September 11: Central Florida Preview

Here are the top games in Central Florida for the second week of the season.

Dr. Phillips(1-0) at Osceola(1-0): Huge game between two of Orlando's top programs. Dr. Phillips rolled last week to a 24-0 win over Edgewater. They are led by RB Demetrius Hart, WR Kenny Shaw, and LB Charles Favors. QB's Nick Patti and Robert Matey have only recently gotten their first game experience and they will be the key to this one. Having Shaw, central Florida's top WR, should help them. Hart is also a threat to catch the ball, but he does most of his work on the ground, last week to the tune of 102 yards on just 11 carries.

The defense was tremendous last week and they appear to be clicking on all cylinders already. This week will be a bigger test.

Osceola struggled at times last week and made far too many mistakes in a win over St. Cloud (32-20). They will need to tighten up this week. B.J. Butler and Marc Deas are both committed to Georgia and they headline a talented roster.

Marterious Coats scored twice last week and the Kowboys are expecting big things from Akeem Daniels this season. Offensively, they should be able to move the ball.

Osceola CB Shaq Bell will more than likely draw the match-up with Shaw and he needs to be on Friday night. The talented front 7 should be able to slow down the talented rushing attack of DP.

Dr. Phillips 24, Osceola 20

Treasure Coast(1-0) at Mainland(0-1): Treasure Coast played a penalty filled game with Westwood where they were fortunate to get out of there with a win. 190 yards in penalties is unacceptable and they can't get away with that this week. LB Ed Foley made a huge pick six to turn momentum in the Titan's favor.

The Titan's do not have an explosive offense, but they do have steady QB Dylan Parker, RB's Cedric Wilcox/James Millien, and WR Patrick Harris. They are capable of putting points on the board. The defense should be one of the best units in the state. All everything LB Jeff Luc headlines a talented unit that includes LB Deon Rogers, S Lamarcus Brutus, and CB Keelin Smith.

Mainland lost a 6A showdown to top 3 Miami Central 34-3. Offensively, there are some QB issues that need to be addressed because the play-makers are here: WR O.J. Ross, WR Chevin Davis, and RB Marlin Lane are as good as they come. The OL is solid, someone needs to step up who can deliver the ball.

The defense will be a little shell shocked after QB Jeffrey Godfrey had his way, the good news is that they won't see as talented of offensive team again until Orlando (if they get there). They will need to bring their hard hat for this one.

Mainland 20, Treasure Coast 17


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