(3) St. Thomas Aquinas (11-2) vs. Tampa Plant (13-0)
Friday at Orlando Camping World Stadium, 8 p.m.
Here’s the game that’ll likely to be the most lopsided of the weekend.READ MORE: Condo Collapse: Search & Rescue Continues, Death Toll Now At Four
Sure, Tampa Plant is a more than solid program that comes into this year’s Class 7A championship game with an undefeated record. Better yet, the Panthers appeared in four straight title games from 2008 to 2011 and came away with three rings in that span.
But Plant is about to run into a team that is the same beast but a different animal.
St. Thomas Aquinas, ranked No. 9 in the country, rolls into this game with one of the nation’s most talented rosters and easily one of the best head coaches in Roger “Zen Master” Harriott.
Of the 22 players that’ll be on the field at any given time during this game – at least 15 of the top guys will be wearing a St. Thomas Aquinas jersey.
Plant relies on 5-foot-10 quarterback Dane Frantzen to propel its offense. The senior has thrown 28 touchdown passes this season and rushed for another 18 scores along with just over 1,300 yards.READ MORE: 'It's Harder When It's In Your Back Yard': Former Miami-Dade Fire Chief Of Condo Collapse Search & Rescue
It’ll be interesting to see how Frantzen fares trying to work against the Aquinas defense – with a defensive line anchored by Kivon Bennett and Lashawn Paulino.
When St. Thomas has the ball, its offense will likely prove itself to be too talented and too versatile for the Panthers to slow down. Whether it’s through the air with Jake Allen connecting with Jordan Merrell or Michael Harley or Joshua Palmer or on the ground with Mike Epstein or Kyshaun Bryan or Daniel Carter – the Raiders will be able to chew up yards in large chunks.
The added factor that makes me think this game could get out of hand in the second half is that Tampa Plant has made some comments via social media pertaining to how they think the game is going to go.
You don’t poke the bear, Plant.
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