Prep football Week 2: Barron Collier facing stiff test from Archbishop Carroll

MIAMI-ARCHBISHOP CARROLL (0-1, 0-0 2B-8) at BARRON COLLIER (1-0, 0-0 3A-12)

Key players: Archbishop Carroll – RB Jeff Scott, RB Phillip Obredor, RB David Orihuela; Barron Collier – QB Mark Schoenfeld, RB Travis Weber, RB Torrey Campbell, TE Jeff Heuerman.

What to watch for: If it’s aerial fireworks for which you yearn, Friday night’s game might not be the right ticket. Collier has a strong ground game led by senior QB Mark Schoenfeld and worthy ball carriers Travis Weber and Torrey Campbell. Carroll wields a three-pronged rushing attack sparked by senior Jeff Scott, who already has committed to play next year at the University at Mississippi. Can BC contain the Wing-T?

— The Barron Collier Cougars want to show everyone that they can play football with the big dogs.

And that is why head coach Mark Ivey and the Cougars are eager to sink their claws into the Miami-Archbishop Carroll Bulldogs on Friday night on BC’s artificial turf.

Carroll was 9-4 a year ago and reached the Class 2A regional finals. Coach Jorge Zagales uses three solid running backs in his Wing-T offense and one of them just happens to be thought of as one of the best in all of the Miami-Dade area.

Senior Jeff Scott, a 5-foot-8, 180-pounder, rushed for 1,393 yards in 2008 and scored 23 touchdowns. He’s already committed to play for Ole Miss next year.

In the backfield with Scott are two capable juniors, Phillip Obredor and David Orihuela.

“We have primarily focused on preparing for the Wing-T and all of its misdirection,” Ivey said of this week’s preparation. “If you do not know how to read or key the Wing-T, it will leave you flustered and bewildered. I have seen linebackers in the past 10 yards from the ball and thinking they had tackled the ball carrier. It will be a good test for our D to see if we can play with any discipline.”

Carroll’s offensive weapons aside, Ivey also knows the Cougars, 33-9 winners over Immokalee last week in the regular-season opener, will face a defense every bit as fast as the Indians, if not faster.

“We have really focused on maintaining blocks and getting to the second level under control this week,” Ivey added.

Carroll is coming off a 47-0 loss to Jacksonville-Bolles, which Ivey calls “one of the better teams I have ever seen on tape.”

Collier again figures to be led by senior quarterback Mark Schoenfeld, who has rushed for more than 200 yards in both the preseason game and last week's opener.

Friday night’s contest doesn’t count in the district standings. But Ivey and the Cougars are thinking of a bigger picture, maybe even their Oct. 23 home date with Class 3A District 12 rival Naples High.

“It will be great to see if we can play at a high level,” said Ivey on Thursday, “just because there is an opponent trying to stop us from winning a game in the greatest sport on earth -- or if we need the kids to be from across town fighting for bragging rights at the mall.”

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