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City of Life begins football playoff trek

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 11:54 am

City of Life returns to the football playoffs Friday at Hickory Tree Community Park. Photo/Rob Herbert

City of Life returns to the football playoffs Friday at Hickory Tree Community Park. Photo/Rob Herbert

By Rick Pedone
Sports Editor
The only prep football team in Osceola County still in action is the City of Life Warriors, who play a second-round Florida Christian Association of Private and Parochial Schools (FCAPPS) playoff game Friday at 7 p.m. against St. Augustine Beacon of Hope.
The eight-man game is at Hickory Tree Elementary School.
The Warriors (6-1) are making their third consecutive FCAPPs playoff appearance. They have had a tough time playing their schedule because two games were canceled because of hurricanes and another opponent folded, Coach Steve Edwards said.
“We were going to go to St. Augustine to play (Beacon), but that was one of the games that was canceled,” he said. “I feel pretty good about this game. Our guys have played pretty well.”
Beacon of Hope (7-3) defeated Academy of the Lakes, 67-39, last week to advance. City of Life, the No. 2 regional seed, had a bye during the opening week of the playoffs.
The Warriors have a productive group of seniors leading the offense.
Quarterback Bobby Edwards has thrown for 1,289 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. His primary targets are Anthony Ledesma (27-571, 12 TDs) and freshman Tate Krisel (12-203, 3 TDs).
“Anthony is a very good receiver having a great year,” Coach Edwards said.
Senior CC Clayton has rushed for 404 yards and 11 touchdowns. Jonathan Ledesma, a junior, gained 252 yards and scored two touchdowns from the backfield.
The defensive leaders are senior defensive ends Isaiah Negron and Zamar Velez, and junior linebackers Justin Harris and Luke Baumruk. Jonathan Ledesma plays in the secondary.
Harris is the leader in tackles and Negron is the sacks leader.
Coach Edwards praised center Edward Partin, a senior.
“He’s done an excellent job anchoring the line,” Edwards said.
Senior Josh Pinkney (5-8, 160) leads the BOH offense. He has rushed for 984 yards and 15 touchdowns, and passed for 704 yards and 13 scores.
“He’s a little guy who runs all over the field,” Edwards said.
Edwards is counting on his team’s depth to help.
“They play about 10 guys from what I’ve seen on tape. We use around 18, so maybe that will help us,” he said.
It could be a high-scoring game said the Warriors coach.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of points on the board,” he said.
The Warriors reached the state semifinal round last season and are looking forward to advancing again. But, Edwards said his team is concentrating on this week’s opponent.
“We aren’t going to be looking past anyone. We will be prepared and ready to go. It should be fun,” he said.
Eight-man teams play on an 80-yard field and must have five men on the line of scrimmage. Most other rules are identical to 11-man football.