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Preview box: Braden River at Lakewood Ranch

Braden River at Lakewood Ranch

Time: 7:30 p.m.

The scoop: Cousins Marcus McNeal and Willie McNeal could have a big say in the outcome. Marcus, the Class 5A Mustangs' senior wide receiver, is being courted by numerous Division I colleges and would like to improve on last year's two-catch output against the Class 3A Pirates. Willie is also a college prospect as a receiver and gives the Pirates another option at quarterback, although junior Stephen Fischer handled the position well in last week's 39-26 Kickoff Classic victory against Englewood Lemon Bay. Running back Jajuan Bell scored four touchdowns for the Pirates. Sophomore Taryn Laws is a rushing threat for Lakewood Ranch, which was unable to schedule a Kickoff Classic last week and played an intrasquad scrimmage. Junior quarterback Zack Self appeared ready to lead the offense. Braden River won last year's meeting 20-6.

The score: Lakewood Ranch 24, Braden River 20

— Mike Henry, Herald Staff

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