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Tale of the tape

By Times Staff
Published October 13, 2006


CITRUS

COACH: Rik Haines

RECORD: 3-3, 1-0

LAST YEAR'S GAME: W, 34-12

KEY PLAYER: Sophomore running back Antoin Scriven. He is elusive and has field vision: 87 carries, 553 yards five touchdowns.

PASSING YARDS PER GAME: 129 (774 total yards)

RUSH YARDS PER GAME: 163.3 (980 total yards)

POINTS PER GAME: 21.3

POINTS PER GAME ALLOWED: 20

OFFENSIVE ATTACK: Scriven gives the 'Canes versatility, but has run more tentatively this season after an early ankle injury has kept him from averaging as many yards. Citrus, which lost receivers Colt Carlson and Geoff Blotz to injury this season, has a large core led by Derek Paquette (10 catches, 172 yards; six carries, 49 yards, four touchdowns) and Patrick Kruis (25 carries, 156 yards).

MOST IMPRESSIVE WIN: 48-3 against St. Cloud

 

NATURE COAST

COACH: Jamie Joyner

RECORD: 5-1, 2-0

LAST YEAR'S GAME: L, 34-12

KEY PLAYER: Quarterback Josh Ortiz. Though he has a strong arm, the speedy senior is a huge threat on the ground, where he has rushed for 674 yards on 79 carries.

PASSING YARDS PER GAME: 60

RUSH YARDS PER GAME: 276.7

POINTS PER GAME: 27.5

POINTS PER GAME ALLOWED: 11.3

OFFENSIVE ATTACK: Ortiz anchors the Sharks' option attack and remains their primary offensive weapon. But freshman Tevin Drake, who rushed for 203 yards last week in his first varsity game, could provide an added dimension.

MOST IMPRESSIVE WIN: 14-10 over Springstead