The Columbus Explorers and Goleman Gators will face off in the 2023 FHSAA Football State Championships – 4 M semifinals on Thursday, November 9, at 4:30 PM at Columbus High School.
What it is: Florida High School Football Playoff
Matchup: Columbus vs Goleman
Game Type: 2023 FHSAA Football State Championships – 4 M
Time: Thursday Nov 9, 2023, 4:30 PM (Local Time)
Locations: Miami, FL
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The Explorers and Gators are both from Miami, Florida, and they are familiar rivals. The two teams have met eight times in the past five years, with Columbus winning six of those games.
The Explorers are led by a high-powered offense that features a number of playmakers. Senior quarterback Fernando Mendoza has thrown for over 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns this season, and he has a number of talented receivers to target, including senior wideout Carlos Garcia and junior tight end Juan Martinez. The Explorers also have a strong running game, led by senior running back Miguel Lopez.
The Gators have a balanced offense that is led by senior quarterback Daniel Gonzalez. Gonzalez has thrown for over 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, and he has a number of weapons at his disposal, including senior wide receiver Marcus Smith and junior running back David Williams.
The Gators defense has been one of the best in the state this season, allowing just 12.8 points per game. The defense is led by senior linebacker Pedro Rodriguez and junior safety Carlos Hernandez.
The Columbus Explorers and Goleman Gators are two of the best teams in the Florida state championship tournament, and their semifinal matchup is sure to be a thrilling game.
The game will be streamed live on the FHSAA Network. Subscriptions are $14.99 per month or $99.99 per year.
The game will be broadcast live on WQAM 560 AM.
This is a very difficult game to predict, as both teams are so evenly matched. However, I’m going to give a slight edge to the Columbus Explorers. The Explorers have a more experienced team, and they have a home field advantage.
Final Score: Columbus Explorers 35, Goleman Gators 28