Previewing area teams in football regional finals

Previewing area teams in football regional finals

Its regional finals week of the 2019 high school football playoffs. This evening there are three games involving four area teams looking to advance to the state semifinals.

Class 6A Region 1

Lee (9-3) at Pensacola Escambia (12-0)

The Lee Generals are coming off a double overtime thriller, beating Lake City Columbia 6-3 to advance to another regional final under head coach O.J. Small.

Lee enters tonight’s game in Pensacola having won four in a row and the Generals are playing their best football of the season.

The test tonight will be a big one as Lee has to make a six hour trip down I-10 to play an undefeated Escambia team that has only allowed 21 points on defense in its last five games.

Lee is the last public school team remaining in Duval, St. John’s, Clay and Nassau counties, so the eyes of Northeast Florida high school football will be out in Pensacola tonight.

Class 4A Region 1

Bradford (6-5) at Bolles (9-1)

Bolles enters tonight’s regional final winners of nine games in a row. During that streak the Bulldogs have impressive wins over the likes of St. Augustine, Creekside and Daytona Beach Mainland, all of whom play in higher classification.

Bradford enters tonight’s game playing its best football of the year after a 45-13 win at West Nassau one week ago. Bradford has won two games on the road in a row to advance to tonight’s regional final and won’t be intimidated having to travel to Bolles.

The Bulldogs are clearly the favorites, but need to be careful as Bradford already has wins over Baker County and West Nassau this season.

Class 2A Region 1

Maclay (9-2) at University Christian (10-1)

University Christian had revenge on its mind last week and they got it with a win over North Florida Christian, the same team who knocked them out of the 2018 playoffs. Now UC must shift its focus to a Maclay team with nine wins on the season.

University Christian is undefeated this year against teams from the state of Florida and head coach David Penland is looking to guide University Christian back to the state semifinals.

Maclay eliminated St. Joseph’s Academy 38-2 last week and will certainly have confidence entering tonight’s 2A regional final.

These two teams are a combined 19-3 on the season, so this should be a good one.