Posted: 10:02 am Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Quick look at second-round football match-ups 

By Jason Lieser

The high school football schedule slimmed down drastically this week and only local eight teams will continue their quest for a state title Friday.

Here is a brief glance at each of the second-round match-ups in our area. If you guys have any predictions for this week, let’s hear them.

Treasure Coast (7-3) at Boca Raton (9-2)

Luc

Luc

7:30 p.m., Boca Raton High

Five of The Big Board‘s top 35 college recruits will be on the field, led by Boca Raton quarterback Eddie Sullivan and Treasure Coast linebacker Jeff Luc … The Bobcats have scored 38.2 points per game the past five weeks … The Titans have held opposing quarterbacks under 100 yard passing in four of their last six games.

Winner plays: Orlando-Dr. Phillips or Apopka. Boca Raton would host Dr. Phillips, but have to travel to face Apopka. Treasure Coast would host either opponent.

Dwyer (10-1) at Fort Lauderdale-Stranahan (9-2)

7:30 p.m., Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale

Dwyer has not played a close game since losing to Glades Central in Week 1 and faces a Stranahan team that barely escaped Palm Beach Lakes last week … The Panthers have allowed only four offensive touchdowns all season and none since Oct. 2 … Quarterback Willie Tindal threw for 2,121 yards and 22 touchdowns for Stranahan in the regular season.

Winner plays: New Smyrna Beach or Melbourne-Palm Bay. If Dwyer advances, the Panthers are guaranteed a home game next week.

Fort Pierce Westwood (7-3) at Merritt Island (10-1)

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Shorter

7:30 p.m., Merritt Island High

Merritt Island beat the Panthers 38-22 in Week 6 on its way to winning District 13-3A … The Mustangs finished the regular season ranked No. 7 in Class 3A in the Associated Press poll … Fort Pierce Westwood wide receiver Leon Shorter led all big-school players with 780 receiving yards this season.

Winner plays: Miami-Belen Jesuit or Miami-Washington. Fort Pierce Westwood would have to go on the road against either team.

Plantation-American Heritage (9-2) at Glades Central (11-0)

7:30 p.m., Glades Central High

This is a significant hurdle for the Raiders as they seek their first state championship since 2006 … American Heritage has won eight straight including last week’s 34-13 victory over Boynton Beach … The Raiders held eight of their 11 opponents under 10 points this season.

Winner plays: Tampa-Robinson or Wauchula-Hardee. Glades Central would host either team in the next round.

Fort Lauderdale-Calvary Christian (8-3) at American Heritage (8-3)

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Millines

7:30 p.m., American Heritage School

The Stallions blew out Calvary Christian three weeks ago to claim the District 7-1A title … Calvary Christian beat King’s Academy and Pope John Paul II by a total of four points, while the Stallions’ combined margin of victory against those two teams was 95 … American Heritage senior Darius Millines produced 718 yards of total offense this year.

Winner plays: Cross City-Dixie County or Fort Meade. American Heritage would go on the road against either potential opponent.

Glades Day (9-2) vs. Jupiter Christian (9-2)

7:30 p.m., Port St. Lucie High

Winner of this game will be the favorite to win the Class 1B state championship next month … Jupiter Christian edged the Gators in District 7-1B by beating them 28-21 in Week 4 … Running back Kelvin Taylor was the area’s second leading rusher with 1,439 yards for Glades Day (9-2) … The Eagles (9-2) led all small schools with 3,767 yards of total offense.

Winner plays: Fort Myers-Evangelical Christian or Sarasota-Out-of-Door. Jupiter Christian or Glades Day would travel for the next round.