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September 20, 2013GAME 4 - It's rare to see a team with a two-game regular season winning streak over St. Thomas Aquinas. So rare that it's only happened twice in this century. Miramar looks to do the 'unheard of' thing - by winning an unprecedented third straight game over the Raiders. The Patriots will face a #3 ranked St. Thomas Aquinas team fresh off a thumping of John Curtis (La.).
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Defensively, the Patriots have allowed 21 points in three games, which should come as no surprise - the unit is loaded with FBS prospects. The secondary is particularly strong, led by safety Andre Godfrey (5-foot-11, 185) and junior CBs Tyrek Cole (5-foot-11, 170) and Jeffrey Hill (5-foot-8, 165). Their first three opponents are a combined 17 of 43 with 213 yards through the air.
As good as the defense is, the self-inflicted mistakes must be eliminated tonight. As a team Miramar has committed 50 penalties for 547 yards. Senior starting safety Godfrey agrees. "The key for us is to focus on what we're doing, to play assignment and disciplined football. We can't afford to beat ourselves."
Cole feels much the same way as Godfrey. "St. Thomas is a good team. They have talent everywhere. For us to win, I think we have to just come in and play smart, hard, tough football." Offensively, RB Eric Pittman (5-foot-10, 175), averaging 9.6 yards per carry, must break free and be productive. It's imperative that Miramar run the football well.
Miramar senior QB Nick Jeanty (6-foot-2, 185) talked about the challenge and the atmosphere at St. Thomas. "It's definitely a big game. Playing at St. Thomas, in a hostile environment, will be a big challenge for us. We just need to stay focused and not pay attention to all the scouts and media that will be there."
St. Thomas' real strength is upfront, offensively and defensively. The headliners on defense are senior DT Anthony Moten (6-foot-4, 270) and sophomore DE Nick Bosa. Both routinely are in the offensive backfield disrupting and wreaking havoc. Junior linebacker Christopher Hart (6-foot-3, 225) is always lurking. Keep an eye out for #10 tonight, he's a playmaker. The Raiders certainly have talent in their secondary, with senior corner Al Harris (5-foot-11, 165, South Carolina) and junior safety Tyler Cisrow (6-foot-1, 175).
Senior quarterback Wade Freebeck (6-foot-5, 200, Pittsburgh) had a solid performance last week and has two very talented targets at wide out: senior Corey Holmes (6-foot-2, 174, Notre Dame) and junior Devante Peete (6-foot-5, 185). They've only combined for six catches and for St. Thomas to be more explosive, they need a steady diet of passes.
RBs Madre London (6-foot-1, 202) and Deltron Sands (5-foot-7, 170) are a good one-two punch on the ground and they've both been productive: London has rushed for 200 yards and four TDs on 27 carries and Sands has 108 yards and a score on 21 touches.
The big guys along the offensive line are good: Kai Absheer (6-foot-4, 306, #79), Nick Linder(6-foot-3, 275, Miami, #66), and Ryan Crozier (6-foot-4, 297, #62) to name a few. It's an elite line on this level.