Football: Lakewood at Miami Central preview (Class 2 Metro state semifinals) — Dec. 2

Class 2M state semifinals

Lakewood (9-4) at Miami Central (12-0), 7:30, tonight

How they got here: Lakewood d. Clearwater 42-13, d. Tampa Catholic 44-41, d. Calvary Christian 63-42; Miami Central d. Miami St. Brendan 60-0, d. Miami Northwestern 34-30, d. Miami Norland 34-20.

Up next: The winner faces the Plantation American Heritage-Jacksonville Bolles winner in the 2M state championship game in two weeks in Fort Lauderdale.

Stat leaders
CategoryLakewoodMiami Central
Passing yardsAnthony Colandrea, 2,854 (27 TDs)Keyone Jenkins, 1,871 (22 TDs)
Rushing yardsTra’quan Johnson, 1,041 (8 TDs)Jonathan Harris, 410 (3 TDs)
Receiving yardsAviyon Mack-Smith, 941 (8 TDs)Corey Washington, 582 (6 TDs)
TacklesKhire Butler, 65Stanquan Clark, 80
SacksIsaiah Nixon, 13Rueben Bain, 26
InterceptionsThree tied with two. Amari Wallace, 2

Lakewood is in the state semifinals for the third time in the past four seasons.

Once again, to reach the title game for the first time in school history, the Spartans will have to get past a South Florida powerhouse.

In the past two state semifinal appearances, Lakewood lost to Miami Booker T. Washington and Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons.

Now comes what might be the biggest challenge yet.

The Spartans travel to Miami to take on Central, which is ranked third nationally by MaxPreps. The undefeated Rockets have some impressive victories, including one over national power IMG Academy, another over current state semifinalist Miami Columbus and two more over rival Miami Northwestern.

But the Spartans are prepared.

They traveled — and beat — state semifinalist Homestead in the regular season and played a number of other quality opponents.

Since the playoffs started, Lakewood’s offense has been prolific.

The Spartans have averaged 49 points and nearly 500 yards per game in the postseason. Last week, Lakewood racked up 794 yards of offense in a 63-42 win over Calvary Christian.