BAKER — When Baker routed Jay 49-27 on Sept. 29, the Royals fell to 1-4.

Their playoff hopes were on life support.

Flash forward six weeks, the Jays are playoff bound and riding a five-game win streak.

That's the good news. The bad news is that looming is Friday's trip to 10-0 Baker, the prohibitive favorite from the Panhandle to return to the state title game in Orlando.

The top-seeded Gators enter the 7:30 kickoff at Doug Griffith Stadium with a 23-game win streak, a mark that factors in Pahokee vacating last year's title after playing an ineligible player.

Including the 22-point win over eighth-seeded Jay, no foe has played the Gators to within a possession this year.

The closest any team got was Chipley, who lost 41-27 at home. The Tigers were one of just three teams not running-clocked by the Gators, who have outscsored foes 446-170 on the season.

And they've done it with balance.

The backfield is averaging 267 yards per game with 36 touchdowns, while the passing game is putting up 150 yards a night to pair with 23 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

Junior McLaughlin leads the backfield with 1,255 yards (813 rushing, 44 receiving) and 19 touchdowns, and Jayson Moore has 535 yards and 10 scores. The Gators were dealt a blow with Jalen Ciurleo's torn ACL but the depth led to Brunson saying "that guys will step up in his absence and play well."

Defensively, Kalee Ciurleo has stepped into his twin's cornerback role well.

Kalee is also the face of the Gators' vertical attack, the 6-foot senior completing 71 percent of his passes for 924 yards and 18 touchdowns compared to just one interception. His go-to receiver is Derek Peoples, who has 22 receptions for 500 yards and eight touchdowns.

Paired with a first-string defense allowing single-digit points per game with 24 sacks and 15 forced turnovers, the Gators have no glaring deficiencies in any phase of the game.

"We've got a very veteran group and we've had a good week of practice," Brunson said. "They understand the stakes and they're very hungry."

Boding well for the Gators is guaranteed home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

"We had three regular-season games at home, so we're thrilled to be here for the playoffs," Brunson said. "We know that if we keep advancing, we're guaranteed three home games."