida.

As usual, Central is a team that whenever I think about it all I can hear playing in my mind is the old school PMD track “Ruff, Rugged & Raw”.

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The Rockets are gritty and tough – and come into every game looking to just wear down their opponent.

East Ridge is a Class 7A team that went 7-4 and missed the playoffs this past season. The Knights return a nice core of seniors, led by running back Simmian Mitchell. Naturally, East Ridge is a run-heavy team with a fairly big offensive line – but no bigger than what Central’s defense sees every day going up against its own offensive line.

While I’ve heard rumblings that East Ridge is coming into this game with extreme confidence – thinking it can not only compete with the Rockets, but deal them a loss to open the season.

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A word of caution to the Knights, let the sleeping giant lie.

I fully expect Central to get its ground game going with “Jimmy” Cook and Kywan Smith running behind Navaughn Donaldson. And when East Ridge tries to load up against the run, Maurice Underwood – the assumed starting quarterback for the Rockets – should be able to make plays in the passing game.

East Ridge may not see a faster or more physical team than Central for the rest of the season.

Bald Prediction = Central wins 35-13

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