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Kosnitzky’s Korner: Flanagan visits Deerfield Beach in Playoffs


Pembroke Pines Flanagan  (9-1) has come a long way.  Entering this week as the 12-8A runnerups they showed they may be ready for the next step of progression.  Led by a balanced offense and stable defense,  the Flanagan Falcons have been able to control play through most of their district schedule.  Undeterred by a 22-13 road loss to nationally ranked Miramar, the Falcons have a tough battle against 11-8A Champion Deerfield Beach Bucks (10-0).   When these teams play on Friday night, the home team, Bucks will be 21 point favorites.  This may be related to Deerfield’s 22-7 victory over national power St. Thomas Aquinas or the fact that Flanagan will be playing in their first playoff game which begins on the road.  


Flanagan operates a pass oriented offense which becomes more balanced as the game progresses.  Quarterback, Ryan Stanley has proven effective in and out of the pocket with over 1450 yards passing and 18 touchdown passes with only 4 interceptions this year.  Receiver, Emonee Spence leads the team with 25 receptions and has also proven to be a force on the defensive side of the ball.  Bradley Martin, Robert Foy and Keavon Mitchell have proven to be highly reliable with double digit receptions when Stanley finds them through the air.  


In addition, Christopher Davis and Christopher Nealy have assisted on the ground especially when the Falcons have found themselves in the red zone.  Both running backs have also provided quality pass protection throughout the year.  Defensively, this team only yielded 15 points to 12-8A Champion Miramar and as a team, the Falcons have yielded no more than 21 points among their nine wins.  On the other hand, Deerfield Beach operates a run oriented offense led by Brandon Powell with 1280 yards rushing and Aeron McNeal with 940 yards rushing.  Both gentlemen have dominated every defense they have seen this year.  Quarterback, Danarious Graham was able to throw for 1100 yards, with 600 of those yards to Justin Morgan who complements the offense.  Other than a scare from 11-8A runnerup, Monarch High, the Bucks have not been challenged.  


Whomever may question the Bucks soft schedule, that issue was put to rest with Aquinas last week.  Many pundits feel that this Deerfield Beach team may be destined for a trip to Orlando.  This is the last hurrah for Powell and others who had to contend with Miramar in 2011 and Cypress Bay in 2012 which had teams at a much higher level.  While Miramar may be their biggest challenge this year, they can not look past Flanagan.  At a minimum, the Falcons will move the ball and provide a long field.  However, the Bucks have succeeded off the big play.  We shall see this Friday. 



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