It was a sad week at Boyd Anderson as freshman Demitrius White lost his mother to a brain aneurysm. His mother was also the aunt of senior Derrick Tindal.
Both players were on the field Saturday and played key roles as the Cobras rallied to beat Fort Lauderdale 17-12 at Dillard.
In the stands were all their family members — including former Cobras star Corey Tindal — together with former Stranahan star quarterback Willie Tindal.
“I was at the funeral today where we laid Ms. Tindal to rest,” Boyd Anderson coach Wayne Blair said. “These guys came in with heavy hearts. I didn’t know whether or not they would play. They came here right before the game. We tried to get them warmed up. They made big plays. Tindal broke the ball up [on the final play in the end zone]. They came out and represented their mother’s name well.”
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Boyd Anderson’s Nathaniel Watson threw for 137 yards, two touchdowns and had a big interception late to help hold off the Flying L’s.
The Cobras (2-6, 2-1) guaranteed themselves at least a three-way tiebreaker for first if Northeast beats Blanche Ely next week, even after starting the season 0-5.
If Ely wins against Northeast, the Tigers would be the district champion and Boyd Anderson would make the playoffs as the runner-up.
Fort Lauderdale (4-5, 0-3) was looking great early, having converted a defensive touchdown, and scored again late in the half to take a 12-3 lead into the break.
But the second half, particularly the third quarter, was a disaster for Fort Lauderdale.
After taking over at the Flying L’s 37, the Cobras struck immediately. Watson threw a swing pass to Osner Valmeus. Valmeus broke a tackle and took it 37 yards for a touchdown. After forcing a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, the Cobras missed a field goal, but they had the momentum. Early in the fourth, Watson hit Rodney Simeon with a 4-yard fade for the lead.
“[At] halftime, I dug into their behinds real hard. We were leaving a lot of points out there. We kept putting our defense in bad situations,” Blair said. “Just happy to say we came through with the win.”
Fort Lauderdale had a couple of chances, but Daquan Saulsby came up with an interception at the B.A. 15. And a possession later, Watson had a pick at the B.A. 30 with 1:20 to play.