(1) Plantation American Heritage (13-0) vs. Ponte Vedra (13-0)
Friday at Orlando Camping World Stadium, 3 p.m.
Despite both of these team coming in with undefeated records, looking at the matchup between these two teams – it’s hard not to think that the scales tip in the favor of American Heritage.READ MORE: New Surveillance Cameras Set Up Around South Beach
Ponte Vedra, which is only making its fourth playoff appearance in school history, employs a spread offense – typically lining up with four receivers.
The Sharks offense is run by senior quarterback Nick Tronti. Tronti, a 6-foot-2 dual-threat quarterback committed to Charlotte, has thrown 65 touchdown passes in his career and can spread the ball around to any of four senior receivers – although his favorite target is Marshall Few, who’s racked up over 1,000 receiving yards.
Going up against a team that runs a spread offense actually plays right into American Heritage’s wheelhouse.
Heritage, which is returning to the Class 5A state title game for the third time in four years, has one of the best secondaries in the country. The group features three starters and one reserve that are the sons of former professional football players in Patrick Surtain Jr., Marco Wilson and Will Allen and nickel back Blake Wooden.
Genetic advantages aside, the Patriots’ defensive front seven is at its best when it plays downhill – attacking the pocket with inside rushers George Ellis and Nesta Silvera and outside pass rushing specialist Andrew Chatfield.READ MORE: Oakland Park Home Catches Fire After Possibly Being Struck By Lightning
Ultimately, it will be the speed of American Heritage’s defense as a whole that overwhelms Ponte Vedra.
It will be the same thing when the Patriots have the ball on offense.
The speed of running backs Miles Jones and Jordan Johnson coupled with the dual-threat abilities of quarterback Jason Brown operating behind Heritage’s big offensive line – and its situation where Heritage can jump out early and coast.
Ponte Vedra won’t be able to re-create or simulate the speed of American Heritage
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