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IMG Academy vs Trinity Christian Academy Preview

4-2, Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL) host 6-0 IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL). TCA is currently No. 22 in the state of Florida and IMG has been No.1 in state for two years along with a No.2 overall in the nation rating. The hype for this game has died down from the preseason but is still the feature game of the week and will be shown on ESPN 2 tonight at 7pm ET.

Another top-tier in state opponent awaits the mighty might machine that is  IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL).  Trinity Christian has won three consecutive Class 3A state titles and has five players ranked in the ESPN 300 but has had a disappointing season so far with losses to Cocoa on ESPN in the opener and a stunning home loss to Lincoln. TCA’s top prospects include seniors D.J. Matthews (273 rushing yards, 213 receiving yards, 250 return yards) and lock down DB Shaun Wade who also has accounted for (264 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns), senior LB/SS TJ Robinson, junior defensive backs Chamarri Conner, Tyreke Johnson and junior linebacker Eriq Gilyard round out the top tier talent for coach Verlon Dorminey. Dorminey, whose career record of 251-63 includes six state championships, needs this win to set himself apart from other top coaches in the state.

The Conquerors are ranked No. 22 in the state of Florida … IMG dusted off 3A state title contender, West Palm Beach Oxbridge, 38-0 last Thursday. … Ascenders QB Kellen Mond (Texas A&M commit) set the program record for total TDs in a season with 23. Elite defensive end Robert Beal (Georgia commit) and ATH/LB Dylan Moses (Alabama) are the headliners, coming in at No. 3 and 8, respectively, in the country IMG boasts more depth with 21 players between seniors and juniors ranked in the ESPN 300 and 18 in the Rivals 250.

The Ascenders have won 24 consecutive games, and 33 of 36 games since starting play in 2013 under then-coach Chris Weinke now (LA Rams QB coach). However, one of those losses was to Trinity Christian, 27-24,  in 2013 but this IMG team is completely revamped with depth and have looked unbeatable since the early season scare versus Corona Centennial. IMG HC Kevin Wright will have his work cut out for him but….

Prediction: IMG Academy 35, Jacksonville Trinity Christian 13

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Director of High School Football Recruiting for RSEN

Donovan James is a columnist at RSENReport and also works as the Director of High School Football Recruiting/NFL Draft Analyst for RSEN. For more updates on Twitter follow him @DonJamesSports

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