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Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2018 12:00 am

After making the playoffs for the first time in school history, Everglades Prep wants a shot at facing defending 3A state champs Chaminade-Madonna in the playoffs.

“I might sound very arrogant, but we’re looking to meet up with Chaminade,” defensive coordinator Tip Johnson said. “We’re looking to meet up with Chaminade and stand toe-to-toe with them and then take it to states.”

The Panthers finished 5-5 last season and were ousted by Benjamin 43-6 in a regional semifinal game while Chaminade-Madonna beat Benjamin 56-0 the following game on its way to its third title since 2003 and return a number of key players from a 12-2 team.

Everglades Prep also has key returners back led by junior running back Sirr Daye, who rushed for 1,031 yards and seven touchdowns on 141 carries last season.

“He’s our anchor,” Johnson said. “He is what’s going to carry us to where we’re trying to go to states.”

Senior Kavon Holmes is coming off a productive season rushing for 704 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries and catching 20 passes for 488 yards and six scores.

“He’s basically going to be the all-purpose yard leader in Dade County,” Johnson said. “Kavon Holmes is a special talent. He puts up numbers everywhere.”

Junior wide receiver Morris Hall is a threat in the passing game and could also be used at quarterback.

Eighth-grader David Jester is expected to be a key contributor who can play quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back, and linebacker.

“He has the mental make-up that you don’t see in many eighth-graders,” Johnson said. “He feels like he’s better than every guy on the field. He’s going to be a great one.”

Seniors cornerback Jaleen Walker, who had six interceptions last season, and Cory Hanna return as key players in the secondary.

“I see a ‘no-fly zone,’” Johnson said.

The Panthers open the season at New Smyrna Beach on Friday.

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