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Bradenton Christian (4-5) at St. Petersburg Shorecrest (1-5)

When: 7 p.m.

The scoop: The Panthers have been woeful against the run this season. The latest struggle was last Friday's homecoming defeat to Southwest Florida Christian, which piled up 662 rushing yards in a 54-33 rout. ... BCS allowed two 200-plus-yard rushing games last week, and the Panthers were gouged for seven rushing touchdowns. ... Junior RB Zack Cooper eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing plateau with a 171-yard effort and four total touchdowns. ... The Chargers almost had to stop its season because of low participation numbers. ... Shorecrest's lone victory is a 16-6 win over Out-of-Door Academy. ... This is BCS' final game of the season. ... The Panthers are seeking to end a four-game losing skid against Shorecrest.

Prediction: BCS 35, St. Petersburg Shorecrest Prep 21.

Gainesville St. Francis Catholic (3-5) at Saint Stephen's (5-3)

Time: 6 p.m.

The scoop: Neither team made the Sunshine State Athlteic Conference's championship playoffs, so this is a seeding game to help determine the conference's final standings. ... The Wolves are averaging more than 29 points per game but are allowing 32.5. ...Griffin Donnelly had 146 yards and a TD last week vs. Out-of-Door Academy and Alex Vigirilio kicked three field goals... Bobby Harrison has four INTs for the Falcons, who have 10 total. ... Garrett Barnes has a team-best 70 tackles. ... The Falcons close the season next week at Ocoee Legacy for another seeding game.

Prediction: Saint Stephen's 35, St. Francis 28.

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