Booker T. assistant coach Earl Tillman said something to me after the Tornadoes win against Jackson. He said the team was peaking.
Definitely the right time and hard to argue with the victories BTW has had in recent weeks.
I know I wrote a column today picking Nease to win the 4A title, but that's the pick I felt the least confident in, and I'm not embarrassed to admit that. Should BTW get back to the state semifinal and I predict they will, it's gonna be tough to beat Armwood on the road. But maybe, just maybe while everyone is watching to see if Northwestern wins in 6A, this is the unlikely storybook team this season.
Hey three years ago Pace won it all with one of Joe Zaccheo's more unlikely contenders. When you least expect it sometimes you get the long-awaited result.
Just to recap my early predictions for this year's playoffs:
Class 6A - NW over Apopka
Class 5A - Lakeland over St. Thomas
Class 4A - Nease over Winter Haven
Note-if Armwood beats Winter Haven, like I said before, I think it will be a state title rematch between Armwood and Nease. But if Winter Haven beats Armwood and BTW proves me wrong and beats Haven a week later, BTW at Dolphin Stadium will beat Nease.
Class 3A - St. Augustine over Naples
Class 2A - Chaminade over Bolles
Class 2B - Pahokee over Trinity Catholic
Class 1A- Glades Day over Liberty County
Note-IF Dade Christian makes me look bad and beats Glades Day or Fort Meade in the state semi, I think homefield again gives them an edge in the final.
Class 1B-Victory Christian over Deltona Trinity Christian
Let the madness begin!!