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September 20, 2013
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PLAYERS TO WATCH:
CHOCTAWHATCHEE - QB Garrison Floyd, RB John Hicks.
OUTLOOK: : It's the irresistible force vs. the Immoveable object.
Whereas Niceville's offense is quick, explosive and well balanced, the Choctawhatchee defense is quick, explosive and well-balanced. Something has to give on this one. Niceville is led by WR Tyre McCants - a Rivals three-star, and 2015 phenom RB Shi'kim Coward. Coward has been nursing an injury that kept him out of last week's game.
Choctaw has lived off the defense making big-time plays - winning its three games with key defensive stops and turnovers.
Indian coach Greg Thomas told the Northwest Florida Daily News that Niceville might 'be the best team we face all year.'
Choctaw got a big win last week over Gulf Breeze, using it's bread-and-butter formula of a stifling defense - recording 11 sacks against the Dolphins.
Niceville, on the other hand - has outscored its opponents 141-27 and has been able to build depth among its roster.
If the Indians are to win, they've got to flush out QB Ashton Hooker and bottle up McCants.
Niceville beat Pace 42-0 while the Indians knocked off the Patriots 34-27 in week one. That is the only common opponent of the two schools thus far.
The offense vs. the defense in this battle for Okaloosa County pride.