(5) Carol City Chiefs vs. (11) Coral Gables Cavaliers
Thursday at Curtis Park, 7 p.m.
This is an intriguing week-one game.
It’s the second game of a two-year, home-and-home agreement between the programs and it is easily the best game on the opening night of the regular season.READ MORE: Doral Police ID Officers Injured In Friday's Shooting
Coral Gables won last year’s matchup, but both teams enter the 2016 season as much different versions of themselves.
Carol City comes in as preseason top-five squad with an increasingly stingy defense and plenty of skill players on the offensive side of the ball.
The Cavaliers too will be a very good defensive team in 2016, but they have some questions to answer with its offense.READ MORE: 2 Doral Police Officers Injured In Shooting Near Miami-Dade Police Headquarters; Suspect Killed ID'd By Police
I think this one will be a fairly low-scoring contest – last years was too. Coral Gables showed it still has a lot of work to do in its one-point preseason win over Class 4A Keys Gate Charter, while Carol City went toe-to-toe with Bradenton IMG Academy and held a 7-0 halftime lead before falling 17-7.
There’s an underrated running back matchup here, with Gables’ Johnny Ford and Carol City’s Nayquan Wright. What Ford lacks in size (only measuring 5-foot-7, 170 pounds), he makes up for in versatility and playmaking. Wright is already one of South Florida’s top ball carriers and he has a full skill-set to go along with a solid 5-foot-10, 190-pound frame.
While Carol City has some very good options at receiver, I still think the Chiefs’ sophomore quarterback Lorenzo Floyd is still trying to find his groove. If Carol City hands the ball off to Wright at least 15 times in this game, they should be more than fine.
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