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Can you guys believe that there are only two weeks left in the 2016 high school football season?

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I told you all back in August, that it “goes fast”. It doesn’t seem like that long ago that everyone was getting excited by spring game outcomes and summer 7-on-7 tournaments.

Now look, we’re on the doorstep of the state championship games. And before you know it, we’ll be back into spring ball and back to sweating under the unrelenting South Florida sun watching a 7-on-7 tournament every weekend.

It all goes by fast folks.

Congratulations are in order to Chaminade-Madonna and Champagnat Catholic for punching its respective tickets to Orlando. The Lions – both school’s mascot is Lions – proved the doubters wrong and will get to play for championships next week.

While the Lions’ get an extra week off to bask in their own ambiance and make extra preparations, five other teams from South Florida – Miami-Dade and Broward counties – remain and they have the daunting task of punching their ticket to Mickey Town this weekend.

The word of the week is “focus”.

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It’s thrown around a lot by players and coaches, but it will take laser-like attention to every detail for teams to come out victorious in this round. At this stage, it’s easy to get caught looking ahead – knowing that you’re so close to reaching the state championship game, being able to say “we’re going to state” – and sometimes teams will lose focus on the actual task at hand.

Focus means being able to block out mental clutter and operate clearly and effectively. It means not committing a penalty away from the ball or behind the action that wipes away a big play; it means holding onto the all the way into the endzone – not dropping it early in celebration; it also means running your route hard even if you know the ball isn’t coming your way, because your effort can help someone else get open.

I’m focused this week because there are so few games to pick. I rebounded from what I felt was a horrible round two by going 7-1 in round three.

You’ll notice that all of the out-of-town teams that the South Florida teams are going up against this week are undefeated. I put my faith in Miami-Dade and Broward last week and I don’t have reason to stop it now.

Record last week: 7-1
Playoffs record: 33-8
Season record: 468-76 (.860 Correct Pick Percentage)

Four games picked this week with all four games in the Bald Predictions spotlight.

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