High school football: FHSAA Class 2M regional championship previews

Jon Santucci
Florida Times-Union

The USA TODAY Florida Network breaks down the Florida high school football playoffs region by region. Here's a look at what to expect in Class 2M.

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Region 1

Andrew Jackson's Grayson Howard (0) celebrates a stop with Tyler Fann (12) during the first quarter of a regular season football game Friday, Sept. 18, 2022 at Andrew Jackson High School football stadium in Jacksonville. The Andrew Jackson Tigers defeated the Spruce Creek Hawks 35-6.

First round

(8) Riverside 20, (1) Andrew Jackson 13 

(5) Raines 34, (4) Ed White 22

(3) Bolles 38, (6) Episcopal School of Jacksonville 6

(7) Bishop Moore 28, (2) Bishop Kenny 7

Semifinals

Raines 18, Riverside 0

Bolles 27, Bishop Moore 10

Regional final

Raines at Bolles

Bolles, a regional champion in 2021, has won three in a row and six of its past seven games. The Bulldogs have scored at least 27 points in each of their past six wins. Sophomore running back Ty Neal has rushed for 994 yards and a team-best 10 touchdowns. Raines has won eight of their past nine games, including three in a row. Quarterback Roman Doles has thrown for 1,250 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for a team-best 772 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season.

Recruit to watch 

Kenton Kirkland (Raines S)

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior is an outstanding defensive back who can line up outside, in the box or as a deep safety. The Florida State commit has 49 tackles, two interceptions and two passes defended this fall. 

Region 2

Berkeley Prep edge rusher Keon Keeley attends the Ohio State, Wisconsin game.

First round

(1) Tampa Catholic 47, (8) King 12 

(4) Lakewood 42, (5) Clearwater 13

(3) Berkeley Prep 42, (6) Robinson 12

(2) Calvary Christian (Clearwater) 56, (7) Blake 13

Semifinals

Lakewood 42, Tampa Catholic 41

Calvary Christian 29, Berkeley Prep 28

Regional final

Lakewood at Calvary Christian 

After two of the most exciting regional semifinals in the state, will this one be more of the same drama? Lakewood, a Class 4A state semifinalist in 2021, has won of its past seven games. The Spartans have scored at least 20 points in each of those seven games. Quarterback Anthony Colandrea (Virginia commit) has thrown for 2,417 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed for 524 yards and four scores. Calvary Christian is on a six-game win streak and is averaging more than 39 points per game this season. Quarterback Jacob Drackett threw for 2,351 yards and 31 touchdowns and also rushed for four scores.

Recruit to watch 

Anthony Colandrea (Lakewood QB)

At 6-foot, 175 pounds, Colandrea lacks prototypical size, but he has a lot of talent. Colandrea has total control of the Spartans offense and can hurt teams with his arms or legs. The two-year starter has thrown for 6,591 yards and 54 touchdowns during his varsity career.

Region 3

American Heritage senior wide receiver Brandon Inniss

First round

(1) American Heritage (Plantation) 43,. (8) Inlet Grove 7

(4) Boynton Beach 29. (5) King’s Academy 26

(3) Calvary Christian (Fort Lauderdale) 49, (6) St. Andrew's 34

(2) Cardinal Gibbons 45, (7) Pine Crest 0

Semifinals

American Heritage 49, Boynton Beach 0

Cardinal Gibbons 43, American Heritage 27

Regional final 

This is one of the most anticipated regional finals in the state. Gibbons won consecutive Class 4A state titles; American Heritage won the Class 5A state championship in 2020. This is a rematch of the District 12-2M championship game, which American Heritage won 21-2 at Cardinal Gibbons. American Heritage has won seven games in a row and is averaging better than 40 points per game this fall. Running back Mark Fletcher Jr. has rushed for 1,542 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. Cardinal Gibbons has won six consecutive games and scored at least 31 points in each of those games. Quarterback Dylan Rizk (UCF commit) threw for 1,675 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 210 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season. 

American Heritage is the No. 2 overall seed in the state and would host a state semifinal game if it wins the region

Recruit to watch 

Brandon Inniss (American Heritage WR )

Inniss is the top-ranked receiver on the USA Today top 100 and No. 4 overall. The 6-foot, 190-pounder can line up outside or in the slot and also has been a game-changer in limited snaps at safety this fall. Inniss has caught 54 passes for 1,043 yards and scored 14 total touchdowns this season. 

Region 4

Miami Central takes the field during the Class 5A state championship game against Merritt Island at DRV PNK Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, FL  Dec. 17, 2021.

First round

(1) Miami Central 60, (8) St. Brendan 0

(4) Miami Northwestern 39, (5) Gulliver Prep 0

(3) Miami Norland 37, (6) Miami Jackson 6

(2) Booker T. Washington (Miami) 27, (7) Carol City 12

Semifinals

Miami Central 34, Miami Northwestern 30

Miami Norland 14, Booker T. Washington 7

Regional final 

This is a rematch of the regular season game that Central dominated, winning 53-7 on Oct. 13. Undefeated Central has been the No. 1 team in the state on the USA Today Florida Network poll all season. Quarterback Keyone Jenkins (Auburn commit) had thrown for 1.565 yards and 22 touchdowns with only three interceptions and is also tied for the team leads with four rushing scores through the first 10 games of the season.  Miami Norland is on a five-game win streak and avenged a lopsided regular season loss to Booker T. Washington in the regional semifinals. Vikings sophomore quarterback Ennio Yapoor has thrown for 2,455 yards and 26 touchdowns and rushed for a team-high 907 yards and nine touchdowns. 

Miami Central is the No. 1 overall seed in the state and would host a state semifinal game if it wins the region

Recruit to watch 

Rueben Bain (Miami Central EDGE)

Ranked No. 23 on the USA Today Florida Network top 100, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Bain has narrowed his list to Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Louisville, Miami and Oklahoma. Bain has been one of the most productive and dominant players in the state the past two seasons.