(10) Carol City (5-3) vs. (25) Dillard (6-3)
Friday at Dillard, 7:30 p.m. – Region 4-6A Regional Quarterfinals

Here’s a game that, quite frankly, lost whatever potential luster it would’ve had when Dillard lost its season finale to a Blanche Ely team that lost six games by a combined score of 192-27.

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Yes, it was the “Broward Soul Bowl” and it represents a true rivalry game between the Panthers and the Tigers, but plainly put – it’s a hard sell to make as to why Dillard lost that game.

Carol City, on the other hand, walks into the playoffs as “not your typical” district runner-up. By the middle point of the season and for 46 minutes into their game against Northwestern, the Chiefs were one of the hottest teams in South Florida.

Having found offensive balance in the form of junior quarterback Marlon Smith to go along with the dynamic running back duo of Camron Davis and Nayquan Wright, Carol City became a team that didn’t have to completely rely on its very stingy defense.

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Speaking of Carol City’s defense, or “Dark Side 2.0.”, it will be going through the playoffs without the services of senior defensive end/linebacker Deandre “Eye Candy” Wilder. Unfortunately, Wilder has “aged out” – meaning he’s older than 19 years and nine months and is no longer able to compete in sanctioned high school games.

His athletic presence will definitely be missed by this Chiefs defense, just not this week.

If Dillard gave up 12 sacks to Ely, there’s no telling how many Carol City will be able to rack up once defensive coordinator Damon Cogdell starts dialing up the blitzes.

Bald Prediction = Carol City wins 26-7

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