It’s Black Hole vs. No Doubt.
That summarizes the key elements of Friday night’s District 14-7A football game between the Boyd Anderson Cobras (2-0) and the host Northeast Hurricanes (2-1), with kickoff set for 7.
Northeast’s defense, nicknamed the Black Hole, shut down Miramar 13-5 last week and also scored both of the game’s touchdowns on interception returns.
Boyd Anderson’s defense appears to be every bit as good as Northeast’s, but its nicknames aren’t nearly as well-publicized. Cobras standout Justin McDonald, though, said there are a couple of monikers that fit.
“We call ourselves ‘No Doubt’ or ‘No Fly Zone,’ ” the senior linebacker said. “But we don’t go all-out with the nicknames. We just do it to keep ourselves hyped.”
So far, the plan is working.
Boyd Anderson shut down Dillard 28-7 in its opener, and the only points allowed where charged to the offense. A poor center snap over the quarterback’s head led to a Dillard fumble recovery in the end zone.
The next week, the Cobras defense pitched another shutout, stopping Hollywood Hills 41-0.
This past Friday, Boyd Anderson’s defense allowed its first points and trailed 10-7 against Deerfield Beach when the game was postponed because of lightning. There was 9:37 left in the fourth quarter.
“We want to finish that game, no matter where or when it is,” coach Wayne Blair said. “We weren’t done.”
Blair said the only touchdown allowed so far this year by his Cobras defenders came when several of his players strayed from their assignments and allowed Deerfield Beach’s Brandon Powell to run 55 yards.
“It was a defensive breakdown,” Blair said. “It was a toss sweep, and [when Powell] cut back, our guys were not in their [proper] lanes.”
The Cobras can’t afford too many mistakes like that against the Hurricanes, who are led by Stacy Coley, the highly recruited wide receiver/defensive back.
Coley has scored four touchdowns already this year and at least one in each game. He has scored three different ways: on a run, on a pair of receptions and on an interception. The touchdowns have ranged from 22 to 95 yards.
“He’s the real deal,” Blair said of Coley, whom he compared to young NFL player Patrick Peterson (Blanche Ely). “We’ve watched a lot of film on him, and he can change the game — bada-bing — just like that.”
But now Coley will face a talented secondary led by Derrick Tindal, Richard Lopez, Jhobrisson Justin and Eddie Jackson. McDonald and Leonard Bell key the linebackers, and Derrell Young is a player who moves all along the front seven.
Boyd Anderson beat Northeast 14-8 last season, and this year’s game promises to be another defensive struggle.
McDonald, though, said Boyd Anderson still has more to prove.
“We want to show that we are one of the best defenses in Broward,” McDonald said. “We want to let them know that we’re here.”