Posted: 11:26 pm Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Playoff Primer 2010: Dwyer hopes Stranahan is stepping stone to states 

By Matt Porter

Our playoff previews continue with Dwyer, which gets District 16-4A runner-up Stranahan.


Record: 5-5

How they qualified: Second, District 16-4A (three teams); beat Forest Hill, lost
to Hollywood Hills, 28-7. 

Average points per game: 19.7

Average points allowed per game: 22.9

Offense: 1,639 yards gained (793 rush, 846 pass)

Defense: 1,973 yards allowed (924 rush, 1,049 pass)

Offensive standouts: RB Tim Taylor (86 carries, 427 yards, 2 TD); QB Artie Edmond (628 passing yards, 55.1 completion percentage, 5 TD, 2 INT); WR Anthony Drayton (20 catches, 210 yards, 2 TD).

Common opponents with Dwyer: None.

Area teams played: Beat Forest Hill, 40-6.

Record: 9-1
How they qualified: District 15-4A champions (three teams); Beat Okeechobee Oct. 22 for title.

Average points per game: 46.0

Average points allowed per game: 6.1

Offense: 2nd, large schools; 3,627 yards gained (1,730 rush, 1,897 pass)

Defense: 4th, large schools; 1,380 yards allowed (463 rush, 917 pass)

Offensive standouts: QB Jacoby Brissett (1,671 yards, 68.3 completion percentage, 22 TD, 0 INT); TE Nick O’Leary (42 catches, 615 yards, 11 TD); RB Shawn McClaine (118 carries, 1,033 yards, 14 TD).

Defensive standouts: DE Curt Maggitt (6-4, 215, No. 3 on the Big Board); DB Darrell Hunter (5-11, 175, No. 21 on the Big Board); DT Keith Bowers (6-1, 260, No. 25 on the Big Board).
Common opponents with Stranahan: None.

We’re a few months from March Madness, but this isn’t a 1-vs.-16 first-round matchup. This feels more like a 1-vs.-64 matchup.

That’s not to say Stranahan is dreadful — it’s a decent team that can put up points when running in sync — but they’re no match for Dwyer.

The Panthers outscored opponents 460-61, the highest points-for and fewest points-against totals in the area. The Dragons had a negative point differential (177-206).

Stranahan has talent at wide receiver, with seniors Anthony Drayton and Darrion Lewis helping sophomore QB Artie Edmond get comfortable directing the offense. Dwyer has eight Division 1 recruits.

Dwyer will bring a powerful run game behind a huge, mobile front, and QB Jacoby Brissett has a big arm and elite scrambling ability. The defense may rest defensive end Curt Maggitt, who is practicing this week despite an ankle injury suffered last week against Jupiter.

This game will not be close. Stranahan will play hard, but as it has done for all but one of its games, Dwyer likely pulls its starters late in the game. Dwyer has the ol’ thousand-yard stare going, and it’s dead-set on Orlando.

For a prediction of this and every first-round playoff game, click here.