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September 27, 2013GAME 4- Two programs that are well known throughout the state. Mainland looks to continue to move the ball with its new-found offensive attack while the Patriots will stay consistent with Sony Michel and the gang. AHP has given up 13 points in three games after giving up 42 to Miami Central. Mainland is averaging 33 points a game so something has to give.
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THE OUTLOOK -- Mainland's best weapon is senior running back Trey Rodriguez (Rivals No. 19 APB), who recently gained his eligibility back. Since his return, the Buccaneers have averaged 42.5 points in two games.
The defense has performed well and has posted at least one score in every game. Mainland will need more of the same Friday when they travel to Broward County to play one of its most electric and athletic teams.
Heritage Plantation's three-headed monster on offense will give any defensive coordinator headaches trying to find a way to slow down RB Sony Michel (Georgia), junior QB Torrance Gibson, and slot WR Isaiah McKenzie. All three players can score from anywhere on the field.
Gibson was held out of last week's game due to a concussion, but should be ready to return. He must find more consistency in the passing game if the Patriots are to make a playoff run.
Defensively, American Heritage is as talented as they ever have been. DT Edgar Cerenord is a force up front. In the secondary, junior free safety Tarvarus McFadden is already labeled as a five-star prospect and strong safety Carter Jacobs is verbally committed to Cincinnati. Corners Juwan Dowels and Kyle Perez are solid and should shut down any passing threats from Mainland.
Expect some explosive plays from Michel, McKenzie, and Gibson if he plays Friday night. The run defense as well as special teams for the Patriots will be tested a bit, but they're too talented to let Rodriguez win the game singlehandedly.