Posted: 4:33 pm Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Playoff Primer 2011: Boynton Beach looks for answers against Merritt Island 

By Jeff Greer

There are 16 playoff games on Friday involving teams from our area. In the buildup to the games, we’ll break down every matchup.

Boynton Beach is back in the playoffs, a stark turnaround from the 2-8 campaign in 2010. But the Tigers have stumbled into the playoffs, losing three in a row and searching for solutions. It doesn’t help Boynton has to travel way up north for a game at Merritt Island.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. General admission is $8; reserved seating is $9.

BOYNTON BEACH AT MERRITT ISLAND

BOYNTON BEACH
Record: 5-5
How they qualified: Runner-up of District 14-5A.
Average points per game: 20.2.
Average points allowed per game: 17.3.
Offensive yardage totals: 126.5 rush, 63.7 pass per game.
Offensive stars: RB Audrey Dieujuste (393 rushing yards, 11 TDs), ATH Jevon Shepard (250 receiving yards, 5 TDs), OL Jessamen Dunker, OL Decarreus Mason
Defensive stars: CB Crys Dawson
Common opponents with Merritt Island: None.

MERRITT ISLAND
Record: 8-2
How they qualified: Winner of District 13-5A.
Average points per game: 19.3.
Average points allowed per game: 9.9.
Offensive yardage totals: N/A.
Common opponents with Merritt Island: None.

Boynton Beach has a lot of nice pieces this season. A big O-line, anchored by Florida commit Jessamen Dunker (6-6, 315) and D-1 prospect Decarreus Mason (6-6, 270), is matched by great athletes on the edges and a bruising running back in Audrey Dieujuste. All season, Odean White and Jevon Shepard have been dangerous with the ball in their hands. Shepard is an excellent return man on special teams. Running back Kevin Wilson, who had to be airlifted in a TraumaHawk from the Wellington game earlier this year, had a big game last week to give Boynton some depth at running back.

The downside is simple: Turnovers and penalties — foolish penalties — have hurt Boynton Beach in the past few weeks. Against Cardinal Newman, Boynton committed several personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties that killed the Tigers in key situations. Teams can’t make those mistakes in the playoffs. This road game will be a challenge: Merritt Island has some nice wins this season, including wins over Astronaut and Centennial.

The bottom line is, Merritt Island isn’t going to race up and down the field and post 50 points. The Mustangs grind out wins and play good defense. That helps Boynton, which is a similar team. If the Tigers can turn things around, get their minds right and put together some nice drives, they have a chance to win this game. They need big plays from White and Shepard, and confident running from Wilson and Dieujuste. And most of all, they can’t beat themselves. It’ll be tough to reverse the momentum from recent weeks, but it’s now or never.

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