Posted: 8:36 pm Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Seminole Ridge focuses on game, not Dr. Phillips’ off-the-field troubles 

By Jeff Greer

Seminole Ridge’s upcoming opponent Orlando-Dr. Phillips is under FHSAA investigation for the alleged ineligibility of one of its receivers. That receiver, Chris Gallon, is also one of the five Dr. Phillips players currently involved in an ongoing hazing case.

But Seminole Ridge coach Matt Dickmann doesn’t care.

That’s because Dickmann’s Hawks (11-1) still have the tall task of taking on one of the top Class 6A teams in Florida, regardless of the off-the-field issues surrounding Dr. Phillips. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night at Dr. Phillips.

Dr. Phillips has beaten opponents by an average of 45.7 points this year. The closest win for Dr. Phillips was a 56-28 rout of Oak Ridge, a game Oak Ridge led 28-21. Dr. Phillips defeated Oak Ridge, 45-0, in the regional semifinals last week.

“Those investigations take a long time and we don’t hear anything more than you,” Dickmann said. “We are preparing for this game like any other game and just focusing on getting ready for Friday night.”

Dr. Phillips fields an athletic, fast and extremely talented group that runs the pistol spread offense and mixes up 5-2 and 4-4 sets on defense. Michigan-bound running back Demetrius Hart will be the focal point of that offense. Hart, a 5-8, 190-pound back, has scored 46 touchdowns this season, including six in his team’s win over Oak Ridge.

“They are loaded with Division I talent, so we have to play our best game,” Dickmann said.