Football: Zephyrhills at Orlando Christian Prep preview

2A region final

Zephyrhills Christian (9-2) at Orlando Christian Prep (9-1), 7:30

This is a rematch from the regular season finale that Orlando Christian Prep won 15-12 in a defensive battle. That loss snapped an eight-game win for Zephyrhills Christian. Last week, Zephyrhills Christian bounced back by rallying from a 10-point second half deficit to beat Lakeland Victory Christian 24-16 and advance to the region final for the first time. Dontrevious Jackson has been the workhorse for Zephyrhills Christian, rushing for 1,803 yards and 18 touchdowns. In the regular season finale, Jackson was held to 66 yards, his second-lowest total of the season. On defense, Zephyrhills Christian is led by Zyon Vaughn-Nobles, who has 23 ½ sacks. Orlando Christian Prep, ranked fifth in the class by MaxPreps, has won nine straight. Its offense relies primarily on depth in the run game and an efficient passing game. Expect another low scoring game. Both teams are allowing an average of 10 points per game. 

Stat leaders

CategoryZephyrhills ChristianOrlando Christian Prep
Passing yardsJayce Nixon, 1,333 (14 TDs, 3 INTs)Vilay Nikkaun Jr., 973 (16 TDs, 3 INTs)
Rushing yardsDontrevious Jackson, 1,803 (18 TDs)Brian Thomas, 517 (5 TDs)
Receiving yardsQuavious Brown, 382 (4 TDs)Demarion Jenkins, 342 (5 TDs)
TacklesZyon Vaughn-Nobles, 98Jamel Lynch, 51
SacksZyon Vaughn-Nobles,  23 ½Stanley Ihekwoaba, 9
InterceptionsTwo players tied with two. Two players tied with two.