Week 7 Still Playing Despite Matthew’s Presence
Hurricane Matthew has caused casualties and devastation for Haiti, Bahamas and Eastern Florida, and before we get to our predictions we’d like to take a moment to hope everyone remains safe during these trying times. Football is just a nice distraction during something like this, and in the grand scheme of things nothing is more important than the safety of people.
Hurricane Matthew is still over the East Coast of Florida, and lucky enough those on the west coast haven’t had much to worry about.
Schools in Pasco, Citrus and Hernando were cancelled Friday meaning all of the games listed below are set to be played on SATURDAY unless otherwise noted.
Joining me as always is Derek J. LaRiviere, and we will be breaking down the week seven slate, which will see a district matchup with playoff implications.
Game of the Week: Citrus (2-3, 2-1 5A-7) at Central (3-2, 2-1 5A-7) 10 a.m.
Aiello Jr: Central 35-14
LaRiviere: Central, 35-27
Derek’s Breakdown: With Hurricane Matthew leading the headlines, it’s fitting that the Game of the Week involves Citrus. The Hurricanes will have to contain Central RB De’Vonta Smith, recently named a nominee for Gatorade’s National High School Player of the Year. The Bears have improved their defense and balance on the offensive side of the ball as well. With Izzy Zena under center, opponents have had to respect the passing game as well as the ground attack.
Danny’s Breakdown: Coming into the season, if you had a Week 7 matchup between Central and Citrus for inside track to the second playoff spot in the district, congratulations. Since playing Nature Coast, the Bears defense has improved greatly and their offense is still very dangerous. Citrus, as good as they have looked at times, have done it against the weaker teams in the Class 5A, District 7. If the weather holds off, Central should be in control all morning on Saturday.
Byes: Hernando (2-3), Land O’Lakes (0-4), Springstead (2-2), Pasco (0-5), Sunlake (5-1)
OVERALL RECORDS (LAST WEEK) : Aiello Jr: 10-4 (46-21), LaRiviere 11-3 (49-18)