With the regular season finally over, four Pasco County teams will now shift their attention over to what will be the second season: the playoffs. Zephyrhills, Zephyrhills Christian Academy, Wiregrass Ranch and Mitchell all will take the field this Friday in regional quarterfinal play and see if they can take their acts to the second round. We take a closer look at the match-ups taking place this Friday.
Wiregrass Ranch (7-3) at Lakeland (10-0): This game is likely to be the most lopsided amongst any of the matchups involving Pasco County teams, as the Bulls travel done I-4 to face the Dreadnaughts. Lakeland has been near unstoppable this season, defensively only allowing 50 points through 10 games. If the Bulls have any chance, they’ll need to slow down Lakeland’s Demarkcus Bowman, who has rushed for 1,480 yards and scored 25 touchdowns.
Lake Weir (7-3) at Mitchell (8-2): The Mustangs boast one of the top defensive units in all of Pasco County and they’ll be leaning heavily upon Justin Fenton’s unit when they face the balanced Hurricanes. Lake Weir closed out the regular season with a 35-6 win over Inverness Citrus and bring into Trinity a sound offensive attack that’s averaging 208 yards through the air and 206 on the ground.
Crystal River (8-2) at Zephyrhills (10-0): This game isn’t a sure win for the Bulldogs by no means, but it’s the most likely scenario for any of the schools walking away with a victory on Friday night. Both Pirates’ losses came to neighboring schools, losing to Nature Coast Technical and Bushnell South Sumter. Zephyrhills will need to stop Crystal River’s run game, which is averaging 235 yards a game.
St. Francois Catholic (5-5) at Zephyrhills Christian Academy (7-3): The Warriors didn’t look too great in their final tune-up leading into this Friday’s regional quarterfinal against St. Francois. ZCA was soundly defeated at home by Admiral Farragut, but now must pull it together to start the Class 2A postseason. The Warriors feature a strong rushing attack led by Javion Hanner (921 yards).