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December 11, 2012

Immokalee, Godby are evenly matched

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The FHSAA Class 5A state championship game puts together what quite possibly could be the most evenly matched up of the four remaining finals.

The championship game will pit arguably the two teams that could have been projected when the 2012 season began.

But who will win between Tallahassee Godby and Immokalee? Here are three questions to consider.

  • 1. Are the two offenses really as balanced as they look?

    Simply put, yes.

    The Indians (11-3) will enter Friday's game putting up 149.1 rushing and 145.7 passing yards-a-game. Meanwhile, the Cougars (13-1) counter with an average of 260.9 rushing and 174 passing yards.

    Each team can beat you in either way.

    Keep your eyes on Immokalee's Tshumbi Johnson, a Cincinnati commitment with a combined 1,781 passing and rushing yards. And for Godby, watch out for Kentucky commit Khalid Thomas, who has rushed for more than 1,400 yards as a senior.

    2. Will Immokalee keep the ball safe?

    If there is one area the Cougars might have the biggest advantage, it is ball security.

    Immokalee has fumbled 24 times, losing 18, this year. Godby, on the other hand, has given up just six fumbles.

    Likewise, the Indians have thrown 11 interceptions to only seven for the Cougars.

    On the flip side, Godby pounces on turnovers - and that's how the Cougars beat 7A finalist Tallahassee Lincoln.

    3. Whose quarterback will stay the most upright?

    These are two outstanding pass-rush teams.

    For the season, Immokalee has brought down the opposing quarterback 27 times, while Godby has done so an eye-popping 47.

    Junior Jimmy Bayes leads the way for the Indians with 7.5 sacks, while linebacker Corey Pressley has seven (among 18 TFL) for the Cougars.

    The big guys up front will have work to do.

    The game starts at 1:07 PM and is being televised on Brighthouse Sports Network (available in Central Florida). The game will also be on Comcast Sports Southeast and other cable systems. If you are a cable subscriber, you can watch the game on ESPN3.com

    FlaVarsity will have a streaming blog and in-depth coverage of the game.

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