No. 1-ranked Lakeland heads to George Jenkins on Friday, and no one has to warn Dreadnaughts head coach Bill Castle this unranked Eagles team is dangerous.

LAKELAND — Upsets: Very few see them coming and very few forget their aftershock.

No. 1-ranked Lakeland heads to George Jenkins on Friday, and no one has to warn Dreadnaughts head coach Bill Castle this unranked Eagles team is dangerous — especially after dealing with a short week of preparation on account of Hurricane Dorian closing schools and nixing practices.

“I know this is going to sound weird, but they are the best team we’ve played so far. They are the real deal,” Castle said. "They have a D-line that really comes off the ball good. It’s hard to get ready for a game in two days.”

Lakeland (2-0), the defending Class 7A state champions and ranked 18th nationally by USA Today, is riding an 18-game winning streak and has outscored its first two opponents 100-13. The Dreadnaughts led Clearwater American Collegiate 49-0 at the half last week before yielding two meaningless scores.

But Castle remembers another winning streak — Polk County’s longest regular-season winning streak — coming to an end on Sept. 28, 2001, after Lakeland dropped a 2-0 game at Haines City.

“We had a 60-game winning streak. We moved the ball up and down the field all day and couldn’t get it in the end zone. We were way better than them, but we were not prepared mentally,” Castle said.

Jenkins (2-0) is also riding a winning streak — three games dating to a 33-0 season finale win over Kissimmee Poinciana in November. During the mini streak — which includes wins over Lake Region and Fort Meade — the Eagles have surrendered just 13 total points, an impressive 4.3 average.

“(Jenkins) knows they can win now. They have playmakers and they are a solid team,” said Castle, who is worried his players may be caught up listening to all the Dreadnaughts’ success hype. “It’s human nature, and you have to get kids to understand you can’t rely on the past.”

And Castle doesn’t want some of the past to manifest itself, like Oct. 3, 2003, when host Jenkins upset Lakeland 17-12 in front of an estimated 10,000 fans at Veterans Stadium. It was the Eagles' only win over Lakeland.

So what would a second one mean?

“It would be the pinnacle,” Jenkins head coach Chris Canning said. “Absolutely, it would be the greatest upset in school history, but it would be a monumental task. They are the Polk County All-Stars. We would have to bring our best effort. But this school has beaten them before.”

Both sides know the pitfalls of a short preparation week, and Jenkins at one point wanted to move the game to Saturday. But that would also give Lakeland an extra day to prepare.

So what is the formula to pull a historic upset?

“We can’t beat ourselves. We have to take care of our end and not worry about them. They had a short week, too,” Canning said.

Lakeland will once again start sophomore quarterback Mason Martin, who has filled in for injured senior transfer Chayil Garnett since the season started. Garnett underwent surgery to repair a fractured thumb in his throwing hand. Castle said Garnett will begin practicing Monday.

Roy Fuoco and Mike Cobb contributed to this report. Bill Kemp can be reached at; follow him on Twitter @BillKempSports.