Things got off to a rough start for the Boyd Anderson football team on Friday night when the Cobras showed up in the wrong colored jerseys.
But things got a lot better from there as Boyd Anderson defeated Columbus 19-11 in the Second Annual Tournament of Champions INC Preseason Football Classic presented by Battle Sports Science at Ansin Football Complex in Miramar.
The start of the game was delayed for 45 minutes as Boyd Anderson, the designated home team, waited for their dark jerseys to arrive. The game actually started with both teams wearing white before the Cobras eventually changed into their dark jerseys at halftime.
“To be honest, I never said a word to them about it and they didn’t even realize it,” said Boyd Anderson head coach Quincy Woods who took over the program just a month again when Eddie Brown stepped down. “These kids, they just went out there and played and didn’t care what color jerseys they were wearing. A pretty good effort by the kids tonight but a little sloppy at times too and definitely some things to clean up but beating a team like Columbus to get your season going is a great way to start.”
Boyd Anderson led by just three, 6-3 at halftime but pulled away in the third quarter.
When Columbus fumbled away the ball on the first play of the second half on a bad exchange on the snap, the Cobras took just five plays to find the end zone. One play after the drive was kept alive when the Explorers were flagged for a horsecollar following a fourth down stop, BA quarterback Shabazz Telfor found Avery Thorton for a 14 yard touchdown to make it 13-3.
After a short Columbus punt, Telfort then took his team 59 yards in just five plays, Novric Jackson going over from 12 yards out with 5:30 left in the third to make it 19-3.
Telfort, who threw just one interception in the regular season last year when the Cobras went 9-1, did not throw one on this night either and was named the game’s MVP. He finished 16-of-22 for 127 yards and one touchdown through the air while rushing for 85 more on the ground.
“We just stayed focused through the whole game and tried not to worry about any of the jersey stuff,” said Telfort. “To be honest, we didn’t even know what was going on until halftime when they gave us the other jerseys. We don’t care what color jerseys we’re wearing, it’s all about the players inside those jerseys and what we do on the field and we went out there and took care of business tonight.”
Columbus scored with just 25 seconds left on a 4-yard Daniel Bravo touchdown run and 2-point conversion. Fittingly the bizarre night ended when the sprinklers came on and Columbus tried the ensuing unsuccessful onside kick with the sprinklers on. Boyd Anderson then ran out the clock.
Led by Telfort, the Cobras got on the board first when he put together a long 80-yard, 13 play drive that culminated with a 2 yard plunge by running back David Dalpe to go up 6-0.
Columbus then answered BA’s score with a scoring drive of its own as the Explorers, thanks to a converted fourth-and-two conversion from their own 38 and 32 yard Marcelo Rodriguez-to-Orlando Hildago pass on the next play, marched from their own 17 to the Cobra 20 before settling for a 37-yard Contreras field goal.
Both teams will begin next week’s regular season, Columbus taking on Jackson and Boyd Anderson, Douglas ranked in the preseason top 10 polls. Columbus, which has made the state semifinals four of the last five years is ranked No. 3 in the Class 8A poll while BA checks in at No. 10 in Class 6A.
Woods said that the last-minute coaching change has had no kind of negative effect on his team and if anything, it’s been a positive.
“The kids have responded well but I’m only as good as my coaches,” said Woods. “I go as they go. We made no changes, added a few more alumni, a couple of young guys and now we’re just moving forward. Our goals for this season will be to make the playoffs and make the state championship game. With that we understand that means getting through Central, Carol City, Northwestern or whoever but I think we’ll be up to the challenge.”
▪ Florida Christian d. Miami Country Day (25-20, 25-14): Brittany Beckelheimer 12 kills, 12 digs. Gianna Ortiz 12 points, 2 aces, 24 assists, 3 digs. Karina Tohme 7 kills, 9 digs.
▪ Gulliver d. Carrollton (14-25, 25-23, 15-6): Isa Lamus 10 kills, block, 3 digs. Sarah Lobo 23 assists, 5 digs, ace. Lauren Potter 7 kills, 2 aces.
▪ Gulliver d. Florida Christian (25-21, 25-22): Isa Lamus 8 kills, 2 blocks. Lauren Potter 5 kills, 3 aces, 5 digs. Nat Mouwad 5 kills, 5 digs. Isa Sakran 4 kills, block.