(10) Carol City (9-3) vs. Lakeland Lake Gibson (13-0)
Saturday at Orlando Camping World Stadium, 3 p.m.

Don’t be fooled by the records of these two teams.

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One has played a tough gauntlet of a schedule against some of the strongest teams in Florida and still came out the other side standing strong.

And the other is Lake Gibson.

Carol City has been sharpened by games against Bradenton IMG Academy, Palm Beach Oxbridge, Miami Central, Coral Gables, Southridge and two meetings with Miami Northwestern.

The Chiefs defense, which I liked calling the “Dark Side Defense 2.0” but they’ve advised me that they prefer “Dogs”, has been one of the stingiest units in the state this season. Even without the services of senior defensive end Deandre “Eye Candy” Wilder, other players such as Terry Straughter, Yasiir Abdulluh, and Moris Lugo have stepped up and made sure the train kept rolling.

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I believe that Carol City will be able to overwhelm Lake Gibson. The Braves struggled to defeat Dillard 26-22 earlier this season. The Chiefs made easy work Dillard during the playoffs.

Once Carol City’s offense, which has been played its best football of the season over the past three weeks, gives the Chiefs a lead – the “Dogs” will protect it and put the kibosh on anything Lake Gibson tries to do.

Coach Aubrey Hill earns a state championship ring.

Bald Prediction = Carol City wins 34-14

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