Posted: 10:32 pm Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
By Jeff Greer
There are 18 playoff games across every class involving teams from our area. This week, Matt and I will break down every matchup.
Suncoast took care of business against Boynton Beach early season, which was enough for the Chargers to get into the Class 2A playoffs. Now they get Plantation-American Heritage and sensational freshman running back Sony Michel, so the Chargers need to come up with a way to stop him if they want to end their five-game losing streak and advance.
Suncoast has plenty of athletes and Division I recruits, but can the Chargers put it all together to upset Plantation-American Heritage on the road? It won’t be easy. Plantation-American Heritage has won three in a row, but the Patriots’ defense isn’t exactly stifling. If it becomes a track meet, Suncoast has a shot. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Admission is $7.
BY THE NUMBERS
How they qualified: Runner-up to Glades Central in District 7-2A.
Average points per game: 12.2
Average points allowed per game: 27.7
Offensive yardage totals: 1,915 (1,557 rushing, 358 passing)
Offensive stars: RB James Huggins (761 rushing yards, 6 touchdowns), RB/LB Reggie Napier (385 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns), ATH Jeffery Fulwood (117 rushing yards, 97 receiving yards)
Defensive stars: DE Timotheus Granger, RB/LB Reggie Napier, CB Davison Colimon
Common opponents with Plantation-American Heritage: None.
How they qualified: District 8-2A champs
Average points per game: 29.2
Average points allowed per game: 23.5
Offensive yardage totals: 2,487 (1,710 rushing, 777 passing)
Offensive stars: RB Sony Michel (1,431 rushing yards, 7.6 yards per carry, 18 touchdowns), WR Marken Michel (423 receiving yards, 4 touchdowns), QB Sam Wilensky (673 passing yards, 8 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 50.6% completion rate)
Defensive stars: DT Dinsdale Jackson (6-3, 275)
Area opponents: Beat Clewiston, 26-21.
Plantation-American Heritage running back Sony Michel is nationally known. He’s just a freshman, yet he’s racked up serious numbers. He has more than 100 yards rushing in six games, and got all kinds of attention for his 332-yard, five-touchdown game against Chaminade-Madonna. He’s a one-man show, and at 5-11, 180 pounds, Michel runs a 4.5 40 and can run inside or outside. In other words, he’s the real deal, and stopping him is Suncoast’s difficult challenge heading into Friday night’s opening round.
“I hope they leave the offensive line at home, then it’d be 11-on-1 and it’d be fair for us,” Suncoast coach Micah Mays joked. “But seriously, athletes have to play. It’s all about execution, playing assignment football. Get to the ball, rally to the runner.”
Defensively, Plantation-American Heritage isn’t what we’d call stout. The Patriots give up 23.5 points and 188.3 yards a game. So, the onus is on running back James Huggins to get going. But offense has been Suncoast’s biggest problem this year. The Chargers average a meager 12.2 points a game, including a five-game stretch to end the season where they scored a total of 29 points and lost all five. They’ll need to turn it around to beat Plantation-American Heritage.
“They are a little vulnerable, but they run to the ball very well,” Mays said. “They have athletes all over the field. So we have to play mistake-free football and execute. It’s that simple.”
Mays said he’s laid out a straightforward, digestible message for his team: One more game.
“I told them last week that a lot of teams around the state of Florida are turning in their pads,” Mays said. “Despite our losses and our mistakes on the field, we still have one more game, and we’re playing for the chance to get another game. They’re excited.”