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Football: Friday night’s prep matchups

Alonso (5-4) at Sickles (8-1): Alonso was eliminated from the playoffs last week after losing to Plant, but can still finish the season above .500 with an upset of rival Sickles. The Gryphons clinched the first district title in program history with a lopsided win gainst Tampa Bay Tech last week.

Strawberry Crest (6-3) at Armwood (9-0): What a week for Strawberry Crest. The Chargers lost both rounds of a district tiebreaker against East Bay and Plant City on Monday, and now has to face the top team in the county four days later.

Bloomingdale (5-4) at Middleton (2-7): Bloomingdale was eliminated from the playoff picture in a heartbreaking loss to Wharton last week, but can still make school history by securing the program’s first official winning season (without an asterisk).

Brandon (3-5) at Berkeley Prep (4-4): Brandon is coming off a loss to Plant City while Berkeley Prep had its biggest win of the season by upsetting playoff-bound Frostproof on the road. Berkeley’s home game against Orlando Lake Highland Prep was canceled due to weather earlier in the season, leaving the Buccaneers with only a nine-game schedule, but a win will still allow the team to finish above .500.

Freedom (2-7) at Riverview (2-7): Last week, Freedom came alive in the second half to turn a tied game into a 33-13 victory against Wiregrass Ranch to earn its first home victory of the season. Riverview, meanwhile, lost to Newsome, 31-7.

Gaither (5-4) at Plant City (7-2): Two playoff-bound teams with a lot at stake in the region quarterfinals next week. Still, it’s a big game with credibility and bragging rights on the line.

Hillsborough (6-3) at Tampa Bay Tech (6-3): For these two teams to miss the playoffs just shows how talented and competitive Hillsborough County football really is.

Steinbrenner (3-6) at Jefferson (8-1): If the Dragons go far in the state playoffs, Jefferson QB Deiondre Porter could end the season as the county’s leading passer and rusher. When was the last time that happened? If ever?

Leto (0-9)at Spoto (2-7): Spoto will continue in the state playoffs despite just two wins so far. A win tonight should give the Spartans momentum heading into the Class 5A region quarterfinals at Lake Wales.

Tampa Catholic (8-1) at Jesuit (6-3): Jesuit has won the last 13 meetings against its biggest rival. Tampa Catholic, however, fields one of the most talented teams its ever had. To add, the storied rivalry turns a new chapter with two new head coaches, Mike Gregory and Matt Thompson.

Leesburg First Academy (7-2) at Seffner Christian (8-1): This is a first-round playoff game in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference. The winner will play either Mount Dora or Orlando Christian Prep in the next round.

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