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Friday night at 7 p.m. from Jacksonville, we’ll have ‘live’ video coverage of Lee at Mandarin. Join Corey Davis & Andre Ellis for all the action. WATCH IT LIVE HERE.
Prognosticator Joe Pinkos lists the visiting Generals as a 6-point favorite. Here is a preview of the game courtesy of DuvalSports.com –
Coach: OJ Small
Key Players: Jurial Caldwell (Sr., WR), Taz Nicholson (Sr., ATH), Kevonte Doles (So., RB), Trevor James (Sr., LB), Terrance James (Sr., LB), Lamont Simmons (Sr., WR/DB), Robert Simmons (So., DB), Cameron Sapp (Sr., QB), Malik Brown (Sr., RB), Deshaun Davis (Sr., WR/DB)
Outlook: Two years ago, Lee took everyone by surprise by advancing all the way to the state semifinals in a stunning loss to Plant. With several starters back, the Generals were expected to make another serious run but surprisingly were bounced out of the playoffs in the first round last season. Do the Generals have another run in them this season ? Six starters are back on offense including speedy playmakers Caldwell, Nicholson, Doles, Simmons along with transfers Sapp (Parker), Bates (Raines), Brown (UC) and Davis (Mandarin). Five starters are back on defense including the James brothers, Simmons and Nicholson. Through two games the defense has been superb allowing only 18 points in 8 quarters, while the offense finally found themselves scoring 41 points last week. One player who should be fired up for this one is Davis, who transferred from Mandarin, over the summer. Sapp finally looks comfortable in the offense especially with playmakers Doles and Nicholson. While Trevor James has been a consistent leader on the defense at linebacker consistently making plays.
Coach: Bobby Ramsay
Key Players: Terrell Jennings (Sr., RB), Demario Douglas (Sr., WR/DB), Johnny Reggo III (Sr., LB/SS), Kris Mitchell (Sr., WR), Ernest Ricks (So., DB), Tre Lawrence (So., QB), Kasimir Absolu (Sr., WR/DB), Nijel McGriff (Sr., DL), Parker Merrill (Sr., OL), Nick Harris (Sr., DL), Zack Mills (Sr., DL), Travis Moss (Jr., LB), Christian Warren (Sr., DL), Darian Oxedine (Sr., WR/CB), Carson Beck (Jr., QB)
Outlook: Two weeks ago Mandarin bullied rival Atlantic Coast into submission, a week later it went toe-to-toe with state power Godby losing a tough one in overtime. A win here would go a long way point wise securing a playoff bid and also confidence wise. The Mustangs were without two of its top playmakers last week in Jennings and Beck yet still put up over 40 points. If those two are back watch out this one could be a barn burner.