(18) Chaminade-Madonna (10-3) vs. Jacksonville Trinity Christian (10-3)
Friday at Orlando Camping World Stadium, 10 a.m.

Here’s a matchup between two teams with similar styles.

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Both of these squads are able to attack their opponent either on the ground or through the air.

Jacksonville Trinity Christian is going for its fourth straight state championship this weekend – and it would also be the Conquerors’ fourth state title in the past six years.

Trinity Christian has a dynamic offensive duo in quarterback Legend Brumbaugh and running back Rasheed Martin. Brumbaugh is a traditional drop-back passer and Martin is a shifty runner that will surprise defenders with his strength.

What makes the Conquerors so formidable of an opponent is their size across the offensive line. Averaging 6-foot-2, 280-pounds across, Trinity Christian’s offensive line allows the offense to be multi-dimensional.

Sound familiar?

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Chaminade has almost identical qualities. The “pro-style” quarterback in Henry Colombi and the big offensive line – Davoan Hawkins, Steven Jean-Baptiste and A.J. Jancosko – and the shifty running back.

However, only referring to Lions’ running back Shaun Shivers as “shifty” is quite an understatement. Shivers has blazing speed and has been Chaminade’s “hot hand” through the playoffs. The 5-foot-7 junior has rushed for 620 yards through three playoffs games and his speed has been too much for Class 3A defenses to handle.

That’s where Chaminade can get its edge – on the edges. The Lions have to get their playmakers – Shivers along with receivers Xavier Williams and Josh Ali – in space and enable them to use their athleticism to win matchups against Trinity Christian’s defensive backs.

Even though the Trinity Christian head coach Verlon Dorminey has been at the helm of the Conquerors program since 1995 and has led them to 21 straight playoff appearances and six state titles, Dameon Jones is a seasoned coach and he’s not one to shrink in the key moments.

It’ll be a tough one, but Chaminade comes out on top.

Bald Prediction = Chaminade-Madonna wins 27-26

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