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Tonight's high school football playoff games


12:00 AM, Nov. 23, 2012 EST

South Fort Myers' D'Ronzijah Matthews runs for a touchdown in front of Barron Collier's Conner Reynolds in the second quarter of the Region 6A-3 quarterfinal football game at South Fort Myers High School on Nov. 16. / Amanda Inscore/news-press.com

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All games at 7:30 p.m.

Naples (10-0) at South Fort Myers (10-1)

» What to watch for: Naples: This is a Region 6A-3 semifinal. The winner will host next week's regional final against the Winter Haven-Daytona Beach Mainland winner.. The Golden Eagles are coming off a 45-7 victory against Island Coast in the Region 6A-3 quarterfinals. Senior RB Manny Morgan has rushed for 1,502 yards and 23 touchdowns on 167 carries (8.99 yards per carry). Senior QB Kilton Anderson has guided the offense, completing 50 of 103 passes for 1,156 yards and 16 touchdowns with four interceptions. Naples coach Bill Kramer said his biggest concern was with his defense limiting South Fort Myers Jayron Kearse, who starts at safety but can wreak havoc on offense as the Wildcat QB. "You can't stop him," Kramer said. "No one can stop him. You can't simulate Jayron. We don't have anybody 6-5, 220 who runs like a gazelle here. You can't simulate it in practice." Kramer said he anticipated a good game. "They're very talented," he said. "They have talented athletes all over. We expected them to be the best team at this point this year. It's the two top teams in Southwest Florida going at it." South Fort Myers: The Wolfpack are coming off a 27-0 victory against Barron Collier in the Region 6A-3 quarterfinals. South coach Grant Redhead said he recognized his team has an athletic edge with Kearse. "There's nobody you can put there who is as good as he's going to be," Redhead said. "He's special, on both sides of the ball. He scored the first time he touched against Barron Collier (a 40-yard touchdown run). He does that a lot. He gives us a different dimension on offense and he's a great run supporter on defense. He can also catch it. He's multifaceted." Senior RB Robert Brown has rushed 123 times for 965 yards and 10 touchdowns, and senior QB Anthony Dailidonis has approached the 1,000-yard passing mark. South lost for the only time during the regular season two weeks ago at Ida Baker, a loss that may have had a silver lining, Redhead said. "They know what it's like to feel that way now," he said. "They don't want to give it up. When you get a taste for blood, you want more and more. They just want it. That's the thing about the playoffs. They all want to win during the regular season. But when it's you win or go home, you crank it up a notch." Hosting the only playoff game in Lee County tonight, Redhead said he hoped for a large crowd. "We've had a good run, and they've had a good run," Redhead said of Naples. "They run the ball really well. Their passing is much better. You can have balance. That's when things are really good. It's going to be interesting. They're a great team. We're a great team. It's going to be a great game."

» The News-Press pick: Naples 35-17

East Lee County (7-4) at Immokalee (8-3)

» What to watch for: East Lee County: This is a Region 5A-3 semifinal. The winner will host next week's regional final against either Palmetto or Lake Wales. The Jaguars weren't awed by the state playoff spotlight, defeating Golden Gate in their first-ever postseason game. East Lee coach Scott Jones said his team is aware Immokalee presents a wholly different challenge. "Shoot man, they're a talented team," he said. "They're a whole lot bigger than us but we have some things in common. We're both big-play teams." In last week's 35-7 win over the Titans, the Jaguars had eight plays of 20-plus yards, led by a breakout performance by junior QB Winfred Ward, who completed 6 of 10 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns. "That's the best game he's ever played for us," Jones said. East Lee's defense has the speed in its back seven, spearheaded by linebackers Omaris Tolbert and Bryant Richardson and defensive backs Skartz Pierre and Kendall Sawyer, to keep up with the Indians' bevy of skill-position playmakers. However, the Jaguars' undersized offensive line must prevent Immokalee's 320-pound defensive tackle Deadrin Senat from dominating the line of scrimmage. "Nobody is expecting us to win so there's no pressure on us," Jones said. "One thing about our team though, they like challenges." Immokalee: The Indians defeated Estero 35-13 in their playoff opener, despite committing 23 penalties for 245 yards, including seven personal fouls. A good start appears to be crucial for an Immokalee team that has shown cracks in its chemistry, especially when encountering adversity. The Indians are decidedly more dangerous with senior QB Tsumbi Johnson running their offense. He rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns in last week's win over the Wildcats, his first action under center after missing time with a shoulder injury. Immokalee is 13-3 all-time in the state playoffs at Gary Bates Stadium, but has lost two of its past four postseason home games.

» The News-Press pick: Immokalee 33-25

Tampa Carrollwood Day (10-1) at First Baptist Academy (11-0)

» What to watch for: Tampa Carrollwood Day: This is the Region 2A-3 final. The Patriots are riding a six-game winning streak entering tonight behind senior RB Robert Davis, a Cincinnati commit. Davis, Hillsborough County's leading all-time rusher with more than 5,000 career yards, has rushed for 2,120 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. "He's a pretty special back; his balance and his ability to stay on his feet after he takes the initial hit is incredible," said Indian Rocks Christian coach Mark Buchanan, whose team lost to Carrollwood 28-22 in October. "Not big, not going to run you over but with his balance getting him to the ground is very difficult." Senior QB Vidal Woodruff has completed 82 of 130 passes for 1,649 yards and 23 touchdowns with seven interceptions. The Patriots defense is solid allowing 16.6 points per game. First Baptist: This will be the Lions' second playoff game in school history following last week's 42-21 win over Indian Rocks. They average 341.1 rushing yards per game behind two 1,000-yard rushers: senior QB Jonah Bueltel and senior RB Chris Dorrill. FBA's defense has three linebackers with over 60 tackles and the secondary knows how to take away the ball with 17 total interceptions. "Coming fresh off that loss just the team aspect of FBA is really impressive, the way they play together as a team," Buchanan said. "They didn't panic at any moment even when they got behind they stayed together and that's certainly attributed to that coaching staff making adjustments and coming together."

» The News-Press pick: First Baptist 30-24

 

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