Quick links:
 Latest Team Rankings
 Free Rivals Alerts
 Member Services
ShopMobileRadio RSSRivals.com Yahoo! Sports

December 6, 2012

Godby, Robinson battle for Orlando berth

SOCIAL: Follow on Twitter | Friend on Facebook

Not a FlaVarsity Premium subscriber? Right now - Rivals.com is offering a $99 gift card valid in our team shop (powered by Fanatics.com) for any new annual subscription. Just enter the code 'getgear99' in the promotional code area after you sign up.

FlaVarsity costs just 27 cents a day and you get access to the entire Rivals.com network! Sign up today and we'll throw in two free months!.

Untitled Document
Godby (12-1) at Robinson (12-1)

The Skinny: The road-warrior Godby Cougars travel to Tampa to face the Robinson Knights in the 5A north finals. Both teams have stellar defenses and explosive offenses. Both teams appear to be peaking at the right time and both teams will attack with quick-strike offenses. Both teams play lock-down defense. So sit back, enjoy and if you want to know who wins - flip a coin.

vs
GODBY
ROBINSON
Prediction: GODBY

PLAYERS TO WATCH:
GODBY - DB Lester Thomas, LB Corey Pressley, ATH Khalid Thomas, LB Markise McQueen.
ROBINSON - QB Zain Gilmore, OL Conner Rafferty, DL Bruce Hector, LB Justin Madison

THE OUTLOOK:
For the sixth time in the last seven weeks, Godby will step on another bus.

The road trips don't seem to faze them though as the Cougars are averaging nearly 442 yards and 42 points a game.

A big reason why Godby has made it this far maybe because of how balanced they are. Try to stop Kentucky commit RB Khalid Thomas (1260 yards, 16 TD) and the Cougars running behind OL Ben Lyda (48 pancakes) will hit you with QB JT Bradwell (140 of 233 for 2030 yards, 19 TD), Kenny Young (702 yards, 13 TD) or Tim Longmire (468 rushing, 411 receiving, 16 TD)

Stop the run, and Godby can burn you deep with receivers Wade Phillip (20.38 yards per catch, 6 TDs), Earl Calloway (15.16 yards per catch., 7 TDs) or Longmire (14.68 yards per catch, 8TDs).

A stingy defense has only gotten better in the playoffs allowing just 15.3 points per game, led by linebackers Jacob Pugh (72 tackles 4.5 sacks), Bud McDonald (72 tackles),Luke Helms (65 tackles), Corey Pressley ( 51 tackles, 6.5 sacks) and Markise McQueen (31 tackles, 4 sacks).

Robinson, on the other hand, will attempt to counter that defense behind 6A player of the year candidate, QB Zain Gilmore (1246 passing, 897 rushing, 29 TD) and RB Martin Ruiz (1225 yards, 11 TD). They run behind USF commit OL Conner Rafferty

They say defenses win championships and both will be counted on to stop the other's spread offense, especially the Knights led by USF-bound DL Bruce Hector, Justin Madison (57 tackles, 8 sacks), Demetrius Page (74 tackles, 4 sacks), Javaughn Johnson (66 tackles, 4 sacks) and Jordan Guyton (89 tackles, 2.5 sacks).

ANALYSIS This is truly a test of the immovable object (Robinson's stellar defense) against the irresistible force (Godby's offense). The Cougars are peaking at the right time - and like Robinson - only have one loss.

The schedule favors Godby - which has played teams all over North Florida from Pensacola to Jacksonville and in-between. Robinson's schedule has allowed them to stay against mostly in the Tampa Bay area - with one or two exceptions (Bishop Moore and Pasco).

Two quality opponents offer a perspective. Godby defeated Lincoln while Robinson lost to Plant. The Robinson defense has set a state record for scoring - and is incredibly opportunistic. Put the ball on the turf and you're likely to see a quick score by the defense. Godby must protect the football and win the turnover battle.

Robinson has to have the 'game of a lifetime' by Gilmore - typical of his two games against Lakewood. This Godby defense is equally as fast as the Knights - and disciplined.

I've been saying since the season started the winner of Wakulla/Godby would be the favorite to represent the North in the 5A State Finals and I'm sticking with it.

PREDICTION: Godby


* * Discuss your thoughts of the games on our Football Central message forum.



FEATURED PRODUCT

Florida NEWS

[More]

Latest Headlines:


 

Rivals.com is your source for: College Football | Football Recruiting | College Basketball | Basketball Recruiting | College Baseball | High School | College Merchandise
Site-specific editorial/photos FlaVarsity.com. All rights reserved. This website is an officially and independently operated source of news and information not affiliated with any school or team.
About | Advertise with Us | Contact | Privacy Policy | About our Ads | Terms of Service | Copyright/IP policy | Yahoo! Sports - NBC Sports Network

Statistical information 2014 STATS LLC All Rights Reserved.