(11) Boyd Anderson (3-1) vs. (17) Dillard (3-1)
Friday at Boyd Anderson, 7 p.m.

Here’s a big-time district showdown that always produces a great atmosphere and very competitive game.

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I don’t anticipate this year’s game being any different.

On paper, this is a quintessential matchup of potent offense going up against a stingy defense.

Boyd Anderson’s offense has been very good so far this season – save for last week’s zero-point output against “The Monstars” also known as Bradenton IMG Academy – scoring 39 points or more in all three of its wins.

Quarterback Shabazz Telfort continues to show that he’s one of the top passers in South Florida. He has a lot of tools in his bag – standing 6-foot-3, with a strong arm and deceptively quick when breaking – and Telfort’s leadership qualities have made a positive jump this season.

Dillard’s defense is built around its defensive line. Defensive tackle Jon Ford and defensive end Jordan Wright get much of the attention, but the Panthers have a couple other athletic players – Jordan Zayas and Braylen Ingraham – they can throw in the mix and still generate a major pass rush.

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The matchup of BA’s offense against Dillard defense will be a chess match. The coaches will spend much of the night trying to find a way to get something done against the other.

Where this game will be decided, I think, will be on the flip side of that matchup – meaning how Dillard’s offense will fare against Boyd Anderson defense.

Dillard’s offense is good, but it’s no insult to say that the Panthers are a more defensive-centric team.

The Cobras’ defense has a lot of talented players. Talent-wise, BA’s secondary is one of the best in South Florida, with Daniel Wright, Raheme Fuller, Michael Nesbitt and Rennard Bozeman. But the Cobras defensive unit got a Man-Sized gift when defensive tackle Daniel Walker (6-foot-5, 270 pounds) came over from Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy.

That’s where I think this game will turn in Boyd Anderson’s favor. The Cobras defense will come up with enough stops and give their offense the extra possession – or possessions – needed to manufacture a win.

Bald Prediction = Boyd Anderson wins 28-21

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