Football: Class 1S region semifinal preview — Nov. 16, 2023

Here is the breakdown of Zephyrhills Christian, the lone area team playing in Friday’s Class 1 region semifinals in the Suburban Division. The winners advance to next week’s region finals.

Friday’s Area Region Semifinal Matchup

Class 1S

For the full MaxPreps bracket click here.

Region 3
No. 4 Lakeland Victory Christian (5-5) at No. 1 Zephyrhills Christian (8-2), 7

This is a rematch from a regular season game the host Warriors won 27-20. That victory helped Zephyrhills Christian secure its first district title. In that game, Parker Stirnkorb threw for two touchdowns, both going to Kendall Johnson. But Johnson is more than just a receiving threat. The junior ran for a touchdown, connected on all three extra points and even had two punts land inside the 20-yard line in that first matchup against Victory Christian. After starting 2-2, the Warriors have won six straight games. Four of those were decided by eight points or less. The Storm is trying to rebound after losing four of its last six games. Lakeland Christian also have been in plenty of close contests with five of its last six games decided by seven points or less.

Stat leaders
CategoryLakeland Victory ChristianZephyrhills Christian
Passing yardsJackson Benton, 1,033Parker Stirnkorb, 2,060
Rushing yardsJackson Benton, 241Alexavier Hairston, 707
Receiving yardsKooper Jones, 550Kendall Johnson, 823
TacklesMartell Thomas, 66Brayden Larsen, 72
SacksTwo tied with two. Kaden Paghense, 5.5
InterceptionsJozia Scott, 2Kendall Johnson, 5