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December 6, 2012

Lincoln, Osceola clash in Kissimmee

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Lincoln (11-1) at Osceola (13-0)

The Skinny: Lincoln came from behind to defeat Oviedo in the final minute of last week's regional final. Likewise, Osceola has battled to tough wins in its last two playoff games, defeating Lithia Newsome, 21-18, and Davenport Ridge, 29-28. This will be a clash of styles

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OSCEOLA
Prediction: LINCOLN

PLAYERS TO WATCH:
LINCOLN - WR Reggie Davis, LB James Hearns, Taj Williams,
OSCEOLA - RB Stafon McCray, DB Hassan Childs

THE OUTLOOK:
The Kowboys don't try to trick you on offense, as they average 314.2 yards rushing and just 42.5 passing, but no one has been able to solve three-star RB Stafon McCray and company, yet.

Osceola has survived a couple of scares along the way to an undefeated record, knocking off Ridge Community 29-28 and Newsome 21-18.

McCray is the driving force, but Davante Small and Hassan Childs is the secret weapons. Small rushed for 129 yards, including a 69-yard game-clinching touchdown. Childs is a two-way player has break-away speed that can burn the secondary of the opposition. Osceola QB Daequan Harrison manages the game very well and does not make mistakes.

Lincoln opened the season with a win over a very good St. Paul's (La.) team - winning with defense.

The Trojans have been defensive all season long, led by Florida commit James Hearns - Lincoln has forced 18 turnovers and capitalized on them.

The Trojans have QB Cameron Joseph running the ship - and he does it efficiently. Joseph has thrown for over 1700 yards and 15 touchdowns. He likes to target Taj Williams (31 catches, 591 yards, 9 TD) and Myles Gaines (39 catches, 565 yards, 2 TD).

Running the ball for the Trojans is Ben Robinson (1,182, 18 TD). Robinson has been the work-horse when Lincoln needs the tough yards. In its one loss to Godby - Lincoln self-destructed with costly turnovers in the red zone.

Do that against an opportunistic Kowboy defense (which has also forced 18 turnovers) and you'll find yourself playing catch-up all night long.

ANALYSIS Lincoln was expected to make a serious run, and Osceola has always been a force to reckon with. The Kowboys have quietly gone 13-0 with defense and discipline.

Eight times this year, Osceola has held its opponent to a touchdown or less - including a 16-2 win over Lakeland. So call the Kowboys anything but Cinderella - because they've earned it.

This game will come down to a turnover - late and a late score. Lincoln has proven they can do both - scoring with less than a minute to go last week to upend Oviedo.

PREDICTION: Lincoln


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