The 2023 FHSAA Class 1M State Championship game between Chaminade-Madonna and Clearwater Central Catholic will take place on Thursday, December 7th, 2023 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:00 AM Eastern Time (ET).

Event Information
Game: Chaminade-Madonna vs Clearwater Central Catholic
Date: Thursday, December 7, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM
Streaming: Watch Live Here

Chaminade-Madonna Lions:

Head Coach: Dameon Jones (record at Chaminade-Madonna: 116-12)

Offense: Spread offense with a focus on Dante Moore’s passing ability. They also have a talented running back in Trevonte Citizen and a deep group of wide receivers led by Brandon Inniss.

Defense: Aggressive 3-4 scheme that is known for generating turnovers. They boast a talented defensive line and a strong secondary.

Strengths:

  • High-powered offense led by Dante Moore.
  • Talented skill players on both sides of the ball.
  • Experienced head coach with a proven track record.

Weaknesses:

  • Defense can be susceptible to the big play.
  • Offensive line can be inconsistent at times.

Key Stats:

  • Points per game: 48.5
  • Points allowed per game: 14.1
  • Rushing yards per game: 225.0
  • Passing yards per game: 325.0
  • Turnover margin: +1.5

Previous match score

  • Dec 1: Archbishop Carroll 47-7 (State Semifinal)
  • Nov 24: Cardinal Newman 23-20
  • Nov 17: West Babylon 42-14
  • Nov 10: Archbishop Carroll 35-27
  • Nov 3: St. Frances Academy 35-14
  • Oct 27: Bergen Catholic 61-21
  • Oct 20: Cardinal Gibbons 41-4
  • Oct 13: Plantation American Heritage 42-34
  • Oct 6: St. John Vianney 38-7
  • Sept 29: St. Thomas Aquinas 28-14

Clearwater Central Catholic Marauders:

Head Coach: Tony Penna (record at Clearwater Central Catholic: 124-44)

Offense: Balanced offense that can run and pass with equal effectiveness. They are led by quarterback Gavin Greene and running back Jayvontay Conner.

Defense: Multiple scheme that is designed to confuse opposing offenses. They have a strong front seven and a talented secondary.

Strengths:

  • Balanced offense that can attack in multiple ways.
  • Experienced head coach who has won multiple state championships.
  • Strong defense that is difficult to score against.

Weaknesses:

  • Offensively, they haven’t faced a team of Chaminade-Madonna’s caliber all season.
  • Turnover margin could be a concern.

Key Stats:

  • Points per game: 34.5
  • Points allowed per game: 13.2
  • Rushing yards per game: 250.0
  • Passing yards per game: 200.0
  • Turnover margin: +0.5

Previous match score

  • Dec 1: Trinity Christian Academy 39-32 (State Semifinal)
  • Nov 24: Carrollwood Day 45-41
  • Nov 17: Indian Rocks Christian 42-14
  • Nov 3: Cardinal Gibbons 34-14
  • Oct 27: Seffner Christian 54-7
  • Oct 20: Cambridge Christian (Forfeit win)
  • Oct 13: Northside Christian 45-0
  • Oct 6: Carrollwood Day 28-27
  • Sept 29: Seffner Christian 28-20
  • Sept 22: Sebring 38-20
  • Sept 15: Clearwater 42-20
  • Sept 8: Tampa Catholic 37-10
  • Sept 1: Trinity Catholic 35-10
  • Aug 25: Berkeley Prep 21-14

Both teams have a rich history and tradition. Chaminade-Madonna has won three state championships in the last five years, while Clearwater Central Catholic has won 11 state championships in its history. The two teams have met four times in the past six years, with Chaminade-Madonna winning all four contests. This game is expected to be a close one, and it could come down to which team can make the big plays at the end of the game.

Based on their season performance, it’s difficult to say definitively which team was “very strong.” Both teams had impressive records, offenses that could score points, and defenses that could hold opponents in check. Ultimately, Chaminade-Madonna’s undefeated record and state championship victory give them a slight edge, but both teams were undoubtedly among the elite in high school football in 2023.

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