Posted: 6:13 am Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Game within the game: Darrell Hunter vs. Quadarias Mireles 

By Jason Lieser

Neither is his team’s best at his position, but the whoever wins the match-up between Atlantic WR Quadarias Mireles and Dwyer CB Darrell Hunter could have a big impact on tonight’s outcome.

Mireles, who played quarterback and running back for John I. Leonard last season, has transitioned well into his role as the Eagles’ No. 2 receiver. James Louis is Atlantic’s star, but he often draws a double team and QB Mark Leal looks for Mireles or J’Rod Beard.

Mireles has had some issues with dropping balls, but Atlantic coach Andre Thaddies said his skills have improved each week.

Hunter

Hunter

Mireles

Mireles

“He’s getting it,” Thaddies said. “He’s learning to use his hands better and getting used to Mark’s speed on the ball.”

Mireles leads the Eagles with 11 catches. He also has 195 yards and two touchdown receptions.

“They run a lot of short routes with him: hitches, jailbreaks,” Hunter said. “He can get open in space and he’s a real good runner.”

In August, it was unclear whether Hunter, a junior, would see much playing time at all, but he won a starting job and has played well enough to hold it down. He looked particularly good in coverage during Atlantic’s 13-6 loss to Pahokee in the opener.

The Panthers probably feel confident in CB Robert Clark’s ability to cover Louis. If they can get away with single coverage on Louis, that would increase Hunter’s margin of error covering Mireles.