Lake Minneola vs. Miami Central football state final preview

J.C. Carnahan, Orlando Sentinel

Lake Minneola plays for the Class 6A football state championship Friday afternoon in just its 10th season since the school opened in 2011.

The Hawks face defending champ Miami Central in the Florida High School Athletic Association final at 1 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium, located on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee.

Lake Minneola, which lost for the only time this season, 25-13 vs. 8A state finalist Seminole on Oct. 9, is No. 5 in the Sentinel Super 16 Orlando area rankings.

Admission to Friday’s contest is $15 in advance and $18 on day of game exclusively at Spectrum Sports is streaming all state championships online for a fee.

Lake Minneola (11-1) vs. Miami Central (6-1)

Buzz: Lake Minneola, in the postseason for the second year in a row but just the third time in program history, is the first Lake County team to reach an FHSAA football final since Eustis won the Class 2A championship in 1983. Central, coached by former University of Miami cornerback Roland Smith, is playing in the 6A title game for the eighth time since 2010.

MaxPreps 6A rankings: Lake Minneola, No. 2; Miami Central No. 1.

State final records: Lake Minneola, 0-0; Miami Central, 6-1.

Past playoff meetings: First meeting.

Points scored per game: Lake Minneola, 43.6; Miami Central, 32.

Points against per game: Lake Minneola, 11; Miami Central, 13.

Players to watch: Lake Minneola RB Sidarius “Duke” Walker has rushed for 1,644 yards and 21 TDs. Hawks QB Robbie Sanders has accounted for 28 TDs as both a passer and rusher. Central OL Laurence Seymore is a University of Miami signee. RB Amari Daniels and WR Yulkeith Brown have both signed with Texas A&M.

Pick: Lake Minneola.

J.C. last week: 3 correct, 1 fumble (.750). Season: 287 correct, 52 fumbles (.847).

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