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December 13, 2012

St.Thomas battles Lincoln for 7A Title

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St.Thomas Aquinas (12-2) vs. Lincoln(12-1)

The Skinny Both teams come into this 7A Final having won titanic ballgames. Lincoln are the 7A North Champions, making their second appearance in three years earning a 24-14 victory at Kissimmee Osceola in what was easily one of the most physical games played by any pair of teams in the state this season. Aquinas thumped Manatee 35-18 on Fort Lauderdale on the strength of a pair of 100-yd rushers; setting the entire state of Florida (and country) on notice that this is still St. Thomas Aquinas we're talking about.

Prediction: LINCOLN

St.Thomas Aquinas: QB John O' Korn, RB Fred Coppet, RB Madre London, DE Joey Bosa, DE Anthony Moten

Lincoln: QB Cameron Joseph, RB Benjamin Robinson, WR Reggie Davis, LB James Hearns, CB Kendall Randolph

What a Friday Night it was for the both of these teams and what a week it must certainly have been to this point. People (including myself) all but wrote this Raiders squad last week even though their record at home vs. Manatee was perfect and it would be inadvisable to corner them this time of season regardless of venue as well as they've been playing. It's been over 2 months since they've tasted defeat and it's because their team is as complete on offense and defense as it's been in the championship seasons past; even without their customary "marquee" names so-to-speak.

Lincoln, by many accounts should be here. Their games vs. St. Paul's in New Orleans and Osceola last week taught them how to win on nights when their A-game was nowhere to be found, and their loss to Godby put perspective into how quickly that B-game can get them beat. The Trojans have become accustomed to winning games that require cardiac resuscitation, but they do it in such impressive fashion whether big plays or insanely physical defense.

If the both of these teams do what they're supposed to do on offense, take the over; WAY over. IF both these teams play defense the way they played last week, disregard the previous advice with one of those "Men In Black" memory thingamajigs. Both have playmakers on each side and it will most likely be a defensive TD that wins this game. There's a final score that one of these teams may recognize. In the immortal words of Yogi Berra posed as a question; déjà vu all over again?

PREDICTION: Lincoln 17, St.Thomas Aquinas 14

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