PREP FOOTBALL, WEEK 9: Everything you need to know about tonight's games

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First Baptist Academy quarterback Corey Todd dodges several St. John Neumann High School defenders during their game on Friday Sept. 28.

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Scott McIntyre / Staff First Baptist Academy quarterback Corey Todd dodges several St. John Neumann High School defenders during their game on Friday Sept. 28.

Prep Football Preview: Week 9

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TONIGHT'S GAMES

Bradenton-St. Stephen's at Community School, 7 p.m.

Estero at Mariner, 7:30 p.m.

First Baptist at Out-of-Door, 7 p.m.

Gulf Coast at Golden Gate, 7 p.m.

Lely at Palmetto Ridge, 7 p.m.

North Miami Beach at Naples, ppd., Hurricane Sandy

Southwest Florida Christian at St. John Neumann, 7 p.m.

Charlotte at South Fort Myers, 7:30 p.m.

Marco Island Academy at Gateway Charter, 7 p.m. (at East Lee County HS)

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LIVE AUDIO TONIGHT

Lely at Palmetto Ridge (WBGY/FM 98.1) or STREAMING AUDIO)

Only one team has a chance at clinching a playoff spot on its own Friday night. The First Baptist Lions are trying to do so for the first time, and will with a victory at Sarasota-Out-of-Door Academy.

The game figures to be a battle of the Lions' potent rushing attack against the pass-happy Thunder and quarterback Evan Wilson.

A win by the Lions (7-0 overall, 5-0 in Class 2A-6) would clinch the school’s first appearance in the postseason for a program that has only been playing varsity since 2009. One more district win would guarantee at least a tie with current runner-up Moore Haven, which lost 14-0 to First Baptist in the first week of the season.

“Absolutely, this is a big game,” FBA coach Billy Sparacio said. “We are trying to stay focused. Every district game is a big game.”

Read Scott Butherus' full preview.

South Fort Myers also can clinch a playoff berth Friday night, but it won't have anything to do with the unbeaten Wolfpack's senior night/homecoming game against 7A-11 power Charlotte (5-2). Regardless of the Charlotte-South outcome, if Fort Myers beats Ida Baker on Friday night, then the Wolfpack will clinch the 6A-11 title. Read Kevin Johnson's preview here.

Meanwhile, Naples High will have to wait to attempt to add to its win total, with perhaps Mother Nature the only one capable of stopping the Golden Eagles. Their game against North Miami Beach (3-4) scheduled for Friday night was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy's impact on the state's East Coast. Officials are trying to reschedule the game for Saturday.

Barron Collier and Immokalee have a bye before playing important games next week. The Cougars, who upset the Indians last week, will play Palmetto Ridge for the Class 6A-12 runner-up berth in the playoffs. And Immokalee will try to bounce back against Golden Gate in a showdown for the 5A-12 title.

Tonight's schedule has eight games on tap, and naplesnews.com will have them all covered from the opening kickoff to the final whistle. Join NDN journalists and area gridiron fans at 7 tonight for a live chat .

For live scoring updates on the go tonight and PrepZone headlines throughout the week, follow our Twitter feed @NDN_PrepZone. If you're tweeting from the game, don't forget to use the hashtag #prepzone for all of your tweets!

After the final whistle, we'll have complete coverage of all the games, along with video, full photo galleries and fan pics, which you can send to us at participate.naplesnews.com.

OTHER GAMES TONIGHT

Lely, Palmetto Ridge trying to find positives

CSN expects battle with St. Stephen's

Estero hoping to handle playoff pressure against Mariner

Golden Gate going for three straight when it faces Gulf Coast

Neumann trying to finish season with winning record

Marco Island Academy looking for first on-field win against Gateway Charter

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