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August 24, 2013
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Breakdown: There aren't many teams in Florida with the tradition and pedigree of University Christian - a small school powerhouse for three decades. Head coach David Penland III has been around the program during that time, serving as a ball boy in the 90's and playing in the 2000's. As far as programs go in Kentucky, no one has done it better. The Bluebirds have won 30 consecutive playoff games and six consecutive KHSAA titles - and 22 overall.
University Christian returned to the state title game for the first time since John Street was head coach (1995) last year and did it with an offense that smashes it right down your throat. The Christians lost RB Kyle Smoot (transfer to Raines) but Florentino, Tamerius Bowes and Hussien Howe will pick up the pace. QB Tre Cobb is a senior and will manage the offense will for University. Defensively, UC will put pressure on Houliston - who steps into the starting role after throwing for 610 and six touchdowns in limited action last year. Nick True will test MLB Thomas Brandenburger. The Bluebirds also return RB Zach Harris - the second-leading rusher off last year's 13-1 team.