Boyd Anderson offensive coordinator Quincy Woods and quarterback Shabazz Telfort have been nearly inseparable the past year.
Their partnership has worked well as the Cobras improved from 0-10 in 2014 to 9-2 last season, winning District 15-6A in the first year of their collaboration.
And now, after a surprising turn of events, the athletic fates of Woods and Telfort are even more connected.
The drama began last Thursday, when Eddie Brown called Woods to tell him he was resigning as head coach.
“I was shocked,” Woods said.
Woods, a 27-year- old Kansas native who played quarterback at Highlands Community College, had never been a head coach before.
But, fortunately for Boyd Anderson, Brown has been training Woods to be a head coach for the past several years. That includes the time they spent together coaching Miami Northwestern.
Now all that training, all that preparing, and all that mentoring will be put into play when the Cobras meet Miami Columbus in an exhibition game on Aug. 19.
“That’s the crazy thing,” Woods said of the job Brown did to get him ready. “When we had [media] interviews, [Brown] made me do them. When we had paperwork, he made me do them. Meetings with the principal — I was sitting right there with [Brown].”
When Woods wasn’t with Brown, he was probably with Telfort.
“We’ve spent countless time together,” said Woods, who has known Telfort for three years. “He comes to my house to watch film or we go to the park to work out. When he’s at a [football] camp, I’m right there with him.
“Me and Shabazz have a relationship like brothers.”
So far, that relationship is working.
As a junior last year, the 6-4, 220-pound Telfort completed 57.3 percent of his passes for 1,707 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was intercepted just once in the regular season, and that happened in the third week of the season against Coconut Creek.
Telfort said there should be an asterisk next to that pick, though.
“It actually went through the receiver’s hands, and it got tipped,” Telfort said. “I was pretty hurt because I hate throwing interceptions. When I threw that one, my receiver said, ‘I’m sorry bro.’”
Woods said ball security is stressed in practice.
Early in the week, mistakes are allowed. But as it gets closer to game time, turnovers are pretty much outlawed.
“Run, get rid of the ball,” Woods said he instructs Telfort, “but no turnovers — at all.”
Telfort said he attributes his low number of interceptions to his ability to read the field, the amount of video he watches prior to games, and his preference for high-percentage throws.
Colleges have noticed his talents. So far, Telfort has offers from Florida Atlantic, Marshall, Toledo, Idaho and Eastern Michigan.
Bigger programs such as LSU, Tennessee and Utah are also interested, but have told him to improve his footwork if he wants a scholarship offer.
Besides working on improving his stock, Telfort longs to get another chance at Miami Central. The Rockets, en route to their fourth straight state title, dominated Boyd Anderson 20-3 in the regional quarterfinals of last year’s Class 6A playoffs.
“I learned a lot from that game,” Telfort said. “But it’s payback time. I’m coming for them.”
The Cobras have brought in reinforcements, most notably Daniel Wright, a Cardinals Gibbons transfer who is regarded as one of the two best safeties in the state. His brother, Major Wright, is an NFL safety for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In addition to Wright, the Cobras secondary boasts senior cornerback Rennard Bozeman, who is a Central Florida recruit, senior cornerback Michael Nesbitt, and 6-3, 180-pound senior cornerback/safety Raheme Fuller.
American Heritage has already bragged about having the best secondary around, but Woods doesn’t buy that.
“They need to come over to BA,” Woods said about Heritage. “I can guarantee you BA has a better secondary. If anybody gets a touchdown off our secondary, I’d be shocked.”
Any interceptions against Telfort would be equally stunning.